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Waistband Stretcher

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Waistband Stretcher? That could be the title of my Thanksgiving dinner! I prepared both ham and turkey, plus dressing, gravy, potatoes, deviled eggs, and mincemeat pie. Others brought cider, ice cream, challah, glazed carrots, green beans, and pumpkin pie. After a couple days of leftovers, I know a few pants that could use an expansion.

To use the Waistband Stretcher, wet your jeans, pants, or skirt. Clamp the gadget on and screw the extender out, then let your garment dry. With jeans, this will be at least overnight. The product page says you can add up to five inches to your waistband this way. Unfortunately, it only works with pant sizes up to 45 inches. Those folks who wear larger sizes will just have to suck it up. Or in, as the case may be.

Easier and more economical than taking tight-waisted clothes to the tailor for alterations. The Waistband Stretcher is constructed of durable plastic, and can be adjusted to fit waist-bands from 21" to 45 inches. Order today and make those clothes comfortable again!

OK, the Waistband Stretcher is $29.99 from SkyMall. Is this honestly cheaper than having a professional alteration done? Do people even do that anymore? I only have one good pair of jeans, and I can replace them for less than $30. But I won't, because after a few days of leaving the top button undone, I will be through with leftovers and go back to normal eating patterns. Well, until the first Christmas party.

By the way, you can get it cheaper elsewhere.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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