The Sun Burns at 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit. Use That Power To Cool Your Cokes.

Here’s a product that will blow your mind. A cooler powered by the Sun. Fittingly, the company is called GoSun.

GoSun is almost closing its IndieGoGo campaign.

You know ia good product when it raises 3,672% of its goal. The GoSun Chill is a battery powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice. The kicker is that the battery can be powered by a car charger, regular plug or you can attach it to optional solar panels and go completely, cooly, off the grid.

The efficiency of the cooler is such that you can cool indefinitely under the bright, hot sun. The campaign ends the first week of June 2019, so check it out as soon as possible!

You can back them and receive deep discounts on their product launches by clicking here and buying on their IndieGoGo campaign. What a COOL Idea!

You Might Want to Buy a Sleeping Bag with Integrated Pad

We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t buy a sleeping pad with a built in pad? This can be said No More! But it ain’t cheap folks, and it’s a lot harder if you live in the United States.

Memorial day is here, which typically is the opening weekend for camping season. As a father of three, I know the complexity and overwhelming VOLUME of STUFF that has to be packed so we can “rough it.” With three kids, your family will need to pack 5 sleeping pads and 5 sleeping bags. Trunk Filled.

For this reason, I went on a search for the better mousetrap of a sleeping bag with a built in pad. Sleep on the ground once once without a pad, and you know you need one. That means packing a car for 5 with 10 different rolls. Yuck.

Strangely enough, there aren’t a lot of options. I think patents have this product offering tied up into knots, but we found some, and listed below are our findings. Note that none of these purchase options are affiliate links. We can’t make a dime off this post! I would appreciate feedback, comments and thoughts if you find a bag in this category or buy one of these bags. This is a high potential market category in my opinion.

The Bundle Bed

For Camping or Sleep Overs: The Bundle Bed. If you live in the U.K…

This is a bit of torture if you had your hopes up here folks. The Bundle bed seems like a great product with lots of potential. Unfortunately, it’s only sold in the United Kingdom currently. Hopefully, they will launch this in the United States. Subscribe to our email list to be notified when it’s available. We do not send a lot of emails on our list, so don’t worry about getting spammed.

Who Owns the Patent? Not sure, but this is the only bag you can buy in the United States with a built in sleeping pad. So you could deduce….

The Eddie Bauer Airbender 20 degree bag looks like a really sweet bag. It is the only bag I can find in the USA with an integrated air mattress and sleeping bag. There is an amazon link here:

But don’t buy it there! Eddie Bauer has it on sale as of May 2019 for under $400. Eddie Bauer doesn’t have affiliate links, so we don’t make anything on this, but I wouldn’t sleep at night (pun intended!) if I’d passed off an affiliate link for more money knowing it was cheaper elsewhere. Find the Airbender from Eddie Bauer here:

The Zenbivy is Comfortable, has a Sleeve for Your Pad, but You Have to Buy that Pad Separately.

The Zenbivy is a nice multi-use, warm bag that allows for locking in your sleeping pad. The Zenbivy can be adapted for back, front, side sleeping along with the cocooning mummy bag for extremely cold situations.

It seems really sweet, and I recommend giving it a try.

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Ditch the Key Chain With this Compact, Handy Multi-Tool.

I hate my massive pile of keys. These guys have solved this with style and lots of other useful stuff to create a really sharp and good looking key Multi-Tool. Not too much more to say. This is sharp!

Their store at Amazon is here:

The “How it Works Video is Below:

Only Buy One of These Snorkels, and the Kids Will Fight Over It. So Better Buy None or Enough for All Them.

When you go to the “About Us” section of our web page, you’ll see Sam wearing a Subea Snorkel. We bought it at Decathlon in Nanning, China. I also bought 18 pairs of underwear at that store for $2.50/ea, but that’s a different story for a different time.

These Snorkels are fantastic. Really easy to use and breath in. We highly recommend them. Subea is the brand we own, and it’s good quality and we’re happy with it. Decathlon is a major sporting goods company in Europe and Asia, so I would think Subea is the main brand, and the video above states that they invented these masks. So I presume everything else sold on Ebay or Amazon is the knock-off. But I don’t know that for sure.

Anyway, you can buy Subea from Amazon here: It’s not Prime however and it looks like they may have re-branded as Tribord in the U.S., and that link is here:

The most popular Amazon brand that is similar, and comes with prime is here (picture below):

And You Thought it Snowed a Lot this Winter? Not as Much as 1888.

In 1888, no one had radar or weather forecasts. Nothing told families spread out across the prairie that weather would be turning for the worse or if precipitation was incoming. On January 12, 1888, the northern plains of Minnesota, Dakotas and Nebraska experienced unseasonably warm weather.

People flocked outside to work on outdoor projects after months of chilling winter weather. Children walked to school without heavy coats, hats or mittens.

You’ll have to read The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin to learn more of the details of one of the greatest weather events in history. It’s well worth the read.

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Truman: A Less Than Famous President With an Infamous Legacy

Missouri born and bred, Harry S. Truman led a long and interesting life. Mostly known as the president who sent the order to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to put an end to World War II, Truman’s life is a fascinating narration of the American life transitioning from the 19th into the 20th century.

In Truman, David McCullough does an incredible job of sharing the story as Truman navigates through rural Missouri, World War One, his rise in politics and during his contentious presidency. We are right with Harry S. Truman as he makes momentous decisions spanning from Japan and Korea to Stalin and Russia.

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How to Get Into Re-Chargeable Batteries for Under $50 (Including Batteries)….and You’ll Actually Use Them.

“I’ve tried getting into re-chargeable batteries before,” you’ll say. You already agree that the concept is a good one. The problem is actually using them. The other problem is where to keep the darn charger!

Re-Chargeable Battery Charger That Plugs Into the Wall!

It’s amazing to me that it’s taken this long to just make a re-chargeable battery charger that plugs into the wall. Well, this one does, it’s cheap, you can buy the charger, and batteries for under $50 as of this writing in Summer of 2019.

You can buy the charger here on Amazon:

The Rise of the Russian Oligarchy and an American’s Journey Throughout It All

A few years after the fall of the Berlin wall, Boris Yeltsin became president of an independent Russia. His administration pursued a policy of converting government owned enterprises into privately, yet publicly owned companies.

Russia issued “privatization vouchers” to citizens as ownership in these converted state-owned businesses. Typical Russians, however, had no experience or knowledge of what these vouchers meant. What does a Russian peasant, barely able to subsist, waiting in hours long lines for bread and clothing, do with vouchers for ownership in a company?

Well, they sold them. An incredibly large, incredibly corrupt market for state-owned company privatization vouchers was launched. This was a massive opportunity for the men who eventually became Russia’s Oligarchs. It was also an huge opening for an enterprising American investor, Bill Browder.

What ensued is a little like how you would imagine. Controversy, huge wealth creation, corruption, and eventually murder result. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder is a wonderful, quick summer read.

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What Should You Take When You Travel Internationally? Maybe Try This Tool For Cleaning Clothes.

Walking through Europe in the summer can get quite sweaty. I’ve walked through Machu Pichu in March. I’ve had clinging clothes in China. I’ve had a lot of Swass in Spain. I know rank clothes. As I’ve gotten older, the B.O. seems to cling a little more. Anyone share the pain?

The Sonic Soak Ultrasonic Cleaner seems to be the solution. According to their web site, they’ve unlocked ultra-sonic technology to clean clothing more thoroughly than soaking with agitation (your washing machine). I’m not sure anyone is going to start sticking their clothes in the sink at home, but for international travel, this thing sounds like a huge hit.

We have NOT reviewed this yet. I’ve submitted a request to the company, and we’d appreciate comments and feedback if anyone’s used it. There are also a TON of knock offs on Amazon (here is the most popular one). Has anyone tried a knock off?

This Actually Happened: A Former President Nearly Died on an Amazonian Expedition to Map an Undiscovered River.

Theodore Roosevelt wanted to run for Presidential election. Agreeing previously to step aside to allow younger men to run, the former “Rough Rider” changed his mind and decided to seek a third term. Running as the candidate of the Progressive Party after losing the nomination to William Howard Taft in the Republican party, he felt empowered to lead the country toward woman’s suffrage and lower tariffs.

Before taking the stage for a campaign speech, Roosevelt was shot by William Schrenk. When asked why he shot the former president, Schrenk offered that any man who sought a third term as president ought to be shot. Roosevelt, who easily survived the attempt on his life, famously said, “It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose!” Thus, the Progressive Party became the Bull Moose party.

Having divided the Republican party, Roosevelt and Taft both lost to Woodrow Wilson. Teddy was devastated. In a deep funk and seeking a new challenge and adventure for his life, the former United States President launched an expedition to map an uncharted river in the Amazon jungle.

The expedition would take men’s lives, nearly killing all of them. The president himself repeatedly ordered the men on his expedition to leave him for dead, an order they refused to obey. This story of a former president doing something so profoundly unheard of must be read by anyone who considers himself or herself a fan of history.

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