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This Alarm Clock Rug Will Put an End to Your A.M. Snoozing

No matter what you use as an alarm clock, there's probably an easy (too easy) way to postpone that dreaded, early morning tone. While those few extra minutes of dozing might feel good, it's actually not great for your brain hormones or your productivity. If you're interested in making harmful snoozing a thing of the past, there's Ruggie—a new alarm clock invention that forces you to get out of bed and start your day.

In order to turn off a Ruggie alarm, one has to physically get out of bed and stand on the memory foam rug for at least three seconds, which in theory means that he/she would be less likely to return to sleep. According to the product's Kickstarter campaign, it was inspired by the sleeping patterns of "successful early birds" like inventor Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Benjamin Franklin, and Bill Gates. There are several natural sound alarm options, including chirping birds and running water, which are designed to make waking up less of a chore.

Inside of the Ruggie alarm clock is a "guaranteed snooze proof" touch sensor and an touch-activated LED display. When pressure to the sensor turns the alarm off, the Ruggie can play motivational messages that the owner programs into the unit via a USB connection and a computer.

To get a Ruggie of your own, head over to Amazon.

[Banner image via Kickstarter]

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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