Those crack-to-activate glow sticks are good for a single use. This phosphorescent kubaton can be used over and over again. It glows brightly after charging in sunlight and is suitable for self-defense with proper training and practice. It’s made from heavy-duty injection-molded nylon and measures 6″ long.
We’ve seen cool toys that look like ray guns but none that fire a ray. After building a Halo-inspired plasma knife, Jay from the Plasma Channel returned to his workbench to create a raygun that shoots powerful bursts of static electricity from its tip. The 120,000-volt, 3D-printed gizmo produces an arc that becomes visible when shorting it directly to ground.
These versatile wire strippers add a couple of useful functions we don’t typically see. In addition to cutting and stripping solid and stranded wires, it has special tools for splitting jacketed wires down the middle and another for twisting wires together. It’s made from high-carbon alloy steel and has a comfortable grip and spring-loaded handles.
You know those toy cars that move using a flywheel? The car-chopping madmen of Garage 54 took another rusted-out old Lada and fitted it with such a mechanism. They connected its engine and transmission to the flywheel via a differential, pulley, and belts. After giving the car some gas, let it coast to see how far it would go under flywheel power.
We used to play the hell out of the Sega Dreamcast game Crazy Taxi. The ride-and-drive simulator Taxi Life is a far more sedate take on the same. The sim puts you behind the wheel of a cab to pick up passengers in Barcelona, Spain, and also to create and manage your own taxi company. The game hits PS5, Xbox, and Steam on 3.7.2024.
Astrophysicists estimate that our universe came into existence roughly 14 billion years ago, and it’s been expanding ever since. Kurzgesagt ponders the question whether the universe is truly infinite if it keeps growing, or if it has an edge somewhere that we just can’t see.
If you’ve ever tried grilling jalapeños or other peppers, you know getting an even sear can be tricky. This nifty grill accessory from Cave Tools lets you load up to 24 peppers vertically for consistent cooking without flipping. It also works with chicken legs and fits in ovens, too. The set includes a stainless steel pepper corer.
Max Verstappen showed off his new Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 F1 car in spectacular fashion. Zooming around Silverstone’s 5.8 km (3.6 mi) Grand Prix Circuit, he was pursued by the Dutch Drone Gods and their custom drone that flies at up to 350 km/h (~217 mph). Drivers David Coulthard and Liam Lawson helped with some trial runs before the big test.
This shiny gold watch takes inspiration from the original G-SHOCK DW5000C. The GMB2100GD-9A has a full metal case made from stainless steel with a gleaming gold ion-plated finish. The watch offers world time capability, a stopwatch, countdown timer, alarms, and a calendar, and recharges automatically using solar power.
We’ve featured a number of funny songs by The Kiffness, but somehow we missed this one when he posted it back in 2022. Instead of a cat making weird noises, this hilarious take on AWOLNATION’s Sail stars a dog that makes silly sounds while sleeping. Blame it on his floppy cheeks.
This two-piece metal planet puzzle from Hanayama is more challenging than it looks. Designer Masui Ohno created this brainteaser that asks you to solve what should be a simple problem: release the silver planet from inside of its golden ring by twisting, turning, and pushing its bumpy surface through the jagged inner ring. Measures appx 2″ across.
A vacuum engine moves due to air pressure on one side of its piston and a partial vacuum on the other. The simplest example uses a flame on one side of the piston to create these conditions. W&M Levsha shows the process of making a working miniature of this kind of engine using brass, aluminum, and precision machining techniques.
Get your books out of boxes and scattered on tabletops. Instead, display them on this modern metal bookshelf from Sttoraboks. The shelf has four angled shelves, each holding five to seven books and eliminating the need for bookends. It’s available in red, black, or white and has non-slip feet to protect floors. Assembles easily in about 15 minutes.
Pastry artist Amaury Guichon’s Amazon orders don’t come in regular boxes. That’s because everything in his life has to be edible and delicious. Amaury shows how he made a picture-perfect replica of a shipping box with caramelized white chocolate cardboard and filled with layers of caramel, cremeux, mousse, and marshmallow packing peanuts.
Moon Mystery is an ambitious FPS that started as a solo effort and has grown to a 15-person project. The game’s creator says they took inspiration from Interstellar, Half-Life 2, and Firewatch to create its diverse environments and sci-fi story about a mysterious black hole. It’s still a work in progress, but you can add it to your Steam wishlist here.
The engraved markings on camera control knobs often have painted details to highlight functions. Camera repair technician Ryan Jones of RJ Repairs shows how he restores these details on a vintage Leica by applying Testors enamel model paint using a dental pick and then removing the excess using a Q-tip. It’s so satisfying to see the crisp shapes after cleanup.
This compact fixed-blade knife is designed for easy carrying around your neck or on your belt or boot. It has a 1.9-inch clip-point blade made from 5CR15MOV stainless steel and a grippy G10 handle with finger grooves. It comes with a custom hard-molded sheath and a 14″ pendant chain.
We have a hard enough time putting together an off-the-shelf model. Top One Maker is an overachiever and builds all of his models from scratch. In this video, he shows how he took some grey PVC pipe, heated it, and cut and assembled the pieces to form the body and chassis of a remote-controlled Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 SUV.
This pocket-size flashlight from Wuben is designed for versatility. It has a built in pocket clip, a magnetic base, and a 180º swivel head. Its can output up to 750 lumens of white light, a red light for night reading, and a lantern diffuser. In addition to its on-board battery it’s available with a charging box that offers up to 100 hours of runtime.
With all the bad stuff going on in the world, sometimes we feel like the party is about to end. The dinosaurs had a similar feeling right before the big asteroid hit, and this shirt from Let’s Get This Thread sums it up nicely. Available as a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or terry crew shirt in various colors. Our favorite is the tie-dye tee.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Handy Geng wanted a special good-luck outfit. After explaining the Chinese Zodiac, Geng put dozens of grommets into a sweater and filled each with a red LED light reminiscent of Rudolph’s nose. To complete the party effect, he scattered laser diodes between the bulbs. Turn captions on, and be sure to watch til the end.
To celebrate the release of Dune: Part Two, watchmaker Hamilton teamed up with the film’s prop master to create this unique timepiece. The limited-edition Ventura Edge Dune watch features Hamilton’s signature shield-shaped case with a matte black PVD coating and a blue digital display with an extra bright outline mode. They also have a Dune analog watch.