Filed under: Gadgets
Made of seven LEDs, the Betty bike light is about as bright as a car's headlights (watch out for deer!). $1185
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Filed under: Sports
Sporting equipment is very personal, since every sport has so many variations in the capabilities and performance benefits of the various shoes, racquets, clubs or, in this case, skis. You have to start somewhere, no matter what you are specifically looking for, so Style has a guide for men's skiing gear that will help you get the ski season started off on the right foot. Or slope. They cover ski, binding and boot picks for four categories: Downhill Racer, All-Mountain Expert, Powder Hound and Laid-Back Cruiser. They also provide a great FAQ section with the 9 things you need to know before buying skis. Their tips include how to choose the right length, buy wider skis for powder skiing and narrower for icy downhills and recommending parabolic-shaped skis for just about all recreational skiers. You can also find some great skis at rental shops, where they tend to have the very latest equipment and you don't have to commit if you only ski once or twice a season.
Filed under: Auctions
Spink, the London-based auction house, has a few rather unusual items up for sale in one of the lots in its April 27th auction. The lot is described as "a unique and secret collection of material produced by the Free French in London during the Second World War" and includes many different pieces of spy memorabilia and counterfeiting equipment, including prisoner of war money, a faux Nazi stamp and propaganda booklets. The most unusual item in the lot is a pair of prunes that were to be used to smuggle secret messages and maps in to prisoners of war to aid in their escape. The prunes were pitted and stuffed with sealed notes before being dried and shipped out. These particular prunes, however, were souvenirs of the spy who owned them and were not actually used to carry messages. The lot is estimated to sell for £800-£1200.
[Image Spink, via MSN]