A Kid Destroyed This $15,000 LEGO Brick Sculpture

Mr. Zhao via Weibo
Mr. Zhao via Weibo

One of the most impressive sculptures on display at a recent LEGO exhibition in Ningbo, China, was a human-sized LEGO brick rendering of Nick, the crafty fox from the Disney film Zootopia. The brick artist, known as Mr. Zhao, spent 72 hours and roughly $15,000 crafting the piece, proudly documenting the various stages via his Weibo social media account.

Mr. Zhao via Weibo

After being on display for less than an hour, a five-year-old child pushed it over.

Standing amid the scattered pieces, a despondent Mr. Zhao apparently refused any offer for financial compensation from the child’s parents, believing it was accidental.

This is not the first time a young person's appetite for destruction has caused havoc in the art world. In 2015, a young boy in Suffolk knocked over a 221-year-old jug, reducing it to 65 fractured pieces that museum curators had to painstakingly reassemble. In Taipei, a 12-year-old tripped and tried to brace his fall by putting a hand through a 17th century Paolo Porpora painting valued at $1.5 million.

[h/t Mashable]

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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