Amazon ads for mystery junk defy explanation

William Turton took note of the bizarre ads for inexplicable items — mysterious geometric forms, molded plastic thingies, confusing wooden components — and investigated. Thankfully, his investigation goes no-where, leaving us in the speculative realm of data-driven and maybe AI-curated advertising.

I would have bet the item above was one of those marbled salt slabs you cook food on instead of a baking tray, but it turns out to be a foam mattress topper.

P.S. I'm quite sure that the "bare image" aesthetic is part of the Amazon Interesting Finds thing, a frequently-updated grid of tchotchkes and oddities such as this $4 USB drive in the shape of a chocolate bar and these soup ladles in the shape of the Loch Ness Monster. Read the rest

Toilet paper featuring Trump tweets

Sadly, it's already sold out, but Trump tweets toilet paper is perhaps the gift of 2017. While you're waiting for stock to replenish, you can instead wipe your arse on his face. Read the rest

Cannabis bouquet delivery service

In Los Angeles, Lowell Farms offered a limited number of lovely cannabis floral bouquets for delivery today, Valentine's Day. The price was $400/ounce. The Lowell Farms site still shows the bouquet on their front page with an email address to place your order so perhaps this fine gift will continue to be available!

(via LA Weekly)

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Beautiful wooden safe cracking puzzle

At Boing Boing, from time to time, we enjoy stashing folks bonuses in puzzle boxes. This 3D puzzle by UGears is beautiful.

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Finally, a face-slimming gadget you can leave the house in

I have a round face, like a cartoon squirrel submerged unevenly in Nair. Thanks to the "Shirinkongumu Face Slimmer" and its promise to make my skin "youthful and pliant," I can now look forward to a slimmer, prettier profile—all for only $2.29!

for three minutes during a day ..holding the mouthpiece made of the silicone in the mouth... ..large face.. refreshingly slacken

It leads to a youthful mouth that went up [kyu] and the corners of the mouth at the [heno] character entrance by strengthening muscles of facial expression not so used in daily life. " of the addition of the load Because the muscle loosens, it is effectively because of physical exercise effective in the face exercise bath.

The questions and answers at Amazon are masterpieces of succinct, forthright customer service.

Question: Does the head come with it? Answer: Only mouth.

Question: Does it have instruction in english? Answer: No.

Question: Does it look like lips? Answer: Not a fashion statement.

Ah! But as they say, the street finds its own uses for things.

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Boing Boing Gift Guide 2016

Here's this year's complete Boing Boing Gift Guide: more than a hundred great ideas for prezzies: technology, toys, books and more. Scroll down and buy things, mutants! Many of the items use Amazon Affiliate links that help us make ends meet at Boing Boing, the world's greatest neurozine.

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Anker's PowerHouse is the biggest "portable" power pack yet

We're huge fans of portable power gadgets, but this one isn't going in my pocket to help me keep my phone topped up after lunch. Anker's Powerhouse is the size and weight of a concrete construction brick, and at $500 and 120,000mAh, by far their largest power pack yet. It'll charge your laptop 15 times over, power CPAP machines and broadcast video cameras, and double as a bear club should a camping trip go awry. There's multiple USB ports, a 12v car socket and mains power.

Jeff Beck already got one and quite likes it.

I'm very impressed with this device. It is extremely well-built, functions just as advertised, and is quite good-looking on top of all that. It worked to recharge every phone and tablet I threw at it, in addition to a lot of the smaller electronic items in my home. While the USB ports are not QC compatible, they still delivered a fairly quick charge to my wife's Sony Z3. Besides, if I wanted a faster charge I only needed to plug in a QC car charger into the 12V outlet and I'd be in business.

I had a lot of fun trying the Powerhouse out with a variety of household electronics. It did just fine powering a small stereo, my bedside lamp, and even my 50 inch Sony TV. Higher voltage appliances, like our toaster and blender, or my wife's blow dryer (she was hoping to be able to use it while camping) were too much for the little guy.

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Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Is Awesome

Vat19 has to be my favorite online toy company of all time. They carry some of the wackiest items I’ve ever seen and the truth is – I want them all.

This week, I’ve been playing around with a few of their new items and I wanted to share.

Firstly, check out Crazy Aaron’s UV-Reactive Thinking Putty.

This is a moldable putty that takes the shape of whatever container it sits in and changes color when exposed to ultraviolet light. When unexposed, the coloring effect fades away allowing you to write and draw on it over and over again. It really is one of the most magical things I’ve messed with in a long, long time.

Like most putty, you can shape it, rip it and bounce it – but unlike any other putty, this one comes with a UV keychain (battery included).

And then there’s Crazy Aaron’s Liquid Glass Thinking Putty.

When you first open the canister you’ll think it’s empty – but it’s not!  It's a tricky putty because because not only does it take the shape of whatever is holding it - it's transparent to boot.

When you pry it out, you’ll find it has the consistency of kneeded gum.

When you wad it up, it becomes foggy and you’ll think that you’ve broken the putty – even though that doesn’t even make sense!

If you let it sit for an hour or two, it’ll flatten out and become transparent again.

Now I’m not sure what creative project I’m going to apply this to yet - but here’s a video of a guy who submerged himself in a tub of 500 lbs. Read the rest

Pizza duvet covers and throws (plus a cheeseburger)

The queen-sized poly-cotton cover is $150 and comes with a pair of pillowcases that look like packets of sauce and Parmesan. Read the rest

Carry your drink in this banana flask

The Barbuzzo Banana Flask is perfect for your drinking needs. Just look at it! Read the rest

REVEALED: the trick behind magicians' baffling coin-vanishes

The quickness of the hand deceives the eye. Read the rest

Boing Boing Gift Guide 2015

It's that time of year again! Welcome to Boing Boing's 2015 Gift Guide, where you'll find toys, books, gadgets and many other splendid ideas to humor and harry your friends and family! Scroll down and buy things, mutants!

Cards Against Humanity's 8 Sensible Gifts for Hannukah

The company continues its amazing tradition of surprising and delightful holiday subscriptions with a $15, eight-part Hannukah mystery gift offering. I just ordered mine (I'm not missing out this year!) and answered many of the nosy questions at the end. Read the rest

Rumanian Punishment Gifts

Rumanian Punishment Gifts by Etelka Penquelik is not a real book, but don't you wish it were? It's from designer Sean Tejaratchi's fantastic LiarTownUSA site. Read the rest

A thing that is real: “Great Job! Poop Emoji Dog Poop Bags”

You did it! You! The hero!

Runnur vs. Pacsafe: which compact sling bag is best?

I prefer to be hands-free. So I bought the Runnur Hands free Carry-all and tried out the Pacsafe Venturesafe 150 Gll cross body pack. I prefer the Runnur due to its everyday utility, but the Pacsafe is more secure and better for those concerned about street theft.

Runnur

I love the multiple pockets: everything is easily-accessed, including items in the sling's back pockets, as it can quickly be cycled to the front. It looks cooler than the Pacsafe, too, and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Wherever I wore my Runnur—airports, convention show floors, restaurants—I received compliments. The biggest drawback is that when you bend forward, it slides off the body. So you have to hold onto it whenever gravity can't do the work. It tends to slip around while cycling, too.

Pacsafe

Security is the main draw of this cross-body pack. In crowds, I've had people pull at my backpack's zippers to try and get stuff inside, and the Pacsafe's smart zipper-clips prevent this from happening. Another great anti-left feature are the RFID-blocking pockets, lined with a material that prevents the contents from being scanned. I felt more secure using this bag than with the Runnur, it fit more snugly, and it lacked the other product's slipping problem.

Unfortunately, while the Pacsafe can be worn on the front or back comfortably, changing from one to the other with a quick swish isn’t possible. If I had it on my back, I had to remove it completely to get at my stuff. Read the rest

The book of Genesis

If you grew up in the comfortable eighties, you might still have memories of the 16-bit console war, the perverse thrill of wishing for a Super Nintendo or a Sega Genesis, and then arguing with other children on the playground about which was better.

These days being a Sega Genesis fan is a little bit weirder -- you chose the camp that would be basically out of the hardware market by the new millennium. A new book, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works brings that beauty and weirdness to full-color life in a celebration of the Genesis by Guardian games editor Keith Stuart (disclosure: he commissions, edits and pays me when I write about games at the Guardian, which is sometimes).

The Verge's Chris Plante loves the book:

A 30-page history of a 1990s video game console serves a certain niche audience, but the 28 interviews with the people responsible for Sega’s hardware and most cherished games are more digestible and should pique the interest of anyone who owned the system. And there are dozens of glossy pages containing design documentary, hand sketches, key art, title screens, and photography. It's easy to zone out, turning between one drawing and the next.
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works is available for £35.00, while an extra £15 gets it to you by Christmas. Read the rest

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