Up Your Game With 15 Pop Culture Decks of Playing Cards

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Whether you're known to play a solo game of Solitaire, host poker night, or play a round of Kings with friends, having a good looking deck of cards around can come in handy. If these beautifully designed cards don't make the cut, check out the options below that have pop culture references in spades.

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1. PRINCESS BRIDE; $6.99

Albino Dragon The Princess Bride Playing Cards
Amazon

If you think a Princess Bride-themed deck of cards is inconceivable, think again! In addition to the ornately illustrated "As You Wish" deck of cards pictured above, there's another officially licensed variation by the same company, Albino Dragon. The "Storming the Castle" type comes with darker themes and drawings.

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2. FIREFLY; $6.99

Fans who are still upset about the untimely end of Firefly might take some comfort in this officially licensed and pre-weathered set of cards. For this set, artist Ben Mund created illustrations of objects and characters from the short-lived Fox series.

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3. THE GOONIES; $9.99

Grab your treasure map and get ready to take on a challenge with this Goonies-themed deck. Illustrated by popular artist Nat Iwata, the colorful pack depicts characters from the 1985 cult classic.

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4. ADVENTURE TIME; $13.99

Adventure Time playing cards
Amazon

This tin contains two different packs of playing cards perfectly suited for fans of the Cartoon Network series.

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5. ALIEN; $9.99

Not for the faint of heart: If you're intrigued by the aesthetic of the Alien franchise, then these ghoulish cards are for you. Each face card features an alien, facehugger, or chestburster.

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6. WIZARD OF OZ; $11.99

This illustrated set comes with a different character on each face card. There's also a silver pack (like the color of Dorothy's slippers in the book) that was printed in honor of the film's 75th anniversary in 2014.

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7. GHOSTBUSTERS; $9.99

These officially licensed cards by Albino Dragon have original illustrations. Each face card has a different character from the classic ‘80s comedy, including Slimer, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore.

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8. DEADPOOL; $8.46

Celebrate the smart aleck anti-hero with this bright red set of cards. The officially licensed deck has 52 different pictures, so you're in for a surprise every time you pull a new card.

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9. ONCE UPON A TIME; $9.42

Once Upon A Time Matchbox Playing Card Set
Amazon

Fans of the ABC hit Once Upon a Time will love playing games with all their favorite fairy tale characters. Each collector's box includes two unique decks, featuring a linen-type finish and photos from the show on each card.

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10. GREMLINS; $6.99

You can still play with these cards after dark—just don't get them wet. Each card in the officially licensed deck is decorated with a different image of a Gremlin, except for the King of Hearts, which obviously has Gizmo.

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11. 8-BIT VIDEO GAMES; $14.59

While not dedicated to any specific games, this deck of cards is an ode to video games of old. The 8-bit themed deck has all the familiar themes from vintage video games: angry gorillas, pixelated hearts, and even backs that look suspiciously like levels in Zelda.

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12. FRIDAY THE 13TH; $8.81

Pay homage to a few iconic horror movie villains. Besides Jason (pictured above), you can also get cards with the bad guys from 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street and 1974 movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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13. BEETLEJUICE; $8.06

These appropriately striped cards feature images from one of Tim Burton's more beloved Halloween flicks. Maybe if you say Beetlejuice three times, he'll appear and help you cheat.

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14. GAME OF THRONES; $8.02

When you play a game of Go Fish with these Game of Thrones cards, you can probably lose without losing your head.

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15. INSTAGRAM; $10.50

customizable Instagram playing cards
Zazzle

None of the decks on this list work for you? Try making your own. This customizable set can be made with photos from your Instagram account. Just select your favorite images and they can be immortalized on 54 glossy cards.

Find It: Zazzle

These ASMR-Ready Headphones Promise to Lull You to Sleep

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What do hushed whispers, gently tapping fingernails, and Bob Ross’s voice have in common? They’re all examples of triggers that may cause what’s known as an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or, as Dictionary.com succinctly explains it, a “calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a tingling sensation” that can be triggered by soothing stimuli. ASMR has recently been recognized as an effective relaxation technique for those looking to calm their nerves; now, ASMR enthusiasts and novices alike can experience it in the form of a sleep-ready headband.

Upon first glance, SleepPhones: ASMR Edition may look like just a fabric headband, but the device actually features flat speakers tucked into soft, stretchy, eco-friendly material. Unlike regular headphones, SleepPhones can be worn comfortably to bed, even if you sleep on your side, and they come preloaded with content designed to help you relax. They feature eight hours of built-in ASMR content by 16 different ASMR artists (or ASMRtists), including but not limited to tracks with rhythmic tapping and "peaceful Italian whisperings."

A close-up of the SleepPhones speaker technology
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The speaker components of SleepPhones
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Using SleepPhones is designed to be a stress-free experience. The speakers have the ability to play for 20 ad-free hours with a mere three-hour charging time in between. There are also zero cords involved, meaning you won’t get all tangled up as you lie down or if you have a tendency to toss and turn at night. The small button located in the back of the headband allows you to start, pause, or skip tracks and control the volume.

For people looking for ways to relax beyond yoga and meditation, ASMR may be the way to go. One study observed that subjects watching ASMR videos not only reported feeling that aforementioned pleasant tingling, but were also found to have reduced heart rates.

You can get a pair of your own SleepPhones on Kickstarter with a pledge of $75 or more. They come in three different sizes with seven colors from which to choose.

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Make Shopping Easier With This Super-Light Reusable Bag

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Nanobag 3.0

With the current state of our environment being what it is, it's vital to try to reuse, reduce, and recycle as much as possible. Every year, people consume billions of plastic bags, leading to tons of unnecessary waste. Many consumers have made the switch to reusable bags, but they're often not the sturdiest nor most attractive method of portage.

The Nanobag 3.0, which is now raising money on Kickstarter, claims to be a comfortable, easy-to-fold, high-quality bag that can reduce the number of single-use plastic bags needed per year. This super-soft sack can easily fit into the smallest of places, like the watch pocket in your jeans.

Putting a bag into the watch pocket of jeans
Nanobag 3.0

Weighing just 0.7 ounces, the Nanobag 3.0 is made of water- and dirt-repellant rip-stop fabric. You can carry about 66 pounds of goods in its 18-liter capacity, and the bag's reinforced handles work to distribute the weight evenly on your shoulder or arm. Attached to the bag is a small pouch that can carry keys or a small wallet, so you can have all your essentials in one place.

For each bag sold, one tree will be planted with the Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit organization that restores forests and reduces poverty in developing nations.

With over a month left in its campaign, the Nanobag 3.0 has already exceeded its goal of $3,831, raising over $73,000 as of June 17. By pledging $10 or more, you can get your own ultra-light and ultra-strong reusable bag on Kickstarter. Shipping is scheduled for December.

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