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Everyone hates the office. Even those who like the office, love to hate it. Be it because of the demanding tps reports from an annoying micro-manager like Bill Lumbergh, or just because they don’t like being told what to do. Either Way, there is an ever growing market for things that make the workplace “suck less” (yes this is a reference to the vacuous void created when your brain shuts down creativity and focuses on menial tasks)
The Following Office Gadgets are sure to make any office employees less suicidal
Office Stuff – Like, Dislike, Win and Epic Fail Stamps
Nothing says you like someone like a stamp on their forehead. Unfortunately, inking the heads of coworkers or employees with a like or dislike button could get you into trouble with the law. Depending which part of the employee’s body you stamp, you could also find yourself in the middle of a sexual harrasment suit.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t let others no how you feel. Next time you read a proposal get out one of these office stamps and get your point across.
The epic win/fail stamps
Not just for cool teachers, epic stamps are only to be used when something is really great, or so terrible that you wish you ripped your eyes out to save yourself from the experience.
Now if you are looking for something a little less dramatic, you can use the like/dislike stamps. Although these can be used sadistically to hurt peoples feelings, they can also be used to grade work, on empty food wrappers, Movie stubs, and even new bills that pass through congress.
Use your imagination and you’ll soon realize that there is an entire world out there just aching to hear your opinion on stuff.
Office Stuff – USB Flash drive Voice Recorder
Have you ever had a million dollar idea, only to forget about it and later see it brought to market by some would be thought thief? If so, don’t be victimized by thought theft again!
According to the 100th monkey effect, if you experience events that inspire an idea, then its likely someone else will too. After 100 people (a.k.a monkeys) experience similar events that lead to the same inspiration, your idea becomes worthless because it now belongs to the entire populace and those who have more money and resources than you will create it.
Don’t let these ideas get away. When brilliance strikes, record it with a usb voice recording flash drive, and be one of the first 99 monkeys to earn some credit.
Office Stuff – iPhone 4 Desktop Phone
Okay, its cool to have an iPhone, but not so cool in the office because you look like you are talking to your friends. This is where the desktop iPhone comes into play.
Its great as a desk docking station for your iPhone that lets you access your schedule, make notes or input new data, but it also allows you to make video call too!
The phone also works hands free with a built in speaker system (a speaker system that also plays music) so you can put your hands behind your head and lean back like any over paid business professional.
The best part is, when you talk over the desk top phone, everyone will think your working instead of gabbing on your iPhone! (Okay, maybe the best part is not losing your intelligence from exposure to cellphone radiation)
Office Stuff – The Desktop Mini Shopping Cart
Let’s face it. We are all happier when we are buying a new toy or gadget. Placing the mini shopping cart on your desk doesn’t just keep your pens and other stationery all organized, it also reminds you that working throughout the day will eventually bring you money that you can use to buy things, which is a pretty good motivator for improving office productivity.
So go ahead and pick up a mini shopping trolly and don’t be afraid to charge it to the company as a business expense.
Office Stuff – The USB Microscope
Imagine what a hero you would be if you suddenly discovered and outbreak of Ebola or that zombie making T-virus we keep hearing about. Or what if you discovered penicillin 2 (and upgrade from the previous version) while studying a new type of mold that can only found on lunches left in the office fridge for more than 30 days? The point is that you can’t make scientific discovers that will better your company and all of humanity if you are stuck in a cubical looking at spreadsheets.
The USB Microscope isn’t about goofing off during office hours. Its about activating the creative scientific genius inside your brain that can only improve your overall productivity.
Sure, maybe you’ll end up wasting time studying the bacteria on your tongue or the hair follicles on that favorite employee you’ve been stalking. Either way, the usb microscope is an office gadget for any true geek.
Office Stuff – The Magic Rotating Globe
Every cool office needs a globe. A globe tells those who visit that you are an international player and that you were not afraid to cheat to get ahead in geography class.
Now you could choose a “non geek” globe, that is hundreds of dollars and made out of nicely stained wood or, you can choose a globe that says “I’m technologically advanced and most likely more evolved than other non geeks in the business community so do business with our superior organization”
The Magic Rotating Globe gently spins its accurate mapping as if it was truly floating in space. A real attention getter, the 14 inch globe can sit right on top of your desk without taking up too much space.
The best part is that it will leave everyone who see it wanting one of their own.
Office gadgets make a bad thing good and a good thing great. Whether you hate or love your job, some cool office stuff just makes the time pass quicker (note: This principle does not apply to our backwards moving clocks).
Check out our complete line up of office gadgets in the Office Stuff section of our Gadget Shop
WTF Toy #1. You Can Shave The Baby.
Yes, now you can shave the baby! The Baby’s pubic hair that is…
The Red Headed baby with armpit and genital hair can only be found in Japan (we wonder why?) We’ve heard of toy babies that fill up diapers, burp, and even breast feed, but even we are scratching our heads at this one. There is also some added hair at the sock line for some reason which only leads us to do one thing. Find the Japanese Bable bot translation for “What the hell were you guys thinking?”
WTF Toy #2. The Placenta Teddy Bear
If you think Placentas are gross, you would probably be shock to know that some people (mostly women we think?) eat their placenta after birth. Possibly to be more like the animals in nature or possibly because of the tangy taste is has, were not sure. Either way, you don’t have to worry if cannibalism is not your thing, now there is a way you and your baby can cherish it for a life time.
The Placenta Teddy Bear by Alex Green.
To make one of these cuddly contraptions, you need to dry out the placenta and cure it with sea salt. Then, after it is dried out, you must add an emulsifying mixture of tannin and egg yolk to make is soft and pliable. Then, its just a matter of imagination and a sewing kit!
WTF Toy #3 Grade up to Elite Cow
This game was put out by the British Beef Association as a way to desensitize kids to the screaming moos cows make in the slaughter house. A wonderful game to play while waiting for dinner, Grade up to Elite Cow will make everyone a little less hungry.
The board game teaches children how beef is processed and graded. Oh, and did we mention? The game starts out at a bull semen auction. Enjoy!
WTF Toy #4. The Nimbus 2000
Yes, Harry Potter was all the rage back in the day. However, “Rage” was the feeling some parents had when they realized their kids were playing with a lookalike broomstick from the Harry Potter movies.
Why you ask?
Because the broomstick came with a wonderful feature that allowed it to vibrate.
Yes, the Nimbus 2000 was a children’s toy that began to vibrate when it was wedged into the child’s crotch area. It was pulled from the shelves pretty fast. We’re not sure who at Mattel was responsible for letting this one out in the first place.
WTF Toy #5. The Peekaboo Stripper Pole…….for Kids!
Yes, it arrived in the U.K. Back in 2006. The peekaboo stripper pole was banned almost immediately. It came complete with a cd of music to strip to, a lacy garter, and a wad of play money, all to be used in conjunction with a collapsible stripper pole.
This one just speaks evil.
For Toys of a Less Evil Nature, See the Geek Toys and Gadgets Section of our Gadget Shop.
Many of us have been in a situation where we have heard someone use a word the we have never come across. In these situations, most of us just nod and agree with what the speaker is saying rather than admit we dropped out of high school to become a professional pool player after seeing the movie “The Color of Money” back in the 80s and we don’t know the meaning of most college level words.
The truth however, is that people make up and misuse new words all the time, and more often than not, you are better off asking the speaker what the word means or what they mean when they use the word. This will improve communication between both of you and help create a deeper understanding.
(Even if that understanding is that you understand that they are a pedantic jackass.)
We at Daft Gadgets have a fun way of dealing with people who use words like that we don’t understand. When we hear a word we don’t know, we use their sentence back on them in disagreement with new made up word that we give meaning to once we know how to prove them wrong.
For example. If we ask a politician if we should raise taxes and he says that it would be “Specious” to do so, we would argue that no doing so could be “castroclarifying”, and then gradually work out what he meant by “specious” during his rebuttal.
Below are a list of 6 People who are known for pulling common words and phrases from places so mysterious, they were previously known only to proctologists.
1. Factoid – Norman Mailer
Speaking of “Made up Words”, while writing Marilyn Monroe‘s biography Mailer, attempted to find a word for the innuendo and deceptive phrase allusions used by celebrity magazines to create gossip and sell subscriptions. Essentially he need a word for the “Made up Facts” that people believe because they read them in news print. The word he chose was “Factoid”, meaning “sounds like a fact”
This definition continued until CNN started using “factoid” to mean “Its a little known fact” which was closer to something Cliff Claven would say, giving the term slightly more credibility.
“Its a little known fact that…….that cows were domesticated in Mesopotamia and were also used in China as guard animals for the forbidden city” Quote: Cliff Clavin
2. Agnostic – Thomas Huxley
When he wasn’t describing a futuristic hell like society that believed happiness could be found in the perfect pharmaceutical pill, Thomas Huxley was being criticized for not believing in any of the one true gods everyone else believed in. The term for this was Atheist.
Disliking the stigma of being an atheist or the stigmata of a true believer, Huxley created a word for people who don’t know things for sure. He named it, “Agnostic” the a prefix meaning “without” and “Gnostic” (derived from the Greek Gnostos) meaning “knowable”
The term nowadays is generally used for non religious spiritual people who believe in “something” but don’t know what it is, so to speak. The term was coined in the 1960s, but it is uncertain whether or not Huxley was stoned when he created the word.
We say probably “yes.”
3. Grok – Robert a Heinlein
The Word Grok was coined by Robert A Heinlein in his novel “Stranger in a Strange Land” The word describes having the ultimate knowledge of something’s true being (like in Star Trek when a Shape shifter becomes something, or a Trill is merged symbiotically with host.)
Although not a popular word, it is sometimes used by modern speakers to express a deep understanding of a concept, opinion, or philosophy. Originally however, the word “Grok” was meant to represent everything in science, religion, and philosophy, but that we stupid humans are unable to understand since it is like explaining colors to a blind man.
At least that’s what we think it means, assuming we grokked it correctly.
4. Gobbledygook – Maury Maverick
To U.S Congressman Maury Maverick, (Grandson of the Famous “Sam” Maverick, were the term “Maverick” meaning independently minded comes from) The world of politics was filled with a bunch of gobbling bombastic turkey’s, all strutting around and posturing while taking no action or speaking any meaning.
Above Photo” Maverick’s interpretation of a politician.
The term Gobbledygook was the name he gave to people (particularly politicians) who were purposely vague and esoteric in their speeches.
5. “Yes Man” – Tad Dorgan
The American cartoonist Tad Dorgan created a comic book about an editor and his apple polishing sycophants. The comics name was “Giving the First Edition the Once Over” and written above the name of each assistant to the editor the words “Yes Man” appeared. Since then, the word yes man has been elaborated to refer to any subordinate in business, sports, or politics who agrees with the boss no matter how wrong he or she may be.
Dorgan is actually credited with a few other phrases you may have heard of as well, including:
- “The Cat’s Meow,”
- “For Crying Out Loud,”
- “Hard-boiled,” and oddly enough
- “Yes, we have no bananas”….?
6. “Fardels” William Shakespeare
A great man once asked: What do fardels bear? And most of us who read that line went straight to the dictionary only to be left with the assumption that the writer just made the word up out of thin air.
The line comes from Hamlet’s soliloquy “To be, or not to be.” And although he may not have invented to word “Fardels” Shakespeare is credited for quite a few phrases still heard today.
In fact, Shakespeare is credited with at least 1,500 different words and phrases that don’t appear anywhere else before him. Assuming of course that Shakespeare wasn’t an impostor like the urban legends say
Below you will find a list of his more memorable made up words.
Puking – From “All the Worlds a Stage”
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. As, first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. “
To be fair there are more words for puking than almost any other verb, but it puking is probably one of the top 3 synonyms for vomiting. We’d like to point out that even after all these years, some Shakespeare is still considered as “slang”
Note: We at Daft Gadgets claim the rights to word: “SpewJecting” as a new word for projectile vomiting.
Eyeballs – From A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“make his eyeballs roll with wonted sight.”
Basically, Shakespeare is saying make him experience the loss of sight rather than the state of blindness. He’s clever like that.
Note: We at Daft Gadgets claim the rights to word: “NoseHoles” as obvious and redundant ways to say nostrils
Obscene – From Love’s Labours Lost,
“Then for the place where; where, I mean, I did encounter
that obscene and preposterous event,”
Shakespear was a master of Scenes and probably thought “There should be a word for “bad Scene” and chose “OB” to negate the word scene since “inscene” was too close to “insane”. (He may have also had a penchant for Obstetrics)
Note: We at Daft Gadgets claim the rights to word: Obplay which refers to an entire play or lifetime of bad behavior, as opposed to just a “bad scene”
The Game is A foot – Henry IV
This is kind of like when your 80s Chrysler says “A Door is Ajar.” We know a door is a door and a foot is a foot, but like “A-Jar” a door must be closed and like a foot, the game is now moving.
Yes we know this comparison is cheesy.
Epileptic – King Lear.
“A plague upon your epileptic visage!
Like “Apoplectic” (showing signs of stroke during times extreme rage or heart attack) Epileptic has taken on a meaning of extreme gesticulations to the point of a medical condition.
Thanks to Shakespeare we now know that Julius Caesar was not cursed by the gods and merely suffered from “Epilepsy”
Note: We at Daft Gadgets claim the rights to word: “Taxokleptic” which denotes a government’s taxing and misuse of tax money that is so gelasticly dark and excessive, that it constitutes both theft and a disease. (Like a fanatical kleptomaniac)
Other wonderful words that the internet credits to Shakespeare can be seen below.
It could be successfully argued that society adapted these words into their language to subconsciously bring more drama into our lives, or that people started using them because they wanted to appear more educated than the people who had never heard them before Shakespeare made them up.
Or you could argue that we didn’t check our sources well enough and that Shakespeare wasn’t a real person anyway even if we did.
Either which way, the jury is still out on these:
Maybe you’ve got the best job in the whole wide world. Maybe you get paid six figures to rub edible body lotion on scantily clad super models. Maybe you’re a world-renowned rocket surgeon with a tattoo of a flaming tornado carved into your tongue. Or maybe you just work in an office performing tasks so menial, repetitive and pointless that they are destroying your very soul. Sometimes work is fulfilling, uplifting, exhilarating. And sometimes you hate your fellow coworkers with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. Fear not my friend. We at Daft Gadgets have got you covered. If the day ever arrives were you win the lottery and/or just outright snap then we’ve got a few things that might interest you.
1 – Blatantly Obnoxious Gadgets
At this point it doesn’t matter if you get fired right? You’re either going to be rich, or you’re on your way to a much better job, or you’ve decided to embrace the philosophies and practices of homeless vagabonds. So if getting canned is no big deal then we recommend going all out with blatantly obnoxiousness. Step one: Do you like popcorn?
Pop Corn Maker
The American Originals Popcorn Maker is a great way to make lots of racket. We suggest putting one on your desk so that you can enjoy the fluffy buttery goodness whenever you want. The innocuous little seeds of corn will detonate once they are subjected to the near super nova-like heat and pressure inside this machine. It is sure to distract everyone around you and it makes a great snack too. You can’t lose! And don’t underestimate the annoyance factor of dropping white flaky crumbs all over the floor or on everyone’s paperwork and then leaving butter-flavored grease on every surface and doorknob you come into contact with.
Couple that with the Da Vinci Catapult and you’ll be able to launch corn kernels anywhere in the office with great speed and precision. It’ll send a pile of seeds hurling up to fifteen feet! You can also use paper clips, breath mints and old chewing gum.
If you’re boss asks why you have a medieval siege weapon on your desk tell him it was the last thing your father gave you before he died tragically and that it inspires you to reach for excellence in all things (wipe away a tear at this point). Then as he turns away in defeat, hit him on the butt with corn.
2-Gadgets for Taking Out Your Boss
If there is one person who has worked extra hard to make you feel especially insignificant and useless it’s your boss. Something will have to be done about him. This may be a bit elaborate but that’s ok. He’s worth it.
First you’ll need some compromising images of him (or his unreasonably hot wife). How can you obtain these without getting caught and/or going to jail?
This mini-dvr video camera stick can record about two hours of footage. Its small size means you can hide it just about anywhere. Stick one in his office and try to get a shot of him picking his nose or adjusting himself. Maybe you know he’s having a secret tryst with his secretary after hours. Maybe he looks at dirty pictures on his computer. He’s a pretty sleazy individual. You’ll catch him doing something. And no, you probably shouldn’t put this camera in the bathroom because that’s just wrong…but then again he did pass you up for that 50 cent pay raise last quarter.
Once you have the picture you’re going to need a place to display it where everyone can get a good long look at it. That’s when you’ll need the help of a friend and the Party blimp.
This three foot long remote control blimp is specially designed to display messages and/or photos. With a range of 300 feet, get a friend to hide in his car or in a neighboring building and have him hover the Party blimp (with humiliating picture attached) outside the windows of your office. Maybe your boss is going to be in a board meeting today. Perhaps he’s with a new customer. With a good picture and fair weather you’re sure to pay your supervisor back for that time he stole your tuna salad out of the fridge. And the best part is that he’ll never know it was you! We’d also like to recommend that you have your mini dvr stick record his inevitable melt down too. Then you can use the audio to make Christmas cards with our voice recording picture post cards. Don’t let these cherished moments pass you by.
3 – Gadgets for Bringing Your Nemesis To Their Knees
There’s one person in the office that you especially hate and he or she very likely feels the exact same way about you. The constant backstabbing, the brown-nosing, the condescending manner in which they speak and act. This person is a jacktard of epic proportions and he must be humbled.
You can set the PC Prankster to interfere with his mouse at random intervals. Plug it into a free USB port on the back of his computer and then just walk away. He’ll be fighting with it all day long. Before the tech guy comes you’ll need to remove it though. Then put it back in later on. You need your computer repairman to think this guy is crazy so that he just stops coming. At that point you can deploy the most devious part of your plan. Magna Putty.
All electronics now-a-days run off of magnets. That’s why it’s really important that you keep them away from your computer, flash drives or cell phones. Unless you’re trying to sabotage some jerkwad who has made your life miserable. Then you want to put magnets everywhere and the best way to do that is with moldable, form fitting Magna Putty. You’ll need a lot of this wonder goop. You want to coat the bottom of your nemeses computer with it. That’s the last place anyone will look. It may take a while to find the right amount. Just keep adding until his machine starts to freak out. And the best part is that technical support will take their sweet time coming to fix the problem because they think he’s just a complainer. And god forbid he ever leave his smart phone hanging around. Then you can just pop the back off, and stick some Magna Putty behind the battery. No more Angry Birds for you buddy! Put Magna Putty under his monitor and stick it on the underside of his drawers where he stores his electrical devices. Saturate his desk with so much magnetism that nothing will ever work right again. And if someone ever does find the putty they probably won’t even know what it is. They’ll just blame him for being a slob. After all, he’s got all those popcorn crumbs on the ground.
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Is there a special geek in your life this holiday season? Just want to say thanks or maybe just wanting a little something extra in your life? There are some truly fantastic geek toys and gadgets out there for anyone and everyone. You don’t have to be an uber geek to appreciate some of the truly neat and bizarre trinkets that are available.
We have handpicked eight different geek toys and gadgets that should amuse any techie or sci fi enthusiast on your list.
First on our list of geek toys and gadgets is “The Floaster”
This peculiar spin on a coaster is great for a small gathering at your place or to create a little mystery at work. Not only are they very stylish coasters but they actually appear to make your drink float in the air! It’s a neat little illusion that will have people asking how. It works because there is a small stand underneath the floaster that is naked to the eye when looking from above. Of course you don’t have to tell them how it works. You can laugh like an evil madman as your coworkers or guests marvel at this little feat of design. The low cost + high fun factor equals out to be a fantastic bargain on a neat gadget. This means it’s an ideal gift for any situation, and you will have enough left to buy one for yourself.
Use this neat geek gadget to open up some good times “Wine Bottle Kit”
Here is a design trick so great it might make that “Houdini” kit disappear. It is a full wine kit inside of what looks like a wine bottle. You could call it wineception if you were so inclined. This set comes with a lever style corkscrew, a bottle collar, a bottle stopper, a bottle pourer, and a foil cutter. It can sit inconspicuously with your wine bottles until the time is right. Due to their compact convenience and aesthetically pleasing design, this kit fits in with your wine collection or as a professional piece in a restaurant. The wine bottle kit proves that you don’t need to break the bank just to break open a bottle of wine.
Shine light on your geek toys and gadgets with “Water Lanterns”
Bring the Far East a little bit closer with these traditional floating paper lanterns. Undeniably cool, yet warm, these lanterns “light” up any backyard for a gathering. Put them in your pond or pool or even on along walkway. These lights will shed some old fashioned light on any celebration, party, or relaxing evening. Setup takes just seconds and the tea lights required are already included. These water lanterns are a classic atmospheric piece; that have been used for centuries because their warmness resonates with anyone who sits in their light. There is no wiring in them so the flame retardant paper lanterns are 100% biodegradable to boot.
Water lanterns are a shining example of a timelessly enjoyable classic.
For some reason we were very drawn to the “Space Magna Putty”
Whether you are a child or an adult, getting absorbed in putty is more fun than it sounds. This isn’t your grandparents’ “silly” putty. Space Magna putty is magnetic, making it much more fun to mold with. You can stretch, mold, and bounce it, but the fun really begins when you introduce a magnet into the mix. It attacks and absorbs the magnet in an entertaining display of science on a small scale. The Space Magna Putty comes in a convenient little package and both stimulates the mind and helps relieve stress.
You’re never too old to enjoy something so simple and fun.
Even pets can be part of our geek toys and gadgets list with the “Space Fish Tank”
Hey look, you finally found Nemo! If you have wanted a fish, but lacked the space in your small apartment or office, this neat space saving bowl is perfect for you. It has a contemporary design that pops out in any setting. This is an appropriate bowl for small fish like the beta or goldfish. The Space Fish Tank has three different background designs that slip behind it allowing you to choose from, the statue of liberty, space, or an alien planet.
Your new friend with gills in the Space Fish Tank means You will never be lonely, and he is sure to attract others guests to your place with his stylish and uniquely geeky home.
This is item is for the geek scout in all of us “Emergency Phone Charger”
It’s time for a trip to the incredibly practical side. Everyone has had the problem of their phone dying on them at one time or another. Sometimes it’s at an incredibly inopportune time. This is the geek gadget to always have on hand in case that situation arises. It can give up to two hours of more talk time or music time should you hook it up to your I-pod. All it requires is one AA battery to power the device and you are off and charging. It’s small and incredibly convenient with a price tag that encourages the gift of giving.
Move over hipsters it’s the “Retro Phone Cell Phone Handset”
(Available in Red for the Bat Cave Extension)
Love the convenience of the cell phone but feel nostalgic of that old timey handset? If so then this is a must buy for you or that certain retro someone. All you have to do is plug the handset into the audio jack on your phone and you’re off. You will be looking 20th century in no time with this fashionable statement of the times. Also, as an added bonus it will reduce the amount of radiation pouring into your head because you don’t have to keep the cell phone there!
Smart, funny, and just plain cool, this is a great accessory for those at home in a slightly “simpler” time.
Live long and geeky with the “Astro Eye Planetarium DIY Star Projector”
Last but certainly no least on this list of sweet geek toys and gadgets is this home planetarium. Love the stars but, find yourself surrounded by the lights of man? This is a great way to escape within your own domicile. This 2 disc projector shows the night sky on your walls and ceiling. It gives you both the northern and southern hemisphere perspectives of the stars. It includes five speeds and a 30 or 60 minute sleep function and even a shooting star feature. Great as a learning tool or relaxing way to fall asleep, this is a perfect item for all ages. It runs on batteries so no having to worry about tripping on cords in the night either. This item has a place in any home because astronomy is a part of all of us whether we show our inner geek or not.
With so many options out there, it can be hard to find the right gadget for the geek in your life. Thankfully you can find all these items and many more in our Daft Gadget Store found at daftgadgets.com. There you will find a humorous selection of geek toys and gadgets for every personality and budget.
Part 1. – Confidence.
Your lips may say no, but your eyes say “yes ,yes”
No, this is not an article to help criminal defense attorneys get their clients off the hook. It’s an article to help people communicate better with their “after 5” senses.
Only 7% of how we communicate comes from what we say. The other % comes from our body language and mannerisms.
Here is the breakdown:
- 7 percent verbal (words)
- 38 percent vocal (volume, pitch, rhythm, etc)
- 55 percent body movements (mostly facial expressions)
Unknowingly, your body sends signals that your mind may be unaware of. Those who can pick up on this secret language can develop an almost psychic instinct, either consciously or unconsciously. When we pick up on things like body language unconsciously, we view it as intuition.
Needless to say, reading body language is a great skill for poker.
There are 3 main categories for body language.
We at Daft Gadgets will do our best to take you through the different faces, postures, and poses in each category that could make you the next Nostradamus or Gus Hanson.
1. The Pyramid.
Noting says Confidence more than than pyramiding your fingers. The Pyramid is typically thought to be reserved for sinister people like Mr. Burns (the Simpsons) and the Devil to do when they are scheming.
Pyramiding your finger tips is probably taken as an evil gesture simply because it casts out a message of power. Power being something which has been known to corrupt even the most innocent of us all.
2. The Steeple
Steepling the fingers show a sign of authority. Like the pyramid, the steeple is used by the Don Corleone’s to contemplate your request. It is very common to steeple the fingers and then touch the lip as one contemplates.
If this is a poker player, contemplating to call an all in, you can bet the other player is getting a bit squeamish.
3. The Wookie.
Known as “The Wookie” This stance shows pure confidence and superiority, and usually follows a decisive or “check mate” type move made by the person doing the wookie. It is not uncommon for someone to go into a deep steeple and then follow with wookie in victory.
It gets the name wookie from the movie starwars where Chewbaca is playing space chess with R2D2. Chewbaca gets mad when losing to R2 to which C3PO replies
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can’t help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.
Enter “The Wookie” Pose
4. The Crossed Leg Kicker
The Crossed Leg Kicker can be moved into smoothly right after doing a wookie. Here the message is “I’m secure, confident and slightly bored” The kicking, is sort of way for someone to subconsciously amuse themselves, similar to a finger roll or tap.
5. The Finger Tap
The finger tap shows impatience, and authority. Those who pick up on this language may unfortunately feel pressured in to working harder or acting quicker. This may cause them to make a mistake, to which the finger tapper will get even more tappy.
If you’re performing brain surgery or deactivating a bomb, you want to kick the finger tappers out of your private space, before you end up kicking them in their private place.
6. The Head Tilt
Unlike when someone leans away from you (showing disinterest), the side tilt of someone’s head, shows that someone might be interested in the message they believe you are conveying. Some people may not pick up on this since the head tilt is commonly associated with zombies and that weird twitching girl from the well in the movie “The Ring”
7. The Chin Stroke
Like the steeple, this move shows contemplation from a position of security. Contrary to belief, chin stroking is not just a way for baby faced bearding hipsters to appear more intellectual. Both Men and Women are guilty of stroking this part of their body (although its seen more often in men than women).
Sometimes it can mean the person isn’t buying what you’re selling/telling so to speak, but other times it can mean they are intrigued by the idea presented to them and they are just contemplating it deeper.
Alternatively they may be up to something.
7. The Hand Rub
The Hand Rub is a sign of anticipation. This means the person rubbing their hands is expecting something good to come their way. They have bought in to the offer hook line and sinker and now they’re just waiting for delivery. However, sometimes, they’re just trying to warm up their hands to they can text while outside in the cold.
Every time you communicate with someone. You convey messages with your language, tone, and posture. The primary factor we use in judging others, is how they communicate with us. Learning to interpret and use proper body language can be just as important as learning vocabulary and may just give you a deeper look past the surface during your next human to human engagement.
Now we’re not saying you can judge a book by its cover, that’s not what we believe in at all.
We’re just saying it helps if you read the dust jacket.
Don’t forget to check out our next article on Ways to read a person like a book part 2 – “Insecure” poses and postures.
Do you know anyone with confident body language? Are they confident enough to wear a “Mankini?” Not sure?
If you haven’t had the privilege of seeing a mankini you can get one in our Geek Toys and Gadgets section
“There’s a sucker born every minute” David Hannum (in Reference to P.T Barnum’s Customers)
1. The Cardiff Giant
What was the Cardiff Giant?
The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in the history of the United States. Essentially it was a 10 foot petrified man that was purported to have been unearthed from the soil of the town of Cardiff New York.
Who did it?
The giant was the creation of a New York tobacconist named George Hull.
Why did he create this hoax?
While visiting one of his rock quarries, hull noticed a piece of stone that looked like it had human veins running through it. At this point he thought to himself “I bet if I carved up that stone to look like a human giant I could get the last laugh on those Methodists” (Hull, an atheist, decided to create the giant after an argument at a Methodist revival meeting about the passage in Genesis 6:4 stating that there were giants who once lived on Earth)
Hull then instructed some workers to cut a giant slab from the veined stone, which he later shipped to Chicago where he had hired a stone cutter named Edward Burghardt to carve this biblical giant. (Burghardt was unaware that he was carving a statute for a hoax). Once finished, he had some trusted allies bury the giant underground where it would lay in wait for one year.
Around a year later, some fossils were found nearby, and Hull used this discovery to spring his hoax into action.
Ordering to workers to dig a well where the giant was buried, two laborers made what they thought would be the discovery of a lifetime! Rushing to tell the whole town, word spread fast and eventually had people showing up from all over the country to look at (and pay admission for) the stone giant from biblical times.
Scientists and experts came to the conclusion that it was either a true fossilized human giant or an authentic ancient statue. Nobody, said it was a hoax.
P.T. Barnum, noticed all the commotion and attempted to buy the statue to show in his museum. When the price came back as $50,000 (Hull had sold 2/3rds of the statue to a banker named David Hannum) Barnum decided it was easier to create his own fake statue.
He then declared that Hannum sold him the original and that the one in Cardiff was just a fake. After this news, thousands flocked to Barnum’s exhibit to which David Hannum was quoted as saying “There’s a sucker born every minute” …… (He still believed his statue to be real)
2. The Lying Stones
What were the lying stones?
The lying stones were limestone that had been carved into the shapes of lizards, frogs, spiders, and other animals. The stones also had in them the carved name of God in Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew characters.
Who Discovered them?
Professor Johann Bartholomeus Adam Beringer (ca 1667 – 1738) of the faculty of medicine at the university of Wurzburg.
Who Created this Hoax?
Hoaxers by the name of J. Ignatz Roderick (ex Jesuit) and professor of geography and mathematics, and Johann Georg von Eckhart.
Why did they do it?
They didn’t like him. They felt that Beringer was arrogant and needed a “comeuppance”
Essentially, they hid the stones on Mount Eibelstadt (a place where Beringer frequently went to search for fossils.)
The stones included “lizards in their skin, birds with beaks and eyes, spiders with their webs, and frogs copulating.” Other stones lain there bore the Hebrew letters YHVH, for Jehovah, or God.
When Beringer found them He believed them to be natural products of the “plastic power” of the inorganic world.
When critics pointed out that there was evidence of chisel marks, Beringer became convinced that they were the chisel marks of God. In fact nobody could convince him otherwise, not even the hoaxers.
The hoaxers had been putting more and more crazy rocks on the mountain for him to find, at first finding the whole thing amusing. However, the whole hoax started to get out of hand and they tried to convince him that maybe “someone else” was playing a hoax on him.
Beringer decided that they were just trying to discredit his great discovery, and brought them to court to “save his honor”
Unfortunately when he did this, they confessed the whole story. The careers of all three men were ruined.
When asked why they played such a hoax, they replied:
“he was so arrogant and despised us all.”
3. The Tasaday Tribe
What The Heck Was The Tasaday Tribe?
The Tasaday Tribe were a bunch of people forced to pretend that they were an ancient cave dwelling tribe.
Who Created this Hoax?
Manual Elizalde, head of PANAMIN (the Philippine government agency nonstock, nonprofit organization created to protect the interests of Philippine cultural minorities.)
Elizalde had all sorts of press and was able to get a picture of a Tasaday boy climbing vines to appear on the August 1972 edition of National Geographic He also got a National Geographic documentary named “The Last Tribes of Mindanao” created for the Tasaday.
Why Did he put on this Hoax?
Probably To steal money. He cleaned out millions from the Tasaday fund when he fled the country.
The Tasaday people were interviewed later on ABC’s show 20/20 and confessed that they were bribed with cigarettes, clothing, food and more to play along in Elizalde’s game.
4. The Great Moon Hoax
What was the Great Moon Hoax?
The Great Moon Hoax refers to a six article series put out by the New York Sun on August 25, 1835.
The articles went into great detail of crazy “non” mythical animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and Batman.
(Okay they were actually bat-winged humanoids (“Vespertilio-homo”) who built temples on the moon, not bat caves, but close enough.
All These discoveries were supposedly made with “an immense telescope of an entirely new principle”.
Of course when someone came to see this telescope, the hoaxers said it was so powerful that the sun turned the telescope into a giant “Burning Glass” that burned down the observatory, all the evidence, and vaporized the telescope.
Who perpetrated this hoax?
Authorship of the article has been attributed to Richard A. Locke, a Cambridge-educated reporter who, in August 1835, was working for the New York Sun.
Why did he do it?
Assuming that Richard A. Locke was the author, his intentions were probably, first, to create a sensational story which would increase sales of the New York Sun, and, second, to ridicule some of the more extravagant astronomical theories that had recently been published.
Its also possible that he took a hallucinogenic drug in the observatory and imagined the whole thing before burning it down himself.
5. War of The Worlds
What was the War of the Worlds Hoax?
The War of the Worlds was an American radio drama directed by Orson Welles, who adapted the H.G. Wells story titled “The War of the Worlds”
Presented as an actual news story, many listeners began to believe that Martians were in fact invading the U.S.A. Some listeners were seen fleeing in panic, thinking they could smell poison gas or see flashes of lightning in the distance.
It was said at the time that 1.7 million people believed the broadcast to be genuine, and out of those 1.2 million were genuinely frightened.
However, these numbers were later said to be inflated by newspaper companies who felt that radio threatened their position as the number one “Press Medium”
“I Want to Eat Your Children!” – Mike Tyson
Although many of us may remember the famous line directed to Lennox Lewis from Mike Tyson (he’s feeling much better now), most of us just shook it off as some random insanity from a declining superstar boxer.
However, some of us thought to ourselves: “I think he might actually do it if given the chance.”
At Daft Gadgets, we find that some of the best (and most interesting) ideas come directly from the realms of insanity and as such, we are not afraid to investigate deeper in to any insane ideas from eating children to working 9-5 jobs.
Believe it or not, it turns out that eating children isn’t that crazy at all!
In fact, some people have put forth some very logical arguments for the act of pedocannibalism (yes we made that word up.)
We’re going to save the moral debate of Exocannibalism vs Endocannibalism (no we didn’t make these words up)for another time and focus this post entirely around people who might eat your children.
The First being:
#5. Johnathan Swift
Johnathan Swift was a satirist, and political pamphleteer who created great works like: Gulliver’s travels, The Battle of the Books, and A Modest Proposal.
A Modest Proposal is a guide to ease poverty by selling your children as food for the rich.
Swift delves deep to support his proposal, listing the calculations and financial benefits of pedocannibalism while making allusions to the overall yummyness of a prepared child.
Swift is quoted as saying:
“A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragoust.”
Swift later argues that landlords have already devoured most of their parents and are therefore most entitled to the children as they already have experience in cannibalism.
Although Swift’s message is a Jab at using human’s a resources, we wouldn’t trust him with a newborn baby during any type of famine, particularly in any place dingos are known to roam.
Cronos was the sun of Uranus.
He was known as Cronos to the “Greeks” and “Saturn” to the Romans. Cronos castrated his father and and threw his genitals into the sea. With his father out of the way, he became the supreme ruler of the universe.
Unfortunately it occurred to him, that if he could castrate and kill his father, one of his children may very well castrate and kill him!
Seeking the advice of a prophet, Cronos was told that in fact, one of his children would dispose of him in the future. This gave him the ingenious idea of eating his children. He figured that if he ate them when they were young and helpless, they would never grow up to hurt him.
Ironically, nobody wanted to hurt Cronos until he started eating children, and in the end he suffered a self fulfilling prophecy.
According to some, Zeus made Cronos the lead soprano in his choir before sending him to the underworld.
Tantalus shows up in Homer’s “Nekuia” where he is suffering eternal torture in the Tartarus region of Greek Hell. Although he’s not really a pedocannibal, he did create a feast for the gods where he stews his own son, Pelops. (Mmmm, Tantalizing!)
The gods weren’t really keen on eating humans, but the goddess Demeter was distracted by the loss of her daughter Persephone, and chowed down on Pelops like he was a chicken wing.
We’re not sure, but we think that this transgression is kind of like serving someone “Blue Shark” for dinner and then telling them its actually flipper the bottle nosed dolphin.
Eitherway, Tantalus isn’t someone you want around the Kitchen.
Another gift from the Greeks is the story of Lamia.
Queen Lamia was considered the avatar of beauty in libya. In fact, she carried with her a preternatural goddess like beauty that was probably passed down from her grand parents Poseidon and Lybie, although some tell her tale as the mistress of Zeus himself.
With the Zeus interpretation, Hera (Zeus’ wife) kills Lamia’s children, which in turn empowers her negative emotions to turn her into a serpent like demon.
Either way, Lamia is known as the demon devourer of children and has been commonly used by parents who wish to scare their children into obedience for centuries.
If you are familiar with the ways parents traumatize their children, you are also familiar with the story of Tom Thumb.
In the story, the mean ogre is trying to kill Tom and his brothers so he can eat them. Tom however, is a crafty lad, and tricks the Ogre into slitting the throats of his own children.
Now at Daft Gadgets, were pretty sure that this image is a great way to put kids to sleep. That being said, in order to protect your children from an ogre they will have to know what an ogre is, and judging from the photo above, its safe to say that Disney has slowly been getting “less real” and more “fairy tale” since they traumatized half the population by killing off Bamby’s mom with a shot gun blast.
So what is an Ogre?
Well, no one is really sure. The best description probably comes from Wikipedia where they state that an ogre is a large, cruel, monstrous and hideous humanoid monster that usually feed on humans. They are closely related to a troll, but are usually less malevolent.
So if you see someone or something that resembles this description, we suggest you run.
Believe us, Shrek becomes a lot less funny once you see him eat a baby.
6. Raining Frogs and Animals
You may have heard the old saying “Its raining cats and dogs” and thought to yourself “Where the heck did this saying come from?”
Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, we at Daft Gadgets have sought out the answer for you.
Although there has never been a report of cats and dogs falling from the sky, there have been quite a few real reports of raining animals from across the globe.
Some historical examples of raining animals include:
- in 1873 Kansas City, Mo experienced a shower of frogs.
- in 1968 Acapulco Maggots fell from the sky
- in 1996 Tasmania rained jellyfish. A popular raining animal, Jellyfish fell from the sky in Bath, England, in 1894
So how does this happen? What causes the weather to start raining animals?
Raining animals is a phenomenon that scientist can’t actually explain. It happens so rarely that there is not enough concrete data for anyone to analyze effectively, although many have theorized a range of possible causes.
The French physicist André-Marie Ampère was one of the first scientists to actually believe that raining animals was more than just some whopper of a tale from a group of local drunkards.
Ampère suggested that at times frogs and toads travel in very large numbers, and are small enough that a violent wind could swoop them up from the ground carrying them great distances.
Newer scientific theories favor the phenomenon of tornadic waterspouts. The Tornadic Waterspouts are powerful enough to suck up small animals and debris, sending them soaring into the air.
Scientists believe that some of these tornadoes can suck up a entire pond and all its aquatic inhabitants, and when the tornado lets the water fall, the marine life falls with it, creating the illusion of raining animals.
Although a very convincing theory, it does not explain how all the animals involved in each individual incident would be from only one species, and not a group of similarly-sized animals from a single area.
5. Fire Devils
What is a Fire Devil
A “Fire Devil” is the colloquial name for a fire whirl. Its comprised of hot air shooting up as it flames spins into the cooler air above, pulling up terrifying ropes of fire that whirl furiously into the sky.
So its kind of like Ghost Rider’s Chain
One of the most devastating fire devils occurred in Japan in 1923 during the Great Kanto Earthquake. The Earthquake ignited a gigantic fire devil that killed 38,000 people in fifteen minutes.
Most of the larger fire devils are spawned from wildfires. They are usually 10-50 meters tall but can be up to a Kilometer in height and contain winds over 160 km/h, uprooting trees in their fire tornado havoc.
Where can I see a Fire Devil?
You can see some pretty impressive fire devils at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. On Saturday night you get the burning man, on Sunday you get the burning temple.
4. Ball Lightning
What is Ball Lightning?
Is it plasma? (hot electrically charged gas) or plasma trapped by aerosols (floating dust or droplets)
Glowing Silica (A Crystal compound) vaporized when lightning strikes soil?
Although reported from many independent sources, ball lightning is a phenomenon that science still knows very little about.
Ball lightning is thought to be any type of electrically charged ball ranging from the size of a pea to a few meters in diameter. It is said that after ball lightning explodes, it lets out a sulphur like smell, similar to the Lightning Ball like benefactors of the science fiction novel “Orbis” by Scott Mackay.
However, modern day ball lightning has yet to attempt to enslave humanity.
Where Can Ball Lightning be Seen?
Once form of ball lightning occurs commonly in the valley of Hessdalen, Norway, and has been reported since the early 1940s. It is suggested that these “light balls” or “Hessdalen Lights” are the product of alpha particles creating the ionization of dust and air during radon decay in the atmosphere.
Apparently over 5% of Americans have witnessed ball lightning when they were sober. (Or at least so they claim)
3. St Elmo’s Fire
You may have heard the term “St Elmos Fire” and pictured in your mind something like this:
Or perhaps you envisioned a tickle me Elmo doll burning in heaven. Either way, you would be wrong. The St Elmos Fire we are referring to looks more like pink balls of fiery light that dance on the masts of ships.
What causes St Elmos Fire?
Its thought to be caused by the buildup of static electricity, which in turn then heats up the air and turns it to a plasma. The Nitrogen and Oxygen in the Earths atmosphere causes St. Elmos’s fire to fluoresce with indigo colored light.
At least, that’s the going theory.
2. Bloody Snow
Back in 1818 ships encountered ice cliffs in the arctic that seemed to be streaming with blood. Back then, something like that might lead to a little superstition paranoia and possibly a human sacrifice.
Today however, bloody snow usually just make people think someone was recently murdered, and they go about their business as usual.
What is Bloody Snow?
Bloody snow is actually snow mixed with red algae named Chlamydomonas Nivalis. For some reason it is said to have a faint scent of fresh watermelons.
Where can I see Bloody Snow?
Bloody snow is common in the summertime in alpine and coastal polar regions worldwide. This includes the Sierra Nevada of California in the USA.
1. Red Sprites
Above a Thundercloud you can see giant red lightning pillars called sprites, huge pancakes of lighting named elves, and beams that shoot up from the top of the cloud known as blue jets.
Sprites are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground. They occur high above a thunderstorm cloud and form in many cool shapes.
Sprites get their name from the mischievous air spirit named “Puck” in Shakespear’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream”