Perhaps You Need A Monotasking Pretzel Maker

Perhaps You Need A Monotasking Pretzel Maker

Modern life poses many problems, but we didn’t think that “it’s too hard to make soft pretzels” was one of them. Following in the footsteps of small countertop appliances that make the baking of cupcakes, dog treats, and tiny pies significantly simpler but also significantly stupider, now you can buy a countertop soft pretzel maker that promises to simplify the process. Why? [More]

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Corn Poop Soap Just Might Be The Gift You Need

“Can vary slightly in size, shape and color – just like real ones!” says the promotional copy for Corn Poop Soap, a product that is exactly what it sounds like. It’s soap shaped like a turd full of corn kernels, a picture of which we will not put on the front page of this site, because ew. [More]

Spreadable Beer Is A Thing, Someone Invented It For Some Reason

Spreadable Beer Is A Thing, Someone Invented It For Some Reason

Sure, you can drink beer. If you encase it in dough, you can even deep-fry it. Until now, though, we’ve been unable to spread beer on other foods, having to content ourselves with delicious but non-alcoholic substances like butter or Nutella. No longer. [More]

Consumer Reports Tests Fancy Cooling Towels: They Don’t Work

Consumer Reports Tests Fancy Cooling Towels: They Don’t Work

A cooling towel seems like a great idea, especially if you plan to do any hard work or heavy exercise outdoors in the humid summer months. You just moisten the towel, wring it out, and then snap it a few times to “activate” its seemingly magical cooling properties. The problem, our colleagues over at Consumer Reports found out, is that these magical properties aren’t so magical.  [More]

Robotic Parakeets Are Low-Maintenance Pets, But Kind Of Creepy

Robotic Parakeets Are Low-Maintenance Pets, But Kind Of Creepy

There are lots of living situations where you aren’t allowed to have a pet, and a robotic or stuffed critter would make nice company. Out of all the pets to have in robot form, though, we’re not sure that we would have chosen a parakeet. Yet direct marketers Telebrands are selling Perfect Polly, a robo-keet, to the world. [More]

Does The World Really Need An Adult-Sized Big Wheel?

Does The World Really Need An Adult-Sized Big Wheel?

The adult-sized tricycle, that makes sense to us. Not everyone who wants to pedal around using their own power has a good sense of balance. What doesn’t make sense to us is this adult-sized Big Wheel, intended for people who want to recapture their childhoods and weigh up to 275 pounds. [More]

This Anti-Theft Coffee Mug Makes No Sense

This Anti-Theft Coffee Mug Makes No Sense

[Editor's note]: A few Consumerist readers have written in to enlighten us as to the correct way to utilize this mug’s plug, and it changes everything. [More]

Kochblume Spill Stopper Sort Of Keeps Some Pots From Spilling Over

Kochblume Spill Stopper Sort Of Keeps Some Pots From Spilling Over

As a somewhat absent-minded person, I’m always glad to see when products hit the market that are helpful to people like me. How about a special lid that prevents pots from boiling over, for when you put some pasta in the boiling water and then wander off? Sounds like a great idea. Too bad it isn’t. [More]

Finally, An Advancement In Peanut Butter Jar Technology

Finally, An Advancement In Peanut Butter Jar Technology


Does that last bit of mayonnaise or peanut butter at the bottom of a jar really bother you? I usually hand the jar over to my dog and let her take care of it, but for some reason not everyone has a dog. That’s why some entrepreneurs have harnessed the technology behind deodorant sticks to eliminate this problem. [More]

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Just What You Needed: Emergency Flatware Pen Caps For The Office

Dine Ink “novelty pen caps” raise several important questions around the office. For example: “why are you writing with a fork?” and “why are you eating with a pen?” There is also always the inevitable “why did you spend perfectly good money on that?” [More]

Coinstar Lets You Add Coins To Your PayPal Account, For A 10% Cut

Coinstar Lets You Add Coins To Your PayPal Account, For A 10% Cut

Sure, after you check for silver quarters, you could roll up the coins in that jar you’ve got on the counter and deposit them in the bank. You could take them to a coin-counting machine at the bank and deposit them in your savings account. You could even dump them in a fountain, making hundreds of wishes in the process. But the folks behind Coinstar’s ubiquitous machines hope that you’ll take your spare change–and maybe a few bills–and deposit it in your PayPal account. [More]

Look Tough, Nap Hard With The Travel Hoodie Pillow

Look Tough, Nap Hard With The Travel Hoodie Pillow

The Travel Hoodie Pillow is exactly what this world needs: a travel pillow that not only doesn’t look like a travel pillow and you can carry it around incognito, but lets you put a hood over your face, blocking your eyes from the light and from the curious stares of people who don’t understand why you’re wearing a sweatshirtless hood. [More]

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The Origo Won’t Let Smartphone Addicts Start Car Unless Phone Is Inaccessible

Drivers distracted by their phones or other gadgets in the car are a serious safety problem and really annoying to get stuck behind when the light turns green. What if there were an overly restrictive answer to that problem? Meet the Origo: a system that won’t let you start your car unless your phone is in a specific dock. [More]

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Will The Edge Of Glory Really Let You Slice A Tomato WIth A Credit Card?

Have you always dreamed of slicing vegetables with the sharpened edge of a plastic credit card? Yeah, us either. But pitchman Anthony Sullivan does just that in the ad for the Edge of Glory, an inexpensive, small, and easy-to-use gadget that claims to sharpen any knife in your drawer. Is it worth $10.99 plus shipping and handling? According to tests by our super-sharp siblings down the hall at Consumer Reports, the answer is “maybe.” If you only have cheap knives. Or want to chop your food with a credit card. Which actually works. [More]

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Scope ‘Introduces’ Bacon Mouthwash With A Mint Finish Just Before April 1st

Do you know what’s wrong with the current oral hygiene products market? Not enough bacon. In what has got to be an early April Fool’s joke, Procter & Gamble has joined the global bacon obsession. Yesterday they announced a new flavor of Scope mouthwash flavored like the famed pork product. It tastes like bacon, but leaves your breath minty fresh. If that’s even possible, the existence of Scope Bacon is a disturbing bit of flavor chemistry and we have to try it right now. [More]

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Does The Lint Lizard Actually Work? Surprisingly, Yes

Infomercial products usually claim to solve a problem that you didn’t know you had. This is usually the stuff of jokes, but what if the products actually improved our lives and made us and our homes more safe? Such a thing is possible in the case of the Lint Lizard, a $11 gadget that promises to attach to your vacuum and suck gobs of lint out of the crevices of your dryer. [More]

Just in time for Easter!

You Need An Automatic Egg Tube On A Stick Maker

If there’s anything that I need in my life, it’s eggs cooked in a flexible tube like a sausage without casing. Here I am, cooking my eggs in a frying pan like a sucker. Then I learned about the Rollie. [More]

No More Kinder Surprise Smuggling: New, Legal Chocolate Eggs With Toys Inside Available In The U.S.

Chocolate and toys: everything America loves

If you’re a lucky and/or worldly person, you’ve experienced the tiny ovoid wonder that is the Kinder Surprise candy. It’s a chocolate egg with a plastic egg inside, and the interior egg includes a moderately cool toy. As many Americans learn the hard way while traveling home from Canada every year, the Surprise is illegal in the United States. This Easter, though, chocolate eggs hit the market that are thoroughly American-proof and legal. Meet Choco Treasure. [More]