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For those who have everything: The rubber band machine gun

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No matter how good your childhood rubber band gun was, the Rubber Band Machine Gun "puts it to shame," said Amanda Kooser at CNET. This wooden behemoth (from $115) holds 672 rubber bands at a time and can fire 14 per second to distances up to 26 feet. A small, battery-powered motor rotates the magazine while the elastics themselves provide all the firepower. The gun's inventor, Ukrainian college student Alex Shpetniy, set up a Kickstarter campaign to launch manufacturing with $5,000 of outsider help; he quickly pulled in nearly $150,000.