Category Archives: The Unexpected

We Put the Fun in Tax Refund

According to one of the popular income tax preparers, this year Americans are getting billions back in tax refunds. We hope you’re going to score your share.

So it’s time to dream…what will you do with your portion of America’s tax refunds? Go ahead and dream big. We have some amazing suggestions for unique gifts that let you really treat yourself.

12245_300x300Your golf game may not be outstanding, but you’re guaranteed to stand out with this hovercraft golf cart. It glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. Its fan propels the craft, four passengers and two golf bags up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot.

12472_300x300If you dream about traveling underwater as well as on the surface, this amphibious partially submersible watercraft provides both viewing options. Drive this craft right off a trailer and into the water without the need for a crane, tender vessel, or dock. There’s a buoyant above-water upper hull with a two-person cockpit that provides 180-degree surface views and an inverted 1.5″-thick acrylic hemisphere below that provides two additional passengers underwater views.

12540_300x300Perhaps your dreams include entertaining friends and family with the unique gift of professional flair. This is the computerized mixologist found at country clubs, stadium luxury suites, and fine hotels that automatically makes perfect cocktails at the touch of a button. You’re free to enjoy your guests, while users view any cocktail’s ingredients, invent new libations, and customize traditional cocktails.

12543_300x300And if your dreams are quite literally big, The Life Size Tyrannosaurus Skeleton spans 40′ from tail to snout. This is a life-size replica fossil skeleton of Stan, a Tyrannosaur unearthed in South Dakota in 1992. A museum-quality replica, it’s expertly crafted to impart stunning, authentic detail and would be an ideal unique gift for anyone with a penchant for paleontology or an excitement over excavations

A Unique Gift for Future Generations

One of the most amazing scientific discoveries in the last century has been the link between many diseases and our genetic makeup. We now know that many future health conditions can be prepared for, managed, or perhaps even averted with the right knowledge.The Hermetically Sealed DNA Time Capsule.

All cancer hasn’t been cured—yet—but what if the discovery of a genetic predisposition could be made years or even decades earlier? Future generations may be able to enjoy the benefit of treatments for conditions that are life-threatening, or perhaps even merely annoying, such as allergies, based on DNA analysis.

Among the most valuable and unique gifts you could give your children, grandchildren, and other descendants is access to your DNA, safely preserved in The Hermetically Sealed DNA Time Capsule. This patented, triple-sealed vessel securely stores DNA within a blood sample at room temperature, preserving your genetic fingerprint for over 100 years.

Once a sample is secured, it can be stored within a home or bank lock box for decades until one’s progeny submits it for genetic analysis. Preserving one’s DNA in the present enables future scientific advances to reveal any predispositions to disease—currently undetectable by today’s methods—a family’s genetic makeup may bear.

None of us can help our genetics, but knowledge is power and you can give your family the unique gift of knowledge that could help change their lives.

Exercise Teambuilding on a Bicycle Built for Seven

Much has been researched and written about the benefits of team building exercises to improve collaboration in corporate, academic, and even non-profit organizational settings. When peers practice working well together, the result is more productivity, sharper focus, and deeper employee satisfaction.7 Person Bicycle

For the most successful teams, dynamics require that everyone contribute to the effort. The Seven Person Tricycle accommodates seven adults and facilitates close-knit conferencing during joyrides. The seven seats each have a set of pedals that riders can operate simultaneously to propel the tricycle up to 10 mph, encouraging social interaction and team building while pedaling.

Of course, guiding leadership is also a key ingredient for a successful team. The Seven Person Tricycle puts one person at the controls to steer and operate the hydraulic brake system.

The camaraderie fostered by our group tricycle has already been proven out by some well-known organizations. Like most tech companies, Google encourages bike commuting. But, they go one step further and use this style of trike to tool teams around the corporate campus while sharing ideas. The Lighthouse for the Blind used one on a summer retreat to give sightless folks a chance to enjoy a unique bike ride. Former President Jimmy Carter happened upon the tricycle while it was on a demonstration tour in Georgia and declared it “the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Lest one view the seven-person cycle as just another corporate program-of-the-month rolled out by the HR department at HQ, let us emphasize this is really a party on wheels. It’s a unique mode of transportation that combines the endorphins of exercise, the satisfaction of socialization, and the wow factor of an eye-catching, outside-the-box design.

Rising Above The Gridlock, It’s The Helicycle

In man’s quest to drive to point B from point A ever more quickly, he has encountered natural obstacles like wide bodies of water and large tracts of unpaved land. These were overcome by engineering feats such as suspension bridges and interstate highways. Unfortunately, these successes created an entirely new and universally reviled impediment to rapid road travel: traffic congestion.

The two dimensional solution is to wait impatiently in gridlock, gnashing one’s teeth.  But now there is a way for the road-weary to take to the air, flying over the traffic. The two-seat Helicycle is a personal motorcycle that with a few minutes’ effort converts to a flying rotor craft.

When Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva invented the freewheeling auto gyro in 1923, Helicyclesafe, slow-speed flight became possible. But now, combining a motorcycle with an auto gyro puts this vehicle in the league of rocket jet packs and antigravity shoes.

A 230-hp, four-cylinder engine powers the craft to a maximum 112 mph in the air or on the road. When driven as a street-legal vehicle, the Helicycle accelerates from 0-60 mph in under eight seconds, with a proprietary tilting system that provides the agility of a motorcycle. When travel by air is desired, the craft’s propeller, rotor, and dual rudders deploy in 10 minutes. Though it resembles a helicopter, the gyrocopter flies like an ultra-light plane, its overhead rotors spinning to provide lift as a result of the forward motion of the vehicle.

Think of the possibilities…you’re on St. Barth’s in your tropical villa, near the island’s world-famous short runway  and decide to fly to St. Martin for a day of shopping and dining. It’s 34 miles round trip, a two hour ride by ferry. The answer is simple: the Helicycle. Zoom to the Gustavia airport like a motorcycle and take off into the sky like a helicopter, to fly to St. Martin in 30 minutes or less. You’ll be back on St. Barth’s in time to tell tales in tails over cocktails.

The Helicycle provides airborne mobility to fly from remote air strips, to island hop, to slowly cruise over vast reserves, ranches, and estates. Its sturdy Dutch construction and uncomplicated design requires no more than 40 hour of training to earn flight certification.

iPhone Dock Has Manifold Admirers

An untold number of iPod/iPhone docks are on the market, but none speaks to the audiophile who is also a petrolhead like The Formula One Speaker Dock. Enzo Ferrari once said the sound of an engine should be listened to like a symphony. Little did he know the manifolds of his cars could someday play Mozart’s finest.The Formula One Speaker Dock

This dock is constructed from the left or right exhaust manifold of a retired eight-cylinder F1 engine of your choosing, including a 1978 Cosworth DFV, 2006 Renault RS26, 2007 Ferrari 056 and others. Crafted in Modena, Italy, the cradle of Italian racecar innovation, the manifold’s four headpipes house two silk-dome, 70-watt tweeters and two PPM-cone, 70-watt mid-range speakers that provide clear highs and mids. The end of the manifold’s collector tube houses a doped-paper cone 140-watt active subwoofer driven by a high-density flux ferrite that provides booming bass.

It’s a beautiful repurposing that marries fine mechanical workmanship with the high-tuned nerves of a Formula One tailpipe. And it isn’t the first time we’ve repurposed the spirit of a classic automobile into a new object. The 1959 Corvette Billiards Table meticulously reproduces the classic convertible from real chrome bumper to real chrome bumper, complete with gleaming grille, curves, and working versions of the trademark four headlights.

Inventors and tinkerers alike have long repurposed auto parts into objects either fun or functional. Artist John Kearney is known for his whimsical animal sculptures crafted from car bumpers. Many cars have been given second lives as furniture in dining rooms, bedrooms, living rooms and offices. And at least one old car has been turned into a chicken coop!

But why stop with auto parts? The DIY community and social networks like Pinterest are rich with ideas for transforming ordinary objects into eye-catching furniture, guaranteed to be one of a kind.

One Less Wheel, Lots More Fun.

Our cars have become ever more luxurious and are loaded with gadgets…satellite radio, GPS, built-in Bluetooth, DVD players. Is it a vehicle or a rolling living room? Perhaps the reason for all these driver distractions in the name of comfort is to take our minds off the dull ride of common four-wheel cars.

Maybe what is needed are fewer gadgets (did we really say that?) and a lot more old-fashioned fun. After a 60-year hiatus, the Morgan Three Wheeler returns to rescue drivers from their mundane commutes. The Authentic Morgan Three Wheeler speedster has thrilled racing enthusiasts for decades with its engineered stability, and we are pleased to offer you this modern manifestation of motoring’s halcyon days.

This modern version made for U.S. roads (legally it’s classified as a motor tricycle) is built with a frame of welded airframe steel tubing, renewable wood and aircraft aluminum skin, all hand crafted by coach builders at the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern Link, England. It has an extremely high power-to-weight ratio giving it a top speed over 100 mph. The award-winning, tough S&S Wisconsin-made V twin air-cooled cycle motor provides power and torque for a ride that is described as seat of the pants, raucous, and pulsating.

The streamlined bullet styling gets the thumbs up from bystanders. It looks like and is a seriously fun racing machine. The skeptics gaze at the three wheels with wonder until they hop into the cockpit and viscerally rocket down the road, only to return with goggles dusty and a mile-wide, toothy grin.

All of the major auto magazines and BBC’S Top Gear gents in episode 18, season 6, remarked that this was one of the most fun, nostalgically thrilling driving vehicles in years. It’s described as low and throaty with a great sports car sound that today’s cars lack. Back in the racing days of Britain’s Sterling Moss, it was noted that Moss had used the Morgan 3 for hill climb races early in his career.

So turn the GPS off, set the cell phone to airplane mode, and give the satellite radio a rest. Put on a pair of goggles and a driving cap and zoom off like a fighter pilot, back to a time when motoring was a heart-pounding thrill.