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Nothing classes up a room like a massive, intricate chandelier hanging overhead. But they can be a hassle to find, hard to get home, and complicated to install without tearing a hole in your ceiling. Unless the words "some assembly required" don't frighten you, in which case this flat-packed faux chandelier is a much easier alternative.
Video: Thanks to the internet and being able to easily share videos of them playing out, those pointlessly complicated Rube Goldberg machines are more popular than ever. But this wonderful kinetic sculpture actually uses the internet as one of its countless mechanisms so that it's able to play out across five different cities across the United States.
Counterfeiting coins doesn't sound as exciting as pumping out ersatz $100 notes, but it is definitely a thing, especially in the UK where one in every 30 pound coins isn't the real McCoy. To battle this, over the next year the government will phase out the old coin for a shiny new one that incorporates "a high security feature ... to protect it from counterfeiting in the future".
Unique gifts can be hard to find and if you want to get something truly special, you often have to go down the custom route. But why bother with engraving your partner's name on a mug, or stencilling your face on the arse of their pants, when you could record your voice and have it encoded into an 18-karat gold ring?
Watchmaker MB&F isn't as well-known as Rolex or Timex, but that's because the company's unique creations — like a TIE Fighter-shaped music box that plays the Star Wars theme — are made for die-hard collectors. Its latest creation is a rocket-shaped pen inspired by the moon landing, and I'm desperately trying to justify its $US20,000 ($26,230) price tag.
We first covered Rahul Agarwal's Polygon measuring spoon a couple of years ago. Made from a flat piece of etched plastic, it folds into a measuring spoon of various capacities depending on how you hold it. Now the Polygon is finally becoming a reality through Kickstarter, so you can soon make your drawers sightly less cluttered.
Stop and think about how many hours you spend sitting in an office chair hunched over a computer. Don't you think your butt deserves to be cradled in something more luxurious than whatever was on sale at Officeworks? The Elysium chair isn't cheap, but it's brilliantly engineered to make you never want to get up again.
And why not? Doctors are, after all, on the front lines of a pitched battle against an invisible enemy most of us are powerless to stop. Without them, our teeth would be falling out and we'd be losing limbs over minor scrapes. We're so accustomed to the wonders of modern medicine we take for granted how wondrous it really is.