The Weekly Thingdown: Sparkly jets, bulletproof school desk, Ken, etc.

7 Objects that mattered this week

Thingdown is a weekly roundup of things — objects, products, stuff — that are lately in the news or otherwise of interest right now.

Lego microtonal guitar

4. The functionality of the black stripes on school buses, explained.

5. Ode to “himbo icon” Ken. (The doll.)

6. New developments in understanding the Antikythera mechanism

7. And in closing: A clock that writes the time once a minute. (See also: Counterfunctionality.)

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