This Genius Made A Coffee Dispenser Out Of Legos (Video)


By Cooking Panda

Keurigs were cool, like, four years ago. Now that the novelty of their sleek design and quick coffee-making speed has worn off, caffeine fiends need something much more avant-garde to be impressed. 

Consider their prayers answered, because someone made a coffee dispenser entirely out of Legos (video below). Toy YouTuber AstonishingStudios is behind the invention.

The machine, the functionality of which we cannot fully explain but will attempt to do so with some semblance of intelligence, is no simple feat of engineering. It has pull-out compartments for coins, tiny motors for moveable parts, and a keypad. The money door has two modes: one locked for public settings and one unlocked for private settings. It is also made of Legos.

First, you feed the machine a few coins because it does not heat your coffee for its health. Next, place your cup underneath the dispenser and press a button, which prompts the machine to release instant coffee powder and water.

When your cup is full, a tiny motor moves a metal object that heats the coffee in 45 seconds. 

For AstonishingStudios, which has also made Lego inventions like a KFC fried chicken machine and a McDonald’s McFlurry maker, the coffee machine was not their first rodeo. Check out all of the features behind the invention below.

Source: AstonishingStudios/YouTube / Photo credit: AstonishingStudios/YouTube

Tags: coffee, invention, Legos, video
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Know Any Wine Lovers? Buy Them A Box Of Wine Condoms (Video)


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Picture this. You’ve invited your potential significant other over for dinner. It’s your third date, so you really upped the wow factor on this one. The lights are dim, and smooth jazz croons in the background as you finish your final bites of steak and potatoes. The wine is almost empty, but there’s enough left that you’d like to save it for later.

Your date flashes those dreamy eyes, and you know that even though your meal is over, your night is young. You reach into your pocket, withdraw a shiny square packet and remove from it a familiar rubber object.

Your date gives you a funny look because that was pretty dang bold of you. Seconds later, the expression of surprise morphs into confusion as you place the condom not anywhere on a human body, but over the wine bottle.

This hilarious chain of events could be your reality, so long as you purchase a set of Wine Condoms, the latest and greatest means of protection to grace the food market (video below).

In case you are alarmed, the purpose of said condoms is nothing freaky. In fact, the invention was created to keep leftover wine fresh — like bottle stoppers. 

While corks can sometimes be difficult to plunge back into an opened bottle, wine condoms slide seamlessly over the top. And since the condoms add no extra height to the top of the bottle, they also prevent the “Pain-In-The-Ass-Leans-To-The-Side-Which-Never-Quite-Fits-In-The-Refrigerator-Syndrome,” the website boasts.

The condoms were created by mother and son duo Laura Bartlett and Mitch Strahan. Their creations are made of “tuxedo black” rubber, wrapped in “sexy” gold foil and come in packages of six. They can be stowed at home or on the go, and they’re reusable. 

To give a friend, relative or potential significant other a hilarious gift, you can order a box on Amazon, where they will be available exclusively for the holidays. They’re sold out right now, but Strahan wrote on the site that they are working to manufacture more condoms and will have orders ready by Dec. 25.

Source: Wine Condoms / Photo credit: Wine Condoms

Tags: condoms, invention, wine, wine condoms
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There Is Now A Bag Specifically To Carry Your Box Of Wine


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Do you ever wish you were able to carry your favorite adult beverage with you? Have you ever attended an event that was noticeably lacking copious amounts of alcohol?

Tracey Luebbers has created a bag to discretely hold our favorite wines and alcoholic beverages alongside anything else stored in our purses. What a time to be alive.

In 2011, Luebbers noticed the various problems people had when trying to transport beverages to events, as written on The Swankey. After searching for a solution, she realized that nothing existed that would allow her to carry her favorite spirits with ease.

“Have you ever been packing up to go to the pool, beach, party or tailgate and you don’t want to lug a heavy cooler or take your purse?” Luebbers inquired, as explained on The Swankey How It Works page. “How are you going to keep your wine or other beverage chilled and have room for all the other supplies you want to take? I thought there has to be a better way to carry, chill and conceal wine and beverages conveniently and stylishly.”

Therefore, in 2014, she created the original “It’s So Swankey Beverage Tote.” The bag has even been tested to withstand 500 hours of direct sunlight, perfect for those summers on the beach.

“Designed to discretely hold a boxed wine bag, this multi-purpose tote also comes with its own dispensing bag, so you can take your favorite, fully insulated libations to go,” reads the description on Uncommon Goods.

“An attached spout lets you serve up bloody marys, margaritas, or wine with ease, while the ample interior allows plenty of room for your wallet, phone, and even travel cups,” the description continues. “Whether you’re heading for a beach day with the girls or an afternoon picnic, this stylish bag completes your ensemble with boozy bravado.”

Furthermore, Luebbers’ line of stylish boozy bags is made in America. The factory, which is located in Glasgow, Missouri, is run and owned by women.

“I’m very proud to have them on my team!” Luebbers said. “Each time a Swankey is purchased a woman takes home a paycheck to her family. This is near and dear to my heart.”

Sources: Uncommon Goods, The Swankey (2) / Photo credit: Uncommon Goods

Tags: bag, innovation, invention, Travel, Uncommon Goods, wine, Wine Dispensing Travel Tote
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Genius Invents Grilled Cheese Tacos, Proves Everything Is Right In The World


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When was the last time you cried while reading an article about food? If you haven’t already started bawling based on this title alone, we suggest grabbing some tissues before reading any further. A genius named Dan Whalen has invented the grilled cheese taco, and the world will never be the same again.

Whalen, a food blogger, recently came up with this dream food, and has been posting photos of his creation on Instagram ever since. While the concept itself is fairly simple, there’s no denying that the result looks delicious, if not full on addictive. Scroll through the photos below for inspiration, and then cancel your weekend plans—you’ve got some cooking to do!

The Original

Don’t be ashamed if you start drooling while looking at this photo. We did too.

Extra Crusty 

We can’t think of a better use for those bread heels you never know what to do with.

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Source: Bustle / Photo Credit: Instagram/Dan Whalen

Tags: grilled cheese, invention, Taco, Whalen
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