Things to do for April 14, 2011

The Weekender

Ping-Pong, Space Travel and the Rolling Stones

The weekend is deducting the week.

The Ping-Pong Paddle of the Future
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The Ping-Pong Paddle of the Future

Your putter: carburized steel. Your baseball bat: platinum. So naturally, a plain old wood-and-glue ping-pong paddle isn’t going to cut it. Instead, you’ll want a single fused piece of hyperlite carbon fiber in the shape of a paddle. Go ahead, call yourself “Table Nadal.”

The Anti-Candy Candy Bar
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The Anti-Candy Candy Bar

In the beginning, there was the candy bar. And it was good. Then there was the breadstick. Also good. Now, the glorious combination of the two: a cracker-like bar flavored with parmesan or coconut curry. It’s like gourmet pioneer food—in case you have any wagon-train trips on your schedule.

Your Next Space Flight
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Your Next Space Flight

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first manned space orbit, YouTube has a real-time video reenactment of the whole 90-minute ride, including archival footage of the launch and space station footage from the original route. It’s that or the one where the cat rides the Roomba.

Atticus Finch’s Glasses
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Atticus Finch’s Glasses

You prefer your eyewear with Southern charm and powerful moral convictions. New York’s Oliver Peoples understands: they’re celebrating the 50th birthday of the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird with a replica of Atticus Finch’s tortoise-patterned specs. Just watch out for Boo Radley.

The Rolling Stones Pinball Machine
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The Rolling Stones Pinball Machine

Finally, a chance to see the Stones the way they were meant to be seen: on a pinball machine. It launches the ball from the famous Lips logo, and you can knock down band members for bonus points. Also, once you start it up, it will never stop.

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