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Keurig Instant Noodles

Keurig fans rejoice! Rather than use a microwave, there's an even easier way to make instant cup noodles, that is if you own a single-cup Keurig coffee machine. Just set the temperature to 192° F, select the second largest (or largest depending on how seasoned you like your noodles) cup size and then brew your noodles. On a side note, did you know that K-Cup portion packs were invented by Colby College roommates Peter Dragone and John Sylvan? That's right, Dragone and Sylvan founded Keurig in 1990, with later support from co-founder and former vice president of Contract Manufacturing & Quality assurance, Dick Sweeney, in 1993. Continue reading for more lazy people who are bordering on genius.

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McDonalds Cheeseburger 20-Years

Friends Eduard Neetz and Casey Dean purchased a quarter pounder from a McDonald's store in Adelaide, Australia when they were 13 and 14 years old respectively, in 1995. They were out buying food for a party, when they decided to pick up an extra burger for their friend Jono, who never showed up. "It started off as a joke, you know we told our friend we'd hold his burger for him but he never turned up and before we knew it 6-months had passed. The months became years and now, 20 years later, it looks the same as the day we bought it, perfectly preserved in its original wrapping," says Casey. Continue reading for a video of the famed burger and more information.

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Kitchen Life Hack

Microwaves come in all sizes, but one thing is for sure, radio waves penetrate the food and excite water and fat molecules pretty much evenly throughout the food. In other words, food tends to dry out, like pizza. No heat has to migrate toward the interior by conduction. There's heat everywhere all at once because the molecules are all excited together. There are limits, of course. Microwaves penetrate unevenly in thick pieces of food, and there are also "hot spots" caused by wave interference - the whole heating process is different because you are "exciting atoms" rather than "conducting heat." Place a small glass of water inside while re-heating old pizza, and it will make all the difference, or at least for the crust. Continue reading for more.

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Honeyflow Flow Frame

Called the Honeyflow, this invention by two Australian beekeepers is claimed to be able to siphon honey straight from a beehive without disturbing the bees inside. A custom tap attached to a specially developed honeycomb "Flow" frame within the hive - the bee-formed cells are split slightly open inside the comb, thereby allowing channels to form through which the honey flows down to a sealed trough and out of the hive straight into collecting jars. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Carl Warner Food Scenes

Photo credit: Carl Warner

At first glance, the image above appears to be some far off exotic land, but in reality, it's made entirely from food...cheese, carrots, bread and veggies to be exact. Carl Warner has spent the past 5-years perfecting these food scenes for his "Foodscapes" series. It all began when he spotted Portobello mushrooms in a market that reminded him of trees from an alien world. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Drone Restaurant Singapore

You could either stick with ordering from real human waiters, or try out autonomous drones at Timbre @ Substation, a live music restaurant and bar, in Singapore. Developed by Infinium Robotics, these autonomous drones can be used to deliver drinks and even food dishes. Flying back and forth from the kitchen to a special drop-off area, they were created to take the grunt work out of having to transport dishes. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Automated Burger Machine

Imagine walking into a restaurant and being able to customize a burger directly from an app on your phone, with it being delivered to you in just minutes. That may soon be a reality thanks to Momentum Machines' automated burger machine. According to the company, making burgers costs restaurants $9-billion a year in wages for the United States alone, and in addition to the monetary savings, an entire kitchen can be replaced with a much smaller, self-contained stainless-steel box. This machine would see raw ingredients go in and up to 400 custom-made burgers come out per hour. Continue reading to see Epson's automated burger machine and for more information.

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Infuser Water Bottle

Basily's Infuser Water Bottle lets you easily add fresh fruit flavor to your beverages, whether it be plain water or even tea. Simply add strawberries, mangos, kiwis, limes, lemons and many more to the infuser capsule, fill up the bottle with water, and make sure to shake thoroughly, all for under $7 with coupon code: BCKZ435M during checkout. It's the perfect gadget for long hikes, heavy workouts at the gym, the office or even family trips. Product page - be sure to coupon code: BCKZ435M during checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a video review, more pictures and additional information.

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Banana Art

Photo credit: Stephan Brusche via Likecool

Dutch artist Stephan Brusche not only specializes in doodles, but loves turning normal bananas into works of art. As you can see, he's concocted a collection of adorable banana animals, as well as classic artworks and even Homer Simpson reaching for one of his favorite snacks, a donut. These are all a part of his "Fruitdoodles" series, which can be purchased in book form here. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of mesmerizing cow art with a drone.

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Darth Vader Gummy Bear Mask

Photo credit: Crummy Gummy via Laughing Squid

When are gummy bears not just a tasty sugary treat? When they're used to recreate Darth Vader's helmet. Crummy Gummy, a gummy bear artist, managed to create a 1:1 scale model replica of Star Wars villain's famous helmet using over 1,000 gummies. It was recently shown at the WYN 317 Gallery in Miami, Florida. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an unexpected drifter during a live news broadcast about the blizzard.

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