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English in Japan

English in Japan

When we were in Tokyo, we were fascinated that when we wanted some “vanilla ice cream,” we had to ask for “Baniraaisukurīmu.” Double Yolk looks at how Japan incorporates English words and deeper meanings into their language in some truly wonderful ways.

GoFastCampers Platform Roof Top Tent

GoFastCampers Platform Roof Top Tent

GoFastCampers claims that they’ve made the world’s thinnest roof top tent with its upcoming Platform RTT. It’s only 6″ thick when folded, but unfolds to 4′ tall when deployed. It doubles as a rack where you can mount roof racks and more. Drops Summer 2018 for $3250+.

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Tern Global Wi-Fi Hotspot

Tern Global Wi-Fi Hotspot

Instead of a monthly subscription or data packages, Tern is a global wireless hotspot that lets you compare and select plans from the local providers at your destination via its mobile app. It even gives you a local phone number to make and receive calls.

Go Chair Portable Chair

Go Chair Portable Chair

The Go Chair is a portable chair that’s almost as easy to carry and use as an umbrella. It weighs 3lb and is only 11″ tall when folded. But it unfolds in just 5 seconds and can support up to 300lb. Folding it is as easy as pushing a button.

Kikkerland Compact Suit Folder

Kikkerland Compact Suit Folder

Kikkerland’s Compact Suit Folder lets you carry a shirt, coat, tie and pants in a fraction of the space that a garment bag occupies. It comes with simple instructions on how to insert and fold your clothes. It also comes with a nylon carrying case.

Road Trip: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Road Trip: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

We recently took the newly upgraded 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata on a 600 mile road trip through scenic Southern California. Check out some of the sights we took in with the top down, and then check out our first drive review and driving impressions on 95Octane.

Matador FlatPak Bottle

Matador FlatPak Bottle

Matador’s squishy and flexible containers are 5 times lighter and 3.5 times more compact than traditional silicone travel bottles. Use them to carry anything from soap to toothpaste. They have a snap loop, are waterproof and are TSA-approved.

World’s Largest Model Train Set

World’s Largest Model Train Set

Guinness World Records spoke with the creators of Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model train set. Despite already having thousands of vehicles across different country sections, they are still expanding. Their latest addition is Italy, which took 2 years to build.

Waterfall Skyscraper

Waterfall Skyscraper

While the building has yet to be completed, we still are wowed by the idea that a 400 foot-tall skyscraper has a working 350 foot-tall waterfall built into its facade. The Liebian International Building is being built in Guiyang, China. Sadly, they can’t run it all the time.

Steep Funicular Time-lapse

Steep Funicular Time-lapse

Take a ride on Switzerland’s Gelmerbahn – an open-air funicular that sends passengers along a 3,373 foot-long route with a maximum 106º grade. Raphael Sandoz captured this time-lapse footage to speed up the 8-minute journey. If you prefer a more leisurely ride, try this.

Skyroam Solis Global Hotspot

Skyroam Solis Global Hotspot

Skyroam’s 4G LTE hotspot works in over 120 countries around the world. You can buy or rent the device itself, then purchase unlimited data for $9 per day. Up to 5 devices can connect to it at once. It lasts up to 16h per charge, and doubles as a powerbank.

Expedition Backpack

Expedition Backpack

Despite its name, Six Pack Fitness‘ Expedition Backpack isn’t just for outdoorsmen. Its spacious insulated compartment and included meal containers makes it perfect for gym goers and fitness buffs. It also has enough space for your other items, including your laptop.

Bagtag Electronic Luggage Tag

Bagtag Electronic Luggage Tag

The Bagtag is a digital luggage tag that lets you check in your luggage from anywhere. Just use its companion app to enter your travel details, then drop off the bag at its dedicated check in port. Sadly, it works with only a few airlines for now, but more will follow soon.

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C-Force USB-C Monitor

C-Force USB-C Monitor

A versatile, portable monitor for USB-C capable devices. It’s a 15.6″ 1080p monitor that can act as a second screen for laptops, and as a display for smartphones and the Nintendo Switch. It has USB-A inputs for peripherals and has stereo speakers.

Qubix Packing Cubes

Qubix Packing Cubes

Unlike other packing cubes, Qubix’s zipper wraps twice around each cube, giving you a second level of compression if needed. Each cube also has durable YKK zippers and strong double-stitching. They’re also made with antibacterial fabric.

Sonic Soak Portable Cleaner

Sonic Soak Portable Cleaner

The makers of Sonic Soak claim that their small and portable device can clean almost anything, including clothes, jewelry, and fruits and vegetables in minutes. It generates ultrasonic waves that help water and soap remove dirt.

4 Days at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

4 Days at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

We recently flew to France with Toyota Gazoo Racing to spend 4 days immersed in the culture of the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. What we found was an engrossing experience that makes this a must-see event for any true automotive fanatic.

80 Days in Germany in 80 Seconds

80 Days in Germany in 80 Seconds

Take an 80 day bike ride through Germany without even breaking a sweat. Thanks to Loeibeer we can all share in the magic of his ride through all of the Federal Republic’s 16 states in just 80 seconds. Though we do suggest wearing a helmet when riding.

Filson Twill Rolling Carry-on Bag

Filson Twill Rolling Carry-on Bag

Filson’s new rolling carry-on bag is for those who are tired of the same old plastic or nylon carry-ons. It’s made of abrasion-resistant rugged twill so it will last you a lifetime. It has leather straps and grab handles and a retractable 22″ handle.

A Weekend in South Bend

A Weekend in South Bend

We’re always on the lookout for vacation spots we can get to within a couple of hour drive from Awesomer HQ. We recently spent a weekend touring South Bend, Indiana, and were happy to find a variety of fun, family-friendly activities in this peaceful, yet vibrant midwest town.

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NASA/JPL Space Tourism Posters

NASA/JPL Space Tourism Posters

A team of artists teamed up with engineers and scientists from NASA/JPL-Caltech to create a series of 14 awesome poster designs which envision a future filled with exotic trips to far-off worlds. Hi-res images are available to download, or as prints on Etsy. (Thanks Susan!)

Cooking for 15,000 People

Cooking for 15,000 People

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a prominent Sikh house of worship in Delhi, India. Everyday, volunteers in the temple feed up to 15,000 people for free in a simple unlimited buffet. Best Ever Food Review Show toured the temple’s kitchen and enjoyed the meal as well.

Safari Botswana Time-lapse

Safari Botswana Time-lapse

Filmmaker Tyler Fairbank created this eye-popping sequence of footage of some of the Earth’s most incredible wildlife. His time-lapse, flow-motion technique further enhances the stunning 4K footage by leading our eye through some of the most compelling shots he captured.

How Cruise Ships Work

How Cruise Ships Work

Cruise ships seem to offer a lot of bang for your buck, and some do sell tickets at a loss. PolyMatter points out some of the many ways that cruise ship companies make or save money, such as flying under different flags, offering one-way trips and having casinos.

Death Valley 8K

Death Valley 8K

Brothers Will and Jim Pattiz aka More Than Just Parks spent 14 days capturing the various ecosystems of Death Valley National Park. Watch their crispy time lapse clips in 4K if you can. You can license their footage in 8K on their website.

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