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Cracker Jack prizes are going digital

Cracker Jack prizes are going digital

The prize inside Cracker Jack boxes will soon be digital codes, and those digital codes will take consumers to a “one-of-a-kind mobile experience,” Frito-Lay has announced. This is perhaps the biggest shift to the Cracker Jack brand over its nearly 125 years, and fully underscores the mobile-centric nature of modern life. Joining the new digital prizes will be a redesign logo and new product packaging.

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Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Tired of hearing about hovering somethings or others that, at the end of the day, don't hover at all? Feeling a bit jaded? Colin Furze’s latest creation will change all that -- he has a homemade hoverbike, and it is exactly what it's said to be: a bike that hovers over the ground thanks to a lightweight metal frame and two big spinning (probably lethal) rotors.

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Star Trek coffee table doubles as one-of-a-kind pinball machine

Star Trek coffee table doubles as one-of-a-kind pinball machine

Every living room needs a coffee table — where else are you going to put the remotes and beverages? — but nothing says the coffee table has to be boring. If wood and glass isn't your style, you can always give Alter Furniture’s new Star Trek-themed table a try — it doubles as a fully functional and quite dazzling pinball machine, giving your home a touch of arcade style.

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Star Wars Original Trilogy light box illuminates your favorite posters

Star Wars Original Trilogy light box illuminates your favorite posters

Posters are great, but hanging them on your wall is a tad boring. Enter light boxes and their simple, welcomed ability to light up your favorite posters. If you’ve been putting off getting one, now’s the time — ThinkGeek has a light box for original trilogy Star Wars posters, making it easy to both showcase and toggle between the three posters.

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Flappy Bird has been ported to…an ecig

Flappy Bird has been ported to…an ecig

The Flappy Bird hysteria has died down, the app is still absent from the app stores (excluding the bajillion knockoff apps), and yet the game hasn't disappeared from our hearts and porting efforts. The most recent port involves a particularly large e-cigarette with an equally large black-and-white display, as well as a trio of buttons...and the fixings needed to play a tiny, probably frustrating game of Flappy Bird.

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Swedish tourism lets you call 1 number, talk to random Swedes

Swedish tourism lets you call 1 number, talk to random Swedes

Did you ever get bored and had the urge to talk to a random Swedish number out of the blue? If you've ever had a fantasy that specific and, frankly, odd, then dream no more. Sweden has just answered your prayers. Boasting to be the first country to have its own, official, national phone number, the Swedish government is inviting anyone and everyone outside of Sweden to dial +46 771 793 336 (or +46 771 SWEDEN) and get the chance to talk about anything and everything with a random Swede.

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Luxury cruise ship has VR simulation arena, race track and waterpark

Luxury cruise ship has VR simulation arena, race track and waterpark

Norwegian Cruise Lines has taken the wraps off “Joy,” a new luxury cruise ship it will be deploying in China next year. The cruise ship is massive and comes with the luxury staples you’d expect — gambling and fancy booze and tastefully-decorated rooms — as well as a few that take things to a whole new level: a virtual reality arena, a two-level “hoverboard” bumper race track, and a full water park.

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Hot Toys has a life-size First Order Stormtrooper figure

Hot Toys has a life-size First Order Stormtrooper figure

Hot Toys has a new First Order Stormtrooper, and it's life-sized. The model is a tad over 70-inches high (sans the base, which adds another 8-inches), and is designed to look just like a stormtrooper from The Force Awakens, being the latest entrant in the Life-Size Masterpieces Series. Sideshow Toys says the figure is “meticulously sculpted,” and it includes a blaster in its hands. Sound like an awesome addition for the living room? You may think again when you see the price tag.

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You’ll be sleeping with the fishes in Airbnb’s underwater bedroom

You’ll be sleeping with the fishes in Airbnb’s underwater bedroom

Actually, you'll be sleeping with very large, very dangerous fishes. And while an underwater bedroom might sound scenic and lovely, unless you're hydrophobic, this one might not let you sleep in peace. That's because Airbnb's first ever underwater bedroom located in sweet, romantic Paris is actually a modified Shark Tank of the Aquarium de Paris. Don't worry, it's not a regular lodging, though listed in Airbnb. It is part of the Aquarium's marketing stunt that will reward chosen contestant with a sleepover they won't easily forget.

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Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

The one-hit wonder and addictive mobile game Flappy Bird was noted to have a few art assets quite similar to those of a Super Mario game. It was only a matter of time, then, that things come full circle. Popular for being one of the most hackable games, Super Mario World, the SNES version, has been modded through code injection to run a totally new level that plays like Flappy Bird, with the eponymous hero as the bird. While that might sound unexciting at first, the whole process was actually done manually through a series of carefully calculated moves, using nothing but a controller.

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Arcade cabinet pits Tesla, Edison, your hands in mortal combat

Arcade cabinet pits Tesla, Edison, your hands in mortal combat

It seems to be the trend these days to pit famous dead people against each other. And now, we're not talking about disgusting, decomposing zombies. Last month saw the beginnings of what would be a "Science Kombat" game that pit pixelated embodiments of famous scientists, both dead and alive, imbuing them superpowers to inflict fatality on other scientists. At SxSW, someone cooked up a more limited yet more elaborate version of that concept, involving Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. The catch? The players themselves will also be in a shock. Literally.

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LEGO ‘Adventure Time’ concept set gets greenlight

LEGO ‘Adventure Time’ concept set gets greenlight

LEGO Ideas, the company’s community platform for artists to submit their own set concepts, has announced the newest round of selected projects that'll be heading into production as official LEGO sets. Among them is the Adventure Time concept that caught the public's attention last year -- it made it through the first round of the process, scoring the necessary 10,000 supporters, and has since passed the second stage, too, with LEGO giving it the greenlight.

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