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So Apparently There’s An $1,800 Tent

We love camping as much as the next guy, but we’re just not sure that paying $1,800 for a tent is going to make things better. The Sierra Designs Mojo UFO tent tries to be special in a few ways. First off, it’s fairly light, weighing in at 1 lb. 11 oz. or 0.76 kg (tent, integrated rain fly and poles) and measuring “50 inches (127 cm) wide at the head, tapered to 41 inches (104 cm) at the feet.” And granted, that’s pretty light and easy to carry. But it’s not the lightest tent on the market; that award seems to go to the “Sea to Summit Specialist Duo [which] weighs just 1 lb. 6 oz. (0.62 kg) when pitched with hiking poles.” That tent is $500. Also, the Mojo UFO is made from a pretty fancy fabric called cuben fiber, “an ultralight, highly durable fabric used in sailcloth,” and the pitching poles are made of, well, pure carbon fiber. Year. Carbon fiber. We’re not entirely convinced (read: not at all) that this is all worth $1,800, but hey, we know plenty of people with too much cash, and a penchant for camping, who’d likely throw it at Sierra Designs in a heartbeat. They can do so next week, when the tent debuts at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

[ Manufacturer’s Website ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

The Most Expensive Item On Amazon Is This $120,000 Paper Shredder

By David Ponce

The Datastroyer Model 1000 Disintegrator sounds almost made up, like something Wile E. Coyote would have ordered from an ACME catalogue. As it turns out, it appears you can order this product from online “catalogue” Amazon for the princely sum of $127,769.27. What is it? Well, it’s a really fancy paper shredder is what it is. Powered by a 150HP motor, the Datastroyer is able to plow and shred through up to 7,000lbs of destroyables per hour. By that we mean mostly paper, although the machine accepts CDs as well. It’s a no fuss no muss operation where you can simply load up the bags of paper onto its conveyer belt and forget about it. And if you’re really serious about your shredding needs, you can upgrade the motors up to 250HP.

Amazingly, the link below is not affiliate. And yes, that’s the only image we could find…

Update: A representative of the company had this to say:

In case your readers are curious, the reason that product costs as
much as a small house is because it’s NSA approved level 6 high security. You put something top secret into the model 1000, and when it comes out it’s no longer considered top secret anymore. So classified organizations, like the military, FBI, Department of Energy, and contractors like Lockheed Martin and Northop Grumman would use equipment like this for destroying classified information. That includes paper, cell phones, computers, even clothing – anything you can think of that might have or ever had top secret data on it. When the machine is done, the resulting particle is about 3/32″ big. So small you could almost inhale it.

[ Amazon Link ] AND [ Product Page ] VIA [ BookOfJoe ]

Ambient Field Conditioner Is Good At Separating Fools From Their Money

By David Ponce

We think that there’s a point of diminishing returns when it comes to audio equipment. There’s a good difference between a $30 set of PC speakers and a $1,000 system. But the difference between that $1,000 system and say, one that costs $20,000 is that you’ll be $19,000 poorer and immeasurably stupider for it. Of course, audiophiles will disagree and find all manners of reasons to justify the expense; we won’t get into an argument here. Suffice it to say we were not impressed with the Blackbody, an Ambient Field Conditioner. It’s a box that doesn’t make any sounds. It doesn’t even amplify. Really, all it claims to do is sit there and somehow “enhance audio playback quality by modifying the interaction of your gear’s circuitry with the ambient electromagnetic field. The Blackbody eliminates sonic smearing of high frequencies and lowers the noise floor, thus clarifying the stereo image.” It’s $1,323. For an audio accessory.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Largest Gold Coing Minted Is Worth $57.34 million

By David Ponce

Not that it has anything remotely to do with technology, gadgets, or something you can ever hope to get your hands on… but the coin you see above should tickle your geek cells anyway. It’s made by the Perth Mint of Australia, weighs over a ton and based on current gold prices should be worth around $57.34million. Created to “mark the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that will be held in Australia”, the coin has an “Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II’s image [on one side ]” and a kangaroo on the other. It measures 12cm thick (almost 5 inches) by 80cm across (about 31.5 inches) and after taking 18 months to complete, the going is now on public display.

VIA [ Born Rich ]

Cedes Toothpaste Squeezer Expensively Solves Your First World Problem

By David Ponce

So that’s $300 for a fancy chrome plated contraption to squeeze every last drop of toothpaste out of the tube. You know you need this because it’s: 1) Made in Italy. 2) Handcrafted. 3) Has a base made of Perspex (what the heck is that?). 4) Will one-up your friends in a way that’s always made you such a lovable character.

You could of course accomplish the same thing with this inexpensive looking alternative but that would inevitably kick your pompous factor down a few notches.

By the way, could we interest you in some $2,800 headphones?

[ Cedes Toothpaste Squeezer ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]