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January 23, 2014 • Gear Bits

Schlitterbahn’s Verruckt – Would You Ride a 17 Story Waterslide?

I love roller coasters, but have never been as enthused about waterslides. There’s something comforting (false or not) about being securely strapped in, as opposed to a thin bathing suit being my only protection against plummeting straight down. Needless to say, I won’tt be riding the Verrückt at Schlitterbahn Kansas City … will you? Watch the …

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January 22, 2014 • Outdoors, Reviews

Heaven Golf Shoes Will Get You and Your Game Noticed

Sometimes a product comes along that is so bizarre-looking that you just have to take notice. Heaven Golf Shoes are just such a product, and they promise to be a revolutionary development in the game of golf. If nothing else, they’re sure to distract spectators from your duck hook into the wrong fairway.

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January 18, 2014 • Gear Bits

Heartbreaking Destruction of Hurricane Sandy Revealed in Google Maps Street View

A post on Reddit titled “What’s the Most WTF Thing You Can Find On Street View” caught my eye. I was not quite sure what to expect though the top post caught my eye. It’s a pre and post street view of Kissam Ave in Staten Island, New York which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy …

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January 14, 2014 • Gear Bits

You Can Get Ready for Spring but There is NO WAY to Get Ready for the Mankini!

I may share a name with Sasha Baron Cohen, but I don’t share his willingness to do just about anything for a laugh. Case in point — the Mankini. Yes, he really wore this. And yes, you can get your own. Better still, it is currently on sale over on Gadgets and Gear.

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January 9, 2014 • Editorials

Email Is Forever, a PSA from the Governor of New Jersey

The Governor of New Jersey is in a bit of hot water and currently trying to do damage control. I won’t comment on him or his staff’s behavior but one thing became clear as he spoke. We warn young people that anything they post on social media “is forever” and, as the Governor and his …

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January 8, 2014 • News

Surreal Melting Watch Inspired By Salvador Dali Distorts Your Mind

Everyone at CES is talking wearable technology, from Google Glass to Pebble to fitness trackers and more. But what about the most basic wearable – the wrist watch? Gadgets & Gear is back with a cool ‘melting watch’ inspired by the classic Salvador Dalí’s painting ‘The Persistence of Memory’. With this on your wrist you …

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January 6, 2014 • Gear Bits

Michael Bay Leaves Samsung Press Conference Stage Due to Teleprompter Failure

When you do things live, stuff happens. That is just how it goes – technical problems, mixups and misunderstandings, and so on. They happen. As they say, it isn’t the problem but how you deal with it that says more about you. Well, at the Samsung Press Conference there was a teleprompter problem … and …

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December 10, 2013 • Gear Bits

Sorry Apple Weather, That Is NOT How You Calculate Wind Chill

When I was a kid, the concept of ‘wind chill’ was new; the National Weather Service didn’t start reporting it until the 1970s, and it took a while longer to become popular with news viewers. Now it has evolved into ‘Real Feel’ or ‘Feels Like’ rather than just ‘Wind Chill’. Either way, Apple’s Weather app …

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November 19, 2013 • News

Poo-Pourri – Using Potty Humor to Sell a Great Product

While waiting for a Lenovo video to load, this hilarious Poo-Pourri ad popped up. Usually I click SKIP as soon as the option is available, but not this time. Maybe it’s the 5th grader still trapped inside of me, but this video made me laugh; even funnier is that it’s a product I know works …

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November 19, 2013 • Gear Bits

Baby You Can Ride My Car. The Kennedy Car 50 Years Later

I wrote up my visit to the Henry Ford Museum after being there with Ford last January. Among the amazing things I saw during my visit was the actual car President Kennedy was riding in when he was shot 50 years ago this week. More amazing? It was put back into service, and other Presidents …

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November 15, 2013 • Crowdfunding, News

Make Your High-Fives the Life of the Party with Fiesta Five!

When I heard about the Dragon Innovation project called ‘The Fiesta Five’, I had an immediate thought: one of my sons loves fist-bumps and high fives, the other does not. When he finally does give his brother a high-five, there is a celebration … and I could just picture him using one of these to …

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November 13, 2013 • Editorials

Thoughts on Retail Workers Working on Thanksgiving from an Ex-Retail Worker

Long ago, I worked in retail. I worked at a large family owned chain here in Ohio called Meijer. Unlike other stores, they are open 364 days a year for 24 hours a day closing only on Christmas. Some retail has always been open on Thanksgiving. The rest of world is changing, and it’s ok.

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October 24, 2013 • Outdoors, Reviews, Yum Log

Stuff-a-Burger Lets You, Well … Stuff a Burger!

If you don’t know what a “Juicy Lucy” is, then prepare to have your mind blown. The Juicy Lucy is a stuffed hamburger filled with add-ins like cheese, bacon, mushrooms or onions. Until now, they’ve been difficult to make at home, but thanks to the Stuff-a-Burger Press, you can make your own version on the …

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October 21, 2013 • News

Where’s George Makes Geo-Tracking Money Fun

Have you ever received a dollar bill with a stamp that said “Track me at“? One of the dollar bills that my step-daughter got for losing a tooth had that stamped on there, so the first thing we did this morning was check to see what the site Where’s George was all about.

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October 18, 2013 • News

Grilled Cheesus and the Ecumenical Guide to Grilled Cheese

Judie and I recently got pitched to cover the Grilled Cheesus. Yes, it is exactly what is sounds like — a grilled cheese gadget that makes “grilled cheese sandwiches easier and tastier — and more divine”. It is a real product that costs $39.95. We got to thinking, what would other faith-based grilled cheesers look …

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October 8, 2013 • Gear Bits

Just When You Least Expect It … Liquor Store Edition

Have you seen this video yet? I just did, and it’s a good reminder that freaky, unexpected, and potentially scary things can happen without warning. It takes a minute to get to the meat, but once you are there, you may have to watch it again. Have you ever seen anything like this? Stay vigilant, …

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October 5, 2013 • Gear Bits

When Bloggers Do Battle

During a recent Kia event for the rollout of the new Kia Soul, Judie donned a sumo wrestler’s costume and went to battle. Fighting in blue and under the moniker “Don’t Mess With Texas”, she squared off against her friend Helena, in red and a.k.a. “I’ll Beat You in a New York Minute”. Who was …

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October 1, 2013 • Gear Bits

Boy with Down Syndrome + Dog with a World of Patience = A Video to Make Your Heart Melt

When I had my wrist fused, my rambunctious golden didn’t move from my side for three weeks. She KNEW what was up and what I needed. This video I found on the Huffington Post shows a dog with more patience and tenderness than I thought possible. Watch it through and see if it doesn’t make …

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September 27, 2013 • News

Check Out Breathometer On Shark Tank Tonight (9/27)!

We can debate whether it’s a good idea to base a decision about driving on a smartphone app and accessory, it’s better than just saying ‘I feel fine’ and getting behind the wheel. Breathometer is a device that plugs into your smartphone and measures your blood alcohol concentration quickly and easily. And the product will …

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September 19, 2013 • Gear Bits

Facebook Lets You Set Your Language to ‘Pirate’ for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and once again Facebook is getting on the action. Last year they introduced the option to change your language to ‘Pirate’ – and they have brought back the option this year! Go to Settings, then Account Settings, and Language. Once you’re done and ready to go back, access …

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September 10, 2013 • Gear Bits

Spectacular Even in Death – Jeweled Skeletons of the Catacomb Saints

What do you do when you’ve got a catacomb full of purported martyrs’ skeletons, and you want to remind the faithful of the heavenly treasures awaiting them? You bedazzle those bones with jewels, and then display the results in shrines! And when skeptics question the skeletons’ provenance and the gaudy display, you hide them away …

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