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Driven: 2014 Lexus IS

Here at Cool Material, any time we’re offered an exclusive preview of a new automobile, we’re intrigued. So when Lexus invited us to spend some time with the re-designed 2014 IS sport sedan, including an afternoon testing its mettle on a racetrack, we couldn’t say no. So after a packed flight, we found ourselves in Austin, Texas smack in the middle of the annual South by Southwest Music & Innovation festival ready to hop behind the wheel. ... continue reading
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Whiskey Tasting with a Legend

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin is like St. Patrick’s Day in the United States. A bunch of college kids don fake beards and tiny green hats while attempting to get drunk off pints of Guinness. The streets are rowdy, the pubs are packed, and occasionally you see someone being arrested. It’s the heart of Irish whiskey land, but for our Irish whiskey excursion, we needed to leave the spilled beer-glazed streets for a bit. ... continue reading
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MeUndies Sale – 30% OFF SPONSORED

It's been dubbed the "world’s most comfortable" underwear, and priced at nearly half of its competitors ($16). After years of research and development and a "24 hour" stress test, MeUndies has created the perfect, contour fitting boxer brief that keeps its shape all day and never rides up. The first 500 Cool Material readers get 30% off orders larger than $75 when using code CM75. Not impressed? MeUndies offers a full refund and lets you even keep your first pair. Offer excludes packs and French Terry. ... check it out
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Best. Coffee Packaging. Ever.

We don’t just love coffee, we need coffee. That’s a whole lot bigger than love. Could we survive without it? Frankly, we just don’t know, and we’re not about to find out. While we’ve consumed cup after cup, we’ve noticed some pretty awesome packaging along the way. Here are some of our favorites to gawk at while you down your energy liquid. ... continue reading
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10 New Apps You Should Know

Since new apps get released at an incredible rate, we figured it only fair to keep you abreast of the best. Stop sifting through all the terrible games and little life helpers to find some gems and break out your iPhone or Android device and get to downloading some of these guys. ... continue reading
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14 Martial Arts Movies Every Guy Should See

Few things are as delectably enjoyable as martial arts films. You can turn most on half way through and still get glued to your couch. You coast along with the plot (as awful as it can be at times) eagerly anticipating the next fight scene. Great martial arts flicks, however, combine awesome combat with a story that actually makes it worth the down time between roundhouse kicks. Here are 14 every guys should see. ... continue reading
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Hands-On: Bluetooth Speakers

If you’re in the market for a portable speaker that you can easily toss in your bag on a daily basis, you’ve got quite a few options. The portable Bluetooth speaker market is blowing up right now, and you can get a solid music-blaster for a reasonable amount of cash. We gathered a bunch of different speakers, tested them all out here at the Cool Material offices, and found out which ones are actually worth your money. ... continue reading
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The Best Movies From A-Z

To say this list was difficult to compile would be a vast understatement. We set out to decide the best movie for each letter of the alphabet, and to do that, we had to make some  very tough decisions. Star Wars didn’t make the cut. Fight Club didn’t make the cut. The Adventures of Pluto Nash didn’t make the cut. Some great flicks had to be left out, but we’re happy with it. Here are The Best Movies From A-Z: ... continue reading
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Best. Beer Labels. Ever.

We’re suckers for sharp packaging and good looks. While the beer nestled inside these bottles/cans might not end up being our favorite brew of all-time, we’re still willing to give each a shot because they look so attractive. ... continue reading
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Valentine’s Gifts For Her: My Modern Met

Buying Valentine’s gifts is difficult. Chocolates, flowers, and stuffed bears holding little hearts are boring, but trying to get creative can backfire if you don’t come up with something good. This year, we turned to some of our favorite bloggers (who happen to be female) to get some suggestions on gifts they would love to help you out. These picks are from Alice Yoo from My Modern Met. ... continue reading
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Valentine’s Gifts For Her: Wantist

Buying Valentine’s gifts is difficult. Chocolates, flowers, and stuffed bears holding little hearts are boring, but trying to get creative can backfire if you don’t come up with something good. This year, we turned to some of our favorite bloggers (who happen to be female) to get some suggestions on gifts they would love to help you out. These picks are from Brittany Reiff from Wantist. ... continue reading
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Valentine’s Gifts For Her: If It’s Hip, It’s Here

Buying Valentine’s gifts is difficult. Chocolates, flowers, and stuffed bears holding little hearts are boring, but trying to get creative can backfire if you don’t come up with something good. This year, we turned to some of our favorite bloggers (who happen to be female) to get some suggestions on gifts they would love to help you out. These picks are from Laura Sweet from If It’s Hip, It’s Here. ... continue reading
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Web’s Best: Wings

It’s Super Bowl time, which means break out the blue cheese dressing, celery, and a crap-ton of napkins. Nothing goes better with the big game than some cold beers and a generous helping of wings. If you don’t want to place an order and wait in line on Super Bowl Sunday to get some from whatever place you have around the block, consider making some of your own. Here are the best recipes on the web to create some awesome ... ... continue reading
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8 Football Movies Every Guy Should See

With the Harbowl on its way, it’s time to get in game mode. Since there are no actual games to quench your thirst, might as well pop in a movie or stream something to pass the time. Sure you could turn to Rudy or Varsity Blues, but you’ve seen those like a billion times, and, outside of the Ali Larter whipped cream bikini scene, you can only watch them so many times. Here are 8 football movies you may not ... ... continue reading
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