Things to do for December 29, 2011

The Weekender

A Few Last-Minute Ideas for New Year’s...

Baby, it’s the weekend outside.

Opening Your Champagne the Hard Way
SABER RATTLING

Opening Your Champagne the Hard Way

Any clown or Super Bowl champion can pop open a bottle of champagne. Not you—you’re going to slice the top off with a sword made from Damascus steel. This sword, in fact—the world’s most expensive. It’s a rousing start to your resolution to be more samurai in 2012.

Making Your Party Louder
BRING THE NOISE

Making Your Party Louder

Noisemakers. Designed to create sounds that are only welcome or even tolerable on the final night of the year. These vintage ones are your play. Because today’s noise just isn’t the same.

The Latest in Corkscrewing
SCREW IT

The Latest in Corkscrewing

Before things take a turn for the bubbly, you might want to crack open a bottle of red. Or a bottle of white (whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight). This corkscrew has the same gears you’ve got in your automatic transmission. Yes, it’s totally necessary.

A Detonator for Your Fireworks
FIRE STARTER

A Detonator for Your Fireworks

You’ve got two good hands. And you aim to keep it that way. So you’ll set off any NYE fireworks with this remote control system. Just clip the little clips onto the fuse, step back about 80 feet and press the launch button. Then prep for “oohs” and “aahs.”

Counting the Hours with Total Precision
FINAL COUNTDOWN

Counting the Hours with Total Precision

You can’t be expected to always know what time it is. And subtraction: save it for mathematicians. So this app counts down the exact number of seconds until New Year’s strikes wherever you and your iPad are. Your move, Seacrest.

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