Swiss watchmakers MB&F have applied their mechanical artistry to the creation of a music box. Their unique Music Machine uses mechanical elements to play 6 melodies: Star Wars, the Imperial March from Return of the Jedi, the Star Trek theme, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd, and Imagine by John Lennon. Nope, not quite a 64Gig iPod but that’s not really the point, is it? 66 MusicMachines will be produced. via
Nobody can deny that beer and baseball go hand in glove but the tale of Chris Von der Ahe, a beer garden proprietor who founded the St. Louis Browns—now the Cardinals—to simply sell more beer is a classic. His team of drunks and their upstart American Assoc. league flipped the bird to the National League and brought fans of all classes back to the ballpark.
This new Lumix LF1 features Leica optical technology, a sensitive 12.1 MP MOS sensor & it shoots HD video, too. But what sets it apart is the electronic viewfinder offering a 100% field of view that assures accurate framing and high visibility live-view even in bright sunlight. The LF1 also features a manual control ring for zoom, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed adjustments the old-fashioned way.
Heads up to all you little guys in the lifted trucks—here’s a gigantic, oversized cocktail shaker that offers a similar level of compensatory largeness for when you’re not behind the wheel. Talk about a big happy hour, this 110-oz. stainless steel shaker will make margaritas for 10 all at once.
If a toilet equipped with a foot warmer, a heated seat that automatically goes up & down, a built-in music system and a personalized bidet function all controlled by touchscreen interface just isn’t good enough for you, you’ve got issues. And you’ve also got some options, this updated & upgraded Numi turbo toilet from Kohler now boasts a bluetooth receiver, a USB port, and mood lighting that comes in 7 sphincter-tingling colors.
The Icona Vulcano is a one-off supercar that blew the doors off the Shanghai Auto Show this week. This 900-horsepower V12 is the brain child of famed Ferrari engine master Claudio Lombardi and Icona designer Samuel Chuffart Design, combining raw Italian power with the most advanced auto technologies on the planet.
Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI has a knack for making clever, simple products. Their splash-proof smartphone speaker is a prime example. It’s a plastic case that fits any smartphone with an input that goes into your headphone port. A transparent screen keeps the phone functional even with wet hands. And hopefully it’s loud enough to drown out your singing in the shower.
No need to decide between the camper or the boat: the Sealander is both. This German-designed amphibious mini-camper is light enough to be towed behind your car and offers the option of camping beside the lake or floating on it. Simply mount an outboard motor to the stern and the Sealander is ready for your voyage
Robert “Believe It Or Not” Ripley had a fascination for the strange and unbelievable, for oddities and exotic freaks. At the dawn of the radio era, he began turning this fascination into an empire through showmanship, publishing, radio, & early TV spots that celebrated the world’s strangest phenomena. So just who was this weirdo, anyway? Read up & find out.