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Score Amazon's Best Monday 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, March 13.

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

Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Cuff that fits Standard and Large Arms (BP786N) with Bluetooth Smart Connectivity for $51.99 (list price $99.99)

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder for iPhone 7s 6s Plus 6s 5s 5c Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge S6 S5 Note 5 for $12.77 (list price $19.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones Wireless In Ear Earbuds Sports Sweatproof Earphones with Built in Mic (Cordless 4.1, Secure Ear Hooks Design, 7 Hours Play Time) for $25.49 (list price $29.99)

Etekcity RoverBeats T3 Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, CSR 4.0 (Black) for $18.99 (list price $24.99)

Aibocn Power Bank 10,000mAh External Battery Charger Dual USB Portable Charger with Flashlight (Bright Singal Orange) for $10.99 (list price $59.99)

Micro USB Cables (2-Pack 3.3ft) Rampow Nylon Braided Samsung usb cable/charging cords for Android Devices, Galaxy, Sony,Motorola and More - Space Grey for $8.49 (list price $22.99)

ThermoPro TP50 Hygrometer Thermometer Indoor Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter for $7.98 (list price $19.99)

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth 7x7 Inch (6 Pack) for Lens, Eyeglasses, Glasses, Screen, iPad, iPhone, Tablet, Cell Phone - Lint-FREE Cleaner Cloths to Clean Camera Lenses, Tablets, Touch LCD TV Screens for $6.99 (list price $9.99)

Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Portable Charger, Ultra Slim 5000mAh External Battery with Fast-Charging PowerIQ, Pocket Friendly Power Bank, Perfectly designed for Smartphones for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

iPhone 7 6S 6 Screen Protector Glass, amFilm iPhone 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 2016, 2015 (2-Pack) for $7.99 (list price $29.99)

SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA) for $21.99 (list price $39.99)

Energizer L91BP-8 Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries (8-Pack) for $10.74 (list price $12.99)

Car Charger, Maxboost 4.8A/24W 2 Smart Port Car Charger [Black] for iPhone 7 6S Plus 6 Plus 6 5SE 5S 5 5C 4S, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge, Note 5 4 S5 Tab S,LG G5 G4,HTC,Nexus 5X 6P,iPads Pro Portable for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

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)

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)

Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger, PowerDrive 2 for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $8.99 (list price $29.99)

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Wristband, Pink for $65.44 (list price $79.95)

Mpow Air Vent Magnetic Car Phone Mount, Cell Phone Holder for iPhone 7/6S/6 Plus/5S/5,Google Pixel/Pixel XL/Nexus 6/6P, LG,HTC, Huawei, Black [2 PACK] for $8.99 (list price $12.99)

Spigen U100 Phone Kickstand Universal Metal Kickstand US PATENT PENDING Magnetic Technology Phone Holder Google Pixel/Google Pixel XL/iPhone/Samsung Galaxy/Android and Phone or Case w/ Flat Surface for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

Star Wars The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Mask for $23.99 (list price $31.99)

LEGO City Great Vehicles Sweeper & Excavator 60152 Building Kit for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

LEGO City Police High-Speed Chase 60138 Building Kit for $31.99 (list price $39.99)

Funko POP TV: Sherlock - Sherlock Holmes with Violin Action Figure for $9.24 (list price $10.99)

Guess Who? Board Game for $13.05 (list price $17.99)

Anker 40W/8A 5-Port USB Charger PowerPort 5, Multi-Port USB Charger for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and More for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

KITCHEN

Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 5-Quart 11-Inch Covered Deep Saute Pan for $47.28 (list price $57.28)

Etekcity 2 Pack Digital Kitchen & Cooking Timer Magnetic Loud Timer with Stand Large LCD Display (White, Battery Included) for $10.79 (list price $18.99)

T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup 1750-Watt Electric Kettle with Variable Temperature and Auto Shut Off, 1-Liter, Black for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

GDEALER Instant Read Thermometer Super Fast Digital Electronic Food Thermometer Cooking Thermometer Barbecue Meat Thermometer with Collapsible Internal Probe for Grill Cooking Meat Kitchen Candy for $14.99 (list price $39.99)

Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy Clean Lid, 20oz, Stainless Steel for $13.59 (list price $19.99)

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel for $39.20 (list price $59.99)

Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer with Cool Touch, 2-Liter Oil Capacity (35021) for $33.76 (list price $49.99)

ChefLand 3-Compartment Microwave Safe Food Container with Lid/Divided Plate/Bento Box/Lunch Tray with Cover, Black, 10-Pack for $12.54 (list price $19.95)

Contigo AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 16 oz, Matte Black with Black Accent Lid for $18.61 (list price $24.99)

Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Stainless Black for $125.00 (list price $149.99)

Norcho Soft Cushion Water Absorbment Non Slip Antibacterial Rubber Luxury Bath Mat Rug 31"x19" Khaki for $19.99 (list price $79.99)

Skenda Oil and Vinegar Dispenser Sprayers,Replaces Salad Dressing Bottles,Cruet - Free E-books ( 5 ) Perfect Oil Sprayer For Cooking, Olive Oil Sprayer - Not Need Pre-Pump As Misto Olive Oil Sprayer. for $24.99 (list price $36.99)

Best Quality Cheesecloth 43 Sq Ft *Chef Premium FOOD GRADE 60* Fine Mesh Unbleached 100% Cotton - Can Use as Nut Milk Bag, Strainer, Baby Wrap Roll for $8.99 (list price $11.99)

Knife Sharpener and Scissors Sharpening System. Easy to use. Safe Handle. Stainless Steel Blades. For every Kitchen tool. 4 in 1 Diamond Coated & Fine Ceramic rod. Professional chef sharp in seconds! for $15.97 (list price $24.90)

Shun DM0702 Classic 7-Inch Santoku Knife for $119.95 (list price $134.95)

Granite Ware 6125-1 Stock Pot, 21-Quart for $29.21 (list price $36.99)

Smith's Mason Jars 6 x 16oz Mason Jar Mugs with Lids, Great Mason Jar Old Fashioned Glasses. for $19.99 (list price $22.99)

Marquis by Waterford Markham Goblet, Set of 4 for $33.99 (list price $100.00)

Rachael Ray 2 Piece Cucina Nonstick Bakeware Crisper Pan Set, Latte Brown with Cranberry Red Handle Grips for $13.42 (list price $49.00)

Amagabeli 15" by 13" Non-stick Perforated Baguette Pan for French Bread Pan Wave Loaf Bake Mold Silver or $12.99 (list price $14.99)

Pizzacraft PC9899 20 x 13.5 Rectangular Cordierite Baking/Pizza Stone for Oven or Grill for $28.99 (list price $59.99)

Anchor Hocking 16-Piece Storage Set with Red Plastic Lids for $19.97 (list price $23.99)

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid Food Storage Container, BPA-Free Plastic, 6-Piece Set for $7.62 (list price $11.29)

Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board - 18x12 Thick Strong Bamboo Wood Cutting Board with Drip Groove by Premium Bamboo for $19.74 (list price $59.99)

Lodge L7B3 Cast Iron Drop Biscuit Pan, Pre-Seasoned for $22.00 (list price $28.60)

Freehawk 4 Pieces Set Cheese Knives with Bamboo Wood Handle Steel Stainless Cheese Slicer Cheese Cutter (Round Bamboo Handle) for $7.96 (list price $8.99)

Imperial Home High Quality Fast Defrosting Tray - The Safest Way to Defrost Meat or Frozen Food Quickly Without Electricity, Microwave, Hot Water or Any Other Tools for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet for $10.24 (list price $12.99)

Lodge L8SGP3 Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch for $15.72 (list price $25.96)

Popcorn Maker for Microwave - Green - Silicone Popcorn Popper - Collapsible Bowl with Lid - FDA approved BPA Free - Save on Hot Air and Machine Popcorn Popper - Cook Healthy Popcorn from Kernels for $15.99 (list price $49.99)

HOME

Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet Full Size Garment and Fabric Steamer with Foot Operated On-Off Switch, 1500-Watt, Blue for $62.34 after on-screen coupon (list price $129.99)

Extra Plush Fitted Waterproof Mattress Topper / Pad, Queen for $89.99 (list price $119.99)

Levoit Elora Himalayan Salt Lamp Hand Carved Natural Glow Pink Sea Crystal Rock (8 to 11 lbs): 18/8 Stainless Steel Base,Touch Brightness Dimmable Control,2 Bulbs,UL-Listed Cord and Luxury Gift Box for $58.99 (list price $139.99)

Urpower Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode, Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights, 100ml for $19.95 (list price $69.99)

Onepure Aromatherapy Essential Oils Gift Set, 6 Bottles/ 10ml each, 100% Pure& Therapeutic Grade (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Peppermint) for $15.95 (list price $79.99)

HOPDAY Wash Bags, Delicates Mesh laundry Bags, Super Premium Quality Bra lingerie Protection Washing Drying Bag with Rust Proof Flow Zipper, Set of 6 (3 Medium & 3 Large)-Black & White for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

AmazonBasics Rust Resistant Shower Curtain Roller Hook Rings for $2.62 (list price $7.99)

Double Floating DVD DVR Shelf - 2x Wall Mount AV Shelves (15x11 inch) with Strengthened Tempered Glass - for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, TV box & Cable Box - Bonus 6" Slim HDMI Cable by Perlegear for $26.99 (list price $39.99)

CoZroom Faux Leather Folding Storage Ottoman Bench Large Collapsible Footrest Stool Seat, Black for $36.99 (list price $49.99)

Stony-Edge TV Stand and Bookshelf with USB Port, 42 Inch Wide, Espresso for $149.95 (list price $199.95)

Rowenta DW5080 Focus 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown for $89.99 (list price $100.00)

Misslo 8 Zippered Pockets Travel Jewelry Roll up Organizer with Rotatable Hanger (Black) for $8.99 (list price $15.99)

PURGGO Natural Odor Eliminator - 100% Activated Bamboo Charcoal [Pack of 2] - Air Freshener, Purifier, Smell Absorber: Shoe, Litter Box, Wet Dog, Bag, Drawer - Odor Removal, Neutralizer [Lava Gray] for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

Premium 8 Piece Towel Set (Grey); 2 Bath Towels, 2 Hand Towels and 4 Washcloths - Cotton - Machine Washable, Hotel Quality, Super Soft and Highly Absorbent by Utopia Towels for $28.99 (list price $59.99)

Casabella Loop 3-Piece Dish Brush Set for $7.99 (list price $10.00)

Safavieh Florida Shag Collection SG455-1113 Scrolling Vine Cream and Beige Area Rug (4' x 6') for $61.99 (list price $73.92)

Skip Hop Moonlight and Melodies Nightlight Soother, Owl for $30.05 (list price $40.00)

INLIFE Wake Up Light Alarm Clock Sunrise Simulation Dusk Fading Night Light with Nature Sounds, FM Radio, Touch Control and USB Charger for $36.99 (list price $79.99)

HomeZone 45-Liter Stainless Steel Rectangular Step Trash Can for $65.54 (list price $79.99)

Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief Knee Pillow - Best for Hip, Leg, Knee, Back and Spine Alignment - Memory Foam Wedge Leg Pillow with Washable Cover + Free Storage Bag for $27.90 (list price $49.80)

LinenSpa 8" Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress, Twin for $97.67 (list price $229.99)

Honeywell HCM350B Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, Black for $49.99 (list price $64.99)

Sunbeam Heated Electric Blanket Royal Dreams Quilted Fleece Twin Mushroom for $38.91 (list price $89.99)

Zinus 14 Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation / Platform Bed Frame / Box Spring Replacement / Quiet Noise-Free / Maximum Under-bed Storage, Queen for $79.00 (list price $89.00)

URPOWER Pet Seat Cover Car Seat Cover for Pets - Waterproof & Scratch Proof & Nonslip Backing & Hammock, Quilted, Padded, Durable and Machine Washable Pet Seat Covers for Cars Trucks and SUVs for $26.99 (list price $59.99)

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet - Essentia Series, Honeycomb for $149.99 (list price $199.99)

Aylio Comfort Foam Wedge Coccyx Cushion for a Car Seat or Chair for $19.99 (list price $59.95)

Zenna Home 2130NN, Tension Corner Pole Caddy, Satin Nickel for $29.99 (list price $46.00)

InterDesign Classico Over the Door 12-Hook Rack for Coats, Hats, Robes, Towels - Chrome for $11.13 (list price $13.99)

Whitmor Portable Closet Storage Organizer, Includes 2 Fabric Shelves / Bins, Gray for $25.16 (list price $39.49)

Yankee Candle Company Balsam & Cedar Large Jar Candle for $23.65 (list price $27.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, 16 Fl. Oz for $12.25 (list price $16.39)

PURA D'OR Moroccan Argan Oil 100% Pure & USDA Organic For Face, Hair, Skin & Nails, 4 Fluid Ounce for $16.99

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original, 3 Count (Packaging May Vary) for $17.97 (list price $23.99)

Dove Men+Care 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, Anti Dandruff 12 Ounce for $3.97 (list price $5.39)

Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set - ( 2x 8oz) Sulfate Free All Organic Hair Repair - Volumizing & Moisturizing Hair Regrowth - Treatment for Hair Loss Premium Nature for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Johnson's Baby Shampoo, 20 Fl. Oz for $4.92 (list price $8.57)

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo Salon Size, 25.4 Ounce for $9.84 (list price $13.99)

Skintimate Dry Skin Moisturizing Shave Cream - 10 oz - 2 pk for $4.49 (list price $7.89)

Gillette Mach3 Men's Razor Blade Refills, 15 Count for $33.06 (list price $39.99)

Cremo Original Shave Cream, Astonishingly Superior Shaving Cream for Men, 6 Fluid Ounce for $5.99 (list price $9.99)

Schick Hydro 5 Razor Blade Refills for Men with Flip Trimmer - 8 Count for $18.68 (list price $26.49)

Gillette Mach3 Turbo Men's Razor with 1 Mach3 Turbo Men's Razor Refill for $2.99 with on-screen coupon (list price $8.99)

Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Men's Razor with Flexball Handle and Razor Blade Refill for $7.97 (list price $10.49)

Personna Double Edge Razor Blades, 100 Count for $12.29 (list price $17.50)

BIC Comfort 3 Advance Disposable Razor, Men, 4-Count for $2.80 (list price $8.78)

Edge Shave Gel for Men Sensitive Skin - 7 Ounce (Pack of 6) for $17.82 (list price $26.99)

Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel, Ultra Sensitive, Twin Pack (7 Ounce Each) for $3.63 (list price $5.99)

Braun Series 7 790cc Cordless Electric Foil Shaver for Men with Clean and Charge Station - Packaging May Vary for $163.62 (list price $289.99)

ORLANE PARIS ANAGENÈSE 25+ Morning Recovery Serum, 0.5 fl. oz. for $70.00 (list price $100.00)

Medline Remedy Phytoplex Z-Guard Skin Protectant Paste, 4 Ounce for $6.24 (list price $7.49)

Coastal Scents 100% Pure and Natural Neem Oil (OL-012) for $11.65 (list price $12.95)

Pure Body Naturals Pure Therapeutic Grade Top 6 Essential Oil Basic Sampler Kit - 6/10 Ml (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint) for $15.95 (list price $25.95)

Calily Life Organic Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Natural Dead Sea Minerals , 17.5 Oz. - Foot Bath Eliminates Odors, Fights Fungus, Softens and Refreshes Feet - Rejuvenate and Detox Tired and Achy Feet for $12.95 (list price $19.95)

Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Epsoak Epsom Salt - 2 POUND (32oz) Value Bag - Fight Bacteria, Nail Fungus, Athlete's Foot & Unpleasant Foot Odor; Soften rough calluses & Soothe Tired, Achy Feet for $10.99 (list price $12.99)

HIGH'S Nutritive Home Spa Manicure Hand Mask Moisturizing Gloves, Normal for $9.99 (list price $14.99)

HIGH'S Home Spa Quick Heat Manicure Paraffin Wax Hand Mask Moisturizing Gloves, Lavender for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Aria Starr Beauty Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask, 8.8 Ounce for $17.95 (list price $48.95)

Majestic Pure Facial Mask Brush - Set of 5 - Professional Quality for Applying Facial Mask, Eye Mask or DIY Needs for $7.95 (list price $14.95)

2 Pack Hairizone Polka Dot Makeup Shower Headbands with Soft and Cute Big Bowknot for Easy Holding Your Hair Back (Light Blue/Roseo) for $13.45 (list price $19.99)

Wisdompark 80pcs/ Bottle Gold Osmanthus Eye Mask Women Collagen Gel Whey Protein Face Care Sleep Patches Health Mascaras De Dormir (1 PACK) for $9.99 (list price $15.99)

Babyganics Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, Fragrance Free, 3 Pack for $28.17 (list price $32.01)

Colgate Kids Toothpaste, Watermelon Burst, 4.6 Ounce (Pack of 6) for $21.96 (list price $28.93)

Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Surf's Up 12 Ounce (Pack of 6) (Packaging May Vary) for $11.28 (list price $17.18)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

GUND Pusheen 80 Page Notebook for $8.52 (list price $10.00)

Smart Color Art 100 Colors Gel Pen Set for $17.99 (list price $59.00)

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack (Solid Black) for $83.99 (list price $199.99)

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 12-Count for $18.25 (list price $32.78)

Crayola; My First Crayola; Palm-Grip Crayons; Art Tools; 6 count; Designed for Toddlers for $9.99 (list price $11.99)

Drawing and Sketching Pencil Set In Zippered Carrying Case for $5.75 (list price $9.99)

Kuuqa Black Hard Pencil Case EVA Hard Shell Pen Case Holder for Executive Fountain Pen and Stylus Touch Pen for $7.29 (list price $14.29)

Set of 4 GLITTER Utility Storage Box for School Supplies or Arts & Crafts 8" x 5" x 2.5" for $15.99 (list price $23.96)

ZIPIT Beast Box Hard Shell Pencil/Storage Box, Green for $7.74 (list price $9.99)

ONOR-Tech Lovely Cute Cartoon Post-It Note Bookmarker Sticky Notes Memo Note for Women for $1.99

10 pcs/Lot The little Leaves bookmark Sprout mini bookmarks Stationery School Office Supply for $13.50 (list price $20.00)

12 Pcs/lot New Cute Kawaii Plastic Banana Black Gel Pen for $16.50 (list price $20.00)

12 pcs/Lot Knock type Mechanical pencils for drawing kids 2B 0.5mm pencil Cute stationary Office school for $18.00 (list price $25.00)

Creative Milky Erasable Gel Pen Cute Pens Stationery Office Material Escolar Papelaria School for $16.00 (list price $20.00)

Cartoon Animal Memo Paper One Point Marker Post It Sticky Notes Zakka Stationery Office Supplies School for $16.00 (list price $25.00)

6 pcs/Lot Poem Luminous tape Fairy Dream washi tapes 15mm6m decorative adhesive masking sticker for diary book for $20.00 (list price $30.00)

Stationery Creative Kawaii Cute Lucky Cat Memo Pad Diary Notepad Notebook School for $12.00 (list price $18.00)

3pcs Sketchbook Diary for Drawing Painting Graffiti Soft Cover Black Paper Sketch Book Notebook Office School for $18.90 (list price $25.00)

Lovely Animal and Heart 3d Bubble Stickers Cute Animal Wall Sticker Creative Diy Gift for $18.95 (list price $25.00)

Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer, Monochrome, Wireless, Duplex Printing, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled for $109.00 (list price $119.99)

Canon MG2520 Color Photo Printer for $40.98 (list price $69.99)

Swingline Light-Duty Paper Punch (A7074015K) for $6.99 (list price $18.77)

Officemate Adjustable Three Hole Punch, Black (90095) for $6.12 (list price $13.99)

Best Violet Office Space Stapler with Modern Design, 20 Sheet Stapling Capacity, E-book for $7.20 (list price $28.95)

LINKYO Electric Stapler - Heavy Duty Automatic Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Battery or AC Powered for $21.95 (list price $29.99)

Leather Writing Journal Notebook, MALEDEN Classic Spiral Bound Notebook Refillable Diary for $8.99 (list price $16.99)

Five Star Spiral Notebook, 5 Subject, College Ruled, 11 x 8.5 Inch, Black (72081) for $8.19 (list price $10.39)

ArtColors Chalk Markers - 12 Pack - BIG SALE. 11 Amazing Action for $12.99 (list price $23.98)

Vintage Wooden Magnetic A-Frame Chalkboard 42"x24" Restaurant Bar Sign Indoor Outdoor by VersaChalk for $109.99 (list price $139.99)

Dust-Off Disposable Compressed Gas Duster, 10 oz Cans, 2 Pack for $12.44 (list price $13.59)

Rolodex Mesh Collection Jumbo Pencil Cup, Black (62557) for $2.52 (list price $4.66)

U Brands Pencil Cup, Wire Metal, Gold for $5.59 (list price $7.99)

EasyPAG Desk Organizer 9 Components Mesh Office Desktop Office Supplies Set with Drawer ,Orange for $11.99 (list price $17.99)

Sticky Notes, Wotmic Easy Post 12 Pads/Pack, 100 Sheets/Pad, 3 inch X 3 inch, Squares 5 Colors Child Fresh for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

SINGER 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with DVD, 10 Presser Feet and Metal Frame for $185.99 (list price $299.99)

Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine - 50 Built-In Stitches - Automatic Threading for $119.99 (list price $127.19)

RayLineDo 50X Different Pattern Patchwork 100% Cotton Poplin Fabric Bundle Squares of 1010cm Quilting Scrapbooking Artcraft Project Collection One for $8.11 (list price $9.99)

Boise ASPEN Presentation Copy/Laser Paper, 96 Brightness, 24 lb, Letter Size (8.5 x 11), 500 Sheets (BPL-2411RC) for $7.20 (list price $13.49)

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 $27.98 (list price $30.40)

Sharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24 Count for $10.99 (list price $12.00)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 36 Count for $15.68 (list price $18.15)

Artist's Choice 100 Gel Pen XL Set with Case (Individual Colors) for $17.99 (list price $39.99)

Sakura 37904 6-Piece Gelly Roll Assorted Colors Stardust Meteor Pen Set for $5.38 (list price $7.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 6 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible) for $13.45 (list price $39.99)

Solar Lights,URPOWER 2-in-1 Waterproof 4 LED Solar Spotlight Adjustable Wall Light Landscape Light Security Lighting Dark Sensing Auto On/Off for Patio Deck Yard Garden Driveway Pool Area(2 Pack) for $26.99 (list price $99.99)

GDEALER Solar String Lights 20ft 30 LED White Crystal Ball Waterproof Outdoor String Lights Solar Powered Globe Fairy String Lights for Garden, Home, Landscape, Christmas Decoration (1) for $9.99 (list price $34.99)

Good 'n' Fun Triple Flavor 6" Bones, 6 pack for $7.35 (list price $9.44)

URPOWER Pet Front Seat Cover for Cars,WaterProof & Nonslip Rubber Backing with Anchors, Quilted, Padded, Durable and Machine Washable Pet Seat Covers for All Cars, Trucks & SUVs for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

The Missing Link Ultimate Skin & Coat Dog 1 Lb for $13.99 (list price $17.49)

URPOWER 16.4 Feet Nylon Retractable Dog Leash with Nylon Ribbon Cord, Hand Grip, One Button Brake & Lock for Small, Medium Dogs for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Favorite 57" H 6-Tier Multi-function Condo Cat Activity Tree for $69.99 (list price $109.99)

Coleman Military Style Canteen for $8.56 (list price $9.99)

Fiskars 28 Inch Bypass Lopper (91466949J) for $13.99 (list price $16.26)

compost bin, kitchen compost bin compost pail 1 Gallon for $16.87 (list price $50.00)

Hydro Tools 8351 6- to 12-Foot Adjustable Blue Anodized Step-Up Telescopic Pool Pole for $21.24 (list price $25.09)

Earthwise 11-Inch 8.5-Amp Corded Electric Tiller and Cultivator TC70001 for $89.78 (list price $184.99)

GreenWorks GPW1501 13 amp 1500 PSI 1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer for $83.71 (list price $99.00)

Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray Concentrate (HG-61067) (32 fl oz) for $8.29 (list price $9.97)

Woodstock Chimes of Mars, Bronze- Encore Collection for $12.75 (list price $16.45)

Pruning Shears Extra Hardness Extra Sharp Tree Clippers Garden Hand Pruners - Cutting Easier Ergonomic, Comfortable Slip-Less Effort, Gardening Scissors for $6.83 (list price $13.00)

BlizeTec Survival Knife: Best 5-in-1 Tactical Pocket Folding Knife with LED Light, Seatbelt Cutter, Glass Breaker & Magnesium Fire Starter for $38.98 (list price $89.99)

Masterbuilt 20060516 Vertical Charcoal Smoker for $41.51 (list price $89.95)

ELECTRONICS

TV and Furniture Anti-Tip Straps Heavy Duty Strap and All Metal Parts | All Flat Screen TV/Furniture Mounting Hardware Included | No Plastic Parts (2 Pack, Black) for $13.59 (list price $29.99)

ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7, GTX 960M, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD) Glacier Grey for $799.00 (list price $949.00)

TechMatte USB-C to Micro USB Adapter Convert Connector for Google Pixel, HTC 10, LG G5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, with 56k Resistor; Approved to Meet USB Type-C Standard (2-Pack, Black) for $5.94 (list price $29.99)

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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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