18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

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Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.

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1. SOAKING IT UP; $7.49

man-shaped tea infuser
Amazon

That mug of hot water might eventually be a drink for you, but first it’s a hot bath for your new friend, who has special pants filled with tea.

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2. A FLYING TEA BOX; $25.98


There’s no superlaser on this Death Star, just tea.

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3. SPACE STATION; $9.99

astronaut tea infuser
ThinkGeek

This astronaut's mission? Orbit the rim of your mug until you're ready to pull the space station diffuser out.

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4. BE REFINED; $12.99


This pipe works best with Earl Grey.

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5. A RIBBITING OPTION; $10.93


This frog hangs on to the side of your mug with a retractable tongue. When the tea is ready, you can put him back on his lily pad.

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6. ‘TEA’ ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE; $5.95


It’s just like the movie, only with tea instead of Beatles.

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7. SHARK ATTACK; $6.99

shark tea infuser
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This fearsome shark patrols the bottom of your mug waiting for prey. For extra fun, use red tea to look like the end of a feeding frenzy.

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8. PERFECT FOR A RAINY DAY; $12.40

This umbrella’s handle conveniently hooks to the side of your mug.

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9. AN EGGCELLENT INFUSER; $5.75

cracked egg tea infuser
Amazon

Sometimes infusers are called tea eggs, and this one takes the term to a new, literal level.

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10. FOR SQUIRRELY DRINKERS; $8.95

If you’re all right with a rodent dunking its tail into your drink, this is the infuser for you.

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11. HANGING OUT; $12.85


This pug is happy to hang onto your mug and keep you company while you wait for the tea to be ready.

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12. ANOTHER SHARK OPTION; $5.99

If you thought letting that other shark infuser swim around in the deep water of your glass was too scary, this one perches on the edge, too busy chomping on your mug to worry about humans.

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13. RUBBER DUCKIE, YOU’RE THE ONE; $8.95

Let this rubber duckie peacefully float in your cup and make teatime lots of fun.

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14. DIVING DEEP; $8.25


This old-timey deep-sea diver comes with an oxygen tank that you can use to pull it out.

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15. MAKE SWEET TEA; $10


This lollipop won't actually make your tea any sweeter, but you can always add some sugar after.

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16. A SEASONAL FAVORITE; $7.67


When Santa comes, give him some tea to go with the cookies.

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17. FLORAL TEA; $14.99


Liven up any cup of tea with this charming flower. When you’re done, you can pop it right back into its pot.

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18. KEEP IT TRADITIONAL; $7.97


If you’re nostalgic for the regular kind of tea bag, you can get reusable silicon ones that look almost the same.

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You Can Control This Smart Candle’s Flame From Your Smartphone

This smart candle lights up with a real flame, but you won't even need to leave the couch to ignite it.
This smart candle lights up with a real flame, but you won't even need to leave the couch to ignite it.
Candle Touch

You can already turn on your lights, TVs, Instant Pots, and pet feeders from your smartphone—so why not a candle with a real flame? The Candle Touch aims to make lighting a candle as easy as scrolling through Instagram, and it's currently available on Kickstarter beginning at $49.

Working a Candle Touch is just like any smart device—just download the app (iOS and Android), pair it with your device, and hit the right prompts to light the wick. Once the base receives the Bluetooth signal, it sends a current up two metal rods that ignite the cotton wick, according to Apartment Therapy.

The candles themselves are made with a natural coconut wax, and there are nine scents to choose from, including white tea and ginger, amber and clove, and avocado and mint. Each candle should burn for around 40 hours, and a single smartphone can pair with up to 10 of them.

Because it involves an open flame, the app comes with several safety features. To start, you need to be within 60 feet of the candle to light it, so there’s no need to worry about accidently igniting it while you’re away from home. You can even password protect the Candle Touch, which is useful if you have kids running around. The app also has a timer and a reminder feature if the candle has been on for too long.

When the wax runs out, or if you just want to change out the smell, you can just plug a new wax refill into the smart base. Currently, you can buy the candle’s base in silver, white, or black. And for a limited time, carbon and wood colors are available.

With $32,353 raised, the campaign has already surpassed its original $30,000 goal. But you can still help bring the project to life and get your own smart candles by heading here.

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This Puzzle Teaches Kids—and Adults—About Amazing Women Scientists

This 500-piece puzzle sold on Amazon celebrates the achievements of women in STEM fields.
This 500-piece puzzle sold on Amazon celebrates the achievements of women in STEM fields.
Clarkson Potter/Amazon

It’s no secret female scientists have been overlooked for decades, but this puzzle, which sells for $17 on Amazon, aims to rectify that by spotlighting 15 notable women who made incredible strides in STEM fields.

The puzzle is the work of illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky, author of the best-selling picture book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. “The most important way to fight gender bias is to share stories of amazing women with boys and girls,” Ignotofsky told Mental Floss in 2016. “Many of these women have changed the way that we understand our world forever, but we don’t know about them. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are more household names than Grace Hopper, who invented coding. When we don’t tell these stories, we allow these inequalities and stereotypes to continue.”

The 500-piece puzzle features Grace Hopper along with several other notable scientists, including astronaut Mae Jemison, particle physicist Sau Lan Wu, and Nobel Prize-winning cytogeneticist Barbara McClintock.

Ignotofsky hopes the puzzle, as well as the book it’s based on, will inspire children and adults alike. “My hope is that seeing these women who have led in the past will help girls feel more confident, like ‘Not only do I deserve this, but I’m going to take it,’” she said.

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