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22 Formal and Fantastic Geeky Cufflinks

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If you want people to be able to tell exactly what kind of geek you are from your first handshake, these great cufflinks are a perfect way to literally wear your geek on your sleeve.

1. Star Trek

Sure the communicator badge from ThinkGeek is cool, but how awesome is it to wear the U.S.S. Enterprise right there on your sleeve? The only downside is that the ship’s engines may very well get caught on anything you get your wrist near—although that does give you a good excuse to start using the Vulcan salute in place of a handshake.

2. Imperial Vs. Rebels

Do you support the light side or the dark? Whoever you fight for, show your support for the cause by bearing either the Rebel Alliance or Imperial Empire logos on your sleeve. Or, you could always buy both pairs and wear one of each to show that you don’t take sides.

3. Rebel Alliance

As if Etsy seller Mol Gifts’ Alliance cufflinks weren’t nerdy enough on their own, the fact that the Star Wars pieces originally came from a set of LEGOs makes them even more impressive and awesome.

4. R2D2

How could you possibly make a set of R2D2-inspired cufflinks even cooler and nerdier? Make them hold a USB flash drive inside so you can secretly send messages to your Obi-Wan Kenobi.

5. Ewok

These might not be the most formal cufflinks on this list, but they are undoubtedly the cutest. Etsy seller rapscalliondesign certainly did a great job capturing Wicket’s tough, but teddy-bear-like, appearance.

6. Tardis

Time is of the essence, especially if you can travel through both space and time. That’s why these cufflinks by Etsy seller goddessglass10359 are so fantastic—that and the fact that they're beautiful.

7. LEGO

There are plenty of LEGO cufflinks out there, but if you really want to look classy, you’d better go for these gold ones by Etsy seller bitsandbadges.

8. Iron Man

You know these limited edition Marvel cufflinks are special because Iron Man is in silver, rather than his more traditional red and gold.

9. Batman

Something tells me that even if Bruce Wayne wore these cufflinks out to one of his charity galas, people still wouldn’t figure out his alter ego.

10. The Flash

No, wearing these cufflinks won’t make you run any faster, but they still will make your wardrobe look a lot more super.

11. Pow!

There are a lot of downsides to fighting in real life—you could get arrested, you might actually get hurt—but most importantly, real punches don’t land with giant words over them reading “pow” and “bam.” While you might not be able to get those reactions in real life, you can celebrate the wonder of comic book fights with these great Pow! cufflinks by Etsy seller Thetrendyman.

12. Eye of Sauron

I always feel like Sauron is watching me…wait, maybe it’s just those awesome Lord of the Rings cufflinks by Etsy seller Coffin Rock Shop.

13. D-20

If you’re going to get some D20 cufflinks, you might as well get a pair with a little pizzazz so you look classy as well as geeky. These beautiful D-20 cufflinks by Etsy seller Mage Studio certainly do the job nicely. On the downside, they aren’t detachable, so if you’re looking to be able to throw impromptu gaming sessions wherever you sport these, you’ll have to carry a real die along with you.

14. Assassin’s Creed

Be careful of anyone bearing these cool cufflinks by Etsy seller Coffin Rock Shop. They might just be out to slice your throat.

15. Mortal Kombat

For those that grew up shouting “Finish Him” in their favorite arcade, these Mortal Kombat cufflinks by Etsy seller Bazingajewellery are a great way to incorporate some of your favorite childhood memories into your next big event.

16. Game Over

These "game over" cufflinks by Etsy seller Quirkii are a great accessory for any gamer—just try not to wear them to any weddings.

17. Pi

Need something nice to accessorize your suit for your big annual Pi Day black tie gala? Didn’t think so. But if you did, it would be hard to beat these great pi cufflinks by Etsy seller KiolaDesigns.

18. QR Codes

These cufflinks by Etsy seller Beauty Spot are not just geeky—they’re also a good way to promote your website. The seller uses your personalized QR code on each pair, so just have the code link to your site and you have a genius networking tool for every party you go to from now on. Alternatively, this could be an awesome nerdy way to propose to your lady.

19. Circuit Board

Want to show off your pride in your IT job to the world? Well these circuit board cufflinks from ThinkGeek are one stylish way to do so.

20. Einstein

Etsy seller Thetrendyman sells some cufflinks we at the Floss can get behind as they feature our favorite picture of Einstein.

21. Guy Fawkes

Want to give a shout out to Anonymous even at a black tie affair? Simply sport these Guy Fawkes cufflinks, just try not to look like you’ve suddenly joined up with the top 1 percent.

22. Geek

Aren’t sure that any of these other cufflinks really express how geeky you are? Well then, spell it out for the world with these lovely geek cufflinks by Etsy seller whitetruffle.

Do any of you geeky gentlemen readers have your own cufflinks that you are particularly proud of?

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Aflac's Robotic Duck Comforts Kids with Cancer
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Every year, close to 16,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. That news can be the beginning of a long and draining battle that forces kids and their parents to spend large amounts of time with medical providers, enduring long and sometimes painful treatments. As The Verge reports, a bit of emotional support during that process might soon come from an unlikely source: the Alfac duck.

The supplemental insurance company announced at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it has partnered with the medical robotics company Sproutel to design and manufacture My Special Aflac Duck, a responsive and emotive sim-bird intended exclusively for children undergoing cancer treatment.

When a child cuddles the fuzzy robotic duck, it can cuddle back. It reacts to being cradled and stroked by quacking or moving its head. Kids can also touch special RFID chips emblazoned with emoji on the duck's chest to tell it how they’re feeling, and the device will mimic those emotions.

But the duck isn’t solely for cuddling. In “IV Mode,” which can be switched on while a child is undergoing IV therapy, the duck can help the user relax by guiding them through breathing exercises. Accessories included with the toy also allow children to "draw blood" from the duck as well as administer medication, a kind of role-playing that may help patients feel more comfortable with their own treatments.

Aflac approached Sproutel with the idea after seeing Sproutel’s Jerry the Bear, a social companion robot intended to support kids with diabetes. Other robotic companions—like the Japanese-made seal Paro and Hasbro's Joy for All companion pets for seniors—have hinted at a new market for robotics that prioritize comfort over entertainment or play.

My Special Aflac Duck isn’t a commercial product and won’t be available for retail sale. Aflac intends to offer it as a gift directly to patients, with the first rollout expected at its own cancer treatment center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mass distribution is planned for later this year.

[h/t The Verge]

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Want to Recycle Your Christmas Tree? Feed It to an Elephant
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When the holiday season finally comes to a close, people get creative with the surplus of dead Christmas trees. One San Francisco-based artist transformed brittle shrubs into hanging installation pieces. Others use pine needles for mulch, or repurpose trees into bird sanctuaries. For the average person, sticking it into a wood chipper or "treecycling" it as part of a community program are all eco-friendly ways to say goodbye to this year's Douglas fir. None of these solutions, however, are as cute as the waste-cutting strategy employed by some zoos around the world: giving them to elephants.

Each year, zookeepers at Tierpark Berlin—a facility that bills itself as “Europe’s largest adventure animal park”—feed the elephants unsold pine trees. The plants are reportedly pesticide-free, and they serve as a good (albeit prickly) supplement to the pachyderms' usual winter diets.

A bit closer to home, the residents of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee rely on local residents to take part in their annual Christmas Tree Drive. In addition to being nutrient-rich, the tree's needles are said to help aid in an elephant's digestion. But beyond all that, it's pretty adorable to watch.

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