Holiday Lights: The Brief and Strangely Interesting History


Thomas Edison was known for his wacky publicity stunts, but during the Christmas of 1880 he went for the sentimental rather than shock value. That year, instead of electrocuting an elephant, he brought us the first electric Christmas light display.

By the time 1880 rolled around, Edison had his incandescent light bulbs pretty well figured out, and was on the lookout for a way to advertise them. To display his invention as a means of heightening Yuletide excitement, he strung up incandescent bulbs all around his Menlo Park laboratory compound, so that passing commuters on the nearby railway could see the Christmas miracle. But Edison being Edison, he decided to make the challenge a little tricker by powering the lights from a remote generator eight miles away.

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The Jedi Mind Control Game


My Mind Is Stronger Than Your Mind!

This is the Star Wars Jedi game that requires you to bring to bear all of your latent telekinetic powers of the Force in order to keep a ball levitating. Similar to EEG technology that reads the alpha and beta waves created by your brain, the game comes with a headset equipped with forehead and ear sensors that translate your brain’s energy into a wireless signal that is sent to the game’s base station. The station has a tube with a ball inside (resembling the Jedi training remote Luke Skywalker used on the Millennium Falcon) that is kept levitating by a flow of air; your steady concentration adjusts the air fan’s speed, causing the ball to rise and fall…

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Supervision Helps With Your Finances

Supervision Helps With Your Finances


So, hey, let’s talk finances. I know, I know, it’s Christmas Eve and you’d rather not look at your pocket book right now. With a gadget like the Supervision, however, you’d really never have to think too hard about personal finance again. It can scan and process your receipts, keep tabs on your bank accounts, and help you tabulate just how much you have to work with each month.

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iPod Jeans By Levi’s Redwire DLX Jeans


A new pair of jeans was on my shopping list for Christmas. I was on the lookout for something new and innovative when a friend recommended that I have a look at the new Levi’s Redwire DLX Jeans.

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Crappy Gift-Wrapping Service Avoids Suspicion


Proud to Suck!

When it comes to wrapping presents, most men tend to take a utilitarian approach. The paper is likely to be roughly chopped, the sticky tape applied in industrial quantities and as for bows and ribbons – forget it.

It’s perhaps not surprising that presented with an immaculately wrapped gift, many women become suspicious that it may not have received the personal touch. But one UK retailer is providing a wrapping service so shoddy the recipient will be left in no doubt her partner did it.
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