Lever Gear BitVault

Lever Gear BitVault

This aluminum and zinc alloy bit driver can carry up to six hex bits. Its interior compartment is waterproof, and its magnetic tip securely holds a bit for driving. You can also adjust its dividers to hold other items like pills, toothpicks, or emergency cash. It’s got a belt clip and a keychain loop for carrying versatility.

Extreme Woodburning

Extreme Woodburning

From the “don’t try this at home” file, Brad Russell shows off what happens when a 2000-volt transformer from a microwave oven is applied to wood painted with sodium bicarbonate. The result is beautiful, tree-like patterns known as Lichtenberg figures.

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A History of Silence

A History of Silence

Lois Weber is a name not known to many, but she was a pioneer of the cinema. She directed her first film in 1914, and owned her own movie studio. After directing more than 100 silent films, often tackling difficult subjects, she became nearly lost to history. Documentarian Travis Lee Ratcliff shines a light on her achievements.

Newron Motors EV-1 Motorcycle

Newron Motors EV-1 Motorcycle

This extravagant electric motorcycle features a dramatic body made with real wood, wrapped around an exoskeleton chassis. At its core is a battery pack capable of 186 miles of range, and a high-torque motor that can achieve a top speed of 136 mph. The company is taking €2,000 pre-order deposits the €60,000 bike.

A History of Panic Buying

A History of Panic Buying

(PG-13: Language) With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, people have been going crazy hoarding food and other supplies. But this certainly isn’t the first time panic buying has occurred. Ordinary Things looks back at times when fear overtook reason, and also attempts to explain why toilet paper is always the first thing to go.

Personalized LEGO Name Signs

Personalized LEGO Name Signs

Here’s a great gift for LEGO fans young or old. Brickles Shop makes custom name signs which feature LEGO-compatible studs on top. They’re available in a variety of colors and from 1 to 12 letters – though longer names can get quite spendy since they’re 3D printed. More styles here.

Trolling the Olympics

Trolling the Olympics

The #1 requirement for getting into the Olympics is that you’re an exceptional athlete. Half as Interesting explains how in 2018, a woman managed to hustle her way into an event at the Pyeongchang games with not much more ability than a bunny hill skier. You can watch Elizabeth Swaney’s amazingly mediocre ski half-pipe run here.

adidas Microbounce T1 Workshop

adidas Microbounce T1 Workshop

Inspired by an early-2000s midsole design, adidas quirky, but cool Microbounce T1 puts a spring in your step with cushioning cells that remind us of the suckers on an octopus’ tentacles. We dig the contrast of the rainbow colors with the black upper and cream patent leather mud guard.

The Naked and Famous: Blinding Lights

The Naked and Famous: Blinding Lights

New Zealand indie band The Naked and Famous dropped by Australia’s Triple J studios, where they put their unique spin onto The Weeknd’s 2020 hit Blinding Lights, picking up on the track’s 1980s-inspired electronic sounds, while Alisa Xayalith’s vocals give it a warmer and richer sound.

Finger String Art

Finger String Art

Among their various talents, Japanese dance crew XTRAP are experts at synchronized finger tutting. In this clip, the trio moves their hands and digits in sync to create geometric patterns using a loop of string. Enjoyed that? Check out their pencil and CD performances.

Monopoly Rustic Edition

Monopoly Rustic Edition

This unique version of the classic property ownership board game has a rustic wooden game board that assembles like a jigsaw puzzle. Its houses, hotels, and dice are also made from wood, its metal tokens have a weathered finish, and it comes packaged in a slide-top wooden box.

Zach King’s Day Off

Zach King’s Day Off

Visual trickster Zach King pays tribute to the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, faking out his parents and sneaking out of the house on a “sick day” with his buddy through the magic of digital and practical effects, optical illusions, and clever editing.

Dave Jr. Duffel Bag

Made from 18oz waterproof tarpaulin, Amabilis’ mid-size duffel keeps items inside dry. It’s main compartment holds 25 liters, and an external pocket provides a safe spot for smartphones or other small items. Also available in a 46 liter size. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code SPRINGSAVE15. (Expires 3/24/20)

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Pipmen Playing Cards

Pipmen Playing Cards

These playful decks from Elephant Playing Cards are covered with images of tiny people (aka “pipmen”) who live among the cards, like a crew building the Ace of Spades, and an old West gunfight on the 2 of Clubs. Every time you play, you’ll discover some new detail. Available in white-on-black or black-on-white.

Self-Isolation

Self-Isolation

As much of the world is staying home to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we’re all looking for things to do while we’re not going out. UK creative guy Rob Wakefield is having no trouble keeping his mind entertained while he self isolates, and took a little of his time to create this amusing little clip.

I Know This Much Is True (Trailer)

I Know This Much Is True (Trailer)

Mark Ruffalo stars in this this HBO limited series about identical twin brothers whose lives take very different paths after one of them struggles with mental health issues as a paranoid schizophrenic. Based on the 1998 best-selling novel by Wally Lamb.

ChopValue Recycled Chopstick Decor

ChopValue Recycled Chopstick Decor

ChopValue recycles bamboo chopsticks into decor and furniture. Their collection includes coasters, serving boards, shelving, standing desks, and even a block-stacking game, with pattern created by stacking and laminating the wood utensils. The company also empowers community-level recycling with microfactories.

What We Do in the Shadows Season 2

What We Do in the Shadows Season 2

The hilarious vampire mockumentary series is coming back for a second season, and it looks like the setups are hysterical as ever, from a Super Bowl party to an open mic night. Plus, it looks like everyone’s favorite energy vampire has gained some new powers after getting a promotion. Drops 4/15/20 on FX.

Invisible Bike Wheels

Invisible Bike Wheels

While it’s possible to build a hubless bicycle, it’s a mechanically complex feat. Builder The Q came up with a different approach that does away with spokes, replacing them with thick polyacrylate sheets. We’re not sure how durable they are, or how they affect ride quality, but it’s a really cool visual.

Geeki Tikis Plastic Tumblers

Geeki Tikis Plastic Tumblers

We love the look of Geeki Tikis’ ceramic tiki tumblers, but if you’d prefer something more kid-friendly and portable, check out these versions that are made from BPA-free plastic. They feature the same awesome designs, but are far less fragile, and have a screw-on top with a reusable straw. Not dishwasher or microwave safe.

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16-Pocket Tool Rolls

16-Pocket Tool Rolls

Montana artist Hbar N Craftworks makes these sturdy and substantial tool rolls from Martexin “Gridwax” Army Duck waxed canvas. They come in 8″, 10″, 12″, 15″, 18″ and 24″ wide versions, each with 16 tool pockets and two spacers. They’re also available in a heavy-duty olive drab canvas.

Learn to Play Guitar Online

They say anyone can play guitar, and now you can too. This extensive series of online lessons covers nine different topics, from basic chords to refining your strumming skills, along with specific techniques for blues, jazz, bluegrass, and more. Save another 40% in The Awesomer Shop with code SPRINGSAVE40. (Expires 3/24/20)

The Plan

The Plan

“Do not go to the Winchester.” Simon Pegg and Nick Frost offer up a public service announcement that reminds us it’s a really bad idea to be leaving our homes during the COVID-19 outbreak, as they reminisce about what happened to them during Shaun of the Dead.

Inflatable Soft Robot

Inflatable Soft Robot

Engineers from Stanford University have been working on an unusual design for a robot that uses inflatable tubes for its body. It can move about and change shapes by squeezing on its air bladders, and can pack up small when not in use. It’s like the more evolved cousin of the wacky waving tube guy.

Oneblade Razor

Oneblade Razor

This minimalist razor laughs in the face of multi-blade shavers, instead opting for a single, well-designed blade that reduces the risk of razor burn and ingrown hairs. Its pivoting head adjusts to the contours of your face, and its replaceable blades eliminate the waste of plastic cartridges. Available in a variety of handle styles.

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