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Hamilton Beach Dual Sandwich

Hamilton Beach's 25490 Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is similar to the one they released earlier this year, but now you can make two sandwiches in just 5-minutes. Just choose your bread and layer on the fixings: egg, cheese, precooked meat, or the ingredients of your choice. Cook two breakfast sandwiches to perfection and to your preferences, and know when it's ready with the built-in digital timer. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Microwave Tips

By now, we know that microwaving your iPhone 6 definitely won't charge it faster, but there are some useful tips that geeks can use to maximize use of this kitchen appliance. First up, spacing out a circle when heating leftovers will ensure that the center isn't lukewarm at best. Percy Spencer invented the first microwave oven after World War II from radar technology developed during the war. Named the "Radarange", it was first sold in 1946. Raytheon later licensed its patents for a home-use microwave oven that was first introduced by Tappan in 1955, but these units were still too large and expensive for general home use. The countertop microwave oven was first introduced in 1967 by the Amana Corporation, which was acquired in 1965 by Raytheon. Continue reading for more.

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Midnight Scoop

Let's face it, scooping ice cream fresh out of the freezer is a tough task to say the least. Introducing Midnight Scoop, a nifty gadget invented by aerospace engineer Michael Chou that's designed to push the scoop away from you, bringing the power of your arm and chest muscles into play. It's taken about two years for the $49 scoop to go from design to reality, made from a coated and forged aluminum alloy. Continue reading for a video, the Kickstarter page where you can pre-order one, and additional information.

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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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