Rodenator Pro turns critters into creme brulée

There’s a popular UK television programme called The Dragon’s Den, in which five millionaire business people are courted by inventors (themselves at various points on the barmy continuum) who desperately want financial backing for their schemes.  Some – very few, actually – get the money they want; most get told that they’re useless, business-inept and uninvestable.  As with most things in life, it’s far more fun watching those in the latter category.

One can only imagine what sort of response the Rodenator Pro would have received – a handheld pest-control tool that, after filling the burrow of your local mole, gopher, squirrel or prairie dog with propane and oxygen, ignites it to create what boils down to an underground inferno.  Tunnels collapse, rodents are dispatched to their fluffy maker by either the flames themselves or the shockwave the explosion causes, and you get to explain to your next door neighbour why various parts of their lawn has suddenly collapsed into unpleasantly sticky ash.

$1,890 is the key to rodent-slaughtering enjoyment/brutality.

Rodenator Pro [via Core77]

Land Rover Defender survives another incarnation

I have to confess, I’m not the biggest fan of SUVs.  Not for any tree-tonguing environmental reasons, just because they seem a bit “try too hard” unless they’re actually owned by people who really do need 4×4 capabilities.  I’m talking farmers, people trying to cross deserts and NASA moon rovers, not soccar moms scaling the kerb at the local Walmart.

However, there’s something about the idea of a Land Rover Defender, a 3-door in black, that tickles my car-geek tastebuds.  And now I have a 2007 model to secretly covet, with a new 2.4 litre diesel engine and the bulging bonnet to accomodate it.  My shameful on-road journeys would be made in as close to luxury as the Defender has ever managed, with a redesigned dash featuring heaters that might even work and a radio that picks up more than the shipping forecast.  Meanwhile, my off-road journeys would be aided by a new, lower first gear that promises improved responsiveness.

Sadly I won’t be able to afford both the Land Rover and the several acres of land to play in that my easily-shamed ego would demand. 

Photos of the 5-door and the interior after the jump.

2007 Land Rover Defender unveiled [Autoblog]


$300 SpySub

For at least twenty minutes now my lifelong dream has been to pilot a tiny submarine through the subterranean water-filled tunnels beneath London and launch secret torpedo attacks up the toilets of those who offend me. I’d tell you my current target Top 10, but then I’d have to hunt you down and fire rockets through your U-bend.

Anyway, my dream gets one step closer to reality today with the plucky Milwaukee inventiveness of father & son team Jason & Trevor Rollette. While most parents are, at best, trying to blackmail their kids away from the Playstation and into the little-league team, Trevor and his dad are out exploring the nearby lakes with their homemade SpySub.


TravelPod from Travelodge – The Luxury Tent

Not that I hate the old way of camping, but TravelPod from Travelodge definitely made camping a little fancier. For £26 or roughly USD $50 per night you will have the luxury of a fully furnished tent that includes a double bed, bedside tables, lights, duvet, pillows, a dressing table, a mirror, and a chair. The tent also comes with a toilet, so there is no need to run into the wilderness.

The size of the tent is six meters long, 2.4 meters wide and 2.6 meters high, made of clear poly-carbonate glass. According to Travelodge officials, the TravelPod is still on trial stage.

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