Turning Boredom into Action

Ennui. Lethargy. Tedium. However you label it, it’s all boredom.

Throughout July, the U.S. celebrates National Anti-boredom Month, and a chance to cure the call of “There’s nothing to do!” forever. We’re all for putting a bit of extra excitement into your life, and we can offer several ideas to banish boredom for people of all ages.The Backyard Zip Line Kit

The Seated Backyard Zipline Kit allows riders to swoop up to 90 feet through the air while remaining close to the ground. The system simply wraps around two trees at an incline and riders zip from one end to the other, similar to ziplines found at luxury ski resorts and adventure camps. It’s a unique gift for kids or grandkids, that helps make playing outdoors better than any video game.

You and a friend can tool around town on The Only Electric Bicycle Built for Electric Tandem BicycleTwo. The only one of its kind, this tandem electric bicycle assists riders up to 20 mph in relaxed comfort, up hills or across broad flats. Its step-through design provides easy mounting and dismounting for both riders.

For boredom that can only be cured with speed, The World’s Fastest Amphibious Car blasts over water at 44 mph and reaches 80 mph on the road. Powered by a 300-hp Honda engine, it operates like a regular vehicle on land with a four-speed manual transmission. Amphibious CarWhen it’s time to enter the water, the wheels rise above the bottom of the hull and the engine’s power is redirected to a Panther pump jet.

Time with friends is a sure cure for boredom, along with a bit of liquid social lubrication. The Aquatic Bar seats four around an integrated cooler, facilitating the unique gift of dazzling conversation. Four inflatable chairs let sitters’ legs dangle in the cooling water.

So turn the dog days of summer to the doing days of summer and your friends The Aquatic Barand family will jump up with joyful cries when they see these unique gifts perfect for Anti-boredom Month.

Keep Mosquitos from Taking a Bite Out of Backyard Festivities

Recently, we told you about some unique gifts for dad that will help him get the patio or deck ready for summer fun.

 Before that first cookout, however, he might want to consider ways to protect partiers from mosquitoes. We feature several devices that will help keep guests happy when there are no pesky flying insects to detract from the good times. Best of all, you won’t need to spray your yard or your friends with chemical bug repellants.Mosquito Trap

The one-acre natural-attractant trap lures and kills mosquitoes in yards up to one acre without harmful chemicals. The trap mimics the natural conditions of human habitation by emitting heat, odorless carbon dioxide (the same gas people expel during respiration) and light to lure mosquitoes. When mosquitoes are drawn inside, they die of dehydration.

Acting on similar principles, The Dusk Activated Half Acre Mosquito Trap automatically activates at the time when the pests are most prevalent and turns off at dawn. As mosquitoes gravitate to the unit, a fan pulls them into a collection bag where they are trapped and die.

If dad would like to create a haven from all flying insects day or night, a unique gift for Father’s Day might be our Patio Table Mosquito Canopy. This enclosure fits over a patio table’s umbrella to provide a protective canopy that keeps out biting insects. It’s made from sturdy 68-denier polyester netting too small for insect pests to penetrate. A zippered flap provides easy entry and exit for humans.

Perhaps the dad in your life is one who prefers to walk in the great outdoors. In coming days, we’ll tell you about some wearable items that keep mosquitoes from biting and make hiking, gardening or backpacking more pleasant, while making for great Father’s Day gifts, too.

Roomba 880 Continues Revolutionizing Robotic Cleaning

Since the Roomba vacuum was launched in 2002, the iconic robotic vacuum has repeatedly revolutionized autonomous vacuuming. Their latest model, the Roomba 880, is no exception.

The Roomba 880 is the first to forgo Roomba-880typical vacuum brushes, instead relying on two rubber rollers that rotate in opposite directions to increase suction and remove 50% more dirt than previous generations. The rollers will not get tangled in rug tassels and are virtually maintenance free, unlike traditional brushes.

Made by iRobot, developers of tactical reconnaissance robots for the U.S. military, Roomba has added sophisticated technology over the years that enables the robot to analyze the dimensions of a room, determine the optimal cleaning path, and navigate around furniture and stairs.

The Roomba 880 has integrated optical sensors that detect dirty areas and acoustic sensors that determine when the vacuum is working harder, prompting Roomba to concentrate on these areas. Not only does Roomba require less work to operate than traditional upright vacuums—it’s also smarter. And with improved battery technology, this Roomba runs through twice as many cleaning cycles before the rechargeable battery needs replacing.

For over a decade, Roomba has proven to be the most advanced autonomous vacuum on the market. But iRobot is not a company that rests on its laurels. As the new Roomba 880 demonstrates, they continue to drive innovation in their industry and promise to lead their field for years to come.

Add Warmth to Your Home During Winter’s Bitter Bite

Heated Mattress PadDangerously cold wind chills…whiteout conditions…canceled flights…sky-high heating bills. For much of the nation, 2014 has opened with wintry weather like we haven’t seen in decades.

In our last article, we told you about some products to keep yourself warm. Now we’d like to tell you about some of the best items that make the surroundings of your home warmer, while allowing you to dial down the thermostat.

This heated mattress pad earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the most consistent warmth and was the most comfortable. Panelists who slept on this mattress pad lauded its soft cushioning and virtually undetectable heating elements. Perhaps our favorite feature, the king and queen sizes allow two sleepers to set their own temperature preferences.

Sooner or later, however, you’ll have to leave that warm bed to get in the shower. Imagine stepping out of your shower to a fluffy, warm towel or toasty heated robe. The Best Heated Towel Warmer earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it left towels the warmest and produced the most consistent heat from the outer to the inner edges of two rolled towels, effectively heating the entire towel surface. The Heated Cotton Robe has rechargeable heating elements strategically placed in the front and back to deliver full-body warmth.

One of the best ways to get warm is to cozy up on the couch with someone special. And your couch becomes extra-cozy with The Heated Furniture Cover. Made from soft microsuede, this quilted cover drapes over the back, seat and arms of furniture and has a textured backing to secure it in place. It adjusts to four temperature settings and is available sized for chairs, love seats and sofas.

And don’t forget to throw another log on the fire. The Foldaway Firewood Rack holds up to a quarter cord of wood in season and folds to merely 6-1/2″ wide for convenient storage in warmer months. A waterproof 600-denier reinforced nylon cover protects the wood from rain and snow.

Finally, how about a reclining chair that will warm you, massage you, and rejuvenate you, even on the most brutally cold days? The Heated Full Body Massage Chair combines the invigorating touch of a massage therapist’s hands with the restorative sensation of hot stone therapy. When not in use as a massager, this chair converts easily into an elegant recliner with leather-like upholstery that conceals its massage functions.

A Crime with a Rhyme Leads to Hard Time

The robbers of today just don’t have style…at least not compared to the infamous Black Bart.

Charles Earl Bowles, known more commonly as Black Bart, held up over two dozen Wells Fargo stagecoaches in northern California between 1875 and 1883. He was very successful, making off with thousands of dollars a year.

What really sealed his notoriety, however, were the bits of poetry he left behind after two of his crimes. Thanks to these verses, he was forever known in history as having a higher level of style and sophistication than the average bandit. One of his poems, left behind at the site of a holdup in late July 1878 read:

“Here I lay me down to sleep To wait the coming morrow, Perhaps success, perhaps defeat, And everlasting sorrow. Let come what will, I’ll try it on, My condition can’t be worse; And if there’s money in that box ‘Tis munny in my purse.”

After several more successful heists, his career came to a halt after a Wells Fargo stagecoach robbery on this day in 1883. The strongbox holding the precious Wells Fargo cargo has been bolted to the coach’s wooden floor. It took Black Bart time to remove the security box. During this time, the stagecoach driver was Security Mailboxable to get a rifle from a nearby hunter and fired shots at Black Bart. He missed. The hunter reached the scene, took his rifle back and fired shots that found their target, wounding Black Bart as he ran for his escape.

If not for the that locked and bolted security mailbox, he likely would have gotten away with this heist. What lesson can be learned from this event? In the tradition of Black Bart, let’s explore the idea in verse:

Waiting for a supply of checks
can turn us into nervous wrecks,
or fearing a mail-ordered gift
becomes the prize a thief will lift.
When it comes to mail, no need to worry.
We have the answer, in a hurry.
For checks, Rx, credit cards and more
The Deadbolt Mailbox has a locking door!

This is the steel locking security mailbox that prevents theft by storing mail inside a dead-bolted vault. The 14-gauge, powder-coated steel mailbox’s door locks with two steel dead bolts and is only accessible when the correct code (one to eight digits) is entered on the electronic keypad.

Our security mailbox thwarts thieves from pilfering a box of checks, your mail-order prescriptions, birthday cards with cash from Aunt Sally and more.

What thwarted Black Bart 130 years ago was the bullet that injured his hand. Although he fled the scene, he left behind a handkerchief that bore a laundry marking. Investigators eventually traced the marking to a laundry in San Francisco, where they were able to identify the handkerchief as belonging to Black Bart. The outlaw was convicted and sentenced to six years in San Quentin prison.

While Black Bart targeted stagecoaches, today’s robbers prefer non-moving targets; according to recent FBI statistics, a burglary occurs every 14.4 seconds. That’s why we also offer other innovative ways to secure your valuables inside your home, to keep vital documents dry and safe in a flood, and even to deter thieves while you frolic outdoors.

The Digital Combination Lock Hotel Safe uses the same digital combination lock sought by hotels worldwide for securing guests’ valuables. The Waterproof Bolt Down Safe remains 100% waterproof—even when fully submerged—and bolts to a floor for optimal safekeeping of sensitive belongings. The Alarm Sounding Beach Safe sounds a piercing alarm when its security cable is cut, so you can store your valuables and enjoy the beach or pool without worry.

In Heated Competition, The Best Toaster Oven Prevails Again

The Institute was a very popular place last week as the enticing aroma of fresh bakedBest Toaster Oven goods wafted throughout our office. Of course, this was all in the name of science, as they needed to cook a wide variety of foods to accurately assess the performance of different toaster ovens. After much toasting, baking, broiling, and noshing, the Institute determined that The Best Toaster Oven we currently offer still ranks number one in the marketplace. They also observed that it’s far easier to assemble a testing panel for toaster ovens than it is for digital scales.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

This is The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, rated such by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it restored the original luster of jewelry better than any other model tested.

Ultrasonic Jewelry CleanerTo test all models, jewelry was coated with a mixture of hair gel, hand lotion, and dirt, then placed in a microwave oven to solidify. Using a scale accurate to .0001 grams, and independent laboratory weighed each item before and after one cycle in each cleaner. The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner was found to have removed 99.8% of the baked-on mess, superior to all other models.

The Best Model uses 42,000 Hz of sound waves and water from it’s 18-ounce reservoir to reach deep into crevices of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watchbands to effectively remove debris from even the most hard-to-reach parts of the jewelry. And that’s without adding soap, which can be used if desired. The crystal clear LED screen has a digital timer for ease of use, with a simple-to-follow instruction manual.

Jewelry is an expensive and precious commodity. Keep it looking brand new with The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

 

All Day Gel Seat

The All Day Gel Seat was designed to relieve point-of-contact pressure for those who spend their days confined to an office chair or car seat.

All Day Gel SeatFilled with soft visco-elastic gel and memory foam, The All Day Gel Seat disperses the users weight evenly to alleviate pressure points. It includes a depression in the center of the seat that also relieves pressure on the tailbone. To encourage correct lumbar curvature, the surface of the gel seat has a subtle 5-degree slope that promotes proper pelvic posture. Perforations in the surface provide ventilation, and an integrated handle lets the user easily transport the seat from office to automobile.

Do you know a truck driver, car messenger, or office worker? The All Day Gel Seat from Hammacher Schlemmer is a great gift for anyone who sits for extended periods of time each day.

The All Day Gel Seat

Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier

Quietly, naturally, sanitize the air in your home, with The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier from Hammacher Schlemmer.

An independent laboratory confirmed that The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier destroyed 100% of bacteria and mold regardless of the microorganism’s size or hazard level.

Mold and Germ Destroying Air PurifierWithout a filter, and without a sound, this air purifier  eliminates up to 100% of airborne bacteria, mold, viruses, pet dander, dust mite allergens, and pollen in your air. The impurities are silently drawn into the patented ceramic heating chamber, where 400-degree heat awaits to instantly destroy impurities. The sanitized air is cooled and recirculated into the room, providing a healthier breathing environment without producing ozone or requiring you to clean or replace a costly filter. The air purifier remains cool to the touch, and the heat it produces will not affect room temperature.

With its sleek modern look, and quiet operation, you’ll love having The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier in your home, knowing airborne impurities aren’t just being filtered from your air. They’re being eliminated forever.

The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier

Southern Sweet Tea Brewer

This is The Authentic Southern Sweet Tea Brewer, the tea brewing machine that has perfectly steeped and sweetened tea ready in 10 minutes.

Southern Sweet Tea BrewerIf you’ve ever smelled the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, and wished you could have the same experience when making tea, wish no more. As simple to use as a coffee maker, while needing only the same amount of counter space, the Southern Sweet Tea Brewer steeps tea at 204 degrees — the ideal steeping temperature — to extract the ideal flavor, whether you use loose leaf or bagged tea. You choose the strength by simply turning the dial.

Hate having gritty sugar crystals in your tea? No problem, as the Southern Sweet Tea Brewer adds your preferred amount of sweetener while the tea is still hot, ensuring the sugar granules dissolve for consistent sweetness through the entire pitcher. The 2 1/2-quart glass pitcher has an ice level marking for the perfect cooling ratio, and the unit includes a reusable stainless steel tea filter.

Have a taste for real southern brewed sweet tea? The Southern Sweet Tea Brewer brings the flavor of the south right to your own kitchen.

The Authentic Southern Sweet Tea Brewer