Start Off the Week With These Great Amazon Deals

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, August 14.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Optoma HD142X 1080p 3000 Lumens 3D DLP Home Theater Projector for $547.31 (list price $999.00)

Qwerkywriter Typewriter Wireless Mechanical Keyboard with Integrated Tablet Stand for $259.00 (list price $349.00)

TOPSELL 5 Pack 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Memory Stick Thumb Drives (5 Mixed Colors: Black Blue Green Red Silver) for $25.99 (list price $41.99)

Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers, Black for $31.50 (list price $59.99)

Best Of Interesting Find, Remove Dust Gel Reusable Soft Peel Away Cleaning Gel for Computer Keyboard/Electronic Items/Remote Control/Car Interior Parts/Speaker,Removes Dust/Crumbs/Hair,Alcohol-Free for $14.20 (list price $20.99)

Casio fx-260 SOLAR Scientific Calculator, Black for $5.99 (list price $9.49)

4M Magnet Science Kit for $9.99 (list price $32.99)

AMIR 3 in 1 HD Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit, 10x Macro Lens & 0.4x Wide Angle Lens & 180° Fisheye Lens for Samsung Galaxy, Android & Most Smartphones for $10.99 (list price $46.99)

Rii RK100 3 Colors LED Backlit Mechanical Feeling USB Wired Multimedia Keyboard For working or prime gaming for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Digital Voice Recorder,Rechargeable 8GB Audio Recorder Dictaphone with USB Port, Double Microphone, Voice Activated, MP3 Music Player -Black for $28.98 (list price $39.99)

DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone with Wifi Camera Live Video Headless Mode 2.4GHz 4 Chanel 6 Axis Gyro RTF RC Quadcopter, Compatible with 3D VR Headset for $69.99 (list price $89.00)

Scrabble Deluxe Edition Game (Amazon Exclusive) for $39.17 (list price $42.99)

KITCHEN

Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker for $39.40 (list price $65.25)

Willow & Everett Salt and Pepper Shakers - Wood Salt and Pepper Grinder Set with Adjustable Coarseness - Salt and Pepper Mill Pair - Spice Grinder for $18.99 (list price $59.99)

Kikkerland Ice Tray, Under The Sea, Blue for $7.99 (list price $10.02)

Professional Garlic Press Stainless Steel Kitchen Set IHOMEARD Heavy Duty Garlic Masher, Crusher, Mincer, Presser & Silicone Peeler – Easy to Use Dishwasher Safe – Peel & Mince Fresh Garlic In Seconds for $11.99 (list price $25.99)

Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 4-Piece Toaster Oven Set, Gray for $17.48 (list price $40.00)

Rubbermaid 50-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set for $20.91 (list price $37.99)

Simple Chef Cast Iron Skillet 3-Piece Set - Best Heavy-Duty Professional Restaurant Chef Quality Pre-Seasoned Pan Cookware Set - 10", 8", 6" Pans - Great For Frying, Saute, Cooking, Pizza & More for $31.99 (list price $31.99)

14 Piece Kitchen Utensils Sets, XUANLAN Stainless Steel and Nylon Cooking Tools Non-Stick Heat Resistant Dishwasher Safe for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

I Could Eat a Horse Spaghetti Noodle Pasta Measurer Tool, Measure Quantity by doiy for $9.95 (list price $14.99)

Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool (juices, strains, grates, and more!) for $8.46 (list price $11.19)

Lenox French Perle Pedestal Cake Plate, Medium, White for $42.99 (list price $86.00)

1 DAY SELL! PowerLix Best Organic Bamboo Cutting Board - Extra Large and Thick (45.5 30.5 1.9cm) Wood Cutting Board, Antimicrobial Kitchen Chopping Board with Drip Groove - FDA Approved - Perfect Gift for $19.99 (list price $51.99)

OMorc Cherry Pitter, Cherry Stoner with Food-Grade Silicone Cup, Space-Saving Lock Design and Lengthened Splatter Shield Dishwasher Safe for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

Wine Letter Cork Holder Art Wall Décor - Metal - All 4 Letters W I N E - Includes Sample Silicone Wine Glass Charm - by HouseVines for $59.99 (list price $69.99)

DWK Corporation DWKHD36917 Turtle Wine Holder (Set of 1) for $17.45 (list price $23.00)

Cup Coasters, Newness Cup Coasters Set with Decorative Rack, Stainless Steel Tabletop Display Round Cup Coaster with Holder, Silver, Set of 4 for $21.99 (list price $32.99)

HOME

Umbra FishHotel Mini Aquarium, Great for Goldfish, Bettas, and Other Small Fish, 2 Gallon for $34.75 (list price $40.00)

Warmoor 40 Photo Clips String Lights Christmas Lights 16.4 feet, Indoor/Outdoor, USB Powered for Home/Party/Christmas Decor for $14.99 (list price $38.99)

Candle Impressions Ombre Design Pillar Real Wax Flameless Candles w/Auto Timer Feature - Set of 5 - Blush Pink for $26.95 (list price $59.95)

Mini Ceramic Hanging Succulent Planters Flower Pots for Home Decor - White 2 Pieces HakkaGirl for $9.89 (list price $16.54)

EMDMAK Door Stop Alarm with 120 dB. Siren Door Stopper for Home and Travel, Black, 2 Piece for $13.88 (list price $25.88)

Wake Up Light, AYY Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock Bedside Lamp Night Light with Snooze/Sunset Function, Nature Sounds, FM Radio, 7 Colors Changing, Touch Control and USB Charger for $29.99 (list price $57.99)

Zinus 12 Inch Deluxe Wood Platform Bed / No Boxspring Needed / Wood Slat Support / Rustic Pine Finish, Queen for $143.73 (list price $189.99)

Sauder August Hill Corner Entertainment Stand, Oiled Oak Finish for $104.22 (list price $196.49)

Universal TV Stand with Swivel Mount for 20 to 37 inch TVs UT1003 for $29.99 (list price $79.99)

Furinno 11157DBR/BK End Table Bedroom Night Stand w/Bin Drawer, Dark Brown/Black for $16.63 (list price $59.99)

SUNYIK Rose Quartz Elephant Pocket Statue Kitchen Guardian Healing Figurine Decor 1.5" for $8.49 (list price $60.99)

Pluteck Non Ticking Analog Alarm Clock with Nightlight and Snooze/Ascending Sound Alarm/Simple to Set Clocks, Battery Powered, Small, Black for $12.99 (list price $19.97)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Deluxe Acrylic Design Office  Desktop Tape Dispenser Clear Rose Gold for $11.99 (list price $20.99)

Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Titanium Scissors, 8 Inch, 3-Pack (1458-3AMZ) for $11.26 (list price $25.62)

Canon Office and Business MX922 All-in-one Printer, Wireless and mobile printing for $89.93 (list price $89.96)

Large Erasable Chalkboard Calendar Wall Decal Sticker - 24"x 36" (Classic Style) by VersaChalk for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Panda Planner - Best Daily Calendar and Gratitude Journal to Increase Productivity, Time Management & Happiness - Hardcover, Non Dated Day - 1 Year Guarantee for $25.97 (list price $39.99)

Wilson Jones 3 Ring Binder 3 Inch, Round Ring View Binder, Basic, 362 Series, Customizable, White (W362-49W) for $4.89 (list price $7.18)

Sharpie Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count for $4.97 (list price $12.86)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $5.97 (list price $11.49)

Westcott iPoint Orbit Battery Pencil Sharpener, Black for $9.34 (list price $14.89)

TAVR Computer Monitor Riser Two Tiers Shelves Monitor Stand 16.7 x 9.4 inch Save Space Desktop Stand CM1002 for $18.98 (list price $59.99)

Flash Furniture YU-YCX-001-2-RECT-TBL-RED-GG Height Adjustable Rectangular Red Plastic Activity Table, 24 x 48" for $78.00 (list price $178.99)

AmazonBasics Mesh Wastebasket for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

BS-MALL(TM) Makeup Brushes Premium Makeup Brush Set Synthetic Kabuki Cosmetics Foundation Blending Blush Eyeliner Face Powder Brush Makeup Brush Kit (10pcs, Golden Black) for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

BellaSentials Essential Oil Diffuser, Healthy Living For You & Your Loved Ones With Our Air Purifier, Odor Eliminator, Enjoy The Inviting Aroma & Clean Air With Your Favorite Aromatherapy Blends for $24.97 (list price $34.97)

Beautural Portable Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover with 2-Speeds, Adjustable Shave Height, Dual Protection for Your Clothes, Quickly and Effectively Remove Fluff, Lint, and Bobbles for $11.99 (list price $22.99)

PURELL Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer - Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Portable Sanitizer Bottles, Scented - (1 oz, Pack of 8) for $10.45 (list price $15.00)

Reusable Lint Roller and Lint Roller Refills for Pet Hair,Floor,Carpets,Clothes,Furniture,Sofa for $19.54 (list price $28.80)

Dawn 432944 Kitchen Brush for $5.75 (list price $12.17)

GOJO 536102 TFX Luxury Foam Hand Wash, Fresh Scent, Dispenser, 1200mL (Case of 2) for $34.97 (list price $43.50)

Tomiya Stainless Steel Slant Tweezers, Black for $14.96 (list price $19.99)

PARWIN BEAUTY Professional Styling Set -Floating Plate Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron and 1875W Negative Ion Hair Dryer with Multi-step Switch, Purple for $89.99 (list price $224.99)

Miserwe Hair clippers Professional Hair Clipper with Hairdressing Cape USB Charger Quiet Barber Clippers for Adult and Baby Cordless Rechargeable haircut clippers with hair comb scissors Haircut Kit for $28.98 (list price $74.94)

AsaVea Portable Electric Hair Straightening Brush 3.0, Red / Black for $37.94 (list price $109.99)

Ziploc Big Bag Double Zipper, 3 Jumbo Big Bags for $6.79 (list price $8.89)

Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Kit for $35.99 (list price $44.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Fairy Garden Starter Kit & Accessories – Miniature Fairy Figurine Bella & Friends (14 Piece Set) – by Pretmanns for $19.90 (list price $31.90)

2 way Garden Hose Splitter with Comfortable Rubberized Grip for Easy Garden Life,FULL METAL BODY Y Ball Valve Hose Connector Fits With Outdoor Faucet, Sprinkler / Drip Irrigation Systems for $10.98 (list price $19.99)

XL Double Parachute Camping Hammock - Tree Portable with Max 1000 lbs Breaking Capacity - Lightweight Carabiners and Ropes Included For Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Travel, Beach, Yard, 125" x 79" for $26.99 (list price $89.99)

Limm Exercise Resistance Loop Bands - Set of 5, 12-inch Workout Bands - Best for Stretching, Physical Therapy, Yoga and Home Fitness - Bonus eBook, Instruction Manual, Online Videos & Handy Carry Bag for $10.97 (list price $39.69)

MIRA Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle | Leak-proof Double Walled Cola Shape Sports Water Bottle | No Sweating, Keeps Your Drink Cold 24 hours or Hot 12 hours | 25 Oz (750 ml) | Black for $18.50 (list price $29.99)

Goplus 4 PC Rattan Patio Furniture Set Garden Lawn Sofa Cushioned Seat Wicker Sofa (Mix Gray) for $179.99 (list price $279.99)

Outdoor Curtain Panel for Patio - NICETOWN Grommet Top Thermal Insulated Blackout Outdoor Curtain / Drape for Patio / Front Porch (52 Inch Wide by 108 Inch Long, Tan-Khaki) for $46.45 (list price $160.17)

Solar Lights Outdoor Motion Sensor, iThird 21 LED 330LM Solar Powered Security Lights for Yard Patio Garage Waterproof 3 Modes Super Bright(Warm White) for $26.99 (list price $59.99)

POOF Outdoor Games Jarts Lawn Darts for $15.16 (list price $23.00)

Flash Sale! Mabua Ring Toss Outdoor Games Kids Adults With 10 Quoits Carry Bag. Toys for 5 year old boys girls - Also Available: 10 Quoits and 15 Plastic Ropes for $17.99 (list price $26.99)

Helicopter Balloon Summer Party Balloons Air Flying Toys For Kids With 24 Balloons 12 Pack for $9.99 (list price $39.00)

Pruning Shears Casfuy SK-5 Steel Blade Bypass Pruner with PTFE Coating and Safety Lock for Garden for $19.95 (list price $79.99)

PH Soil Meter, 3-in-1 Soil Tester Kit Moisture Soil Meter with Light, PH & Acidity Meter Gardening Tools for Plant, Lawn, Farm, Indoor/Outdoors to Use, Easy Read Indicator (No Battery needed) for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Rose Pruning Gloves for Men and Women. Thorn Proof Goatskin Leather Gardening Gloves with Long Cowhide Gauntlet to Protect Your Arms Until the Elbow (Medium) for $25.95 (list price $49.99)

TOOLS

UBANTE Measuring Tape Measure 1-Inch x 25-Foot(7.5m) Retractable Heavy Duty with Magnetic Hook, Metric and Inches Measurement - Professional Ruler For Carpenter, Construction, DIY Measurement for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

UBANTE Quality Electronic Digital Caliper Inch/Metric/Fractions Conversion 0-6 Inch/150 mm Stainless Steel Body Green/Silver Extra Large LCD Screen Auto Off Featured Measuring Tool for $24.89 (list price $99.99)

CUXUS 2 Pack Car Safety Hammer, Window Breaker Seatbelt Cutter Auto Bus Emergency Escape Tool, Vehicle Window Punch Glass Breaker Auto Rescue Kit Life Saving Hammer with Holder for $9.49 (list price $11.97)

gleebee Top Quality Baby Safety Kit: Adjustable Safety Locks for Toilet Seat, Trash Can, Drawers, Double Doors Cabinet & Refrigerator|Table Corner Guards|Finger Pinch Guards| Outlet Caps for $20.99 (list price $39.99)

25 in 1 Precision Screwdrivers Set,Phillips Torx Flat Screwdriver Tool Set with Black Bag for Macbook,Mobile Phone,PC Laptop,Tablet,iPad,Watch,Car Keys for $9.99 (list price $25.99)

SHINE HAI Multi-Tool, 14-in-1 Stainless Steel Multi-Plier with Knife, Cable Cutter, Needle Nose Pliers, Saw, File, Screwdrivers and More, Nylon Sheath Included for $15.99 (list price $99.99)

Prime Clearance Sale & Deals Day 2017-Smart Plug, WiFi Smart Socket Outlet Remote Control by E-SmartPrime,Works with Amazon Echo Alexa,With USB Charging Port Rapid charging(1A USB) 1-Pack (S2) for $21.99 (list price $34.99)

16LED Solar Lights Outdoor Waterproof Motion Sensor Security Light with Bright/Dim Mode; Dusk to Dawn Auto ON/OFF Wall Mount Light Wireless Sensor Detector for Patio Yard Deck Garden Driveway for $12.99 (list price $25.99)

DEWALT DW4856 Metal/Woodcutting Reciprocating Saw Blade Set, 6-Piece for $6.00 (list price $21.23)

Astor Bidet Fresh Water Spray Non-Electric Mechanical Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment CB-1000 for $24.95 (list price $44.95)

Dewalt DPG55-11C Clear Anti-Fog Protective Safety Glasses with Dual-Injected Rubber Frame and Temples for $6.05 (list price $17.99)

Cartman Orange 39-Piece Tool Set - General Household Hand Tool Kit with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case for $15.99 (list price $29.99)

Command Large Utility Hook Mega Pack, White, 14-Hooks, 16-Strips (17003-MPES) for $13.89 (list price $16.35)

DILISS Digital PH Meter / PH Tester / Mini Water Quality Tester for Household Drinking Water, Hydroponics, Aquariums, Swimming Pools, 0.1PH Resolution - Extra PH Calibration Solution Mixture for $17.96 (list price $49.99)

Outlite E6 High Powered Tactical Flashlight with 2pcs Rechargeable 18650 Battery and DC Charger, Ultra Bright LED Handheld Flashlight, 5 Light Modes Lantern Torch - Adjustable Focus Taclight for $15.99 (list price $79.99)

University of California and McMaster University Are Offering Their Learning How to Learn Course Online for Free

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Deagreez/iStock via Getty Images Plus

If you've ever stayed up late cramming information the night before an exam, it probably didn't go well. Or maybe you tried doing the right thing by spending days or even months studying a subject, only to realize you weren't retaining the information. These failed attempts may have you believe you're just not cut out for the subject matter, but that's not always true. In the course Learning How to Learn from Coursera, you can understand what it takes to truly understand new information, as well as the key strategies and habits you can employ to make it all stick.

Learning How to Learn is taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley, a Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University, along with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, who holds the Francis Crick Chair at the Salk Institute and is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Throughout the weeks, they’ll teach you how to combat procrastination, how our brains process information, and the importance of breaking up new material into bite-sized chunks. You’ll also cover how taking breaks, getting sleep, and exercising are just as important as studying when it comes to learning something new.

According to Coursera, to finish the class in the typical four-week time, most students devote about three hours a week to the online videos, readings, quizzes, and coursework. There’s also no need to cram—which you’ll learn is not an effective learning tool—as this course is self-paced.

The course itself is free, but if you want a certificate of completion to share on your LinkedIn and resume, it will cost $49. Signing up for the certificate also gives you access to graded assignments, whereas the free version only allows you to read the course material.

You can also check out more free classes offered by Ivy League colleges by heading here.

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

9 of Amazon’s Best Kitchen Knives

Wüsthof/Amazon
Wüsthof/Amazon

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting to build up your home kitchen, a dependable knife set is absolutely essential. But there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to kitchen knives and chef knives. So, to make things easier for you, we looked at some of the top-selling knives on Amazon with the highest user ratings (at least 900 reviews each) and came up with a list of the best options available. You can check them out below.

1. 15-Piece Cuisinart Knife Set (4.6 Stars); $45

A Cuisinart knife set.
Cuisinart/Amazon

Cuisinart has been making quality kitchen products for decades, and this knife set offers 12 stainless-steel blades that are perfect for slicing and chopping the ingredients of any dish you happen to be cooking up. In this package, you'll also get sharpening steel, kitchen shears, and a holding block.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Home Hero Set of Seven (4.6 Stars); $27

A Home Hero knife set.
Home Hero/Amazon

Inside this versatile set, you'll find a chef knife, carving knife, bread knife, utility knife, and a paring knife. Along with the five stainless-steel blades, there's also a finger guard and sharpener, so you can keep your utensils ready to go at all times.

Buy it: Amazon

3. McCook 14-Piece Set (4.7 Stars); $53

McCook Knife set.
McCook/Amazon

Made with high-carbon stainless steel, this knife set is built to last. The knives have an easy-to-grip handle that’s comfortable to hold, while the blades are built to cut through just about anything. And when they do get dull, there’s a sharpener built into the wooden stand.

Buy it: Amazon

4. AmazonBasics Eight-Piece Steak Knife Set (4.4 Stars); $22

A set of steak knives from Amazon.
Amazon

This set of simple yet dependable knives is what you'll want to have on hand to get you through barbecue season. Each one is made from a single piece of stain-resistant steel, and according to Amazon, you won’t need to worry about sharpening the micro-serrated part of the blade.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Set of Four Dalstrong Knives (4.7 Stars); $90

A set of steak knives.
Dalstrong/Amazon

After you cook your perfect steak, make sure you have the proper tools to enjoy it with. Dalstrong’s knives are made from high-carbon German steel and will stay sharp long after their first use.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Mercer Culinary Genesis Steak Knife, Serrated Edge (4.8 Stars); $14

A knife from Mercer Culinary.
Mercer Culinary/Amazon

Mercer Culinary makes knives for professional chefs and home cooks alike. Its santoprene handle allows for a comfortable grip, while its carbon-forged steel blade is rust-resistant.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Wüsthof Eight-Inch Chef’s Knife (4.8 Stars); $165

A knife from Wüsthof.
Wüsthof/Amazon

Wüsthof has been making knives for over 200 years, and this sturdy chef's knife can be put through the wringer without worrying about quick wear and tear.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Utopia Kitchen 8-Inch Chef Knife (4.4 Stars); $9

A chef's knife from Utopia Kitchen.
Utopia Kitchen/Amazon

This rust-resistant stainless-steel knife is one you’ll want to have on hand. It's built to cut through large food items but you can also use it to mince or finely chop smaller ones. And with such a low price point, it's great to pick up if you're just looking to practice the basics before moving on to something more advanced.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Victorinox 10-Inch Swiss Classic Chef’s Knife (4.8 Stars); $40

A Victorinox knife.
Victorinox/Amazon

Victorinox has been around for over 130 years, and their versatile chef’s knife lets you put your slicing and dicing skills to the test. It has a tapered edge which allows you to get the perfect angle, while its razor-sharp blade can cut through pretty much anything a recipe might throw your way.

Buy it: Amazon

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

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