You know you have always had hamster envy and now you can have as much fun as the rodent in this huge RolerBall. At a height of about 3 meters, simply find yourself a slope, belt yourself into a harness inside the globe, and wait to get to the bottom or lose your lunch, whichever comes first. The ball comes with a 240V generator that takes about 15 minutes to fill the ball and a puncture repair kit, just in case you hit a snag on the way down. Available for £999.00 (~$2,000.00,) this is not a toy for kids, pets, or those who cannot take a plane or boat ride without taking a healthy dose of Dramamine.
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Tokyo’s Gakken has recalled 10,000 of their Smart Globes after customers complained about a mislabeling. Taiwan split from communist China in the late 40’s and is still being identified as part of the People’s Republic on the device. It seems that Gakken agreed to the factory based in Shenzhen, China to label the country “Taiwan Island” for its audio pen reader in order to get them manufactured. There have been so many complaints that the globes were recalled with full refund. A similar fate befell Takara Tomy’s Talking Globe, which was also made in China and similarly labeled.
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If you’re looking for a cool educational gift for a kid (or adult) this holiday season, we suggest the Illuminated Rotating Universe Tabletop Globe. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s quite self-explanatory: the globe has a built-in motor allowing it to rotate constantly (this feature can be shut off). And it automatically lights up in the dark—displaying an accurate view of the astronomical night sky, including 88 constellations! Cool! The multi-tasking globe measures 12.5"L x 12.5"W x 17"H, and earns rave customer reviews on the Discover Channel Store’s website. Who wouldn’t love this? Available for $90 USD.
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