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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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George Washington’s Incredible Hair Routine

America's Founding Fathers had some truly defining locks, but we tend to think of those well-coiffed white curls—with their black ribbon hair ties and perfectly-managed frizz—as being wigs. Not so in the case of the main man himself, George Washington.

As Robert Krulwich reported at National Geographic, a 2010 biography on our first president—Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow—reveals that the man “never wore a wig.” In fact, his signature style was simply the result of an elaborately constructed coiffure that far surpasses most morning hair routines, and even some “fancy” hair routines.

The style Washington was sporting was actually a tough look for his day. In the late 18th century, such a hairdo would have been worn by military men.

While the hair itself was all real, the color was not. Washington’s true hue was a reddish brown color, which he powdered in a fashion that’s truly delightful to imagine. George would (likely) don a powdering robe, dip a puff made of silk strips into his powder of choice (there are a few options for what he might have used), bend his head over, and shake the puff out over his scalp in a big cloud.

To achieve the actual ‘do, Washington kept his hair long and would then pull it back into a tight braid or simply tie it at the back. This helped to showcase the forehead, which was very in vogue at the time. On occasion, he—or an attendant—would bunch the slack into a black silk bag at the nape of the neck, perhaps to help protect his clothing from the powder. Then he would fluff the hair on each side of his head to make “wings” and secure the look with pomade or good old natural oils.

To get a better sense of the play-by-play, check out the awesome illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton that accompany Krulwich’s post.

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Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business
"American Mall," Bloomberg
"American Mall," Bloomberg

Shopping malls, once the cultural hub of every suburb in America, have become a punchline in the e-commerce era. There are plenty of malls around today, but they tend to be money pits, considering the hundreds of "dead malls" haunting the landscape. Just how hard is it to keep a mall afloat in the current economy? American Mall, a new video game from Bloomberg, attempts to give an answer.

After choosing which tycoon character you want as your stand-in, you're thrown into a mall—rendered in 1980s-style graphics—already struggling to stay in business. The building is filled with rats and garbage you have to clean up if you want to keep shoppers happy. Every few seconds you're contacted by another store owner begging you to lower their rent, and you must either take the loss or risk them packing up for good. When stores are vacated, it's your job to fill them, but it turns out there aren't too many businesses interested in setting up shop in a dying mall.

You can try gimmicks like food trucks and indoor playgrounds to keep customers interested, but in the end your mall will bleed too much money to support itself. You can try playing the bleak game for yourself here—maybe it will put some of the retail casualties of the last decade into perspective.

[h/t Co.Design]

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