The old English legend of King Arthur and his court; of Camelot, Excalibur & Guenivere, has been told & re-told through the ages but this version from J.R.R. Tolkien takes the tale further. Written as an epic poem he began in the 1930s & later abandoned, it has now been edited—but not quite finished—by his son Christopher Tolkien.
Yet another sign that you’re getting old: Hot Wheels has released a Retro Entertainment collection, memorializing vehicles from your favorite childhood shows & movies. Kitt from Knight Rider, the A-Team van, Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari. The DeLorean from Back To The Future, and many more.
Original Swiss Army knife makers Victorinox know a thing or two about portable, multipurpose tools. Their latest offering will please the pedalers. The Bike Tool is 5 tools in one that weighs only 3.5 oz. & includes allen wrenches, tire irons, and multiple drivers.
Straight Flush tells the unbelievable, true tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, a site that at its peak was earning a million dollars a day. But as the boys ran their scam & lived large in their jungle paradise of Costa Rica, the Feds were on to them.
For most people, a lighter or matches works fine for starting a fire or the gas grill. For others, that’s just too easy. The all-aluminum nanoStriker XL makes your quest for fire a bit more primitive: scrape some shavings off the ferrocerium rod onto your tinder & spark it up. Unlike matches or lighter, this thing works just fine in the rain.
If you still haven’t figured out how to pop the top off a beer with pretty much any given object in the room, car, campsite, toolbox, furniture, etc., you should watch a few videos on Youtube & practice so you can finally earn your Man Badge. Or just go ahead and buy this slim little wallet that’ll carry your cards, cash, & also packs a stealth bottle opener.
Biographies of infamous mobsters are almost as plentiful as lame Kickstarter campaigns but luckily they’re much more interesting. Steve Flemmi is a Boston mobster famous for being Whitey Bulger’s sidekick. Flemmi is currently doing hard time for 10 murders. Unlike most of those little snitches, Flemmi kept his trap shut until 2003 when he pled guilty & shared his story with the Feds.
For about 5 minutes one summer back in the 80s, girls with huge mullets & rocker dudes who came to see the headliner stood in awe of a glammed-up group of b-grade hairfarmers called Ratt. Like their peers of the era, cocaine, groupies, and drunk driving were their main interests. Singer Stephen Pearcy brings the years of using and abusing into focus some two decades later in this new book. As you might imagine, it’s a touching tale.
Stance makes silly socks for surfers and skateboarders. They’re also not blind to the powers of irony, so to build upon their standard styles: pot leaf, skull, rasta stripes, etc, they’ve turned to real sports. Their latest collection is an officially licensed NBA series. Featuring team colors & logos, plus photographs of legendary players like Bird, Erving, & Olajuwon you can now be literally head-to-toe in team gear.
During World War II, a search & rescue plan in the Arctic was lost in a blizzard and crashed. All 9 men on board survived the crash as well as 148 days lost in the vast, barren expanse of the Arctic ice. In this book by Best-selling author Michael Zuckoff (Lost In Shangri-La) readers are taken to the coldest place on earth and yet emerge with a survival story.