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Make Your Own Bacon With This Kit

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For all the talk about how much we love bacon ’round these parts, we’re surprised to realize we’ve never written about making your own! But that’s exactly what the above Bacon Making Kit lets you do. There’s coconut sugar, cracked black pepper, flaked sea salt, a thermometer and complete instructions, which is all you need to cure your pork belly and turn it into crispy deliciousness. Of course you’ll have to provide your own meat, but the kit has enough ingredients to process five 2-lbs batches, for a total of 10 lbs of bacon. For $40 and a bit of patience you too can experience the joy of home made heaven flakes (yes, that’s what we call bacon at OG headquarters).

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FUGU Carry-On Suitcase Expands Into Full Size Baggage

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Whether you’re leaving for two weeks or just a couple of days, the FUGU Luggage has you covered. Featuring a set of inflatable air bladders and an expanding midsection, the suitcase goes from carry-on size, to full check in size in just a few seconds. When collapsed, the bag meets maximum carry-on sizes and while expanded, it reaches maximum check-in size as well. That’s 13.5″ by 21.5″ by either 9″ collapsed or a massive 27″ expanded. When at full size the bag supports not only its own weight, but also the strains and pressures of being stuffed in a cargo compartment with lots of other heavy bags. It does this through the help of an expanding ABS plastic reinforcement structure.

There’s even a shelving system that lets you organize your stuff and keep everything neat and tidy. “The shelves enable the suitcase to double as a storage unit, eliminating the need to unpack into a hotel closet and then later repack.” When opened, FUGU can even serve as a table.

It’s $219 to get in on the action, with an expected delivery date of August 2015.

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Brew Tea for One: Ceramic Half Teapot

Tea For One - Ceramic Half Teapot

 

 

Stale bread. Cold tea. You can still eat ‘em and drink ‘em, but you’ll do so minus the pleasure you’d normally have if the bread was warm and the tea was hot. There’s not much you can do about the bread, but there is something you can do about the tea: brew a batch that’s meant for one. And the teapot that was made just for this purpose is this Tea for One ceramic teapot by Droog.

Part of a collection, the Dutch teapot echoes classic Chinese design and was made in Shenzhen, China, where many items are copied for the mass market. Highlighting what gets changed in a “copy,” the collection strives to bring attention to the creative decisions that go into making all copycats and to show that unoriginality can be inspiring, too.

It basically looks like a teapot that was cut in half, which is probably something you wanted to do with your regular pot when you wanted to make some tea for your lonesome. The Tea for One teapot retails for $75.

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OhGizmo! Review: The Puffit 2, A Discreet Personal Vaporizer

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Continuing on our emerging column of vaporizer reviews, today we’ll be taking a look at the Puffit 2. It’s a personal vaporizer made to look like an asthma inhaler, in the hopes that your vaping experience will be more discreet and private. The Puffit 2 is meant for stealth vaping, when it’s socially inappropriate to light up and when other vaporizers might give you away. It’s the second generation Puffit, with our first review right here. We’ve been playing around with it for the past couple of weeks, and we’ll give you our impressions in this article. But up here in the first paragraph, what’s the quick verdict: so much better!

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Beware of H2O: Scientific Side Effects Water Bottle

Scientific Side Effects Water Bottle

 

Water is more dangerous than you think…not. Okay, so it could be, but only if you consume hideously excessive amounts of it in a short span of time. So fool a couple of people of people who don’t really know the facts about H2O by pranking– er, gifting– them with one of these ‘Scientific Side Effects Water’ bottle. A bold warning about what happens if you drink too much water is printed on the side.

It reads: “May cause diaphoresis, micturation, and acute tissue hydration.” In normal human speak, that translates to: “May cause you to sweat, pee, and be adequately hydrated.” Doesn’t sound so dire now, does it?

It’s available online for $18.

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Sit On Yesterday’s News: Hockenheimer Magazine Stool

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A piece of art or furniture? The Hockenheimer Magazine Stool is neither one, because it’s actually a combination of both. It’s basically a DIY kit that for you to make your own stool. It comes with a four-legged waxed birch stool base and two leather belts, plus a cushion so your tush is comfy when you take a seat on it. What sets it apart is because of what goes in between the cushion and the base of the stool: stacks of your old magazines and newspapers that you otherwise have no other use for.

It’s available online for about $160+.

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Cable Labels: Mixed-Up Cables No More

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Tired of mixing up cables and turning on the switch to another line when you meant to switch on the one beside it? Well, this first-world problem is solved with these Cable Labels. As its name implies, these are labels that are meant to be attached to your cables for easy identification. Just write down what the cable connects to (for example, your TV, printer, speaker, etc.) and tack it onto the corresponding cable. Easy peasy.

The Cable Labels are available online for £7.50 (or about $12+.)

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Ghoulish Illumination: Skull Lamp

Skull Lamp

Rarely will you hear someone say that a skull lights up their world. But if you own one of these Skull lamps, you’ll be able to empathize. They aren’t the most comforting of images to wake up to, but they will give whatever room you decide to place it in that extra edge, decor-wise. You’ll be surprised to find out that the lamp is actually just two-dimensional.

Mitigating the complexity of concept and construction with a minimalist, universally understood form, the BULBING Lamp adds artistry, interest, and the gentle glow of ambient light to any room. Clean gently with the provided micro-fiber cloth.

Designer Nir Chehanowski masterfully laser engraved numerous intricate lines on the flat acrylic sheet, giving the impression of a 3D figure. The lamp retails for $120 from the MOMA store.

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One Scoop Is All You Need: Giant Ice Cream Scoop

Giant Ice Cream Scoop

One scoop is often never enough. But you probably won’t be asking for seconds if you’ve got this giant ice cream scooper. That’s because each scoop this doles out is equal to an entire pint! The scooper is made from fine brass and chrome, with the scooper itself being a 4-inch diameter bowl forged from high-quality stainless steel.

Heck, you’ll only need one scoop for the entire gang! But you can indulge in another scoop for yourself if you’re going through a particularly tough breakup…

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