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You Can't Miss Friday's Best Amazon Deals

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October 7.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS

Spy Gadget Hidden Camera, Spy Camera Pen & 720p HD Video Camera Recorder DVR - Record in 1280x720 HD Video Resolution - 8GB SD Card Included for $39.99 (list price $44.99)

Car Mount TechMatte MagGrip CD Slot Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder for Smartphones including iPhone 7, 6, 6S, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge - Black for $8.79 (list price $19.99)

RAVPower 22000mAh 5.8A Output 3-Pord External Battery Pack/Charger for $31.99 (list price $99.99)

Lexar Professional 633x 64GB SDXC UHS-I Card w/Image Rescue 5 Software - LSD64GCB1NL633 for $19.99 (list price $21.99)

DeKaSi Accessories Action Kit for Gopro HERO 5/4/3/SJ4000/SJ5000/SJ6000 (55-IN-1) for $28.00 (list price $82.00)

Circuit Maze Board Game for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

ZeroLemon ToughJuice USB-C/Type-C 30000mAh Dual Layer Rugged External Battery/Portable Charger (USB-C/Type-C Port + QuickCharge 2.0) for Apple MacBook, Pixel C, Samsung & more for $79.99 (list price $199.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, TaoTronics Wireless In-Ear Earbuds Sports Earphones (Secure Ear Hooks Design, 8 Hours Play Time) [Upgraded Version]  for $24.99 (list price $59.99)

Mini Pong - Bring The Party Anywhere Game for $29.07 (list price $39.99)

Verbatim USB 3.0 Universal Card Reader, Black 97706 for $13.49 (list price $19.58)

iXCC 3400mAH Power Bank - Mini Portable External Battery Charger for Apple iPhone, iPod, Samsung, HTC One, Fire Phone, Google Nexus and More - Black for $10.99 (list price $21.99)

GreatShield LCD Touch Screen Cleaning Kit with Microfiber Cloth, Brush, Cleaner Wipes Spray Solution for Laptops, PC monitors, Smartphones, Tablets, iPhone, iPad, LED, TVs, DSLR Cameras, Camcorders for $5.99 (list price $7.99)

Aukey 20000mAh Universal Portable External Power Bank with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 - Black for $34.99 (list price $43.99)

Aonsen 2pcs 6ft 10ft Lightning Cable,Extra Long,Nylon Braided,Charging and 8 Pin iPhone Cord for iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5/5c/5s,iPad 4(Gold) for $10.85 (list price $20.99)

BONAZZA Universal World AC Travel Adapter Kit 4 USB Ports Travel Charger Wall USB Power Adapter for iPhone USB Devices International Plug Adapter UK/US/AU/Europe Over 150 Countrie - Surge Protection for $24.95 (list price $54.95)

Aukey CC-S1 4.8A Dual Port USB Car Charger - Black for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

Bluetooth Headset, Q26 Mini Invisible Earpiece In Ear V4.1 Wireless Bluetooth Car Headset Headphone Earbud Earphone with Microphone Hands Free Calls for iPhone Samsung LG HTC Motorola iPad (Black) for $16.89 (list price $18.99)

Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Portable Charger, Ultra Slim External Battery with iPhone battery technology and Fast-Charging PowerIQ, Pocket Friendly Power Bank, Perfectly designed for iPhone for $17.99 (list price $49.99)

Anker 50W/10A 5-Port USB Car Charger PowerDrive 5 for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/mini 3, Galaxy s6/s6 edge and More for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

HooToo 9-Port 60 Watts USB 3.0 Hub with 2 Smart Charging Ports and 7 Data Transfer Ports for iPhone, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad, PC and More for $33.99 (list price $49.99)

Lumsing Ultrathin Portable 2-Port USB Charger 8000mAh Premium External Battery Pack & Power Bank with Smart Charge for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, and Android Smart Devices (Black) for $13.69 (list price $17.99)

iPhone 7 Plus Screen Protector, Trianium(2 Pack) Soft Fiber Glass Film iPhone 7 Plus &iPhone 6/6s Plus Screen Protectors 0.2mm [3D Touch Compatible]Work with Most Protective Case for $7.95 (list price $19.99)

[Upgraded] Anker 24W Dual USB Wall Charger PowerPort 2 (with 2 Ports and Foldable Plug) for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Galaxy S7 / S6 / S6 Edge / Edge+, Note 5 & More for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Pet Nail Grinder , Petist Professional Electric Pet Nail Trimmer/ Clippers/ File with 3 Different Gentle Filing Wheel for Dogs and Cats / Premium Gentle Paws Pet Nail Grooming Tool Kit for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

iClever Mini Universal In-Car Wireless FM Transmitter, Stream Music for Car Stereo System, Grey for $9.99 (list price $45.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Headphones Stereo Sports Earbuds - Sweatproof In-Ear Headsets (aptX, CVC 6.0 Noise-Cancelling) for $25.49 (list price $59.99)

Citizen Men's BM8240-03E Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Band for $87.28 (list price $175.00)

Men's Sport Watch by CIVO Multifunctional Military Waterproof Big Numbers Digital Casual Business Watch for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

KITCHEN

Microwave Bacon Cooker - The Original Makin' Bacon Microwave Bacon Rack - Reduces Fat up to 35% for $11.99 (list price $14.95)

Meal Prep Haven 7 Piece Multi-Colored, Color Coded Portion Control Container Kit with Guide, Leak Proof, BPA Free, 21 Day Planner for $6.85 (list price $24.95)

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart 1000-Watt for $89.91 (list price $99.95)

Danby DAR017A2BDD Compact All Refrigerator, 1.7 Cubic Feet, Black for $99.00 (list price $129.00)

Yeti Rambler Tumbler Stainless Steel, 30 oz for $32.88 (list price $69.95)

RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler for $13.76 (list price $59.95)

New Star Foodservice 46878 Commercial Citrus Juicer, Enameled Black for $65.95 (list price $75.95)

Waiters Corkscrew By iXCC, Handle Wine Corkscrew Made of Rosewood and Stainless Steel - All in One Wine Bottle Opener and Foil Cutter for $9.97 (list price $24.99)

Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75A for $64.99 (list price $72.95)

Shun DM0702 Classic 7-Inch Santoku Knife for $99.95 (list price $119.95)

Medelco 12-Cup Glass Stovetop Whistling Kettle for $9.88 (list price $24.99)

Lodge L5WS3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Wonder Skillet, 5-inch for $9.97 (list price $19.99)

Lodge L8DD3 Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover, 5-Quart for $38.99 (list price $64.00)

Tovolo Better Batter Tool - Chili Pepper for $10.65 (list price $12.00)

Anchor Hocking 11-Cup Rectangular Food Storage Containers with Green TrueSeal Airtight Lids, Set of 2 for $18.69 (list price $23.99)

New Star 50943 Commercial Grade Seamless Aluminum Pizza Screen, 10-Inch, Set of 6 for $15.95 (list price $23.41)

Anchor Hocking 64-Ounce Mini Montana Jars with Brushed Aluminium Metal Lids, Set of 2 for $29.42 (list price $40.38)

Hiware Good Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser & Lid, Borosilicate Glass Teapots Stovetop Safe, 27 Ounce / 800 ml, Clear for $14.99  (list price $25.00)

Best Rated Checkered Chef Stainless Steel Rolling Pin, French Style Straight Rod, Metal Rolling Pin for Bakers. Dishwasher Safe. for $11.95 (list price $19.95)

Holstein Housewares HH-0937012SS Omelet Maker - Black for $29.99

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Gray, Cranberry Red Handles for $120.65 (list price $360.00)

Elkay EZS8L ADA Compliant Barrier Free Water Cooler, 8 Gallons Per Hour for $390.99 (list price $819.00)

J.A. Henckels International Statement 15 piece Knife Set with Block for $115.91 (list price $129.99)

Jamie Oliver Basting Brush for $7.89 (list price $9.99)

Tovolo Easy Reach Baster for $14.50 (list price $20.00)

Pyrex Easy Grab 2-Quart Casserole Glass Bakeware Dish with Glass Lid for $12.39 (list price $17.16)

Wilton Recipe Right 3 Piece Cookie Pan Set for $9.99 (list price $13.49)

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set. Stainless Steel Mincer and Silicone Tube Roller for $17.97 (list price $49.99)

OXO SoftWorks Can Opener for $13.79 (list price $17.39)

HOME

Dyson AM07 Air Multiplier Tower Fan (Certified Refurbished) for $149.99 (list price $399.99)

WBM Himalayan Glow Hand Carved Natural Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamp With Genuine Neem Wood Base, Bulb And Dimmer Control.8 to 9 Inch, 8 to 11 lbs. for $21.75 (list price $39.95)

Dyson AM06 Air Multiplier 10-Inch Table Fan - Black (Certified Refurbished) for $119.99 (list price $299.99)


Buff Pro Multi-Surface Microfiber Towel - 12 Pack | Premium Microfiber | Clean, Dust, Polish, Absorb | Large 16"x16" for $14.98 (list price $19.98)

B&C Homegoods Woven Espresso Seagrass Waste Bin, Waste Paper Basket for Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom or Office - Woven Trash Can - Versatile wastebasket for garbage and rubbish for $21.99 (list price $39.99)

Simplicity Super Soft Warm Plaid Patterned Polar Fleece Blanket Throw 50" x 60" for $16.99 (list price $19.99)

Perfect Cloud Full 8-Inch Memory Foam Mattress for $299.99 (list price $749.99)

Hoover Commercial CH53010 TaskVac Bagless Lightweight Upright Vacuum, 13-Inch for $152.23 (list price $299.99)

Luxury Hotel & Spa Bath Towel 100% Genuine Turkish Cotton, 27" x 54" ,Set of 4,White for $39.85 (list price $69.99)

Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner , Dual-Wave Heavy Duty Cleaning, Large Tank, Digital Timer, for Eyeglasses, Watches, Rings, Necklaces, Coins, Razors, Dentures, Tools, Parts (UC71) for $39.99 (list price $49.99)

Evercare Large Fabric Shaver for $7.86 (list price $8.99)

Tide PODS Ocean Mist HE Turbo Laundry Detergent Pacs 57-load Tub for $12.32 after on-screen coupon (list price $18.74)

Black+Decker HNV220BCZ22FF Compact Lithium Hand Vac 2Ah Kit - Cobalt Blue - Cordless for $25.99 (list price $29.99)

The Original GORILLA GRIP Non-Slip Bath and Shower Mat Featuring Powerful Gripping Technology, Machine Washable, Fits Any Size Bath Tub (Clear: Rectangle 35" x 16") for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

VDOMUS Non-slip Microfiber Bath Mat Bathroom Mats Shower Rugs, 20"32" Gray for $13.89 (list price $39.99)

AmazonBasics Wood Suit Hangers - 16-Pack, Maple for $7.03 (list price $20.49)

Black & Decker IR03V Easy Steam Iron, White/Blue for $14.59 (list price $28.38)

Royal Stainless Steel Paper Towel Dispenser with Weighted Base for $20.95 (list price $34.99)

MopDash Space Saving "Extreme" Spin Mop and Bucket, No Foot Pedal Needed. With Extra Mop-Head and Scrub Brush Included. (Plastic) for $32.99 (list price $59.99)

Griffith Bronze Table Lamps and Floor Lamp Set of 3 for $67.95 (list price $79.99)

Royal Kitchen Towels, 12 Pack - 100% Soft Microfiber with Pearl Woven Design -14" x 25" - Great for Cooking in Kitchen, Household Cleaning, Bathroom and Garage for $9.97 (list price $29.99)

Set of 2, Quilted White Goose Feather and Down Pillow, Quatrefoil Print, Standard/Queen Size for $38.99 (list price $99.99)

Vintage Distressed Wood Breakfast Coffee Table Tray / Office Desktop File, Mail, Document Holder -MyGift for $19.99 (list price $36.99)

Queen Size 3 Inch Thick, 4 Pound Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper. Made in the USA for $116.78 (list price $759.99)

Whitmor 50 Pair Rolling Shoe Rack, Chrome for $43.33 (list price $129.99)

AmazonBasics Microfiber Sheet Set - Twin Extra-Long, Gingham Plaid for $3.59 (list price $13.99)

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum, (Certified Refurbished) - Corded for $226.09 (list price $689.99)

Etronic 3D Dancing Flame Flickering Flameless Battery Powered LED Pillar Candle, 3" x 5", Ivory for $8.99 (list price $22.99)

Sunbeam TSM8US-R608-25B00 Microplush Heated Throw, Olive for $33.25 (list price $69.99)

AmazonBasics Lightweight 200 Thread Count Sheet Set - Queen, White for $11.10 (list price $24.99)

Sauder Original Cottage Coffee Table, Rainwater Finish for $65.99 (list price $79.99)

Furinno 11179EX Simple Design Coffee Table, Espresso for $24.88 (list price $33.86)

iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $299.99 (list price $374.99)

URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser,100ml Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby for $16.95 (list price $49.99)

DampRid FG60 Refillable Moisture Absorber, 2-Pack for $4.53 (list price $6.99)

GermGuardian AC4825, 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction, 22-Inch for $96.00 (list price $149.99)

Hibate Premium Rubber Door Stops w/ Wedge Stopper Storage Holder - Set of 2 for $7.99 (list price $14.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream, 3.4 oz., Jar, (Pack of 2) for $10.79 (list price $11.99)

Pure Body Naturals Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask for Facial Treatment, 250g / 8.8 fl.oz for $14.95 (list price $29.95)

Vitamin C Serum for Face - 2 fl. oz - 20% organic Vit C + E + Hyaluronic Acid - Professional Facial Skin Care Formula that helps Repair Sun Damage and Fade Age Spots - Radha Beauty for $15.95 (list price $49.99)

Retinol Moisturizer Cream for Face - With Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, vitamin e and Green Tea. Best Night and Day Moisturizing Cream 1.7 Fl. Oz. for $49.99 (list price $17.03)

Dove Body Wash, Sensitive Skin Pump 34 Ounce for $7.62 (list price $12.09)

Biotin (High Potency) 5000mcg Per Veggie Softgel; Enhanced with Coconut Oil for better absorption; Supports Hair Growth, Glowing Skin and Strong Nails; 120 Mini-Veggie Softgels; Made In USA. for $14.95 (list price $29.95)

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, 12 Ounce for $8.89 (list price $16.25)

Sundown Vitamin E Oil 70000 IU, 2.5 fl oz for $5.98 (list price $8.99)

Aria Starr Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask For Face, Acne, Oily Skin & Blackheads - Best Facial Pore Minimizer, Reducer & Pores Cleanser Treatment - 100% Natural For Younger Looking Skin 8.8oz for $14.95 (list price $58.95)

Eye Cream for Puffiness, Dark Circles, Wrinkles & Bags - The most effective eye gel for every eye concern - All Natural Ingredients - .5 fl oz for $15.95 (list price $59.99)

Cetaphil Restoraderm Eczema Calming Body Moisturizer, 10-Fluid Ounces (Packaging May Vary) for $11.39 (list price $15.99)

St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish and Blackhead Control Scrub, Apricot, 6 Ounce for $3.68 (list price $4.99)

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing 2 Pounds for $13.99 (list price $17.99)

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen, 1 Fl. Oz for $16.32 (list price $19.99)

Art Naturals Enhanced Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid 1 Oz - Top Anti Wrinkle, Anti Aging & Repairs Dark Circles, Fades age spots & Sun Damage - 20% Vitamin C Super Strength - Organic ingredients for $15.00 (list price $15.00)

Amara Organics Aloe Vera Gel from Organic Cold Pressed Aloe, 8 fl. oz. for $15.95 (list price $24.99)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, 5 Oz for $4.80 (list price $7.69)

Aria Starr Beauty ORGANIC Argan Oil For Hair, Skin, Face, Nails, Beard & Cuticles - Best 100% Pure Moroccan Anti Aging, Anti Wrinkle Beauty Secret, EcoCert Certified Cold Pressed Moisturizer 1oz for $9.95 (list price $39.95)

Eltamd MD Skincare UV Daily SPF 40 Broad-Spectrum SPF 40, Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen, 48-Gram 1.7 Ounce for $15.78 (list price $25.00)

Puracy Natural Body Wash - Sulfate-Free - The BEST Shower Gel & Daily Cleanser - Citrus & Sea Salt - 16 ounce (Pack of 2) for $20.99 (list price $35.97)

Dove Purely Pampering Beauty Bar, Coconut Milk 4 Ounce, 6 Bar for $6.88 (list price $10.59)

Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser - Anti-Aging + Acne Face Wash With AHA Power For Wrinkles, Lines & Spots Reduction - Natural Blend of Best Rosehip & Tea Tree Oils + Jojoba Beads For a Deep Clean for $17.99 (list price $35.99)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, 16 Ounce for $8.09 (list price $15.99)

EFINNY Blackhead Remover Cream Deep Clean Purifying Peel Acne Black Mud Face Mask for $4.99 (list price $15.99)

Rose Water - 100% Organic Natural Moroccan Rosewater (Chemical Free) - 4 oz for $13.97 (list price $29.97)

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ 4.2 fl oz with Pump for $25.79 (list price $35.00)

Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Mandarin, On-The-Go, 20 count reseal pack (Pack of 4) for $6.00 (list price $12.24)

Art Naturals Aloe Vera Gel for Face, Hair & Body - Certified Organic, 100% Pure Natural & Cold Pressed 12 Oz - For Sun Burn, Eczema, Bug or Insect Bites, Dry Damaged Aging skin, Razor Bumps and Acne for $24.95 (list price $20.00)

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes for Sensitive Skin, 30 Count for $5.09 (list price $5.99)

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash, Pistachio Cream with Magnolia 22 oz for $5.44 (list price $8.89)

Hyperbiotics PRO-15 Probiotics: 60 Once Daily Time Release Pearls - 15x More Effective than Capsules with Patented Delivery Technology - Easy to Swallow - Promotes Digestive Health for $34.95 (list price $49.99)

Garcinia Cambogia *** 100% Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract with HCA, Extra Strength, 180 Capsules, Made in the USA. New and Improved Formula Pharmaceutical Grade for $19.99 (list price $105.20)

Optimum Nutrition Creatine Powder, Unflavored, 600g for $14.43 (list price $27.99)

Vitafusion Women's Gummy Vitamins, Natural Berry Flavors, 150 Count for $9.79 (list price $12.99)

Jarrow Formulas Methylcobalamin (Methyl B12), Supports Brain Cells, 5000 mcg, 60 Lozenges for $14.43 (list price $29.95)

NatureWise CLA 1250, Highest Potency Non-GMO Exercise Enhancement Supplement, 180 count for $19.99 (list price $38.95)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Colby Brushed Nickel Desk Lamp with Outlet and USB Port for $79.95 (list price $99.99)

Tanmit Colored Glitter Gel Pens Art Set for Adults Coloring Book - 60 Assorted Colors Pen Office Set Great for Sketching,Drawing,Calligraphy,Writing (0.8-1.0 mm) for $10.99 (list price $50.00)

Hammermill Paper, Premium Multi-Purpose Poly Wrap, 24 lb, 8.5 x 11, Letter, 97 Bright, 2500 Sheets / 5 Ream Case (105810C) Made In The USA for $24.62 (list price $80.99)

Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers Medium Assorted 2 Pack for $5.13 (list price $7.47)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Broad, Chisel Tip, 8-Pack, Assorted 2015 Colors (1927322) for $9.61 (list price $12.57)

SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish 2-3-4 Thread Serger With Machine Intro DVD for $154.99 (list price $179.99)

Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Gold, 12-Count for $12.23 (list price $13.62)

SINGER One Easy-to-Use Computerized Sewing Machine for $168.27 (list price $229.00)

ACCO Rubber Band Ball, 275 Bands Per Ball, Assorted Colors, 1/Box (72155) for $5.00 (list price $8.32)

Blue Sky 2017 Weekly & Monthly Planner, Wire-O Binding, 5" x 8", Endless Summer (19576) for $7.28

Prismacolor Premier NuPastel Firm Pastel Color Sticks, 96-Count for $88.03 (list price $109.00)

Squirrel Products 60 Gel Pen Set with Carrying Case for $12.99 (list price $16.99)

Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 x 3-Inches, Mediterranean Blue, 5-Pads/Pack (654-5SSBW) for $6.31 (list price $7.59)

uni-ball Vision Stick Needle Rollerball Pens, Micro Point, Black Ink, 5 Count for $11.24 (list price $12.49)

Derwent Pencil Extender Set, Silver and Black, For Pencils up to 8mm, 2 Pack (2300124) for $10.25 (list price $12.99)

SUDEE STILE 120 Unique Colors Pack (No Duplicates) Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case for $21.99 (list price $87.96)

Sharpie 1792910 Brush Tip Fabric Marker, Assorted Colors, 5-Pack for $7.99 (list price $13.61)

Slime 1050 Rubber Cement - 8 oz. for $4.49 (list price $7.49)

Westcott Wood Yardstick, 36" for $2.09 (list price $3.65)

Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator for $104.98 (list price $150.00)

Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Fashion Colors, 8-Count for $5.37 (list price $7.16)

Swingline Thermal Laminator, Inspire Plus, 9" Max Width, Quick Warm-Up, Includes Laminating Pouches, White/Pink (1701865ECR) for $17.21 (list price $29.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Gemmy Halloween Airblown Inflatable Wide Kaleidoscope Lightshow Spider, 8-Feet, Black/White for $79.99 (list price $89.99)

Gemmy Imports 23623 8' Halloween Airblown Inflatable Cat Lawn Decoration for $88.30 (list price $94.99)

GreenWorks BA40L210 G-MAX 40V 115MPH - 430 CFM Cordless Brushless Blower, 2Ah Battery and Charger Included for $119.00 (list price $169.99)

Fiskars 30 Gallon Kangaroo Gardening Bag (94056949) for $15.56 (list price $24.99)

GreenWorks Pro GBL80300 80V 125MPH - 500CFM Cordless Blower, 2Ah Battery and Charger Included for $186.00 (list price $249.00)

InnoGear Solar Gutter Lights with Mounting Pole Outdoor Motion Sensor Detector Light Wall Sconces for $21.99 (list price $40.99)

Famili OT008 Wireless Remote Digital Kitchen Food Meat Cooking Electronic Thermometer Dual Probe for BBQ, Oven, Grill, and Smoker with Timer/Alarm for $42.48 (list price $69.98)

Gardenhome Hand Leaf Rakes, Large Size Rakes (One Pair) for $9.99 (list price $13.99)

Midland GXT1050VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Camo) for $57.99 (list price $71.99)

Ergodyne N-Ferno 6823 Wind-Resistant Hinged Balaclava, Black for $12.43 (list price $19.04)

Suncast CPLPTW175 Slide Trak Hose Hideaway, 175-Feet, Mocha Brown for $40.49 (list price $69.99)

Raku 2 Person Portable Outdoor Traveling Camping Parachute Nylon Fabric Hammock (green) for $15.99 (list price $33.99)

Camping Cookware Mess Kit Backpacking Gear & Hiking Outdoors Bug Out Bag Cooking Equipment 10 Piece Cookset | Lightweight, Compact, & Durable Pot Pan Bowls - Free Folding Spork, Nylon Bag, & Ebook for $21.95 (list price $69.95)

Hudson 2100 Hose End 26 oz Sprayer for $8.56 (list price $13.99)

goDog Puppy Tough Ball Pig Dog Toy with Chew Guard Technology for $10.08 (list price $12.60)

AusKit Twist Ties, Reusable Gear Ties 18Pcs (Diameter-5mm , 6 Inch and 12 Inch) Assorted Colors Black, Green, Orange, Red for $14.99 (list price $45.99)

HAKE Outdoor Inflatable Hangout Portable Bag Lounger Nylon Fabric Suitable For Camping Beach Couch Sofa (Pink) for $29.90 (list price $69.90)

OUTXPRO 6 Pack Mosquito Repellent Bracelet - Micorfiber No Plastic No Deet Adjustable Waterproof Wristband For Kids, Men and Women Repells Mosquitoes, Flies, Bed Bugs and More for $12.90 (list price $23.95)

2XFaster Razor Tooth Folding Saw Pruning Tool Slices through 10" Thick Branches in Seconds. Professional Grade, 3 Angle Sharpened Hard Chrome Plated High Carbon Steel Pruning Blades, Anti-Slip Handle for $14.99 (list price $16.99)

Petmate Metal Litter Scoop for $9.34 (list price $14.99)

Arm & Hammer Double Duty Litter, 40 Lbs for $13.31 (list price $27.99)

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Pacific Stream Canine Formula with Smoked Salmon, 30-Pound Bag for $43.99 (list price $62.99)

Camping Towel Quick Dry - Extra Small, Big, Large Absorbing Lightweight Microfiber Camp Towel Set for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

VicTsing 200 Lumens Solar Powered LED Landscape, 180° Adjustable Waterproof Outdoor Spotlight for Driveway, Yard, Lawn, Pathway, Garden (2-Pack) for $24.99 (list price $39.99)

Premium Self Inflating Sleeping Pad by TNH Outdoors ✦ Thick Foam Padding ✦ Great For Camping and Backpacking ✦ for $29.70 (list price $55.00)

Etekcity Upgraded Portable Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern, 4400mah USB Power Bank (Black) for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

GreenWorks STBA40B210 G-MAX 40V Cordless String Trimmer and Blower Combo Pack for $139.00 (list price $159.99)

ELECTRONICS

Poweradd 3-Outlet Power Strip 5ft Extension Cord with 3 Smart USB Ports for iPhone 4s/5s/6s/7/Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 3/4/5, HTC and More for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (ME918LL/A) for $178.99 (list price $199.00)

ViewSonic PJD5155 SVGA HDMI DLP, 3300 Lumens Projector for $299.99 (list price $346.49)

Safemore 10-Outlet 4-USB Surge Protector Power Strip Power Socket Strip 6.5ft Cord (Black) for $36.99 (list price $79.99)

1byone Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna for UHF / VHF / FM with Stand, 40 Miles Range with Detachable 20dB Amplifier USB Power Supply, 10 Feet High Performance Cable for $23.99 (list price $56.99)

iSmartAlarm iSA5 Deluxe Package, White for $195.34 (list price $249.95)

D-Link Wireless AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (DIR-880L) for $129.99 (list price $179.99)

Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet, 8.9" HDX Display, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, 64 GB - Includes Special Offers for $479.99 (list price $579.99)

Amazon Fire TV + HD Antenna Bundle for $109.99 (list price $131.47)

Singtrix Party Bundle Premium Edition Home Karaoke System - #SGTX1 for $265.50 (list price $349.99)

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Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning
May 21, 2017
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Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high."

Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this work by hand, the problem is enormous—just the kind of challenge for a computer. Mattheij writes:

There are 38000+ shapes and there are 100+ possible shades of color (you can roughly tell how old someone is by asking them what lego colors they remember from their youth).

In the following months, Mattheij built a proof-of-concept sorting system using, of course, LEGO. He broke the problem down into a series of sub-problems (including "feeding LEGO reliably from a hopper is surprisingly hard," one of those facts of nature that will stymie even the best system design). After tinkering with the prototype at length, he expanded the system to a surprisingly complex system of conveyer belts (powered by a home treadmill), various pieces of cabinetry, and "copious quantities of crazy glue."

Here's a video showing the current system running at low speed:

The key part of the system was running the bricks past a camera paired with a computer running a neural net-based image classifier. That allows the computer (when sufficiently trained on brick images) to recognize bricks and thus categorize them by color, shape, or other parameters. Remember that as bricks pass by, they can be in any orientation, can be dirty, can even be stuck to other pieces. So having a flexible software system is key to recognizing—in a fraction of a second—what a given brick is, in order to sort it out. When a match is found, a jet of compressed air pops the piece off the conveyer belt and into a waiting bin.

After much experimentation, Mattheij rewrote the software (several times in fact) to accomplish a variety of basic tasks. At its core, the system takes images from a webcam and feeds them to a neural network to do the classification. Of course, the neural net needs to be "trained" by showing it lots of images, and telling it what those images represent. Mattheij's breakthrough was allowing the machine to effectively train itself, with guidance: Running pieces through allows the system to take its own photos, make a guess, and build on that guess. As long as Mattheij corrects the incorrect guesses, he ends up with a decent (and self-reinforcing) corpus of training data. As the machine continues running, it can rack up more training, allowing it to recognize a broad variety of pieces on the fly.

Here's another video, focusing on how the pieces move on conveyer belts (running at slow speed so puny humans can follow). You can also see the air jets in action:

In an email interview, Mattheij told Mental Floss that the system currently sorts LEGO bricks into more than 50 categories. It can also be run in a color-sorting mode to bin the parts across 12 color groups. (Thus at present you'd likely do a two-pass sort on the bricks: once for shape, then a separate pass for color.) He continues to refine the system, with a focus on making its recognition abilities faster. At some point down the line, he plans to make the software portion open source. You're on your own as far as building conveyer belts, bins, and so forth.

Check out Mattheij's writeup in two parts for more information. It starts with an overview of the story, followed up with a deep dive on the software. He's also tweeting about the project (among other things). And if you look around a bit, you'll find bulk LEGO brick auctions online—it's definitely a thing!

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What Happened to Jamie and Aurelia From Love Actually?
May 26, 2017
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Fans of the romantic-comedy Love Actually recently got a bonus reunion in the form of Red Nose Day Actually, a short charity special that gave audiences a peek at where their favorite characters ended up almost 15 years later.

One of the most improbable pairings from the original film was between Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz), who fell in love despite almost no shared vocabulary. Jamie is English, and Aurelia is Portuguese, and they know just enough of each other’s native tongues for Jamie to propose and Aurelia to accept.

A decade and a half on, they have both improved their knowledge of each other’s languages—if not perfectly, in Jamie’s case. But apparently, their love is much stronger than his grasp on Portuguese grammar, because they’ve got three bilingual kids and another on the way. (And still enjoy having important romantic moments in the car.)

In 2015, Love Actually script editor Emma Freud revealed via Twitter what happened between Karen and Harry (Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, who passed away last year). Most of the other couples get happy endings in the short—even if Hugh Grant's character hasn't gotten any better at dancing.

[h/t TV Guide]

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