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The Woodsman Gift Set

The Woodsman Gift Set
$78  Buy Comment

The Broquet company offers a variety of cool experience-based gift packages; the Woodsman collection encourages your favorite guy to swing that axe with a 16” hatchet, pigskin gloves, log carrier and rope. We like their MacGyver kit too.

LEGO City of Odan

LEGO City of Odan

Made by Mike Doyle, this fictional alien city measures 5′ high and 6′ wide. It’s made of over 200,000 LEGO pieces and took him over 600 hours to complete. You can buy plans, prints and DIY kits of parts of the city on Kickstarter.

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Zombie Shopping Mall

Zombie Shopping Mall
~$189  Buy Comment

We wish we were in London now so we could go to wish.uk’s Zombie Shopping Mall Experience, complete with Hollywood special effects, police firearm training and video game-style missions.

Longest Paper Airplane Toss

Longest Paper Airplane Toss

Former UC Berkeley QB Joe Ayoob and airplane builder John Collins recently set a world distance record with a flight that never left its hangar at McClellan Air Force Base; he tossed a paper airplane over 226 feet. (Thanks Triston!)

The Periodic Table Table

The Periodic Table Table

We’ve seen a periodic table of tables, but this one’s more impressive. Wolfram Research co-founder Theodore Gray made this wooden table and filled each drawer (and his office) with element samples.

Vimeo Festival + Awards

Vimeo Festival + Awards

Because we love film too, we’re excited to hear that submissions are still being taken through Feb. 20 for Vimeo’s Festival + Awards event in June. James Franco and other cool talent will be judging.

The Karate Rap

The Karate Rap

We, the worldly hunter-gatherers at TA, don’t care when this karate moves vid was made; we also thought Napoleon Dynamite was a period piece. It’s a perfect way to start the day. (Thanks Ivan!)

Year of the Dragon Cards

Year of the Dragon Cards
$9  Buy Comment

Spread the power and good fortune that’s coming around the poker table in 2012 with Fulton’s Chinatown Playing Cards; festively packaged and illustrated, they honor The Year of The Dragon.

Photorito Lens Wrap

Photorito Lens Wrap
$20  Buy Comment

The Photorito Lens Wrap is a protective cover that resembles the tasty and beloved Mexican dish; lenses stay in place burrito-style with a built-in band in the padded Tyvek and neoprene sleeve.

Motorbike Drift

Motorbike Drift

There’s lots of tight turning, fun camera angles and cool tricks in this motorbike drift video from professional stunt rider Jorian Ponomareff, who makes it all look so easy. (Thanks Flex!)

Water Bottle Bike Lock

Water Bottle Bike Lock
$34  Buy Comment

Kuat Racks’ Bottle Lock has a 5-foot-long braided steel cable coiled within itself and a small lockable compartment on the bottom; it fits into most standard holders on a bike. Available 11/1/2011.

Mini Monkey Light

Mini Monkey Light
$50  Buy Comment

MonkeyLectric’s Mini Monkey Light M210 is a durable LED bike light that keeps you visible for evening rides; it straps to your spokes and displays full color 8-bit graphics on your spinning wheel.

Spooky LEGO Houses

Spooky LEGO Houses

Mike Doyle creates these brilliantly detailed, decrepit Victorian mansions to represent the fragility of life; he uses no foreign materials, just lots of tiny plastic LEGO bricks. (Thanks Don!)

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2011 World Yo-Yo Champ

2011 World Yo-Yo Champ

You’ll see lots of slick freestyle moves in this video from Singapore’s Marcus Koh, a dude who just happens to be the 2011 winner of the 1A division World Yo-Yo Contest. (Thanks, Joshua!)

Pongo Portable Ping Pong Set

Pongo Portable Ping Pong Set
$43  Buy Comment

Designed by Stephan Copeland, Pongo has everything you need to play table tennis, including a retractable net with receptacles that don’t need to be clamped. Comes with a drawstring pouch.

Rainbow Sponge Thrills

Rainbow Sponge Thrills

Oh my gosh! The lady in this infomercial is awfully excited about her Rainbow Sponges and all the dazzling patterns she can create with them – perhaps just a tad too excited. (Thanks everyone!)

Niko Camera Bag

Niko Camera Bag
$95  Buy Comment

The Niko Camera Bag from Chrome allows quick access on the go; the quick release buckle enables easy removal and messenger shoulder strap allows for swing-around access to your camera and gear.

James Perse Ping Pong Table

James Perse Ping Pong Table

The James Perse Limited Edition Ping Pong Table is handcrafted from environmentally farmed solid teak; the net and cover can be removed to convert the game room into a dining or conference room.

The Dexterous Diabolo Performer

The Dexterous Diabolo Performer

Now that we’ve seen this talented kid and his super rockin’ performance with a diabolo, what we suspected is confirmed: walking and chewing gum at the same time isn’t really a skill.

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