VIDEO: It’s not a butt plug… it’s a gömböc!

I’ve given and received plenty of unusual presents over the years (like this and this and this), but my birthday present from Dirk this year is uniquely wonderful:

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No, it’s not a butt plug… although I suppose I could give that a try sometime. It’s called a gömböc — Hungarian for “little sphere” or, in some circles, “thick sausage” (not kidding) — and it’s one of the only known shapes to 1) be the same density throughout, and 2) always land right side up, no matter what you do with it. (Contrast this with a Weeble, also known as a roly-poly toy, which satisfies condition 2 but not condition 1.) As one of my good friends remarked, “What an odd and rather perfect present.”

Check out the demonstration video that Dirk and I made below… pretty cool, huh?

You can read about the history of the gömböc here. By the way, I pronounce “gömböc” totally wrong in the video; it’s actually pronounced goom-buutz. Time to brush up on my Hungarian! Maybe I can ask TitanMen exclusive David Anthony, who lives in Hungary, for lessons. I’ll show him my gömböc… if you know what I mean.

11 replies
  1. Robert Dutch
    Robert Dutch says:

    Soooo, what can you actually do with it?
    Or is it just a really neat, physisistic presse-papier?

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    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      For me, it’s not so much about what it does but what it represents. This gömböc doo-dah (as our friend Dolan Wolf would say) gave me an opportunity to learn about something I’d never heard of before. In general, Dirk has introduced me to a whole world of new wonders and experiences, so I find this gift especially representative and appropriate.

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  2. Lyne Beausejour
    Lyne Beausejour says:

    Really unique gift for a very unique person from a very unique boyfriend! On another note I’m always curious about your surroundings on your pictures. May I ask if your decor in the background is Japanese inspired? Although I cannot see a lot it looks beautiful. Thanks in advance for your response.

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