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Don't Miss Out on Wednesday's 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, April 19.

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

BÖHM Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Inline Microphone - Black / Silver for $67.99 (list price $84.99)

Mugig Metronome,Digital Tuner ,Tone Generator 3 in 1 Multi-Instrument Device for Guitar,Bass,Violin,Ukulele,Chromatic Tuning, Large LCD Display, 8 Rhythms 30-250 BPM,Pickup & Battary Included for $9.49 (list price $15.99)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - PlayStation 4 for $34.99 (list price $59.99)

Duncan BUTTERFLY YO-YO (colors may vary) for $3.99 (list price $5.89)

Calm & Focused Fidget Toy - Increase Focus Reduce Stress - Quiet and Soothing Gadget for Children and Adults for $9.79 (list price $17.97)

Jackery Pop Slim 5000mAh External Battery Charger - Portable Charger and Power Bank with Aluminum Shell Casing Designed for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

Photive HyperBeats Pro Wireless Headphones for Sports 4.1 Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds, Secure Fit for Sports and Running with Built-in Mic. Sweatproof. for $29.95 (list price $39.95)

[3 Pack] Anker PowerLine Lightning Cable (3ft) Apple MFi Certified - Lightning Cables for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

DRIVE Natural Car Air Freshener (Beige) - Best Auto Purifier is Certified Moso Bamboo Activated Charcoal 220g for $11.67 (list price $20.00)

[Upgraded Divider] UNITEK 36W/2.4A Detachable 4 Port USB Charging Station Dock, USB Charger with Organizer Stand for Multiple Device Apple iPad iPhone Samsung for $21.99 (list price $59.99)

Multi-Tool 12 in 1 Multi Function Tool Pen - Black - Multifunction Pen is a 12 Function Pen with Exacto Blade, Screwdriver and More for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

Car Mount, Mengo Magna-Snap Mini Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount for $9.92 (list price $34.99)

Bluetooth Earbud GoNovate G9 Mini Wireless Headset In-Ear Earphone with Mic for iPhone Samsung and Other Smartphones for $13.59 (list price $17.99)

Mpow Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Sweatproof Jogger, Running, Sport Headphones Earbuds Earphone with AptX,Mic Hands-free Calling-Pink for $19.99 (list price $33.99)

VicTsing 3 in 1 Clip-on 180 Degree Fisheye Lens Plus Wide Angle Lens Plus Macro Lens iPhone Camera Lens Kits for iPhone, Android and Smartphones with Flat Camera - Black for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

QCY True Wireless Earbuds with Portable Charging Case, Mini Dual True Wireless Stereo Bluetooth V4.1 Headphones, 12 Hours Music Time, Built-in Mic - Space Gray for $49.99 (list price $99.99)

Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Duo (MUF-32CB/AM) for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

iMuto 20000mAh Portable Charger Compact External Battery Power Pack Power Bank with Smart LED Digital Display and Smart Charge for iPhone 7 6 6S Plus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Tablets and More (Black) for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

Ohuhu Legend of Zelda Ocarina 12 Hole Alto C with Textbook Display Stand Protective Bag for $15.99 

Spigen Essential F710D Portable Charger 10000mAh Premium Power Bank External Charger Battery 2 USB Port LED Display for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

MagniViz Magnifying Glass with Light and Stand - Handheld or Hands Free LED Lighted Magnifier (3x) - Bonus Cloth for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

VicTsing Bluetooth Headset, Over The Head Wireless Headset, Build in Mic for Computers, Phones(Black) for $19.99 (list price $21.99)

iClever BoostCube 4.8A 24W Dual USB Travel Wall Charger with SmartID Technology, Foldable Plug, White for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Eggsnow Selfie Ring Light with USB Charging Cable ,12 Led Clip-on lighting for iPhone/Samsung/Galaxy and Other Smart Phone ,iPad ,Computer and Laptop (White) for $14.49 (list price $19.99)

Czznn Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger Dual USB Car Adapter Smart Charging for iPhone Samsung Galaxy Note with 3Ft Micro USB Android Cable for $13.99 (list price $21.99)

SanDisk 128GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive for $68.39 (list price $99.99)

Phone Stand, MORECOO Multi-Angle Aluminum Cell Phone Stand For iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, LG, e-book, Android Windows Smartphone and Tablet (White) for $5.93 (list price $10.98)

Philips GoPure Compact 200 Car Air Purifier, 1 Pack for $108.05 (list price $137.08)

BUREI Men's Stainless Steel Chronograph Sports Watch Stopwatch with Brown Leather for $39.99 (list price $89.00)

KITCHEN

Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine Party Package for $44.99 (list price $59.95)

Libbey 12-Piece Wine Party Glass Set, 12.75-Ounce for $24.99 (list price $26.99)

Rubbermaid Flip Top Cereal Keeper, Modular Food Storage Container, BPA-free, 18 Cup, Red (1856059) for $8.00 (list price $15.42)

Neet Organic Wooden Bamboo Cooking & Serving Utensils, kitchen utensils, 6 Piece Set BMB-U6 for $9.95 (list price $29.99)

Tenta Kitchen Foldable Silicone Trivets-expandable/collapsible(pack of 5) for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Estilo Single Round Salt or Spice Box with Lid, Bamboo for $8.50 (list price $10.00)

Cuisinart Silicone Whisk, 12-Inch, Black for $10.40 (list price $17.00)

Zelancio Titan X-1 Digital LCD Display Air Fryer with Rapid Air Fry Technology. Ultimate Healthy Multifunctional Cooker - Fry / Bake / Grill / Roast for $109.99 (list price $199.99)

POPCO Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper with Handles for $10.90 (list price $34.99)

Ceramic Butter Dish with Lid, Vintage Home Decor Table Decorations, Cream Small, Wedding Housewarming Gift for $12.75 (list price $25.00)

Aprince Onion Holder & Onion Goggles, All-In-One Odor Remover & Chopper (Onion Holder & Onion Goggles) for $16.99 (list price $35.99)

Cast Iron Shallow Concave Wok, Black - by Utopia Kitchen for $20.39 (list price $49.99)

Hario Coffee Drip Scale/Timer for $34.63 (list price $56.50)

Cold Brew Coffee Maker - 1 Quart Iced Coffee Maker - Glass Pitcher with Removable Filter for $17.99 (list price $59.99)

Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel, White for $158.96 (list price $178.45)

Contigo AUTOSEAL Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 24 oz, Monaco for $19.99 (list price $22.99)

Mindkoo Electric Coffee and Spice Grinders Food Ingredients Pepper Herb Mill Grater for $16.99 (list price $36.99)

Metene Digital Kitchen Timer with Large LCD Display and Loud Alarm System for $4.00 (list price $35.00)

Underground Toys Star Wars Home Kitchen Pizza Cutter Lightsaber DV Novelty for $10.94 (list price $17.99)

MeasuPro Instant Read Internal Meat Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe, Digital Cooking Thermometer for Baking and Grilling, Programmed with USDA recommendations, Large LCD Display for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Surgical Whistling Stove Top Kettle Teapot with Layered Capsule Bottom, Silicone Handle, Mirror Finish, 2.75 Quart - Tea Maker Infuser Strainer Included for $43.99 (list price $89.99)

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite 12-Cup Coffeemaker, Stainless Steel for $84.99 (list price $99.99)

Betty Crocker Expandable Roasting Rack for $8.99 (list price $12.00)

OXO Good Grips No-Spill Silicone Ice Stick Tray for Water Bottles for $10.78 (list price $14.99)

Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker (26010) for $33.98 (list price $39.99)

Greenco Refrigerator and Freezer Drink Holder Storage Bin, 13.5"x 5.5"x 3.75", Clear for $9.34 (list price $10.99)

Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Pasta Pot with Steamer Insert, 8-quart, Black for $71.65 (list price $150.00)

Kealive Stainless Steel Pastry Blender and 4-Piece Cookie Cutter Set for $11.99 (list price $15.99)

Weston Food Strainer and Sauce Maker for Tomato, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for $39.29 (list price $46.45)

Apple Corer, Xpatee Premium Apple Corer Remover, Stainless Steel Apple or Pear Core Remover Tool for Home & Kitchen with Sharp Serrated Blade for $8.99 (list price $39.99)

Xpatee 5 Blades Herb Scissors with Cleaning Brush(Red) for $9.95 (list price $49.99)

Amzdeal Whiskey Stones Reusable Wine Ice Cubes with Tongs for Wine Beer Drinks Set of 8 for $12.99 (list price $16.99)

Bukey Can Opener and Jar Opener – Professional Stainless Steel Grips Smooth Edge Manual Tin Opener and Best Rated Kitchen Grippers to Remove Stubborn Lids, Caps and Bottles for $10.49 (list price $25.95)

Crock-Pot SCCPMC600-S 6-Quart Stainless Steel 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker with Non-Stick Inner Pot for $127.49 (list price $149.99)

Oster FPSTFP1355 2-Speed 10-Cup Food Processor, 500-watt for $35.99 (list price $59.99)

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker, 10-Cups uncooked resulting in 20-Cups (Cooked), with Steam & Rinse Basket (37543) for $32.67 (list price $47.99)

Estilo Heavy Duty Pecan, Nut and Seafood Cracker, Silver for $5.09 (list price $14.99)

4 Reusable Single Cup Keurig Solo Filter Pod Coffee Stainless Mesh (iPartsPlusMore for $8.96 (list price $9.95)

HOME

Gain Flings Moonlight Breeze Laundry Detergent Packs, 81 Count for $16.97 after on-screen coupon (list price $20.97)

Funny Door Mats Welcome Doormat Our House Cassette for $8.40 (list price $19.99)

Oxi Clean Versatile Stain Remover, 3 Pound (Pack of 4) for $30.24 (list price $50.12)

Portable Clothes Closet Wardrobe by KOUSI-Freestanding Storage Organizer with doors , large space and sturdy construction. White-8 cube for $39.99 (list price $69.99)

LUCID 5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress - Dual-Layered - CertiPUR-US Certified - Firm Feel - Twin Size for $74.09 (list price $150.00)

Casual Home 324-33 Montego 3-Tier Bookcase, Espresso for $59.51 (list price $67.99)

Bush Furniture Salinas Mission Desk and Hutch, Antique White Finish for $184.63 (list price $222.99)

Greenco Collapsible Underwear Drawer Divider Closet Organizer - Set 4, Beige for $10.99 (list price $25.99)

Vornado Zippi Personal Fan, Ice for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Weiman Silver Wipes for Cleaning and Polishing Silver Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Fine Antique Silver - 20 count for $4.94 (list price $6.99)

Altra Galaxy 50" TV Stand with Mount, Black for $59.00 (list price $119.99)

Big Joe Dorm Chair, Limo Black for $29.88 (list price $39.99)

Brightech - Maxwell Shelf Floor Lamp - Modern Mood Lighting for your Living Room and Bedroom - Shade Diffused Light Source with Open-Box Shelves - Classic Black for $64.99 (list price $120.00)

Chemical Guys MIC_506_03 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towels, Gold (16 in. x 16 in.) (Pack of 3) for $11.25 (list price $16.39)

Sterilite ClearView 3 Storage Drawer Organizer for $19.39 (list price $24.99)

Old English - Scratch Cover For Dark Wood 8 Ounce for $4.82 (list price $8.21)

Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU 115-volt Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner with Remote Control for $339.99 (list price $389.99)

Academy da Vinci Clock for $13.90 (list price $21.99)

Mothers Ultra Soft Microfiber Polishing Cloth for $4.46 (list price $7.79)

Cosco Products Vinyl Top Folding Table, 20 x 48-Inch, Black for $25.00 (list price $34.99)

LINENSPA Zippered Encasement Waterproof, Dust Mite Proof, Bed Bug Proof Breathable Mattress Protector - Queen Size for $24.99 (list price $104.99)

Tenswall Portable Garment Steamer, Handheld Fabric Steamer For Clothes - 2 Min. Heat-up Premium Clothes Steam Cleaner, 120ml Capacityl for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

Greenland Home Bella Ruffle Throw for $28.12 (list price $49.99)

Hanging Closet Organizer, MaidMAX 6-Shelf Collapsible Hanging Accessory Shelves with 2 Widen Velcros for Clothes and Shoes Storage for Gift, Beige for $12.99 (list price $16.00)

Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC - Corded for $116.37 (list price $159.99)

Glad 70403 Force Flex Medium Garbage Bag 8 Gallon 26 Count for $5.99 (list price $10.99)

Yankee Candle Company Lilac Blossoms Large Jar Candle for $19.99 (list price $27.99)

Playtex Living Gloves, Small, 2 Count for $7.41 (list price $19.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

SkinActive Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Anti-Aging 2.5 fl. oz for $10.49 (list price $12.99)

Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, HX6211/30 for $39.95 (list price $69.99)

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti Aging Skin Care Duo Pack, 6.7 Ounce for $24.86 (list price $33.99)

Olay Fresh Outlast Purifying Birch & Lavender Body Wash 22 oz for $19.96 (list price $28.55)

Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System, 1 Count for $17.97 (list price $19.99)

OGX Shampoo, Hydrating TeaTree Mint, 13oz for $5.79 (list price $7.99)

Fekkai Essential Shea Mask 7 Oz for $23.21 (list price $24.99)

John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects + Serum, 1.69 Ounce for $7.97 (list price $8.99)

Alba Botanica Hawaiian SPF 50 Nourishing Coconut Clear Spray Sunscreen, 2 Count for $18.54 with on-screen coupon (list price $20.56)

Alba Botanica Hawaiian, Green Tea Sunscreen SPF 45, 4 Ounce (Pack of 2) for $14.99 (list price $19.90)

Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50, 6oz Tube (Pack of 2) for $18.30 (list price $22.98)

Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50, .47oz Stick (Pack of 2) for $13.98 (list price $16.98)

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Mattifying Hydrating Sheet Mask, 6 Count for $13.44 with on-screen coupon (list price $14.94)

Blackhead Cleansing Mask Finewind Acne Face Mask Deep Clean Blackhead Oil-control Anti-aging Acne Treatment for $12.99 (list price $32.90)

Retinol Surge Moisturizer- Retinol Cream 2.5% - 3.4 fl oz w Best Natural Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Green Tea + Vitamins for Anti-Aging & Anti-Wrinkle & Even Skin Tone & Acne Care… for $20.99 (list price $39.99)

Spot On Blemish Soother- Best Acne Spot Drying Cream for Face & Body to Reduce Dark Spots, Redness & Pimples with MSM, Zinc Oxide, Salicylic Acid and Cinnamon Extract - 1 fl oz… for $15.99 (list price $49.95)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash With Salicylic Acid, 9.1 Oz. (Pack of 3) for $19.11 (list price $24.02)

Remington iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz Hair Removal System for $331.99 (list price $399.99)

Philips Hp6390/51 Precision Perfect Trimmer for $9.99 (list price $12.99)

Colgate Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Max Fresh, Peppermint, 24 Count for $3.41 (list price $7.99)

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment, Pink Grapefruit, 8.5 Fl. Oz. (Pack of 3) for $17.88 (list price $25.00)

Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages Sheer, All One Size, 40 Count for $1.97 (list price $3.29)

Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages, 100 Count for $7.10 (list price $8.79)

KP Elements Keratosis Pilaris Treatment Cream - Keratosis Pilaris Cream for Arms and Thighs - Clear up Red Bumps Today by Combining Our KP Cream and Body Scrub (1) for $34.99 (list price $42.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator, Black for $99.99 (list price $106.72)

RIF6 Silicone Electronics Case for Cube Mobile Projector or Mini Wireless Speaker … (Black) for $8.99 (list price $20.00)

Derwent Art Supplies, Waterbrush, 3 Pack (2301975) for $7.02 (list price $20.99)

Derwent Colored Pencils, Drawing, Watercolor, Art, Inktense Ink Pencils, 24-Pack (0700929) for $29.68 (list price $46.46)

Derwent Colored Pencils, 72 Studio, 3.4mm Core, Wooden Box, 72 Count (32199) for $68.51 (list price $82.26)

Sharpie Accent Retractable Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $7.12 (list price $8.38)

Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Bold (1.4mm), Black, 12 Count for $7.19 (list price $8.47)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Ultra Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $7.00 (list price $8.24)

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 12 Count for $13.34 (list price $15.70)

VicTsing Electric Pencil Sharpener with Replacement Sharpener Core, Automatic Smart Sharpening Sensor,Heavy Duty Battery Operated Pencil Sharpener for Classroom, Office and High Volume Use for $18.99 (list price $39.99)

VicTsing Mouse Pad with Gel Wrist Support , Non-Slip PU Base Wrist Rest Pad for Gaming Typist Office, Black for $12.99 (list price $16.99)

Incline Desk Sorter, 6 Compartment, 8 x 7-3/4 x 6-1/2 Inches, Black for $7.68 (list price $10.45)

TOMOKO 87 Key Mechanical Keyboard, Water-Resistant Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switch, Anti-ghosting Keys (Black) for $49.99 (list price $59.99)

ETA hand2mind 60110 Magnetic Alphabet Set for $11.57 (list price $25.24)

Paper Mate InkJoy 700RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, White Barrel, Black Ink, Box of 12 (1951347) for $16.99 (list price $19.99)

Parker Jotter Bond Street Black CT Ballpoint Pen, Gift Box for $13.63 (list price $19.99)

ETA hand2mind Color Paddles, Set of 18 for $7.50 (list price $15.00)

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack for $15.43 (list price $26.99)

Springhill, Digital Card Canary, 110lb, Letter, 8.5 x 11, 250 Sheets / 1 Ream, Made In The USA for $9.21

Lee Removable Highlighter Tape, 1 Roll of Each of 6 Fluorescent Colors, 1/2-Inch Wide with Dispenser (19188) for $24.93 (list price $26.24)

Serta Back in Motion Health and Wellness Mid-Back Office Chair, Black for $161.99 (list price $379.99)

VIVA OFFICE High Back Mesh Chair with Adjustable Armrests, Headrest and Lumbar Pad for $189.99 (list price $535.68)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Stein 24 oz, Hammertone Green for $28.98 (list price $35.00)

Bear Butt Double Parachute Camping Hammock, Khaki / Dark Green for $35.97 (list price $59.99)

AmazonBasics Hiker Camera and Laptop Backpack - Black for $67.96 (list price $79.95)

Hynes Eagle 17-Inch Soft Canvas Laptop Messenger Bag Carry on Computer Travel Bag (Black) for $39.99 (list price $119.99)

Coleman Jug With Water Carrier, 5 Gallons, Blue for $10.33 (list price $14.65)

Camp Solutions Lightweight Self-Inflating Camp Pad Tent with Attached Pillow for $23.69 (list price $49.99)

Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent Deluxe XL for $99.99 (list price $149.99)

Arcadia Outdoors Cookware Mess Kit for Camping, 11 Piece Cookset, Lightweight, Durable, & Compact, Includes Pots, Bowls, Utensils, & Firestarter for $18.95 (list price $39.95)

LE Portable LED Camping Lantern Outdoor 30 LEDs Flashlights IPX4 Water Resistant Lamp Battery Powered Light for Home Garden Hiking Fishing Emergency (2 Packs) for $11.40 (list price $12.99)

Penn Championship Extra Duty Tennis Ball 15 Can Case for $42.99 (list price $59.99)

SUMGOTT Non-Stick BBQ Grill Mat, Perfect for Charcoal, Electric and Gas Grill, Reusable, Easy to Clean, Essential Grilling Accessories for Home Cooks and Grillers, Set of 3 for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

Grillaholics Grill Brush, #1 Barbecue Grilling Accessories, Grill Healthier BBQ on Gas or Charcoal Grills for $13.95 (list price $29.95)

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)

Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag with 2 Pillows and a Carrying Bag for Camping, Backpacking, Hiking for $44.99 (list price $99.99)

Incline Fit 36-Inch High Density Extra Firm Foam Roller, Black for $20.59 (list price $22.99)

Viper "The Freak" Steel Tip Darts, Grooved Barrel, 22 Grams for $12.60 (list price $23.49)

Fat Cat Folding Texas Hold 'em Poker/Casino Game Table with Cushioned Rail, 10 Player for $197.99 (list price $359.00)

Spalding NBA Zi/O Indoor/Outdoor Basketball - Official Size 7 (29.5") for $31.06 (list price $37.94)

Mini Portable Folding Chair w/ Built In Cooler by Savvy Glamping - Includes Travel Tote Bag for On the Go Seating for $24.60 (list price $42.95)

Hey! Play! Regulation Size Bocce Ball Set for $33.15 (list price $44.20)

Bike Pump, Kitbest Portable Floor Bicycle Pump Fits Presta & Schrader Valve, 5 Year Warranty for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Suaoki Led Camping Lantern Lights Rechargeable Battery (Powered By Solar Panel and USB Charging) Collapsible Mini Flashlight (Emergency Charger for Phone, Water-Resistant, Green) for $16.99 (list price $25.99)

Piscifun Professional Portable Spooling Station Fishing Reel Line Spooler & Winder for $35.99 (list price $52.99)

Driftsun Sports Portable Disc Golf Basket Goal - Lightweight Steel Disc Target for $99.99 (list price $169.99)

Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter, Blue for $59.51 (list price $69.51)

Alpen Apex XP 8x32 Sub Compact Waterproof, Fully Multi Coated, BaK4, Long Eye Relief, Roof Prism Binocular for $215.76 (list price $287.69)

ELECTRONICS

VERKB Rainbow Mic, Wireless Microphone Karaoke(3rd Generation), 3-in-1 Bluetooth Karaoke Machine KTV for Apple iPhone Android Smartphone and Pc(Rose Gold) for $27.99 (list price $108.99)

iSmartAlarm Spot HD Video Camera, White for $84.99 (list price $99.99)

Portable Projector,Artlii Multimedia LED Projector for Multiple HDMI Devices Games Parties Outdoor Indoor Movie Night(White) for $79.99 (list price $159.99)

Eton Field – World Band Radio with Bluetooth for $110.49 (list price $129.99)

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable (15 FT), Fosmon Mini DP [Thunderbolt Port Compatible] to HDMI Cable Adapter For Surface Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini - Gold Plated (White) for $8.49 (list price $19.99)

CyberPower CP1350AVRLCD Intelligent LCD Series UPS 1350VA 810W AVR Mini-Tower -New Design and More Features for $122.95 (list price $132.95)

TONOR Lavalier Mic Lapel Microphone Dual Headed Recording Clip On Mic Mini Microphone For Iphone Ipad Ipod Samsung Android and Windows Smartphones for $10.19 (list price $29.99)

ASUS Chromebook C300SA 13.3 Inch (Intel Celeron, 4GB, 16GB eMMC, Light Blue) for $209.00 (list price $229.00)

1byone Superspeed Aluminum 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 1 Ethernet Port, 5 Gbps Transfer Rate & Built-in 15 Inches Cable, for iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, PC and Laptop for $14.99 (list price $18.99)

UNITEK Aluminum USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station with Offline Clone Function, For 2.5 3.5 Inch HDD SSD SATA I/ II/ III up to 2 x 8TB & UASP for $29.99 (list price $79.99)

Rosewill Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case Cases THOR V2 Black for $107.77 (list price $149.99)

LaView 6 1080P IP Camera Security System 8 CH 1080P IP PoE NVR w/2TB HDD & 4 IP Bullet, 2 IP Dome 2MP Camera for $629.99 (list price $799.99)

TOOLS

First Alert CO605 Carbon Monoxide Plug-In Alarm with Battery Backup for $18.44 (list price $22.72)

Stanley 90-948 8-Inch Adjustable Wrench for $8.88 (list price $13.88)

Gorilla Super Glue Gel, 15 g for $4.58 (list price $6.04)

Duck Brand 394468 All-Purpose Duct Tape, 1.88 Inches by 45 Yards, Silver, Single Roll for $6.49 (list price $9.60)

Panasonic FV-11VQ5 WhisperCeiling 110 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan, White for $113.04 (list price $234.00)

Nite Ize DoohicKey SkullKey Tool, Stainless Steel Keychain Multi-Tool for $7.19 (list price $9.99)

VicTsing 800A Peak 18000mAh Car Jump Starter Power Bank with LCD Screen, LED Flashlight, Warning Light, Compass,Dual USB Charging for $79.99 (list price $129.99)

Wagner 0503008 HT1000 1,200-watt Heat Gun for $25.37 

Qualihome Plastic Self Drilling Drywall Anchors with Screws Kit, 100 Pieces for $12.99 (list price $15.99)

Super Glue 15187 Super Glue, 12-Pack for $5.77 (list price $7.95)

Tub O Towels Heavy-Duty 10" x 12" Size Multi-Surface Cleaning Wipes, 90 Count Per Canister for $10.14 (list price $12.36)

OBD, KitBest WiFi OBD2 OBDII Scanner Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tool Car Code Reader for Check Engine Light Adapter, Read & Clear Trouble Code for iOS and Android Devices , 5 Year Warranty for $16.59 (list price $22.99)

SE MH1047L Illuminated Multi-Power LED Head Magnifier for $9.05 (list price $15.44)

Linzer 5425 Plastic 5-Gallon Paint Can Opener for $2.97 (list price $3.99)

Stanley 51-163 16-Ounce FatMax Xtreme AntiVibe Rip Claw Nailing Hammer for $18.36 (list price $31.50)

DEWALT DCK263D2 20V MAX XR Li-Ion Cordless Drywall Screwgun and Cut-out Tool Kit for $279.00 (list price $299.00)

Oria 76-in-1 Precision Screwdriver Set with Magnetic Driver Kit, Repair Tool Kits With Portable Box For iPad, iPhone, Laptops, PC, Smartphones, Watches and Other Devices for $29.99 (list price $69.99)

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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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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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