Five rad and random (kitchen!) things I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from Pop Sci's commerce editor. Vol. 4.

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, things to help with spring cleaning or cool things for your office. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome stuff that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those. The only thing they have in common is that I like them—and think you will too.

Below, five highlights from this week.

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This oak Breaking Bad cutting board comes in three different styles. $29.

Artori Design Green Dog vs. Cat Paper Towel Holder
Dog v. cat paper towel holder Amazon

Love animals? This green—or black or red—metal paper towel holder may be worth your dollars. $37.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Hardcover by Samin Nosrat
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Hardcover by Samin Nosrat Amazon

Pre-order your copy of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. The book claims to teach us how to “master the use” of the primordial cooking essentials. Not that it’s basic, per se. Readers learn the nitty-gritty science behind best practices, like how to correctly layer salt and how heat affects texture. Enhance your cooking while learning why it’s improving. $22.

Schrödinger's Cat Heat Changing Coffee Mug Set
Schrödinger’s Cat Heat Changing Coffee Mug Set Amazon

This Schrödinger’s cat heat changing coffee mug set comes with two mugs that each hold 10 oz. Add hot water to one and find a happy kitty in a box. In the other, the cat is, uh, dead. When the cups are cold, they look identical, so you’ll have a happy—or sad—surprise every morning. Oh, the mugs also come with a short explanation of the thought experiment. $24 set of 2.

Accusharp Zombie Apocalypse Knife and Tool Sharpener
Zombie knife sharpener Amazon

Protect your family from zombies—and unevenly cut vegetables. Always keep your blades sharp with the Accusharp Zombie Apocalypse sharpener. It has a safety grip to protect your hands and uses replaceable diamond-honed tungsten carbide blades to make your blade scary sharp in seconds. $11.

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Billy Cadden

Billy CaddenBilly Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.