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Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

Let Beastie Boys members Adrock and Mike D walk you through their story in “revealing and funny accounts”, from their amateur days to the release of their classic albums. Also features contributions from their friends such as Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson.

NERF N-Strike Elite Titan CS-50

NERF N-Strike Elite Titan CS-50

NERF’s toy arsenal gets bigger and badder thanks to the N-Strike Elite Titan CS-50. It’s a minigun-style launcher that can fires eight darts per second from its spinning barrel. It has a 50 dart capacity, and comes with 50 foam projectiles and a shoulder strap to carry some of its weight.

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Chop Suey: Grand Piano Edition

Chop Suey: Grand Piano Edition

While visiting Viennna, musician Viktoria Yermolyeva stopped by the showroom of vaunted piano maker Bösendorfer, and decided to tickle the ivories a bit with a tune we’re pretty sure has never been played in their store before, System of a Down’s 2001 hit Chop Suey.

Ice Karting

Ice Karting

We’ve spent some time hooning about on the ice in high-powered sports cars, but these guys in Russia show that it doesn’t take a big budget to enjoy ice driving. With tiny studded tires and some 250cc engines, ripping around on a frozen river in go karts looks like a massive amount of fun.

2020 Polaris Slingshot

2020 Polaris Slingshot

Polaris’ showy 3-wheeler gets revamped for 2020, with a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 178 or 203hp, upgraded brakes, steering, and suspension, and an optional automatic transmission making it accessible to more drivers than before. It’s got an even more dramatic front end, with new LED headlights and running lights.

Vintage Organ Dancing Queen

Vintage Organ Dancing Queen

A few years back, Alexey Rom’s video of Bohemian Rhapsody performed by a 100-year-old self-playing organ was a massive hit. We recently stumbled onto one of his follow-ups, a version of ABBA’s 1974 hit Dancing Queen. For each song, Alexey painstakingly creates his own custom player scrolls.

Robosen T9 Transforming Robot

Robosen T9 Transforming Robot

This pricey robot toy uses 22 programmable servo motors and joints to change from a mech into a vehicle, just like a Transformer. It can dance, pose, speak, walk, and drive like a car too. It’s fully-programmable via an app, and also supports voice commands.

How Ice Cream Cones Are Made

How Ice Cream Cones Are Made

Making waffle cones at home is pretty darned easy to do. But when you need to churn out millions of these tasty treats every month, you need some serious industrial equipment. In this classic video from How It’s Made, they show us just how factories mass-produce waffle, sugar, and cake cones.

PhiGolf Golf Simulator

Improve your golf swing in the comfort of your own office or living room. The PhiGolf system uses a special swing sensor works with your clubs or the included swing stick to track your every move. When used with the WGT Golf app mirrored from your smartphone to your TV, you can even see where the ball went.

Don’t Stop Me Now: Brass Edition

Don’t Stop Me Now: Brass Edition

Musician and arranger Seb Skelly presents a wonderful one-man performance of Queen’s energetic and uplifting 1978 track Don’t Stop Me Now, played on horn, tuba, trombone, and a pair of trumpets. Feeling ambitious? Grab the sheet music here.

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Jacob Koller goes by the nickname “The Mad Arranger” because he loves to take relatively straightforward pieces of music and amp up the difficulty to 9000. Here, he takes Rossini’s familiar William Tell Overture and turns it into a supremely tricky jazz version. His arrangement of Mission Impossible is worth a listen too.

LIVEN 8Bit Warps

LIVEN 8Bit Warps

Sonicware’s little electronic music maker cranks out some seriously fat sounds. It packs four synth engines, including 8-bit frequency modulation, as well as a step sequencer, effects, and looping, all for less than 200 bucks. It has 27 keys, MIDI in/out, stereo in/out, headphone out, and can run on batteries too.

Puddles x Foreigner

Puddles x Foreigner

Puddles Pity Party turned in a stellar cover version of Foreigner’s 1984 hit ballad I Want to Know What Love Is, accompanied by images of his fans’ furry friends, which serve as a reminder that rescue animals are the best, and to encourage listeners to adopt more pets.

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The Ultimate Boardgame Backpack

The Ultimate Boardgame Backpack

This oversized pack is just the thing for carrying board games to parties. It has an extendable main compartment for games, pockets for accessories, a notepad slot, two drink holders, and can be expanded with elastic box bands, a dice case, and other add-ons.

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams celebrates the life of David Bowie through a series of illustrated comic panels. The 160 page hardcover graphic novel chronicles his rise from pop singer to Ziggy Stardust, and his numerous personas and reinventions. Written by Michael Allred, Steve Horton, and Laura Allred.

Largest Domino Pyramid

Largest Domino Pyramid

Built on a 31 x 31 base, this enormous pyramid of dominoes was built using a total of 20,336 individual tiles, painstakingly arranged by domino fanatic Taikamuna. The official Guinness Record is just 18,447 dominoes so this clearly smashed that record. The toppling starts at 3:02.

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Mechforce’s mindbending fidget toy features a series three metal cubes nested one inside of the other. The entire thing is CNC-machined from a single billet of aluminum. Measures 1″ x 1″ x 1″, and includes a removable keychain ring.

Star Wars: The Last Stand

Star Wars: The Last Stand

Motion designer Sekani Solomon and a team of talented animators made this brief, but impressive Star Wars fan film, which features an epic battle between a group of stormtroopers and an unknown enemy. The CGI work is as good as any video game cutscene we’ve seen. Sound design by Echoic.

Devs (Trailer)

Devs (Trailer)

This limited-run mystery series from Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) follows the story of a software engineer who thinks a secret division of her employer might actually be responsible for her boyfriend’s murder. Nick Offerman’s character is reason enough to tune in. Coming to FX on Hulu March 5, 2020.

Into the Weird Playing Cards

Into the Weird Playing Cards

Art of Play’s limited edition deck features imagery by illustrator Jenny Gebhardt, who provided each of its 54 cards with a uniquely warped and twisted character or scene. Printed by the U.S. Playing Card Co.

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Rainbow Metal Dice Set

Rainbow Metal Dice Set

Upgrade your D&D game with Rainbow Shop CN’s beautiful shimmery electroplated metal dice. Made from zinc alloy, they have a nice heft to them, and you’ll get a full set including D20, D12, D10, D10(percentile), D8, D6, and D4 for all your gaming needs.

Fargo: Installment 4 (Trailer)

Fargo: Installment 4 (Trailer)

After a lengthy hiatus, Fargo is back, and it looks as good as ever. This time, we’re dropped into Kansas City, circa 1950, where two crime syndicates attempt to maintain peace, not only in their turf war, but across racial lines. The cast includes Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jack Huston, Uzo Aduba, Timothy Olyphant, and more.

Onewheel Coolerwheel

Onewheel Coolerwheel

Electric skateboard maker Onewheel hacked a Yeti cooler on top of of one of their self-balancing boards, letting its rider carry around chilled drinks without dragging around a separate cooler. They built this one-off prototype on a whim, but we kind of dig the idea.

Tiny Skate Loop

Tiny Skate Loop

This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a skateboarder do a 360º loop de loop, but we’ve never seen it done on a loop nearly this tight. Boarder Simon Isaksson pulled off the daunting task after a seemingly endless stream of failed attempts.

Portal 2 as a Rhythm Game

Portal 2 as a Rhythm Game

Portal 2 is one of the most entertaining puzzle games of all time. While we can only hope that someday Valve will return to the franchise, gamer Doodle Chaos reminds us just how fun it was with this run through a custom edited level, perfectly timed to match the accompanying music. The bit with the personality cores is so great.

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