If you had told us ten years ago that a Hyundai Elantra would make a great sports car, we would called you crazy. But here we are in 2022, and the Elantra N is one our favorite cars of the year. The compact sedan has a great, energetic drivetrain, crisp handling, an awesome exhaust note, and an available manual transmission.
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It’s not often that belts do more than keep your pants from falling down. We’re grateful for that, but also very much like that Arcade Belts helps fund nationwide wildfire prevention through sales of three vintage-inspired Smokey Bear belt styles. Smokey’s also good to have around in case your pants are on fire.
Filmmaker Steve Cutts animated short film explores one thing that’s been consistent throughout our existence – the need to have what others don’t – and the willingness to fight each other for it. It’s a grim, dark comedy that reminds us of moments from two Kubrick films: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove.
The Dominican Republic has a passion for passion fruit. So do the Florida spirits connoisseurs who created Chinola, a deliciously sweet ‘n’ tangy, all-natural liqueur with the juice of six passion fruits in each bottle. It’s lovely to sip on its own and plays well with others, like rum, vodka, tequila, and bubbly.
Totally Handy walks us through the process of building a custom electric bicycle from scratch. In addition to its low-rider style, it has an extra-fat car tire on its rear wheel for added stability. The second part of the video shows off a totally different build – a custom made branding iron made from a melted-down engine.
These anodized aluminum trays are designed for holding screws, springs, keycaps, and other mechanical keyboard parts, but they’re great for any project where you’re dealing with small parts. They come in square or circular versions and measure 7cm (~2.75″) across.
Duck Hunt is one of the OG light gun games. The NES game used a photosensor in its gun to detect its position as you aimed at the birds on screen. Atari Video Music CRT Garage rigged up the game so it could be played on the world’s smallest CRT monitor – just 0.5″ across. It looks like the zapper can’t hit anything at this size.
Thermal cameras can be useful for finding people in the dark and for conducting inspections, but would having heat vision as a full-time superpower be a blessing or a curse? Louis Weisz strapped on a thermal camera and head-mounted display and wore them for 50 hours to see what life would be like with thermal vision.
German design firm Nui Studio created these large handcrafted hanging lamps, which incorporate a closed ecosystem for growing and nurturing a plant inside of a glass jar. The water inside of the lamp evaporates and condenses to keep the plant wet. For more information on ordering, contact Nui Studio.
We’ve seen all kinds of specialized factory equipment over the years, showing off some ingenious engineering to perform repetitive tasks. One of the more satisfying machines we’ve seen in recent times is this contraption that rapidly applies stickers to lemons as they glide along on the conveyor belt below.
James Beard Award-winning mixologist Toby Maloney and the bartenders of Chicago’s The Violet Hour created this 320-page guide to the fundamentals of cocktail making. You’ll learn about balancing ingredients, getting the right textures, aromas, and temperatures, then advance to making your own concoctions.
The DragonForce track Through the Fire and Flames is widely regarded as one of the hardest songs to play in music pattern-matching games. The insanely quick song has made its way into the PC game Trombone Champ. YouTuber DerpyChap is trying his best to master the punishing track, while Salient seems to have it down.
Do you like solving puzzles and winning money? Just buy this 500-piece jigsaw puzzle from MSCHF and complete it for a chance to win big. The finished puzzle produces a QR code you scan to see how much you won. Every puzzle wins a prize ranging from $1 to $1,000,000 – with two lucky winners scoring the grand prize.
This small tabletop display lets you keep track of to-do lists, reminders, and other stuff you might normally jot on sticky notes. It uses NFC tech to sync notes from your phone and needs no battery or charging cord to update its high-contrast 4″ e-paper screen. It can also display images and quotes you send to it.
Artist and designer Dom Riccobene painstakingly replicated the full single-player map of Los Santos from Grand Theft Auto V as a 3D model. Because of the size of his 3D printer, he broke the map down into 24 quadrants, then assembled each piece onto a 20″ x 30″ base. We enjoyed watching the map legend being carved too.
At the World Domino Collective 2022, the Dutch Domino Team enlisted 33 builders to put together this enormous 750,000 dominoes sequence. In the end, “only” 704,814 toppled, but they still set an amateur world record. Domino maniac Lily Hevesh was part of the build team and captured the impressive feat.
This engineering sandbox game lets players make their own working machines, structures, and interactive objects. It features a robust visual programming interface for controlling movements and encourages players to share their creations. Coming to Steam in early 2023. A PC demo is available now.
Marshall celebrates “60 Years of Loud” with this limited edition Emberton Bluetooth speaker. It has a black diamond finish, 60th anniversary badging, and a diamond-faceted control padd. Expect 20 hours of playtime per charge and crisp, enveloping sound from its dual 10-watt Class D amps. It’s also IPX7-rated waterproof.
With an average temperature of -81ºF and frequent dust storms, Mars doesn’t sound like the most relaxing place. But this desktop Mars Zen Garden will help you maintain a tranquil state of mind. It comes with a 10″ diameter resin tray, red sand, four lava rocks, a tiny astronaut, rover, and a copper-finish rake for making patterns.
It took 56 people four years to build Gremlin Symphony inside Convergence Station, Denver. The room is an art installation made from trash sculpted around instruments that play themselves using robotics or can be played by a human. Reggie Watts got together with co-creator Meason Wiley to give it a test run.
While keeping an eye out on a neighborhood tree, a birdwatcher witnesses one bird murdering another. After realizing what he has seen, the bird tries to protect its secret. Charlie Hankin wrote, directed, and animated this darkly comic short film that sort of combines Hitchcock’s Rear Window and The Birds.
Improve the flavor of your campsite and backyard cooking with these flip-top spice containers from Coghlans. The Multi-Spice comes with paprika, curry, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and black pepper, while the Multi-Grill version comes with four mixes for seafood, chicken, steak, and general grilling.
They say, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but if we had to guess the profession of this distinguished British gentleman with a brass duck head cane, we would have gone with an art forger. LADbible interviewed Max Brandrett to learn about how his rough upbringing, life in the circus, and artistic talents led to a life of crime.
Inspired by the jackets worn by armored vehicle crewmen in WWII, this quilted jacket from Relwen combines warmth, practicality, and military style. Its shell is made from a woven nylon-cotton blend with a recycled poly fill. It has multiple pockets, including a zippered chest pocket that’s perfect for a phone.
A good pocket-size pry tool can really come in handy for separating items that are stuck together when you don’t have a crowbar lying around. Everyday Carry’s picked some of the best models, including ones with bottle openers, wrenches, hex drivers, and utility blades built in. The bargain-priced Kershaw PT-2 is our go-to.
In this experiment from the Hydraulic Press Channel, they wanted to test how the thickness and number of threads on nuts affects their strength. So they placed different nuts on the same kind of bolt, then pressed down to measure the force required to move and bend each one.