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Psycho for 8 Cellos

Psycho for 8 Cellos

After entertaining us with her covers of the DuckTales and Knight Rider themes, cellist Samara Ginsberg is back with something a bit more ominous. Her 8-part take on Bernard Herrmann’s Prelude from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho will definitely have you looking over your shoulder the next time you take a shower.

Rick and Morty Season 6 (Trailer)

Rick and Morty Season 6 (Trailer)

The Sanchez and Smith families are back for another round of insane adventures in the multiverse. Along the way, they’ll take on alien terrorists, Summer becomes Wolverine, Rick becomes Doc Ock, and the gang has car troubles. Oh, and in case you need a refresher before it premieres on September 4, watch this.

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A Drinkable Salute to the Choco Taco (RIP)

A Drinkable Salute to the Choco Taco (RIP)

For those of us mourning the loss of the Choco Taco, the Choco Tacotini cocktail will aid the healing process. Cody Goldstein of Brooklyn-based hospitality group Muddling Memories has created a dreamy, sweet ‘n’ salty dessert cocktail featuring Tequila Cazadores, amaro, cold brew, cream, peanuts, and fudge-shell chocolate.

Extreme Bubble Blowing Gun

Extreme Bubble Blowing Gun
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The Extreme Bubble Gun will blow away your friends with soap bubbles as your ammunition. This toy blasts out hundreds of bubbles per minute from its 60 holes. Its battery-powered fan runs for about 30 minutes per charge, which should be plenty of time to get your victims soaked with slippery soap.

Negative Harmony Covers

Negative Harmony Covers

Musician Steve Cruickshank likes to take classic songs and change them up a bit by replacing the original harmonies with their mirror image. The resulting music is at once familiar and pleasant to the ear but also completely different from what we’re used to. Let’s kick the playlist off with his version of The Sound of Silence.

Full-Scale R/C Airplane

Full-Scale R/C Airplane

We recently saw a tiny remote-controlled airplane that could fit in the palm of your hand. The guys from Tail Happy Productions attempted to do the opposite and built an R/C plane that’s the same size as the real thing. They built the low-budget plane primarily from PVC pipe and styrofoam sheets. But will it even get off the ground?

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Some songs lend themselves particularly well to being played on brass instruments. Musician Seb Skelly shows us just that with his wonderful arrangement and performance of the Tears for Fears track Everybody Wants to Rule the World, another track which reminds us just how great a decade the 1980s were for music.

Samsara Folding Hammock + Tarp Set

Samsara Folding Hammock + Tarp Set
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This campsite set from Republic of Durable Goods combines their Mock One self-standing hammock with a detachable bug net and lightweight roof structure, providing shelter from the elements while you relax and unwind. The hammock can also be used standalone and includes a sun shade canopy and a cozy sleep quilt.

Slacklining Over Rotterdam

Slacklining Over Rotterdam

Jaan Roose is one of the world’s best slackliners. On August 8, 2022, he showed off his incredible balance – and balls of steel – by slacklining between two buildings and across Rotterdam’s river Mass. The 2cm (.78″) wide slackline measured nearly 500 feet long, with a 24% grade at its steepest angle.

Tiny R/C Airplane

Tiny R/C Airplane

We’ve seen some big remote-controlled airplanes, but this tiny flyer sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Joe Malinchak built this minuscule R/C tri-plane with a 1.5″ wingspan. It weighs just one gram, and in addition to its tiny motor, it has a working rudder mechanism for steering. Watch it fly at the 3-minute mark.

LEGO Sphere Robots

LEGO Sphere Robots

LEGO enthusiast Brick Technology is back with another cool LEGO vehicle video. This time, they created a series of remote-controlled mechanisms that move inside clear plastic spheres, allowing them to roll around like BB-8 or a Sphero robot. They then put the designs to the test to see which was most agile, fast, and powerful.

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

2-liter bottles are pretty good at holding air, so they work well as floatation devices. Maker Chris Notap took this idea to the next level by gluing together 280 of plastic soda bottles with silicone sealer, transforming them into a totally legitimate raft. We wonder if there’s a limit to how large a raft you could make this way.

Madsteel Metal Spider Model

Madsteel Metal Spider Model
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This metal spider looks like some kind of creepy-crawly robo-arachnid. It’s made from dozens of tiny stainless steel parts and can be assembled or disassembled without glue. The finished model measures about 4.92″ x 4.92″ x 1.38″. They also make a more complicated steel scorpion kit.

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Hey Ya!: Synthwave Remix

Hey Ya!: Synthwave Remix

Musician Astrophysics takes songs from various genres, and slathers them with a thick layer of 1980s electronic sounds, then complements them with appropriately retro graphics. There’s lots of great stuff to enjoy on their YouTube channel, but this synthwave remix of Outkast’s 2003 hit Hey Ya! is our favorite (so far.)

LEGO Magnet Machine

LEGO Magnet Machine

LEGO enthusiast Dr. Engine shows off a Technic machine that demonstrates how magnets can transmit energy through walls. Each of its spinning blades can turn without connecting to a central drivetrain thanks to magnetic fields. A gear-drive mechanism places each section in its precise sweet spot.

Ti Slider Plates Fidget Toy

Ti Slider Plates Fidget Toy

Looking for a different kind of fidget toy? Ukraine-based 3A Production makes these domino-sized plates that glide on each other using neodymium magnets. Each one is CNC machined from titanium, and they come in five anodized colors. Buy two or more sets to mix and match colors. Personalization is also available.

ChopChucks 2.0 Nunchuck Chopsticks

ChopChucks 2.0 Nunchuck Chopsticks

PLEI Design’s reusable titanium chopsticks double as a small set of nunchucks. While we’re not suggesting you use them to play with your food, you’re welcome to enjoy some action before and after meals. Just unscrew their tips and store them inside for nunchuck fun. Choose from a polished or stonewashed finish.

Live Moves Pretty Fast Box Set

Live Moves Pretty Fast Box Set

John Hughes’ movies were a seminal part of 1980s youth culture, and so were their soundtracks. Life Moves Pretty Fast is a compilation of some of their best new wave and new romantic tracks. It’s available as a 74-track 4xCD with a bonus 7-inch and cassette, a 73-track 6xLP red vinyl, and a 25-track 2xLP. Drops 11.11.22.

Insane Paragliding Close Call

Insane Paragliding Close Call

While performing an acro-paragliding stunt over Spain, Kevin Philipp found himself in the worst possible situation. His lines became tangled due to turbulence, and he plummeted towards the Earth. After a failed attempt to deploy his rescue chute, he managed to deploy it manually about one second before impact.

Andor (Trailer)

Andor (Trailer)

This new Star Wars series follows the origin story of Rogue One character Cassian Andor – from his humble beginnings as a petty thief to his vital role in the rebellion against the evil and self-important fascist Empire. The first three episodes premiere on Disney+ on 9.21.22.

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Psychonauts Playing Cards

Psychonauts Playing Cards
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Not to be confused with the game of the same name, Joker and the Thief’s trippy playing cards are a nod to 1960’s psychedelia. Each cardback and face card is illustrated with the kind of artwork you might find on a vintage Grateful Dead concert poster. Choose from Standard or Art of Play editions.

Bosscal Mezcal Joven

Bosscal Mezcal Joven
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Beware, vegetarians. The rascally rabbit on the label hints that Bosscal Mezcal isn’t just made with agave, per usual. It’s made with meat. Organic agave is triple distilled in Durango, Mexico. During the third distillation, a skinless rabbit is suspended in the still, allowing the liquid vapors to pass through it.

LEGO Train Close Call

LEGO Train Close Call

We’ve seen some pretty epic LEGO railroad builds over the years. This simple figure eight track won’t win any awards for complexity, but it’s the precise length of its train that makes it noteworthy. Every time it passes through the intersection, it comes within millimeters of ramming into itself. Ramp up the anxiety at 10x speed.

Seven Nation Delta Blues Army

Seven Nation Delta Blues Army

There’s no question that Jack White’s music features a heavy blues influence. Musician Justin Johnson took things to their logical conclusion by performing The White Stripes’ anthemic Seven Nation Army on a steel guitar with a slide, giving it that classic Mississippi Delta Blues sound. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon is a knockout, a one-two punch of 5- and 6-year-old Kentucky straight bourbons made from a mash of 75% Corn, 13% rye, and 12% barley. The 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition gold medal winner won a 95-point review from The Tasting Panel. We give it two boxing-gloved thumbs up.

BeachBack Beach Lounger

BeachBack Beach Lounger

This clever beach lounger folds into a backpack in seconds. In backpack mode, it’ll hold up to 35 liters of your towels, swimsuits, suntan lotion, and hats. In sunbed mode, you get a reclining backrest, a padded mattress, a wind-resistant towel, and a sun canopy. It’s also got an insulated pocket for keeping drinks cool.

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