18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

Cost Plus World Market
Cost Plus World Market

Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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.

Buy on Amazon.

2. A FLYING TEA BOX; $25.98


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

Buy on Amazon.

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.

Buy on ThinkGeek.

4. BE REFINED; $12.99


This pipe works best with Earl Grey.

Buy on Amazon.

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.

Buy on Amazon.

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


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

Buy on Amazon.

7. SHARK ATTACK; $6.99

shark tea infuser
Cost Plus World Market

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.

Buy at Cost Plus World Market.

8. PERFECT FOR A RAINY DAY; $12.40

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

Buy on Amazon.

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.

Buy on Amazon.

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.

Buy on Amazon.

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.

Buy on Amazon.

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.

Buy on Amazon.

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

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

Buy on Amazon.

14. DIVING DEEP; $8.25


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

Buy on Amazon.

15. MAKE SWEET TEA; $10


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

Buy on Amazon.

16. A SEASONAL FAVORITE; $7.67


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

Buy on Amazon.

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.

Buy on Live Infused.

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.

Buy on Amazon.

Learn Python From Home for Just $50

Andrea Piacquadio / Pexels.com
Andrea Piacquadio / Pexels.com

It's difficult to think of a hobby or job that doesn’t involve some element of coding in its execution. Are you an Instagram enthusiast? Coding and algorithms are what bring your friends' posts to your feed. Can’t get enough Mental Floss? Coding brings the entire site to life on your desktop and mobile screens. Even sorting through playlists on Spotify uses coding. If you're tired of playing catch-up with all the latest coding techniques and principles, the 2020 Python Programming Certification Bundle is on sale for $49.99 to teach you to code, challenge your brain, and boost your resume to get your dream job.

Basically, coding is how people speak to computers (cue your sci-fi vision of a chat with a creepy, sentient computer), and while it does sound a bit futuristic, the truth is that people are talking to computers every day through a program called Python. The 2020 Python Programming Training Certification Bundle will teach you how to build web applications, database applications, and web visualizations in the world’s most popular programming language.

Python is also the language computers are using to communicate back to programmers. You’ll learn how Jupyter Notebook, NumPy, and pandas can enhance data analysis and data visualization techniques with Matplotlib.

Think back to your creepy, sci-fi visual from earlier; was it some form of artificial intelligence? Contrary to what you may have seen in the movies, artificial intelligence is something you can learn to create yourself. In the Keras Bootcamp, you’ll learn how to create artificial neural networks and deep-learning structures with Google’s powerful Deep Learning framework.

Coding is associated with endless text, numbers, and symbols, but the work code is performing is hardly limited to copy. Dig deep into image processing and computer vision tasks with sessions in OpenCV. You’ll give yourself an extra edge when you can use Python for sifting through information and implement machine learning algorithms on image classification.

Explore coding education with the bundle’s 12 courses, spanning from beginner to advanced levels, to elevate your skillset from home. The 2020 Python Programming Certification Bundle is on sale for $49.99.

 

The Complete 2020 Python Programming Certification Bundle - $49.99

See Deal



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 R-Rated Adult Coloring Books That Add a Little Edge to Your Relaxation

IDW Publishing/Titan Books/Amazon
IDW Publishing/Titan Books/Amazon

Coloring books marketed toward adults became big business back in 2015, and five years later, the trend continues. But if you’re looking for something with a little more edge than the same ol' mandalas and nature scenes, these R-rated adult coloring books might be more your speed.

1. The Scariest Serial Killers Coloring Book; $8

Serial killer adult coloring book.
True Crime Gifts/Amazon

If you're all out of Netflix true crime specials to binge, then satisfy your creative side with this coloring book full of some of the most heinous serial killers in history, including Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy. There are 23 in all, and each illustration includes details that are forever linked to the killers' calling cards.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Have a Nice Life A**hole: Breakup Stress Reliever Coloring Book; $7

Have a Nice Life coloring book on Amazon.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform/Amazon

Add coloring to the list of things you can do to deal with a major heartbreak. This coloring book includes more than 50 pages of tasteful floral patterns, accompanied by phrases like “I faked it every time” and “lying through your teeth is not considered flossing.” Pair it with a pint of ice cream and a bottle of wine for maximum breakup tension relief.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Profanity Coloring Book: 50 Swear Words to Color Your Anger Away; $7

50 Swear Words adult coloring book.
Amazon

Swearing is cathartic, researchers say. So is coloring! Why not combine the two? This coloring book features artistic designs of more than 50 of your favorite swear words. After a hard day at work or a difficult conversation with a friend or loved one, unwind by coloring an intricate, profanity-laced mandala that allows you to express how you really feel.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Drinking Animals Coloring Book; $8

Drinking Animals Coloring Book on Amazon.
Amazon

If you think kicking back with a drink is the pinnacle of relaxation, try combining it with some coloring next time you clock out on a Friday afternoon. Inside this coloring book, you don't just get pages of cute, cuddly animals enjoying their favorite libations—each one also comes with a recipe for their cocktail of choice. This way, you can drink along with that lion sipping a mint mojito or that bunny cradling a white wine spritzer, all in the name of art. 

Buy it: Amazon

5. The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book; $15

The Beauty of Horror Coloring Book.
IDW Publishing/Amazon

If your R-rated tastes run a bit more on the gory side, this is the coloring book for you. This book includes 80 pages of beautifully drawn decaying bodies, severed heads, and deadly weapons. It’s perfect for the horror fan in your life. (If they really, really like it, there’s a whole series of four gory coloring books, plus special editions for Halloween and Christmas).

Buy it: Amazon

6. Alien: The Coloring Book; $15

Alien: The Adult Coloring Book.
Titan Books/Amazon

Wear your red colored pencil down to the nub with page after page of chestbursters, facehuggers, and xenomorph swarms terrorizing the unfortunate humans who have graced the Alien franchise over the years. 

Buy it: Amazon

7. F*ck Off, Coronavirus, I'm Coloring; $13

Coronavirus coloring book
Appleseed Press/Amazon

Times are weird right now, and with the current pandemic, there's more stress than many people know what to do with. Well, if coloring is your thing, make your feelings about COVID-19 clear with 50 pages of intricately detailed vulgarity on which to unleash your frustrations. In this book, swear words intermingle with lush backdrops of nature and wildlife to give you scenes that will take hours to complete and will hopefully leave you a bit more Zen once you're done. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Color Me Drunk: A Drinking and Drawing Activity Book; $12

Color Me Drunk coloring book
Potter Style/Amazon

Drinking and drawing is encouraged in this coloring book, which challenges you to solve puzzles and create doodles while drunk. Compare your drunk art to your sober art for extra fun.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book; $5

Adult coloring books on Amazon.
Amazon

With 21 detailed illustrations of phrases like “suck it up, buttercup,” “I color to hide the pain,” and “meh,” this coloring book suits whatever mood you’re in. Inside, you’ll find drawings of everything from abstract doodles to pictures of animals and fairies.

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.