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. — Read the rest

Boing Boing's 2016 Gift Guide: Books

When we got to rounding up our favorite books for our annual Gift Guide, we found that there were simply too many this time to throw in the Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukah/Yule/Solstice/Nonspecific Winter Celebration/New Year/Chalica hopper along with the tech and toys.

It's almost as if 2016 made the traditional way of learning more about our world — and of sharing dreams of other worlds — somehow more enticing. — Read the rest

Tiffin: a boardgame based on Mumbai's miraculous lunch-delivery network

More than 250,000 of Mumbai's workers enjoy a home-cooked lunch every day thanks to the dabbawallas, who bring tiffins — stacking lunchpails — filled at each worker's family kitchen directly to their workplace, in a miracle of coordinated logistics that consistently beats Mumbai's legendary traffic jams and attains unheard-of accuracy despite the low levels of literacy among dabbawallas.

Toy instructions on a wiki

Marylin points us to ToyInstructions, a wiki for operating details of commercial toys — how to make them go after you LTFM ("lose the fine manual") and how to hack them to get the most ludens for your lira.

Welcome to toyinstructions, a collaborative wiki of deep links to instructions, user manuals, and building guides for toys and children's games.

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HOWTO win on a claw machine

eBay Guides has a collection of tips to boost your chances of grabbing a prize in a claw machine game. From the Guide:

Three Pronged Claws:

This type of claw usually handles small stuffed animals and small collectable basketballs. This type of claw is somewhat similar to the four pronged claw, but instead of having two of the prongs positioned above the arms, you have a choice of the prongs going around the left or right arm.

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How much toilet paper is enough?

Cottonelle Kids toilet paper is designed to assist kids in using the "right amount" of toilet paper each time. According to the directions, the
"paw prints show kids how much toilet paper to use. Kids follow the prints to the puppy and tear off the right amount." — Read the rest

Cereal faucet

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I dig the looks of Zevro's Indispensable Dispenser for food like cereal, granola, and nuts. It would be fun to line up a half-dozen of these on the counter and mix up all kinds of crunchy concoctions. Twist the faucets to taste. — Read the rest