8 Entertaining Pop Culture-Themed Pool Floats for Summer

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helivideo/iStock via Getty Images

This summer, show off your fandom the cool way: with a pool float. Below are eight pop culture-themed inflatables we love, from Marvel rafts to Finding Nemo floats.

1. Star Wars Millennium Falcon Float; $22

A Star Wars Millennium Falcon-shaped pool float
SwimWays, Amazon

There's no need to fear the Dark Side (or the deep end) while floating on this raft. Celebrate the December release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a few months early with this 5-foot-long, 3.8-foot-wide inflatable starship.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Star Trek Captain's Chair Float; $59

A Star Trek-themed captain's chair pool float
Big Mouth Toys, Amazon

You can feel like the captain of your pool in this 4-foot-wide chair float worthy of James T. Kirk himself.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Dragon Party Tube; $20

A woman lounges on a dragon-shaped pool float
GoFloats, Amazon

Channel your inner Daenerys while chilling out on this 4-foot-wide, 2-foot-tall dragon pool toy from GoFloats. You can choose from two designs: Fire Dragon or ;Ice Dragon. There's also a smaller version for kids available for $15.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Marvel Comic Book Float; $25

A Marvel comic book-shaped pool float
SwimWays, Amazon

Marvel fans can now lounge on their favorite heroes with this 5-foot-long comic book-themed float. Designs featuring other beloved superheroes like Captain America and Spider-Man are also available.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Batman Logo Float; $20

A pool float shaped like the Batman logo
Edge Brands, Amazon

If you're more of a DC Comics person, this 5-foot-wide Batman float is perfect for you.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Blue Wave Clown Fish Float; $18

A girl sits on a clownfish-shaped float next to her dad in a pool.
Blue Wave, Amazon

Make like Nemo and just keep swimming on this 5-foot-long ride-on pool float.

Buy it: Walmart or Amazon

7. Super Mario Kart Float; $24

The box of a Mario Kart pool float
Nintendo, Amazon

This Mario Kart bumper boat can bring your favorite video game to life in the pool. Just make sure to watch out for any errant shells or banana peels.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Jurassic World Float; $40

A T-rex-shaped pool float
Coconut Float, Amazon

Who says a T-rex can't swim? This durable float will make you feel like you are on Isla Nublar with your favorite dinosaur.

Buy it: Amazon

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Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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This Alarm Clock Makes You Chase It Down to Get You Out of Bed

Clocky the Alarm, YouTube
Clocky the Alarm, YouTube

Even self-proclaimed morning people sometimes struggle to rouse themselves from the warm abyss of deep-stage sleep. This, of course, can result in a series of haphazard jabs at your snooze button until you’re really running late, or the universally dreaded failure to ever hear your alarm go off in the first place. Meet Clocky, the nightstand pet designed to rescue you from all of your alarm-clock issues and anxieties.

Clocky is a rambunctious, responsible alarm clock who will perform a number of irksome yet effective antics to get you up and at ’em. First of all, he’s very, very loud, so you’re sure to be jolted from even the most corpse-like slumber. Then, he’ll roll away from wherever you’ve left him, continuing to emit a variety of noises while you’re forced to chase him down in order to curtail the cacophony. He can survive a three-foot fall, so you can station him atop your nightstand, and he’ll bounce right down the stairs, too, if that’s what it takes to get you moving. (He won’t, however, brew your morning coffee for you … but this alarm clock will.)

Clocky the alarm clock
Amazon

You can customize the snooze settings based on your preferences. Clocky’s default is to have the snooze button disabled, meaning that he’ll zoom away as soon as the alarm goes off. If you’re a little more forgiving of your own “just five more minutes” habit, you can choose for Clocky to let you hit the snooze button once, twice, or more before he rolls away—and you can also set the length of time your snoozes will last.

Sometimes you really do deserve to flake on sunrise yoga and burrow farther into your covers for an extra hour or two, so feel free to disable Clocky’s runaway feature before mornings when you’re planning to play it by ear.

You can purchase Clocky for $40 from Amazon.

Wondering how people ever woke up on time without fancy gadgets like Clocky to help them? Find out here.

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