What Santa Did Not Deliver


Do you ever wonder what the wish lists of the super-rich entail during the holidays? When have bank accounts like Bill Gates or Larry Ellison the world is pretty much yours, I’m sure.  Wired decided to look back on some of the year’s most stupefying products in “Overhyped, Overpriced: 2012′s Insanely Expensive Gear.” I’m guessing these are the things that Bill and Larry probably have on their lists.

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Zero Gravity Balloon WeightPacs – No Strings Attached


I’m always on the lookout for interesting items that can set the mood for a good party, or even commemorate a visit from Santa or the Tooth Fairy. Nothing says “surprise” on Christmas morning better than some nifty visual effect that seems magical, and as simple as the concept may be, these Zero Gravity Balloon Weights might just be part of our Christmas.

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Abs in a Box Cosmetic Kit – an Exercise Free Six Pack

Everyone has heard of the no pain-no gain exercise theory. I myself, like to subscribe to the no pain-no pain theory, and hence, try to avoid being sweaty or out of breath at all costs. That being said, I still envy the perfectly toned beach bodies strutting their stuff out on the sand. However, I just cant seem to put down my bucket of cola and donuts long enough to get there…

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Lalaloopsy – Singing and Dancing Sensation?

 

The chill is in the air and you can just feel the holiday season approaching. I like to organize my holiday shopping so that most of it is done by Thanksgiving, this year I seem to be lagging a bit behind as it seems more than a little slow in the toy department. There are a few new items on the horizon and I’ll try to keep you informed.

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The Hot Tug – Wood-fired Hot Tub Boat


Ah yes, I can’t think of 2 things I love more than hot-tubs, and being out on the open water. Ideally, I guess I would like to be using the hot-tub on the stern of my 115 foot yacht. Slipping off my high heels and sinking into the blissfully steamy water, while one of my outrageously handsome crew members serve me icy cold champagne and strawberries.

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A Football Fan Like No Other


The NFL season is underway! It is great to see the players duking it out.  Die hard fans are showing their colors with the latest gear and gadgets sporting their team’s logo. With hats, jerseys, jackets and more fans express their true personalities. But why not take it to the next level and decorate your home? Hammacher Schlemmer has just the addition to show your spirit.

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The Bionic Cockroach

We bring this to you from the “it sounds weird, but sure the applications would be numerous” bag. Researchers at North Carolina State University figured out how to remotely control an actual cockroach. No the objective was not related to extermination of bugs – but rather creating a wireless biological interface. The mechanics consisted of a basic microcontroller, transmitter and receiver. By attaching the device to the pest’s antennae, a sensory organ for them to help evade predators, the team was able to send commands to trigger their need to move and avoid trouble. The video below shows researchers controlling the path of a Madagascar hissing cockroach using the device.

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