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World’s Most Useless Machine, Now More Advanced

About three years ago, the world’s Most Useless Machine was introduced to the world. You can see a video of it here. It was a simple box with a switch that, when flipped, would activate a mechanism whose only purpose was to, well, flip the switch right back to how it was in the first place. Genius. So now this same principle has been pumped up on steroids, and a machine of great ingenuity created, one whose unbridled ingenuity is only rivalled by its uselessness. Meet the Useless Machine Advanced Edition. Using a broken Canon 850i printer, the machine features not one, but eight such switches with an internal switch-flipping mechanism of eerie efficiency.

It’s a fairly complex DIY build, but all the instructions and hardware requirements are listed at the link below.

[ Useles Machine Advanced Edition ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Qualy Flowerpot and Squirrel

Plants… Better keep those away from us. Caring for anything that’s unable to come and nag for its food is a recipe for disaster round these parts. Yet, we’re still suckers for good design, and the Qualy Flowerpot and Squirrel is just the kind of thing we’re sure could brighten someone’s day right up. It’s a self-watering flowerpot with a water container within, which then supplies it to the soil through a cord inside the pot.

Both the squirrel and the plant are dependent on your love and care. And, when you pour water through the knothole, the tiny squirrel will appear in its peephole and will show that the plant has enough water. As the water level decreases, you will see less and less of the tiny squirrel. If you only see its big, round eyes, then the squirrel and plant are awfully thirsty and it´s high time to water again.

It’s roughly $35 (€26).

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Cookie Cutters Make Parts For Delicious 3D Dinosaurs

A cookie cutter is nothing new, but a cookie cutter that makes the various parts that go into a 3D dinosaur? Sign us up!

Cookie cutters in the shape of dinosaur body parts. Cut out cookie dough, bake in the oven, then slot the cookies together to make edible dinosaurs that will stand up your plate. Create the tastiest treats this side of the Jurassic period… then eat them into extinction. Each pack includes cutters for the body parts required to bake a whole dinosaur, with 4 to collect (Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus and T-Rex)

Each pack is £7.50 or about $12. You can’t choose which one you get but rather purchase a random one, which does sort of suck if you’re really keen on buying all four. But really, we don’t know that anyone will mind so much.

Hit the jump for more pictures of cookie dinosaurs and links.

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Edible Deodorant Candy Fights Body Odor From the Inside

Deodorant Candy

It looks like we’ve got a lot of oddly edible stuff in our line-up for today. First up was the edible iPhone 5 case that was more of a snack treat than an actual iPhone case. Next in line are these sugar-free Deo perfume candies that claim to get rid of body odor (or at least mask it with the scent of perfume) if you take the recommended serving for your body weight.

It sounds weird, but that’s what it says on the packaging. So how does it work? It basically contains a rose oil that exudes an aromatic compound called geraniol, which will evaporate through your skin a couple of hours after you take it. Reviews say that the candy doesn’t taste awesome, and putting on deodorant isn’t exactly the hardest thing to do in the world, so I’m a little skeptical about these perfume candies.

But then again, they’re currently sold out online for now, so who knows?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Incredible Things ]

The Karoto Is Like A Pencil Sharpener, Only For Carrots

They say you eat as much with your eyes as with your mouth. Maybe that’s true, but it’s never stopped us from eating things that looked borderline gross after having been only mildly reassured of their tastefulness by unenthusiastic restaurateurs. We were hungry! But if these guys had bothered to use something like the above Karoto to decorate the plate a little, it might have been enough to make us feel like their stale polenta and shrivelled shrimp were actually gourmet cooking. We… are easy to please.

The Karoto is a pencil-sharpener-looking vegetable peeler and curler. You use it just like you’d use a pencil sharpener, only you stick carrots or cucumbers or any other similarly shaped veggies in it instead. The shavings can then be shaped into flowers and various decorative items. It’s fun, it’s a little quirky and more importantly it’s just $15.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Sports Car, Distillery, and Hunting Lodge Air Fresheners for the Manliest of Men

Archer Air Fresheners


When you walk down the aisle with all the air fresheners in the supermarket, you’ll see sprays and canisters labeled with all sorts of floral and fruity scents. That’s probably what smells good to most people in general, but they’re definitely not scents that a guy would seek out for his bachelor pad or car.

So to all the men out there who have been searching high and low for the perfect (or more appropriate) air freshener, here’s one line for you that you might like. Archer recently released their own featuring three scents that will appeal to most men and a small minority of women: European Sports Car, Distillery, and Hunting Lodge.

European Sports Car
worn leather, excessive horse power, and a hint of aftershave. Bold, handsome, and perhaps a little overconfident at 140 MPH

charred oak, sour mash, and enough bourbon to kill an elephant. warm and inviting, but what isn’t at 80 proof?

Hunting Lodge
hearth stone, gun powder and damp timber. It smells just like it did 120 years ago, because it hasn’t changed in 120 years. Other than the flatscreen and microwave

They’re available online for $14 each.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Ions Lights Are Smart Way To Poke Around A PC Chassis

By David Ponce

Holding a flashlight in your mouth while you tug on some dusty cables inside a 5 year old PC case is not… elegant. A better way would be to use the Ions: magnetically-attached, pivoting LED lights that you can simply stick on to part of the metal chassis. You turn them on by twisting a grip dial, and point them where you need them. They’d be made out of Aluminum and plastic and would measure 20mm (height) x 12mm (diameter).

We’re using the conditional tense now because we’re not certain these will ever see light of day (you couldn’t tell those were CG renders in the pictures?). They’re a project on Quirky, and have tentatively been priced at $6 for a 3-pack. But there’s no clear sign the company actually plans to make these, unlike some of their other projects. We think they’re great, so here’s hoping they get the green light.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Here’s A GingerDEAD Cookie Cutter

By David Ponce

One side is your traditional cookie cutter. The reverse is embossed and stamps out the gingerbread man’s skeleton. Bake them cookies and fill with icing and you have yourself a treat that would be perfect all year round, but much more so at Halloween.

It’s not even $7.

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