Legendary adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary described Irish explorer Tom Crean as “a great man of immense strength and endurance and afraid of very little.” Indeed. At 15, Crean ran away from home for a life at sea and went on to play a key role in the Antarctic Expedition. He spent more time at the South Pole than Robert Scott or Ernest Shackleton & he survived to collect 3 Polar medals from the UK royal crown.
Author George Christie spent 40 years in the Hells Angels, rising in the ranks to become one of the club’s most influential leaders—the cool-headed negotiator & spokesman who countered the recklessness of Sonny Barger. Within 2 weeks of retiring from the club he was black-balled by the brotherhood. Now he’s telling his tale, the wild & weird life of an outlaw biker.
He never surfed but re-wrote the book on pop music with the Beach Boys. With fame came mental illness, the drugs, & the booze. His years as a deranged & reclusive “genius” alone in his Bel Air mansion. Eventually, there comes redemption. All this and a lot more of the story is revealed in the forthcoming Brian Wilson memoir.
Powered by a rechargeable, Li-Ion battery, the Max Pump provides about 90 minutes of inflating power for your air mattress, fishing float or inflatable toys. Weighing less than half a pound, it is ounce-for-ounce, the smallest yet most powerful pump in the world.
The simple elegance of this design is everything. Pen Uno is a space-grade aluminum pen that uses Hi-Tec C Coleto ink cartridges & also transforms into a mechanical pencil just by switching 2 small components. It is available in 5 colors: gold, rose gold, red, black, & grey. A funded Kickstarter.
Choosing a reusable water bottle over single-use plastic is just smarter. Then again, the majority of water bottle makers have their products made in China. Not Liberty BottleWorks. They are the only metal bottle brand that makes their stuff in the USA. Union Gap, Washington to be exact. They use FDA-approved, food grade recycled aluminum and offer a wide range of sizes and designs. Use their online bottle builder to design your own & they ship for free.
Professional funny man Norm MacDonald shares his unbelievable life story in a new memoir. From his disastrous start in show biz to his days on SNL to the not-so-funny depths of gambling addiction. It’s a book filled with jokes, true Hollywood stories and MacDonald’s one-of-a-kind wit.
There are tourists and then, there are explorers. This forthcoming guidebook is definitely for the latter. Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. From architectural & environmental marvels like the Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia to the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India, to weird museums, & cultural events—like the baby jumping festival in Spain. Open it to any page and expect the unexpected.
The Jack Rack is a cooler way to keep your keys organized. The wall-mounted racks look like mini guitar amplifiers and use Pluginz keychains—which are made of actual ¼” input jacks—to keep all your keys handy. It’s sturdy enough to hold BBQ tools, kitchen utensils, and other small tools, too.
It can be tough to get that fish tank taste out of your favorite water bottle but the Strive Advance from OXO has a solution. The bottle unscrews in the middle, making it easier to clean. Much easier to add ice, too. The lid has a smaller opening for spill-free sipping & is tethered to the bottle. the 24-ounce bottle is made of BPA-free & dishwasher safe Tritan plastic.