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Grab Thursday's Amazon Deals While You Can

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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, January 5.

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, TOYS, AND MEDIA

8000mAh Power Bank Portable Charger, iXCC Aluminum High Speed Compact External Battery Pack Charger for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More - Pink for $17.99 (list price $26.99)

AUKEY Bluetooth FM Transmitter, Wireless Car Kit with Dual Port Car Charger for Mobile Audio Devices for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Transcend 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter up to 60MB/s (TS64GUSDU1PE) for $19.99 (list price $21.49)

Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter (MB-MP32DA/AM) for $12.00 (list price $37.99)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 13.0, English for $29.99 (list price $99.99)

Merope 20000mAh Power Bank for Smartphones - Black for $26.99 (list price $158.99)

Catan 5th Edition for $34.45 (list price $48.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds Stereo Earphones, Secure Fit for Sports with Built-in Mic [Upgraded Version] for $37.99 

BESTEK 150W Power Inverter with 3.1A Dual USB Charging Ports for $19.99 (list price $35.99)

Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker : Louder Volume 10W+, More Bass, Water Resistant, Perfect Speaker for Golf, Beach, Shower & Home (Black) for $27.99 (list price $99.99)

Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit for Cars with Aux Input Jack (3.5 mm) - Supports AptX for $39.99 (list price $64.99)

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game (31 pcs) for $10.99 (list price $16.99)

Anker 60W 10-Port USB Wall Charger, PowerPort 10 for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $33.59 (list price $99.99)

Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger (External Battery Power Bank) with High-Speed Charging PowerIQ Technology (Black) for $15.99 (list price $49.99)

52 Top Quality Metal Collar Stays (Mixed Sizes) in a Divided Box for $14.95 (list price $39.95)

AUKEY Lightning Cable, 3.95ft Nylon Braided [Apple MFi Certified] for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6S, 6 Plus, iPad Pro and More for $9.99 (list price $13.99)

Car Mount, TechMatte MagGrip Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder for Smartphones including iPhone 7, 6, 6S, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge- Black (2 Pack) for $9.99 (list price $49.99)

RAVPower Portable Charger 22000mAh 5.8A Output 3-Port Power Bank USB Battery Pack (2.4A Input, Triple iSmart 2.0 USB Ports, Li-polymer Battery) External Battery For Smartphones Tablets more- Black for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

Anker PowerCore 5000, Ultra-Compact 5000mAh External Battery with Fast-Charging Technology, Power Bank for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and more for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Rubik's Cube Game for $7.99 (list price $8.99)

Jenga Classic Game for $7.47 (list price $8.79)

CardNinja Ultra-slim Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet for Smartphones, Black for $7.90 (list price $12.99)

Tribe AB37 Water Resistant Sports Armband with Key Holder for iPhone 6, 6S (4.7-Inch), Galaxy S3/S4, iPhone SE, 5/5C/5S, Bundle with Screen Protector for $9.98 (list price $29.99)

Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit for $17.59 (list price $34.99)

TREBLAB XR500 Bluetooth Headphones, Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds, Waterproof Sports Running Earphones, Secure-Fit Headset w/ Mic for $49.97 (list price $179.99)

Tenergy Bluetooth Beanie with Pom-Pom (Red) for $17.50 (list price $24.95)

LEGO Star Wars Poe's X-Wing Fighter 75102 Building Kit for $62.00 (list price $79.99)

Polaroid 2x3 inch Premium ZINK Photo Paper QUINTUPLE PACK (50 Sheets) - Compatible With Polaroid Snap, Snap Touch, Z2300, SocialMatic Instant Cameras & Zip Instant Printer for $24.99 (list price $34.60)

Wilist 2 Pack Short and Long Nylon Braided Apple Lightning Cable Lightning 8 Pin to USB A Adapter Data Sync Charging Cord Support Quick Charge 3.0 or 2.0 Charger for iPhone iPad iPod 9inch + 3ft Gold for $8.99 (list price $20.99)

iPhone 7 Bluetooth Headphones, TechMatte Bluetooth Earbud Headphones for Apple iPhone 7, 6S, 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge (Black) for $16.99 (list price $59.99)

LEGO Kids' 9005718 DC Super Heroes Batman Mini-Figure Light Up Alarm Clock for $24.99 (list price $29.99)

Seiko Men's SNN241 Stainless Steel Watch with Brown Leather Band for $85.98 (list price $205.00)

Stuhrling Original Men's 387.33112 Delphi Automatic Skeleton Stainless Steel Watch for $148.00 (list price $445.00)

Citizen Men's AN3394-59L Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch for $107.96 (list price $139.99)

KITCHEN

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker for $25.98 (list price $33.98)

Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 5-Piece Baking Pan Set, Gray for $17.69 (list price $29.99)

Grayline 457101, 6 Piece Cabinet organizer Set, White for $16.23 (list price $23.99)

Old Dutch 16-Ounce Solid Copper Moscow Mule Mug, Set of 4 for $51.02 (list price $136.99)

Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, Black for $429.98 (list price $549.99)

Vitamix Eastman Tritan Copolyester Soft-Grip 64-Ounce Container with Wet Blade and Lid for $99.47 (list price $140.93)

ExcelSteel Stainless Steel Colanders, Set of 3 for $19.20 (list price $28.00)

Neat-O Over the Cabinet Cutting Board Bakeware Storage Organizer Holder for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Petite Oval Au Gratin Dish, Caribbean for $15.95 (list price $25.00)

Anchor Hocking 3-Piece Glass Cracker Jar Canister Set for $21.04 (list price $34.98)

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black for $69.99 (list price $119.99)

Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board - 18x12 Thick Strong Bamboo Wood Cutting Board with Drip Groove by Premium Bamboo for $19.74 (list price $34.74)

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set. Stainless Steel Mincer and Silicone Tube Roller for $19.97 (list price $24.97)

Clever Cutter 2-in-1 Food Chopper - Replace your Kitchen Knives and Cutting Boards for $14.00 (list price $19.99)

Salton DH1454 Collapsible Dehydrator for $33.79 (list price $41.75)

Tovolo Collapsible Microwave Cover for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

Vidalia Chop Wizard for $19.49 (list price $25.95)

Wilton Perfect Results 8-Inch Square Cake Pan for $5.18 (list price $6.75)

Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, FFP for $19.99 (list price $47.23)

Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven, Metallic (31334) for $32.87 (list price $49.99)

The Original Danish Dough Whisk - LARGE 13.5" Stainless Steel Dutch Style bread dough whisk for $9.99 (list price $15.99)

di Oro Living Silicone Spatula Set - 3-piece 600ºF Heat-Resistant Baking Spoon & Spatulas for $19.97 (list price $39.95)

Cuisinart Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers for $10.17 (list price $22.00)

Anova Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen, 900 Watts for $169.00 (list price $199.00)

Lodge ASMMT Silicone Magnet Trivet, 5.75 inches, Black for $8.44 (list price $9.95)

BLACK+DECKER RC506 6-Cup Cooked/3-Cup Uncooked Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White for $14.59 (list price $19.99)

AirBake Natural Cookie Sheet, 20 x 15.5 in for $8.19 (list price $9.59)

Fiery Phoenix Series 6 inch Chopping Knife Meat Cleaver , German Steel with Comfortable and Well Balance Pakkawood Wood Handle for $38.95 (list price $47.00)

Betty Crocker 3-tier Cooling Rack for $17.91 (list price $19.99)

Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder, Black for $87.89 (list price $120.00)

Fruit & Tea Infusion Pitcher - FREE Beverage Infused Recipe Ebook - Water & tea infuser jug includes 3 infusers for fruit, tea and ice to enhance the flavor of water for $26.99 (list price $62.99)

Friis 16-Ounce Coffee Vault, Stainless Steel for $18.77 (list price $24.99)

Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife in Clamshell Packaging for $34.95 (list price $54.00)

Calphalon Contemporary Self-Sharpening 15-piece Knife Block Set with Sharp-In Technology, Black/Silver for $142.07 (list price $219.99)

VonShef 2.3QT (2.2L) Air Fryer 1230W - Black for $82.92 (list price $149.99)

Bodum Pavina Double Wall Glass, 12-Ounce, Set of 2 for $16.93 (list price $27.00)

Thermos ELEMENT5 16 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Backpack Bottle, Charcoal/Lime for $20.81 (list price $24.99)

Pizzacraft 16.5" Round Cordierite Baking/Pizza Stone - For Oven or Grill - PC9898 for $34.63 (list price $42.99)

Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Travel Tumbler, Midnight Blue for $19.96 (list price $27.99)

HOME

Tide PODS Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent Pacs 81-load Tub for $16.99 after on-screen coupon (list price $26.55)

ClosetMaid 78815 Cubeicals 6-Cube Organizer, Espresso for $28.00 (list price $46.99)

Kurt Adler Pre-Lit Point Pine Tree, 7-Feet for $81.81 (list price $174.00)

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - 24 Pack for $11.07 (list price $14.81)

Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner for $115.28 (list price $219.99)

Soft Heat Micro-Plush Top Low-Voltage Electric Heated Queen Mattress Pad, White for $119.37 (list price $154.99)

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501) for $180.18 (list price $299.99)

Andake Inflatable Pillow Suitable as Travel Pillow, Neck pillow, Best Pillow for Supporting Neck while Travelling, Car Driving, Office Napping and Working at Computer-a Great Gift for Friends for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

World's Best Air Soft Microbeads Tube Pillow, Charcoal for $9.99 (list price $11.99)

IRIS 6-Drawer Storage Cart with Organizer Top, Black for $28.64 (list price $54.39)

Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light for $22.83 (list price $44.95)

Whitmor Portable Closet Storage Organizer, Includes 2 Fabric Shelves / Bins, Gray for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

InterDesign Forma Shower Curtain Tension Rod, Brushed Stainless Steel, 50-Inch by 87-Inch for $11.79 (list price $23.00)

Zober Wreath Storage Bag - Tear Resistant Material Storage Bag for Wreath Storage with High Performance Zipper Featuring Transparent Card Slot for Labeling | 30 x 30 x 8 (Green) for $10.99 (list price $19.99)

Zwipes Microfiber Waffle Weave Kitchen Dish Towel (Size: 12" x 25"), Stemware & Bar Cleaning Cloth, 6-Pack, Green for $9.88 (list price $19.99)

California Home Goods Multi-Purpose Boot Mat & Tray for Indoor and Outdoor Floor Protection, 30" x 15" x 1.2" for $18.95 (list price $29.95)

Case New Lightweight Neoprene Auto Trash Bag Sleeve Pouch /Litter Bag/ Car Trash Keeper /Garbage Holder for $7.59 (list price $12.99)

DampRid FG69LV Odor Genie, Lavender Vanilla for $3.84 (list price $4.99)

Malden International Designs Puzzle Collage Picture Frame, 8 Option, 8-4x6, Black for $17.55 (list price $22.99)

Serta Ultra Plush Triple Rib Electric Heated Foot Warmer, Natural for $55.39 (list price $63.69)

O-Cedar Power Corner Large Angle Broom for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

Singer Denim Iron-On Repair Kit, Assorted for $3.29 (list price $4.99)

Mildew Resistant Shower Curtain Water-Repellent & Anti-Bacterial - 72x72 inch - White - by Utopia Bedding (White) for $9.99 (list price $24.49)

Mellanni Bed Sheet Set - Brushed Microfiber 1800 Bedding - Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - Hypoallergenic - 4 Piece (Queen, White) for $19.70 (list price $59.99)

GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer and Odor Reduction, 11-Inch Table Top Tower Air Purifier for $57.99 (list price $89.99)

Nixplay Seed 7 inch WiFi Digital Photo Frame - Black for $85.49 (list price $99.99)

Deluxe Home Hypoallergenic Queen Bamboo Pillow for $9.99 (list price $79.99)

Leachco Back 'N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, Ivory for $64.99 (list price $79.95)

Elf Stor Premium Christmas Tree Poly Large Storage Bag 9' x 4' For 7.5' Trees for $8.95 (list price $19.95)

Lint Shaver by Deneve, Battery Operated Sweater Shaver, Fuzz Shaver, Fabric Shaver, Lint Remover for $7.95 

AcuRite Indoor Humidity Monitor (Pack of 2) for $17.53 (list price $19.99)

Extra Long Bathtub Mat OTHWAY Bathroom Bathmat with Drain Holes White for $10.00 (list price $18.99)

LED Lytes Flameless Candles, Battery Operated Pillar w/Remote Set of 2 Ivory Wax and Amber Yellow Flame for $14.97 (list price $29.99)

Estilo Removable and Washable Microfiber Ceiling and Fan Duster for $10.99 (list price $28.99)

Full Size SureGuard Mattress Protector - 100% Waterproof, Hypoallergenic - Premium Fitted Cotton Terry Cover - 10 Year Warranty for $36.97 (list price $54.95)

VicTsing 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser for Office Home Bedroom Living Room Study Yoga Spa - Wood Grain for $43.99 (list price $79.99)

Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier with LED Display, TaoTronics Ultrasonic Air Humidifiers with 6L, Touch Sensitive LED Display, Air Filter, Separate Essential Oil Container, Low Water Protection, Night Mode for $124.99 (list price $134.99)

Candle by the Hour 80-Hour Vertical Candle, Eco-friendly Natural Beeswax with Cotton Wick for $31.59 (list price $35.00)

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off for $29.86 (list price $35.99)

Hosley White Electric Candle Warmer Large 5.4" . Ideal for aromatherapy, dorm rooms, hotels or any place that you cannot have an open flame for $8.99 (list price $14.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

EAS AdvantEDGE Pure Milk Protein Powder, Milk Chocolate, 1.7lb (Formerly EAS Lean 15) (Packaging May Vary) for $14.44 (list price $23.99)

EAS 100% Whey Ready-to-Drink Protein Shake, Chocolate, 11 fl oz, 12 count for $19.18 (list price $25.99)

EAS Whey + Casein Protein Powder, Vanilla, 2 Pound for $13.59 (list price $17.99)

EAS Myoplex Muscle Armor Powder, Fruit Punch, 1.65 Pound for $19.82 (list price $32.49)

Mustela Delicately-Scented Dermo-Soothing Wipes, 16.60 oz. for $5.49 (list price $8.00)

Radha Beauty Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Oils 100% Pure & Therapeutic grade - Basic Sampler Gift Set & Premium Kit - 6/10 Ml (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint) for $79.99 (list price $79.99)

EmaxDesign 20 Pieces Makeup Brush Set Professional Face Eye Shadow Eyeliner Foundation Blush Lip Makeup Brushes Powder Liquid Cream Cosmetics Blending Brush Tool for $8.99 (list price $29.99)

Colgate Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Max Fresh, Peppermint, 24 Count for $3.99 (list price $7.99)

Q-tips Cotton Swabs, 500 ct for $2.69 (list price $3.61)

Men's Rogaine Foam, Three Month Supply for $37.49 (list price $39.49)

Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer, Wet/Dry for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Baebody Eye Cream for Dark Circles, Puffiness, Wrinkles and Bags - The Most Effective Anti Aging Eye Gel for Under and Around Eyes - 1.7 fl oz for $23.95 (list price $55.00)

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 Ounce Jar for $10.19 (list price $16.89)

Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser, WP-660 for $59.99 (list price $79.99)

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion, 18 Ounce for $7.99 (list price $8.99)

Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun for $75.00 (list price $159.99)

e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set, Clear, 2.02 Ounce for $2.12 (list price $6.00)

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Men's Razor Blade Refills, 8 Count for $28.36 (list price $35.71)

Gillette Venus Embrace Women's Razor Blade Refills, 4 Count for $13.78 (list price $20.49)

Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals for $28.21 (list price $44.99)

Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Shampoo for Hair Regrowth 16 Oz - Sulfate Free - Best Treatment for Hair Loss, Thinning & - Growth Product For Men & Women - Infused with Biotin - 2016 for $21.52 (list price $49.95)

Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, 7 Oz for $12.39 (list price $17.17)

Degree Men Dry Protection 48 Hour Antiperspirant, Cool Rush 2.7 oz (Pack of 6) for $11.91 (list price $21.54)

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, 24 Count for $9.99 (list price $13.99)

O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream, 3.4 oz., Jar for $6.98

Dove Men+Care Body Wash, Extra Fresh 23.5 oz for $5.83 (list price $9.19)

Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, 6.5 Ounces for $9.05

E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer, 0.47 Fluid Ounce for $3.67 (list price $6.00)

Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus Mint Flavor Floss, 40 M (Pack of 2) for $4.95

Majestic Pure Lavender Essential Oil, Therapeutic Grade, 4 fl. Oz for $13.95 (list price $18.50)

BS-MALL(TM) Makeup Brushes Premium Makeup Brush Set Synthetic Kabuki Cosmetics Foundation Blending Blush Eyeliner Face Powder Brush Makeup Brush Kit (10pcs, Golden Black) for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

Kylie Jenner Limited Birthday Edition Kylie Matte liquid Lipstick Set Cosmetics for $18.33 (list price $40.00)

TOP TENG® Deluxe Brushed Stainless Steel Sharpest Nail Clippers Set in Gift Box | Fingernail + Toenail Clippers Set | Perfect Nail Cutter for Men & Women - Makes a Great Gift for $8.99 (list price $35.99)

Slant Tweezers - TweezerGuru Professional Stainless Steel Slant Tip Tweezer - The Best Precision Eyebrow Tweezers For Your Daily Beauty Routine! for $9.97 (list price $15.00)

LuckyFine Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off(#1) for $5.99 (list price $11.98)

Art Naturals Vitamin C Serum 20% w/Hyaluronic Acid & Vit E - Anti Aging & Wrinkle Repairs Dark Circles, Fades Age Spots & Sun Damage - Enhanced Top Vitamin C Super Strength - Organic Ingredients, 1 Oz for $9.95 (list price $24.95)

Cremo Original Shave Cream, Astonishingly Superior Shaving Cream for Men, 6 Fluid Ounce for $4.99 (list price $9.99)

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, 16 Fl. Oz for $12.41 (list price $16.39)

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

Tom's of Maine Anticavity Fluoride Children's Toothpaste, Silly Strawberry, 4.2 Ounce, 3 Count for $7.68 (list price $11.97)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, 5 Oz for $4.04 (list price $7.69)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

uni-ball Air Rollerball Pen, 12-Pack, Black (1927631) for $18.36 (list price $19.99)

DYMO LabelManager 160 Handheld Label Maker (1790415) for $14.99 

Hynes Eagle 15.6-inch Multifunctional Business Travel Backpack for $39.99 (list price $149.99)

Platinum Art Supplies Micro-Line Ultra-Fine Point Ink Pens (Set Of 16) for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Colore Colored Pencils - 50 Premium Pre-Sharpened Color Pencil Set For Drawing Coloring Books - Great Art School Supplies For Kids & Adults Coloring Pages - 50 Vibrant Colors for $15.99 (list price $49.99)

Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil, 0.70 mm, Metallic Black Barrel, 1 Unit (P1037A) for $14.27 (list price $20.49)

Bagerly Waterproof Business Backpack briefcase 14 inch Travel Computer Bag Deluxe Laptop Daypack for $29.99 (list price $89.99)

EXPO 2-in-1 Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted, 4-Count for $6.15 (list price $7.22)

Uni-Ball Roller Stick Pens, Micro Point, Black Ink, 12-Count for $6.79 (list price $8.38)

Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 1.88 Inches x 800 Inches, 6 Rolls with Dispenser (142-6) for $10.20 (list price $14.55)

Mead #10 Envelopes, Security, Press-it Seal-it, 4-1/4 X 9-1/2 Inches, White, 45/Box (75026) for $1.99 (list price $3.48)

Accuteck All-In-One Series W-8250-50BS A-PT 50 Digital with AC Adapter (Silver) for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Royal Sovereign Assorted Coin Preformed Wrappers, 216 Count (FSW-216N) for $8.39 (list price $9.79)

LINKYO Heavy Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener with Automatic Smart Sharpening Sensor - for Classroom, Office and High Volume Use for $20.95 (list price $27.95)

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Primary, 10-Pack for $12.79 (list price $26.99)

Fellowes Powershred 99Ms 14-Sheet Micro-Cut Heavy Duty Paper Shredder with Auto Reverse (4609001) for $337.34 (list price $387.34)

Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Original Cushioning, 12-Inches x 150-Feet, Single Roll (284054) for $16.88 (list price $20.99)

Sharpie Accent Gel Highlighters, Colored, 4 Highlighters (1780477) for $6.96 (list price $8.49)

Prismacolor Premier Verithin Colored Pencils, 36-Count for $16.38 (list price $19.28)

Sharpie Retractable Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $9.33 (list price $10.98)

Colored Pencils, Set of 48, Adults & Kids, Triangular-shaped for Easy Grip, Pre-sharpened, Rich & Vibrant Unique Colors for $15.87 (list price $22.40)

Five Star Spiral Notebook, 5 Subject, College Ruled, 200 Sheets, Black and Cobalt Blue, 2 PACK (73035) for $11.99 (list price $26.20)

Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers, 4 Colored Markers (1779004) for $6.26 (list price $7.43)

Brush Pen Set - 20 Colors - Soft Flexible Real Brush Tip, Durable, Premium Grade, Create Watercolor Effect - Best for Adult Coloring Books, Manga, Comic, Calligraphy - Dual Thickness - MozArt Supplies for $25.99 (list price $35.00)

Art Advantage Oil and Acrylic Brush Set, 24-Piece for $15.92 (list price $20.99)

Smead Cascading Wall Organizer, 6 Pockets, Letter Size, Gray/Bright (92060) for $9.00 (list price $21.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

VonShef 4 Person Wicker Picnic Basket Hamper Set with Flatware, Plates and Wine Glasses Includes Blue Checked Pattern Lining and FREE Picnic Blanket for $59.99 (list price $99.99)

AAA 85 Piece Commuter First Aid Kit for $14.55 (list price $19.99)

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) for $236.00 (list price $289.99)

TERRO 2 lb. Perimeter Ant Bait Plus T2600 for $6.00 (list price $13.99)

Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller for $164.44 (list price $177.64)

George Foreman GRP4800R Multi-Plate Evolve Grill, (Ceramic Grilling Plates, Deep-Dish Bake Pan, and Muffin Pan Included), Red for $71.99 (list price $119.99)

FiveJoy Compact Military Folding Shovel (RS) - Portable Multitool, Tactical Entrenching Tool for Camping, Backpacking, Hiking, Car, Garden, Snow, Heavy Duty Emergency Survival Gear (Case Included) for $69.00 (list price $129.00)

Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition (Orange) for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQ for $59.99 (list price $89.99)

Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner 8 Ounces for $7.97 (list price $14.99)

Panacea 15251 Log Tote, Black for $10.10 (list price $18.12)

Aottop Exercise & Fitness for $12.25 (list price $13.45)

No Soliciting Outdoor Metal Yard Sign for Home, House and Business | Stylish Laser Cut | Made with Heavy Duty DiBond Aluminum for $19.95 (list price $21.95)

WenTop Led Strip Lights Waterproof Led Rope Light 12v SMD 3528 16.4 Ft (5M) 300leds 60leds/m Warm White Flexible Tape Light for Kitchen, Closet, Mirror, Ceiling, Indoor and Outdoor - No Power Supply for $7.98 (list price $16.99)

Thinsulate Outdoor Faucet Cover - Faucet Socks - Set of 2 for $12.99 (list price $14.95)

Totes Auto Open Auto Close Umbrella w/ Grey Handle (Black) for $10.99 

Fiskars 30 Gallon Kangaroo Gardening Bag (94056949) for $23.00 (list price $24.99)

Charcoal Companion CC6064 Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set, 12" x 8" x 1.5" for $30.11 (list price $44.99)

Charcoal Companion CC4108 Salt Block Cleaning Brush for $8.35 (list price $9.99)

Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch for $33.91 (list price $43.89)

Wonky Hill Pack of 3 Fly Swatter Manual Swat Pest Control for $6.99 (list price $9.95)

Star Shower As Seen on TV Motion Laser Lights Star Projector for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Case 042 Amber Bone 6318 SS Medium Stockman Knife for $39.98 (list price $42.93)

Globe String Light,Dailyart LED Starry Light Fairy Light for Garden,Wedding,Xmas Party (WW, Battery-powered, 13feet/4meters) for $6.49 (list price $25.00)

ELECTRONICS

Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac with Rechargeable 6-Month Battery (Black) for $19.99 (list price $59.99)

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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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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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