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Perplexus Epic

By: on December 15, 2011
  • Perplexus Epic
  • Perplexus Epic
$27.99
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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 spiraling channels, and finessed through 125 barriers that dole out varying degrees of fine motor skill smackdown. Future surgeons of the world, let's see your skills. Everyone else, set aside 5 1/2 hours, and prepare to achieve levels of frustration comparable to those of a plumber clearing a sewer pipe invaded by tree roots, or a Cheeto fighting its way through a fat person's digestive system.

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Hellraiser Lament Configuration Puzzle Box

$179.97 from Amazon »

Welp, here's one puzzle box I don't want to solve. I don't care what I could stash inside Hellraiser's Lament Configuration, I don't care if it's just a prop replica taken from an allegedly fictitious horror flick, and...

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Boob Cube

$9.50 from Amazon »

The Boob Cube is for idiots. And for geniuses. And for idiots who want to convince people they're really geniuses. And for geniuses you want to make feel like idiots. So, yeah, pretty much an ideal gift for any person...

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LightBox Puzzle

The LightBox, in a new twist on physical brainteasers and cliched expressions, is designed such that seeing the light means you have not solved the puzzle....

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Gomboc - The World's Only Self-Righting Object

$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...

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Feel Flux Anti-Gravity Toy

$49 - $89 from Feel Flux »

Flux is metal and magnets, geometry and physics. Flux is for ye who fidget and ye who do tricks. Flux is a bringer of zen relaxation, party conversation, and experimental demonstration. Flux is a physics-based toy made...

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Anatomical Gummi Bears

$39.99 from ThinkGeek »

This anatomical view of what lies beyond the high fructose corn syrup and Yellow Dye No. 5 of their epidermises paints Gummi Bears in a new light. Gives them some identity. Some humanity. Makes me feel kind of bad for...

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The Voynich Manuscript

$36.41 from Amazon »

Maybe the only thing stranger than the Codex Seriphinianus is the codex that inspired the Codex Seriphinianus: The "Voynich Manuscript." Still a mystery 600 years after an unknown author penned it, the original codex...

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CAKE Hanayama Cast Metal Puzzle

$16.99 from Amazon »

I like how Hanayama Puzzles says its tiny new CAKE Cast Metal Puzzle is recommended for ages 12 to 105 years, but "A few bright children between 8 to 11 years" might also be able to solve it. In other words, parents out...

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Cryptex Security Boxes

$275 - $3k from Cryptex »

Talk about usable art. Justin Nevins' Cryptex Security Boxes might be the most compelling pieces of Keep Your Mitts Off My Stuff I've seen all year. Tactical shelving and hidden doors included. The designer hand makes...

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Micromagnets

$25 - $84.35 from Zen Magnets »

I highly recommend watching the Micromagnets video on mute to get a real sense of their visual and tactile sublimity. Which is indeed attention-sucking, and probably very gratifying when you're handling the tiny rare...

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Don't Break the Bottle Wine Puzzle

$23.48 from Amazon »

Oh, Dad. You're such a sage. A simultaneous student and master of life. Willing pawn of the golf course, declared slave to the fishing pole. A magnate at the office, a maestro on the grill. Cigar aficionado, connoisseur...

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Game of Thrones Clue

$40.64 from Amazon »

Remember that one time ThinkGeek released a Game of Thrones edition Clue? It had 69,120 possible suspect / location / weapon combinations* spread over 48 suspects, 30 locations, and 48 weapons! That was awesome! But then...