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.
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.
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.
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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