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Toy X-Ray Machinehomeland securityBarring some sort of drastic change in either geopolitics or airport security, our children will grow up in a world filled with X-ray apparatus. As these machines can be scary, we should try to acclimate children early, if we want them to be able to jet set stress-free. With this toy X-ray machine, young travelers can learn to enjoy having their belongings scanned for potential security threats, all in the comfort of their own homes. Please remove your shoes before use.$30, samplerewards.com


Nose CupsnoveltySome people, unhappy with their appearance, pay doctors to surgically alter the size and shape of their noses. Should you be at a party and suddenly start feeling like this might be a viable option, try one of these Nose Cups instead. All you have to do is hold the cup up to your face all night, and people will think you have the nose of your dreams. You just won't be able to talk, and will appear to be perpetually thirsty.$10 / 24 cups, worldwidefred.com BeardwarefuzzyThere is some confusion about whether this item serves to keep an existing beard warm or if it's used to keep the face warm in lieu of an actual beard-a sort of beard-wig, if you will. Either way, it's a must-have for any member of the bearded or want-to-be bearded set.$53, com-pa-ny.com Tie WalletsreuseNarwhal has the "reuse" part of "reduce, reuse, and recycle" down. It takes snappy old neckties and makes them into snappy new wallets (and iPod covers and bracelets). Each item is-of course-handcrafted and one of a kind. Even if you're not the tie-wearing type, you can still, if you find yourself at a formal event, casually place your wallet on your neck and hope you fool everyone.from $18, narwhalcompany.com Minox DCC Leica M3cuteIt looks just like a Leica, but it's tiny, and it's digital. So, if size and film were what was keeping you from buying that Leica, your problems have been solved. And if price was the problem, this five-megapixel camera will be good for you as well, as it retails for far less than an actual Leica.$350, minox.com Arkitip Issue 44retroArkitip, a Los Angeles art magazine, felt that glossy pages weren't good enough. Its latest issue-number 44-comes complete with an old-fashioned viewfinder, through which you can look at many of the prints from the issue. It's like a really primitive Flickr slide show, with retro appeal.$45, arkitip.com Casio G5500a little nerdyWhile a fascination with digital watches may seem a thing of the past, you can bring them back in style with these new colorful timepieces. The best part is, digital isn't the only technology jammed into these watches: they're solar-powered, but they store energy in a battery so that they can be used inside and at night.$120, gshock.com Holy WaterblasphemyVampires are dangerous-always waiting to suck your blood. So arm yourself with these bottles of water, blessed by a wide range of holy people-from priests to rabbis to lamas. The real purpose of the water is not vampire defense, because vampires do not exist. Rather, the water is meant to promote "goodness in all things." But we're keeping it around for the vampires, just in case.$1.50/ bottle, holydrinkingwater.info
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Christopher Columbus, Alexander Hamilton, William Shakespeare, and Sir Walter Scott are getting company. Statues of the famous men are scattered across Central Park in New York City, along with 19 others. But they'll finally be joined by a few women.

Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth are the subjects of a new statue that will be on display along The Mall, a walkway that runs through the park from 66th to 72nd street. It will be dedicated in August of next year, which is fittingly the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Currently, just 3% of statues in New York City are dedicated to women. Out of 150 statues of historical figures across the city, only five statues are of historical women, including Joan of Arc, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman.

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It's easy to become calloused to everyday headlines with messages like, "the world is ending" and "everything is going extinct." They're so prevalent, in fact, that the severity of these statements has completely diminished to the point that no one pays them any attention. This environmental negativity (coined "eco-phobia") has led us to believe that all hope is lost for wildlife. But luckily, that isn't the case.

Historically, we have waited until something is near the complete point of collapse, then fought and clawed to bring the species numbers back up. But oftentimes we wait so long that it's too late. Creatures vanish from the Earth altogether. They go extinct. And even though I don't think for a single second that we should downplay the severity of extinction, if we can flip this on its head and show that every once in a while a species we have given up on is actually still out there, hanging on by a thread against all odds, that is a story that deserves to be told. A tragic story of loss becomes one about an animal that deserves a shot at preservation and a message of hope the world deserves to hear.

As a wildlife biologist and tracker who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of animals I believe have been wrongfully deemed extinct, I spend most of my time in super remote corners of the Earth, hoping to find some shred of evidence that these incredible creatures are still out there. And to be frank, I'm pretty damn good at it!

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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Wealth inequality has been a hot topic of discussion as of late, but it's something that's occurred all throughout history. Class structure is a complicated issue, especially when you consider that haves and have nots have been in existence for over 4,000 years.

A study published in Science took a look at over 100 late Neolithic and early Bronze Age skeletons found in a burial site in southern Germany. The study "shed light on the complexity of social status, inheritance rules, and mobility during the Bronze Age." Partly by looking at their teeth and the artifacts they were buried with, researchers were able to discover that wealth inequality existed almost 4,000 years ago. "Our results reveal that individual households lasting several generations consisted of a high-status core family and unrelated low-status individuals, a social organization accompanied by patrilocality and female exogamy, and the stability of this system over 700 years," the study said.

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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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