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Monthly Archives: July 2012

No More Sticky Fingers: Jar-with-a-Twist Pushes the Peanut Butter Out With Every Twist

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Do you hate having to reach deep down into the jar to scrape the last few spoonfuls of peanut butter or jam left in it? Aside from taking more time than usual, it’ll also leave you with sticky fingers. The solution? Twist-up jars called Jar-with-a-Twist.

It basically reinvents the form of current jars to add a twist-up feature. All you have to do to get to the jars contents is give it a few twists, and the bottom is slowly raised to the surface, providing you with easier access to the goods inside. The jar was originally made for peanut butter, but I don’t think its makers will have a very difficult time extending its use, such as for holding jams or even sauces.

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Grump in a Bottle: Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino Bottled Coffee Drink

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The Grumpy Cat is one of the most popular memes on the Internet. It broke through barriers and crossed over from the virtual world to the real world long ago (remember the Grumpy Cat bust?) and now it’s about to make its way into your coffee mug.

The Official Grumpy Cat Facebook page recently announced that a new bottled coffee drink bearing the unimpressed feline’s image and likeness will be released soon. It’ll be called the “Grumppuccino” and will be made available in three flavors, although those flavors and the drink’s availability still haven’t been announced yet.

Sounds grumpy-licious to me! Who else is excited?

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Check Out the Manliest Baby Stroller of All Time

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According to a survey conducted by Czech automobile maker Skoda, a lot of dads admitted they were “embarrassed” to push regular strollers around. In case you’re wondering, “a lot” here means a third of the 1,000 of the dads who were surveyed. Strollers understandably come with few, if any, added features because they’re often unnecessary, and they often look plain because they’re baby strollers and not cars, for crying out loud!

That didn’t stop Skoda from building the VRS Mega Man-Pram, which looks like the most bad-ass baby stroller that was ever made! What they did was automobilify the basic stroller to turn it into something that can probably flatten another stroller that dared bump into it. (And yes, I am aware that automobilify isn’t a word.)

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Rumor Mill: iPhone 5C Case Turns Up on Amazon

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For weeks, we’ve been hearing that Apple has a budget iPhone in the works. It makes perfect sense that they’re trying to tap into this market, considering the fact that the regular iPhone is way out of the budget of most people. For years, the Android has been hot in its heels and it looks like the rival OS is gaining more and more ground. There is a wide variety of Android devices available in the market, from high-end luxury phones to affordable but still full-featured smartphones.

Images of Apple’s purported budget iPhone leaked earlier this month. Apple hasn’t confirmed the existence of the device yet, although sources claim that they’ll be launching it this September. Perhaps fueling these rumors even more is the appearance of a case for the “iPhone 5C” on Amazon.Continue Reading

So This Lady Wants To Make A Countertop Maggot Breeding Machine, You Know… For Eating…

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Yeah, so this is pretty gross. But there’s some sense in it as well. Designer and Fulbright scholar Katharina Unger wants to tackle the looming problem of overpopulation and food shortage with something she’s calling Farm 432. It’s a countertop contraption whose only purpose is to provide a fertile environment for fly larvae (otherwise known as maggots) to breed, grow, and… turn themselves into food. In as little as 18 days (or 432 hours), 1 gram of fly eggs can turn into 2.4 kilograms (5.3lbs) of theoretically edible maggots; Farm 432 just makes it simple as pie to grow and harvest them. You feed them scraps of leftover food, and very little water and the insects take care of themselves. Once the eggs hatch, and the larva have grown somewhat, they prepare to pupate and turn into flies. So they’ll look for a drier, safer place to do so, which leads them up a ramp and into an eventual trap. Once in the trap, it’s your turn to grab them and… cook them. Maggots are 72% protein, as well a lot of calcium and amino acids.

Granted this all sounds awful for a western population that generally doesn’t eat insects. But looked at through a purely practical point of view, it’s not a completely unreasonable contribution to one of mankind’s biggest problems of the relatively near future. Farm 432 only seems to have a prototype (or maybe even just some good CG renders) at the moment and we can’t find information on commercialization. We don’t expect there to be much demand for this either… for now anyway.

Hit the jump for a few more pictures, including some of the, uh, resulting food.

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Shorts With A Waterproof Pocket

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Like to run into the water without thinking? You go to the kinds of parties where you’re likely to be pushed into a pool by some drunken fool who didn’t at least ask to see your phone before pushing you in? There’s a long list of situations where you’d want to be wearing shorts with waterproof pockets, and the Stash shorts pictured above got you covered. They feature a watertight plastic pocket with an opening large enough to fit wallets, phones, keys or cash. Also, their usefulness is not limited to times where you’re in the water involuntarily; going to the beach and leaving your valuables on the sand to possibly get stolen is always a risky proposition.

The problem is… the Stash doesn’t actually have you covered, since they’re not for sale. They were on Kickstarter a while back, but the campaign didn’t reach its funding goal. They would have sold for $80, but now the company is trying to figure out some other way to bring them to market. Best we can do is point you to their Facebook page where they might update you if ever this product gets made.

[ Facebook Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Healthy Sweets? Vegetable Candy in Green Beans, Carrots, and Corn Flavors

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Can’t get your kids to eat their greens? Want something healthier than bacon candy to satisfy your sweet tooth? Then check out this tin of Fresh Vegetable Candy from McPhee.

Each can is filled with an assortment of hard candy in three delectable-to-vegans-and-vegetarians flavors: green beans, carrots, and corn. So they probably don’t contain much nutrients because you’d have to eat the actual, unprocessed veggies for that, but it’s a neat treat to give kids so they’ll get used to the taste of these healthy greens and oranges.

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Jupiter Cake Puts The Yum In Nerdalicious

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See? That’s an awful headline. Why? Because it doesn’t make sense. But at the same time, you get the idea. Right?… Anyway, the cake you’re looking at is Cakecrumb’s rendition of Jupiter. We like it because as geeks we’ve found that we’re fond of all things science (as well as tech), so we tend to look up at the skies occasionally, and we read space exploration news when they become available. And while this doesn’t count as space exploration, it does count as a delicious looking reminder that the little rock we inhabit has cousins that are as beautiful to look at as they are inhospitable to life. The multiple layers you see represent a theoretical “core comprised mostly of rock and ice… surrounded by a layer liquid metallic hydrogen, and the outer layer is composed of molecular hydrogen.”

We’ve posted about Cakebrumb’s geeky cakes once before, and we’re sort of starting to become fans. And yes, she does take on commissions, so if you’re really into it, she could make you one.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

This Is A Brilliant One-Handed Bottle Opener

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Formerly called the GrOpener and now apparently renamed GrabOpener (probably due to the similarities between the word grope and GrOpener), this one-handed beer bottle opening device is nothing short of genius. Whether you just don’t want to use both hands or are actually lacking one, it makes the act of separating a bottle from its cap easy as pie. Invented by visual artist Mark Manger, it’s available for purchase online for all of $16. This recently went viral on Reddit, so of course everything is backordered for 2 to 3 weeks. Still, cool product, and it comes in 5 colors. If you’re wondering how exactly this works, just watch the video below.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Reddit ]