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Hank The Beer Tank Is A Portable Keg

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Kegs are great: cold beer, fresh suds, crisp taste. But they’re also a bit of a mess to set up and maintain, and they’re certainly not portable. Unless it’s Hank the Beer Tank, that is. It’s about half the size of a traditional kegerator, and can run off 110-240AC or 12-24DC so you can either plug it in at your friends party, or use your car’s cigarette lighter port for kickass tailgate parties. It accommodates a 1/6bbl (a bbl is a regular beer barrel), or a 5 gallon home-brew keg for portability and variety. Just dump it on a cart and you can take it anywhere. It’s $699 as a Super Early Bird, so act fast because retail will definitely be higher than that. Considering what you’ll be able to do with it, seven Franklins isn’t that much.

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Han Solo In Carbonite Fridge Is Smaller, Keeps Food Cold AND Warm

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We’ve written about a ‘Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Fridge’ before. But that was a full-size unit, and it wasn’t even a real product. Now Thinkgeek is bringing an actual, working fridge, with Han Solo frozen for all eternity plastered on front. It’s a smaller unit, and it has two settings, cold and warm, so you can keep your items at either temperature.

– Han Solo in Carbonite Fridge
– Officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise
– Has a warm and a cool setting for keeping food either warm or cold
– Rubber feet to protect surface
– Red LED lighting on front (switch on back in case you don’t want it)
– 2 removable shelves
– Top handle for portability
– Locking door to prevent spillage (push the second instrument panel in to release)
– Capacity: 18 cans of soda (with shelves removed)

It’s a cool product, and it would fit right in to someone’s dorm room, rec room, or office. It’s $149.

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Gallery: Japanese Artist Created Staggering Array Of Balloon Animals

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Japanese balloon artist Matsumoto-san must be very popular at kid’s birthday parties. The balloon animals he creates are just mind blowing. Mind altering. Eye opening. Reality shattering. Well… they’re very freaking impressive, is what we’re saying. Impressive enough that we saw it fit to include like 50 images, after the jump. For the record, that’s a lot of images on one article. But it’s worth it. This stuff… like, we didn’t even freaking realize you could do things like this with balloons! So yeah, hit the jump and gaze in amazement at how much more talented another human being is than you. And let us know which one is your favourite!

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What Is This, A Folding Knife For Ants?

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We’re really not sure what you’re going to do with this. But the Spyderco Bug SS Slip Joint Plain Edge Knife is about as small a knife as we’ve ever seen. And it is an actual knife, constructed from 3Cr13 steel with a 1.125-inch cutting edge, but measuring a ridiculous 2.875-inch when open, and 1.625-inch when closed. The blade itself is 1.3-inch long. It has a small lanyard hole through which you can slip a rope, and either carry this as jewelry or attach to another one of your belongings so it doesn’t get lost. We suppose if you foresee having to cut a few boxes, this could be handy to have around. The folding mechanism features a non-locking, slip-joint design that keeps the blade open with resistant pressure at the pivot area when the blade is extended and being used. It’s made by Spyderco, so you know it’s a quality product, and at $12, it’s pretty darn cheap.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Pizza Hut Launches Box That Turns Into A Projector

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We’re not sure who is coming up with marketing ideas at Pizza Hut, or even if it’s all the same person, but we’re impressed. Because to their pizzas with Cheeseburgers, Meat Pies, and Hot Dogs in the crust, you can now add another innovation: the Blockbuster Box, a pizza box that turns into a projector. The box, once emptied of its delicious content, lets you place your smartphone inside, at the ideal distance from an included lens. This lens comes attached to the plastic device that prevents the box from getting crushed in transit. The plastic device itself doubles as the phone stand. So all you have to do is poke the precut hole in the front, fit the lens, prop your phone up inside, and aim at your screen (which could simply be your wall!). There’s a code on the side for customers to scan and unlock viewable content, should there be nothing interesting on their devices.

The Blockbuster Box is the work of Ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Group HK and their Chief Creative Officer Reed Collins, and comes in four styles: “from the horror themed Slice Night, sci-fi spectacle Anchovy Armageddon, bizarrely romantic Hot and Ready, and the thrilling Fully Loaded.” It’s Hong Kong only at the moment, but we suspect this may become popular enough to spread worldwide.

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[ Reed Collins ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]

The Mewgaroo Hoodie Has a Special Pouch To Carry Your Cat In

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You love your cat and want him with you at all times; in this respect you’re a normal human being. Now, since you love him so much, you could always carry him around in your arms (if he lets you)… but why be so primitive when you can don a hoodie specially made for the occasion? The Mewgaoo Hoodie has a special pouch that’s large enough to accommodate a kitty. There’s a removable liner so things don’t get too gross in there. And to further emphasize that this is a cat-centric garment, the hoodie features cat ears on the hood, and cat paws on the sleeves. So by buying this piece of clothing you accomplish a few things: you provide your feline friend with a more comfortable vehicle, and you proudly proclaim to the world that you may have a… robust love of cats. Nothing too weird with that, to be honest, and at ¥5,980 (about $50), it doesn’t cost a fortune.

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Gallium Is A Metal That Will Melt In Your Hand

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Here’s a fun gift for some science minded friend of yours. Or just about anyone with a slight sense of wonderment at nature’s cool toys. It turns out you can buy a chunk of Gallium, which has a melting point of 85.85F. And, unlike Mercury, it’s non-toxic. This means you can warm it up in your hand to the point where it starts melting. Then we’re not sure what you can possibly do with it, but that’s pretty cool as it is. Many reviewers have mentioned that their children became interested in science and chemistry after they witnessed metal melting in their hands, so we’re pretty confident you’ll love it too. It’s $15 for a 20g sample of 99.99% pure Gallium.

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A CD Shattering, Seen At 170,000fps, Is Just Mesmerizing

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If you aren’t subscribed to the Slow Mo Guy’s YouTube Channel, you really should. They’re always coming out with cool videos showing what happens to stuff in super slow motion. The latest video of theirs to go somewhat viral is the one above, showing a CD being spun up to 23,000rpm and shattering. At that speed, the centrifugal forces are just too great and the disc disappears in less than the blink of an eye. But when filmed at 170,000fps with a Phantom V2511, loaned to them by Vision Research (and we understand the need for a loaner, since the thing starts $150,000!), you can clearly see what happens. It’s really amazing stuff. The GIF you see above is what it looks like at 28,500fps, but if you want the incredible 170,000fps footage, it’s just a click away.

[ Watch on YouTube ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

You Can Apparently Now Buy A Handheld Flamethrower

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There are other flamethrowers on the market, but they all require you to strap a canister of fuel to your back. The XM42 doesn’t. It’s a fully self-contained fire spitting’ machine that can throw a flame up to 25 feet. It uses a variety of fuels, which are stored in a canister on the device itself; this way, when you’re done burning stuff, you can just set the XM42 down.

So is this legal to own? Apparently in 48 states, it is; only California and Maryland seem to think it a bad idea to let people own these. And we can sort of understand their reluctance. What constructive things can you do with one of these? Well, the XM42 guys have some suggestions:

– clearing snow/ice
– eliminating weeds between pavement cracks
– controlled burns/ground-clearing of foliage/agricultural
– insect control
– pyrotechnic event displays
– bonfire starting

Right… because we can totally see ourselves starting a bonfire from 25 feet away with a flamethrower…

But you know what? This is America, and if you want to toast a marshmallow with a thrower from afar, then that’s your right. You wanna show those ants who’s boss? Do it. It’ll cost you $699 for an XM42 finished in brushed Aluminum, and $799 for a powder coated version.

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