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Here's another how-my-stuff-was-confiscated post. Ok, not really, but kind of. I was doing errands of the red tape variety that necessitated I pass through metal detection when the guard took issue with a particular item--or fob--on my keychain. I like to think of myself as someone who carries mace, but the reality is that no, it's just pepper spray. It was a sudden and charged farewell, but I complied without spectacle and dropped it into the weapons-'n-such utility tub that would now be my sweet mace's Valhalla. I proceeded with my errands, stripped of any means to enact torture upon the pleasant bureaucrats I had traveled there to meet. But I immediately began to miss the comforting fulcrum of my long-suffering keychain, and I began to think of ways I might comfort myself.

Sure, I could buy more mace. But since I've been sublimating a lot of angst these days into baking, I thought perhaps I'd make a mace cake. If you're up for it, and if you have your own reasons for making a mace cake, what follows are some facts about mace (thank you, bulkpeppercorns.com) and here's a recipe for a mace cake courtesy of Gourmet and Cynthia Knauer of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • Mace like nutmeg is used to flavor cakes and other sweets, but mace is also used in many savory dishes. These include meats, sauces, curries, pickling, ketchup, and even Worcestershire sauce.
  • Mace's strong aroma is similar to a combination of pepper & cinnamon.
  • Mace can be used as a nutmeg substitute for in most recipes. This spice has a sweeter and milder, but similar flavor to nutmeg.
  • Mace is often used in place of nutmeg when dark flecks of nutmegs color might ruin the appearance of certain dishes. Ground mace can be substituted in light colored sauces, clear broths, omelets, and mashed potatoes.
  • Crush or grind whole mace just prior to use in order to release it's essential oils, flavor & aroma.
  • Mace should be added at the begin of the cooking process to allow it's full flavor to come out.

Pictures of actual cake results tk! But oh my, after the palliative wonders of my cake fade, I really might have to invest in a Stunning Ring--it's mysterious and baaad (don't you think?!) and boasts the strongest concentration (15% Oleoresin Capsicum, aka OC) on the market:

THE STUNNING RINGâ„¢ ring uses the strongest pepper spray formula available on the market today. The formula has the industry's highest heat rating of 2 million SHU (compared to a jalapeno pepper, which is 5000 SHU), which severely affects the mucous membranes (eyes and respiratory systems). The ring has 2-3 one second burst and has an effective range of 12 inches.

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The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.

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The Easy Trick That Will Help You Organize Your iPhone Apps Faster
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With millions of apps to choose from, your smartphone’s home screen might get a little cluttered from time to time. Holding and dragging apps one by one to organize them can seem like more of a chore than it’s worth, but fortunately, there’s an easier way to do it.

As spotted by Finer Tech, iOS 11 lets you lump multiple apps together to move at the same time. With one hand, tap and hold an app until it enters “jiggle mode” and move it away from its current location. With your other hand (or other finger, if you're particularly coordinated), tap the apps you’d like to move with it, and they’ll instantly be grouped together.

If you're hoping to trick yourself into using your social media apps less by moving them all to page three (as some experts recommend), this hack will save you a few minutes of dragging and dropping.

This video provides a handy demonstration of how it’s done:

While you’re at it, you might as well uninstall any apps you haven’t touched since you downloaded them, as they can be a drain on both memory and battery.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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