How Concrete Canvas Works

How Concrete Canvas Works

Tents are usually made from nylon. For a longer-lasting shelter, there’s a material that combines fabric and concrete and allows for semi-permanent structures to be erected in minutes. Wonder World shows us how pre-sewn Concrete Canvas can be inflated then sprayed with water to harden into shape.

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

You know we love a good flashlight around here. While we’ve seen lots of really slick production models, we have to hand it to M.N. Projects who built their own custom flashlight by machining billet aluminum, then outfitted it with a super-bright 30W LED and three lithium-ion batteries. They even etched their own circuit board.

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Monkey 47 Dry Gin

Monkey 47 Dry Gin

One of the world’s finest gins comes from Germany, not London. Rated a near-perfect 99 by Distiller.com, Monkey 47 Dry Gin is a delicious juniper concoction with prominent herbal, fruity, and peppery notes, and a sweet finish. The 47 in the name comes from the 47 botanicals used and the 47% ABV.

The Bill Jennings Mysteries

The Bill Jennings Mysteries

“I once saw him twirl a couch on a single finger.” Animator Alan Jennings introduces us to Mr. Bill Jennings, a man from Newbury, Vermont with some extraordinary talents and experiences under his belt. The charming short film reminds us that everyone has a story to tell, no matter how ordinary they might look on the surface.

Lionel Richie Doormat

Lionel Richie Doormat

Hello? Is it me you’re looking floor? Let your Lionel Richie doormat from HappyMatz welcome visitors and overworked delivery drivers with Richie’s face and the first word from his classic ballad. Give ‘em a smile and consider it a good deed. Comes in two sizes and in natural coir or all-weather dura coir.

Making Giant Articulated Hands

Making Giant Articulated Hands

Among his many creations, Paul from Jackman Works has made some ridiculously large hand tools. Now, to show off his new X-Carve Pro CNC machine, he built a pair of giant hands. We were hoping he might try and use them to pick up his oversize tools, but they seem pretty awkward to wield given their weight.

Ultraman Returns

Ultraman Returns

Well before Power Rangers or TNMT, Ultraman was a live-action TV series, establishing a new type of sci-fi adventure, kitschy kaiju characters, salarymen superheroes, and sparkly special effects. Rarely broadcast in America, it’s now streaming on Pluto TV with select titles on-demand on Shout! Factory TV.

Win a Corvette C8 + 1962 ‘Vette

Win a Corvette C8 + 1962 ‘Vette

What could be better than winning a mid-engined 2020 C8 Corvette? How about winning a C8 AND a 1962 Corvette? The folks over at Dream Giveaway are giving one lucky winner both of these amazing sports cars, while supporting veterans and children’s charities. Awesomer readers receive 50% bonus entries!

HexaSphericon Rolling Toy

HexaSphericon Rolling Toy

From the expert machinists at AltDynamic comes their most impressive creation yet, a family of elegant aluminum playthings which look nothing like a sphere, yet can roll like one. Each one splits down the middle and is held together with magnets. They come in three variants, each with its own unique rolling properties.

Raven Utility Knife

Raven Utility Knife

This quick-deploying hobby knife opens in less than half a second, and its blade locks firmly in place. It features a durable, lightweight frame made from grade 5 titanium, and accepts replaceable CKB-2 utility blades. It can also be equipped with a “tactical” comb and has spots for two optional glow-in-the-dark tritium tubes.

MotoGP Close Call

MotoGP Close Call

During the 2020 Portuguese MotoGP race, championship rider Aron Canet had a crazy close call that could have ended up much worse. Not only did he fall off of his bike at speed, but he also slid down the track for what seemed like forever, and narrowly avoided being run over by multiple racers. This guy should play the lottery.

Wild West Whistler

Wild West Whistler

Italo Vegliante is an actor and musician who starred in Italian B-movies back in the 1980s. More recently, he’s used his talents to a create unique style that incorporates whistling, mouth sounds, and acoustic guitar. Here’s his fun tribute to the master of Wild West soundtracks, Ennio Morricone. He also created this piece of Internet gold.

LUFT Cube Portable Air Purifier

This USB-powered 3.14″ cube puts a high-tech air purifier on your desktop. It uses a solid-state photocatalyst tech to destroy bacteria, allergens, and other contaminants, returning fresh air to your space with its whisper-quiet ≤30dB fan. Save an extra 20% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE20 (expires 11.27.2020)

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Tayto Couch Potato Plush

Tayto Couch Potato Plush

Do you find yourself vegging out on the couch too much? Tayto won’t judge! This jumbo couch potato is happy to hang out with you while you lounge. This huggable tuber measures about 13″ tall, and is filled with soft and squeezy polyester stuffing. Just don’t give in to the temptation to slather him in butter and sour cream.

PlayStation Startup Sounds on Guitar

PlayStation Startup Sounds on Guitar

To celebrate the release of the towering new PlayStation 5, guitarist Davidlap attempted to replicate the startup sounds from each of Sony’s game consoles, dating back to 1994’s original PlayStation. We think he did a pretty good job, but David admits the PS2 sound was really hard to recreate.

Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Despite measuring just 5″ wide by 7″ tall, this organizer can hold a surprising number of pocket tools and accessories. The MOLLE-compatible pouch has numerous elastic loops, inside slip and zipper compartments, and an exterior webbed pouch. Need even more space? Check out the Maxpedition Beefy.

Making a Pair of Self-lacing Shoes

Making a Pair of Self-lacing Shoes

A few years back, Nike made a working version of its MAG sneakers from Back to the Future II. After a couple of guys from Hacksmith Industries figured out that their leader might not know how to tie his own laces, they engineered a pair of self-lacing Vessi sneakers which are a bit more subtle in style than the ones from the movie.

Win the Ultimate WWII Tank Experience

Win the Ultimate WWII Tank Experience

The American Heritage Museum is giving away a 2-day adventure where one lucky entrant and a friend will drive three authentic tanks at their Hudson, MA facility. In addition to driving the M24 Chaffee, M4A3 Sherman, and M26 Pershing, they’ll tour the collection of over 95 tanks, military vehicles, and rare artifacts.

Ukiyo-e Memes

Ukiyo-e Memes

Memes of the Floating World takes the classic Japanese art style known as Ukiyo-e and applies it to popular memes like the famed Shiba Inu Doge, Longcat, and Women Yelling at Cat. The images are also available as prints from Society6.

LEGO Ideas Wallace & Gromit

LEGO Ideas Wallace & Gromit

LEGO builder Tom Gerardin is a big fan of Aardman Animations, so he designed a fun kit that includes poseable models of Wallace, Gromit, The Cooker, Feathers Mcgraw, and Shaun the Sheep. Accessories include The Wrong Trousers, a cup of tea, cheese, crackers, and a cracker packet. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.

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Carving a Ford Ranger Raptor

Carving a Ford Ranger Raptor

We may not have the Ranger Raptor here in the U.S. yet, so we’ll have to enjoy Ford’s the mid-size off-road truck from afar for now. It looks particularly great carved out of wood, as Woodworking Art shows off his impressive vehicle modeling skills yet again. We love how he incorporated the working suspension and steering.

TRING Phone Grip Multitool

TRING Phone Grip Multitool

Most ring-style phone grips do just one thing. The TRING not only improves your grip on your precious gadget, it adds five hexagonal wrenches, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, a bottle opener, box cutter, and seatbelt cutter. It holds to the back of your phone or case using a powerful magnet and doubles as a phone stand.

Jeremy Messersmith: Video Games

Jeremy Messersmith: Video Games

Jeremy Messersmith’s heartfelt folk tune looks back fondly on his childhood days playing video games. The track is accompanied by a wonderful papercut animation by Eric Power that includes imagery from classic games like Joust, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Tetris, and Asteroids. From the album Mixtape for the Milky Way.

Premium Learn to Code Bundle 2021

This series of courses will help you master full-stack web development using PHP, JavaScript, C#, Python, Bootstrap, HTML, and CSS, along with more advanced lessons in machine learning and data science. In all, there are 27 courses. Save an extra 70% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE70 (Expires 11.27.2020).

Happy Little Dinosaurs

Happy Little Dinosaurs

From the makers of Unstable Unicorns comes a card game about adorable dinosaurs attempting to avoid extinction. Players do their best to escape dino life’s little pitfalls ranging from hot lava to giant killer ants to dating disasters. Games last 30 to 60 minutes for 2 to 6 players. Good for ages 8 and up. Drops Spring 2021.

Adulting Merit Badges

Adulting Merit Badges

Celebrate life’s little achievements with these amusing merit badges for everyday tasks. Winks for Days’ embroidered iron-on patches let you pat yourself on the back for basic things like leaving the house, watering the plants, and eating your veggies. Sold in sets of three.

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