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Restoring a Vintage Lottery Machine

Restoring a Vintage Lottery Machine

After impressing us by restoring a vintage pinball machine, Old Things Never Die is back with another project video. This time, they took an antique coin-operated lottery game that tumbled tiny balls inside a metal sphere, then dropped one behind a window at its bottom. The color of the selected ball corresponds to a prize.

Johnnie Walker High Rye

Johnnie Walker High Rye
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The High Rye expression from famed Scotch maker Johnnie Walker blends whiskies made from a 60% rye mash with barley and wheat. It offers a spicy vanilla fragrance, the flavors of apple, clove, and toffee, and a dry but slightly sweet finish. Great for sipping or mixing in fall and winter cocktails.

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The Master Theorem: Elite

The Master Theorem: Elite
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Solved all of the puzzles in The Master Theorem? This Elite puzzle book is even more challenging – offering 40 incredibly difficult Theorems to solve and five training puzzles to help you warm up your big brain. The escape room-style puzzles will test even the best code breakers and critical thinkers.

What We Do in the Shadows Season 4 (Trailer)

What We Do in the Shadows Season 4 (Trailer)

In the new season of the hilarious What We Do in the Shadows, Baby Colin Robinson learns to ride a tricycle, Laszlo gets a gun, and Nandor continues his awkward quest for a new bride. Plus, Nadja and her vampire pals open up a nightclub designed to lure in unsuspecting humans. Premieres 7.12.22 on FX and Hulu.

NEMO Stargaze Recliner

NEMO Stargaze Recliner

Camping gear company NEMO Equipment created this outdoor chair for comfort and relaxation. In the seated position, it can swing back and forth, and when you lean back, it automatically reclines so you can gaze at the sky above. It weighs just over 7 pounds, sets up in less than a minute, and is stable on uneven terrain.

Cardboard NERF Blaster

Cardboard NERF Blaster

NERF weapons are normally made from plastic with a few springs and maybe a motor. DanCreator made a working replica of a NERF Elite 2.0 blaster mostly out of cardboard. It has a slide-action mechanism that reloads darts into the chamber from a spring-loaded magazine.

Metal Zombie

Metal Zombie

Turn up your speakers to 11 and scream at the top of your lungs to this re-upload of Leo Moracchioli’s excellent 2016 metal cover version of The Cranberries’ classic Zombie. It’s loud, intense, and apropos of the blood-boiling things going on in the world at the moment.

This Is GWAR (Trailer)

This Is GWAR (Trailer)

This documentary takes us inside the world of one of the most outrageous acts ever, GWAR. Along with interviews with the band’s members, you’ll hear how the masters of trash metal have influenced everyone from Weird Al to Bam Margera, and the hard work that goes into their fluid-soaked stage shows. Coming to Shudder on 7.21.22.

Storm Simulation Spa

Storm Simulation Spa

If you can get over your fear of lightning, sitting in the rain during a thunderstorm can be quite a relaxing experience. But at this spa you can experience a torrential downpour without leaving the building. The immersive experience includes a drenching downpour, projections of lightning, and lighting and sound effects.

The Marriage of Figaro on Four Guitars

The Marriage of Figaro on Four Guitars

Classical music and opera fans will recognize this tune as the Overture from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Eddie Murphy fans remember it as the opening music from Trading Places. But wherever you know this masterful composition from, you’ll be wowed by this 4-part acoustic guitar cover by 40 Fingers.

HoMedics Drift Sandscape Garden

HoMedics Drift Sandscape Garden

The HoMedics Drift is a production version of those sand drawing machines we’ve seen before. This soothing and meditative gizmo uses a ball bearing to draw endless geometric patterns in the sand. It also has colorful RGB lighting, and its designs can be controlled via a companion mobile app. Available in 16″ and 21″ sizes.

Frey Ranch Bourbon + Straight Rye Whiskeys

Frey Ranch Bourbon + Straight Rye Whiskeys
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Frey Ranch Whiskey from comes from a farm in the Sierra Nevada Watershed. There, Colby and Ashley Frey sustainably “slow grow” heirloom grains and distill harvests into non-chill filtered 90-proof bourbon. The mash of non-GMO corn, winter cereal rye, winter wheat, and two-row barley yields a refined award winner.

Mock One Freestanding Hammock

Mock One Freestanding Hammock
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If you’ve ever set up a hammock, you know it can be a pain. But Republic of Durable Goods‘ freestanding hammock sets up as easily as a folding camp chair. It’s got built-in pads for your head and feet, a folding sunshade, and a basket with drink pockets. It weighs just 14.5 lb. and can hold a person up to 250 lb. and 6’4″ tall.

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Hatchback + SUV Liftgate Canopy

Hatchback + SUV Liftgate Canopy
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This folding canopy turns the spot behind your hatchback, crossover, or SUV into a covered patio. It attaches to the rear liftgate of most vehicles and can provide up to 36 sq. ft. of shelter from the sun and rain with its water-resistant polyester roof. Its design lets you easily access cargo, and when it’s not in use, it packs up small.

Mark Rober’s Secret Lair

Mark Rober’s Secret Lair

Engineer Mark Rober is known for pulling off some of the biggest experiments, pranks, and fun things on the internet. Now, he’s built an awesome maker’s space, lab, and play place with hidden entrances, a giant foam pit, and a bathroom that alerts everyone if you don’t wash your hands. It’s also the HQ for Crunch Labs.

Mantis

Mantis

From the makers of Exploding Kittens comes a fun card game with a deceptively simple set of rules. Using the colors and icons on the backs of cards as clues, players must figure out what cards to steal from their opponents to maximize their score. Each game takes about 10 minutes to play. For 2 to 6 players.

LEGO Essential Worker MOC

LEGO Essential Worker MOC

Expert LEGO builder JK Brickworks shows off another incredible automaton from his collection. This motorized machine features a LEGO worker whose only job is to retrieve balls from the lower bin and deliver them to the upper bin. The video shows the mechanism on the backside so you can see how it works.

Puzzle in a Micro Puzzle

Puzzle in a Micro Puzzle
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Do you enjoy a challenge? This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is sure to test your brain cells (and patience). Featuring a vibrant and detailed image of puzzle pieces, you’ll struggle to figure out where the picture ends, and the actual puzzle pieces begin. To make things even harder, each of its pieces is incredibly tiny.

LEGO Motorcycle Suspension Tester

LEGO Motorcycle Suspension Tester

When engineers want to test a vehicle’s suspension, they use a variety of methods, including test tracks, hydraulic posts, and treadmills. Brick Technology built a miniature version of the treadmill test using LEGO Technic components and used it to see how different motorcycle suspension setups absorb shocks.

Edge of the Earth (Trailer)

Edge of the Earth (Trailer)

Teton Gravity Research and HBO teamed up for this four-part documentary series that combines extreme sports, global adventuring, and nature show in one. Each episode, a group of skilled athletes take on daring missions to reach exotic and undiscovered locations. Premieres 7.12.2022 on HBO Max.

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Don’t You Want Brass?

Don’t You Want Brass?

Musician Seb Skelly turns The Human League’s 1981 new wave hit Don’t You Want Me? into a jazz tune, performing all five parts of his arrangement for brass quintet. We sort of miss the synthesizers, but Seb’s version is pretty great too.

Highway to Hell Polka

Highway to Hell Polka

The last time we checked in with German oompah band The Heimatdamisch, they were playing G N’ R’s Sweet Child ‘O Mine. This time, they turned the AC/DC track Highway to Hell into a festive polka, but not before trying to convince us that it was a regular rock cover.

LEGO Doctor Strange Sanctum Sanctorum

LEGO Doctor Strange Sanctum Sanctorum
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LEGO has a sweet new model of Doctor Strange’s residence. The 2,708-piece Sanctum Sanctorum offers action inside and out. The three-story set includes minifigs of Doctor Strange, Wong, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Ebony Maw, Master Mordo, Sinister Strange, Dead Strange, and The Scarlet Witch. Drops 8.1.2022.

Takibi Fire & Grill

Takibi Fire & Grill
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Snow Peak’s packable, portable grill is great for camping and backyard cooking. The five-piece set assembles quickly and easily onto its baseplate, providing a compact cooking surface for deliciously charcoal- or wood-grilled meals. Remove the grill bridge, and enjoy a cozy fire.

One More Try

One More Try

Every trick a skateboarder ever landed required at least some degree of practice and persistence. Director Najeeb Tarazi offers up an “ode to effort” with this experimental short that takes footage of skateboarders failing and composites it with their successes. Filmed by Dennis Ludwig, Ryan Neddeau, and Frankie Eder.

ResortBoard Scooter

ResortBoard Scooter

Developed by the makers of the GolfBoard, this personal mobility device is designed for getting around large resorts, campgrounds, and other places with a lot of ground to cover. Riding on all-terrain tires with undercarriage protection, it can ride on- or off-road. It runs up to 15 miles per charge on-road, and 12.5 miles off.

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