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What to buy with all that money you’ll be saving on healthcare now

It’s called the JetLev. It’s a water jetpack — the thruster unit is connect to a trailing “boat unit” that sucks up water and pumps it through a flexible hose (which doubles as a tether to keep you from flying too high):

Price tag: Between 115,000 and 129,000 Euros. Top speed: 22 mph. It’s got a roughly 30-mile range, looks like, so despite the manufacturer’s statement that “jetpacks are not practical for commuting,” seems like it’d be perfect for round trips between Seattle and Bellevue or one of the islands in the Sound. All you need is a drip-dry suit. [Via James Fallows.]

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Fake shopping (5/8/08)

Back in April, megmccarron  posted her idea for fake shopping, which is where you blog about stuff you’d buy if you had “stupid amounts of cash.” Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out while surfing the tubes, and I’m pleased to announce I’ve found my first fake purchase.

A Japanese company called Tokyoflash makes a line of limited-edition designer wristwatches with unique displays. For example, here’s the “Active Reactor”:

The time shown is 11:43. How do I know? Simple, just do the math:

By the way, this is one of their easier watches to read. Check out the “JLr7”:

Since this is a fake purchase, I will of course be buying all of the available models, along with a nice display case to keep them in. Because I don’t actually wear a wristwatch.

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