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Category: Just Plain Fun

Super Mario Brothers Music has Lyrics

Super Mario Brothers Music has Lyrics
This clip from a live performance of music from Nintendo games reveals a little known fact. The highly recognizable theme song for Super Mario Brothers actually has lyrics. The song is actually titled “Go Go Mario” and the lyrics are in Japanese.

Otokibako: Crank Up the Tunes, Literally.

Otokibako: Crank Up the Tunes, Literally.
This electronic kit from Japan looks like a traditional music box from the outside, but when you open up the cover, it reveals an array of electronics that play music read from specially encoded music sheets.
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LED Candles React to Wind Just Like the Real Deal

LED Candles React to Wind Just Like the Real Deal
These minimal LED lights are designed to act like a real candle by flickering in the wind, and automatically turning off when you blow on them. The clever design even includes a giant “matchstick” which turns the candle on when struck against the side of the tubular silicon fixture.

Robot Web Cam and Asimo: Separated at Birth?

Robot Web Cam and Asimo: Separated at Birth?
This USB robot web cam bears more than a passing resemblance to Honda’s famous little humanoid robot, Asimo. Unlike Asimo, however, the USB Robot Cam has white LED eyes and red LED ears that illuminate when the lights go down.

Turn Your Desktop Into a Top Secret Base

Turn Your Desktop Into a Top Secret Base
Japanese toy and electronics maker TakaraTomy is now offering this set of crazy USB gadgets that will make your desktop look like some sort of top secret military base. Start off with the Big Red Emergency Button (¥3990/$34 USD), which looks pretty ominous, but merely shuts down your Windows PC.

Mario Karts Meet Minority Report

Mario Karts Meet Minority Report
I came across this little animation over on bits bytes pixels & sprites, and it made me just laugh and laugh… If Tom Cruise only was driving in his Lexus 2054, maybe he’d catch up.

It’s a Him, Mario.

It’s a Him, Mario.
Ever wanted to know what the guy who voices Nintendo’s Mario looked like? This short video features the man himself, Charles Martinet as he provides his unique vocal stylings for the little Italian plumber that built an empire.

The $10 Playstation 3

The $10 Playstation 3
The guys over at Destructoid dug up this $10 beauty. It’s a cheap gaming system which looks NOTHING like Sony’s PlayStation 3, but has the audacity to package itself as a “SONY PS3.” The system actually appears to be one of those shoddy “Famiclone” systems designed to play old games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (aka “Famicom” in Japan.) My favorite part of the packaging has to be the bad Engrish translation that reads “Next System PlayStation Meeting.” For some reason, I don’t think you’ll be able to cram your Blu-ray disks in this one.

Robot Thrill Ride Seems Like a Bad Idea

Robot Thrill Ride Seems Like a Bad Idea
Some sick individual strapped their buddy to a seat at the end of a FANUC industrial robot’s arm and then ran him through the spin cycle. They captured all of the fun and festivities in this video clip: I wouldn’t want to be the one sitting in that chair.

What Do the Beatles and the Wii have in Common?

What Do the Beatles and the Wii have in Common?
While I’m not certain what the connection is between the Fab Four and Nintendo’s latest game console, I do find this T-shirt design quite amusing anyway. The Let it Bii shirt is 20 bucks from Nerdy Shirts features Nintendo “Mii” avatars designed to look like John, Paul, Ringo and George.

Own the Car of the Future

Own the Car of the Future
If you thought the technology in the 2002 flick, Minority Report was impressive, you can now own one of the very cool futuristic cars that Tom Cruise drove in that film. One of the three custom-built Lexus 2054 concept cars made for the Cameron Crowe film will be put up for auction next month.

Just How Far Can Did You Throw That Football?

Just How Far Can Did You Throw That Football?
This cool piece of sporting gear uses modern technology to help you answer that question. The football features a built in sensor that can track just how far you threw it, with accuracy down to 1 yard of the actual distance.

Sit on These Giant Key Caps

Sit on These Giant Key Caps
Designer Ross McBride has created these whimsical stools which are modeled after the keys on your computer keyboard. Command Sit stackable plastic stools look perfect for a dorm room or other playful space. The giant key seats provide one simple and succinct command, “sit.” They’re available in both black with white letters and beige with white letters to suit your personal color preference.

LCD Monitor Death by Firing Squad

LCD Monitor Death by Firing Squad
Some guy who was frustrated with his broken LCD monitor decided to take out his frustrations on the poor thing using a BB gun. Now it goes without saying that you probably shouldn’t try this at home.

Best Katamari Damacy T-Shirt Ever

Best Katamari Damacy T-Shirt Ever
I know this might seem a bit dated, but I just found this and thought it was too funny to ignore. This t-shirt speaks for itself, simply stating “This is how I roll.” alongside a graphic of the funky Japanese games’ protagonist pushing a big old Katamari.

Dangerbomb: Wake Up or Else

Dangerbomb: Wake Up or Else
Bring out your inner Jack Bauer with this alarm clock import from Japan. Once the DangerBomb’s alarm goes off, you’ll need to quickly disconnect one of three color-coded wires to prevent the DangerBomb from “exploding.” To keep you on your toes, the alarm will pick a random color coded wire that must be detached within a pre-set amount of time.
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