Portland inventor/mad scientist Ryan Grepper couldn’t and wouldn’t settle for an ordinary cooler. To him, the traditional cooler just wasn’t versatile, interesting, or resistant enough—it was time for him to introduce the world to a new, cooler cooler design.

And so began his quest and Kickstarter campaign to build the “COOLEST,” a cooler that is a “portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion.” 

The 60-quart COOLEST packs in nine splendid built-in utilities and gadgets, including an ice-crushing blender to make margaritas and smoothies, and a waterproof bluetooth speaker. 

Here is the complete list of things that you will find upon opening the COOLEST:
The project has raised more than $5 million in funds.

Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?

The project will be fully funded by the end of August, and assembly/production will start later this year. Get ready to grab one of these bad boys early next year.

Here’s some more gripping stuff from today:

Nearly $2 million worth of French red wine spilled as truck rolled. [Business Insider]

Calorie counting machine may make dieting easier in the future. [NPR

International Culinary Center slapped with lawsuit by former students. [Eater]

Maine craft brewers make beer from seaweed. [NPR]

[via Distractify, Kickstarter]