3 Cool, Crowdsourced Barbequing Utensils
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Regular readers might remember our review of the Quirky online store. What’s cool about Quirky is this: all the items sold on the site are conceived, designed and marketed through crowdsourcing. That is, groups of individuals gather on the website and collaborate to develop the products sold there. (It’s a fun, and potentially profitable, to take part—visit the site to learn more.)

Recently, Quirky started selling several cool items with a barbeque theme. The three that especially intrigued us were an all-in-one grilling utensil, an improved skewer and a two-tiered carry tray. Here’s our look at each:

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Food that Looks Creepy But Tastes Delicious
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It's made from 100% ethically treated, farm-raised zombies.

Over on our travel blog we previously wrote about five delicious dishes around the world that can kill you. But you needn’t travel to exotic locales to sample scary edibles. Here are four foods that you can either make yourself or order online. None of them can harm you, per say. But they look creepy.

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Fern and Moss Wall Art

The fern and moss don't need to be watered. But keeping this artwork out of a house cat's paw reach is highly suggested.

It’s common practice for people to decorate the walls of their homes with pieces of art. And it’s common for people to decorate the interior of their homes with plants. But doing both of those with the exact same item—now that’s unusual.

And that’s exactly what you can do with Fern and Moss Wall Art.

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Colorful Colorful Joseph Joseph
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Bright colors, durable materials and smart designs come together in the selection of creative kitchenware produced by Joseph Joseph. The New York City-based company founded by twin brothers, Richard and Antony Joseph, makes all sorts of cool serving bowls, chopping boards, kitchen tools and food preparation items. Here’s our review of some of our favorites:

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The Trap Door Wine Cellar

We love trap doors and hidden rooms. And we love wine. So how can we not write about the super cool Spiral Cellar wine storage area?

Now, by “wine storage area” we aren’t talking about dedicating a section of your closet to a wine rack. And we don’t mean some electrified wine storage appliance where you can keep a case or two. The Spiral Cellar is a special room placed underneath the ground floor of your house where as many as 1,870 bottles of wine can stored under perfect conditions.

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Cool—and Functional—Kitchenware from Architec
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Durable, environmentally friendly and cool looking. Those are the first three adjectives that come to mind when we think of Architec Housewares, one of Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite designers of cookware.

What Architec’s hot pads, cutting boards and mixing bowls are best known for, though, are their non-slip properties. For cooks who have suffered our share of burns, cuts and spills this is no small thing.

A look at our three favorite Architec items:

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Airplane Meal Service Trolleys
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Spot Cool Stuff previously reported on the airline that was selling it’s in-flight meals in local grocery stores. If that doesn’t sufficiently bring the airplane cuisine experience to your home, consider getting a artsy airline food cart from Bordbar.

Bordbar trolleys are, at their, core like those meal service carts used by airline flight attendants (on the dwindling number of flights that still have some semblance meal service). But Bordbar spruced them up in such a way that they are not only cool, but useful too.

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Great Balls of Ice

Whiskey on the rocks. For some drinkers, that’s their preference. For purists, whiskey should be had straight-up. But we imagine both groups could come together and share a drink cooled by a large, impressive-looking ice ball.

Indeed, well-to-do Japanese (preferring communalism over conflict) have been drinking whiskey with large ice balls for nearly as long as they’ve been drinking whiskey. Initially the ice balls were carved using an ice pick or, more dangerously, an ultra-sharp sushi knife. In recent years, though, the Japanese have been using a special ice ball molding machine. And now, thanks to the cool Japan Trends Shop, you can make ice balls by machine too.

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