BEST SELLERS

Straws-A-Palooza

Lots of (changeable) fun with multicolor Fun Straws, a 104-piece set of modular drinking-straw parts. You get (50) pieces 8" long and (42) just under 4" long, all with those bendy sections, (4) straight connectors, (3) each of T-shaped and U-shaped connectors, and (2) L-connectors. Straws are standard 3/16" dia. Put 'em all together and you've got a milk-drinking system as complicated as Willy's chocolate factory.

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FUN STRAWS MODULAR DRINKING STRAW PARTS

Straws-A-Palooza

Lots of (changeable) fun with multicolor Fun Straws, a 104-piece set of modular drinking-straw parts. You get (50) pieces 8" long and (42) just under 4" long, all with those bendy sections, (4) straight connectors, (3) each of T-shaped and U-shaped connectors, and (2) L-connectors. Straws are standard 3/16" dia. Put 'em all together and you've got a milk-drinking system as complicated as Willy's chocolate factory.

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$8.50 EACH

Bend It Like A Laser

A "Beam-Bending logic game," The Laser Maze™ is from the same madmen who created laser chess. You get a 25-position game-board with (5) target mirrors, (2) beam splitters, a double mirror and a cell blocker. Includes (60) challenge cards with puzzle solutions and a symbols key card, plus instructions. Fosters strategic thinking, problem-solving and logic. For ages 8 to adult--basically anyone who likes to watch beams bounce around trying to hit a target. Runs on (2) button-cell batteries, included.

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LAZER MAZE GAME

Bend It Like A Laser

A "Beam-Bending logic game," The Laser Maze™ is from the same madmen who created laser chess. You get a 25-position game-board with (5) target mirrors, (2) beam splitters, a double mirror and a cell blocker. Includes (60) challenge cards with puzzle solutions and a symbols key card, plus instructions. Fosters strategic thinking, problem-solving and logic. For ages 8 to adult--basically anyone who likes to watch beams bounce around trying to hit a target. Runs on (2) button-cell batteries, included.

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$29.50 EACH

Fluxx Goes To The Lab

Fluxx®, the card game with rules that change while you play, has gone chemical. Cards feature your favorite elements, released from their table at last, plus sundry lab items. Includes our new favorite rule: draw the Helium card and you must speak in a falsetto voice.

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CHEMICAL FLUXX® CARD GAME

Fluxx Goes To The Lab

Fluxx®, the card game with rules that change while you play, has gone chemical. Cards feature your favorite elements, released from their table at last, plus sundry lab items. Includes our new favorite rule: draw the Helium card and you must speak in a falsetto voice.

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$15.95 EACH

Rainbow Bouncer

Plastic disc, 2-1/4" dia with a diffraction grating face. Place the disc in the sunlight, and it will reflect a myriad of rainbow splashes on a wall, ceiling, screen etc. Neat!

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RAINBOW BOUNCER

Rainbow Bouncer

Plastic disc, 2-1/4" dia with a diffraction grating face. Place the disc in the sunlight, and it will reflect a myriad of rainbow splashes on a wall, ceiling, screen etc. Neat!

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$2.50 PKG (2)

How Big Is Your Ceiling?

As big as our can? This particular can holds (80) glow-in-the-dark stars, planets (ringed and plain), shooting stars and nebulae, along with foam tape for mounting and a 16-1/2" x 7-1/2" constellation chart. But wait, there’s more: also includes a UV keychain light and a tin to keep the galaxy in, which is why it’s named “Galaxy in a Tin.”

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STARS AND PLANETS SET IN A TIN

How Big Is Your Ceiling?

As big as our can? This particular can holds (80) glow-in-the-dark stars, planets (ringed and plain), shooting stars and nebulae, along with foam tape for mounting and a 16-1/2" x 7-1/2" constellation chart. But wait, there’s more: also includes a UV keychain light and a tin to keep the galaxy in, which is why it’s named “Galaxy in a Tin.”

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$8.95 EACH

How Does It Work?

Why does it do that? Develop an elemental understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, radio, thermodynamics, light and optics. Simon Quellen Field's 228-page paperback, Gonzo Gizmos, Projects & Devices to Channel your Inner Geek explains processes, equipment and scientific terms -- and then, for starters, tells you things like how to make a rotary steam engine in 15 minutes from a soda can, a candle and a few scraps of rubber tubing. It's the favorite of our resident geeks -- but not for kids unless they're working with an adult. That would be a mature adult. An insured, mature adult.

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GONZO GIZMOS BOOK

How Does It Work?

Why does it do that? Develop an elemental understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, radio, thermodynamics, light and optics. Simon Quellen Field's 228-page paperback, Gonzo Gizmos, Projects & Devices to Channel your Inner Geek explains processes, equipment and scientific terms -- and then, for starters, tells you things like how to make a rotary steam engine in 15 minutes from a soda can, a candle and a few scraps of rubber tubing. It's the favorite of our resident geeks -- but not for kids unless they're working with an adult. That would be a mature adult. An insured, mature adult.

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$16.95 EACH

Single-Shot Holstein

You take the Moo Popper, an open-mouthed 6" tall rubber Holstein, stick one of the (6) 1-1/8" dia chartreuse (or grass-colored?) foam balls in its mouth, give its bovine belly a good squeeze and it expels the ball across the room. Harder you squeeze, farther it flies. Impressive ballistics, good clean fun and an educational look at dairy farming practices all at the same time. Sorry, no fully automatic cows are available.

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MOO POPPER COW TOY

Single-Shot Holstein

You take the Moo Popper, an open-mouthed 6" tall rubber Holstein, stick one of the (6) 1-1/8" dia chartreuse (or grass-colored?) foam balls in its mouth, give its bovine belly a good squeeze and it expels the ball across the room. Harder you squeeze, farther it flies. Impressive ballistics, good clean fun and an educational look at dairy farming practices all at the same time. Sorry, no fully automatic cows are available.

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$9.95 EACH

Beauty Of A Stirling Engine

Use this little stainless beauty to teach teenagers and older students how heat engines work Then keep it on your desk, where you deserve to have it! This low-temperature-differential Stirling engine is beautifully machined. It works with hot water, ice water, a combination of hot water with ice cubes, or a hair dryer. It measures 5-3/4" tall with a 3-5/8" dia flywheel and a 3-1/2" dia x 7/8" tall base. The speed with hot water is approx 150 rpm. This is a real showpiece, the best we've ever seen at this price. Includes a 7-page instruction booklet.

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LOW TEMPERATURE STIRLING ENGINE

Beauty Of A Stirling Engine

Use this little stainless beauty to teach teenagers and older students how heat engines work Then keep it on your desk, where you deserve to have it! This low-temperature-differential Stirling engine is beautifully machined. It works with hot water, ice water, a combination of hot water with ice cubes, or a hair dryer. It measures 5-3/4" tall with a 3-5/8" dia flywheel and a 3-1/2" dia x 7/8" tall base. The speed with hot water is approx 150 rpm. This is a real showpiece, the best we've ever seen at this price. Includes a 7-page instruction booklet.

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$89.95 EACH

Need A Hand?

They could be finger puppets, but they could be hands in search of a mini manikin. Wherever they came from, they're 2-5/8" long in flexible pink rubber, and remarkably life-like in a ready-to-shake pose. You'll get (5) total: (2) right; (2) left: and one of one or the other. Some of us think they'd be an interior decorating breakthrough if you lined up (15) or (20) of them on the mantel.

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RUBBERIZED LITTLE HANDS

Need A Hand?

They could be finger puppets, but they could be hands in search of a mini manikin. Wherever they came from, they're 2-5/8" long in flexible pink rubber, and remarkably life-like in a ready-to-shake pose. You'll get (5) total: (2) right; (2) left: and one of one or the other. Some of us think they'd be an interior decorating breakthrough if you lined up (15) or (20) of them on the mantel.

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$4.99 PKG (5)
$5.50
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Flying Bird

From France comes this fun mechanical plastic bird that really flies by flapping its wings. It is about 8" long and has a wingspan of 16" tip to tip. Snap the wings in place, wind up the rubberband drive and toss it gently into the air on its maiden flight. It flies up to fifty yards with a satisfying fluttering sound. Comes with a spare rubberband drive mechanism.

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FLAPPING FLYING BIRD TOY

Flying Bird

From France comes this fun mechanical plastic bird that really flies by flapping its wings. It is about 8" long and has a wingspan of 16" tip to tip. Snap the wings in place, wind up the rubberband drive and toss it gently into the air on its maiden flight. It flies up to fifty yards with a satisfying fluttering sound. Comes with a spare rubberband drive mechanism.

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$12.50 EACH

Sudoku Without Numbers

New Sudokun hope for the English major or art student in your life. This clever, non-numeric Sudoku puzzle uses colors instead of numbers on the (9) 2” cubes with 1/2” squares. Position them in the tray so that no two colors are adjacent, and you win. Has two trillion (2,000,000,000,000) combinations and over 500,000 solutions. For ages 8 to adult, but frankly we don’t know why. From ThinkFun®.

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SUDOKU COLOR CUBE GAME

Sudoku Without Numbers

New Sudokun hope for the English major or art student in your life. This clever, non-numeric Sudoku puzzle uses colors instead of numbers on the (9) 2” cubes with 1/2” squares. Position them in the tray so that no two colors are adjacent, and you win. Has two trillion (2,000,000,000,000) combinations and over 500,000 solutions. For ages 8 to adult, but frankly we don’t know why. From ThinkFun®.

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$19.95 EACH

Teleidoscope

The world is your kaleidoscope with a teleidoscope, which is to say that instead of a bunch of little pieces of glass and beads in a rotating case, there's a lens at the other end, in this case a big, clear glass marble making lovely patterns based on whatever you point it at. (Try it on a printed page.) Measures 1" dia x 8-1/4" long. The cardboard tube is covered with diffraction paper for a cool look. Assorted colors

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TELEIDOSCOPE

Teleidoscope

The world is your kaleidoscope with a teleidoscope, which is to say that instead of a bunch of little pieces of glass and beads in a rotating case, there's a lens at the other end, in this case a big, clear glass marble making lovely patterns based on whatever you point it at. (Try it on a printed page.) Measures 1" dia x 8-1/4" long. The cardboard tube is covered with diffraction paper for a cool look. Assorted colors

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$7.95 PKG (2)

Drinking Bird

You're buying the drinks and this wacky, yet debonair, bird with a top hat and plastic base (7" tall OA) can't get his fill of water. Get him started, and he dips his beak into your glass repeatedly. How? Fluid inside his glass body condenses from the evaporative cooling of the water off the bird's beak, making it top heavy and dunking it back into the water. The condensate rejoins the liquid pool in the bird's bulb, and he tips up again. Process continues indefinitely. It works, but it's not any more than moderately well made, and not any more than moderately priced. WARNING! The fluid and dye inside the bird can permanently stain, and the bird's glass body can easily be broken. Children are fascinated by the bobbing bird, and the educational possibilities are great. But they should watch him, not fondle him!! Manufacturer warning states this item is not intended for children 8 and under.

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DRINKING BIRD 3-PACK SAVINGS!

Drinking Bird

You're buying the drinks and this wacky, yet debonair, bird with a top hat and plastic base (7" tall OA) can't get his fill of water. Get him started, and he dips his beak into your glass repeatedly. How? Fluid inside his glass body condenses from the evaporative cooling of the water off the bird's beak, making it top heavy and dunking it back into the water. The condensate rejoins the liquid pool in the bird's bulb, and he tips up again. Process continues indefinitely. It works, but it's not any more than moderately well made, and not any more than moderately priced. WARNING! The fluid and dye inside the bird can permanently stain, and the bird's glass body can easily be broken. Children are fascinated by the bobbing bird, and the educational possibilities are great. But they should watch him, not fondle him!! Manufacturer warning states this item is not intended for children 8 and under.

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$15.75 PKG (3)

Drawing A Blank?

The draw-it-yourself jigsaw puzzle, just begging to have an invitation written on it, and then be mailed to potential guests as a handful of pieces. But this 28-piece cardboard puzzle also measures a desktop or car-friendly 6-3/4" x 4-3/4" in plain white, so it's also begging to have kids add a picture for the fun of it. It's even suggesting that you mix the 336 blank pieces in a pile, explain it's a dozen pictures of an albino moose in a snowstorm puzzle, which it might very well be for all we know, and award a prize for the first finished puzzle. Note the classroom and party-friendly bulk price.

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28-PIECE DIY BLANK JIGSAW PUZZLE

Drawing A Blank?

The draw-it-yourself jigsaw puzzle, just begging to have an invitation written on it, and then be mailed to potential guests as a handful of pieces. But this 28-piece cardboard puzzle also measures a desktop or car-friendly 6-3/4" x 4-3/4" in plain white, so it's also begging to have kids add a picture for the fun of it. It's even suggesting that you mix the 336 blank pieces in a pile, explain it's a dozen pictures of an albino moose in a snowstorm puzzle, which it might very well be for all we know, and award a prize for the first finished puzzle. Note the classroom and party-friendly bulk price.

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$4.50 PKG (12)

Underhanded?

As part of our continuing series of whimsical underpants products, we're happy to present Handerpants, the underpants for your hands. These fingerless gloves are modeled on traditional tighty whities, complete with a classic elastic band, and fit small to medium hands. And no, the fly doesn't open. And yes, you put them on under your regular gloves, unless you're trying to be outrageous. Our each is a pair.

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HANDERPANTS UNDERWEAR GLOVES

Underhanded?

As part of our continuing series of whimsical underpants products, we're happy to present Handerpants, the underpants for your hands. These fingerless gloves are modeled on traditional tighty whities, complete with a classic elastic band, and fit small to medium hands. And no, the fly doesn't open. And yes, you put them on under your regular gloves, unless you're trying to be outrageous. Our each is a pair.

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$13.25 EACH

Quivering Dashboard Zombie

Nothing says motoring fun like a zombie on the dashboard. He's green, he's quivering, he's undead, and he sticks to your dash! We're especially fond of the spring-attached head and arms which shake just like a real zombie. About 5-5/8" tall with a partially exposed brain.

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ZOMBIE BOBBLEHEAD

Quivering Dashboard Zombie

Nothing says motoring fun like a zombie on the dashboard. He's green, he's quivering, he's undead, and he sticks to your dash! We're especially fond of the spring-attached head and arms which shake just like a real zombie. About 5-5/8" tall with a partially exposed brain.

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$8.75 EACH

That A Bowling Pin In Your Pocket?

Could be. You could put ten of them in there, plus a little bowling ball from the Pocket Bowling game. Features (10) 1-1/4” tall pins and a 5/8” dia steel ball, ready to roll down the 11-1/4” long x 4-5/8” wide rubberized lane. The good news? No foul line!

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POCKET BOWLING SET

That A Bowling Pin In Your Pocket?

Could be. You could put ten of them in there, plus a little bowling ball from the Pocket Bowling game. Features (10) 1-1/4” tall pins and a 5/8” dia steel ball, ready to roll down the 11-1/4” long x 4-5/8” wide rubberized lane. The good news? No foul line!

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$7.95 EACH

Sticky Foam

Or foam stickers. Think arts, crafts and kids. We’ll pick (3) packs, at least (2) different, from our selection of (40) glittery butterflies and dragonflies, (40) alphabet letters, (40) dinosaurs, and (100) geometric shapes. Most are between 3/4” and 1”, with some geometric shapes a tad smaller, and all are in a plethora of colorful colors.

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ASSORTED FOAM STICKERS

Sticky Foam

Or foam stickers. Think arts, crafts and kids. We’ll pick (3) packs, at least (2) different, from our selection of (40) glittery butterflies and dragonflies, (40) alphabet letters, (40) dinosaurs, and (100) geometric shapes. Most are between 3/4” and 1”, with some geometric shapes a tad smaller, and all are in a plethora of colorful colors.

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$2.95 PKG (3)

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