Weird and Funny Science Gifts That Are Sure to Make You Laugh
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Science is funLooking for science-themed holiday gifts that are offbeat, humorous, or even a little strange? Live Science has you covered. From whiskey stones shaped like T. rex skulls and an animal tracks doormat to a bleeding hand candle and plenty of science puns, these silly gifts are infused with just the right amount of science.
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Huey the Color Copying Chameleon Lamp
Enjoy a new take on mood lighting with Huey, a chameleon-shaped lamp that changes color to match its surroundings, dynamically mimicking the hue of the surface it sits upon. Or if you want to see all of Huey's colors, the lamp can be set to cycle through different shades automatically, pausing on the color of your choice when you give Huey a squeeze.
Available from ThinkGeek for $9.99.
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Harness the power of physics to help you make tough choices! The Decide-O-Matic Game uses a magnet and a pendulum to help you decide what to eat, what to watch, and what music to play. A blank disk is included for you to customize, so that even your toughest quandaries can be easily resolved.
Available from American Science and Surplus for $7.95.
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Everyone loves a good selfie, even the cells that make up our bodies. This would be the perfect mug for that person in your life who perhaps needs a little perspective? Or maybe a biologist (or any science enthusiast) who would appreciate, deeply, the joke. This handmade "Cell-fie" mug is dishwasher safe, so no special treatment required.
Available from Etsy seller FacultyLoungers for $17.00.
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Heavy Metals Mug
This metals mug is downright metal … especially if you need a gift for that chemist, err, rocker on your holiday list. The 11-ounce ceramic mug has the rad design on both sides, so you're never amiss if you or a friend is looking for the atomic symbol of one of your favorite metal characters from the periodic table. (For a gassier gift, there's always the "Nobel Gases" version of the mug.)
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3D printers typically use inedible plastics, but the PancakeBot turns a cartridge of batter into delicious pancakes, cooked on its nonstick griddle. Choose from hundreds of ready-made shapes, or customize your own pancakes using the free PancakePainter software.
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Dinosaur Whiskey Stones
Get a head start on chilling your whiskey (or any beverage) with a pair of granite stones carved in the shape of a Tyrannosaurs rex skull. In life, an adult T. rex skull measured about 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length, but these miniature skulls are the perfect size for dropping into your glass, and they'll cool your drink without diluting it.
Available from Uncommon Goods for $30.00.
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Animal Tracks Doormat
You probably don't want a horse, grizzly bear or African elephant to walk through your front door, but if they did, the prints that their feet left behind would look like the ones pictured on this coconut-fiber doormat. Colorful images show an array of animal prints in actual size, alongside a human footprint for scale.
Available from Uncommon Goods for $30.00.
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Spider Pet Costume
Transform your dog or cat into the eight-legged arachnid that you always wanted, with a costume that brings out their inner spider. Suitable for pets up to 15 pounds (7 kilograms), the costume's fit is adjustable, as are the posable legs.
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Anatomically Correct Heart Bath Bomb
Make your bathtime just a little more goth, with a black-cherry-scented bath bomb that resembles an anatomically correct heart. Infused with essential oils, this foaming bath treat is perfect for medical students, cardiac surgeons or anyone who makes your heart beat just a little faster.
Available from Etsy seller TheMADbombers for $13.00.
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Bleeding Hand Candle
You have to hand it to Etsy seller CreepyCandles, their handy candle provides an unexpected anatomy lesson while it melts. As the "flesh" fingers in this realistic hand heat up, they release a red liquid that resembles blood; when the candle continues to burn, it reveals a framework of "bones" inside the wax.
Available from Etsy seller CreepyCandles for $34.95.
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If you're looking for a holiday party treat that'll be a conversation starter, you might want to sample salted Manchurian scorpions (Mesobuthus martensii). These crunchy snacks can be eaten whole — stinger and all — and are safe to consume because the scorpion's venom becomes inert once the arachnid is dead, according to the product website. However, the website also warns that people with allergies to shellfish or crustaceans may also experience an allergic reaction to edible insects and arachnids.
Available from EntoVida for $17.95.
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Pyro Mini Fireshooter
Start the holiday season off with a bang, with a wearable device that allows you to shoot tiny fireballs with a flick of the wrist. A pair of barrels combine flash paper and combustible cotton to produce a momentary burst of flame that can travel up to 10 feet (3 meters). WARNING: The Fireshooter is not recommended for children under 18, and users are encouraged to watch the manufacturer's instructional videos before lighting things up, according to the product website.
Available from Vat19 for $149.00.
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USB Spaceman Light
Bring a glow to your dark workspace with this tiny, USB-powered astronaut light. The spacesuit-clad figure is attached to a flexible cable and produces about 12 lumens of LED light (the equivalent of a 1-watt incandescent bulb), and the light activates when the astronaut's helmet visor is lifted.
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All crabs are equipped with a pair of powerful pincers on their front limbs, which they use for defense, gathering food, digging burrows and mating displays, and this clever crab-shaped multitool should prove equally capable of performing a range of tasks. A wooden "body" makes the crab easy to grasp, and its tools include a miniature scissor, a bottle opener, a screwdriver, and a can opener.
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Green Chafer Beetle Computer Mouse
It's not a bug — it's a feature! In addition to the usual gears, wheel and sensors, this optical USB mouse has a green chafer beetle (Cetonia aurata) encased in a mound of clear acrylic, illuminated by multicolored lights when the mouse is in use. As each beetle specimen is unique, expect some variation from the product photo, according to the manufacturer.
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Plush Science of Love Bouquet
For that special someone on your holiday gift list, show them how much you care with a plush "science of love bouquet." This charming offering includes nine plush items on detachable stems: three heart-embroidered Erlenmeyer flasks and six molecular structures representing dopamine and serotonin, chemicals produced by the brain that are associated with pleasant emotions.
Available from ThinkGeek for $19.99.
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Giant Microbes Gift Box Set
Hug a bug! Give the gift of microbes this holiday season, with a collection of plush, cuddly microorganisms that are cuter than a teddy bear. Choose from a selection of gift boxes that include different groups of adorable, colorful microbes, such as Ocean Creatures, Dino Creatures or Plagues From History.
Available from ThinkGeek for $19.99.
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Need a gift for a high-strung coffee drinker? Don't overreact, but this might be the gift to beat! The silly imprint design, with two charismatic flasks (right, not beakers, which have a wide, open mouth) on both sides, will surely get a chuckle. And, it's practical: microwave and dishwasher safe, to boot.
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'I got your back' T-shirt
Maybe someone in your life takes things a little too literally? Check out this "I got your back" T-shirt: Made by Feelin Good Tees, the sarcastic shirt comes in loads of colors and it's 100 percent preshrunk cotton. (Remember, Live Science has your back.)
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Cat Scientists Stickers
These might be the cutest cat stickers ever, especially for the cat lover in your life. Space cats are cool, but science cats could add an extra something-something to scrapbooks or cards.
Available from Etsy seller AmberMorganDesigns for $5.00.
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'You're Basic' Phone Grip
Yay for science puns! Maybe a stocking stuffer for a relative or a small holiday gift for the geeky co-worker in the office. The phone grip also acts as an expandable stand to watch videos, take group photos, FaceTime and Skype … all hands-free. The adhesive lets you remove and reposition on most devices and cases, according to the manufacturer.