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Even though you’re professionally trained in Jujutsu, kickboxing, and African stick fighting, you can never be too prepared. In addition to your mad combat skillz, it wouldn’t hurt to have your furniture double as a weapon. The Woodsman Axe Coffee Table ($815), by London designer Chris Duffy comes in a walnut or light oak veneer top and is supported by four solid hickory handled axes. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm tales, the table is a minimalist coffee table gone rogue. Whether it’s an unwanted intruder or a shortage of firewood, The Woodsman table has you covered. And if things go horribly awry, there’s always Autum’s Heretic Coffin Couch.
Why swim with the dolphins if you can be one? The Seabreacher X is a dolphin-inspired submersible watercraft that can make high-speed dives and launch out of the water like a breaching sea mammal. The 260hp engine can propel the vessel up to 50 mph on the surface and 25 mph below. And while you’re under there, the snorkel-mounted video camera transmits live video to LCD screens for your viewing pleasure. Just in case you get adopted by a playful school of dolphins, the Seabreacher also comes with GPS navigation. No, we will not call you Flipper.
If you had just one box set to bring with you on your solo sailing trip around the world, it would have to be United Artists’ 90th Anniversary Prestige Collection($380). With ninety, yes NINETY movies from the past almost-century, this puppy runs a massive movie gamut from old classics to new, like “Some Like It Hot,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Rocky,” “Midnight Cowboy,” “Annie Hall,” “Raging Bull,” “Goldeneye,” and even “Hotel Rwanda.” You will certainly run out of popcorn before running out of movies, and you might even circle the world without having to repeat a title. Then again, you might also just watch “Rain Man” on loop from here to Timbuktu. Either way.
The ladies in your life have grown accustomed to your specific brand of sweet nothings. And you can’t let a few hours of shuteye or liver pate thwart your performance. Dr. Keightley’s Mouthwash Concentrate No 117($12.00) from C.O. Bigelow is backed by 173 years of apothecary genius.
The oral rinse is formulated with Cinnamon, Peppermint, Clove, Anise and Spearmint oils that ensure fresh breath and good oral health. The red cocktail comes in an old-timey bottle that would feel right at home in your liqueur cabinet. One swig of this and your inamoratas will be the only ones holding their breath.
Whether you’re tailgating, shooting hoops, or playing polo, the Yamaha PDX-11 Portable Speaker($100) can hang. The rugged octagonal iPod dock features a 4-inch woofer and a separate tweeter that pulls power from an AC adapter or six AA-batteries for eight hours of playback. You can mount your iPhone or iPod up top or hook up a PC, Mac or other audio player via a mini-jack in the back. The speaker’s metal carry handle and grill make it easy to take your tunes outdoors – and at only 3 pounds, can you really justify leaving Queen’s Greatest Hits at home?