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This ‘Butter Crayon’ Could Be the Greatest Invention of Our Time

The adorable Chouinard family. (Kickstarter)

We know, we know—calling something the greatest invention of our time is an awfully bold statement. But save your judgment until we’ve told you about our latest Kickstarter obsession: the Butter Crayon.

While other people have been busy disrupting important things like mail, therapy and STD testing, one California family is on the brink of disrupting—you guessed it—butter.   Read More

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Ingenious Dress Lets You Change in Public Without Getting Naked

Undress co-creator April Estrada models the ingenius invention. (Kickstarter)

Rompers for dudes are cool, but we’re now officially with a new addition to the world of crowdfunded fashion.

Prepare to be amazed by the Undress, a garment that bills itself as “the world’s first fashionable and functional mobile changing room.” The duo who created it set out to raise $22,000 on Kickstarter; on November 1, they completed the campaign with a total of $615,663. Read More

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The Internet’s Going Crazy For a Mechanical Pencil That’ll ‘Last You a Lifetime’

So sleek! So shiny! (Kickstarter)

Attention anyone who—like us—has a weird fascination with shiny new office supplies.

A sleek, metal mechanical pencil that’ll purportedly “last you a lifetime” has recently crushed its $4,000 Kickstarter goal. With 56 days still remaining in the campaign, the pencil has already raised over $19,000, and we expect that number will keep on climbing.  Read More

Tech for the Holidays

Here Are Some Bizarre Christmas Kickstarters to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Christmas is creeping closer, and while most of us are shopping and breaking out the spiked cider and ugly sweaters, some entrepreneurs are crowdfunding last minute holiday projects and products.

Of the number of holiday-themed campaigns currently on Kickstarter, a number of them are a little out there. From beard photo Christmas cards to a size XL Christmas cookie, here are some of the most bizarre Christmas-y campaigns seeking your support. Read More

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‘World’s First Smart Earplugs’ About to Double Their $100K Kickstarter Goal

If your partner's alarm goes off at 4 a.m., you won't hear it! (Kickstarter)

The Kickstarter campaign’s been up for less than a week, but these smart earplugs have already almost doubled their $100,000 fundraising goal.

Created by three engineers at UCSD, “Hush” are purportedly the “world’s first smart earplugs.” With 28 days remaining in Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, the gadget has already raked in $195,003 at the time of publication. Read More

Office Space

‘Q’ Replaces Your Office Manager With an iPad

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In the past 10 years, digital tools, economic devastation and common sense have pressured companies of all sizes to cut down on the number of employees who are assigned to take care of the office. Unfortunately, jobs like cleaning the kitchen and buying more grinds for the shitty coffee maker are being offloaded onto people that have nothing to do with stocking the supply closet — like social media managers or operations staff.

Managed by Q (or “Q” from here on out, for the sake of decency), is a NYC-based service that turns all of those concerns into, of course, an app. Read More

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‘Pantelligent': This Smart Frying Pan Cooks a Mean Steak, Salmon Fillet

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I grew up in what some might call a meat-and-potatoes home. This in no way resembles my current diet, but during my childhood, steak made its way onto the dinner table once or twice a week. With this being said, I have never actually prepared a steak myself and couldn’t even begin to tell you how to reach a pink, juicy center. So when I heard about a frying pan that makes cooking the perfect steak effortless, I had to give it a try.   Read More

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Throw Your Money at These Bizarre Thanksgiving Crowfunding Campaigns

Not as innocent as it seems. (Kickstarter)

Thanksgiving is all about remembering the things in life you’re grateful for, and also about eating an ungodly amount of food. But besides all the turkey, stuffing, and sentimental speeches about how much you love your dear, wonderful family, you know what Thanksgiving is also about? Some really weird Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, apparently.

For your entertainment — and perhaps your confusion and disgust, depending on the project — here are some fascinating Thanksgiving-themed crowdfunding campaigns. Read More