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Revolutionize Your Nap With These 11 Products

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Sometimes the only way to get through the day is to catch a quick nap. Whether you're trying to sleep through a flight, sneaking ZZZs at work, or just need to stay awake for a night shift, there are plenty of gadgets and items to help make your napping experience a quality one.

1. TRAVEL PILLOW WITH HEADPHONES; $26

Good luck to anyone who tries to talk to you on a plane while you're wearing this headgear. The trifecta of neck rest, eye mask, and headphones is the perfect tool to block out all your surroundings and ensure a small amount of comfort, no matter cramped your seat is. Memory foam lines the neck support and eye mask for extra comfort, and the whole thing folds up neatly for easy travel.

Find it: Amazon

2. STAR PROJECTOR NIGHT LIGHT; $18

Pretty much anyone who has ever been to a planetarium has nodded off, at least for a moment. And who can blame them? Being engrossed in darkness and stars is incredibly relaxing. Now you can bring that wonder home with a small light projector that throws (scientifically inaccurate) stars and shapes all over the walls. When you're not using it to improve your sleeping arrangements, you can also use it for very calm parties.

Find it: Amazon

3. SLEEP SOUND GENERATOR; $90

While some prefer total silence, others like to sleep with the TV on. This device is helpful to both parties by playing a selection of 19 different soothing noises, from gentle rainfall to bird songs. The peaceful audio helps block out unwanted background noise and comes with a timer, so the sounds get gradually quieter as you fall asleep.

Find it: Hammacher Schlemmer

4. PEACEFUL PROGRESSION WAKE UP CLOCK; $80

Waking up from a great nap is the worst part of napping. This gentle alarm clock aims to make the process a little easier by forgoing the traditional blaring noises. Fifteen minutes before your desired wake time, the little gadget will begin playing one of six nature songs; eventually, it switches to a chime that increases in volume until you wake up. It also comes with aromatherapy beads (in clean cotton, lavender essence, ocean water, and pear vanilla) to create a pleasant experience for all your senses. 

Find it: Hammacher Schlemmer

5. OSTRICH PILLOW; $95

With this 360-degree microbead-filled pillow, any place becomes a napping space. There's a hole for your nose and mouth, along with two holes on the sides for your hands. Now you can create a tiny bubble of personal space in an instant.

Find it: Amazon

6. NAP WRAP; $25

For something a little less conspicuous, there is also the Wrap-a-Nap, which neatly coils around your face. Consider it a more hardcore face mask.

Find it: Amazon

7. SLEEP SCIENCE LIGHT BULB; $23

Blue light, which suppresses the production of melatonin in the body, is bad news before bed—the waves make it more difficult to fall asleep. Most smart phones now come with a nighttime feature, but what about the lighting in your home? Put this 7-watt amber light bulb in your bedside lamp to help produce melatonin and make drifting off to sleep as easy as dreaming.

Find it: Amazon

8. SLOTH NECK PILLOW; $27

Embody one of the world's laziest creatures with this sloth neck pillow. Its arms wrap around your neck for a warm hug that will send you straight to dreamland, and it even has a little hood that makes you look like a sloth and keeps your head nice and cozy.

Find it: eBay

9. RECLINING OFFICE CHAIR; $140

Looking for a quick nap at work? Assuming you have your own office or work from home, this is the perfect chair for power napping—it reclines into a flat position.

Find it: Amazon

10. LAPTOP TABLE; $30

This stand doubles as a bed tray and laptop stand—but why not use it to work in bed? Now you can bang out some quick reports and then take a well deserved snooze.

Find it: Amazon

11. MASSAGING BLANKET; $100

Blankets could be doing more for you. Instead of just lying there, your blanket could be giving you a full back massage. Thanks to 14 vibration motors, this innovative blanket will give you all the relaxation of a massage for a fraction of the cost.

Find it: Brookstone, Amazon

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Brush Up on Your Film Trivia With This Website Dedicated to First and Last Lines From Popular Movies
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Few elements of a film are more important than its opening and closing lines. In some cases, they divulge pivotal truths or serve as bookends to establish the movie’s overall tone. In others, they provide important context or reveal key information about the lead characters.

No matter which purpose these snippets of dialogue serve, the most iconic establishing or concluding film lines are perhaps the most quotable ones. (After all, how many Citizen Kane fans can hear the phrase “Rosebud” without being reminded of Kane’s favorite childhood sleigh?) But if you can’t remember the openers and closers from your own favorite flicks, a new website is here to help you brush up on your pop culture knowledge.

Made by the team over at AT&T Internet, the fun reference site takes iconic blockbusters and presents their first and last lines of dialogue using typography and the occasional illustration. The site “is a way to recap the last 50 years of movies into a slideshow,” communications manager Alex Thomas tells Mental Floss.

You can check out AT&T Internet’s online slideshow of first and last lines—featuring bits from 1972’s The Godfather, 1999’s The Sixth Sense, 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, and more—here.

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Watch Craftsmen Shape Gobs of Molten Glass into Colorful Marbles
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Marbles aren't just for schoolchildren. Humans have likely been playing with the tiny toys for thousands of years, as indicated by ancient Egyptian artifacts and other objects studied by archaeologists. These trinkets have been crafted from materials including clay, stone, wood, glass, and metal. But in the early 1900s, Akron, Ohio–based Martin F. Christensen changed the way the playthings are made when he invented an automated machine that produced glass marbles.

Christensen's machine ultimately paved the way for the mass production of marbles. But in the video below, you can see how they're made the old-fashioned way. Produced by The Magic of Making—a series of short educational films created along with BBC—and spotted by The Kid Should See This, the clip shows glass makers in action as they use large ovens to melt granules of sand into liquid, and as they stretch, twist, and shape the molten goo into fragile (yet still playable) creations.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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