Start them young: Playset teaches kids to take care of a real car

The world offers a lot of lovely toys for children, and while we love the usual, the practical ones have a special place in our heart. This playset for example, is an engine repair set that encourages children to “fix” the engine. Tasks include various things like changing the oil, swapping the air filter, checking the dipstick, removing the spark plug, and of course, checking various nuts and bolts.

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Whiskey Potato Chips

Sometimes the story just writes itself. Here they are, the whiskey potato crisps/chips. They’ve got whiskey, they’ve got potato. What’s not to like? They’re haggis flavored, so that probably answers the last question. Even so, that’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make. No word on price or availability yet.

The Cloud Illustrator

T-Rex Cloud

People often see shapes in clouds, artist Martin Feijoó (aka Tincho) goes ahead and marks up those shapes with illustrations. The Shaping Clouds Project took shape based on the clouds Martin photographed on his last trip to Mexico. Now that’s some solid imagination.

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Get camping luxury right with Jero

No one said you need to go camping in that stinking tent fit for a plebian. What you need is something more elegant, more luxurious, and more of a portable shelter than some filthy tent. The tent is inspired by the Yurt, a portable structure that is commonly used by the nomads of Central Asia. That means the structure has to be easily portable, and comfortable enough to be a dwelling.

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Asus ZenWatch Smartwatch look pretty good

Smartwatches are cool, although they rarely look as awesome as the ZenWatch. We like the ZenWatch because it is sleek, has the usual and useful features, and looks pretty darn good. Going to the gritty details and specifications, the watch has a slightly curved 1.63-inch 320×320 AMOLED display. It runs on a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, has Bluetooth 4.0, and 512 MB RAM.

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Wear a futon to steal that quick nap at work

Trying to nap at work can be dangerous, wearing a futon so you could take a nap at work is ludicrous. Well, maybe it isn’t so bad because the Japanese apparently have a tradition called Inemuri, or sleeping on the job, which is considered perfectly acceptable. Well, if your workplace has no problem with you taking a nap, maybe it isn’t such a bad idea after all. Except the part about wearing a futon. Nothing can justify that.

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Should you trust that Doctor? [pic]

Popular culture has given the world a hell lot of doctors. So here’s a handy guide to see if you should trust the Doctor that just showed up at your doorstep.

Via CollegeHumor, GAS

This steam powered tank is controlled by a remote

A remote controlled, fully functional steam powered tank, now that’s the stuff Steampunk fiction is made of. The steam turret tank by Ian is based on a 1/16th scale Tamiya King Tiger die-cast model tank. Supplying steam to keep the tank in action is a 3.5″ diameter marine boiler. This miniature boiler is fully functional, and includes pressure gauges, safety valves, and a ceramic burner.

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It isn’t absurd if it’s awesome: Inventions by Dominic Wilcox

Inventions by British artist Dominic Wilcox are entirely functional, but perhaps not quite useful. While the artist ensures that all these work perfectly, the inventions are rarely made to be “useful,” rather they are just examples of what could be.

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