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This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

Hot Wheels cars: you have likely played with them at some point or another, maybe stepped on one and took an impromptu slide across the floor. Near endless track arrays are available for playing with the miniature cars, but at the end of the day it all revolves around the same thing: rolling around. Just rolling. That is, unless you are Phil Foss, the man behind a new track piece that lets you drift Hot Wheels cars like a boss.

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Batmobile stroller: a miniature tumbler replica for toddlers

Batmobile stroller: a miniature tumbler replica for toddlers

We've seen different replicas of movie cars, including the Batmobile, some of which have been more functional than others. Sometimes you have to think a bit smaller, though, when it comes to a child with a love of Batman, the latter of which being the inspiration for the latest Super-fan Builds project: a Batmobile baby stroller. It is modeled after the Batmobile tumbler vehicle complete with all the sharp angles and beastly base, and includes things like a steel frame for reinforcement and, of course, a handle for the parents to push.

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NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

If you have a question about any little thing that crosses your mind, there's a good change you pull out your phone and consult Google, being dished up a bunch of answers in no time at all. Of course, that convenience has only been around for a brief out our inquisitive history, and before such options existed people had to resort to slower, more limited resources. The New York Public Library was one such source as shown by a bunch of reference cards from the 1940s through 1980s.

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Akrapovič Full Moon ‘motorcycle’ concept dreams of the future

Akrapovič Full Moon ‘motorcycle’ concept dreams of the future

Motorcycles with retro twists and futuristic elements are cropping up in increasing numbers. There's the Ronin motorcycle, for example, with its industrial design flavors, as well as the Husqvarna motorcycles, which take a bit more from the retro department while adding modern trim like an LED halo headlight. While both of those are hard to come by, they are both functional beasts, a reality that seems less than probable for the decidedly sci-fi-esque Akrapovič Full Moon bike, which looks ready to zip around space.

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NORAD releases tech specs on Santa’s sleigh

NORAD releases tech specs on Santa’s sleigh

At the beginning of the month, NORAD rolled out its 2014 Santa Tracker, a fun tool kids can use to track Santa's progress as he makes his quick trek around the globe. While most kids likely aren't interested in any fanciful details about the more technical details of Santa's equipment, there's always that one kid who asks endless questions to which you have no answers. That changes this year, with NORAD releasing a technical specifications sheet detailing Santa's sleigh, including fuel consumption and max speed.

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Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has spent the last couple of years (and a handful of months) in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid what would be an unfortunate extradition to Sweden. Using the WikiLeaks Twitter account, he retweeted a crowdfunding drive that is seeking funding to create a whistleblower monument of sorts, which will include a life-size statute of Assange himself, as well as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

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Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

If your nights or wee morning hours are spent penning the next great novel, but you find that a laptop -- with all its wonderful distractions -- is putting a damper on your efforts, the folks behind Hemingwrite feel your pain, and their solution is a distraction-free typewriter. The Hemingwrite typewriter offers the best features of classic typewriters with some modern tweaks necessary for a primarily digital world, including cloud backups and an e-paper display.

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