The Hot List: Volume 17

Features, Lifestyle I By Winding Road Staff I December 09, 2011
Every week we sift through a truly amazing amount of “stuff” in the dozen or so hours we spend online—you know, the time spent not driving sweet cars. A lot of the cool stuff we find has to do specifically with new cars, naturally, but there’s also a huge amount of awesomeness that doesn’t completely fit in the normal Winding Road world. Once, we were in the habit of simply reading, watching, or talking amongst ourselves about this web detritus, but recently we thought it might be a good idea to start sharing it with you all. Thus, The Hot List.
 
We aim to bring you a list of the most interesting bits of information we run across. Ten worth-knowing-about things that may or may not be related directly to the world of cars, but all of which we think our typical enthusiast readers will be able to really dig into. We don’t know, from week to week, what will show up on this list, which is part of the fun for us and for you.
 
Read, enjoy, and comment. If you happen to know of something that you think would make for a good inclusion on next week’s list, drop us a line at [email protected].
 
 
 
 
Google Sightseeing has a list of various places around the world that feature pieces of art inspired by (or made of) cars. From a bronzed Fiat 500 in the Netherlands, to a monument similar to Stonehenge, called Carhenge.
 
 
 
 
Say a friend is having a fancy dinner, and you plan to bike to their house. You want to bring a bottle of wine, but don’t have a way to carry it. This product offers a solution, with a saddle made specifically for wine that attached to the bike’s frame.
 
 
 
From the same shop that brings you the Bike Wine Rack comes the Lowrider Coloring Book. The title says it all. The book features the 50 cars just waiting for you to put your dream paint job on paper, preferably in crayon.
 
 
 
 
Want to take better pictures with your smartphone? Photojojo offers the amazing macro lens band. Just slip the band over your phone, position the lens over the camera, and snap artistic shots with beautiful detail.
 
 
 
 
Science, man! The Voyager 1 space probe is the first manmade object to travel into galactic space. It is currently 11 billion miles from the sun, and should keep transmitting data until at least 2020.
 
 
 
 
This high-torque corkscrew features planetary gears to help make opening that bottle of wine easy. Next time you pop a bottle of vino, why not use something that resembles your car’s transmission? Your engineer friends will be delighted.
 
 
 
 
 
This iPod dock and speaker is nearly the size of a car (and priced similarly). Made by Behringer, it costs a mere $30,000 and weighs a paltry 700 pounds. It is scheduled to launch at the Consumer Electronics Show next month.
 
 
 
 
Zapata Racing has created the Flyboard, a set of water-propelled rocket boots. They’re powerful enough to send you soaring through the air. This amazing video shows the fancy footwear in action.
 
 
 
 
Need a place to put your keys when you get home? This white porcelain box from Jonathan Adler will make sure you don’t lose them. It’ll look nice on the mantle, next to your collection of creepy porcelain dolls.
 
 
 
Christmas is on its way, and while you may have killed a tree to decorate your living room, you can trim that tree with living, breathing ornaments. Here, you can find out how to make terrarium ornaments that are fun to create and interesting to behold.
 
 
 
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