DIY again [Specially for the Laides]

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DIY Embellished Friendship Bracelets

so i found out that girls wanted something of theirs…alone..well

This is from a friend, Claire.

Enjoy…

The weather is warming up and my wrists are feeling rather lonely and bare after hiding under long sleeves all season long. But after digging up last year’s DIY friendship bracelets, I realized they desperately needed sparkly and shiny upgrades. Today we’re showing you three easy ways to embellish your friendship bracelets, making them all grown up . . .

To add rhinestones, you’ll need:

  • a chevron friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5-6” crystal rhinestone chain (last used here)
  • 1 yard of embroidery floss
  • an embroidery needle
  • a pair of scissors

 

Thread the needle with embroidery floss and tie the end into a double knot. Push the needle through the back of bracelet. Lay the rhinestone chain along the middle of the bracelet, using the chevron pattern as a guide.

Stitch the floss between the first two rhinestone links, pushing needle out the middle of the bracelet. Bring the needle back through the middle, this time further down between the second and third links.

Continue stitching between the rhinestone links. After the very last stitch, tie a double knot on the backside and trim the ends.

Your friendship bracelet is sparkling and finished!

To add studs, you’ll need:

  • a chevron friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5 3/8” brass cone studs (last used here)
  • a pair of small, sharp scissors
  • a screwdriver

Use a Sharpie or marker to make 5 evenly spaced marks along the middle of the friendship bracelet. From the backside, push the point of the scissors through the mark to create a hole.

Push a screw through the hole. Twist the coned spike onto the screw and use a screwdriver to tighten.

Repeat the steps with the rest of the spikes. Voila! Your friendship bracelet has a spiked spine.

To add chain, you’ll need:

  • a friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5-6” of brass curb chain
  • 1 yard of embroidery floss
  • an embroidery needle
  • a pair of scissors

Thread the needle with embroidery floss. Untie one end of the friendship bracelet and re-knot it with the tail of the threaded embroidery floss. Push the needle through the outer edge of the backside of the bracelet.

Lay the chain flat, against the edge of the bracelet. Thread the needle over and through the first link. Push the needle though the backside about two rows down. Depending on the width of each link, the row count may vary.

Keep stitching. Make two stitches around the last link, untie the knot and re-knot with the last of the floss. Trim away any excess.

Your chain trimmed friendship bracelet now has an edge – how simple was that?

Stack ‘em, give ‘em away and you’re officially ready for summer.

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DIY!!!! at last :D

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DIY Beaded Button Down Shirt

I immediately did a double take after spotting this shirt with baubles stitched down the “placket,” which I just recently learned is the term used to describe the middle section of a button down shirt. Honestly? Placket?! In any case, it’s an easy DIY and the most brilliant way to add a bit of texture and pizazz to any shirt!

You’ll need:

  • a button down shirt
  • a mix of metal, plastic or glass beads
  • a needle fine enough to fit through the beads
  • thread

Keep the shirt buttoned. Thread the needle with about a yard of thread and tie the ends into a double knot. Push the needle through the backside of the middle of the placket.

Slide a bead onto the needle and bring the needle back through the fabric on the other side of the bead. Continue sewing beads onto the fabric using this running stitch.

After adding 5-6 beads, secure the stitch by tying off the thread with a double knot. This helps reinforce the stitch, especially with the weight of the beads. If the thread is long enough, continue to stitch on another group of beads. If the thread runs out, go ahead and cut the thread and start again with the first step.

Continue adding beads in small groups along the placket.

Stop 3/4 of the way down.

Finished!! xx

Top 10 Longest Words in the English Language

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Sometimes a picture says a thousand words; sometimes a word says a  thousand letters.  There are a few instances in the English language where  a word is not constructed for the sake of communication so much as to break a  world record, for spectacle’s sake.  In that way, the English language is  much like the Olympics; here are ten words that really go the distance.

Note: the following are words in the non-strictest sense, being that some are  technical terms, some have been coined, while others actually appear in the  dictionary.  Depending on which school of thought you subscribe to, lists  may very on the basis of “what constitutes a word” (and some may argue simply  that letters constitute a word).

Additional note: tying for the #7 spot is the word “hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian.”  It also contains 30 letters.  Let  its omission be justified by saying this list, in and of itself, is  hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian (i.e. “that which pertains to extremely long  words”).

10.  Honorificabilitudinitatibus

This 27-letter word coined by Shakespeare, in his comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost, is  a testament to the Bard’s own intralexiconic skills. Meaning “the state of being  able to achieve honors,” the word is the longest one in the English language  with alternating consonants and vowels (Take a look for yourself….yep.).

9.  Antidisestablishmentarianism

Containing 28-letters, antidisestablishmentarianism is the longest proper  word, consisting of proper and compatible root and affix attachments.   After all the Lego blocks have been snapped together, the word comes to mean “the movement or ideology that opposes disestablishment (i.e. the separation of  church and state, as in the movement that took place in 1860’s England).”  The word has a dated relevance, or else is the greatest living thing in a world  history nerd’s vocabulary.

8.  Floccinaucinihilipilification

This 29-letter word, pieced together from Latin stems, means simply “the  deeming of something to be trivial.”  One letter more than  antidisestablishmentarianism, and just as big of a mouthful, it is a valid  dictionary entry with a usefulness that is much greater than anything it might  be placed beside contextually.  Some readers might even be able to maintain  a floccinaucinihilipilification for this list.

7.  Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism

This 30-letter word is a technical one for a type of inherited disorder.  An individual with such a disorder resembles  someone with Pseudohypoparathyroidism Type 1A, but doesn’t possess a deficiency  in calcium or PTH levels (which mark the essential differences between  Pseudohypoparathyroidism 1A and Hypoparathyroidism).

To put it far more basically, the word is much more fun to say than to  have.

6.  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

This 34-letter word, which was coined by song-writers Richard and Robert  Sherman in the musical film Mary Poppins, is completely made-up, the sum of word  parts that don’t even follow proper prefix/suffix placement protocol; the “-istic” following “fragil-” is a suffix, which should signify a word’s  end.  However, it is followed by the prefix “ex-,” where a new, separate  word should begin.  Nonetheless, it is just another example of a phrase  being irretrievably carried off by and imbedded within the culture into which it  was born.  Just as how words are invented all the time in rap culture, and  swallowed up by a constantly-evolving (or devolving) language system.

The word, containing definable roots, means something like “Atoning for  educability through delicate beauty.”  Miss Poppins, however, would insist  the word means “something to say when you have nothing to say.”

5.  Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

The term refers to a kind of lung disease caused by a finely-powdered silica  dust.  This word, containing 45 letters, does appear in the dictionary, but  was created primarily just for the sake of a long word.  An equivalent of  what the word is going for, albeit by taking the long way home, is a condition  simply called silicosis.  Any doctor diagnosing the former is obviously getting paid by  the hour.

4.  Aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic

This 52-letter word was engendered by Dr. Edward Strother in order to  describe spa waters of Bath, England in a single word.  The sum of  individually-meaningful parts, the word altogether means roughly, “equally  salty, calcium-rich, waxy, containing aluminum and copper, and vitriolic.”  Of course this word has very few applications elsewhere.  Unless maybe you  were talking about some kind of 9V-battery-powered robotic chicken wing.

3.   Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelito-katakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoio-siraiobaphetraganopterygon

This word, which shan’t be uttered twice, is a transliteration of a word  coined by Greek author Aristophanes in his comic play Assemblywomen.   Containing 171 letters, it is the longest word appearing in literature and  refers to a fictional dish; the word quite literally is just the smooshing  together of the 17 ingredients contained within (including sharks, pigeons, honey, and various unappetizing animal  parts).  Don’t expect to see this listed on any menu, as there surely  wouldn’t be enough room to list anything else.

2.  Methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenyl- alanylalanylglutaminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamyl- glycylalanylphenylalanylvalylprolylphenylalanylvalylthreonyl- leucylglycylaspartylprolylglycylisoleucylglutamylglutaminyl- serylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglutamy- lalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucylglutamylleucylglycylisoleucyl- prolylphenylalanylserylaspartylprolylleucylalanylaspartylglycylproly- lthreonylisoleucylglutaminylaspfraginylalanylthreonylleucylarginy- lalanylphenylalanylalanylalanylglycylvalylthreonylprolylalanyl- glutaminylcysteinylphenylalanylglutamylmethionylleucylalany- lleucylisoleucylarginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthreonylisoleucyl- prolylisoleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparaginy- lleucylvalylphenylalanylasparaginyllysylglycylisoleucylaspartyl-glutamylphenylalanyltyrosylalanylglutaminylcysteinylglutamylly-sylvalylglycylvalylaspartylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalyl-prolylvalylglutaminylglutamylserylalanylprolylphenylalanylarginyl-glutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidylasparaginylvalylalanyl-prolylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspartylalanyl-aspartylaspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginylglutaminylisoleucylalanyl-seryltyrosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylseryl-arginylalanylglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginyl-arginylalanylalanylleucylprolylleucylasparaginylhistidylleucylvalyl-alanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosylasparaginylalanylalanylprolyl-prolylleucylglutaminylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylserylalanyl-prolylaspartylglutaminylvalyllysylalanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanyl-glycylalanylalanylglycylalanylisoleucylserylglycylserylalanylisoleucyl-valyllysylisoleucylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylhistidylasparaginy-lisoleucylglutamylprolylglutamyllysylmethionylleucylalanylalanyl-leucyllysylvalylphenylalanylvalylglutaminylprolylmethionyllysylalanyl-alanylthreonylarginylserine

What you just stared at is the 1913-letter chemical name for tryptophan  synthetase, a protein (an enzyme, to be exact) with 267 amino acids.  Of  course, it’s completely impractical to actually utter this prankster’s approach  to making huge words (the largest one in print), and just looking at it for too  long might even lead you to believe there are words and phrases hidden in there  like a word search (if you look closely the word “party” shows up a few times,  as does something resembling “asparagus”).  Of course, when you  cut-and-paste such a word (rather than risk missing even a single letter, for  accuracy’s sake), you risk looking like an ass by not thoroughly combing through that contrived  brick-o’-letters.

1.  [Titin’s Chemical Name]

This 189,819-letter word shall not be printed in its entirety, partially  because it is literally too big to print (without filling the space of a short  novella that is), and would be a waste of time and hard drive space.  Along  the same lines as the last example, it is a derivation of the chemical  components that comprise the protein; abridged, the word is “Methionylthreonylthreonyl…isoleucine,” really not worth seeing sprawled-out if  for a single-purpose novelty (the only real purpose a chemical name could  possibly serve).

Top 10 Lamest Avengers Of All Time

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Assuming you haven’t turned on the TV since February or been to the theater in  the last couple of years, you might not be aware of it, but there’s an Avengers movie coming out this week, well, at Genesis Deluxe, Lekki. its out already!! .  With Joss  Whedon directing and a slew of successful solo superhero films preceding it,  expectations are high, and nerds like myself are already falling over  themselves, picking apart trailers and speculating on which heroes might make  cameos.

But running time is scarce and, for a team that’s been around since 1963 and  frequently switches members, you can bet there are a lot of characters that  won’t make the cut.  That may be for the best, because  the Avengers have certainly seen their share of unimpressive members  over the years.   Here are ten that you can bet won’t be making it  onto even a direct-to-video sequel in the years to come:

10.  Moon Knight

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Moon Knight is a Batman-esque urban vigilante who dresses entirely in white  in order to better conceal himself in the shadows and skulk around dark  alleys.  That should tell you all you need to know about his mental state  but, just in case, he’s an ex-mercenary who struggles with multiple personality disorder, occasional hallucinations,  and uncontrollable violent rages.  This makes him the only superhero who  might save you from a mugger, then suddenly realize you’re his great-aunt  Mildred who died back in ’82…and he hated his great-aunt Mildred.

Moon Knight actually works pretty well as a solo character, but whoever gave  this man an Avengers ID card should be shot.  Do you want to  charge into battle alongside a non-powered human target who at any given moment  might decide he’s a destitute cab driver and you just tried to stiff him on  a fare?  My most vivid memory of Moon Knight as an Avenger was  when he called an immediately post-coital Spider-Man to summon him to some  emergency.  That’s Moon Knight: ruining the afterglow since 1975.

9.  Jack of Hearts

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Jack of Hearts wins the “originality in superhero names” award going away,  since his real name actually is “Jack Hart.”  Given that, you  can almost forgive him for trying to make a playing-card-themed superhero identity work.   Almost.  But then you remember there is no “Captain Rook” or “Miniature Top  Hat Man” and he’s ridiculous again.  The costume certainly contributes to  that, with the high shoulders and asymmetrical face shading.  I guess Jack  of Hearts figures that if it works at a child’s birthday party, it’ll work when  fighting the Masters of Evil.  But it won’t, Jack.  And the arrow  pointing at your crotch might be sending the wrong message.

Jack eventually suffered a really ignominious death (faced with living  in a containment tube 14 hours a day, he instead flew into space and exploded;  then his zombified corpse was used to bomb Avengers Mansion),  which almost makes you want to exclude him from this list out of pure  sympathy.  But then you remember that cool characters almost always get  noble, grandiose deaths, and there’s a reason Jack of Hearts didn’t.   Sorry, Jack.

8.  U.S. Agent

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Hey look, it’s black Captain America!  Uh…but not in a racist way.  More of an “I forget what colors are on  the American flag” way.

U.S. Agent’s worst sin is redundancy.  As you’d expect,  the Avengers kind of already have the “athletic guy with a shield” role covered, and if they need an arrogant, impulsive jerk who won’t take  direction, they’ve got Hawkeye and Quicksilver on speed dial.  War Machine  is in a similar boat, but at least he’s best friends with Iron Man; Cap and the  Agent don’t even like each other.  Not surprisingly, that doesn’t make for  a lot of panel time on a team whose name is frequently preceded by “Captain  America and the…”  U.S. Agent is essentially relegated to the role of Cap  understudy, waiting for a man whose childhood friends and family are all busy  playing shuffleboard or moldering in the ground to somehow be  unavailable.  He spends most days sitting patiently by the phone, afraid to  go out for fear of missing the call about a major crisis that requires the aid  of Every Avenger Ever.  Waiting…waiting…

7.  Doctor Druid

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Let’s get it out of the way first: “balding” is not a good look on a  superhero.  It’s superficial and all, but when you’re talking about a  universe where everyone looks like a supermodel or a male stripper, the George  Costanza look is going to stand out.  Still, that’s not enough to consign  Doctor Druid to this list.

No, what hurts him is that he’s a magician whose name is not “Doctor  Strange.”  Fair or not, popular characters carve out niches in  superhero universes, and everyone else instantly becomes an also-ran.   Thus, anyone’s reaction to seeing Doctor Druid is an automatic “Oh… uh, so I  guess Doctor Strange wasn’t available?”  You can’t blame them- Doc Strange  has a luxurious head of hair, a mansion in the heart of New York, and a hot alien princess for a lover.  Doctor Druid has,  presumably, a 1-bedroom in Newark, a locker at the YMCA where he  keeps his stuff, and a windowless van with Celtic runes spray-painted on  it.

Ironically, Doctor Druid actually predates Strange and his origin is  basically the same, which does not help him seem less superfluous.  His  tenure with the Avengers is not doing him any favors either, since he  got seduced by a villainess and ended up destroying the team for a  while.  But really, it’s hard to fault the guy too much for that — when you  look like an Ancient Cultures professor from the local community college  who’s role-playing as a superhero, you have to take the loving where  it finds you.

6.  The Sentry

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Sentry is that rare character on this list who WAS cool right up until he  joined the Avengers, and then immediately stopped.  Originally  presented as a “lost” character, the Sentry’s deal was that he  was once the Marvel Universe’s greatest hero.  But because his  dark side, the Void, was so dangerous, he volunteered to have his  existence erased from the minds of everyone on Earth, including himself,  stranding him in his human identity forever.  And that’s fine — a little cheesy, maybe, but a perfectly decent story.

But then they brought him back as a mental patient who had killed his  wife.  Then they revealed his wife wasn’t actually dead, but he still had  mental problems that made him afraid to use his powers.  Then we  learned he didn’t actually get his powers in a lab accident, but rather was a  junkie who broke into the lab and swallowed this weird serum looking for a  fix.  Then his wife actually died but he resurrected her himself, causing  her to beg Iron Man to kill her husband.  Then a bunch of bad guys took  over the government for a while and got him on their side.  Finally he went  completely nuts, killed some people and an Avenger or two, and had to  be put down.  Seriously, great story arc, Marvel.  Inspiring and  cohesive!

5.  Deathcry

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Be honest — can’t you kind of tell Deathcry sucks just from the  picture?  She has the stink of “X-treme!!!” all over her, from the  mismatched costume to the tribal tattoos to her Wolverine hair, and that’s not  even getting into the name.  Avengers don’t kill, so either  Deathcry’s codename is writing checks her body can’t cash, or she’s referring to  her own exclamations of expiration; either way, it’s less than threatening.

She also has the misfortune to be associated with the worst period  in Avengers history, when everyone was wearing extraneous bomber  jackets and Iron Man was killing his teammates off because surprise, he was evil  all along!…yeah, don’t ask.

Despite in theory being 16 years old, Deathcry was created at a time when  female characters were basically mobile breast platforms, and she looks  it.  However, she’s also from an avian race of aliens with vestigial  feathers.  That means at some point, a writer sat at his keyboard and  thought, “Okay, here’s one for all the guys out there who are romantically  attracted to birds.”  The sad part is, he was right — you know that  someone, somewhere in the world has fantasized about Deathcry.  And there  is a remote but real possibility that you have shaken that man’s hand at some  point in your life.  I’ll just let that one digest for a little  while.

4.  Swordsman

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Damn, does this guy look goofy.  The trick with archery-based characters  like Hawkeye and Green Arrow is how to make them seem useful on a team with guys  like Superman or Thor.  It can be done, but writers really have to get  creative to invent situations where an arrow will do the job in a way that  heat vision or repulsor rays just won’t.

But at least an arrow is a ranged weapon; think how much harder it is to make  a character work when his power is that he, uh, has a sword.  And he’s  pretty good at using it.  That puts Swordsman on a par with every guy who’s  ever attended a Renaissance Faire.

The Swordsman’s tragedy is that he’s an Inigo Montoya guy in a Tony  Montana world.  Sure, he has “trick swords” that can shoot electricity  and nerve gas and flames, but that basically just brings him up to the Penguin’s  level of threatening.  You’ve still got to work like hell to convince me  he’ll be able to foil a simple convenience store robbery if  the perp has an uzi or a shotgun.   The Avengers regularly go up against cosmic beings and  gods.  Captain America needs to be there to lead everyone and strategize,  and at least Hawkeye might be able to land a lucky shot in the villain’s eye or  something.  What’s Swordsman going to do?  Nothing.  Go away,  Swordsman.

3.  Starfox

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Hoo boy, Starfox.  What do you say about the only Avenger who  costs the team more in paternity suits than property damage?  Aside from  the standard strength/durability/flight that a lot of superheroes have,  Starfox possesses the ability to stimulate the pleasure centers in a person’s  mind, making them calmer and more susceptible to suggestion.  I’ll bet  that makes him popular at frat parties.  He’s also a hedonist who spends all his  non-Avenging time traveling to various “pleasure planets,” which is as close as  Marvel Comics will ever get to saying this guy likes playing the field and group  stuff.

Okay, so the man’s a walking, talking roofie colada, but that doesn’t make  him a bad person.  He’s probably really responsible  about using his abilities, right?  Well, he was once sued by a married  woman who claimed he used his powers to make her cheat on her husband with  him.  Then his lawyer, She-Hulk, started wondering if he’d used them  to initiate the one-night stand they once had.  So he agreed to have his  mind read, which revealed that he didn’t use his powers to make She-Hulk sleep  with him…but he HAD used them to make her fall in love with (and marry) some  other guy.  Oh, and he was banned from the courtroom for using his powers  to influence witnesses.  Sounds like Avengers material to us!

2.  D-Man

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D-Man is one of those characters created to be a hard-luck success story,  only he never became very successful.  Wearing an outfit modeled on  Daredevil’s short-lived original costume, D-Man started off as a member of a  superpowered wrestling league (…yeah), but his strength was coming from a  highly addictive drug.  Eventually kicking the habit, D-Man helped Captain  America a few times and finagled a sympathy “Yeah, sure, you’re an Avenger… uh, we’ll call you if a REALLY big menace comes along.  Something worthy of  you” kind of membership.

That’s fine, every team needs a mascot, as long as the Philly  Phanatic doesn’t think he’s going to be out there shagging fly balls in an  actual game, if you get my drift.

D-Man eventually ended up the protector of a community of homeless people,  leading to a hilarious scene where the Sub-Mariner complained about his stench,  suggesting he might be more at home with the less-choosy X-Men.  When a guy  who smells like a combination of tuna and low tide is griping about your odor,  you know you have a problem.  Writers continue using D-Man as a punchline  to this day, recently having him be turned down for a nanny gig watching a  fellow superhero’s kid.  That’s sad, but can you blame anyone?  He has  a child molester beard and his name is two letters away from “D-Bag.”  You  need to dress for the job you want, D-Man.  Also, a bar of soap would not  be a bad idea.  Don’t eat it.

1.  Gilgamesh the Forgotten One

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Wow, where do you start with Gilgamesh?  I guess the costume, since  wearing horns and the upper half of a cow face on your head will never, ever be  cool.  I also don’t think the skirt is going to strike fear into the hearts  of evildoers, and there are way too many colors working at odds in that  outfit.  He’s obviously based on an actual mythical hero, but not one of  the cool ones like Hercules or King Arthur.  Instead, Gilgamesh has to hope you’re  familiar with the exploits of an ancient Sumerian king and, even for nerds,  that’s pushing it.

He also suffers from the redundancy that hits so many of the heroes on this  list — the Avengers already have Thor for their neo-classical bruiser  and Hercules for when writers are tired of Thor, so what possible use could  Gilgamesh serve?  He’s third-string, useful only for anniversary issues or  a cheap death to make a new villain seem more deadly.  Even his full name  encourages you to overlook him.  I’m just saying, when your heyday was 4500  years ago and you consider Beowulf a promising young talent, it might be time to  pack it in.  We’ll always have Babylon, G.

Top 10 alarms

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For most people, getting out of bed in the morning is a bit of a struggle. Luckily, the 10 clocks below are here to help. Some wake you up with an annoyingly loud noise, while others won’t shut off until you complete a task–but they all promise to get even the sleepiest sleepyhead up and moving.

Start Your Engines

 

It’s full speed ahead as soon as this Genuine Hotrod Hardware drag-racing alarm clock goes off. The dashboard-inspired clock makes engine-revving sounds and flashes colored lights at the set time, so you’ll feel like you’re waking up right on the racetrack.

Hide and Go Seek

There’s no excuse for waking up late with this alarm clock. As soon as you hit “snooze,” Clocky jumps off your nightstand and begins moving around the floor, looking for somewhere to hide. Nothing like a little hide-and-go-seek to rouse you from your slumber.

Attention!

Ever wonder what waking up in the army would be like? Find out for yourself with this Drill Sergeant Alarm Clock, which blasts the army’s morning bugle call, “Reveille,” before your very own drill sergeant starts shouting orders.

Duck for Cover

This Sonic Grenade alarm clock is guaranteed to get your sleepy children out of bed. Just pull the pin, throw the grenade into the room and get out of the way as it emits an ear-piercing noise.

Blast Off

The Rocket Launcher alarm clock will really “launch” you from your bed. When the alarm goes off, it shoots a rocket off in your room, and the only way to turn it off is to locate the rocket and place it back on the launch pad.

Puzzled

There’s probably nothing more annoying than putting together a puzzle before you’ve even had a cup of coffee, but with the Puzzle Alarm Clock, you’ll have to do just that. Once your alarm goes off, three puzzle pieces go flying in the air, and you have to return the colored shapes to the correct places in order to shut it off.

Get Up, Stand Up

The toughest part about waking up for many people is physically getting out of bed. Luckily, the Carpet Alarm Clock helps you work through the hard part, by forcing you to stand up and step on the mat to turn it off.

Don’t Drop the Bomb

You know that moment in a movie when the hero has mere seconds to dismantle a bomb before it explodes? You can experience that excitement every morning with the alarm clock. When the Banpresto DangerBomb alarm goes off, a series of loud explosive noises will sound until you’ve successfully disconnected the correct wire.

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

The KUKU alarm takes the experience of waking up on a farm to a whole new level. When it’s time for your alarm to go off, it starts crowing and five tiny eggs are released into a basket. In order to get the noise to stop, you have to deposit the eggs back into the clock.

It Keeps Going and Going

 

The No Snooze alarm clock ensures you’ll wake up the one—and only—time your alarm goes off. A bright green light is emitted from the top and beeping noises sound continuously until you’ve successfully lifted and rotated the alarm’s strap for 1 1/2 minutes. Think you can just take out the batteries? Not so fast—the alarm comes complete with built-in electrically rechargeable batteries.

7 Irresistible Products

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Solar Monkey Adventurer Charger

The solarmonkey adventurer is a slimline, compact 2-panel solar charger with a 2500mAh internal lithium polymer battery.  The clamshell design offers optimum weight-to-efficiency at just 265g and the 2 solar panels output 3 watt max.  The adventurer features auto-load, self sensing switching technology, meaning when a device is connected, the adventurer will automatically start to charge your device and will optimise the charging parameters required.

The polysilicon solar panel offers photovoltaic efficiency up to 17% and features a USB 700mA @ 5v output, fully supporting Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, mobile Phones and other 5v gadgets such as portable games consoles, handheld GPS systems, e-readers, etc. The solarmonkey adventurer also has a solar energy detection feature which activates the incorporated state-of-the-art MPPT (maximum power point tracker) technology, allowing it to charge your device more efficiently in low light conditions. The solar panels will charge the internal battery in just 12 hours in optimum light conditions.

Viteo Outdoor Shower

It doesn’t take much to work out an ideal way of cooling down in summer – quite simply, a rain cloud will do. Featuring a clear and functional design by Danny Venlet, ideal for the garden, patio or balcony.All you need to do is step into the VITEO Shower: Your body weight sets off shower jets arranged in a circle around the edge of the foot panel. The jets first gush up and meet in the middle over your head before falling gently down like rain. To dispel the ‘cloud’ and let the sun shine through once more you simply step off the foot panel.

  • measurementsDM 78 cm / H 11,5 cm weight14 kg
  • materialplastics (ABS, UV resistant, non-slip), stainless steel ring, grinded (1.4301)
  • loadmin. 18 kg (opening of valve), max. 150 kg

Tipping Teacup

This Red Dot Design honorable mention will turn your break into a meditative escape, steeped in contemporary style. The teacup has an unusual angled bottom that allows it to rest in two different positions. On one side is a screened compartment in which you place your favorite loose tea leaves. Pour hot water through the screen and allow it to steep. Once it’s done, simply tip the cup in the other direction, lifting the leaves up out of the water. The cup’s large size is perfect for cradling between your hands as you enjoy the warmth of your drink. Screen is removable for simple clean-up. Made from SAN (thermo resistant food grade plastic) and features a glossy interior and matte exterior. Dishwasher safe. Not microwave safe. Designed in Finland; made in China.

Elia Three Drawer Nightstand

English dovetail drawer construction Steel case full extension ball bearing drawer glides top drawer features a velvet lined tray and built in charging dock English dovetail drawer construction Steel case full extension ball bearing drawer glides.

DustPan + Bin

By morphing the function of the dust-pin with that of the trash-can, a new hybrid is born:  this dustpan that has a function, even when not in use, to put waste as a trashcan. This dust-pin seem like just dust-pin, but it’s not only a dust-pin but also trash can. It would be easier to sweep waste and dust. when you finish  sweeping a room clean, you just turn the bottom of “Triangle” at an angle of 90 degrees.It will be a trash can. Maybe your sweeping is too so quit being lazy and  you empty the trash bin already!.

Floating Lamp by Crealev

Angela Jansen has reinvented the standard lamp. The design evokes memories of old fashioned lamps, but when you see the floating part, you realize this is designed for the future.The lamp consists out of a handcrafted wooden base with a high glossy black finish. Attached is a stylish black fabric covered power cable. The conical shaped lampshade is manufactured in matt black fabric with a pearl white inner sid furnishing. The light flows through the openings of the mirror which covers the lower part of the lampshade.It consist out of electromagnetic components and a sophisticated control system. Next to the fact that they employ the very latest LED technology, the lamp is low in power consumption too. With a touch of your fingertip, the lamp can be dimmed to the intensity you require.The fabric covered power cord is 2.00 meters long (6,5 feet) and is connected to the universal power adaptor with a power cable with the length of 1.85 meters (6 feet). The standard universal power adaptor has a EU two pins power plug, but you can order an US power adaptor.Light intensity: 300 Lux. Power consumption: 3W standby (only levitation on), 15W when the LEDs are fully on.

Graff Ametis Shower Head

  • 3/4? Thermostatic Valve and Trim
  • Showerhead with No-Clog, Easy-Clean Spray Nozzles
  • Swivel Body Sprays (4 pieces)
  • Optional Extension Kit
  • ADA Compliant
  • Polished Chrome