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Nightmares Lurk Inside a Furby Connect

Furbies were the hottest toy of the Christmas season back in 1996. Now, there’s a new edition that updates the strange little creature with modern tech for modern kids. Nothing prepared me for what this thing would look like while it is being cut in half by a water jet. Read More >>

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The Olympic Torch Is Borderline Indestructible 

The Olympic torch’s one job is to stay lit no matter what. And honestly, I never gave much thought to how that was accomplished. Lots of tiki torch fluid? Very careful runners? Ghosts? Correct answer: pressurised gas and a chassis that could probably survive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Read More >>

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What Are the Guts of a Dartboard Made of?

In the above gif you can see that the face material of a dartboard looks a whole lot like horsehair. And plenty of people will insist that high-quality dartboards are made with horse or camel hair, but it simply isn’t true. What’s really in a dartboard is called sisal, and it’s more closely related to tequila than the Kentucky Derby. Read More >>

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So What’s Going on Inside an Etch A Sketch?

Unless being covered in impossible-to-clean metal shavings is your idea of a good time, leave this experiment to the professionals. Read More >>

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What’s Inside a Yo-Yo That Keeps It Spinning?

Even the most basic yo-yo tricks depend on the toy’s ability to keep on spinning. But why does it spin so fast for so long? Read More >>

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What’s Inside a Golf Ball?

If you've been paying attention, you know that insides of golf balls are unexpectedly beautiful — like psychedelic bullseyes or surreal alien planets. But what is all that colourful stuff made of? As this video from Wired shows, a golf ball is a serious piece of technology crammed into a mere 1.62 ounces (45g). Read More >>