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Cruzin Cooler

$349 and up, plus shipping and handling, from, 16458 Bolsa Chica St., #404, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649, 888-774-7372; cruzincooler.htm

Suggested by Tom Snyder and Margaret A. Bogie of Chantilly, Va.

There can be no question that the three greatest inventions in the history of mankind are:

1. The wheel.

2. The motor.

3. The cooler.

For far too long, mankind was able to combine only the first two of these inventions. Finally that has changed with the invention, by guys, of the Cruzin Cooler, which is a working cooler outfitted with wheels and a motor. Here at the Gift Guide we ordered one of these babies several months ago, and we can honestly say that we have never driven a vehicle that has caused more people to go, quote, ``What the heck is THAT?''

We don't care. We love zipping down the street on this thing, which goes a lot faster than you might think. Also it can turn on a dime, which is not necessarily a good thing, inasmuch as it is about as stable as Mel Gibson. So you want to turn it carefully, lest you tip over and injure yourself or -- God forbid -- spill your beverage.

We would not be surprised if Cruzin Coolers became popular with famous celebrities, and you started seeing them being valet-parked at swank nightclubs. We also would not be surprised if it turned out that spiders understand Morse code. We are just plain hard to surprise.

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