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Making a Giant Matchbox

Making a Giant Matchbox

The Q decided that ordinary matches weren’t big enough for him, so he went ahead and made five giant-sized matches out of wood, rope, and a homemade mix of incendiary chemicals like the ones on a real match head. To complete the set, he built a wooden matchbox with a sandpaper striker on its side.

LEGO Orrery

LEGO Orrery

LEGO builder marian519 built this mechanical contraption inspired by a vintage mechanical clockwork. As its crank is turned, it demonstrates the rotational relationships between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. The instructions and parts list for the 2305-piece, 70-gear model are available for purchase on Rebrickable.

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Building a Wooden Racing Rig

Building a Wooden Racing Rig

We’ve always wanted a proper cockpit for playing racing sim games, but most of the ones you can buy aren’t exactly living-room friendly. Maker Chris Salamone built this elegant sit-down racing rig from wood, and it looks like an expensive piece of modern furniture that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

TS2 Terminators 2: Primary Targets

TS2 Terminators 2: Primary Targets

Following up on TS: Terminators, filmmaker Fabrice Mathieu combined footage from more than 25 movies to create this imaginative sequel to Terminator 2 that envisions a timeline where Skynet sends back multiple T-800s to hunt down Sarah and John Connor. The car chase sequence alone is worth the price of admission.

Big Gold Brick (Trailer)

Big Gold Brick (Trailer)

Andy Garcia, Emory Cohen, Megan Fox, Lucy Hale, and Oscar Isaac star in this dark comedy about a promising young writer enlisted by an enigmatic man to write his biography. But it’s clear from the off-kilter trailer that there’s so much more to the story. In theaters, digital, and on-demand 2.25.2022.

Autonomous NERF Sentry Turret

Autonomous NERF Sentry Turret

Taking inspiration from KillJoy’s turret in Valorant, engineer Vinnie Satriale built this motorized NERF weapon that uses computer vision to lock onto the closest moving target and fire harmless foam projectiles at them. He built it as an alarm clock because he kept oversleeping.

Catsquatch Jigsaw Puzzle

Catsquatch Jigsaw Puzzle
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We’ve finally found Bigfoot, and it turns out the elusive beast is not what we thought it was. Actually, Sasquatch is just a bunch of cats smooshed together. This delightfully weird 1000-piece Catsquatch puzzle was illustrated by artist Shyama Golden, as part of Fred’s Artist Series.

Wingsuits Over the Pyramids

Wingsuits Over the Pyramids

We’ve seen an eye-popping top-down perspective of the Pyramids of Giza before. Now witness this world wonder from a different angle, as Red Bull athletes Fred Fugen, Vincent Cotte, and Mike Swanson fly incredibly close to the Pyramid of Khafre thanks to their streamlined new wingsuits.

Laser-carved Ouija Board

Laser-carved Ouija Board
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If you dare to summon spirits and demons at your dining table, you might as well do it the right way. Denver artist Matt Verges makes this fantastic ash wood Ouija board with an ominous laser-carved three-eyed goat at its center. The set includes a matching planchette (pointer) to guide your otherworldly conversations.

Tactical BBQ Apron

Tactical BBQ Apron
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Backyard barbecue masters will love this versatile tactical apron from American Mountain Supply. It has numerous pockets for grilling tools, condiments, a water bottle, and a phone, along with MOLLE webbing and hook-and-loop pads for personalizing with patches. Available in camouflage patterns and solid colors.

Turnstile Tiny Desk Concert

Turnstile Tiny Desk Concert

Modern hardcore punk band Turnstile cranks up the volume while surrounded by a sound-dampening wall of stuffed animals in this most excellent NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The seven-song sit-down offers a fresh take on their acclaimed 2021 album Glow On.

Ski Jump without Snow

Ski Jump without Snow

Zooming down a ski jump under normal conditions requires a certain amount of courage, but doing it when there’s no snow on it at all looks downright terrifying. That’s precisely what skier Christian Høgfeldt did a few years back, as he placed his skis into the tracks of a bare ski jump, headed downhill, and landed safely at the bottom.

All-Day Adventure Flask

All-Day Adventure Flask

Hibear makes the most versatile insulated bottle you can buy. The stainless steel All-Day Adventure Flask holds up to 32 oz. and includes the parts needed to make pour-over and cold brew coffee, tea, cocktails, infusions, and more. The silicone sleeve at its bottom can also be removed and used as a mug.

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Airbnb: Strangers

Airbnb: Strangers

Director Kim Gehrig created this warm and fuzzy promo spot for Airbnb about a family of long-haired monsters enjoying a relaxing lakeside vacation. The commercial aims to encourage inclusivity for hosts in a delightfully effective way. We just wouldn’t want to have to clean monster hair out of our hot tub.

The Everyday Blacksmith

The Everyday Blacksmith
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An essential reference guide for setting up your own blacksmith workshop and working with metal. The first half of author Nicholas Wicks’ book covers shop safety, equipment, and techniques, while the second half offers 55 simple projects like tools, hardware, utensils, and decorative objects you can create.

Levitating Millennium Falcon

Levitating Millennium Falcon

Glen Makes created this wonderful little diorama of a miniature Millennium Falcon as hovers over a sandy planet below. The detailed ship model’s LED lighting and the backdrop image really bring it all together. (Thanks, Mike!)

Peacemaker (Trailer 2)

Peacemaker (Trailer 2)

(PG-13: Language) America’s most self-important anti-hero is back and ready to achieve peace no matter how many people it kills. John Cena reprises his dolt of a character from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in this HBO Max series which drops 1.13.2022.

Pick Your Poison Party Card Game

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Pick Your Poison is an adult party game that asks players to choose from two very unpleasant scenarios to try and guess which one the rest of the table will go with. Players earn points each time they guess the majority answer. This edition includes some seriously NSFW suggestions, so it’s definitely not for the kids.

Bicycle Behemoth Stained Glass Playing Cards

Bicycle Behemoth Stained Glass Playing Cards
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This artful deck of cards features colorful stained glass imagery inspired by a powerful mythological entity. Printed by the US Playing Card Company with an Air-Cushion finish and packed in a matching box with a custom stained glass seal.

The Longest Indoor MTB Trail

The Longest Indoor MTB Trail

A big part of mountain biking is getting out and enjoying nature. But when the weather turns inclement, an indoor trail doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Especially if it’s as awesome as Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, Ohio, which is home to a 1.6km (~1 mile) long trail, loaded with a variety of tricky terrain to test your skills.

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DIY Cardboard Table Hockey

DIY Cardboard Table Hockey

We have fond childhood memories of playing one of those tabletop hockey games and trying to smash the puck into our friend’s goal. Maker Sean Yan Muk of SeansCrafts decided to build himself a version of the classic game using cardboard, curtain rods, popsicle sticks, springs, and toy soldiers.

LEGO Ideas Sonic Green Hill Zone

LEGO Ideas Sonic Green Hill Zone
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That fan-designed LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog set is finally here. The official version features an accurate recreation of the Green Hill Zone, complete with a palm tree, loop de loop, enemies, and of course Sonic’s rings. The 1125-piece set comes with a Sonic minifig, a brick-built Dr. Eggman, and seven Chaos Emeralds.

Forgot About Dre on Banjo

Forgot About Dre on Banjo

Musician Luca Stricagnoli trades his guitar for a banjo for this wonderfully unexpected cover version of Eminem and Dr. Dre’s track Forgot About Dre. Even without the acerbic lyrics, Luca’s pizzicato plucking cuts sharp as a knife.

Boom Bap Beatbox

Boom Bap Beatbox

It’s been a little while since we checked in with beatbox maestro Tom Thum, but from the looks of his TikTok channel, the dude’s still got it. Turn up the volume and listen up as he lays down beats, scratches, raps, and even sounds like an electric organ.

LEGO Cucumber House Factory

LEGO Cucumber House Factory

The Brick Wall loves to build LEGO Technic machines and factories. This time out, he created an incredibly complicated system that cuts, mills, and assembles a log cabin – only the logs are cucumbers. We want to see it make hot dog houses with mortar made from mustard.

Patent Greeting Cards

Patent Greeting Cards
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These unique greeting cards feature line art illustrations based on patent drawings. The collection includes silly items like Mr. Potato Head and that little plastic thing they put in pizza boxes, and more practical inventions like the kitchen stand mixer and handcuffs.

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