21 Awesome and Rare Gifts You'll Never Find at the Mall

You know the face. That obviously-disappointed-but-smiling-to-be-polite face that people make every time they open a present from you. Time to step up your game and start giving gifts that people actually want. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 21 of the most incredible, sock-rocking vintage gifts that you can buy. »12/14/12 2:00pm12/14/12 2:00pm

A Dozen Short Buses You Wouldn't Make Jokes About

The gleaming 40-foot behemouths that shuttle suburban American kids to school and back are useless on the crowded streets of Delhi. Throughout the developing world kids get to their daily lessons by any means possible—trike, rickshaw, even ox cart. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the coolest home brew tike… »11/30/12 7:20pm11/30/12 7:20pm

Dr. Kellogg's 15 Most Absurd Medical Contraptions

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, though most famous for his invention of the corn flake, also ran a very successful holistic sanitarium where the ill and infirmed would subject themselves to his unique medical practices. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 15 of the strangest restorative devices to ever come out of Battle… »11/26/12 2:40pm11/26/12 2:40pm

Nine Awesome Gadgets Only Available from Late Night Television

In the days before Sky Mall and Hammacher Schlemmer, Americans had just one option to purchase their gimmicky gadgets—late night TV. Whether you needed a vacuum-equipped razor, an in-the-shell egg scrambler, or the best damn rotisserie $19.95 could buy, all you had to do was pick up the phone. Our friends at Oobject »11/16/12 2:40pm11/16/12 2:40pm

How NYC Transformed Times Square Into a Cultural Icon

Say hello to the world's most visited destination—Times Square in New York City. This single attraction hosts more visitors every year than Canadia has residents. This collection of shots from our friends at Oobject illustrate the Square's radical evolution over the past century from former NYT publishing house to… »10/12/12 12:20pm10/12/12 12:20pm

12 Moving Image Machines That Make Animated GIFs IRL

Before there were GIFs there were motion pictures. And before film on reels, these "movies" were made up of actual printed still images that zipped in front of your eyes in rapid succession with the help of machinery. Our friends at Oobject collected a batch of crazy zoetropes and other machines, both and new, that… »9/28/12 7:40pm9/28/12 7:40pm

15 Ophthalmological Marvels That Make Your Eyesight as Clear as Your Hindsight

They may look as ridiculous as they sound but Phoropters are essential eye-doctoring devices. These overgrown binoculars have helped optometrists measure an individual's refractive error, more commonly known as your eyeglass prescription, since the 19th Century. Our friends at Oobject have collected the very best… »9/21/12 1:40pm9/21/12 1:40pm

Murphy's Law and the Rocket Sleds That Love It

Exactly what part of "rocket sled" sounds like a good idea to you? I'll give you a hint: none of it. Separately sure, rockets and sleds can be slightly hazardous. But slap them together and you've got yourself a fuel-injected suicide machine. Just look at the carnage wrought this collection assembled by our friends at… »9/14/12 4:40pm9/14/12 4:40pm

Slit-Scan Photographs Make for Psychedelic Photo Finishes

Slit-scan photography works much like a rolling shutter does—the sensor continually collects image data but the shutter never actually closes, hence its use in determining a "photo finish"—whatever crosses the camera's view first, appears first in the photo set. Or at least that's how its supposed to work. »8/10/12 11:40am8/10/12 11:40am