We don’t really know space really smells like, but Lockheed Martin has taken a stab at it with their Vector Space Perfume. The aerospace and defense contractor announced the release of the fragrance on April 1 as an obvious April Fools’ Day prank.
The supposedly fake perfume had an official commercial and everything, starring the company’s in-house astronaut Tony Antonelli, to promote it. However, it turns out that the company actually produced a limited batch of Vector and made it available to the public. It was available as a sample on the Lockheed Martin website, but sadly at this point, they are all gone.
If any of you bought this scent, let us know what it smells like. Hopefully, it isn’t based on the ISS on a day when the astronauts had Mexican food. I have no idea what kind of smell they would associate with space. The smell of recycling urine? I have no idea. I’m intrigued and also a little scared to find out. Maybe they will make it available again so the rest of us can find out what this scent is.
If you are a hermit crab, your home is whatever you find for your shell. Artist Aki Inomata makes 3D printed shells for hermit crabs to set up their homesteads inside of. These shells have little buildings and cityscapes on top. So these crabs are living in these various cities. Or under them.
Aki starts with a CAT scan of an actual hermit crab shell to make sure it’s an acceptable shape for a little crab to fit in, then she 3D models and prints the shell with a building or cityscape on the back. Do these crabs even know how cool their new shells are? Do they know that they are carrying cities on their back? Do they feel the weight on their shoulders and in their soul? Actually, they don’t have shoulders. My bad.
These shells are very nicely detailed. Congrats to Aki for giving nature’s creatures some cool new bling. These creatures don’t even need to shell out any money. Get it? I guess they have the world under their feet and a city on their back. Wait… Technically they are wearing the world beneath them. We all are. Whoa. Mind blown. I’m shell-shocked.
Do you have a square to spare? You will if you use this giant Charmin toilet paper roll in your bathroom. This oversize roll of toilet paper could last some people a month… depending on diet and regularity of course.
The Charmin Forever Roll is a massive roll of Charmin’s Ultra Soft two-ply toilet paper. It lets people know that you take wiping your butt seriously. The TP comes in multi-user (12-inch diameter) and single-user (8.7-inch diameter) sizes. The multi-user roll has 1,700 sheets for a total of 185-square feet, about six to eight times a double roll.
The starter kit gives you either a floor stand or wall-mounted holder and three rolls costs for $30. Yep, a starter kit for toilet paper. That’s the world we are living in, folks. A three-pack of replacement rolls will cost you $10. Never be without TP again. I mean, unless you have a serious case of mud-butt. If that’s the case, this will probably last you as long as a regular roll would.
Your cats are going to love unraveling this giant-ass roll of toilet paper too.
Do you like chess? Do you like dead things? Today’s your lucky day. Etsy seller and TheCurious13 has combined lifelike deceased rodents with a classic game of strategy with their taxidermy mouse chess set.
Every single chess piece is a dead mouse that has been lovingly dressed up and decorated to match the pieces from the game. These mice are hand stuffed. You get 16 light colored mice and 16 dark mice. The set also comes with a wooden handmade chess board and storage boxes.
You can even customize this set and request different costumes and colors. I’m thinking Star Trek set with mice as the Enterprise crew and Klingons with those tiny ridges on their mouse heads. Maybe Game of Thrones. That would be cool.
This mess of dead mice doesn’t come cheap though. The complete set will cost you a cool $750. Of course, you could always make your own for much less if you have a rodent infestation, but I doubt it will look this cool and creepy. Just do yourself a favor and don’t play a game of mouse chess if you have cats, unless you want to see your hard-earned money go down the drain.
There’s something odd about this T-Rex but I can’t put my finger on it. It might be the fact that its body is shaped like a donut. Yeah, that’s it. You’re not looking so ferocious in that shape are you mister T-Rex?
Well, I mean, he’ll still tear you apart in the pool. This is the officially licensed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom T-Rex Pool Float. For 40 bucks, you get a 70-inch dinosaur. I’m no math wiz, but that’s less than a dollar per dinosaur-inch. Inflate this bad boy, throw it in the pool and hop on. You are now king of the water dinosaurs. That’s right. The T-Rex has now evolved to be an aquatic creature, even though those arms clearly can’t help it swim. Nature is weird like that.
Look at the smile on this guy. He’s happy to be in the water on a hot day. They should have just made a T-Rex head and had it weighted so that it looks like this guy is rising up from the water, because I really just want to scare people in the pool. But it’s still pretty cool to be able to ride a water T-Rex like I’m Jurassic Aquaman.
Sorry NBA players. You are on the way out. Once they perfect basketball robots that is. This guy is the first step. Check out some videos below of the Toyota Engineering Society’s CUE 3 humanoid robot, a robot designed to shoot baskets with “nearly 100 percent accuracy.” CUE 3 is a fine name, but I think they should have named it Charles Sparkly or Lebron Mames.
How does it do what it does so well? This robot computes where the basket is as a three-dimensional image, using sensors on its torso. Then it adjusts motors in its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion.
I’m not sure why they had to use two other robots to hand the CUE3 the basketball though. I ain’t got time for that. Regardless, Stanford University Professor Oussama Khatib says, “What Toyota is doing here is really bringing the top capabilities in perception with the top capabilities in control to have robots perform something that is really challenging,” Khatib said.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the RoboNBA. The inevitable is coming, folks, but will humans be in the stands or more robots? Will robots be watching at home?
So yeah. This exists. If it’s wordplay, someone will make a product out of it. That’s the case here. What you are looking at is an officially licensed stainless steel Shredder cheese shredder. It taunts turtles while it shreds cheeses.
This geeky kitchen gadget has a classic stainless steel box cheese grater design with a handle in the shape of Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s pretty cool I guess, but they really should have included some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shaped cheeses as well. I mean, Shredder is the bad guy after all and if he’s gonna shred, he should shred the turtles. Right? Plus you get to resell nerds cheeses over and over again. That’s how you make money. It’s the old razor-razorblade business model.
But as it is, all they did was slap a Shredder head onto a standard cheese grater. I can do that myself for cheaper. I mean it won’t be a fancy metal head like this one but still. This isn’t exactly a shredder that will Make America Grate Again is all I’m saying.
Grab the Shredder shredder over on Amazon for $22. Hit me up again when you have some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cheeses to offer, you weirdos.
Each year ThinkGeek runs some of the most plausible products in its April Fools’ Day gags. We sort of love it and sort of hate it. The cool part each year for me is trying to figure out which of the pranks proves popular enough that the company will actually produce and sell it.
I’m calling it for this Sir Mix-a-lot approved Bean Bag Onesie. It sort of looks like a corn-fed Yoshi with a big ‘ol booty. The onesie has a bean bag chair attached to your butt, so you can just park it anywhere.
It might be perfect for all that time spent wishing you could just sit down when out shopping with your girlfriend when the single guy-chair outside the dressing room is already taken. Plus it would be embarrassing enough that she might just let you stay home. The gag listing says its $89.99, which would be cash well spent.
Odd Alarm is a new app that will wake you up by using a bunch of odd sounds that your mind will find impossible to ignore. It’s available for iOS and Android, but this app isn’t full of the usual chimes and jaunty tunes. Instead, you get sounds you can’t ignore like cats fighting, gunshots, and even a dog getting ready to throw up.
Yeah, that’ll wake you up for sure. Cat fight, dog barf, and glass breaking are all solid choices to wake up to, but there are 17 other sounds too. There’s someone banging on your front door, a smoke alarm, enraged zombie, girl screaming, a devil dog, annoying alien and more, but these will cost you $0.99 each.
If these sounds get old and no longer wake you up, Odd Alarm also includes a “chase the morning sun” feature requiring you to drag an Off button onto a moving sun target to turn the alarm, and you’ll definitely have to be awake to do this.
Other sounds they should have included are angry landlord, party upstairs, and ex-wife screaming about alimony. When other alarm clocks fail to wake you, Odd Alarm should do the job… for awhile at least.
NASA and the European Space Agency have teamed up on a study that aims to see if artificial gravity can help keep astronauts remain healthy on extended space missions, where bone and muscle loss can occur. To test this out, NASA wants 12 people to lay in bed and do nothing for 89 days.
The actual in-bed portion of the study will span 60 days. Participants will lay with their heads down 6-degrees to simulate weightlessness. The other days will be used for examinations. The study notes you can watch TV, read, and do whatever you want while laying in bed. You will get spun in a centrifuge for 30 minutes each day.
Other than being located in Germany, it appears that only female participants are needed for now. The study team is seeking healthy women between 24 and 55 years-old that are non-smokers, are 153-190cm tall, and have a BMI or 19-30 kg/m2. Participants in the program will receive about $19,000 for the three months of no work. That’s a pretty good wage increase from a similar study NASA conducted back in 2013, which paid just $5,000 per month.