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Aquarium Kitchen Island

Robert Kolenik, a talented Dutch designer, knows that most kitchen islands aren't exactly the most stylish part of a home. So, he combined its function with a real-life saltwater aquarium, to enable guests to admire swimming fish while enjoying their dinner. It's officially called "Ocean Kitchen" and adds a modern ambiance to any kitchen. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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ButterUp Knife

Trying to spread cold butter onto a slice of bread is a near-impossible task, that is unless...you're using ButterUp. An Australia-based design team decided invent a special knife with a row of holes on the serrated side that aerates and softens rock hard butter. After grating, you'll be ready to apply the butter with ease. Continue reading for a video, the Kickstarter page, and more information.

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DestapaBanana

Some people just don't like the taste of plain bananas, but now thanks to a little gadget called DestapaBanana, you're able to fill them with chocolate, caramel, and lots more. Simply remove the core, pump in whatever your heart desires, and you're ready to enjoy. Did you know that Bananas are actually a human invention from around 5000 B.C.? They were originally full of seeds until banana hybrids were created, making them seedless. Continue reading for a hands-on video demonstration.

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Though SpreadThat won't toast your bread while slicing through it, like the concept above, this innovative knife did take home the prestigious 2014 IF product design award. It's capable of slicing straight through a stick of butter, with little effort, without requiring electricity. That's because it is equipped with an efficient heat conducting technology that utilizes the body heat from the user. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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If seeing yourself in the mirror every morning isn't enough, the Selfie Toaster should do the trick. Created by the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, this weird toaster allows customers to burn impressions of their photos to create personalized toast. After uploading your selfie, transfers them into their CAD program for use with the CNC plasma cutter. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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We have seen the future of ice cream, and it's probably going to come in all shapes, thanks to 3D printing. MIT students Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker and David Donghyun Kim have created a prototype 3D printer that can make extremely soft serve ice cream in various shapes. According to the trio, "First, we needed to print into a cooled environment so that the ice cream would hold its shape once printed. We bought a small upright freezer which was large enough to both put the Solidoodle inside and allow for the full build volume we were aiming for." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Another day, another batch of unusual kitchen and home accessories you probably never knew about. They include: a "Rock and Pour" drink dispenser, NY fork pizza slicer, battery-powered ice cream cone twirler, microwave S'mores maker, a vacuum pan that's built directly into the wall, veggie pasta maker, and a weight alarm clock. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how to speak British.

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Photo credit: 9 Gag

You've probably heard the term "game changer" in several different contexts, and these ingenious home inventions just might fall under that category. Starting off, we have "Mowi", an innovative robot lawn mower that automatically calculates where it needs to mow and compresses the cut grass into cylindrical blocks for easy disposal. Continue reading for more.

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Let's face it, most kitchens aren't the best looking places in the house, but thanks to the internet, picking up a few things to liven the atmosphere (or geekify it) is as easy as browsing your favorite online store. Our picks include: a Darth Vader toaster that burns his mask into your bread, lightsaber chopsticks, a Pi cutter, Pac-Man oven mittens, and a Dr. Who-themed Tardis fridge. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life fruit ninja.

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Photo credit: Zuzia Kozerska

Zuzia Kozerska, a designer from Poland, managed to combine modern technology with a traditional kitchen tool by using a laser-cutting machine. In other words, she used the machines to engrave fun designs onto rolling pins which can then be used to make some very creative baked goods, including cookies. There are a variety of geometric patterns, animals and even custom-engraved versions should you so desire one. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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