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Tag Archives: Novelty

Taking Beer Seriously: The Beer Briefcase

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You could show up to the party with your 6-pack of beers nestled comfortably inside a cardboard box. You know, like common people do… Or, you could show up with the Beer Briefcase. Watch your friends realize that when it comes to beer, you mean business. Each bottle is individually wrapped and protected from clanging up against its neighbour, and the hard exterior saves them from accidental knockage. At $45, there are much more expensive ways to make less of an impact.

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Extra Shot Coffee Mug Livens Up Your Mornings

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We’re not sure how your boss is going to feel about it, but we certainly think that walking around the office with the Extra Shot Coffee Mug will make you the envy of your coworkers. After all, who hasn’t thought of spicing up a Monday morning with a little shot of pick-me-up in their coffee? The leatherette strap carries a tiny flask for the libation of your choice, while the mug itself appears to carry a standard size of American style Joe. It’s $15.

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Whistle Straws Let You Whistle While You Sip

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Feel like annoying the crap out of your friends? Nothing does that better than these Wet My Whistle straws. First and foremost, their design is based on slide whistles, which are played by blowing on one end while sliding the other in and out. They’re easy to play, but difficult to master.

The Whistle Straws build upon this concept, only you’re supposed to slide the straw in and out of your drink. The varying beverage levels changes the amount of empty space in the straw, which allows you to produce different tunes as you go along.

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What Would You Do With These Chameleon Glasses?

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Creep on your neighbours? Freak people out with how weird you look while wearing them? The possibilities are definitely not endless, but there’s a fair amount of fun to be had with the Chameleon Vision Goggles pictured above. They give you the ability to look in different directions, with each eye being independent from the other. You can even look behind you with the included side mirrors.

Sure, it’s a novelty item with limited use, but at least you won’t break the bank with the $11 asking price.

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Pixelated Sunglasses: Through 8-Bit Lenses

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So the world won’t be transformed to pixels when you’ve got this pair of pixelated sunglasses on, but it does look like it came straight from one of those 8-bit video games. These novelty specs will shield your eyes from the rays of the bright summer sun and give you a low-res look in this high-resolution world.

The Deal With It Pixelated sunglasses are available for €22.90 (about $30).

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Mini Me, Mini You: Shapify 3D Selfie

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Taking selfies one step farther and giving them the 3D treatment is Shapify. Their service lets you turn your self-portraits into a three-dimension action figure that you can proudly display in your home or office. All you need is the Shapify app and a Kinect sensor (borrow your neighbor’s, if you don’t have one!) to 3D scan yourself.

When you’re done, send it off to Shapify to order your selfie figurine. We have to warn you, though, this definitely costs more than your average selfie, since it’ll set you $79 back.

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Modest Urns for Modest (and Cheap) People

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These Modest Urns by Archie McPhee are a novelty or joke at best. I think. They’re McPhee’s “most modestly priced receptacle” which can hold up to 62.8 cubic inches of ashes or whatever else you want to put into it. I say “ashes” because they’re being marketed as uber-affordable urns for your ashes, your pet’s ashes, or for whoever else’s ashes. For all intents and purposes, it should be able to get the job done.

Each Modest Urn is priced at $9.50. If you want to be even cheaper more modest, then you can get one of these for free (well, almost) by buying a can of coffee and recycling it when all the coffee’s gone. Because yes, as we can all clearly see, the Modest Urn is basically a decorated coffee can.Continue Reading

Stressed Out? Desktop Fireworks is an Instant Mid-Day Pick-Me-Up

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Stress can make people do crazy things. It can make someone feel trapped and so wrapped up in trying to resolve the issue at hand that it makes them forget about the other things that matter. Work or school, after all, isn’t everything. So when you start feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, defeated, and helpless, then here’s what you should do: hit the Desktop Fireworks button and watch your desk come to life. You should call a friend afterward to talk things through, though, when the excitement has died down.

The Desktop Fireworks is the brainchild of Tomomi Sayuda. It’s actually a set of fun lights, noisemakers, and confetti crammed into random stationary and supplies you’d commonly find on a table.

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PyroPet Candle Melts Away To Reveal Skeleton

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Run-of-the-mill candles are a snorefest in our book, so we’re kind of happy to report on the PyroPet Candle. Initially it looks like a 3D rendering of a cat made in a computer in 1999, back when “omg look at all the polygons” was the rage. But then as the wax melts, it reveals a creepy little metal skeleton. It’s kind of neat, but at £35 (roughly $60), it’s also kind of very expensive. Sure, it’ll burn for 20 hours and makes a great present and all that… but $60 for a candle is kind of a lot to stomach.

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