Inspired by a scene from a classic Tom & Jerry cartoon where Tom gets crushed paper-thin on the stairs by a giant Jerry, artist rugsoda has created an almost identical likeness of Tom in the form of this ‘Flat Cat’ stair-runner rug. It’s the perfect rug for letting guests know there may be a mouse ready to bonk you on the head with an oversized mallet around any corner.
Each $200 rug is handmade and measures 22″ x 55″, the perfect size to recreate flattened Tom from the cartoon scene, and I just bought one. Should I be really be buying $200 rugs? My wife says no, but my bank account says PAYMENT DECLINED: INSUFFICIENT FUNDS.
There’s no denying the flattened Tom rug is cool, but what I’d really like to see is a flattened Wyle E. Coyote rug and a coffee table on top that looks like an ACME anvil. How amazing would that be? Shoot, with ideas this good I should probably get some interior design business cards printed.
Remember when VHS tapes were the gold-standard in movie rentals? Seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? And where are all those VHS tapes now? I mean, besides my packrat parents’ basement? Landfills? Well, Etsy shop niftyrecyclables is doing their part to reduce, reuse, and recycle by selling VHS tapes that have been transformed into little planters. I’m going to grow a Blu-Ray tree!
Planters range in price from $25 – $30 depending on the movie title. You can even request a specific movie and, provided it isn’t too rare, niftyrecyclables will procure the VHS and turn it into a planter for $30. Obviously, Little Shop of Horrors is a must.
Provided you already have the movie you want to use, I can’t imagine modding a VHS tape for use as a planter is too difficult, even without instructions. Granted there’s no way I could do it, but I’m less of a do-it-yourselfer and much more of a destroy-it-yourselfer.
Kirby: he eats everything in sight. Including your bad dreams, thanks to this Kirby sleep pillow. Designed with a detachable tongue cushion, you can stick your head in Kirby’s mouth and just let all your daily woes slip away. The only thing that would make it better is if it had a white-noise machine that made a sucking sound.
Originally released by Bandai for $97, it appears all the official units have sold out and been replaced with units of… questionable authenticity on Amazon (affiliate link), albeit for a much more reasonable $23 – $28. Just remember that you get what you pay for, and in this case, you will be paying for a Pink Sucky Blob Pillow.
Obviously, we should try to get a leg-up on the trend and start selling Big Mouth Yellow Pellet Eater pillows before the officially licensed Pac-Man pillows even hit the market. Get rich quick scheme – or cease-and-desist scheme?! Probably the latter.
When it comes to computer keyboards, they usually come in boring colors like black, white, or grey. And their keys are almost always square. If you’re looking for something a little more vibrant, then you might want to grab one of these colorful keyboards I spotted on Amazon (affiliate link).
UBOTIE’s wireless keyboards sell for about $60, and come in various shades of purple, blue, green, pink, and red. With their circular keys, they kind of remind me of those lipstick displays you see at department stores. You know, the ones that are always missing that one color you’re looking for? Or that’s been worn down to a nub?
If these keyboards aren’t colorful enough for you, each one comes with a color-matched wireless mouse too. The keyboards and mice run on a 2.4Ghz wireless connection and work with Windows or Mac OS computers. While they do make a blue keyboard, they don’t support Bluetooth, so don’t expect to use one of these with your mobile devices.
I suppose if you’re really into fashion and makeup, you could buy all five of these and color-coordinate your keyboard and mouse with your outfit each day. Though for me, that would mean my basic black keyboard is already perfect.
3D printed to resemble the Death Star II still under construction, Etsy shop StoryBrookBoutique is selling these Star Wars-inspired plastic planters. Available in 5 and 6-inch varieties ($16 and $24, respectively), one of these is going to look great on the window sill in front of my kitchen sink.
I like how the planter top isn’t perfectly circular, like the actual Death Star II while it’s being built. I think I’ll put a trailing plant in there and let it spill out over the edge and onto the window sill below. There’s no doubt in my mind it’s going to look great for about a month until the plant dies like so many did on Alderaan.
The mobile space station planters are available in traditional silver, or, my personal favorite – pink, which I can only assume is the color the Galactic Empire had in mind for its Death Stars before realizing how much all that paint was going to cost. Honestly, If I were Palpatine I would have done it anyway.
Giving the roller coaster that was 2020 a run for its money, enjoy this GoPro’s point-of-view ride along the 68-meter (224-foot) roller coaster constructed by Akiyuki Brick Channel. Could you imagine if this had existed in Honey I Shrunk The Kids? Those kids would have never even wanted to be returned to normal size.
Traveling at a speed of 0.38-meters/second (1.2-feet/second), the roller coaster cart pulls itself along the track, which includes cranks, corkscrews, somersaults, stairs, wall rides, and bridges. I particularly liked the parts where the track was moved to allow the cart to continue on its way instead of crashing, like at 1:58 (track moves down) and 2:14 (seen below, LEGO Mustang pushes the track into place). I only wish I could ride this in real life.
After the POV ride, there’s some additional footage of how the roller coaster cart moves, and how each unique element of the roller coaster track works. It really is a marvel of ingenuity, and I wish I had the time and money to build something similar. But mostly the money, because then I’d be rich.
Blockbuster: once the powerhouse of VHS and DVD rentals, now a bygone dinosaur, killed by the meteor that was its inability to adapt to a changing marketplace. But to harken back to the days of actually having to drive somewhere to rent a movie, Hot Topic is selling these $14 Blockbuster inspired eyeshadow palettes, which even come in what looks like a VHS rental box.
I assumed the colors would all be blue and yellow, but there’s actually a variety, named after the different sections of a Blockbuster store, including (from top left to right): New Releases, Adventure, Classics, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Fantasy, Cartoon, Horror, Action, and Television. Obviously, there are bonus points if you apply the eyeshadow with your Blockbuster membership card, which I still have in my wallet because you never know when the company might turn around.
When my local Blockbuster closed, the space went up for rent and it was eventually renovated into a cycling studio, which, and this might come as a surprise, I visit far less frequently than I did the Blockbuster. Or ever really.
Are you always leaving the keys to your starship sitting around? The last thing you need is some rogue Ferengi getting their hands on them and trading your ship for a bunch of gold-pressed latinum. What you need is an official Starfleet key rack to keep your key ring from getting lost.
This $39 laser-cut wood key rack comes from Etsy seller NerdySwagger. The rack has five wooden starships and five docking bays that hold onto them. The 9.25″ x 13.25″ rack features an engraved United Federation of Planets Starfleet Command logo, along with a starbase designation in the upper right corner. By default, you get Orion Starbase, but you can get it personalized with your own words for an extra $10. I’d go with “All Your Base Are Belong to Us.”
When you think about it, does a Federation starship require keys to open its doors and start it up? I’m guessing by the 23rd century, we will have standardized biometric scanning for all of our authentication systems.
Five-year-old me would have lost his mind for a realistic t-rex cake on my birthday. And, if I’m being perfectly honest, current me still would. And here to show us how it’s done, Natalie Sideserf of Sideserf Cake Studio in Austin, Texas walks us through her process of decorating a hyperrealistic t-rex cake to promote season 2 of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous on Netflix. Rawr!
The way the t-rex is able to stand on its own two feet and look so dynamic is impressive. This thing is so incredible I’d argue the only thing not hyperrealistic about it is its size. And, okay, maybe the taste. Of course, I’ve never had t-rex before so I can’t say that for certain.
For reference, the most elaborate birthday cake I ever got was a sheet cake from the local grocery store with my name spelled wrong. It also said Happy Retirement. You know now that I think about it that might not have been my cake.
Looking for a new favorite shirt? Well, look no further than this neon laser wireframe dinosaur shirt from MerryBlue. The $40 shirt is available in all sizes from S – 5XL and is the perfect wardrobe choice for letting your boss know you will be getting that raise, it will be a big one, and it will come with more vacation days so you can also wear this shirt on a tropical beach.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Gosh, but I’d really like a matching hat and swim trunks to complete the look.” And you’re in luck because those are also real products that exist and are available for $30 and $40, respectively. Now if they just made matching loafers.
It’s like the ’80s and Jurassic Park had a baby. A perfect, beautiful baby. I just asked my wife if she’d buy us each a shirt and hat so we could match on our next date night out and she just turned away without responding which I can only assume means she’s going to surprise me with them down the road.