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What the Fact?

What the Fact?

From the Cornflake Wars of 1906 to the Toilet Paper Panic of 1973, author Gabe Henry’s and illustrator Dave Hopkins’ compact almanac is filled with one strange historical fact for each day of the year. Makes a great gift for trivia buffs or a bedside reader for your guest room.

Lucy in the Sky (Trailer)

Lucy in the Sky (Trailer)

Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley’s feature debut stars Natalie Portman as an astronaut whose experience in space gives here a new perspective on her life on Earth, and who gradually loses her grip on reality after she returns home.

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Blockitecture Big Apple

Blockitecture Big Apple

Designer James Paulius extends his collection of colorful wooden architectural blocks with a miniature version of New York City. The full set features two iconic skyscrapers, a handful of shorter buildings, and a smattering of urban greenspace. The Empire State building and greenway models are available separately as well.

MTV Moon Person POP!

MTV Moon Person POP!

Give yourself a cheap thrill with your very own MTV Video Music Award, inspired by the iconic moon man seen on the very first moments of MTV’s existence, and later on VMA trophies. Naturally, the Funko POP! version has a disproportionately large head, but it still looks awesome.

R/C Flying Man

R/C Flying Man

We’ve seen some pretty wild remote-controlled flying machines over the years, but this might just be our favorite so far. In this clip from RC Media World, flyer Graner Berg shows off his custom-built drone that looks like a full-size human wearing a jetpack. It’s impressively agile and stable in flight, given its awkward shape.

The Rise of Skywalker: Special Look

The Rise of Skywalker: Special Look

During the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney teased just a little more of Star Wars: Episode IX, which was always planned by George Lucas to be the end of the Skywalker saga. The first minute or so looks fondly backwards, as the remaining footage teases Rey’s rise, and new conflicts between dark and light.

Digital Foosball Table

Digital Foosball Table

Interactive system maker Realtime Department shows off a modern version of the classic foosball game where you never have to worry about losing the ball again. It features a 4K display and spinner style rod controls, and its virtual stadium and player uniforms can be customized.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

“I’m not here to be didactic or professorial in any way.” Nope, actor and entertainer Jeff Goldblum’s lighthearted new series simply takes us on a journey through the world, as seen through some of the universe’s most inquisitive and uncritical eyes. Coming to Disney+ 11/12/19.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Walt Disney World’s most immersive experience yet will be a new hotel being built next to Galaxy’s Edge. The Galactic Starcruiser will make multi-day guests feel like they’re inside a spaceship – the Halcyon – via galactic views, hotel staff portrayed by characters like Chewbacca, and a port day on the planet Batuu.

El Camino (Teaser)

El Camino (Teaser)

Jesse Pinkman managed a miraculous escape at the end of Breaking Bad, now we get to find out what happened next. Written and directed by Vince Gilligan, El Camino is a feature-length Netflix film that picks up where things left off. Looks like life hasn’t been too kind to Skinny Pete from the looks of things. Drops 10/11/19.

Level 20 RGB Standing Desk

Level 20 RGB Standing Desk

Thermaltake’s height-adjustable gaming desk has RGB LEDs all around its perimeter that can be synchronized with other Thermaltake or Razer Chroma products. It has an electric motor, a removable full-length mouse pad, and can hold up to 330lb.

Backyard 4.2G Roller Coaster

Backyard 4.2G Roller Coaster

Will from London is like the calm version of Colin Furze, creating his own dangerous and over-the-top contraptions in his UK backyard, but minus the shouting. In this clip, he shows off a wood and PVC roller coaster that uses compressed air to produce 1200 lb. of thrust, and accelerating its sled at up to 4.2G. Build video here.

Disney Parks’ Avengers Campus

Disney Parks’ Avengers Campus

Galaxy’s Edge still has that new theme park smell. Now, Disney has revealed 2020 plans for a Marvel-themed land at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris. “Avengers Campus” will include the current Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and a new Spider-Man ride-through attraction, Tony Stark’s Worldwide Engineering Brigade.

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The Mandalorian (Trailer)

The Mandalorian (Trailer)

The first of what we are sure will be many Star Wars stories on its way to the new Disney+ streaming service takes place between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. It stars a heavily armored Pedro Pascal in the title role, with Jon Favreau taking on writing and showrunner duties. Premieres 11/12/19.

Kian Soltani: Tiny Desk Concert

Kian Soltani: Tiny Desk Concert

Listen up as NPR’s offices are filled with rich and vibrant sounds made by musician Kian Soltani and his rare Giovanni Grancino cello, made way back in 1680. The tracks are Hungarian Rhapsody by Popper, Nacht und Träume by Schubert (arr. Soltani), and Persian Fire Dance, by Soltani himself. That’s Christopher Schmitt on piano.

Funko POP! Mini Wall Shelves

Funko POP! Mini Wall Shelves

Do you collect Funko POP! figures? Assuming you take them out of the box to enjoy them, 630Laser’s acrylic wall shelves let you display them easily, and grow your display as you grow your collection. They stick with double-sided wall tape, and are sold in singles or multi-packs. They also make displays for boxed figures.

Motherless Brooklyn (Trailer)

Motherless Brooklyn (Trailer)

Edward Norton wrote, directed, and stars in this drama about a private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, who finds himself on a quest to solve the murder of his mentor and friend, and ends up diving deep into the seamy underbelly of New York. The soundtrack features the new song Daily Battles by Thom Yorke and Flea.

Patriot Desert Ops LC79 Land Cruiser

Patriot Desert Ops LC79 Land Cruiser

To celebrate their versatile new X1N series, Australia’s Patriot Campers created the Desert Ops LC79 Supertourer, an awesome custom Toyota Land Cruiser. Both the X1N and the LC79 have a matching 1970s color scheme, beefed-up off-road suspensions, and are ready to conquer about any terrain.

Z Deck Cardistry Cards

Z Deck Cardistry Cards

Designed by December Boys, these unique playing cards feature a twisty black and white zig-zag pattern on both their fronts and backs, creating for dramatic illusions for cardistry enthusiasts. Comes with four double-backed green cards for chromakeying effects in videos.

Monster Mech Models

Monster Mech Models

Ukraine model designer Denis Ohrimenko of TimeForMachine makes a variety of cool laser-cut wood kits, including a series of awesome robot monsters. Each one has movable legs which can be swapped out with other models. Choose from Scorpio MN 3.1, Scarabeus MN 9.1, Arachnoid MN 2.1, and Prometeus MN 1.1 designs.

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Bang Your Head (It’s a Celebration)

Bang Your Head (It’s a Celebration)

Musical mashup master Bill McLintock’s track will drive you mad. It’s another impossible combination that somehow just works, as Kool & The Gang’s Celebration meets Quiet Riot’s Metal Health. Crank it up to 11 as funk and metal make beautiful music together.

Horse Destroys the Universe

Horse Destroys the Universe

Cyriak Harris is best known for his incredibly surreal, layered, and detailed animations. Now, the artist has created his first book, a science fiction story about a horse who could destroy the universe, and the meaning of life. It’s been referred to as The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Black Beauty meets The Matrix.

LEGO Ideas x HeroQuest

LEGO Ideas x HeroQuest

HeroQuest is a tabletop fantasy game that’s been around since 1989. As a fan of the game, LEGO builder King Glorious Squirrel has designed an impressive concept for a set that’s packed with tons of details, wonderful dungeons and minifigs, and is playable. Show your support for the project on LEGO Ideas.

Classical Music Mashup III

Classical Music Mashup III

Musician Grant Woolard follows up his previous two classical music clips with a new medley of 70 tunes performed on piano, as more heads of composers bounce their way across the musical staff. Many of the greats are represented, from Beethoven, to Bach, to Strauss, to Mozart, to Chopin, and more. Rick Roll at 0:39.

Inside a Fireworks Stunt Plane

Inside a Fireworks Stunt Plane

We’ve seen a plane shoot off fireworks before, and it’s pretty amazing. Now, thanks to all-around good guy Tom Scott and the guys at British aerobatics display team Aerosparx, we’ve been granted front-row access to a practice run, along with an explanation of how they pull off their flying spectacle.

Video Game Metal Tribute

Video Game Metal Tribute

It’s a couple of years old, but that doesn’t make FamilyJules‘ hard rock medley of classic video game music any less entertaining. Whenever we hear video game music played with this much energy and speed, we think our character is about to run out of health. Grab the MP3 here.

D-Dart Tempest Blaster

D-Dart Tempest Blaster

This unusual battery-powered blaster uses a flywheel to load up and fire up to 28 foam darts in sequence. Since they’re designed to be held and fired by a single hand, you can dual-wield them too. Out of Darts recently reviewed it, and showed how much faster it can fire when modded.

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

The cinematic trailer for the interstellar follow-up to the popular space sandbox game Kerbal Space Program doesn’t show any gameplay, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome, as Kerbals race through space backed by M83’s epic Outro. For more on the game’s new features go here, and learn more from the developers.

Underwater (Trailer)

Underwater (Trailer)

After a team of underwater researchers set up shop at the bottom of the ocean, an earthquake strikes and threatens to destroy their laboratory. But it turns out that maybe they really just angered some undersea monster by drilling into its home. Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, and Vincent Cassel star in this popcorn horror flick.

Jack in the Box Illusion

Jack in the Box Illusion

Bodypainting artist Kika Studio is up to her old tricks. This time she used a heaping helping of black paint to erase her torso and turned herself into a super creepy human jack-in-the-box. Who are we kidding? All jack-in-the-boxes are terrifying.

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

The multitalented Aaron Grooves and Jared Charney Cohen collaborated for this fun tap dance, piano, and xylophone performance of the “Athletic” theme music from Super Mario World. If you need a smile today, this video should do the trick.

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