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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 14.

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

Lumina Full HD 1080P Zoom-Series Ultra Wide Angle Dashboard Camera DVR Camcorder Recorder Car Dash Cam with G-Sensor for $74.39 (list price $244.99)

Anker PowerCore+ mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger (3rd Generation, Premium Aluminum Power Bank), One of the Most Compact External Batteries for $12.99 (list price $39.99)

Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers for $89.00 (list price $99.00)

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (6ft) Durable and Fast Charging Cable [Double Braided Nylon] for iPhone, iPad and More(Gray) for $13.49 (list price $39.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, TOTU Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds Sweatproof Running Headset In-Ear Sports Headphones with Microphone - Blue for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

Spigen Kuel AP12T Car Phone Mount Universal Phone Holder With Low Profile Design for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6S / 6S Plus / Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge / LG / HTC / Nexus for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

USB-C / Type C Input & Output RAVPower 20100mAh Portable Charger QC 3.0 Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank External Battery Pack for Macbook, Nexus 6, iPhone and More for $46.99 (list price $99.99)

Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset - Latest Edition (US Version with Warranty) for $79.99 (list price $99.99)

iEGrow Flexible USB Touch LED Desk Lamp with 3-Level Dimmer and Decor Plant Pencil Holder(Green) for $12.99 (list price $16.99)

OPOLAR F401 Mini USB Table Desk Personal Fan (Metal Design, Quiet Operation 3.9' USB Cable, High Compatibility), Black for $12.99 (list price $16.99)

Premium Quality Bright LED Tactical Torch Flashlight With Built-In Rechargeable Battery - 3 Modes - Adjustable Focus Zoom Lens for $14.99 (list price $49.99)

Samsung 32GB BAR (METAL) USB 3.0 Flash Drive (MUF-32BA/AM) for $12.99 (list price $24.99)

Lexar High-Performance microSDXC 300x 64GB UHS-I/U1 w/Adapter Flash Memory Card - LSDMI64GB1NL300A for $19.95 (list price $41.99)

[Upgraded] Anker 2-Port 24W USB Wall Charger PowerPort 2 with PowerIQ for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Galaxy S Series, Note Series, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Poweradd [UL Listed] 2-Outlet International Travel Charger Power AC Adapter with Worldwide UK/US/AU/EU/JP Plugs + Dual Smart USB Ports for Business Trip for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

La Crosse Technology S88907 Vertical Wireless Color Forecast Station with Temperature Alerts for $35.87 (list price $59.99)

Behringer HPM1000 Multi-Purpose Headphones for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Firefield 5x50 Nightfall 2 Night Vision Monocular for $144.49 (list price $299.99)

JTD Wireless RF Item Locator/Key Finder with LED flashlight and base support. With 4 Receivers Key Finder-Wireless key RF locator, Remote Control, Pet, Cell, Wireless RF Remote Item, Wallet Locator. (4 Receivers) for $17.49 (list price $21.99)

Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UM43) for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

UGREEN 3.5mm Male to Female Extension Stereo Audio Extension Cable Adapter Gold Plated Compatible for iPhone, iPad or Smartphones, Tablets, Media Players for $5.99 (list price $8.99)

iPhone 7 Case, HZ BIGTREE [0.5mm] Ultra Thin [ Perfect Slim Fit ] Thinnest [Light Weight] Soft Touch Flexible Protect Case Back Cover Bumper for Apple iPhone 7 4.7 inch [matte black] for $8.53 (list price $18.99)

BESTEK 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector with 5.2A 4 USB Charging Station and Phone Charging Dock for $19.99 (list price $40.99)

Micro USB Cable [6.6ft 3Packs]by Ailun,High Speed 2.0 A Male to Micro B Sync & Charging Nylon Braided Cable,with 56k Ohm Pull-up Resistor,for Smartphone&Tablets [Silver] for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

MARATHON CL030023 Travel Alarm Clock with Calendar & Temperature - Battery Included for $16.95 (list price $24.95)

LEGO City Great Vehicles ATV Race Team 60148 Building Kit for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

LEGO 60100 City Airport Starter Set, Building Kit (81 Piece) for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

LEGO Disney Moana's Ocean Voyage 41150 for $27.97 (list price $39.99)

Armitron Sport Men's 40/8284RED Large Metallic Red Accented Black Resin Strap Chronograph Digital Watch for $17.99 (list price $30.00)

Timex Unisex TW2P62300 Weekender Chrono Oversize Tan Leather NATO Slip-Thru Strap Watch for $49.52 (list price $53.35)

KITCHEN

Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor, Big Mouth, Metallic (67608A) for $49.88 (list price $69.99)

Cuisinart CTG-00-BCR7 Barrel Crock with Tools, Set of 7 for $29.98 (list price $32.00)

Wired Whisk Silicone Whisk Set of 3 - Stainless Steel & Silicone Kitchen Utensils for Blending, Whisking, Beating & Stirring - (Blue: 12-inch, Red: 10-inch & Green: 8.5-inch) for $10.95 (list price $12.95)

Le Creuset Shallow Dutch French Oven, 2.75 quart, Cerise for $129.95 (list price $239.95)

Bellemain 4 oz. Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6 for $13.95 (list price $29.95)

Fox Run 3921 Garlic Baker, 7-Inch, Terra Cotta for $14.99 (list price $17.99)

New Star Foodservice 42917 Stainless Steel 4pcs Measuring Cups and Spoons Combo Set for $7.95 (list price $19.00)

GM Kitchen Premium Stainless Steel Salt & Pepper Grinder with Adjustable Coarseness, Set of 2 for $12.95 (list price $19.95)

Porcelain Bowls - Set of 4 - 17 Ounce for Cereal / Soup, Plaid Pattern, White - by Sweese for $16.99 (list price $24.99)

Binboll 4 Pieces Set Steel Stainless Cheese Slicer Cheese Cutter Cheese Knives with Wood Handle for $7.98 (list price $29.68)

Prep Solutions by Progressive Brown Sugar Keeper for $9.25 (list price $10.29)

Victorinox Swiss Army 12 Inch Fibrox Pro Slicing Knife with Granton Blade for $57.90 (list price $78.00)

Naturally Med Olive Wood Lemon/Citrus Reamer/Juicer for $11.53 (list price $13.99)

Anchor Hocking 16-Ounce Café Mug Beverage Set, Set of 6 for $25.81 (list price $39.99)

Tea Infuser, MaxMall 4-Pack Silicone Tea Infuser Handle Stainless Steel Strainer filter Infuser with Drip Tray for $8.99 (list price $6.99)

iNeibo Kitchen Silicone Spoon Rest, Set of 4, (Colorful,Big Size) for $9.99 (list price $15.69)

ChefLand Ladle, 8-Ounce, Stainless Steel for $7.99 (list price $9.95)

Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel 8 quart Stock Pot with Steamer and Pasta Insert for $59.95 (list price $75.64)

Toastmaster TM-61MC 1.5 Cup One-Touch Mini Food Chopper, Black for $15.99 (list price $19.98)

OXO Good Grips Y Peeler for $8.99 (list price $10.00)

The Original GORILLA GRIP Non-Slip Reversible Cutting Boards Feature Powerful Gripping Technology, BPA Free, FDA Approved Materials, Dishwasher Safe (Set of 3: Red) for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Philips AVENT BPA Free Bottle Brush, Blue for $3.60 (list price $5.49)

Aroma Housewares 8-Cup (Cooked) (4-Cup UNCOOKED) Cool Touch Rice Cooker (ARC-914S) for $19.90 (list price $34.99)

Prepworks by Progressive Thin Apple Slicer and Corer for $10.41 (list price $12.99)

Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, 1-Quart, Black for $17.18 (list price $24.99)

Prepworks by Progressive Can Colander for $3.99 (list price $6.12)

Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, FFP for $17.99 (list price $44.11)

Great Northern Popcorn Original Spinner Stovetop 6-1/2-Quart Popcorn Popper for $30.64 (list price $41.95)

Box Grater, 4-Sided Stainless Steel Large 10-inch Grater for Parmesan Cheese, Ginger, Vegetables for $11.97 (list price $19.99)

Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker with Automatic Cooling,3.12lb Jar capacity,(1.5L) for $80.07 (list price $89.34)

Inventions for Market One Click Stick Butter Cutter with Stainless Steel Blade for $9.99 (list price $14.99)

Sunbeam FPSBHS0301 250-Watt 5-Speed Hand and Stand Mixer Combo, White for $29.99 (list price $65.89)

HOME

Namaste Buddha 11 1/2" High Indoor Table Fountain for $29.95 (list price $39.99)

2PCS Stainless-Steel Kitchen Sink Strainer - Large Wide Rim 4.5" Diameter - Perfect for Kitchen Sinks (Large) - Fengbao for $9.99 (list price $10.99)

Queen Comforter Duvet Insert White - Quilted Comforter with Corner Tabs - Hypoallergenic, Plush Siliconized Fiberfill, Box Stitched Down Alternative Comforter by Utopia Bedding for $38.99 (list price $69.99)

Equinox International Queen/Standard Size 17 X 25-Inches Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Removable Bamboo Soft Pillow Case for $14.95 (list price $39.99)

Flameless Candles 4" 5" 6" Set of 3 Ivory Dripless Real Wax Pillars Include Realistic Dancing LED Flames and 10-key Remote Control with 24-hour Timer Function-Antizer for $24.99 (list price $59.99)

Winsome Oversize Snack Table Set, Walnut for $59.97 (list price $80.28)

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Soy Candle, Lemon Verbena, 7.2 Ounce Jar for $7.64 (list price $9.79)

DUcare Portable Folding Vanity Mirror with Standing, Large for $12.99 (list price $32.99)

Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Windtunnel Air Bagless Corded Lightweight Upright Vacuum UH70400 for $81.74 (list price $199.99)

Sky Mat, Anti Fatigue Mat, 20 in x 39 in, Black - Standing Desk Mats, Commercial Grade Anti-fatigue Comfort Kitchen Floor Mats for $57.97 (list price $77.97)

Phantoscope New Living Blue&Green Decorative Throw Pillow Case Set of 4 for $19.99 (list price $35.96)

Hypoallergenic Quilted Stretch-to-Fit Mattress Pad By Hanna Kay, 10 Year Warranty-Clyne Collection (Queen) for $25.95 (list price $37.95)

Premium Velvet Suit Hangers - 30 Pack - Heavy Duty - Non Slip - Velvet Suit Hangers Black - by Utopia Home for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

Ollieroo 10 Pack Moth Protection Repellent Cedar Hang Up with Light Cedar Fragrance Odour Protection for wardrobes Large Size 9.05"x 2.6"x 0.4" for $18.99 (list price $39.99)

Clothes Steamer - Handheld Garment Steamer with 3.4Oz Capacity for Home & Travel Ideal for Clothes, Curtains, Carpets for $19.86 (list price $39.99)

OXY Pet Stain Remover - Carpet Cleaning with Oxygen Power - Clean Tough Spots and Stains with Ease - Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery, and Laundry - 32oz for $19.95 (list price $29.99)

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers Value Pack, Citrus Blend, 210 Count for $11.97 (list price $13.99)

Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, Huge Roll, 8 Count for $18.36 (list price $22.99)

Household Essentials 5614 Double Hamper Laundry Sorter with Magnetic Lid Closure - Brown Coffee Linen for $31.13 (list price $43.99)

all Powercore Pacs Laundry Detergent Plus Removes Tough Odors, 50 Count for $8.97 (list price $18.99)

Bounce Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets Free & Gentle 240CT for $8.99 (list price $11.87)

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac for $51.99 (list price $59.99)

BISSELL Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper, 92N0A (same as 92N0) for $28.48 (list price $29.99)

VECELO Dining Table Set for 4 - Black for $189.99 (list price $359.99)

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 $31.50 (list price $39.99)

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

Twin Lotus Active Charcoal Toothpaste Herbaliste Triple Action 100g (3.52 Oz) X 1 Tube for $10.09 (list price $18.00)

Sonimart Replacement Toothbrush Heads for Philips Sonicare ProResults, (Pack of 4) for $14.95 (list price $29.95)

Philips Norelco S9311/84, Shaver 9300 for $219.95 (list price $249.99)

Philips SatinShave Advanced Wet & dry cordless shaver, 4 accessories for $37.95 (list price $39.99)

Premium Collagen Peptides (16oz) | Grass-Fed, Certified Paleo Friendly, Non-Gmo and Gluten Free - Unflavored and Easy to Mix for $24.95 (list price $39.95)

Optimum Nutrition Creatine Powder, Unflavored, 600g for $14.43 (list price $19.43)

L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow, Nudes, 0.42 Ounce for $6.24 (list price $8.00)

Gillette Venus Embrace Women's Razor Blade Refills, 4 Count for $15.64 (list price $20.49)

Radha Beauty Tea Tree Essential Oil 4 oz - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade for $12.95 (list price $39.99)

ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Top 8 Essential Oils, 100% Pure of The Highest Quality, Peppermint/Tee Tree/Rosemary/Orange/Lemongrass/Lavender/Eucalyptus/Frankincense, Therapeutic Grade for $16.01 (list price $20.00)

Retainer Brite 96 Tablets (3 Months Supply) for $12.49 (list price $14.99)

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000, 13 attachments, MG3750 for $19.97 (list price $20.99)

Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Stick, Extra Fresh 2.7 oz, Twin Pack for $7.37 (list price $12.56)

Q-tips Cotton Swabs, 2000 count for $13.06 (list price $14.89)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)


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)

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

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

Tulip Fabric Markers Fine Writers 20 Pack - Premium Quality, Nontoxic & Fast Drying for $10.31 (list price $19.99)

Shrinky Dinks Jewelry for $5.64 (list price $10.00)

FolkArt Home Decor Wax (8-Ounce), 34170 Clear for $7.80 (list price $9.99)

Creativity for Kids Origami for $9.99 (list price $14.99)

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Portrait Set, Soft Core, 24-Count for $23.29 (list price $27.37)

Simply Art Wood Alphabet Value Pack 250 ct. for $6.29 (list price $9.49)

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Limited Edition Tropical & Assorted Colors, 36-Count for $25.49 (list price $56.16)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Sunforce 82080 80-LED Solar Motion Light for $29.99 (list price $56.99)

Fiskars 3 Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set (7067) for $15.77 (list price $17.99)

SONGMICS Garden Kneeler Seat with Tool Pouch EVA Pad UGGK49L for $24.99 (list price $33.99)

Bully Tools 82515 14-Gauge Round Point Shovel with Fiberglass Long Handle for $32.92 (list price $39.99)

Truper 31614 5-Pound Pick Mattock with 36-Inch Fiberglass Handle for $32.40 (list price $44.99)

Plant Theatre Funky Veg Kit - 5 Extraordinary Vegetables to Grow - Great Gift for $18.99 (list price $22.99)

Ice Scraper for Cars and Small Trucks - Dang Near Indestructible Ice Scrapers From RevHeads - Scrape Frost and Ice for $7.99 (list price $11.99)

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout LED with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, Black for $93.30 (list price $99.95)

BBQ Grill Tools Set with 16 Barbecue Accessories - Stainless Steel Utensils with Aluminium Case- Men Complete Outdoor Grilling Kit for Dad for $31.99 (list price $86.99)

Callaway CXR Power Golf Balls for $14.99 (list price $17.99)

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

WAOAW Fire Starter Kit with Compass and Whistle - Emergency Magnesium Survival Fire Starter Flint - Champagne for $9.97 (list price $18.00)

Best Sports Water Bottle - 32oz Large - Fast Flow, Flip Top Leak Proof Lid w/ One Click Open - Non-Toxic BPA Free & Eco-Friendly Tritan Co-Polyester Plastic (GRAY) for $21.95 (list price $37.95)

B000083JEZ Bushnell PowerView 10x 32mm Compact Folding Roof Prism Binocular (Black) for $12.19 (list price $23.95)

eBags Packing Cubes - 3pc Set (Aquamarine) for $21.99 (list price $40.00)

Wilson NCAA Supreme Junior Football with Pump & Tee for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

10 x 10 FT Lightweight Waterproof RipStop Rain Fly Hammock Tarp Cover Tent Shelter for Camping Outdoor Travel for $30.99 (list price $59.99)

Wide Stadium Seats Chairs for Bleachers or Benches - Enjoy Extra Padded Cushion Backs and Armrests - 6 Reclining Custom Fit Sport Positions - Portable Easy to Carry Straps for $59.99 (list price $99.99)

MalloMe Camping Cookware Kit with Folding Spork, Nylon Bag and Ebook (10-Piece) for $19.95 (list price $69.95)

Stansport Cast Iron Cooking Tripod for $18.09 (list price $26.99)

Sunnydaze Fiammata Ventless Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace, Black for $44.95 (list price $56.99)

TOTU Windproof Umbrellas Auto Open Close Folding Golf Strong Durable Compact Travel Umbrella Reinforced Ribs 60 MPH Windproof, Black for $15.99 (list price $49.99)

Igloo 5 Gallon Seat Top Beverage Jug with spigot for $22.99 (list price $39.99)

Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad, King's Camo for $55.79 (list price $69.95)

Exerpeutic TF1000 Ultra High Capacity Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill for $349.00 (list price $499.00)

ALL NEW 2017 Garden Hose 50 Feet Expandable Hose With All Brass Connectors, 8 Pattern Spray Nozzle And High Pressure, {IMPROVED} Expanding Garden Hose for $37.49 (list price $89.99)

McDavid Waist Trimmer Ab belt- Weight Loss- Abdominal Muscle & Back Supporter for $14.12 (list price $19.99)

Plano 1374 4-By Rack System 3700 Size Tackle Box for $49.56 (list price $59.50)

Military Tactical Assault Pack Backpack Army Molle Bug Out Bag Backpacks Small Rucksack for Outdoor Hiking Camping Trekking Hunting Black for $37.99 (list price $49.99)

ELECTRONICS

TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band Fast Ethernet Router (Archer C50) for $38.41 (list price $47.42)

TP-Link Archer T4UH High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter (AC1200) for $28.99 (list price $39.00)

TP-Link AC1750 Wireless Wi-Fi Access Point - Dual Band, 802.11AC, Ceiling Mount, 3x3 MIMO Technology (EAP245) for $89.99 (list price $119.99)

TP-Link AC1900 Desktop Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender w/ 5 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (RE580D) for $84.99 (list price $149.99)

TP-Link AC1200 WiFi Range Extender, Mini Housing Design, Extends WiFi to Smart Home & Alexa Devices (RE305) for $37.99 (list price $59.99)

TP-Link 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet PoE Desktop Switch with 4-PoE Ports (TL-SG1008P) for $46.74 (list price $72.99)

TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Router - Long Range, High Powered, Dual Band, Gigabit (Archer C9) for $89.99 (list price $119.99)

RIF6 CUBE Pico Projector with 120 Inch Display - 2 Inch Mobile Portable Mini Projector 20,000 Hour LED Compatible with HDMI Devices Phones Laptops Tablets and Gameing Consoles - Includes Mini Tripod for $249.07 (list price $299.00)

VTech CS6719-2 DECT 6.0 Phone with Caller ID/Call Waiting, Silver/Black with 2 Cordless Handsets for $28.30 (list price $39.99)

Rii RK100 3-LED Colors Large Size Backlit usb Wired Mechanical Feeling Multimedia Gaming Keyboard for $18.99 (list price $39.99)

WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN [Old Model] for $97.55 (list price $119.99)

ARCHEER 25W Bluetooth Speakers (A320) with Super Bass, Bamboo Wood Home Speaker with Subwoofer for $79.99 (list price $199.99)

Sony XBR55X700D 55-Inch HDR 4K Ultra HD TV (2016 Model) for $798.00 (list price $898.00)

Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron Quad-Core N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB3-431-C5FM for $270.95 (list price $299.99)

Uniden UM380BK Class D Full - Feature Fixed Mount VHF Marine Radio, Black for $88.64 (list price $100.67)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-Inch Tablet (Wi-Fi)(16 GB, Smoky Titanium) for $188.22 (list price $199.99)

Mediabridge Ethernet Cable (50 Feet) - Supports Cat6 / Cat5e / Cat5 Standards, 550MHz, 10Gbps - RJ45 Computer Networking Cord (Part# 31-399-50B ) for $9.49 (list price $10.99)

Brother DS-620 Mobile Color Page Scanner for $89.99 (list price $97.99)

SanDisk Cruzer Blade 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDCZ50-032G-AFFP for $8.99 (list price $17.99)

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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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