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Plush Piranha Plant Puppet Is Perfect for Super Mario Reenactments

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Gamers have had to deal with the deadly Piranha Plants in pretty much every Mario game since the original Super Mario Bros. hit Nintendo in 1985. (The toothed flora even found a way onto the racetracks in several Mario Kart games.) It may be annoying to get gobbled up by one of these villains, but over the years, players have developed a soft spot for the carnivorous plants. Now the invasive species can root its way into your next puppet show production as this ThinkGeek exclusive toy turns your hand into a moving, biting Piranha Plant.

When fully extended, this plush hand puppet is 14 inches tall (it can extend a full 2 inches out of its pipe). Otherwise, the sneaky plant can hide inside and wait for any tasty plumbers to come along. The Piranha Plant puppet makes an excellent house plant, as it never needs watering and lets you unleash your inner bad guy. You can grab your own on ThinkGeek for $20.

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design. Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor. Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.) Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens. "The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release. The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking. “When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.” Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure. [h/t Fast Company]
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Start Off the Weekend With These Great 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, August 18.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

New Matter MOD-t Desktop 3D Printer | Built-In WiFi, Easy to Use, Safe and Quiet for $269.10 (list price $399.00)

Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Microphone (Gray) for $25.00 (list price $49.99)

MC Fashion 3D Japanese Cartoon Rinkadoll Super Cute Soft Silicone Case Cover for Apple iPhone 6/6S - Cactus for $8.95 (list price $16.95)

Parrot Zik 2.0 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (Yellow) for $124.95 (list price $199.95)

TaoTronics Headset for Cell Phone with Bluetooth - Black for $21.99 (list price $39.99)

Philips FLEX BT2000A/37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Blue/Green) for $23.64 (list price $39.99)

ION Audio Max LP | 3-Speed Belt Drive Turntable with Built-In Speakers & 1/8" Aux Input (Natural Wood) for $72.47 (list price $78.73)

Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset (US Version with Warranty) for $34.95 (list price $49.99)

[The Smallest] Jackery Mini 3350mAh Portable Charger - External Battery Pack, Premium Aluminum Power Bank, Portable iPhone Charger for iPhone 7, 6s, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 (Black) for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

Withings Activité Sapphire - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch - Swiss-Made for $329.98 (list price $450.00)

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens for $388.00 (list price $549.00)

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam, Yellow/Black for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

KITCHEN

Home Bar Tools Set - 11-Piece - Stainless-Steel for $42.99 (list price $143.99)

One White Apple Wooden Spoons Disposable, 6" Length Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Compostable Birchwood (Pack of 100) GO GREEN! for $12.98 (list price $16.98)

MURENKING Stand Mixer MK36 500W 5-Qt 6-Speed Tilt-Head Kitchen Food Mixer with Accessories (Champagne) for $89.99 (list price $129.99)

Spring Chef Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Metal Measuring Spoons for Dry or Liquid, Fits in Spice Jar, Set of 6 for $9.97 (list price $19.99)

Bento Lunch Box by Lifemark Labs - Stylish Leakproof Lunch Kit with 3 Compartments - For Kids & Adults - Easy Portion Control - Container is Dishwasher & Microwave Friendly for $19.97 (list price $34.95)

Premium 24oz Cocktail Shaker and Jigger with Measurement Markings – Professional Bar Set to Make Delicious Cocktails for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Nordic By Nature Insulated Neoprene Lunchbox Tote Lunch Bag Made For Women, Men and Kids | Includes 12" Big Bottle Cooler | Lightweight | Rugged Lunch Box | Washable | Designer Camo Pattern Bags for $19.99 (list price $27.99)

Vera Wang Wedgwood Polish Noir Flatware 5-Piece Place Setting Set, Black for $90.00 (list price $125.00)

Joseph Joseph 40085 Nest 9 Nesting Bowls Set with Mixing Bowls Measuring Cups Sieve Colander, 9-Piece, Blue for $40.00 (list price $42.99)

VonShef 17 Piece Premium Mixing Bundle with 5 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls, Measuring Spoon Set, Measuring Cup Set, Graters, Whisk & Spatula for $46.95 (list price $79.99)

12oz SmartCup by frank green – Reusable Ecofriendly Travel Coffee Mug for $29.99 (list price $35.00)

BELLA 13694 High Power Juice Extractor, Stainless Steel for $53.99 (list price $110.00)

HOME

T4U 3 Inch Ceramic Cameo Double Layer Howllow Design succulent Plant Pot/Cactus Plant Pot With Saucer Full colors Package 1 Pack of 3 for $19.93 (list price $49.86)

T4U 2.75 Inch Ceramic Summer Trio No.2 succulent Plant Pot/Cactus Plant Pot Flower Pot/Container/Planter Yellow Package 1 Pack of 3 for $12.93 (list price $25.86)

Rexford Mid-Century Walnut Table Lamp Set of 2 for $119.98 (list price $179.99)

Adeco 30" Tolix Style Metal Stool with Pu Cover - Set of Two, (Black) for $109.99 (list price $209.99)

Zuo Modern Hamilton Ceiling Lamp, Antique Black/Copper for $101.99 (list price $267.00)

LCH Wooden Ball Clock, Handmade Antique Retro Classic Mid-Century Modern Wall Clock, Designed by George Nelson (Orange) for $89.99 (list price $129.98)

Seville Classics 3-Tier Resin Slat Utility Shoe Rack, Espresso for $29.99 (list price $34.40)

Honey-Can-Do SHO-02222 4-Tier Bamboo Entryway Organizer for $55.87 (list price $90.99)

Levpet 13-Gallon Touch-Free Trash Can, Stainless-Steel for $48.35 (list price $85.99)

Saganizer Hamper with Wheels Rolling Cart Heavy Duty Triple Laundry Organizer/Sorter, Chrome/White for $37.99 (list price $49.99)

EWEI'S HomeWares 3 Floating U Shelves, Espresso Finish for $15.99 (list price $20.50)

Inter Design Newspaper and Magazine Rack for Bathroom, Office, Entryway - Matte Black for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

Twone White Cloud Magnetic Wall Key Holder - Easy to Mount - Powerful Magnets Keep Keychains and Loose Keys Securely in Place for $7.98 (list price $9.98)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

SONGMICS Bamboo Lap Desk Board Multi Tasking Laptop Tablet Cellphone Stand Holder with Built-in Mouse Pad ULLD560 for $26.99 (list price $35.45)

Leather Journal Refillable, UBaymax Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Handmade Travel Journal Diary Dark Brown Vintage Journal Notebook and Planner with Elastic Strap Bind for Men Women S Size: 5.1" x 3.54" for $17.99 (list price $39.99)

SKILCRAFT B3 Aviator Multi-function Pen Black/Blue Ink, Medium Point with Pencil includes complimentary Memo Pad for $26.47 (list price $32.99)

ISSIKI Luxury Bamboo Fountain Pen With Gift Case 100% Handcrafted Vintage Collection Best Signature Calligraphy Antique Executive Business Gift Pens for $12.49 (list price $50.00)

LIHIT LAB Pen Case, Black, 3 x 9.4" (A7552-24) for $8.13 (list price $10.99)

Safco Products 9423MO Wood Adjustable Literature Organizer, 24 Compartment, Oak for $89.98 (list price $143.00)

Eames Style Aluminum Group Management Office Chair Reproduction Leather White for $345.00 (list price $1,345.00)

Exposed Bulb Accent Lamp, Mahogany Wood, Dimmable, E26, 60W, 120V, Plug-In, Includes Edison Filament Bulb, ETL Listed for $49.00 (list price $114.00)

Leather Business Name Card Holder Case Wallet Credit Card Book with Magnetic Shut Coffee for $6.99 (list price $15.99)

Acrylic Desktop, Folder and Makeup Palette Organizer - Mail, Paper/Paperwork Organizer - File Sorter; File Folder Holder - Laptop Rack - by Unum - Black and Clear, 9" x 6.75" x 6.5" for $20.99 (list price $29.99)

Umbra Toto Storage Caddy, Tall for $25.71 (list price $30.00)

Ninepeak 11 Inch Professional Tailor Scissor Black,High Carbon Steel for $21.03 (list price $29.99)

Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Mouse for $23.53 (list price $29.95)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Folding Wood Comb by Striking Viking - Anti-Static Wooden Styling Comb for Men for $15.79 (list price $22.00)

Beard & Mustache Scissors from Striking Viking - Steel Scissors for Beards and Mustaches. Includes Synthetic Leather Case for Travel and Storage. for $12.97 (list price $22.00)

Alotpower Shaving Brush with 100% Pure Badger for Safety Razors,Double Edge Razors,Straight Razors, Engineered for the Best Shave of Your Life(Just 1 Brush for Package) for $10.86 (list price $28.98)

Conair Oval Shaped Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror, 1x/7x magnification, Polished Chrome Finish for $26.09 (list price $34.99)

Purell 9120-03-EC Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Clean Refreshing Scent, 40 Count Canister (Pack of 3) for $13.13 (list price $20.25)

Marvis Jasmin Mint Toothpaste, Travel Size 1.3 Ounces for $6.00 (list price $7.00)

Mudder Silicone Cosmetic Containers Cream Jar with Sealed Lids, 3 Pieces (20 ml) for $8.99 (list price $14.99)

Wahl Professional 5-Star Cord/Cordless Magic Clip #8148 – Great for Barbers and Stylists – Precision Cordless Fade Clipper Loaded with Features – 90+ Minute Run Time for $79.30 (list price $94.13)

TRYM II - The Rechargeable Modern Hair Clipper Kit - Ultra-sleek Hair, Body, Mustache, and Beard Trimmer Looks Great in Any Bathroom - AC Adapter, Base Dock, and Trimming Attachments Included for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

Dukes Daily Age-Defying Facial Moisturizer Cream 4oz - Anti-Aging Lotion - Day/Night Face Wash Fuel for Men – All Organic for $19.99 (list price $45.00)

Waterpik Wp-952 Complete Care 7.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Tooth Brush, Black for $99.99 (list price $119.99)

Rugged & Dapper - Face Mask for Men - 5 oz - Detoxifying Facial Treatment with Kaolin Clay & Aloe - Purifying & Deep Cleansing Formula Helps with Blackheads & Acne – Natural & Organic Ingredients for $21.95 (list price $39.00)

KIPOZI 1 Inch Pro Nano-Titanium Flat Iron,450F Salon High Heat,Anti Frizz LCD Hair Straightener, Dual Voltage for $35.06 (list price $98.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Poler Men's Retro Rolltop Backpack, Black, One Size for $63.71 (list price $74.95)

64oz Stainless Steel Growler and Wide Mouth Water Bottle by Pine Sky - 2 Lid Package (64 oz, Campfire Red) for $26.99 (list price $34.99)

Maxpedition Bottle Holder, Khaki for $34.29 (list price $40.99)

Small Basic First Aid Kit Supplies (100-Piece) : The Most Lightweight and Portable Emergency First Aid Kit for $6.79 (list price $19.99)

Everstryke Match Pro Lighter - Waterproof Fire Starter Especially for Survival and Emergency Use for $9.95 (list price $29.95)

JOOLA Midsize Table Tennis Table for $144.98 (list price $219.95)

Bike Water Bottle Holder, Black or White Gloss, Secure Retention System, No Lost Bottles, Lightweight and Strong Bicycle Bottle Cage, Quick and Easy to Mount, Great for Road and Mountain Bikes for $15.79 (list price $24.99)

Corkcicle Canteen - Water Bottle and Thermos - Keeps Beverages Cold for Over 25, Hot for Over 12 Hours - Triple Insulated with Shatterproof Stainless Steel Construction - Matte Black - 16 oz. for $24.99 (list price $27.95)

Anpress Portable Mini USB / Battery Fan Air Cooling Handheld Fan Palm-Leaf Fan Personal Cooling Fans with 18650 Rechargable Battery for Home and Office,Indoor and Outdoor Activities (Blue) for $12.99 (list price $30.99)

Plemo Rain Umbrella Windproof Auto Open and Close Compact Folding Umbrella for Business and Travel with Anti-Slip Grip, Classic Pinstripe Print for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Razor A2 Kick Scooter (Blue) for $35.96 (list price $38.99)

TOOLS

eTape16 ET16.75-db-RP Digital Tape Measure, 16 Feet, Red for $24.50 (list price $29.99)

Bosch GMS120 Digital Multi-Scanner for $65.00 (list price $69.99)

True Utility FIXR Multi-Tool (20 Tools in 1) for $3.89 (list price $14.99)

JACKYLED 45 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Tool Kit Compact Repair Maintenance Opening Pry Set with Tweezers & Extension Shaft for Cell Phone Laptop Pad etc Disassemble for $10.99 (list price $23.99)

GlowGeek 120 to 3000 Grit Sandpaper Assortment, Dry/Wet, 9 x 3.6 Inch, 42 Pieces,Sand Paper for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing, Wood Turing Finishing for $9.96 (list price $24.99)

3M Patch Plus Primer Kit with 8 fl. oz Patch Plus Primer, Self-Adhesive Patch, Putty Knife and Sanding Pad for $9.87 (list price $12.25)

BOSTITCH BTFP3KIT 3-Tool and Compressor Combo Kit for $229.99 (list price $530.00)

Southwire Tools & Equipment 58993940 S5N1 5-in-1 Long Nose Multi-Tool Pliers, Black/Yellow for $20.56 (list price $32.81)

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool for $74.25 (list price $99.00)

Dremel 2200-01 Versa Flame Multi-Function Butane Torch for $39.00 (list price $42.99)

Plus Pen Style Compact Twiggy Scissors with Cover, White (34609) for $4.36 (list price $5.99)

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