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15 Geeky Items to Make Bathtime More Fun

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Getting clean doesn’t have to be a chore! These products make sudsing up a ton more fun. 

1. BACON SOAP; $7  

What better way to start the day than with the smell of bacon? Don't be surprised if reaching for this bar of bacon-scented soap has you reaching for the real thing when you're done showering.

Find it: Amazon

2.  STAR WARS HAND TOWELS; $25  

These hand towels are perfect for any Star Wars loving couple. The front of the towels feature Leia and Han silhouettes with the iconic “I love you,” “I know” quotes; on the other side, you can find several of the Rebel Alliance insignias. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. TARDIS SOAP ON A ROPE; $10 

As the Second Doctor might tell you, the TARDIS is completely sterile. Let it share some of that cleanliness with you, via this soap on a rope. It even comes in a matching carrying case.

Find it: ThinkGeek

4. TARDIS SHOWER RACK; $45 

If you wanted to make your shower completely Doctor Who-themed, you probably could. This shower rack hooks onto most showerheads and provides much needed shelf space for your shampoo and Electric Sonic Toothbrush.

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. KNIGHT TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER; $10 

Checkmate! This is probably the cutest toothbrush holder on the market. When you slip your toothbrush in, the bristles become the horse’s mane. 

Find it: SOHO Design Shop

6. JEDI BATHROBE; $20

Once you get out of the shower, suit up in a traditional Jedi robe and go fight the Empire. 

Find it: Amazon

7. GAMEBOY TOWEL; $28 

Dry yourself off with this Gameboy (sorry, we mean “Beachboy”) towel. It looks like there’s a surfing game already loaded up, making it perfect for both bathrooms and beaches. 

Find it: Amazon

8. ZELDA BATHROBE; $50 

You can’t save the princess until you’re all clean! This robe makes you look just like Link, complete with a shield on the back. Unfortunately, it’s going to set you back some rupees

Find it: Amazon

9. DARTH VADER BATH RUG; $14 

This Darth Vader bath rug is the perfect thing to dry your feet on (take that, Sith lord!). The tufted rug is cotton and spot clean only.

Find it: Amazon 

10. BLOOD BATH SHOWER GEL; $18

Perfect for vampire and pun lovers alike, this sack of body wash looks just like a blood bag. The cherry scented soap comes with a rope to hang it in your shower. 

Find it: Amazon

11. ARCHAEOLOGY SOAP; $13 

More correctly known as “Paleontology Soap,” this special soap comes with two plastic dinosaurs buried inside. The “earth” has different layers, just as the real earth does. Pumice is mixed into the bottom layer and bentonite clay is in the second layer, so the different layers wash away at different paces. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

12. MOUNTAIN DEW SHAMPOO; $13 

 

Mountain Dew and video games are a match made in heaven—or a college dorm, anyway. You can finally wash your hair with shampoo that smells just like the sugary soda. For added realism, it even comes with 530 mg of caffeine. Just don't mix it up with the real thing.

Find it: Etsy

13. VIDEO GAME CARTRIDGE SOAP; $22  

At first glance, these might seem like Gameboy cartridges, but they’re actually soap. Each set comes with three bars modeled to look like Pokémon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow. Blue is cream soda, Red is energy citrus, and Yellow is cola.

Find it: Amazon

14. PANDA SHOWER CAP; $9  

Next time you take a shower, keep your hair safe and dry while looking like a panda by donning this adorable shower cap. 

Find it: Amazon

15. RETRO GAMING SHOWER CURTAIN; $25 

Turn every shower into a video game with this special shower curtain. It has a transparent square to let the showerer become the star of the game. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

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National Geographic Ranks The 25 Happiest Cities in the Country
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Feeling unhappy? Maybe it's time to move. National Geographic recently released rankings of the 25 happiest cities in the U.S. The results: Eight of the 25 locations are in the Golden State, but the honor of No. 1 happiest city goes to Boulder, Colorado.

The rankings are based on 250,000 interviews conducted in 190 metropolitan areas between 2014 and 2015. The survey—developed by Dan Buettner, author of the new book The Blue Zones of Happiness, and Dan Witters, a senior scientist at Gallup—looked for data points that are correlated with life satisfaction and happiness, like whether or not you exercise, if you feel safe in your community, whether you feel like you live within your means, and whether you feel like you are reaching your goals.

A map of the U.S. showing which cities made the top 25 happiest cities index.
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Of course, all that isn’t necessarily the result of your geographical location. But you don’t see cities like Los Angeles or New York—where wealth is also clustered—on the list, so presumably San Franciscans are doing something a little differently.

Take a look for yourself. Here are the 25 happiest places in the U.S., according to the results.

1. Boulder, Colorado
2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
3. Charlottesville, Virginia
4. Fort Collins, Colorado
5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
7. Provo-Orem, Utah
8. Bridgeport-Stamford, Connecticut
9. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
10. Anchorage, Alaska
11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
13. Salinas, California
14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
19. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
21. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia/Maryland/West Virginia
22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota/Wisconsin
23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

You can grab a copy of November’s National Geographic to read more about the world’s happiest places.

The cover of Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones of Happiness and the cover of November 2017’s National Geographic.
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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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