I hate the people at Think Geek, because they keep on coming up with things I never knew I wanted (until I see them) and that I cannot afford.
I just received their monthly email newsletter (note to self: "Unsubscribe from that $%^# newsletter because it tempts you and you are a weak man…")
The very first thing I saw was something called the Mega Stomp Panic Audio Reality Costume. This is a sound effects unit controlled by an accelerometer gizmo so the effects are synchronized to your walking. There are a couple of cool robot-like effects (I must admit that I have a soft spot for the Steampunk Robot sound). However, the one I really liked is when it sounds like you are splashing through puddles.
I can so imagine myself walking around with this for Halloween. But "NO!" I must be strong…
But wait, there's more, because I next saw something called the Battle Mug. OMG! If you read the description you discover that this starts life as a 13.5 pound solid block of 6061 T6 billet aluminum before it enters a state of the art CNC facility in Huntsville, Alabama. (Hang on... I LIVE in Huntsville, Alabama... Hmmm, I wonder who is making these little scamps...)
Good grief. You have to admit that this is a beer mug to end all beer mugs. As they say on the Think Geek website: "Built to military specifications, Battle Mug features a M1913 rail interface system which allows you to mount a tactical light, laser device, holographic sight (AKA beer goggles) or even a bayonet for close quarters, high risk operations. A standard issue M4 carry handle is included."
At $223.99 this is something very few people are going to "splash the cash" for (and I'm certainly not one of their number). I agree with the person who commented on the Think Geek site: "I don't think I would spend my hard earned cash on one of these, but I would be thrilled to receive one as a gift."
I too would be thrilled to receive one of these little beauties as a gift (just on the off-chance you were wondering what to buy me for my next Birthday present :-)
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Here's the creators and the story behind the mug. See links below.
They don't tell what mfg. company makes them. They just say:
"Battle Mug starts life as a 13.5 pound solid block of 6061 T6 billet aluminum before it enters a state of the art CNC facility in Huntsville, Alabama. This facility produces specialized parts and equipment for the U.S. Department of Defense, major weapons manufacturers, NASA, and a host of other companies working at the U.S. Rocket and Space Center."
Many years ago I made a similarly durable coffee mug out of a section of 306SS pipe, and a disc cut from the same type of SS stock sheet, (actually, a hole punch-out). All of it was nominally .0625 thick stock, so it is still quite durable. The handle is a chunk of SS tubing pressed sort of flat, then bent into the handle shape a d silver-soldered on. Prior to creating this mug, several mugs had net their demise while camping with friends. This one survived.