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You Have to See the Best Thursday Amazon Deals

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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 16.

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

Homtime Multi-function Alarm Clock, Indoor Thermometer, Charging Station/Phone Charger with Dual Port USB for iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android Phone and Tablets, Black for $33.99 (list price $59.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, TOTU Wireless V4.1 Stereo Noise Isolating Sports Sweatproof Headset with Mic for iPhone 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 and Android Phones [Upgraded Version], Black for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

Emtec Peanuts 2.0 USB Flash Drive (ECMMD8GPN103) for $6.99 (list price $9.99)

VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner for $53.97 (list price $67.46)

Sennheiser HD 219 S Headphones with Integrated Microphone for Smartphones, Black for $39.99 (list price $79.99)

Cigarette Lighter Adapter, 120W 3-Socket Car Cigarette Lighter Splitter 3.4A Dual USB Car Charger Adapter DC 12V/24V Outlet Multi-functions Car Splitter for iPhone iPad Samsung GPS Dashcam for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

Panasonic BK-3HCCA4BA Eneloop Pro AA High Capacity Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries (Pack of 4) for $16.99 (list price $24.99)

iTOMA Cell Phone Stand with Foldable Pocket Mirror (Cyan Blue), Pocket Size Stand for Cell Phones up to 6 inches Vertical and Horizontal, Metal Made Pocket Mirror for Makeup, Safe & Light Weight for $5.49 (list price $7.49)

True Wireless Earbuds, FKANT Gemini Completely Wireless V4.1 Dual Mini Bluetooth Headphones Twin Stereo Sweatproof Sport Earphones with Mic for iPhone 7 Samsung S7 Edge And More for $37.99 (list price $69.99)

SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - SDCZ80-064G-GAM46 for $34.99 (list price $49.99)

SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones (Bluetooth 4.1, 6 Hours Talk time, CVC 6.0 Noise Cancelling, with Mic) - Black&Red for $15.99 (list price $45.99)

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 $10.69 (list price $13.99)

Spigen Kuel AP230T CD Slot Phone Mount Universal Car Phone Holder With Low Profile Design for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6S / 6S Plus / Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge / LG / Nexus for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

Sennheiser HD 600 Open Back Professional Headphone for $288.00 (list price $399.95)

Bluetooth Speakers,URPOWER Hi-Fi Portable Wireless Stereo Speaker with 7 LED Visual Modes and Build-in Microphone Support Hands-free Function, for iPhone 7 Plus,7,Samsung,Tablets and More-Z3 for $19.99 (list price $55.99)

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

iPhone 7 Plus Screen Protector, JETech 2-Pack Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 7 Plus 5.5" - 0990A for $6.69 (list price $7.99)

Rowkin Bit Stereo Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless Earbuds with Mic. Smallest Cordless Hands-Free In-Ear Earphones Headsets with Portable Charger & Noise Reduction for Running and iPhone. (Space Gray) for $109.99 (list price $239.99)

AmazonBasics Shockproof and Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Mini Speaker for $17.69 (list price $24.99)

G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer - Multiple Finishes Available. For Laptops, Tablets, and Phones - Strong Build, Eco-Friendly Bamboo for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

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)

Anker PowerCore 20100 - 20000mAh Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with Powerful 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy and More (White) for $37.99 (list price $99.99)

Tiergrade 22000mAh Power Bank with 2 Port Wall Charger and 2 Micro USB Cables Ultra Hight Capacity Portable Charger External Battery with High Speed Charging Technology for $29.99 (list price $89.99)

Micro USB Cable 4-Pack High Speed USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B Sync and Charge Cables Cords for $6.09 (list price $9.36)

Jackery Titan 20100 mAh 2 Port 3.4A Smart Fit Technology Portable Charger for All Smartphones and Apple Devices - Black for $30.59 (list price $89.99)

iDOO Wireless Charger 3 Coils Wireless Charging stand Charger for Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7 Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, S6, S6 Edge and all Qi Enabled Phones - Black for $20.79 (list price $25.99)

Spigen Hybrid Armor iPhone 7 Plus Case with Air Cushion Technology and Hybrid Drop Protection for iPhone 7 Plus - Rose Gold for $13.49 (list price $19.99)

Mengo Aluma Phone Car Mount - Aluminum Magnetic Air Vent Car Holder/Cradle with Secure & Solid Grip - Universally Compatible, Fits All Vents for iPhones, Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones V4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones Sweatproof Running Workout Headset for $25.69 (list price $30.99)

iHome IBT69BX Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini Speaker - Black for $18.48 (list price $24.99)

amPen Stylus Retractable Disk Stylus (Black) for iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Tab Tablet Series (Interchangeable Disk Tip) for $9.29 (list price $19.99)

Doberman Security SE-0106-4PK Ultra-Slim Window Alarm (4 Pack) for $24.89 (list price $29.99)

1byone Wireless Home Security Driveway Alarm, 1 Battery-operated / AC Adapter Receiver and 2 PIR Motion Sensor Detector Weatherproof Patrol Infrared Alert System Kit for $24.99 (list price $36.99)

iHome IBT55BGXC Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini Speaker System (Black) for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

iPhone 7 Plus Case, RANVOO 3 in 1 Anti-Scratch Shockproof Electroplate Frame Ultra Slim Coated Surface Excellent Grip Case for iPhone 7 Plus, Jet Black for $12.99 (list price $39.99)

Ocathnon 36 LED Ring light with 1500 mAh Emergency Phone Charger Clip Video lighting External Cell Phone Battery Pack For IOS/Android Smart Phones-Red for $15.89 (list price $69.99)

HD Lens Apexel Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit for iPhone 6 6 Plus 5S 5 Samsung S6 S5 Note 4 3 (0.45x Wide Angle Lens + 12.5x Macro Lens) for $16.99 (list price $23.98)

JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand- Flexible Universal Smartphone Stand for Large Smartphones (2.7”-3.9” wide). for $20.96 (list price $29.95)

HyCell Battery Tester (1900-0037) for $10.19 (list price $12.74)

AUKEY Car Mount Air Vent Magnetic Phone Holder for iPhone 7, 6S, Plus, Samsung and Other Android, Windows Smartphones (Grey) for $8.99 (list price $12.99)

Jackery Bar Premium 6000 mAh External Battery Charger - Portable Charger and Power Bank with Panasonic Battery Cells and Aluminum Shell for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, Galaxy & Other Smart Devices (Orange) for $13.59 (list price $32.99)

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)

Lumsing 10400mAh External Power Bank for Smartphones,Tablets for $19.99 (list price $41.99)

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)

Aukey CC-T8 Car Charger with Dual Quick Charge 3.0 Ports - Black for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

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

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 for $24.99 (list price $34.99)

KITCHEN

Circleware Villa Olive Oil and Vinegar Glass Dispenser Bottles, Set of 2, 16 oz., Clear for $13.99 (list price $14.99)

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

Cuisinart 733-30H Chef's Classic Stainless 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Cover for $40.94 (list price $140.00)

Graco DuoDiner LX Baby High Chair, Metropolis for $71.49 (list price $149.99)

Modern Innovations Stainless Steel Pint Cups, Set of 5, 16 oz for $19.95 (list price $34.99)

Secura SCG-903B Automatic Electric Burr Coffee Grinder Mill, Black for $32.99 (list price $64.99)

LINKYO French Coffee Press - Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 34oz, 1L for $22.79 (list price $49.99)

Lodge L12CO3 Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 6 quart for $59.00 (list price $73.08)

Blendtec TB-621-25 Total Blender Classic with WildSide+ Jar, Black (Certified Refurbished) for $199.99 (list price $279.95)

Cook N Home NC-00335 Stainless Steel Canning Pot/Stockpot for $35.02 (list price $49.99)

Airtight Cold Brew Coffee Maker - 1 Quart Sealing Iced Coffee Maker - Glass Pitcher with Removable Filter for $18.69 (list price $69.99)

Lifewit Height Adjustable Pan Pot Oraganizer Rack, 5-Tier Kitchenware Cookware Holder Hanger Shelves Kitchen Cabinet Worktop Countertop Storage Solutions, Stainless Steel for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Cuisinart MCP-7N MultiClad Pro Stainless-Steel Cookware 7-Piece Cookware Set for $121.99 (list price $149.99)

Crockpot SCCPCCM250-BT Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, 2.5 quart, White/Blue for $26.99 (list price $39.99)

BLACK+DECKER CJ650W Citrus Juicer with 32 oz Plastic Jar, White for $17.99 (list price $19.99)

Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Lunch Bag, Marshall Monkey for $12.00 (list price $15.00)

Mercer Culinary Millennia 10-Inch Wide Bread Knife for $15.95 (list price $39.99)

GDEALER Digital Pocket Kitchen Scale 0.001oz/0.01g 500g Kitchen Food Scale Jewelry Weight Compact Scale, Tare, Stainless Steel, Backlit Display for $12.99 (list price $25.99)

Laminas 24 Cup Silicone Mini Muffin Pan, 34.5X24-cm, Red for $9.95 (list price $22.95)

Silicone Baking Mat - Set of 2 Half Sheet - Nonstick Easy Clean for Cookies, Pastries, Meats & Candy - Fit for US Half Sheet Size(Black) for $11.99 (list price $35.99)

Ouddy 16 Inch Magnetic Knife Holder, Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar, Magnetic Knife Strip, Knife Rack Strip for $16.99 (list price $35.99)

Hario VKB-120HSVV60 Buono Pouring Kettle, 1.2 litre for $39.67 (list price $66.67)

PortoFino 6 Pc. Baking Utensil Set - Beech Wood & Silicone - Cooking / Pastry Tools - 9" Large Spatula, Small Spatula, Spoon Spatula, Flat Pastry Brush, Round Pastry Brush, 12" Balloon Whisk, Grey for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

TeChef - Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan / Egg Pan, Coated with Dupont Teflon Select - Colour Collection / Non-stick Coating (PFOA Free) for $19.97 (list price $22.99)

Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe for $41.95 (list price $69.95)

Cusimax 7-Cup Glass Water Kettle,Auto Shut Off Illuminating Electric Kettle,CMWK-150,1.7L,Sliver for $34.99 (list price $99.99)

Good Cook Classic Safe Cut Can Opener for $10.44 (list price $14.99)

Splatter Screen Guard Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel - No Mess, For Steaming, Cover for Pouring for $21.49 (list price $49.99)

Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Travel Tumbler, Midnight Blue for $20.85 (list price $27.99)

HOME

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray 4ml Travel Size Disposable Spritzer, Lavender Vanilla Scent for $9.06 (list price $12.16)

Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light for Seasonal & Festival Celebration, Pack of 12, Electric Fake Candle in Warm White and Wave Open for $9.99 (list price $17.99)

1byone Digital Smart Wireless Body Fat Scale with IOS and Android App to Manage Body weight, Body Fat, Water, Muscle Mass, BMI, BMR, Bone Mass and Visceral Fat, White for $32.99 (list price $54.99)

Skip Hop Moonlight and Melodies Nightlight Soother, Owl for $32.00 (list price $40.00)

CVLIFE 12x50 Compact Monocular Telescope Pocket Mono Spotting Scope With Compass and Pouch For Concert, Hunting, Camping, Bird Watching for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Set of 4 - 18 x 18 Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester, Standard / White - MADE IN USA for $22.99 (list price $55.99)

Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing, Abbington for $53.99 (list price $89.99)

Cymas Full HD 1080P 2.0 Inch Sports Action Camera Underwater Waterproof Video Camera with 170 Degrees Wide-angle Lens and 16 Accessories for $49.99 (list price $69.99)

Penguin Cooling Pillow Mat 12.2 x 22 in. Largest on Amazon, Soft Gel, No Water or Leaks for $16.95 (list price $24.95)

AeraMax 300 Air Purifier with Large Room Allergy and Asthma 4-Stage Purification for $186.99 (list price $219.99)

Pleasant Hearth - 3/4" Premium Solid Steel Fireplace Grates - Lifetime Warranty, Black, 24-Inch for $39.99 (list price $53.29)

Aicok Mini Travel Garment Steamer, Handheld Portable Fabric Steamer Dual Steam Setting, with Brush, Travel Pouch and Glove for $28.19 (list price $69.99)

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

Non-slip Soft Rubber Bathtub Mat OTHWAY Bathroom Bathmat with Strong Suction Cups Blue for $12.99 (list price $18.99)

Holmes Quartz Tower Heater, White for $37.99 (list price $57.52)

Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum for $39.99 (list price $49.99)

Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier with LED Display, TaoTronics Ultrasonic Air Humidifiers for Bedroom with 6L/1.6 Gallon Capacity, Touch Sensitive LED Display, Air Filter, Low Water Protection, US Plug 120V for $79.99 (list price $104.99)

Thick Oxford Fabric Clothes Storage Bag, Folding Organizer Bag for Comforters, Blanket, Clothes Storage. Waterproof, Dustproof, Moistureproof with Zipper and Handles (Light Grey, L) for $9.99 (list price $23.99)

Levpet 13-Gallon Touch-Free Trash Can, Stainless-Steel for $49.99 (list price $85.99)

Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat, Rittenhouse for $114.07 (list price $199.99)

Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissue Cube (18 boxes, 75 tissues per box) for $23.81 (list price $31.99)

6 Piece 1500 Thread Count Egyptian Quality Deep Pocket Bed Sheet Set - 2 EXTRA PILLOW CASES - Queen, Multiple colors available for $27.83 (list price $31.00)

Home-it 50 Pack Clothes Hangers Ivory Velvet Hangers Clothes Hanger Ultra Thin No Slip for $24.87 (list price $69.99)

Unique Home 8 Piece Reversible Pinch Pleat Comforter Set Fade Resistant, Wrinkle Free, No Ironing Necessary, Super Soft, Queen, Grey for $64.01 (list price $83.28)

Quick Shine 1207-00027U Hardwood Floor Luster for $6.97 (list price $7.99)

Rubbermaid Medium Flexible Storage Bag Tote 15-Gallon, 1802621 for $9.73 (list price $15.00)

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)

The Original GORILLA GRIP Non-Slip Area Rug Pad, Made In USA (5' x 7') for $13.99 (list price $26.79)

Rubbermaid Comfort Grip Duster and Dustpan Set (FG6C0100) for $9.00 (list price $10.42)

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier XL - 1-Gallon Water Tank with Variable Mist Control, Automatic Shut-Off, and Soft Night Light Options for $49.99 (list price $79.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

KOSE Softy Mo Facial Cleansing Oil Speedy, 0.5 Pound for $9.85 (list price $14.49)

Peripera Peri's Ink the Velvet 0.3 Ounce 014 Beauty Peak Rose for $8.02 (list price $12.00)

Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur SPF 15/PA Plus, 1.23 Ounce for $11.99 (list price $20.03)

MIZON Collagen, 30ml for $10.53 (list price $11.89)

TONYMOLY Pandas Dream So Cool Eye Stick, 1.4 Ounce for $7.36 (list price $8.99)

Etude House My Lash Serum, 1.28 Ounce for $4.70 (list price $6.23)

Mizon Cosmetics Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack, 2.7 Fluid Ounce for $11.22 (list price $15.99)

CLIO Water Me PLS BB (SPF30,PA++) Korean Beauty [Imported] for $9.25 (list price $17.00)

MIZON Snail Foam Cleanser, 1.92 Ounce for $3.75 (list price $8.03)

Tonymoly Panda's Dream Eye Patch Eye Mask 10pairs Korean Eye Patches for $15.94 (list price $30.00)

Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam, 5.07 Fluid Ounce for $12.99 (list price $20.00)

TONYMOLY Tony Moly Egg Pore Nose Pack Package 7 Sheets for $4.24 (list price $7.00)

Htgtai Jelly Flower Lipstick Translucent Moisturizer lipsticks Lips Care Surplus Bright Lip Balm-Flame Red for $7.64 (list price $15.26)

Exclusive Color-Change Collagen Facial Mask Sheet by Skin Temperature - Whitening & Anti-Wrinkle Korean Mask Pack for $25.00 (list price $25.00)

[Shara Shara] 7 pcs ALOE Facial Mask Sheets, Aloe Extract Providing Moisture and Skin Soothing, Korean Cosmetics, Home Skincare, Essence Mask Pack for $10.35 (list price $10.35)

Goodal Water Full Mask 0.7 Ounce 003 Firming for $3.50 (list price $3.50)

Gillette Mach3 Men's Razor Blade Refills, 15 Count for $33.02 (list price $39.99)

Gillette Fusion Manual Men's Razor Blade Refills, 12 Count for $33.97 (list price $47.99)

Cremo Original Shave Cream, Astonishingly Superior Shaving Cream for Men, 6 Fluid Ounce for $6.99 (list price $9.99)

Gillette Fusion ProShield Men's Razor with Flexball Handle and 2 Razor Blade Refills for $8.62 (list price $13.99)

Gillette Mach3 Turbo Men's Razor Blade Refills, 10 Cartridge for $26.53 (list price $31.99)

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

Personna Double Edge Razor Blades, 100 Count for $12.39 (list price $17.50)

Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Wet&Dry Electric Shaver for Men / Rechargeable Electric Razor, Blue for $55.99 (list price $79.99)

Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush for $19.95 (list price $19.95)

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

Oral-B Complete Glide Dental Floss Picks Plus Scope Outlast, Long Lasting Mint, 75 Dental Floss Picks, (Pack of 6) for $20.94 (list price $29.66)

Simply Naz Stainless Steel Dental Tools Kit with Inspection Mirror, Sickle Scaler, Plaque Scraper, Pick and Tartar for $11.97 (list price $18.99)

Dentek Comfort Clean Floss Picks, 150 Count (Pack of 6) for $17.94 (list price $26.34)

Dove Body Wash, Sensitive Skin 22 oz, Pack of 4 for $19.98 (list price $25.56)

American Crew Forming Cream, 3 Ounce (Pack of 3) for $24.29 (list price $37.72)

Degree Men Clinical Antiperspirant, Sport Strength 1.7 oz (pack of 2) for $13.23 (list price $15.98)

Dial Antibacterial Deodorant Bar Soap, White, 4 Ounce Bars, 10 Count (Pack of 3) for $14.64 (list price $18.93)

AXE Body Wash for Men, Apollo 16 oz for $3.24 (list price $5.69)

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, Clear Tone Skin Renew, 3.8 Ounce for $5.49 (list price $6.89)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

ALEX Toys Little Hands Picture Mosaic for $5.40 (list price $12.00)

Tulip Fabric Markers Fine Writers 20 Pack - Premium Quality, Nontoxic & Fast Drying for $11.20 (list price $19.99)

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 12-Count for $18.25 (list price $23.04)

Epson WF-2750 All-in-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax for $59.99 (list price $69.99)

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Limited Edition Tropical & Assorted Colors, 24 Pack for $17.01 (list price $20.02)

uni-ball Vision Needle Rollerball Pens, Micro Point (0.5mm), Assorted Colors, 5 Count for $10.61 (list price $12.49)

Epson XP-830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax (C11CE78201) for $99.99 (list price $199.99)

ALEX Toys Artist Studio 24 Finger Paints for $15.93 (list price $26.99)

Sharpie Clear View Highlighter Stick, Assorted, 8 Pack (1966798) for $7.18 (list price $17.51)

TF Publishing 171145 Wall Calendar 2017, Prints and Patterns for $10.36 (list price $14.99)

Mr. Sketch Washable Scented Watercolor Markers, Chisel-Tip, Assorted Colors, 64-Count for $45.59 (list price $70.50)

Sharpie Clear View Highlighter Stick, Pink, Box of 12 (1950448) for $17.28 (list price $27.27)

Pictek Electric Pencil Sharpener, Automatic Battery Operated Stainless Steel Blade Pencil Sharpener with Auto-Stop Feature, Replacement Sharpener Core for Home, Classroom & Office for $18.89 (list price $32.99)

Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, 150-Count for $80.57 (list price $312.79)

Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Bold Point, Assorted Colors, 12-Count for $7.75 (list price $17.09)

Paper Mate Clearpoint 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil Starter Set for $4.97 (list price $8.42)

Paper Mate Liquid Flair Porous-Point Pen, Medium Tip, Fashion Colors, 8-Count for $12.99 (list price $17.08)

Avery Postage Meter Labels, Personal Post Office e700, 1.187 x 6 Inches, White, 60 per Pack (5289) for $5.29 (list price $9.54)

Avery Postcards for Inkjet Printers, Matte, 5.5 x 4.25 Inches, White, Box of 200 (08387) for $12.25 (list price $13.89)

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack (Solid Black) for $93.99 (list price $199.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Zippo Hand Warmer, 12-Hour - Blaze Orange for $14.29 (list price $21.95)

Garden Hose Nozzle / Hand Sprayer - Heavy Duty 10 Pattern Metal Watering Nozzle - High Pressure - Pistol Grip Front Trigger for $19.95 (list price $29.95)

WORX Aerocart Multifunction 2-Wheeled Yard Cart, Dolly, and Wheelbarrow with Flat Free Tires - WG050 for $139.00 (list price $149.98)

SealBuddy Premium Swim Gear - Swim Goggles + Swim Cap + Swim Ear & Nose Plugs (White Wash, Clear) for $29.95 (list price $89.95)

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag, Black, Large for $75.99 (list price $109.00)

Cuisinart CMD-108 Melting Dome, Silver for $11.75 (list price $19.99)

WESTERN 28067 Maple BBQ Smoking Chips for $2.87 (list price $9.49)

Stanley Classic Lunch Box, Hammer Tone Navy, 10-Quart for $24.36 (list price $45.00)

OMore Polarized Sports Sunglasses, Solar Shield Wayfarer Goggles, UV400 Protection with TR90 Frame for $12.59 (list price $31.99)

X-CHENG Sleeping Bags with Portable Compression Bag - 32℉ Available - ECO Friendly Materials - non-toxic - non-polluting - Comes with a complimentary gift. (blue) for $23.00 (list price $44.99)

WILD-WIND Sleeping Bag Liner Travel Sheet - Portable Lightweight Compact - Camping Travel Picnic Outdoor - Marmalade for $16.89 (list price $29.99)

Gonex 35L Lightweight Packable Backpack Handy Foldable Shoulder Bag Daypack (Black) for $17.99 (list price $58.99)

Etekcity 4 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 12 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible) for $19.99 (list price $79.99)

AVANTEK HD Folding Compact 8X22 Binoculars, High Power Portable Waterproof, Mini Pocket Telescopes for Sport and Travel for $17.99 (list price $25.00)

Portable Water Filter Filtration Straw Purifier Survival Gear, Etekcity 1500L Emergency Camping Equipment 3-stage filtration , 0.01 Micron, Survival Kit Supplies for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

Ironman LX300 Inversion Therapy Table for $99.00 (list price $129.00)

Outer Style Colorblock Sling Bag with Adjustable Strap and Headphone Port (Black) for $15.00 (list price $59.00)

Amzdeal Digital Laser Golf Rangefinder with PinSeeker,Perfect for Golf ,Hunting and Racing(Black) for $109.99 (list price $199.99)

Sougayilang Telescopic Saltwater Freshwater Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Travel Fishing Pole Kit (1.8m/5.84ft+DK1000+Full Kits) for $51.99 (list price $173.99)

WILD-WIND Hanging Multi-use Bag Toiletry Bag Cosmetic Bag for Man and Woman - Ultra Lightweight, Waterproof, Durable - Travel, Camping, GYM - Marmalade for $14.99 (list price $21.99)

G4Free Tactical Assault Messenger Gym Hiking Camping bag (Black) for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Bonmixc Bicycle Pedals 9/16" Cycling Four Pcs Sealed Bearing Bike Pedals for $25.99 (list price $52.99)

Mountaintop 75L Outdoor Sport Water-resistant Internal Frame Backpack Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover for Climbing,camping,hiking,Travel and Mountaineering-6801 for $70.99 (list price $89.99)

Freegrace Premium Collapsible Bucket -Multifunctional Folding Bucket -Perfect Gear For Camping, Hiking & Travel (Green, 10L(Upgraded)) for $16.99 (list price $24.99)

Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Beige for $35.95 (list price $79.99)

TOTU Windproof Umbrellas Auto Open Close Folding Golf Strong Durable Compact Travel Umbrella Reinforced Ribs 60 MPH Windproof Canopy and Slip-Proof Handle, Portable Lightweight Easy Carrying Black for $13.99 (list price $49.99)

Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife, Fine Edge, Stainless Steel [22-48485] for $7.97 (list price $13.00)

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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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