50 Things That Will Make You Say "Wow!"

Welcome to our rousing roundup of awe-inspiring people, places and things that bowled us over, choked us up and lifted our spirits high.

If you're the type of optimist who buys five-inch platform heels on clearance, thinking, 'I just need to break these in!,' do yourself a favor and pick up Band-Aid Friction Block Stick. This miraculous roll-on foot lube—it looks like the world's tiniest deodorant—will prevent too-snug, too-new, too-cute shoes from cheese-gratering your feet ever again. ($6;

23. On a Roll

In 2010 Stacy Zoern—who uses a wheelchair because of a congenital neuromuscular disease—felt trapped in the ten-block radius in Austin where she lived and worked as an attorney. Public transportation was near impossible, and, after totaling an $80,000 van, she'd shied away from other large retrofitted vehicles. When Zoern found a Hungarian company, Kenguru, that was developing small electric cars for the wheelchair-bound, she called their offices. Soon she was raising investment money and convincing Kenguru to relocate to Austin. Now she's running the company, which will release its first cars—at a price of about $20,000—this year. "It's about giving people with disabilities a cost-effective, better quality of life," she says.
—Zoe Donaldson

24. Poof!

Jennifer Dionne, PhD, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University, knows how to make small items like a penny or a coffee cup disappear. "We're now able to steer light around an object and have it emerge on the other side as if it never interacted with the object—making it appear invisible," she explains, adding that a life-size, Harry Potter–style invisibility cloak is "definitely possible."
—Emma Haak

25. Clean Plate

Sarah Britton's gorgeous blog, My New Roots, is a haven for anyone who wants to reap the nutritional benefits of kale, quinoa, and chiaseeds without feeling like she's eating cardboard. "I want to make delicious food that just happens to be good for you," explains the Canadian holistic nutritionist, who lives in Copenhagen. Britton's lushly photographed recipes—parsley root fries, butternut squash lasagna, a raw brownie made from cacao and Medjool dates—will make you forget you ever wanted butter or steak in the first place.
—Candice Rainey


How to Use Hukkster, the World's Easiest Online Bargain-Hunting Tool

1. Visit and drag the "hukk it" button to your bookmarks bar.

2. While perusing online stores—from Saks to Walmart—click on the button to flag, or "hukk," anything you like; enter your size.

3. Wait for an e-mail or text informing you that your item has gone on sale.

4. Congratulate yourself on getting a deal on that [perfect trench, whimsical couch pillow] you've been lusting after.
—Candice Rainey

27. At last, a headband that really stays in place, whether you're in downward dog or jogging on a windy day. Invented by Donna Browning, a 44-year-old fitness instructor in Cincinnati, Sweaty Bands' velvet lining gives them serious grip. ($15 to $19;

28. The Scoop

At Robyn Sue Fisher's San Francisco ice cream shop, Smitten, a patented machine called the Brrr uses minus 320 degree liquid nitrogen to speed-freeze organic milk, cream, sugar, and whatever else is in season—honey-nectarine for July, sweet corn with blueberries and raspberries for August—into the most decadent ice cream you've ever tasted. Fisher (left), 34, invented the machine after graduating from business school in 2007 and learning that great ice cream is all about temperature (the faster it freezes, the smoother the texture). Now, amid a cloud of chemistry-lab-like vapors, the Brrr makes dense, velvety ice cream in about 90 seconds as customers wait.
—Bonnie Tsui