17 Awesome and Weird Bill Murray-Inspired Products


Here at mental_floss, we love Bill Murray, who is always doing awesome stuff—so when I decided to brainstorm art for our newly renovated office, it wasn't hard to decide where to start. In the process, I discovered so many awesome Bill Murray-inspired things available for purchase, so I threw this list together. You're welcome!

1. You’re Awesome Journal, $10

This journal from Chronicle Books is peppered with more illustrations of Murray spouting affirmations of awesomeness. I currently have it sitting up against the books on my desk, as you can see above.

2. Nail Art Decals, $6

Regular nail polish is boring compared to these fabulous Murray decals.  

3. Russian General, $25 - $56

If you've ever wondered what your favorite actor would look like as a Russian general, here's the answer. The original painting was by English artist George Dawe, who created more than 300 portraits of Russian generals during Napoleon's invasion.

4. Pinback Button, $2

Two things everyone loves on one fun button!

5. Collage, $63

This would look very nice on the walls of mental_floss's newly renovated office. 

6. Baby Bodysuit, $16

Your kid will be automatically cooler when he or she wears this adorable onesie, available in 11 colors.

7. I Heart Bill Murray Coasters, $35

These cherry-wood coasters, which come in a set of four, are an easy way to quirk up your coffee table.

8. iPhone Case, $35

A little Bill, a little Bowie. The combination works.

9. T-shirt, $20

Love puns, love this shirt. You can buy the original, by Andrew Gregory (also known as lunchboxbrain), for $15 here.

10. Pop Art Pillow, $19

Perfect for Warhol fans and Bill Murray devotees.

11. Flat Plans, $20

Build your own Bill Murray, and put on a little knit Steve Zissou hat!

12. Unicorn Print, $30

Like both Bill Murray and unicorns, this work of art is unique and beautiful.

13. Etch-A-Sketch Portrait, $90

The artist swears up and down that this portrait is frozen and won't be erased during shipping. 

14. B. Rex Tote, $22

The only way that dinosaurs could have been cooler.

15. TuneSquad Jersey, $40

SpaceJam fans, this one is for you.

16. Night Light, $45

What better way to quell a fear of the dark?

17. Dr. Venkman Narwhal Print, $18

Most appropriate for Ghostbusters-loving marine biologists.

A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains

There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

[h/t Urban Daddy]

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
Star Wars © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Star Wars © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]


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