The Curiosity Box by VSauce Summer 2020 Subscription Box Review

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The Curiosity Box is a quarterly subscription box to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. Each box comes with 6-9 items that will not only entertain, but also educate you and your family. The subscription is $49.90 per quarter and a portion of all proceeds are donated to fund Alzheimer’s research.

This is their box #16! The box is filled with stuff that will feed your mind.

Some of the items in the box were wrapped in plastic.

The inside of the box’s top lid introduces us to INQ!

The Curiosity Box has a separate information card – it’s great for quick reference and for when someone steals your Curiosity Quarterly for bathroom reading.

It contains a list of all the goodies this quarter! And as always, INQ the octopus is our guide through the box.

On one of the previous boxes, they announced that there won’t be a magazine included in the boxes as they wanted to increase the quality of what the subscribers get in the box, try out new ideas and enhance interactivity, and will include a monthly newsletter instead, which will be delivered directly to the subscriber’s inbox. The newsletter will still include thought-provoking articles and in-depth coverage of the box contents.

Everything in the box!

Engare Steam Game.

Engare is a game about motion and geometry. Part puzzle game, part drawing tool, Engare is all about your geometric imagination.

By selecting a point on a moving object, players trace delicate shapes in the air and hopefully match the target glyph for that level. It’s a meditation on the dynamics of simple machines and the beauty buried deep within repeating motion.

We received a downloadable Steam game called Engare! In this game, there’s a sandbox that the players can utilize to draw their own geometric shapes and patterns using the systems. It also allows the player to export their drawings as images and 3D models.

The game works on Windows and Mac OS X.

Creator Spotlight Sticker. The featured sticker in this box is designed by Dominic Walliman, and it features the different heavenly bodies and celestial objects!

Dominic Walliman is an author and a YouTube creator who makes science videos. He is best known for his series mapping different scientific disciplines.

Artist Spotlight Postcard. The postcard features a Sci-Fi art by Brazilian artist Flavio Montel.

The back of the postcard explains more about the featured artwork, while the other side is left blank in case you want to send it to a friend!

VSauce 80’s T-Shirt. This black shirt features a retro print! It’s great to wear for laid back days, as it has a cool and comfortable fit!

It reminds me of the fun times on the dancefloor and disco nights with flashing lights! I love the cursive VSauce font and the colors used on it.

There are several boxes that I’m really excited to open!

Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects ($16.49)

What exactly is inside a laptop, a golf ball, a vacuum cleaner, or a novelty singing fish toy? The insides of these and dozens of other objects are revealed in this photographic exploration of the stuff all around us, exposed and explained. With the help of a high-pressure waterjet cutter able to slice through 4 inches of steel plate, designer and fabricator Mike Warren (creator of the popular Cut in Half YouTube channel) cuts into everything from boom boxes to boxing gloves, oil filters to seashells, describing and demystifying the inner workings and materials of each. With a cleverly die-cut case and gorgeously detailed photography, Cut in Half is a fascinating and accessible popular science look at the extraordinary in the everyday.

• Entertaining photo-driven pop science book for curious minds
• Cross section views of household appliances, sports equipment, electronics, toys and games, and more

Fans of The Way Things WorkThe Book of Hidden Things, and Things Come Apart will love this book.

This book is perfect for:
• Curious readers of all ages
• Cut in Half YouTube fans
• Pop science fans
• Photography buffs

This picture book contains everyday stuff that was pictured cut in half!

There are lots of items inside, as indicated by the table of contents!

Here’s one example where we see a handheld vacuum cut in half. They did this to show the different parts inside. Also, each feature provides more information about the item itself and how it works!

Here’s a boxing glove cut in half, and now we know what gives it more power aside from the wearer’s own punches!

The video cassette recorder, or VCR, uses almost the same technology of a magnetized ribbon between two reels, and it’s amazing to see how it looks on the inside!

Here’s one more interesting item, and it’s a laptop computer!

Aside from electronics and everyday stuff, they also included other things like geodes, seashells, and on this page, tree cones! Also, this Curiosity Box exclusive edition includes an additional chapter where the author, Mike Warren, answered some of the subscriber’s curious questions like why cut the things in half, and more! Only the subscribers will know!

INQ’s Magnifier. This orange box contains a precision illuminated optical instrument that magnifies everything for about 40 times more!

It’s INQ’s version of the magnifying glass, and it’s very handy! You can try the magnifier with the message that you can find at the back of the item’s box.

The magnifier is also placed inside a clear, integral case.

This loupe is a simple, small magnification device used to see small details more closely and clearly.

It is usually used by geologists, jewelers, and entomologists. This one comes with a small LED light as well.

Its metal body easily swivels from its metal guard. The foldable design makes it easy to be kept inside the pocket and take out when needed to use.

Here’s how it magnifies the writings at the back of the box! Also, it lights automatically once slid out of the metal guard as a small switch just beneath the LED light is triggered with the action.

INQ’s Cuttrick & Symmetrick Puzzles. Although the parts or pieces of this puzzle look simple, it’s considered as one of the most challenging and difficult puzzles ever invented!

The idea for this puzzle came from the famed Finnish puzzle designer, Vesa Timonen.

The puzzle consists of 4 pieces. The setup for the puzzle solutions is the same: two pieces are placed on a flat surface without overlapping.

The orange pieces are for the symmetrick part, where they should be arranged into a symmetrical shape.

For the cuttrick part, there are again two pieces of the puzzle, and this time, they need to be arranged into a figure that can be divided into two identical shapes.

INQ’s Anamorphic Cylinder and Posters. Our curiosity is taken to another level with this next set of items, an anamorphic cylinder, and a set of anamorphic posters!

We will be able to see the magic of catoptric anamorphism with this set, and we’re really excited!

Here’s the cylindrical mirror that will take distorted images and, by virtues of the laws of incidence and reflection, transform them into something recognizable.

There are guide sheets that show the designated place for the cylinder as you lay them flat on the surface.

Here are the different posters. At first, you won’t recognize the pictures!

We placed the cylinder on the designated area on the first poster, and it showed us an image of the Earth! Awesome!

The next picture presented an octopus, which looks like INQ!

And the last poster featured the great team of the Curiosity Box by VSauce!

INQ’s Astronaut Magic 8 Ball. Here’s INQ’s version of the popular Magic 8-Ball! Of course, the ball features the box’s mascot!

INQ is wearing a spacesuit. It also looks like he’s walking on the surface of the moon.

It’s not shaped like a ball, but like a spacesuit helmet!

Like the magic 8-ball, you just need to ask a question, shake the ball, and find out your answer on the window. The responses are made into VSauce versions as well, not just a simple “yes” or “no”!

Here’s one of the responses and it says “Astronomers say yes”.

I bet it’s thinking it through before giving you a concrete answer!

If you love Science and/or geeking out on scientific stuff, The Curiosity Box is the perfect subscription box to get! They send books, toys, puzzles, and items that let you explore more about this interesting subject. The box also introduces us to new and upcoming artists, inventors, and future important personalities on the field. Our favorites this month are the Magic 8-ball, the cylindrical mirror, and the magnifier! I also love the retro shirt, as well as the book that showed items cut in half! Overall, this is another remarkable box filled with amazing stuff that our family loved!

What do you think of this quarter’s box?

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