Take Your In-Car Concerts to the Next Level With Carpool Karaoke, The Mic

Courtesy of The Singing Machine
Courtesy of The Singing Machine

In the summertime, there’s nothing better than driving fast with the windows down and your favorite jams turned up to 11 so you can sing along at the top of your lungs. Now, that experience is getting an upgrade thanks to Carpool Karaoke, The Mic.

Fans of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment (and the series) can channel their inner Adele, Celine Dion, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, and Paul McCartney with the mic, which was created by The Singing Machine and is specifically made for use in the car. It connects to your car’s stereo through an empty FM station; once you’ve found a suitable station, you tune the transmitter on the mic to match the radio. (If you’re having trouble finding an empty station, there’s an aux cable to connect to the mic to your car stereo.) All that’s left to do is connect your phone to the mic via Bluetooth, cue up your playlist, and start singing.

You can adjust your volume and add echo effects directly on the mic so you sound just as good as Celine, and it’s equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides six hours of singing time.

Carpool Karaoke, The Mic
Courtesy of The Singing Machine

Mental Floss got the chance to test out Carpool Karaoke, The Mic for ourselves, and we can confirm it is a blast. Along with a colleague from our sister site 12up.com, we cruised around midtown Manhattan belting out tunes by Fleetwood Mac, Kelly Clarkson, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Rae Jepson, TLC, and Third Eye Blind, and duetted on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star is Born. The mic was easy to set up and adjust on the fly, and it sounded great. It was an excellent way to spend a lunch break—we had a total blast. And yes, there’s video, but … we’re not brave enough to post it.

Carpool Karaoke, The Mic is awesome, whether you’re out tailgating, on a long road trip with kids and want something to stop the cries of “are we there yet?,” or if you, like James Corden, just need some help getting to work. It retails for $60 and is available for pre-order from The Singing Machine, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and other online retailers. Pre-orders will ship July 15.

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The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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