Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z
Welcome to Woot This Week, where every week we count down five of the coolest/weirdest/craziest items currently for sale on Woot!
And now, without further ado, the top five cool things I found on Woot this week:
"An empty cabinet is full of possibilities." That's not actually an old saying, but it probably should be.
If you can look at this dancing flower and still feel sad, then I feel sorry for you.
Food is the most beautiful sight of all, but now your cookware can be the second prettiest thing in your kitchen.
Just because you're old doesn't mean you have to stop throwing keggers! You just have to stop storing the keg in your bathtub and switch over to a more dignified setup.
We here at Woot are lucky enough to be able to bring our dogs to work with us, but if you're not so lucky then this pet treat dispenser is a great way to stay connected to your pets at home.
Those are my finds for this week, friends! Did you find something weird and cool on Woot this week? Don't be selfish! Post it here!
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:32 Z
If it was really smart, it could protect itself against a roving band of predators.
Traveling can be fun and exciting but mostly it's a pain in the ass. Cool luggage like this can make all the difference, and there are a lot of cool things about this Bluetooth luggage. The in-handle digital scale to help you avoid extra fees. The battery charger so you don't have to search for an outlet. The remote lock!
We don't know why you'd want to lock your luggage remotely, but hey, whatever. Maybe you think it's funny to screw with the TSA while hiding behind that trash can containing full-sized bottles of expensive shampoo begrudgingly discarded by first-time fliers. :::snicker::: Dummies.
The absolute best feature of this luggage, though, has got to be the location tracker. The built-in GPS shows you where your luggage is anywhere in the world. Although, we suppose this is only a good thing if your luggage is where it's supposed to be.
If your luggage is lost, it's just kinda sad. All you can do is stare helplessly into your phone as the blinking red dot shows your bag languishing on the carousel in some remote Australian village, the contents of which will eventually be picked through and then carried off by wild dogs.
Now if only there was a remote electrical shock feature ...
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z(image)
Babies: they're everywhere, especially when we fly coach. But how much do we really know about them? Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame asked if he could spend April debunking some persistent misconceptions about babies, in hopes that it will persuade the universe to deliver Beyoncé's twins this month. Hey—she cancelled Coachella on doctor's orders. It could happen.
The Debunker: Are Babies Born With Kneecaps?
This one was a favorite on those "Re: FW: Re: FW: FW: amazing trivia facts" emails that used to circle the Earth thirty times a day. Do those lists still exist? Did they ever colonize Facebook and find a new life? Anyway, alongside other dubious things on those lists (your heart stops when you sneeze! Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance!) the nation's aunts and grandmothers very much wanted you to know one important fact about babies: they have no kneecaps.(image)
There's a grain of truth to this, which we'll get to in a second. But first of all: no! What kind of a boneless, McNugget-like baby are you imagining, if you think its skeleton is optional at birth? Humans are, in fact, born with more bones than they'll have as adults. That's because many baby bones are small segments (like the ones in their skulls) that'll fuse together into a single bone as they get older.
So when babies are born, all of their bones are actually a mix of bone tissue and cartilage. The patellae, or kneecaps, are no exception. They're almost invisible on baby x-rays, because they're made almost entirely of cartilage in utero, which may be how this myth originated. Some experiments have suggested that human bones never ossify, or harden, until they need to bear weight. (Kneecaps, for example, aren't fully ossified in boys until they're almost ready to start kindergarten.) This may be an evolutionary strategy, allowing the body to divert energy to more important early development (like the brain!) until hard bones are actually needed for important toddler activities like waddling around the house and putting the cat in the dryer.
Quick Quiz: Shane Stant served an 18-month prison sentence for his infamous January 6, 1994 attack on the kneecap of what famous person?
Ken Jennings is the author of eleven books, most recently his Junior Genius Guides, Because I Said So!, and Maphead. He's also the proud owner of an underwhelming Bag o' Crap. Follow him at ken-jennings.com or on Twitter as @KenJennings.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:49 Z
Live your own adventure!
Have you been spending your days off in a fantasy land? Are you D&D'ing your days away? Playing Zelda until dawn? Binging on Game of Thrones over and over again?
Instead of dreaming about epic adventures and beautiful landscapes, go out there and experience them for yourself! And when you head out there into the real world for some adventuring, make sure to take a super trusty, fantasy-grade weapon with you, like, perhaps, a crossbow.
Just please make sure you practice with this thing before you go out shooting down and monsters or dragons. And also, please remember that monsters and dragons don't actually exist. So be pretty careful what you shoot this at.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 ZHappy Music Monday! Unlike last year, Scott hasn't needed a new RIP post every other day. But we've still lost a few notable music legends since January, so we sadly need to say goodbye. Let's get started, shall we? David Axelrod Without David Axelrod records Dr. Dre would never have built that gangsta sound that changed hip hop forever. That alone could have been enough to make him a music legend. But flip through Axelrod's production credits and you'll see a man who made a lasting contribution to the world of pop, jazz, soul, and beyond. He did enough for one life but I'm still sorry to lose him. More goodbyes ahead, sadly. John Wetton Even if you don't know the name, you know the sound. John Wetton was maybe the most important part of Asia (and pretty important to other groups too) and his voice/sound/style has become a kind of symbol of that era. If you're a prog person, you'll miss him dearly. Al Jarreau Al Jarreau was a rare crossover artist. Keeping one foot in jazz, he could still pivot the other to pop as needed. Also, the man had an armful of Grammy Awards and he sang the Moonlighting theme. He must have been doing something right. William Onyeabor It's okay if you hadn't heard of this African musician before. But now you've got a chance to make up for that. Onyeabor has a very cool, very interesting sound that attracted fans like David Byrne and, of course, me. He'll be missed. Larry Coryell I found Larry Coryell by accident, back in the days of Napster. I don't remember what I was trying to download, but I loved what I found. Coryell was mostly known as a jazz guitarist, but this piece really blows a lot of rockers out of the water. He passed just after finishing a performance, meaning he was a musician until the very very end. Walter "Junie" Morrison There's a bonus today, because I can't end Music Monday without playing respect to one of the founding members of the Ohio Players. What else is there to say after that? That's PEAK cool. Scott saluted Chuck Berry here but otherwise skipped a few notable RIPs for space. Feel free to add your goodbyes to the comments, as always. Also let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. See you next week. [...]
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z
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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:00:24 Z
Roll with it.
A survey of some of the world's oldest people found that they all had one thing in common that seemed to help them survive. No, it wasn't that they were healthy eaters or that they all exercised every day. And no, it wasn't "one weird trick" that they learned about from a clickbait ad. It was a personality trait that they all shared.
Most people who had survived to a very old age had developed a strong ability to go with the flow and take life as it came at them. Simply put, they had all learned how to just roll with it.
Now, we're not saying that a rolling cart like this will necessarily extend your lifespan by a significant amount. But we would like to point out that it's a lot easier to roll with the things life throws your way, if you have a 12 Drawer Rolling Organizer cart to store those things in.
Did life just throw you a bunch of disorganized craft supplies? Roll with it! A set of unsorted tools? Roll with those too! A life-altering existential crisis? We can't guarantee that it'll fit in the drawers, but you should be able to throw it on top and roll with that too.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:36 Z
How deep is your dog's love?
We all think that our dogs love us because they go crazy when they see us and they look at us with those gooey puppy-dog eyes. But our dogs also go equally crazy for a well-thrown tennis ball and they'll dole out their gooey-eyed look to anyone who rustles some food packaging in their direction.
The cold hard truth is that your dog doesn't just love you for you. Your dog loves you for the treats you give her and the times you throw the ball for her and the safe home you provide her. Your dog doesn't think you're a beautiful special person; your dog thinks you're a beautiful special treat dispensing walk machine.
But is that really so bad? Are a few treats and tennis ball tosses really such a high price to pay for the love of a dog? We certainly can't bribe our friends and family members into loving us for so low a price. And cats? Everyone knows that their love is unattainable.
Look, we're not trying to make you ask yourself the deep questions about your relationship with your dog. All we're really saying here is that your dog needs somewhere cozy to sleep and you need a endless fountain of love, support, and understanding. Is that really such a bad deal?
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z