5 Geeky Things We Want This Week — Happy Birthday, Captain America!

Today is the Fourth of July, the day when a bunch of rich white guys told a bunch of other rich white guys that they wouldn’t send them any more money (There was maybe also some other stuff). More importantly, it is Captain America’s birthday, and since Steve Rogers is the symbol of everything that America could be, we would like to honor his humility, selflessness, and generosity of spirit by buying a bunch of stuff with his face on it. Commerce is the true American way, after all. (Note to our international readers: If you would like to celebrate Captain America appropriately, you should eat food outside and then watch a bunch of explosions at 9 pm.)

Captain America Statue Lamp
We are putting this lamp in our ironic wood-paneled basement where we play our old Sega Genesis. It goes really well with our brown plaid couch. [Entertainment Earth]

Captain America Camo Kids Tee
Captain America is the Avenger who is easiest to explain to your kids, and the hero you most want them to grow up to be like. Two year olds are destructive enough without adding HULK-SMASH to their repertoire, Thor opens up difficult questions about theology, and Iron Man is cool, but do you really want your kid to be a narcissistic playboy? So get them started on the path to idolizing a good person who tries to do the right thing with this cool tshirt. [Think Geek]

Captain America, Vol. 1: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection Paperback
You could always celebrate Cap’s birthday by studying his deeds, and the Winter Soldier arc by Ed Brubaker is a classic. If you haven’t read the story that inspired the movie yet, get on it. [Amazon]

Captain America Shield Backpack
We aren’t sure how functional this backpack actually is, but it’s a cool enough idea that we don’t care. Cap always looks his best stalking around with his shield on his back, and now you can do the same. [Hot Topic]

JADS International Avengers Patriot Cologne Spray for Men, 3.4 Fluid Ounce
Of all the things on this list, I think this one would embarrass Cap the most, but who could pass up the chance to smell like courage and honor and super soldier sweat? [Amazon]