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Gallium, The Melt-in-your-Hands Metal That You Can Buy

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It’s kind of safe too, or at the very least, it’s safer than playing with Mercury. Gallium is a metal whose melting point is at 29.76 °C (85.56 °F), below your skin temperature. That means that simply handling a little block in your hands will melt it and you’ll have liquid metal in the palm of your hand! We wouldn’t recommend ingesting it since it is metal, and it will temporarily stain your skin as it gets into the crevices on your epidermis, but it’s still safe enough to play around with and show your friends and even kids. You can get a 20g chunk of it on Amazon for $10, which is dirt cheap for anyone with a slight scientific inclination, or that just likes anything remotely cool.

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KFC Makes Nail Polish That Tastes Like Chicken

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Their slogan is “Finger Lickin’ Good”, so it sort of makes sense, doesn’t it? See, as part of a promotional effort in Hong Kong, the local KFC office has apparently created nail polish that looks just like regular nail color, but happens to taste of delicious fried chicken. That way, well, you can spend your days looking entirely normal with your fingers in your mouth. They come in two flavours: Hot & Spicy, and Original Recipe. They were conceived and developed by McCormick, the spice company behind KFC’s secret spice and herb mix, and are allegedly completely safe to consume. The polishes are not being mass produced yet; the company is showing early prototypes off in promotional pics and asking fans to vote on which flavour they’d actually like to see being made. Whether it does ever make it into the wild, let alone stateside, is anyone’s guess.

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A Hoodie For Lovers

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Together Wear is a line of hoodies that were designed with two people in mind. Not content with sporting kangaroo pockets in the front, the hoodies also have them in the back. This way when you and your better half hug, you can cosily put your hands in their back pocket. Why? Because the Internet, that’s why. Because people will make products and post pics that some sappy heads will see and go “aawww” and poke their boyfriends and say “buy me this” and next thing you know it’s a viral hit. Well, Together Wear is not a viral hit, not yet anyway. They’re getting funding on Kicktarter and haven’t quite reached their goal. But the hoodies do seem to be made with quality in mind, and at a $69 pledge for one, or more importantly $119 for two, it’s not outrageously priced. We’re not sure how to feel about them; ridiculous product or start of a new trend?

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The Bunyanesque Hammock For You And All The Friends You Don’t Have

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Ok, we’re just being mean. Maybe you do have friends and we’re projecting. Whatever your social situation is, The Bunyanesque Hammock might actually appeal to you. It’s basically a giant tarp that you have to stretch out between trees or post or other structures.

“Four 20′-long, 1″-wide straps—each on its own rated to support up to 1,100 lbs.—secure the hammock’s four webbed type-12 bonded nylon corners to trees, posts, or other sturdy, immovable structures using eight stainless steel hooks.”

It’s rated to support up to 1,000 lbs, which is five 200 lbs. adults or about 72 kids. We think. Anyway, it’s a lot of people frolicking about in what looks like a ton of fun on a summer afternoon. It’s also a lot of money: $500.

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IKEA Hotplate Forces You To Ditch Your Smartphone For Dinner

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Dinnertime conversation… Some of you might remember the days where you’d actually, you know, talk to one another at the diner table, rather than peck away at your smartphone between bites. If these memories are felt with a sense of fondness, maybe you can bring that old tradition back. IKEA Taiwan has a put out a video showcasing a hotplate that only gets hot if enough smartphones are placed underneath it. We’re not sure how the tech works (is it just a scale?) but the more phones you put down there, the hotter the meal gets. There is very little information on this, and we doubt it’s something the company is planning on releasing to the public. But we can bet there’s a strong market for something like this.

Watch the video to get a sense of what they’re hoping to accomplish.

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Pringles Candles

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Big fan of Pringles’ chips, are ya? Pringles UK has something for you: a set of candles that allegedly smell like some of their chip flavours. They come in ‘Pigs in Blanket’, ‘Cheesy Cheese’ and ‘Texas BBQ’ flavours and are available now.

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So Even Crickets Are Driving Cars Nowadays

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Granted, we’re talking about toy cars, but this is totally legit. Toys’R’Us is selling the BugRacer, which is a battery-powered toy car that features a special cockpit meant to accommodate a cricket. No, the cricket isn’t included in your purchase, so after your child acquires one (either through bug hunting in the yard, or at the pet store), he’ll be able to coax him into the tiny ‘control room’. Sensors within detect the insect’s position, and steer the vehicle accordingly. Sure, the car is going to bump into stuff and drive around erratically, it’s a bug after all, but it’s programmed to simply back up when it hits a wall. There’s even an auto-pilot mode if you feel like Jiminy is too drunk to drive that day. It’s a cool way to get your child interested in insects, which could lead to an interest in biology and science in general. It’s $35.

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LEGO Finally Made The Foot Protectors They Should Have Made Ages Ago

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It’s well known that in Hell, you burn for eternity while walking barefoot on LEGOs. It’s in the Bible. Recognizing this reality, LEGO has finally decided to make things a little bit right by releasing a set of slippers meant to protect your feet from the unmentionable pain of walking on its bricks. Made in collaboration with Brand Station, it’s advertising agency, the slippers are made to look sort of like a brick. They’re part of a limited run of 1,500 only available as a prize in a contest you have to enter here.

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LED Beer Pong Table Amps Up Your Party

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Being 35, the days of playing beer pong are far behind, sadly. But I don’t remember it ever being so big of a ‘thing’ as it seems to be now. There are even tournaments for the questionable “sport” in places like Las Vegas (and plenty of others, I assume, I just don’t get out much)! So I shouldn’t be surprised to hear about the LED Beer Pong Table. It’s a pretty awesome looking table with an infinity mirror, and hundreds of LEDs that create an illusion of endless space beneath the surface. The lights change and flash to the music, and can be controlled with an IR remote. Seen in action, it seems to be just the thing that drunken frat kids would love. The full metal construction means it won’t easily break, and magnetic locks keep it closed when folded. It’s “regulation size”, so, you know, you can even do tournaments we suppose.

It’s a $629 pre-order.

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