Mario is the man – as long as he is in the Mushroom Kingdom anyway. Nothing can stop him. But what if he is accidentally dropped off in another world, like the Green Hill Zone level from Sonic the Hedgehog?
A year ago Creatables came up with a miniature inclined Slinky treadmill. Sadly, it appears the toy never made it into production. But one of our favorite woodworkers Matthias Wandel came up with a DIY and hand-powered alternative.
Matthias’ slinky machine is a hand-powered escalator.
Between ad trackers, Google’s deeply integrated services, and our social media presence, it’s not that hard to gather facts about both our online and offline lives by tracking our browsing habits. But that’s not the case with this twitchy machine.
Made by Monobo’s Arturo Menero, The Random User is a robot made of a plastic finger and an old single button mouse.
It was 1983 when National Lampoon’s Vacation arrived. That was when we met the Griswolds, a typical American family, with a bumbling dad, who loved to take road trips; journeys across the country on the open road.
Last year we checked out Happinet’s Tsumikore, which are small toys that are made to be stacked and are often based on popular manga or anime characters. This officially licensed Pokémon toy is a lot like Tsumikore, except it turns stacking into an actual challenge.
The set features six Pikachu that you can stack.
Stop spinning the bottle like a caveman. QR Cups’ 18 oz. red cups put a modern spin to the party game with the help of a companion app. Each of the 25 cups has a QR code that reveals a risque question or activity when scanned.
You can order the QR Cups: Truth or Dare Edition from Amazon for $10 (USD).
“As you’re running, you trip over your sagging jeans, so you take a -2 to your street cred.” Most tabletop RPGs are set in alien worlds and times long gone or have yet to come. But YouTuber Justen Mann and his crew show us that roleplaying as your contemporaries can still be fun.
Justen’s skit Dungeons & Dragons: Gangsta Edition features a dungeon master and three players discussing an adventure to a questionable urban neighborhood.
The rain came, and the bugs followed. If you find yourself spending the bulk of your evenings hunting for the elusive bug that just bit you on the kisser, then you might want to consider donning the Netsmen instead.
The Netsmen is basically a wearable mosquito net that covers you from top to bottom.
Have you ever milked a cow? No? Well, now you can in the comfort of your own home with the Udder Milk dispenser. You won’t be milking an actual cow, although you’ll be going through the same motions just to get a glass of milk.
Outrageous, isn’t it?
Programmer and electronic engineer Calum Knott fancies himself to be a reverse Steve Jobs. While Jobs championed simplicity and ease of use, Calum thinks microcontrollers are too sensible. So he undesigned the Arduino into the WTFDuino.
As you can see, the WTFDuino is in a highly impractical banana form, and Calum went out of his way to say that he will not share its PCB layout.
Eat your heart out Hot Toys. Sculptor Kerry Dyer has created three-dimensional versions of some of the characters from the hit indie game Thomas Was Alone. As you can see Kerry achieved an unprecedented level of accuracy in these figures.
I’m sure you guys recognize Thomas, Chris, John and Claire.
In the 1940s, a retired clockmaker named Lawrence Wahlstrom found a complex arrangement of gears and began work on what would become the precursor to today’s useless machines. Lawrence’s Do Nothing Machine uses three electric motors and over 700 moving parts to achieve absolutely nothing.
The Craftsmanship Museum, which currently houses the Do Nothing Machine, said that Lawrence kept adding gears to his invention because he “realized that people prefer to be entertained rather than educated.”
We have all had that moment of inexplicable gamer rage when we are convinced that the game has cheated us and we were robbed of our victory. Sometimes all that happens is you curse a lot, and then go do something else.
A horse with no horsepower? Colin Furze wouldn’t stand for that. So when he got his hands on a miniature fiberglass horse, he took it apart and then crammed a pit bike inside. And then he rode it in a knight’s tournament.
Colin used a 2015 PBS 110 pit bike to power his MotorHorse.