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Behold the Lazareth LM 847, A 470 hp Quad-Wheel Motorcycle With A Maserati Engine

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Don’t go looking for this bike in your local motorcycle showroom; the Lazareth LM 847 is a one-off creation from Ludovic Lazareth, and if it ever sees a production line, we’ll be impressed. The fact that it mostly can’t be bought doesn’t stop us from being both shocked and awed at what he’s done. This beast features four single-sided swingarms, rim-mounted brakes, dual hub-centre steering and most importantly, a 4.7-liter Maserati V8 engine cranking out a ridiculous 470 horses. The tail end comes from a Ducati Panigale, and the transversely mounted rear shock is TFX, a shock absorber that looks like it’ll absorb bumps on the road just as efficiently as it’ll prevent both wheels from moving relative to one another, a potentially questionable design choice. But hey, when you’re Frankensteining a beast of this caliber, you’re clearly going for the kitchen sink approach rather than crafting a finely engineered riding machine.

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Make Your Own Popsicles at Home With The FRIOPOP Bags

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Stick it to the man, and make your own damn popsicles at home. Why settle for highly sugary, artificially flavoured candy when you can cool off from the summertime heat with your own, made-at-home popsicles? The FRIOPOP bags are just, well… popsicle-shaped plastic bags that you can fill up with whatever tasty concoction you want. After a couple hours in the freezer, just unwrap and enjoy. They come in one size, 8oz., but if you want smaller ones, just, you know, fill them up less. And of course, you wouldn’t expect this stuff to be expensive, and you’d be right. It’s $7 for 100.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Pooping On The Side Of A 4X4’s Tire

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When you gotta go, you gotta go. If you’ve bought yourself a fancy off-road vehicle, there’s chance you’ll be off the beaten path for long periods, away from civilized sanitation. If the urge strikes you, you can do your business like a caveman, or class it up a little with this toilet seat mounted to the side of a 4X4’s front wheel. There’s very little information about it, and the source seems to be a Russian forum. Our best guess is it’s a homemade contraption, so no chance to actually buy it. But you know, once an idea is in the wild, it just takes an enterprising guy and a Kickstarter, and you have yourself a product. Just make sure your buddy doesn’t try to drive it away while you’re doing your business, you know, for giggles.

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Making Your Own Moonshine Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

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You might think it not worth your while to make your own hard liquor at home when you can just trip on the sidewalk and fall into a liquor store in most large cities. But then you’d be missing the point entirely: some people just enjoy making stuff. The Stainless Steel Alcohol / Moonshine Still makes the process as easy as pie:

This still makes it extremely EASY and SAFE to make your own alcoholic spirits at home. Comes with very EASY to follow instructions and, unlike most stills, there is no running water required. Constructed entirely of Type 304 stainless steel (the type of stainless used in premium cookware), ensuring a SAFE final product, untainted by any leaching or reaction that can happen with other types of metals. The compact 1/2 gallon capacity is the perfect size to get you started with distillation-not too large to make it unwieldy for a kitchen, but big enough to yield 7 to 12 ounces of liquor. And it’s all backed by an Ironclad 90 Day Money Back Guarantee. Try it for 90 days and if unsatisfied for any reason, simply return it for a full refund including the cost of return shipping. PLEASE NOTE: The hot plate in the photos is not included–it is only shown to depict a setup.

Now, we’re no experts in spirit making, but we’ve heard that if you do it wrong, you can make yourself blind or something. So make sure to follow the instructions to a T if you’re going to give this a go. It’s $250.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

This Alarm Clock Slaps You Awake

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Hot on the heels of the alarm clock that physically tosses you out of bed comes news of the alarm clock that slaps you awake. Because placing your alarm out of reach and forcing yourself to stand up isn’t good enough for some, electronics tinkerer Simone Giertz created The Wake-Up Machine, a device that literally slaps your face in the hopes of getting you out of bed. “It is a composition of a rubberized fake arm, a standard alarm clock and a powerful brushed DC motor that runs at 165 rpm – rigged to an Arduino UNO.” Watch the video below to get a breakdown of what Simone’s made.

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BullseyeBore Helps You Drill In A Straight Line

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You’re a DIY kind of guy, doing stuff around the house with the power tools you had so much fun buying in Home Depot, right? Well, chances are you know just how hard it is to drill a hole that’s perfectly perpendicular to your surface. With the BullseyeBore drill attachment though, your problems might be solved. It uses a laser to project three circles onto your surface. As long as the three circles are perfectly equidistant, you’re drilling straight; deviate from that and you’ll immediately notice.

There are three patterns generated by BullseyeBore: a single dynamic position pattern, and two fixed circular measurement patterns. This is demonstrated in the video (left) and images (below) with the single dynamic position pattern as the outermost pattern, and the fixed circular measurement patterns on the inside.

The single dynamic position pattern changes shape dramatically when the drill is misaligned with the work surface, while the two fixed measurement patterns maintain consistent and evenly spaced concentric circles regardless of alignment.

A drill is properly aligned with the work surface when the single position pattern becomes circular and is concentric with the two fixed measurement patterns.

The BullseyeBore attachment also helps you know exactly how deep you’ve drilled, since the circles will change size as you go deeper, letting you keep track of your progress.

It’s not available for purchase yet, but there are two versions planned: one that attaches to the chuck of any drill and accepts bits on the other end, and one that’s actually integrated into a chuck directly. The company is looking for partners to bring it to market.

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Trouble Waking Up? This Bed Will Toss You Out!

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There’s two types of people in this world: those who wake up when their alarm rings, and those who snooze themselves into oblivion. If you’re tired of letting your life pass you by because you can’t get yourself out of bed, you might want to consider Colin Furze’s approach: he built the Ejector Bed! When the time comes, it’ll activate two flashing lights, two fire alarms, a firework, two semi truck horns… and then launch you out of bed with a hydraulic lift. The pressure is adjustable, so you can either be gently tilted out, or violently expelled. Either way, you won’t be able to keep on snoozing and your day will lay before you, ready for consumption.

Of course, the Ejector Bed is not something you can buy. But if Colin was able to build it, an enterprising reader could do the same.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

DIY Paint Roller That Paints Rainbows

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If you have to ask why you’d want a paint roller that paints rainbows, we can’t offer you a sensible answer. Just because it’s cool, we guess? It’s the same reason we have for thinking Unicorn Finger Puppets are great. Because why not? In any case, the paint roller you’re looking at is not sold in stores. You’ll have to put in a little effort to make your own, but clear instructions are provided. Once you’ve finished, you can then set to add some color to your environment, which we urge you to do in a legal manner, of course.

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Make Your Own Pocket Laser Engraver

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The main reason I haven’t bought a 3D printer is that I suspect that once that initial “gee-whiz, I can print objects” phase has passed, I’ll be hard pressed to find useful things to actually print. But projects like Thingiverse member Isolt’s Photon Printer, a Micro Laser Engraver, make me realize there are plenty of people working to provide us with things to do with these fancy printers. In this case, you’re looking at a little device that uses repurposed DVD drives as well as 3D printed parts to create a laser engraver, capable of, well, engraving anything you want on a variety of surfaces. It’s not a project for beginners, but if you’re got some time on your hands and know your way around electronics, you should be able to pull it off.

[ Thingiverse Page ] AND [ Instructables Step by Step ] VIA [ Technabob ]