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LED lamp made from real dandelion fluff


Studio Drift's Dandelight uses a "stem" of copper that mounts directly to a 9V battery, and its halo of dandelion seeds are hand-plucked from a real plant and glued, one at a time, to the business-end.

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Laptop killing booby-trapped USB drive


The USB Killer is a booby-trapped, hand-made USB drive that will "burn down" your laptop if you insert it into your USB slot.

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The Simpsons Family History

Did you know that Marge Simpson threw up on her honeymoon? Have you ever heard that Homer Simpson almost became a hippie? The Simpsons Family History will test your Simpsons knowledge by exploring 25 years of laughs, stories, and adventures in chronological order. Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, gives us an inside look into how this family became so iconic. This book had me laughing out loud and I can honestly say most books don’t. Stories you didn’t even know existed are revealed and the full backstory of the Simpsons is finally told. It is the perfect book to share with kids and adults because the show has such a universal audience. This book makes me want to go back and watch the series all over again. – Madeline Shapiro

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Eutopia: horror novel about Lovecraftian racism

David Nickle's horror novel Eutopia confronts the racial overtones of Lovecraftian fiction head on, revealing a terrifying story of the American eugenics movement and the brutality underbelly of utopianism.Read the rest

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor watch

The Back to the Future Flux Capacitor watch is $50 from Thinkgeek -- naturally, it displays the date as well as the time (and has a mode to make the date jump back and forward to significant dates from the BTTF canon).

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Nerdy knickers


So Effing Cute's Etsy shop has fandom panties every day of the week: LOTR (My Precious, You Shall Not Pass, Speak Friend and Enter); GOT; Potter (Property of A. Dumbledore, Accio!), as well as some great sweatshirts.

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Snowbirds' guide to avoiding corrupt cops on I-75

My parents just got back from a road-trip from Toronto to Florida, and used Dave Hunter's venerable Along Interstate-75 to find food and lodgings, pass the hours, and beat the speed-traps and civil forfeiture nightmares of America's great roadways.

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Sliced playing cards

My daughter has picked up one of my bad habits: collecting decks of playing cards, especially unusual ones. She's going to be delighted with this 2-pack of "sliced" cards ($8), which are half as wide as a regular poker deck. I'm excited to see how well they work with magic tricks.

Vaping hoodie with mouthpiece in the drawstring


Vaprwear has a vaping chamber in the central pocket that feeds smoke out through the drawstring around the hood; they cost about $100 each, in a variety of styles. No word on washing instructions.

THIS TOOK FOREVER

A truer-words-never-spoken woven label to sew into your crafting projects. (via Making Light)

Razorhurst: blood-drenched gang warfare and ghosts in Gilded Age Sydney

Justine Larbalestier's Razorhurst is an historical novel that skilfully weaves in a ghost story that puts the action of gang-warfare exactly where it belongs: in the relationship between the living and the dead. Read the rest

Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

No one explains security, privacy, crypto and safety better.Read the rest

Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia

Photographer David Hlynsky took more than 8,000 street photos in the Eastern Bloc, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping before the end of the USSRRead the rest

Kathy Sierra's BADASS: how to make your users into successes


Kathy Sierra, the brilliant and storied user experience expert, has a new book, Badass: Making Users Awesome, which is aimed at teaching you to "craft a strategy for creating successful users."

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Cuddly log-pillows

Just in time for the Twin Peaks revival, a microbead-filled, photorealistic plush log pillow, which comes in "birch," "log" and "platanus" (and is glowingly reviewed by hundreds of satisfied customers).

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World War 3 Illustrated: prescient outrage from the dawn of the Piketty apocalypse

The Reagan era kicked off a project to dismantle social mobility and equitable justice began. This trenchant, angry, gorgeous graphic zine launched in response.Read the rest

Tactical cutlery


The Buck 941 Travelmate Kit Chocolate Paperstone Knife is a tactical spreading knife with a clip-on multispork.

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