15 Brilliant Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook

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Father's Day is just around the corner, and if the dads in your life find their happy place in the kitchen or behind the grill, these cookware items should hit the spot. Bonus: You might just get some tasty meals out of his gift as well.

1. FOOD PROCESSOR

Any dad who appreciates efficiency shouldn't cook without a food processor on hand. The 450-watt motor on this one has two settings and a manual pulse control, which will allow him to choose how he wants to chop up ingredients for any sort of recipe. Find it: Amazon, $30

2. PIZZA STONE

For the dad who would never do delivery, a pizza stone is an essential for home movie nights. This baking stone is three-quarters of an inch thick, perfect for even the thickest crusts, and is versatile enough to work in both ovens and outdoor grills. Find it: Amazon, $40

3. WIRELESS COOKING THERMOMETER

Since no dad wants to spend the entire party hanging out at the grill, this wireless cooking thermometer allows him to monitor temperatures from up to 300 feet away. It has dual probe capabilities as well, so he can monitor both the chicken and burgers while chatting away with the neighbors. Find it: Amazon, $61

4. SELF-WATERING HERB PLANTER

This planter will surely add some spice to your dinners. The planter’s self-watering qualities require little attention and it will only be an arm’s length away the next time he wants to grab some fresh basil or cilantro for dinner. Find it: Amazon, $67

5. PROPANE SMOKER

Your dad may already love barbecuing, but a high-quality smoker will take the experience up a notch. This smoker in particular has four racks of shelf space—plenty of room for full birds in addition to sides of potatoes or veggies. And the sleek design looks great in the corner of any deck or patio. Find it: Amazon, $154

6. FRENCH COFFEE PRESS

Any coffee connoisseur needs a French press in his arsenal. This press will hold a full liter of coffee or tea without him having to worry about finding grounds in his favorite brew. Find it: Amazon, $21

7. BREAD MAKER

A gift like this rises to the challenge of finding the perfect present for Father's Day. The machine can hold up to two pounds of bread and has 12 settings, including letting you know when to add mix-ins and kneading the dough itself. Plus, with a timer delay, dad can get everything set in the evening and wake up to freshly baked bread in the morning. Find it: Amazon, $60

8. CUPCAKE CORER

Help your dad’s sweet tooth by allowing him to add extra icing or jams to his cupcake creations: This corer works on both cupcakes and muffins, and it’s also dishwasher safe, so cleaning up will be a piece of cake! Find it: Amazon, $12

9. DARTH VADER WAFFLE MAKER

Let your dad indulge his geekiness early in the morning: This waffle iron has five temperature settings, which will ensure his waffles don't end up on … the "Dark Side." Find it: Amazon, $40

10. HIMALAYAN SALT PLATE

Give the gift of flavor! Salt plates like this one give a more mild and rich flavor to food than regular ground salt and can be used for cooking on a stove or grill, or as a presentation plate for chilled dishes. Find it: Amazon, $19

11. CAST IRON SKILLET

If your dad appreciates versatility and functionality in his cookware, a cast-iron skillet is a must-have. This one comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil baked into the mold, so he will be able to sear, sauté, simmer, and cook to his heart’s content as soon as he opens the box. Find it: Amazon, $13

12. GRILLING TABLE

For the times he needs to grill on the go, get dad a collapsible grilling table. His mobile grill can sit on top of the cooking rack, and the built-in paper towel rack and trash bag holder will make cleanup easy and hassle-free. Find it: Amazon, $52

13. CHEF’S KNIFE

Give dad a gift that's truly sharp. This chef's knife is 8 inches of stainless steel and is essential for cleanly mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing, and any other prepping he needs to do for dinner. Find it: Amazon, $129

14. DUTCH OVEN

Your dad will be able to conquer an endless number of recipes with a Dutch oven at his side. The cast-iron body and lid allow for evenly distributed slow-cooking, and the classic piece can work at home on the oven or stove, or at his next woodsy campfire. Find it: Amazon, $36

15. GUY FIERI LIFE-SIZE CUTOUT

For the dad who loves a good, greasy meal (and has a great sense of humor), find him a sous chef who understands the importance of adding some extra tang to that barbecue sauce. Who better than celeb chef Guy Fieri to help your dad take his food all the way to Flavortown? Find it: Amazon, $80

Mental Floss's Three-Day Sale Includes Deals on Apple AirPods, Sony Wireless Headphones, and More

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During this weekend's three-day sale on the Mental Floss Shop, you'll find deep discounts on products like AirPods, Martha Stewart’s bestselling pressure cooker, and more. Check out the best deals below.

1. Apple AirPods Pro; $219

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You may not know it by looking at them, but these tiny earbuds by Apple offer HDR sound, 30 hours of noise cancellation, and powerful bass, all through Bluetooth connectivity. These trendy, sleek AirPods will even read your messages and allow you to share your audio with another set of AirPods nearby.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

2. Sony Zx220bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones (Open Box - Like New); $35

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For the listener who likes a traditional over-the-ear headphone, this set by Sony will give you all the same hands-free calling, extended battery power, and Bluetooth connectivity as their tiny earbud counterparts. They have a swivel folding design to make stashing them easy, a built-in microphone for voice commands and calls, and quality 1.18-inch dome drivers for dynamic sound quality.

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3. Sony Xb650bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones; $46

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This Sony headphone model stands out for its extra bass and the 30 hours of battery life you get with each charge. And in between your favorite tracks, you can take hands-free calls and go seamlessly back into the music.

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4. Martha Stewart 8-quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker; $65

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If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and buying a new pressure cooker, this 8-quart model from Martha Stewart comes with 14 presets, a wire rack, a spoon, and a rice measuring cup to make delicious dinners using just one appliance.

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5. Jashen V18 350w Cordless Vacuum Cleaner; $180

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If you're obsessive about cleanliness, it's time to lose the vacuum cord and opt for this untethered model from JASHEN. Touting a 4.3-star rating from Amazon, the JASHEN cordless vacuum features a brushless motor with strong suction, noise optimization, and a convenient wall mount for charging and storage.

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6. Evachill Ev-500 Personal Air Conditioner; $65

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This EvaChill personal air conditioner is an eco-friendly way to cool yourself down in any room of the house. You can set it up at your work desk at home, and in just a few minutes, this portable cooling unit can drop the temperature by 59º. All you need to do is fill the water tank and plug in the USB cord.

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7. Gourmia Gcm7800 Brewdini 5-Cup Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $120

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The perfect cup of cold brew can take up to 12 hours to prepare, but this Gourmia Cold Brew Coffee Maker can do the job in just a couple of minutes. It has a strong suction that speeds up brew time while preserving flavor in up to five cups of delicious cold brew at a time.

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8. Townew: The World's First Self-Sealing Trash Can; $90

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Never deal with handling gross garbage again when you have this smart bin helping you in the kitchen. With one touch, the Townew will seal the full bag for easy removal. Once you grab the neatly sealed bag, the Townew will load in a new clean one on its own.

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9. Light Smart Solar Powered Parking Sensor (Two-Pack); $155

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Parking sensors are amazing, but a lot of cars require a high trim to access them. You can easily upgrade your car—and parking skills—with this solar-powered parking sensor. It will give you audio and visual alerts through your phone for the perfect parking job every time.

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10. Liz: The Smart Self-Cleaning Bottle With UV Sterilization; $46

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Reusable water bottles are convenient and eco-friendly, but they’re super inconvenient to get inside to clean. This smart water bottle will clean itself with UV sterilization to eliminate 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria. That’s what makes it clean, but the single-tap lid for temperature, hydration reminders, and an anti-leak functionality are what make it smart.

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14 Facts About International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Ahoy, me hearties! As many of you know, September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, an annual phenomenon that’s taken the world by storm, having been observed by every continent, the International Space Station, and even the Oval Office since it first made headlines back in 2002. So let’s hoist the Jolly Roger, break out the rum, and take a look back at the holiday’s timber-shivering history.

1. Talk Like a Pirate Day was originally conceived of on D-Day.

Talk Like a Pirate Day creators John Baur and Mark Summer (who’ve since acquired the nicknames “Ol’ Chumbucket” and “Cap’n Slappy,” respectively) created the holiday while playing racquetball on June 6, 1995—the 51st anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. Out of respect to the battle’s veterans, a new observance date was quickly sought.

2. September 19th also happens to be the birthday of the ex-wife of the holiday's co-creator.

“[September 19th was] the only date we could readily recall that wasn’t already taken up with Christmas or the Super Bowl or something,” the pair later claimed. Summers claims to harbor no ill will toward his former spouse, who has since stated, “I’ve never been prouder to be his ex-wife!

3. Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry is largely responsible for popularizing the holiday.

Dave Barry was so smitten with the holiday after having been introduced to it via email in early 2002 that he dedicated an entire column to its publicity that September, turning an inside joke into a global sensation. He later went on to make a cameo appearance in one of Baur and Summers’s buccaneer-themed music videos in 2011 (look for him in the video above at the 3:25 mark).

4. Real pirates spoke in a wide variety of dialects.

Despite some extensive “English-to-Pirate” dictionaries that have cropped up all over the Internet the idea that all pirates shared a common accent regardless of national origin is historically absurd, as National Geographic pointed out in 2011.

5. Actor Robert Newton is hailed as the "patron saint" of Talk Like a Pirate Day.

So where did the modern “pirate dialect” come from? Summers and Baur credit actor Robert Newton's performance in Treasure Island (1950) and have accordingly dubbed him the “patron saint” of their holiday. Tasked with breathing life into the scheming buccaneer, Newton simply exaggerated his native West Country accent and the rest is history.

6. John Baur's family was featured on a pirate-themed episode of Wife Swap.

The reality show’s highly-anticipated 2006 season premiere pitted the Baurs (in full pillaging regalia) against a family which, according to John’s wife Tori (a.k.a. “Mad Sally”), “behaved as though ‘fun’ was something that had to be pre-packaged for their protection.”

7. John Baur was also on Jeopardy!

Baur was described to the audience as “a writer and pirate from Oregon” in his 2008 appearance. “I didn’t win,” Baur said, “but the introduction made Alex blink.”

8. International Talk Like a Pirate Day has become a cornerstone of the Pastafarian movement.

Bobby Henderson, founder of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, cited Earth’s dwindling pirate population as the clear source of global warming in his 2005 open letter to the Kansas school board which established the religion. Since then, Talk Like A Pirate Day has been observed by devout Pastafarians worldwide. 

9. A Florida mayor once ignited a local controversy for making an official Talk Like a Pirate Day proclamation.

In 2012, Lake Worth, Florida Mayor Pam Triolo lightheartedly urged her constituents to embrace the holiday last year, writing, “The City … is known to possess a spirit of independence, high spirits, and swashbuckling, all traits of a good pirate.” Her actions were criticized by the city’s former commissioner, Jo-Ann Golden, who took offense to the association with murderous seamen.

10. Day of the Ninja was created in response to Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Not to be outdone by their hated rivals, the pro-ninja community was quick to execute the first annual Day of the Ninja on December 5, 2002. For Summers and Baur’s take on the warring factions, see the clip above.

11. Astronauts once celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day aboard the International Space Station.

In a 2012 interview, Summers recalled being “informed that the astronauts on the International Space Station were awakened to ‘A Pirate’s Life For Me' and joined in the pirate talk from space.”

12. President Obama once celebrated with a costumed buccaneer in the Oval Office.

In 2012, Barack Obama tweeted this image on Talk Like a Pirate Day with the caption “Arr you in?”

13. A congressman later used the holiday to slam President Obama's tax plan.

In 2011, Florida’s 12th congressional district representative Dennis Ross used the festivity as a political punchline after Obama made a speech detailing his tax plan, tweeting, “It is TALK like a pirate day … not ACT like one. Watch ye purses and bury yr loot, the taxman cometh.”

14. It's an official holiday in the state of Michigan.

On June 4, 2013, state senator Roger Kahn’s proposal to grant International Talk Like A Pirate Day official acknowledgement from the Michigan government was formally adopted, to the chagrin of some dissenting landlubbers. 

This story originally ran in 2013.