Do you believe in fortune and luck? Baronfig’s Oracle Squire Pen offers its predictions when you roll it across your desk. Its six-sided shape works kind of like those Magic 8 Ball toys, displaying fortunes like “chances are slim” and “without question” when it comes to a stop. The pen made from aluminum and is refillable with ballpoint cartridges.
Both the Loch Ness Monster and some of the world’s best whiskeys hail from Scotland. This stainless steel Nessie swims in your rocks glass and keeps scotch or other spirits cool without watering them down. The little dude rides atop a food-safe silicone suction cup to keep him upright and peeking out of his boozy lake.
We’ve seen some pretty clever use of space in tiny houses, but never anything like this. Inventor Handy Geng challenged himself to build a fully functional steel safe house with just 30 sq. ft. (2.8 sq. meters) of space. It has a living room, computer desk, bed, kitchen, and even a bathroom, all way too close for comfort.
In 1972, a small plane crashed into the Andes mountains carrying 45 passengers and crew. The story of the life-and-death drama was told before in the film Alive, but Society of the Snow is said to be more accurate in its portrayal. Director J. A. Bayona insisted on realism, shooting the film in the actual locations and featuring an entirely Uruguayan-Argentinian cast.
When The Slow Mo Guys and How Ridiculous got together, they didn’t just crush some heads. After all, if you’ve got a cannon that fires bowling balls at 500 MPH, you want to destroy all the things. With the help of the cannon’s maker, BealsScience, they tested the strength of bulletproof glass and polycarbonate along with a fiberglass-lined safety door.
Reef makes some awesome golf flip-flops with spikes for 18-hole play, but Reef’s Mulligan II thongs are made for laughs and post-game beers at the 19th hole. The footbed’s lined with faux turf, the heel sports a cushy “golf ball” pad, and the sole hides a built-in bottle opener.
It’s common knowledge that octopi are intelligent creatures. After he purchased an octopus from a pet store, engineer Mark Rober wanted to release the animal back into the ocean. Before he could do that, he built a challenging maze to confirm that Sashimi would be able to hunt for food after being hand-fed for most of her life.
BrüMate’s hard-shell bottle sleeve keeps your beer cold and your hand warm and dry. Its triple-insulated stainless steel body keeps beer chilled for longer than ordinary neoprene koozies, and its base is designed to resist slipping and spills. It holds most U.S. standard 12 oz. beer bottles and comes in a number of colors and patterns.
Finnish skiing channel Real Skifi created this clever short film as a tribute to the filmmaking tool known as the transition. Using a mix of edits, fades, and split screens, skiers are transported seamlessly between locations and times of day and swap places in the middle of rail grinds and other tricks.
Those of us who feel the need to fidget are always looking for different ways to keep our hands and minds occupied. ZenMech’s TK01 is a unique fidget toy that moves like a tiny tank tread. Roll it along your desk or flip it around in your hand for a cool tactile sensation. Available with plastic or stainless steel tracks.
Here’s one from the “don’t try this at home” file. TikTok user ex9g6oxt has posted a series of videos in which he uses firecrackers to launch metal bowls and rice cookers into the air. He starts with the smallest firecracker and gradually ups the size to see how high the explosion can launch each object.
Tired of tools lying all over? This aluminum tool rack is great for organizing screwdrivers and other small tools. It has 50 cutouts and holds tools at a 45º angle for easy access. Its two-layer construction keeps tools straight, and its bottom shelf can be used to hold hardware – though we suggest adding a magnetic strip.
Artist M’Brick makes portraits from LEGO bricks. But rather than keeping things simple with 1×1 pixels, he uses a seemingly random assortment of parts to create depth and textures. The originals are hard to come by, but limited-edition prints are for sale at M’Brick’s Art Shop. His Frida Kahlo and Bruce Springsteen portraits are extraordinary.
Made in Scotland with infusions of rose and cucumber, Hendrick’s Gin is unusually smooth and much more than just juniper berry flavored. Hendrick’s 10 other botanicals are chamomile, elderflower, lemon peel, orange peel, caraway, coriander, cubeb berries, angelica root, yarrow root, and orris root. To make one gin, they actually make two.
This tiny keychain tool opens bottle caps in a jiffy. It’s made from durable, lightweight titanium, so it won’t ever break; plus, its keychain hole doubles as a 1/4″ hex bit driver for turning screws in a pinch. It makes a great companion to KeyUnity’s keychain flashlight.
The EDC Four Bucket Bag is the latest collaboration between Adam Savage and Mafia Bags. The versatile open-top bag is made from repurposed sailcloth with a spring steel frame. It has interior sleeves for gadgets, pen/pencil holders, and exterior pockets at each end. The bag’s design was inspired by the BucketOwl, a vintage folding bucket from Japan.
This oversized padded mat covers a 31.5″ x 15.7″ area on your desktop with a world map, offering an expansive mousing surface and protecting your desk surface from scratches. It’s easy to clean, features a rubberized backing to prevent slipping, and stitched edges for durability.
Lowe’s tool brand Kobalt is selling a 243-piece mechanic’s tool set that comes packed in this extra-tough molded toolbox. The locking lid box can withstand drops without denting or spilling tools and has dedicated locations for each and every wrench, socket, hex key, and bit that it comes with.
These tiny sheaths provides the perfect home for mini multitools like the Gerber Dime and Leatherman Squirt PS4. They’re made from the same durable Kydex material used for gun and knife holsters and come in black, carbon fiber black, and carbon fiber red patterns. A retention screw lets you tweak how tightly it holds.
Quiet Nerd was looking for a way to add some warmth outdoors. Rather than buy an off-the-shelf heater or stove, he decided to build his own. He started out with four stainless steel dog bowls, which he cut and assembled to form the body of the wood-burning stove. It stands on four tall threaded rods.
We’ve become spoiled by the heated seats in our cars, so now we want our backs and butts to be warm wherever we go. Gobi Heat’s Terrain chair helps keep you toasty for up to nine hours per charge, so you can lose the chill when camping or tailgating on cold days. The chair folds up and includes a carrying bag.
When we’re dragging, one of our go-to snacks is peanut butter and cheese sandwich crackers. They offer a savory mix of carbs and protein and help us power through. Science Channel’s How It’s Made goes inside the Lance factory to see how they’re baked, cut, and assembled, and where that orange color comes from.