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Sunday, April 6, 2014
$19.95 from Amazon »

Don't be fooled into thinking the Toroflux kinetic sculpture is just some stupid bracelet-slinky-figuratively-one-dimensional-girl-and-baby toy like I was. Watch the video. Like, beyond the first 10 seconds when the dude is...

Sunday, November 10, 2013
$499.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer »

The geometric Gomboc's shape supposedly mimics that of a radiated tortoise shell, and its movement that of the animal's when it rights itself without the use of its limbs. Now if that's the case, my question is: why would...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
$10 from Varianto:25 »

Who wants some undiluted geekery? code:deck is a standard set of playing cards individually described by rank and suit in one of 13 different programming languages. As maker Varianto:25 points out, the cards should arouse the left brains of programmers, QAs, and IT students. And, I would add, any who are just proud to spend most of their days speaking languages that will never get them laid....

Sunday, April 6, 2014
$40.21 from Amazon »

The 3-1/2-minute video tutorial of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game jasonobi uploaded to YouTube is one of the better user videos I've seen of this nature. He explains the extensive rules succinctly, plays the TV series'...

Saturday, October 19, 2013
$199 from Anki »

Artificial intelligence and robotics, the virtual reality video game and the actual reality physical game, Anki and iOS: these are the parts of Anki DRIVE that make it a whole new experience in the gaming industry. A simple...

Friday, February 14, 2014
$12.75 from Amazon »

Black like my ex's heart, and black like the magic I'm going to use to make her rue the day she left me crushed and dejected inside a four square. Anyone who wants to know what's wrong with me, here's your answer: 1) Julie Polanski; 2) 5th grade. This deck of cards is also black like every moment of my life for the past 20 years. I think I'll go play some solitaire....

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
$20.95 from Amazon »

Well I hope the Reloaded version of Lightning Reaction doesn't follow in the footsteps of The Matrix and suck. Or maybe it's being cheeky and willingly emulating the trilogy's second installment--in the sense that while the...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
$36.85 from Amazon »

I'm not saying the Euler's Disk isn't fascinating and rad and a commendable utilization of the laws of physics, but watching and listening to it creates a great deal of anxiety in my heart. It's like the foreboding music in...

Sunday, January 12, 2014
$128 - $185.50 from Gyroscope.com »

Made from solid brass and aluminum, the Super Precision Gyroscope is both the epic tinkerer's and workplace thumb-twiddler's essential toy. It runs on miniature stainless steel bearings that propel its movement continuously...

Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Joanne Silverman loves meth. Just kidding. She loves Breaking Bad. I mean, I guess she might love meth too, but probably not because if she did it is unlikely she would have the wherewithal to conceive and create this outstanding...

If bat shit looked like 1000mW of ice-blue lightning, the S3 Spyder III Arctic Laser would be the physical manifestation of bat shit crazy. As it stands, the world's most powerful laser is just fuckin' nuts. Wicked Lasers' (absolutely, 100% legal) handheld bolt of pure spectral power counts amongst its marketable skills the ability to: Sear through ornery plastic, pop bitch-ass balloons, burn continuously, 24/7, without sustaining damage to its laser diode, function in 9 different operating modes, including Strobe, Constant Wave, SOS, Beacon, and Tactical Hibernation, emit 0.25 Lux of light at a distance of 6,856 meters, turn anyone it hits in the eye at a distance of 149 meters or less into Ray Charles, minus the musical talent and soul.

And if that weren't enough to get it laid every day for the duration of its 5,000+-hour serviceable life, Guinness is currently testing the S3 Arctic for the official title of World's Most Powerful Laser.

The S3 Arctic Series Laser resides in an aircraft grade aluminum chassis that's smaller than a standard flashlight.

Sunday, December 22, 2013
$120 from Kickstarter »

Yes, they shuffle. But they can't do the bridge/easy stack after the riffle, so if you want a deck of carbon fiber playing cards, you'll have to be willing to press them together and realign them into a neat pile yourself....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Here's a fun accident waiting to happen. Sorry about Grandma's porcelain ash urn, Mama! It's so hard to find Skee Ball machines outside of Chuck E Cheese's anymore. I guess they don't have the same bar-game allure as pool...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
$25 from Amazon »

Superfight! instructs us to imagine Cards Against Humanity meets Apples to Apples. For the sake of what comes next, I would add to imagine this meeting takes place in either a dark alley, an octagon, or on opposite ends of...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
$11.97 from Amazon »

As you can see, Super Sculpey sculpturing compound can sculpt some pretty super sculptures. The mutant dentist's nightmare in the photo above comes courtesy of Chris Maxwell via ConceptArt. Additionally, a simple online image...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
$199 from Amazon »

Professor Plum in the dining room with the...3D glasses, suckah! Iconic board game Clue has followed Hollywood feature films into the 3rd dimension with its own 3D addition to your family fun nights. No glasses required here...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
$25 from Amazon »

Cards Against Humanity is basically a more blatantly raunchy and politically incorrect version of the game Apples to Apples. And Apples to Apples is basically an evolution of Mad Libs that better lends itself to large group...

Friday, September 20, 2013
$10.41 from Amazon »

How do you declare a thumb war in Wookieespeak? Yeah, that's right, 1, 2, 3, Raaawwwrrr! Time to suit up, buckle down, and probably tie one on, Cornelius, because I challenge you to a lightsaber duel. From the knuckles down....

Monday, June 25, 2012
$80 from Etsy »

And suddenly, the intense inaction and sporadic finger movements of chess captivate the masses and enamor even those who have no idea what the hell is going on. Erotic chess pieces abound in Etsy vendor Nicola Ford's online...

Saturday, November 10, 2012
$26.15 from Amazon »

What better way to enjoy giving a gift as much as receiving one than to present it to its recipient in a Puzzle Pod? For this DaVinci Code-style cryptex, which must be solved before the goods inside are accessible, will likely...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
$12.95 from Amazon »

Even if I weren't a gambling man I would like the 50/50 Savings Bank because every day it would remind me of Plinko, my favorite Price Is Right game, and also Bob Barker, my favorite game show host and general hero of life....

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
$27.20 - $85 from Shapeways »

Pain, blood, Thorn Dice: you gotta pay to play. Meandering threads of contemporary CAD technology intertwine to form polyhedral dice bodies dotted with protruding thorns and varying numerical sequences that accommodate all...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

I don't know what you get when you pass Go--maybe another axe or Gator machete to add to your zombie defense arsenal--but I do know that when I play Monopoly: Walking Dead Survival Edition I'll have permanent dibs on the bucket...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Of course the Batman Chess Set costs nearly $800. The Dark Knight is a fancy superhero. The fanciest superhero of all, I would say. And check out how dashing he looks in fine pewter and diecast metal. Villains the Joker, Catwoman...

Monday, October 7, 2013
$9.99 from Hopson Kinetic »

OSM = Object for Spatial Manipulation = a kaleidoscopic sculpture made of disks = pronounced "awesome". No joke. "OSM" sounds out as "awesome" because its designers have astutely noticed that that's exactly what this endlessly...

Thursday, February 7, 2013
$24.95 - $64.95 from Dan & Dave »

Each of the 54 cards in Dan & Dave's Ultimate Deck brandishes a unique piece of artwork courtesy of design agency Stranger & Stranger. And yes, most of them are macabre and vaguely disturbing like the Unicorn Head Mask and...

Friday, March 8, 2013
$10 - $25 from Machine of Death »

Just when I think games have been completely overshadowed by Breaking Bad viewing parties and orgies as the most popular indoor group activities, Kickstarter projects like Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
$35 from Amazon »

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, and people who live in marble towers should watch out because...bombs away! MindWare's Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 is an interlocking system of brightly-hued cubes that tinkerers small...

Sunday, October 21, 2012
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Wayne Hussey and Carlyle Livingston, ye builders of the LEGO Bat Cave, I think you might win Batman Creations Fabricated by People Obsessed with the Dark Knight for 2012. Motorcycle suits be damned, I'd much rather have this...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
$13.06 from Amazon »

Since most of us would rather be wet than dead, this water balloon variation on Russian Roulette is likely to generate a bit more participation and enthusiasm as a try-your-luck party game than its bullet-based counterpart....

Sunday, February 3, 2013
$489.37 from Amazon »

I prefer to use my coffee table to play old school Nintendo, but I understand there are some out there even older school than I am who are more down with using theirs to play foosball. By the way, to those under the age of...

Saturday, September 10, 2011
$16.50 from Gents Supply Co. »

In a world where all people are treated a equals (except women and minorities and dwarfs and handicapped people) we approach a time where we need everything to be equal. No card gets special treatment. They all must look exactly...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
$69.95 from Etsy »

Default setting during Settlers of Catan play is already shaking my fist while bellowing a battle cry. Sometimes of conquer. Sometimes of defeat. Funny how those sounds and gestures have global emotional applications. Anyway...

Friday, December 28, 2012
$12 - $39 from CRL Products »

Precision machined dice made from pure, solid metal. Just like my abs. Amber Rix's wildly successful Kickstarter project will reward backers with a choice of 3/4" dice in 7 different unmixed, undiluted material types: Aluminum;...

Thursday, December 15, 2011
$26.99 from Amazon »

Holy shit, I'm feeling epically perplexused just looking at this gnarled sphere of chaos. And that's not even the interactive fun part. Inside the visual affront is a little steel ball, which must be wound around the structure's...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

According to the Choosatron, "as technology has advanced, so has the way we tell stories." I agree. Particularly with regard to online dating profiles in which all women are drama- and maintenance-free, and weigh the same...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I have so many reasons to celebrate. 1) It didn't reach 1215 degrees F yesterday (and despite some initial white-knuckling turbulence, my airplane did not fall out of the sky). 2) Three days from now I'm going to be receiving...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Now that NFL powerhouse and perennial Super Bowl favorites the Seattle Seahawks have been knocked out of the playoffs, I'm going to have to find something else to do from within the 6' radius surrounding my recliner. Hey...

Monday, December 17, 2012
$150 from Etsy »

It's paleontology, puzzle-solving, and ridiculously rad lawn ornament all rolled into one plasma cut steel assembly kit. This giant velociraptor skeleton arrives as 44, 11-gauge, 1/8" steel pieces begging to be the centerpiece...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
$79.90 from Brando »

I guess anyone who can solve the Roulette Wheel IQ Cube must be pretty smart. I feel pretty smart just for figuring out what it is based on the manufacturer's bold, caps, red-fonted, syntactically-challenged description of...

Sunday, March 25, 2012
$34.99 from Battleshots »

Ah, it appears a version of Battleship has been invented for the kids who actually leave their dorm rooms on Friday nights. Battle Shots, in a hilarious act of futility, purports to combine analytical thinking and strategic...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
$18,611 from Firebox.com »

Time to brush up on curving the cue ball. Here are a few observations about bananas and pool and Banana Pool Tables:...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
$122.95 from Amazon »

Do you believe in the power of the human mind? If you said yes, and you are not a Buddhist monk, yogi master, hypnotist, or cult leader, you probably also believe in The Force. But while belief in The Force is one thing, mastery...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
$28 from David Cole »

Unlike the Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle, this nugget of LEGO taxidermy would be way cooler if it were bigger. When I first saw it I thought it was a life-size LEGO deer head and I was like, "Yahtzee! Cornelius is gonna...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
$23.70 from Amazon »

I enjoy fiddling with lasers--particularly those than can burn my eye out--but I'm not sure how I'm going to like one whose use also requires a certain amount of intellectual fortitude. Or, as the Laser Maze prefers to call...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The undead beast has arrived. Paul Boratko spent years mulling over and designing his Vampire GT Supercar. Its gull-wing doors. Its menacing front fascia. Its groundbreaking chassis. In July 2011, he began tinkering with a...

Sunday, May 6, 2012
$89 from littleBits »

In a gross affront to smartphones, GPS devices, and certain anatomical organs, littleBits has declared that we as a society should return to the days of using our brains to do our thinking. The simple, space-sensitive blocks--similar...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
$4,200 from Etsy »

We can all appreciate the creative skill, labor, and craftsmanship Jim Arnold poured into his elaborate, entirely hand-carved War of 1812 Chess set. But those of you out there who actually know what the War of 1812 is, and...

Friday, December 21, 2012
$19.99 from SteelSeries »

With all the newfangled tablet and smartphone technology we are able to enjoy today, I am glad we haven't yet cast aside all of our oldfangled technology, such as buttons and suction cups. SteelSeries joystick and push button...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
$129.90 from Amazon »

Not since the invention of the laser pointer has an item this perfect come along to confound and torment our pets. Sphero is a robotic ball that is controlled by your mobile phone. A technological marvel, this is mainly for...

Friday, January 25, 2013
$15.10 from Amazon »

I don't think it would be that hard to be a Zombie Tarot Card reader. Everyone's fate would be the same: death. I suppose you would have to get a little creative in describing the specifics of each poor sap's demise, but I'm...

Sunday, February 26, 2012
$10 from Molla Space »

Behold the one-way mirror of playing cards! MollaSpace's transparency deck gives serious poker and Go Fish competitors the ability to surreptitiously monitor their opponents' actions and expressions, while simultaneously defiling...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Right hand red, left foot green, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy. The classic party game Twister meets the classic carnie blow-up apparatus the Bouncy House in Hammacher Schlemmer's very carefully named Inflatable Outdoor Color Dot...

Saturday, February 2, 2013
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Following its 1978 release in Japan, Space Invaders prompted a shortage of 100-yen coins. I learned that at a pub trivia night. Pub trivia is maybe the only thing in the world I suck at as much as team sports and lighting...

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Sold Out from Amazon »

Up to this point Bill Murray has probably been wondering if he'd ever truly make it in Hollywood. I mean, three seasons of SNL, a few decent films, one of the worst, yet most recognizable, heads of hair on the planet...I don't...

Thursday, May 3, 2012
$699.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer »

All the fun of a classic, 1920s wooden roller coaster, without the whiplash and 62% chance that it will collapse or derail mid-ride! Designed by a roller coaster engineer and built by a carnie, this 1:48 scale model comprises...

Sunday, July 8, 2012
$200 from Youtube »

The LEGO Star Wars B-wing Starfighter. 1,486 pieces. Model number 10227. 26" wide x 15" tall. Retail price a surprisingly reasonable $200, given the detail and artistry of the Galactic behemoth at hand. We said it too: Holy...

Monday, January 2, 2012
$44.22 from Amazon »

The last coveted addition to any Tea Party is now a mere 560 bricks away. From a little elbow grease, and a very large cache of patience, watch emerge a perfect replica of the most important and recognizable home in the US...

Sunday, August 21, 2011
Sold Out from Amazon »

Where is the dog? Do they include a dog? Somebody tell them they need a very dumb and awesome brown dog. Maybe including the dog would put them past that $99.99 price point that is so important. That's the only way I can figure...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Whoa, this is what Mario must have felt like in world 4 of Super Mario Bros. 3. Interestingly, people who suck at Scrabble always dismiss it as a game for geeks who like big words. And now it seems the creators of this giant...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Grandma's gonna love this. True, the Rubik's Cube will take her 5 solid days of frustration and curmudgeonly mutterings to complete, but once she does, check out her reward: six shots of my precious sweet baby face mugging...

Sunday, May 27, 2012
$150 from Supermarket »

Zombie enthusiast or not, handcrafted wood maestro Emmy's 3D Zombie Puzzle perambulates onto the scene as a nifty diversion, and freakishly exquisite piece of household decor. Assembled, the 24-piece undead stunner stands...

Monday, January 2, 2012
$19.95 - $99.95 from E&M Labs »

Is your house of cards slowly crumbling down? Need a sturdier build? Or, perhaps you don't want to build a house with your cards at all. Maybe you want to build a tetrahedron. Skallops are intended to take building with regular...

Sunday, January 22, 2012
$50 from Etsy »

With the advent of the Madden Football video games and fantasy football everyone thinks they know everything about football, regardless of if they've ever actually played the game or not. Now, you have a chance to put your...

Monday, June 18, 2012
$11.67 from Amazon »

For the long golfing season ahead--and in the wake of Tiger's generally poor showing and Jim Furyk's F-up at the 16th tee of a difficult US Open--professional and amateur golfers alike have been scouring the Internet for ways...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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And, I'm not talking about that stupid shit Johnny Depp did in 2005. I'm talkin' Wilder Wonka. When Charlie Bucket was poor and possibly gay. When Ned Beauregard could sell ketchup to a lady in white gloves. Don't even get...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
$40 from Amazon »

Obviously, this will be used for beer pong, but no matter whether it's used for its intended use, or to get girls drunk enough to sleep with your ugly face, this is a pretty genius idea. I can't tell you how many times I've...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
$12 from Art Lebedev »

Eighties nostalgia at its finest. These pixel print generated playing cards pay special homage to the 1978 released and enduring classic game Space Invaders. I still start to sweat a little when I think of those invaders getting...

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