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Laser-cut Orrery Puts the Earth, Sun, and Moon on Your Desktop

Laser-cut Orrery Puts the Earth, Sun, and Moon on Your Desktop
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “orrery,” it’s one of several words used to describe a mechanical contraption that simulates the orbit of planets, moons, and stars. Some variants are also known as a “tellurium” or a “loxocosm,” all of which are harder to pronounce than “planet machine.” Basically, these machines demonstrate the relationship between planetary orbits and speeds by using a complex series of gears.

Life-size Baby Yoda Figure Is Ready to Play with Your Ship

Life-size Baby Yoda Figure Is Ready to Play with Your Ship
There’s little question that Baby Yoda (aka “The Child”) is the most adorable character in the history of the entire Star Wars universe. This little dude walked on the scene, took one look at all of the ewoks, porgs, and roller-droids, and said “hold my beer.”
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LEGO Beer Tap Gives You Blocky, Foamy Goodness

LEGO Beer Tap Gives You Blocky, Foamy Goodness
In a lot of video games, as you get hammered on by the bad guys, your heart counter goes down. Lose all your hearts, and you die. In some of those games you can refill your heart counter by drinking some sort of special health elixir.

Turn an IKEA Lamp into an Exploding Death Star

Turn an IKEA Lamp into an Exploding Death Star
I don’t know how many times I’ve thought to myself, “This room could really use an exploding Death Star lamp.” Well, now I can make one thanks to Instructables contributor MariaK64. She built this exploding Death Star lamp, modded from an IKEA pendant lamp. You can follow a tutorial she made here or here to make one of your own.

Atari to Open Video Game Themed Hotels

Atari to Open Video Game Themed Hotels
If you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s, Atari was located somewhere near the center of your universe. The brand kicked off the home video game revolution with the Atari 2600, and also created some of the best and most memorable arcade games.

Pixels + Taxidermy = Pixidermy

Pixels + Taxidermy = Pixidermy
The idea of having a real taxidermy animal head on my wall creeps me out. I think it would just stare at me all day long, thinking I was the one who had it stuffed and mounted.

Reveal Window Light Projects Imaginary Shadows onto Your Wall

Reveal Window Light Projects Imaginary Shadows onto Your Wall
Do you spend time working or living inside of a windowless room? Well rather than just sit there in the dark, consider brightening up the place with one of these imaginary window projectors. No, it’s not an imaginary projector, it’s a light that projects imaginary windows. Made by Adam Frank Incorporated, the Reveal lighting system projects an image that looks like the shadows that might be cast by a window and the trees beyond its frame.

USB-powered Bears Keep Your Hands Warm While Typing

USB-powered Bears Keep Your Hands Warm While Typing
Do your hands get cold while you type away at your computer keyboard? Mine do here in my drafty office with the snow falling outside my window. And while I could just type with gloves on, I think some USB-powered hand warmers might be better a better idea.

LEGO International Space Station Model Ready to Sail Into Space

LEGO International Space Station Model Ready to Sail Into Space
With awesome kits like the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo 11 lunar lander, LEGO continues to give space geeks reasons to bust out their wallets. Now, thanks to a great design concept submitted by a LEGO Ideas contributor, we’re about to get another sweet LEGO space model. Based on a design by Christophe Ruge (aka “XCLD”), this amazing LEGO creation lets you build a detailed model of the International Space Station. The 864-piece kit (set number 21321) includes the ISS’ working laboratory and living quarters at its center, surrounded by eight double solar panel arrays, each of which can be tilted.

Pagan Breakfast God Mask Celebrates Bacon, Eggs, and Toast

Pagan Breakfast God Mask Celebrates Bacon, Eggs, and Toast
Growing up, Kellogg’s and Post had convinced me that sugary cereals drowning in milk were “part of a nutritious breakfast.” But as I grew up, I came to realize that protein is a much more important start to the day.

Pour Your Booze into the Minibar Guitar Effect Pedal and Get It Drunk

Pour Your Booze into the Minibar Guitar Effect Pedal and Get It Drunk
Do you like to have a drink while you’re playing the guitar? Well, if you’ve got any booze left over, you can now put it to good use as part of your performance. Yep, this unique guitar effects pedal is designed to sip liquids and uses them to influence its sounds. Simply unscrew the watertight lid on its top, pour the beverage of your choice into the Rainger FX Minibar Liquid Analyzer, and the conductive properties of said liquid will be used by its circuit to affect signal gain.

This Suction Cup Robot Can Climb Just About Any Wall

This Suction Cup Robot Can Climb Just About Any Wall
When it comes to wall-climbing robots, most of them rely on vacuum suction to make their way up the side of a building. The trick there is that you need a very smooth surface, like glass or marble in order to get a good grip.

Xtension Gameplay Arcade Cabinets Are Perfect for Raspberry Pi Systems

Xtension Gameplay Arcade Cabinets Are Perfect for Raspberry Pi Systems
I love playing classic arcade games. In fact, I love them so much, I spent several thousand dollars having a custom-built arcade cabinet put together. But you don’t have to spend nearly that much to have a professional looking cabinet these days, thanks to folks like Rec Room Masters and systems like their Xtension Gameplay cabinets. The cabinets come in kit form, and make it easy for you to put together a great looking, full-size arcade system that won’t break the bank.

These Solid White and Black Jigsaw Puzzles are Pure Hell

These Solid White and Black Jigsaw Puzzles are Pure Hell
Do you like to put together jigsaw puzzles? So do I. But I’m not sure I’d have fun assembling these daunting puzzles from Japan, which are made up entirely of a single color. Every single piece in these puzzles is the same exact color – either white or black.

Space Masher: 3…2…1… Blast-off to Mashed Potatoes

Space Masher: 3…2…1… Blast-off to Mashed Potatoes
Mashing potatoes has pretty much remained unchanged for my entire life, as we continue to pulverize our potatoes with the same basic metal kitchen tool we’ve used for years. What did that potato ever do to you to deserve such a beating?

Beast Kingdom Toy Story Alien Statue Makes Us Go “OOOOOOOOOH!”

Beast Kingdom Toy Story Alien Statue Makes Us Go “OOOOOOOOOH!”
Do you love the Toy Story series? Starting with Pixar’s 1995 classic, through last year’s Toy Story 4, the franchise been consistently packed with great characters, emotional story lines, and whimsical visuals. One of my favorite characters is the three-eyeballed alien species that Buzz Lightyear first encountered in the claw machine.
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