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December 23, 2014 • Gear Bits

Last Minute Gifts for the Scientologist in Your Life!

Did you forget to buy a gift for that Scientologist relative who shunned you as a suppressive person? Show them you care with this amazing list from Drew Magary at Deadspin, who helpfully (and bravely) read the entire Scientology Christmas Catalog so the rest of us didn’t have to.   Scientology is a scary concept, and …

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December 14, 2014 • Editorials, News

Global Rich List Reminds Us of Just How Much We Have

If you were to guess what percentage of the world’s population had less annual income than you, what would you guess? Maybe 10%? Well, you’ll likely be surprised to find out that if you live in the US and eat regularly, you fall in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people, and more likely …

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November 23, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Tip ‘N Split Calculator and Lighted Magnifier Sheds Light on Diners’ Problems

I can tell you from personal experience, it’s tough getting old. As I approach 50, I often find myself in low-light situations where there is just no way to read the small fonts on menus. In my full-time gig as a food writer, that can be a real problem. Fortunately, the Tip’N Split calculator and …

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October 11, 2014 • News

Sarah Silverman Switches Genders for Better Pay

There are two facts most Americans will agree are true: Women typically make $0.78 for every $1.00 men make, and you either find comedienne Sarah Silverman hysterical or offensive. The National Women’s Law Center has struck viral gold by combining these two things into an amazing video where she proposes getting a sex change to make …

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September 11, 2014 • News

The Ultimate “99 Luftballons” Cover Takes Red Balloons Literally

I have a pretty great Pandora playlist curated for myself, and one of my favorites that comes up is Goldfinger’s cover of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons”. I like the original too, but my new favorite way to hear the song is definitely this very creative version using literal red balloons as instruments. This takes some …

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August 22, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

NEAT Glass: Ultimate Spirits Glass Opens Up a World of Aromas

Most Gear Diary readers probably don’t know, but my regular day gig is as a food and drink writer for online and print media outlets. Through that job, I am lucky enough to sample many different wines and spirits. But sometimes it’s difficult to detect the subtle nuances of spirits. Well, it was difficult until …

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July 26, 2014 • News, Reviews

Squatty Potty: A Gear “Dare-iary” Review

It’s an age-old question: (put delicately) does a bear go to bathroom in the woods? Of course the answer is yes, but until a few generations ago, so did humans. The makers of the Squatty Potty toilet stool believe the progress that is indoor plumbing may be harmful to your colon health. Here’s a quick …

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July 20, 2014 • Gear Bits, News

These Optical Illusions Will Blow Your Mind

We now live in a world where you cannot simply believe that a picture or video is real. After all, computer graphics have become so powerful that, in the right hands, technology can make things appear far different than they actually are. That noted, as these optical illusions demonstrate, even low-tech approaches can fool us.

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July 9, 2014 • Outdoors, Reviews

The Pill Might Just Cure What Ails Your Golf Game

Like gearheads, fishermen, and cooks, golfers can’t ever seem to have too many gadgets, especially if they promise to help lower his or her score. The Pill is a new training aid that has a novel design to improve your game all the way from tee to green. Lord knows I need the help, so …

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July 8, 2014 • Gear Bits

Are You Sure You Want to Post That Selfie?

Much fun has been had talking about how ridiculous and ubiquitous taking pictures of oneself, or “taking a selfie” has become. At a cool historical site? Take a selfie. Eating a fab meal while out with great friends? Take a selfie. Is it narcissistic? Sure! But we all do it, right? When is enough, enough? Well …

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July 5, 2014 • Gear Bits

NOT Your Childhood Slip n Slide

  I have fond memories of zipping down the slight hill in our backyard on a slip n slide, but we never did anything beyond gentle landings. This video popped up recently on Facebook, and while I can’t say I would try this, I am impressed with the people who did!   What about you? …

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July 4, 2014 • News, Yum Log

WokMon Aims to Revolutionize Stir-frying at Home

Admit it, you probably got at least one wok as a wedding present or a random gift from somebody who exalts the health benefits of stir-frying. And now it’s taking up a lot of space in a cupboard or closet because you never figured out how to cook with a round wok on a flat …

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May 29, 2014 • Gear Bits

Help Dad Make It Through Father’s Day With a Necktie Flask

Father’s Day is Sunday June 15, which should give you just enough time to order and receive this 8 oz flask disguised as a tie. Dad is certain to enjoy his special day even more wearing his necktie flask; to drink just hold the rear portion and sip. Perfect for work, school plays, sporting events, funerals.

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May 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

Choo-San: It’s Only Paint, but It’s Email Worth Opening

All the forwarded email said was ” It’s Only Paint; Body painting by a 19-year old Japanese girl”. A bit of searching reveals the artist’s name to be Choo-San, and her work has been featured on Reddit, Odee, LaughingSquid, the Daily Mail UK, and other sites. Some of these are so realistic that they are hard to look at!

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May 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

The Ultimate Use for Siri; the Baby Whisperer

We try not to let our 11 month old son play with our phones, but he loves all things iOS. Not because he loves Apple … just Siri. Our son has learned that holding down the home button brings up Siri, and he loves when she talks after he babbles at her. At last, we’ve …

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May 20, 2014 • Gear Bits

Nothing Says “I Love My Child” Like a Baby Tooth Keeper

There are many milestones in a child’s life that as parents we want to save. We kept the bracelet our son had in the hospital, we kept his early doctor visit notes, etc. I draw the line, though, at an item I didn’t even know existed until this week: a baby tooth keeper.

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May 19, 2014 • News

Duck Dynasty Auto Air Freshener – $2.49 Shipped

Introducing the latest in the over-exposed stars of Duck Dynasty lineup –  $2.49 hanging auto freshener. This is a PER character price and you can’t specify your favorite but the company says they’ll try to give a variety if you order more than one. Scents include country vanilla and woodland musk and each character’s body pivots …

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May 12, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News

Carrot Fit 2.0 Weight Loss App Launches Tomorrow

I’m a big fan of the CARROT apps for iOS. Whether you need help getting up in the morning (CARROT Alarm), getting things done (CARROT To-Do), or getting in shape (CARROT Fit), these apps have you covered. They’re not the typical shiny-happy apps, oh no — CARROT is an evil, malicious AI that will call …

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April 30, 2014 • Gear Bits, News

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

There will always be debates between technology fans – Mac or PC, iOS or Android, Excel or 1-2-3, Kirk or Picard, etc. But there are a few fairly universal things – we love gadgets, love debating about what we like and dislike, and we love Star Wars. Now we have the cast for Star Wars …

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April 29, 2014 • Crowdfunding, News

Kickstarter Campaign Says Letter Writing Isn’t Dead

Some crowdfunded projects are wacky, some of them are cool, and some of them are just downright charming. That’s definitely the case for the World’s Smallest Post Service DIY Activity Kit currently on Kickstarter, which aims to bring back letter writing! Your $29 pledge gets a complete letter and package kit in miniature, with enough …

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April 29, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Health and Fitness

Make Brushing Fun with Grush, the Gaming Toothbrush

  We all know that good oral hygiene is vitally important, but if you’re a parent you also know that it can be quite a challenge to get your kids to brush their teeth and do the job right every time. Grush, the Gaming Toothbrush for Kids, aims to solve that problem and is currently …

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