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Tamagotchi will return next month with six miniature designs

Tamagotchi will return next month with six miniature designs

It may not seem like so much time has passed, but the venerable Tamagotchi turns 20 this year (in the US, that is), and to mark the occasion Bandai Namco will release a special miniature version of the gizmo. Only limited quantities of the device will be made available, an annoying trend mirroring things like the NES Classic and McDonald's special dipping sauce.

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Boeing drew a giant 787 Dreamliner in the sky during 18 hour flight

Boeing drew a giant 787 Dreamliner in the sky during 18 hour flight

Boeing took to the sky for a bit of aerial fun recently, using a plane on a long-haul 18 hour flight to draw a giant line art version of the maker's 787-8 aircraft. Of course, you couldn't see the aircraft image in the sky, but instead on a map as the plane's flight path was recorded. The trip spanned nearly from Mexico to Canada and covered a total of 22 U.S. states.

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Super Mario makeup kit is the bizarre brainchild of Nintendo and Shu Uemura

Super Mario makeup kit is the bizarre brainchild of Nintendo and Shu Uemura

Popular cosmetics line Shu Uemura has teamed up with Nintendo to launch a special new makeup set. Why Nintendo? Because the makeup set revolves around the company's most popular video game franchise: Super Mario. The makeup is inspired the massively popular game franchise, though it's more accurate to say that the packaging is inspired by it: the makeup is just makeup, after all.

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Colorado ballot initiative seeks to ban preteen smartphone sales

Colorado ballot initiative seeks to ban preteen smartphone sales

A Colorado father has joined forces with a handful of medical professionals to form a non-profit group called Parents Against Underage Smartphones, PAUS for short. PAUS, apparently serious despite its difficult-to-take-seriously name, is proceeding with a ballot initiative in Colorado that seeks to ban smartphone sales to preteen children, citing their potentially addictive nature and possible health ramifications.

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Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

It's difficult to find a unique mug or drinking glass; there's one for every sports team, one with every witty saving, amusing picture, and pithy platitude. Perhaps that makes the new Nebula Glass Set so special -- these black glasses feature stunning photos of space nebulas, ones that are both beautiful and arguably classy. The set is comprised of four glasses, each featuring a specific nebula spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Internet says new Mars photo shows alien face (spoiler: it’s a rock)

Internet says new Mars photo shows alien face (spoiler: it’s a rock)

An entire online group exists that tasks itself with scouring space photos for any oddities they can find — ancient alien pyramids, Mars creatures they’re positive NASA is keeping hidden, and other fun things. Every so often the collective reveals a new finding — we’ve seen the Mars ‘crabs’ and the space ‘rat’ and other things. The latest image supposedly shows an alien’s face.

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The US is getting its first lightsaber combat training academy

The US is getting its first lightsaber combat training academy

It looks like a crazy bunch of fun, but for those who partake in it, it’s a serious sport: Lightsaber Combat. The sport finds its home in a Milan, Italy facility called LudoSport, where warriors pick up their glowing lightsaber replicas and engage in combat. Joining the Italy and other facilities is a new LudoSport site opening in San Francisco, marking the United States' first official lightsaber training academy.

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Teddy Ruxpin teardown reveals what makes the bear tick

Teddy Ruxpin teardown reveals what makes the bear tick

Teddy Ruxpin: you may remember him as the bear that haunted your childhood, the robotic toy horror that paved the way for the Furby and a string of other frightening, rudimentary robots. It's fair to presume he's powered by some ancient evil reincarnate, but alas, he's not. How do we know this? Thanks to the work of some brave industrious fellow who cut Teddy open and filmed what lies inside.

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Virgin America ‘First Class’ shoes include seat buckle, WiFi, TV

Virgin America ‘First Class’ shoes include seat buckle, WiFi, TV

There's a new pair of shoes out there that give the Virgin America 'first class experience,' and they're quite literally one of a kind. The only pair of shoes equipped with its technology, the Virgin America First Class Shoe is the craziest pair of kicks since Nike's Air Mag, and they do a lot more than just get you around in comfort. Included among the First Class shoes' feature is an airplane seat buckle, a functioning TV, phone charger, and more.

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‘New Mac’ scented candle is a strange way to showcase your Apple love

‘New Mac’ scented candle is a strange way to showcase your Apple love

Love candles and Apple products? If so, there's a new product that may be to your liking: the 'New Mac' scented candle, which probably doesn't actually smell anything like a new Macbook. The candle is made entirely from soy wax by Twelve South, and will burn for between 45 and 55 hours, each of those hours hoping to capitalize on the boundless love an Apple fan has for their favorite tech company. Will anyone actually be interested in such a candle? Yes, it seems, as the stock is already sold out.

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17th century shipwreck turns up old cheese and gold coins

17th century shipwreck turns up old cheese and gold coins

A shipwreck dating back to 1676 has turned up (another) cache of goodies, the most notable among them being a tub of ripe, smelly cheese (or, perhaps, butter). The shipwreck was found off the coast of Sweden, and it included some other less-pungent goods, as well: some old pharmaceuticals, 14 gold coins, and a diamond ring. Unfortunately, most of the ship’s crew died when the ship sank.

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Albert Einstein’s ‘pungent’ leather jacket auctioned for $144k

Albert Einstein’s ‘pungent’ leather jacket auctioned for $144k

Albert Einstein's leather jacket has been sold at auction for a little more than $144k. News about the planned auction, which happened through Christie’s, first surfaced early this month. Three days ago, the auction house detailed the jacket for prospective bidders and curious screen shoppers, saying, among other things, that it is 'pungent.'

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