|Global Warming Mug
The animated gif you're looking at now says it all--fill this mug with hot liquid and watch the coastal paradises of the U.S. sink beneath the waves like so much half-baked climate-change contrarianism. No more effective demonstration of the seriousness of sea levels rising has been conceived, nor could it be. Now drink your coffee.
Who knew composting could be cute? Or easy? Anyone who's ever made a failed attempt to turn a pile of kitchen scraps into something usable will appreciate a pig with cleverly constructed internal chambers that make composting a cinch. Kids will probably also love the fact that you "feed" the pig through its mouth and take the compost out of its single, all-purpose cloaca.
|USB Missile Launcher
Those of you who don't have a computer with a USB port are really missing out on this year's gadget guide. If anything could convince you to upgrade, it would be this little baby, which Think Geek unabashedly advertises as "WMD at an affordable price." Don't worry--these kid-safe foam missiles aren't actual munitions, but they do allow 180 degrees of freedom when you're aiming for the neatly-coiffed head of that guy in marketing who makes you wish you were shooting real missiles. (Those of you who prefer to kick it old-school will appreciate this USB cannon.)
Yeah, we said it, the new Wii rocks. And all you PSP fanboys out there can go tell it to our mailroom. In all seriousness, there is one major breakthrough here that's worth noting, not that we'd be the first to do so: the Wii's new motion-sensitive remote will have you playing video games in ways you never thought possible, whether you're swinging your arms as if you were wielding an actual sword or working on your form while playing Nintendo Bowling. Not to jump the gun or anything, but this definitely means that in 10 years you'll be wearing a spandex bodystocking and spinning around in a giant ball like in that virtual-reality movie Lawnmower Man.