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Sydney City Council is considering a plan to swap out garbage trucks for high-powered vacuum garbage tubes. Kind of like Futurama, but with trash rather than people. Unless you stuffed people in there. Which I'm legally obliged to point out would be a very bad idea indeed.

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In the 1950s, folks didn't have snazzy LCD displays, but they did have cold cathode neon readout tubes. Let's take a look inside one of the more popular brands of these tubes - the NIXIE - and marvel over its clever design.

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Before the internet, an actual series of tubes really was the best way to transport messages quickly. OObject has complied an amazing list of these systems—some dating as far back as the 19th century.

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Brando's tube clock with USB connection is, at US$70, possibly the most 'spenny thing that Brando has ever produced. Six tubes display the hours, minutes and seconds, and it connects via USB to your laptop or computer. Lets not forget that B&W already made a Tube Clock, but it's three times the price of the Brando and not powered by USB. So way to go Brando for knockin' this one off. Bonus shot is below.

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Do you like fruity alcoholic beverages that allow you to get wasted without ever really tasting the booze in your drinks? Are you a functional alcoholic on the go? Good news! GO Wodka is a new line of fruity hooch that comes packaged in portable, toothpaste-like tubes. No one will suspect that you're actually sucking GO Wodka Extreme Raspberry (10.5% ABV) out of that pink tube while walking down the sidewalk, at least until you puke out a big pile of neon bile all over the place. You've always been so classy.

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Moving just slightly up from their iTube iPod dock, Fatman's just birthed this Mothership tube amp. The £5000 ($9897) amp has 200 watts per channel, vacuum tube preamps, and other crazy stuff that most of us will never need. Oh, and they recommend that you don't use the 128kbps music you download from iTunes as a source for an amp that costs almost ten grand. It'd be like paying for a lady escort and having her go fetch your dry cleaning. Fatman via Shiny Shiny]

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MAKE's got three different DIY kits that you can buy to build your own Nixie Tube clock. If you're not familiar with Nixie tubes, you're obviously not reading us often enough. You can buy your own kit for $150, which is a small price to pay for something that's too bright and will keep you awake at night. Plus, you can pretend you live in a retro-futuristic Bat cave instead of the neo-Victorian three bed/two bath your wife picked out.

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Did you ever want to be Marty McFly so you could get your hands on the flux capacitor, not for time travel, but instead so you could use it as décor for your abode? Well friends rejoice, B&W has released the Tube Clock. The set up consists of six smoke domes encasing red LEDs, all mounted on a stainless steel and wood base. Although it is unlikely it will take you back to 1985, it will make you look like a stylised don that should be wearing an Armani suit.