Next to your cell phone and wallet, the worst thing you can have floating around in a cab is chunks of cork. In the latter case we are, obviously, talking about wine and not a motor vehicle, but you get the idea. Even successfully extracting the barrier between you and an excellent wine buzz is kind of a pain in the ass. Manual corkscrews require real effort. Everyone and their brother already has a Bunny, so that’s no fun either. You could stop entirely to box or screwcap wine, but picking up one of these planetary gears corkscrews is just the right amount of overkill. Powered by the same sort of planetary gears you find in electric screwdrivers and automatic transmissions, this corkscrew is one of the best practical applications of physics we’ve seen in quite some time. Is it over the top? Of course, but since when is that a bad thing?


We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”