The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG just looks like the kind of car the plastic surgeon stores his golf clubs in and pays to have detailed every few days. But this luxurious little coupe will snap your neck back. For the new year, Benz outfitted it with an all-aluminum body, shedding 245 lbs, and they updated the twin turbos on the V12 powerplant. They also dropped the outdated 5-speed gearbox in favor of a seven-speed automatic unit that gives it better gas mileage and sprint times. Good for making those tee times.
If you want to dine like Draper and booze like Sterling, this retro cookbook will show you how to do it. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men is a collection of 70 recipes for period correct food and drink from your favorite series.
Thirty-five years ago a corny sci-fi flick called Star Wars was released. And since then the kids (who are now middle-aged) have been fiending for the next sequel, toy, offshoot, or set of licensed collectibles to emerge. The wait is never long. Here’s Legos’ latest from the Ultimate Collector Series: a 12-inch tall R2-D2 with a retractable third leg and a head that actually rotates. Available May 2012.
Back in the 50s the teardrop trailer was a popular, low budget camper you could pull behind almost any car. The two-wheel teardrop design slid into obscurity as the massive Winnebago era took hold. Now that “smaller” is cool again, the teardrop is back, totally updated but just as light, compact and towable. Moby1′s various models are fully kitted modern campers that will take you and your 2.5 kids anywhere you wanna go.
Okay, so maybe an edible, milk chocolate skull cast from a real human skull is a little creepy. But is it really any more creepy than giving your kid an edible bunny to devour ears-first? Or a yolk-filled chocolate chicken egg? No, it’s actually not. These edible skulls are also available in dark chocolate.
This handmade bar cart is built in New England from select hardwoods like Black Walnut and makes drinking more fun because instead of running back to the kitchen to make another round, you can just roll this bad boy to where ever the crew is congregated and post up. It holds everything you need for extended bouts of mixing, serving, and chilling.
Here’s a fun little “project” to keep you busy out in the garage or down in the basement when you just need a little time to yourself. The Canchucks kit helps you convert a pair of your favorite beer cans into nunchucks. Yes, of course it’s unlikely you’ll ever defend yourself by swinging these at somebody’s grill but they’ll keep you busy for awhile in the workshop and entertained when they’re finished.
Surprisingly there are alternatives to carrying a Man Purse, a fanny pack or wearing a belt clip for your phone. Skinth Storage does a pretty good job of combining these types of questionable accessories into something you might actually strap on. They makes little cases for your Leatherman, pocket knife, and micro gadgetry that look like Smurf-sized Swat Team accessories and carry the stuff you’d rather not keep in your pockets.
If you think like us, breaking your sledgehammer on the job should earn you a bottle of whiskey and the rest of the day off. But it doesn’t. All it does is send you out for a new handle or a whole new hammer. This line of guaranteed indestructible sledge hammers from BASH will keep you swinging ’til there’s nothing left to smash.
If watching bodies and buildings burn on the nightly news isn’t quite enough war for you, digging into this emotional memoir on the chaos of Iraq by USMC infantry officer Benjamin Busch (who is also an actor on the The Wire) will take you deeper into the way the war experience affects us. What we bring to it and what we take away.