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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October 4.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, 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. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Apple iPad Air MD786LL/A - A1474 (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black with Space Gray) (Certified Refurbished) for $239.99 (list price $349.95)

Universal USB Charging Station, eSamcore 6-Port USB Docking Station [Fast Charging] Multiple Devices for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Tablets, Kindle & Nintendo Switch [White/Green] for $17.99 (list price $65.99)

Neewer Professional 61 inches/155 centimeters Aluminum Alloy Video Camera Tripod with 360 Degree Fluid Drag Head,1/4 and 3/8-inch Quick Release Plate and Bubble Level,Load up to 26 pounds/12 kilograms for $99.99 (list price $107.61)

GermGuardian AC5350B Elite 4-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer, Allergen and Odor Reduction, 28-Inch Digital Air Purifier for $119.00 (list price $142.99)

ActionPie VJJB-V1S High Resolution Heavy Bass In-ear Headphones with Mic for SmartPhones for $19.99 (list price $13.00)

Etekcity Smart Plug Mini Outlet with Energy Monitoring (2 Pack), Works with Amazon Alexa Echo, No Hub Required, 1 Minute to Set Up, WiFi Enabled, White for $34.90 (list price $56.99)

Tablet Stand Multi-Angle, Lamicall iPad Stand : Desktop Holder Dock for iPad mini Air 2 3 4 Pro, iPhone 5 6 7 Plus, Nintendo Switch, Nexus, Accessories, Samsung and Other Tablets (4-13 inch) - Silver for $16.14 (list price $69.99)

Car Mount, 2 Clamps Long Arm Universal Windshield Dashboard Car Phone Mount Holder Cradle for iphone 7 Plus 6 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge, HTC, LG and Most Type of Cell Phone - by Newward for $14.99 (list price $33.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter / Receiver, 2-in-1 Wireless 3.5mm Adapter (aptX Low Latency, 2 Devices Simultaneously, For TV / Home Sound System) for $28.89 (list price $33.99)

Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale with Step-On Technology, 440 Pounds, Body Tape Measure Included, Elegant Black (Black) for $22.89 (list price $69.99)

Aberg Best 21 Mega Pixels 2.7" LCD Rechargeable HD Digital Camera - Digital video camera - Students cameras - Handheld Sized Digital Camcorder Indoor Outdoor for Adult /Seniors / Kids (Silver) for $39.00 (list price $45.00)

iPad Pro 10.5 Screen Protector Glass [2 Pack],Yoozon [Apple Pencil Compatible] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Inch for $9.95 (list price $59.99)

CMC Portable Bluetooth 3 Stereo Speed Turntable with Built in Speakers, Vintage Style Vinyl Record Player, Black for $85.99 (list price $119.99)

USB Desk Fan Bengoo Table Portable Fan with Clip Feature and 360 Degree Rotation Design, Operated by Rechargeable Battery for Cooling, Baby Stroller, Personal Use, Travelling, Camping, Office, Home for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Projector, Cozyswan GP9 Support 1080P HDMI 1500 Luminous LCD Mini Projector for Outdoor Indoor Movie, Home Theater for $99.99 (list price $159.99)

KITCHEN

Pancake & Cupcake Batter Dispenser - Perfect Baking Tool for Cupcakes, Waffles, Muffin Mix, Crepes, Cake or Any Baked Goods - KPKitchen Easy Pour Home Food Gadget - Bakeware Maker with Measuring Label for $15.99 (list price $23.99)

Chef Knife, beegod Pro 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife for Professional Chef for Easy Hand-held for $25.99 (list price $129.99)

Ado Glo Kitchen Shears - Stainless Steel Multi-Function Kitchen Scissors with Sharp Blade - Professional Poultry Shears for $12.95 (list price $49.99)

O-Cedar Heavy Duty Scrunge Scrub Sponge (Pack of 6) for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

Cheese-Grater-Vegetable-Slicer Stainless Steel - 6-sides , 9.5 Inch Height, Rubber Handle, Non Slip Rubber Bottom by Utopia Kitchen for $11.04 (list price $19.99)

Rubbermaid Brilliance Salad/Snack Lunch Storage Container Combo Kit, 100% Leak-Proof, Plastic, Clear for $14.94 (list price $22.99)

Jecobi Double-Wall Insulated Coffee Mug Glass Tea Espresso Cups Set of 2 - 8.5-Ounce for $17.59 (list price $23.95)

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel - Multi-Purpose, Pastry / Bench Scraper & Chopper With Ruler...By Sunsella for $8.95 (list price $12.95)

Melissa & Doug Stir and Serve Cooking Utensils (7 pcs) - Stainless Steel and Wood for $10.99 (list price $12.99)

Weber 6417 All-Purpose Summit Drip Pan, 10-Pack for $10.99 (list price $15.99)

Cook N Home 12-Inch Stir Fry Pan Wok Pan 30cm with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large, Green for $19.27 (list price $24.16)

Silicone Basting Brush Set - MISUNDER 2017 Pastry Oil Brush, Set of 8, JA-003 for $7.99 (list price $18.99)

Steak Knives, MCIRCO 18/10 Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set of 8 for Chefs Commercial Kitchen - Great For BBQ Weddings - Dinners - Parties All Homes & Kitchens for $13.99 (list price $22.59)

HOME

Dyson V6 Slim Vacuum Cleaner, Blue (Certified Refurbished) for $179.25 (list price $249.00)

GreenForest Acrylic Dining Side Chairs Transparent Clear Seat with Strong Metal Legs, Set of 4 for $167.99 (list price $317.99)

BuLuTu Pineapple Print Pattern Premium Cotton Twin Bedding Collections With 4 Corner Ties Bedding Duvet Cover Sets For Boys Girls White(No Comforter) for $48.99 (list price $98.99)

AUKEY Table Lamp, Touch Sensor Bedside Lamps + Dimmable Warm White Light & Color Changing RGB for Bedrooms for $25.99 (list price $39.99)

mDesign Fabric Baby Nursery Closet Organizer for Clothes, Towels, Socks, Shoes - Set of 2, Large, 5 Compartments, Gray for $12.99 (list price $12.99)

Clothes, Blanket Storage, Anti-mold, Breathable Material, Household Home Organizers Tidy Up Your Closets, Shelves, Blankets, Linen Cloth Create Extra Storage Space, Eco-friendly, Transparent Window for $9.99 (list price $15.99)

Sinland Premium Microfiber Washcloth Waffle Weave Facial Cleansing Cloth Face Cloth and Body Cloths 6 Pack 13 Inch X 13 Inch White for $10.29 (list price $20.00)

Fonder Mols Unpainted Natural Round Blank Wood Slices (Pack of 50) for $15.88 (list price $15.88)

Munchkin Auto Close Designer Baby Gate, Dark Wood/Silver for $50.19 (list price $79.99)

Rubbermaid Commercial Slim Jim Recycling Container with Venting Channels, Plastic, 23 Gallons, Blue (354007BE) for $40.81 (list price $49.24)

Best Price Mattress New Innovated Box Spring Metal Bed Frame, Queen for $77.00 (list price $85.70)

WEEKENDER Quilted Down Alternative Hotel-Style Comforter - Use as Duvet Insert or Stand-Alone Comforter - Hypoallergenic - Great for All Seasons - Corner Duvet Tabs - Oversized King - Classic White for $54.99 (list price $99.99)

Light Accents Table Lamp Natural Wooden Base with Linen Shade for $26.95 (list price $29.95)

Teepee PLAY10 4-Panel Play Tent Classic Indian Playhouse with 4 Wooden Poles for Kids Indoor and Outdoor Play-Orange for $42.99 (list price $42.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Arteza Real Brush Pens - 48-Colors - Watercolor Markers - (Set of 48) for $41.98 (list price $119.99)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count for $5.86 (list price $6.72)

Panasonic KX-TGE232B Cordless Phone, 2 Handsets for $55.63 (list price $69.95)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 15-Piece Set for $13.97 (list price $20.07)

Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks for $16.55 (list price $18.39)

Writing Essentials Kit: Sharpie Markers & Highlighters, Paper Mate Pens, EXPO Dry Erase & More, 20 Count for $9.99 (list price $21.99)

Swingline GBC Laminator, Inspire, Thermal, 9 inch Max Width, Quick Warm-Up (1701855) for $22.99 (list price $34.90)

uni-ball 207 Impact Retractable Gel Pens, Bold Point (1.0mm), Black, 12 Count for $18.17 (list price $23.63)

Sticky Notes,Memo Self-Stick Notes 3x3,12 Pads/Pack, 100Sheets/Pad,1200Sheets, 6 Assorted Bright Colors(Rose Red Pink Yellow Green Blue Orang),Individual Package for $15.99 (list price $20.00)

Dland Laptop Stand Adjustable 31.4" Medium Size Computer Standing Desk Portable Cart Tray Side Table with Wheels for Bed Sofa Hospital Reading Eating, Black for $54.99 (list price $89.00)

TOPS Time Cards, Bi-Weekly, 2-Sided, Numbered Days, 3-1/2" x 9", Manila, Green/Red Print, 500-Count (1275) for $18.15 (list price $22.93)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Pure Body Naturals Essential Oils Gift Set, Lavender/Tea Tree/Eucalyptus/Lemongrass/Orange/Peppermint, 6 count - 10 ml for $11.21 (list price $17.95)

Pure Body Naturals Undiluted Essential Peppermint Oil, 4 fl. oz. for $14.95 (list price $14.95)

Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil from Majestic Pure, All Natural Scrub to Exfoliate & Moisturize Skin, 12 oz for $12.95 (list price $21.50)

Optimum Probiotics: Deep Immune System Support - With Patented Prebiotic (Probiotic Booster) - Nutritional Supplement for Women and for Men - Effective in Small Doses Within Hours for $22.48 (list price $69.97)

Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Electric Razor, Men's 5-Blade Cordless with Shave Sensor Technology and Wet/Dry Convenience, Premium Automatic Clean & Charge Station Included for $199.99 (list price $249.99)

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle and Nanoe Technology for Smoother, Shinier Hair, 0.82 Pound for $83.70 (list price $99.99)

Caswell-Massey Almond Shave Cream Tube, 4 Ounce for $12.64 (list price $16.00)

Syntus Himalayan Salt Lamp Natural Crystal Salt Light Glow Hand Carved Night Lights Wall light with UL Listed Plug for Lighting, Decoration and Air Purifying for $12.99 (list price $21.99)

HOMEIDEAS Drying Skin Body Bath Brush Shower Back Brushing Dry Remove Dead Skin 100% Natural Boar Bristle with 15.4 Inch Long Removable Wooden Handle for $8.99 (list price $29.98)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Travel Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count for $6.99 (list price $7.99)

Safety Razor for Men, Ocathnon Double Edge Razor Blades Razor Stand Plus Gift Box for Mens Shaving as Fathers Day Gift for $25.99 (list price $59.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Mountaintop 60L Internal Frame Backpack Hiking Backpacking Packs with Rain Cover YKK zipper buckle-M6012 for $69.99 (list price $69.99)

adidas Gymball, Black, 65cm for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

CAP Barbell Elastic Resistant Band with Handles for $9.99 (list price $15.00)

CAP Rubber Medicine Ball Set with Rack for $179.00 (list price $211.18)

Fuel Pureformance 3-in-1 Foam Plyo Jumping Box for $129.00 (list price $150.00)

Reebok Pilates Mat, Dark Gray for $34.99 (list price $39.99)

Tone Fitness Pink/black Aerobic Stepper for $19.99 (list price $23.99)

APIE Wireless Sports Bluetooth V4.1 Headphones Sweatproof Running Exercise Stereo with Mic Earbuds Earphones for Iphone and Android Phones for $16.99 (list price $159.99)

Aduro Sport Bicycle Bike Storage Bag Triangle Saddle Frame Strap-On Pouch for Cycling (Grey) for $9.97 (list price $29.99)

BLACK+DECKER LHT2240CFF 40V MAX Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 22" for $91.98 (list price $99.99)

Skywalker Trampolines Jump N' Dunk Trampoline with Safety Enclosure and Basketball Hoop, Blue, 15-Feet for $299.99 (list price $349.00)

WACOOL 3L 3Liter 100oz BPA Free EVA Hydration Pack Bladder , Leak-proof Water Reservoir for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Cool Towel Sweat Absorbent Lightweight Breathable Soft UV Protection Fast Cooling for Hot Yoga Golf Hiking Running and Simple Snap to Reactivate Cool Gray 16x40 Inch for $7.97 (list price $29.99)

TOOLS

UBANTE Measuring Tape Measure 1-Inch x 25-Foot(7.5m) Retractable Heavy Duty with Magnetic Hook, Metric and Inches Measurement - Professional Ruler For Carpenter, Construction, DIY Measurement for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

General Tools 29 Plastic Protractor and Angle Finder with Articulating Arms for $3.99 (list price $5.74)

BLACK+DECKER LCS36 Maximum Fast Charger, 40-volt for $45.98 (list price $59.98)

Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Storage System Vertical Bike Hook, 1784463 for $7.44 (list price $9.30)

75 Pcs Junior Tool Kit Constructions Toys Pretend Play Educational Toys for Kids Repairing Tools with Electronic Drill for Kids and Workbench for $19.99 (list price $49.98)

CUH Cordless Power Scrubber with Rechargeable Battery for Bathroom Kitchen 6 Brushes 1 Scouring Pad for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

TEKTON 1/4-Inch Drive Socket Set, Inch/Metric, 6-Point, 5/32-Inch - 9/16-Inch, 5 mm - 14 mm, 51-Piece | 13001 for $35.09 (list price $44.99)

25 Back-to-School Products That Earn High Marks

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New school style: Whether you're starting college, shopping for the kids, or just want an excuse to treat yourself to new office gear, Mental Floss has you covered. Equip yourself or a loved one with these stylish and functional school supplies.

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. COFFEE AND DOUGHNUT POST-ITS; $13

coffee and doughnut Post-its
Courtesy of Post-it

Add some flavor to your notes with the two-pack set of coffee and doughnut Post-its. Each of the 60 sheets is 3.20-by-3 inches.

Find It: Amazon

2. PACKIT FREEZABLE HAMPTON LUNCH BAG; $16

PackIt Freezable Hampton Lunch Bag, Blanket Stripe
Amazon

This spacious lunch bag is designed with a freezable lining, so it can be folded and placed in the freezer. When you're ready to take it on the go, it'll be ready to chill your food for hours. Bonus: It's also lead- and BPA-free.

Find It: Amazon

3. MONSTER REUSABLE SANDWICH BAGS; $11

Orange Monster Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags
Amazon

Save the Earth and amuse little students with these reusable, dishwasher-safe bags. Each set of four includes two sandwich bags and two snack bags—all with an easy-to-grip opening.

Find It: Amazon

4. BENTO BOX FOR KIDS; $40

OmieBox Bento Lunch Box With Insulated Thermos For Kids
Amazon

This three-compartment bento box is roomy enough to fit a hearty, healthy lunch. The BPA-free container—available in five bright colors—is leak-proof, easy to open, and comes with a built-in thermos.

Find It: Amazon

5. LARGE MONTHLY PLANNER; $15

Large Personal Monthly Planner
Amazon

JStory's minimalist planner is made of thicker-than-average paper and includes a column for notes. And the blank design offers flexibility: You fill in the dates yourself.

Find It: Amazon

6. ORANGE LINED NOTEBOOK; $9

Rhodia Staplebound Orange Lined Notebook
Amazon

French brand Rhodia earned a strong following among artists and designers for its high-quality paper that's unbelievably smooth. The cover is sturdy so you can take notes anywhere.

Find It: Amazon

7. HONEYSTICKS BEESWAX CRAYONS; $23

crayons
Amazon

These sustainable crayons are made of 100 percent beeswax from New Zealand. (They smell like honey, too!) The thick shape is perfect for toddlers to hold.

Find It: Amazon

8. MOPHIE POWERSTATION XL; $66

external battery
Amazon

An external battery is a must for days when shuttling around campus from classes to clubs to rehearsals is unavoidable. This slim rose gold option has two USB ports and is compatible with both smartphones and tablets.

Find It: Amazon

9. CABLEKEEP; $13

Nice GLD-02 Goldie CableKeep
Amazon

This helpful gadget for iPhones holds both your power adapter and USB cable while keeping them tangle-free. It also functions as a stand for your phone when the Cablekeep is plugged into the wall.

Find It: Amazon

10. PARKLAND BAYSIDE KIDS' BACKPACK; $28

Parkland Bayside Kids Backpack
Amazon

Tote books in style with this eco-friendly backpack, featuring a polyester exterior made from recycled water bottles.

Find It: Amazon

11. LEGO BRICK BACKPACK; $50

LEGO Brick Backpack
Amazon

This whimsical statement backpack from LEGO features a padded handle and shoulder straps, so it's as comfortable as it is cool.

Find It: Amazon

12. HERSHEL NOVEL DUFFEL; $81

Herschel Supply Co. duffel
Amazon

Class up your gear with this stylish duffel from Herschel. It features a padded shoulder strap and a special compartment for those dirty cleats.

Find It: Amazon

13. ANTIQUE BRASS PHARMACY FLOOR LAMP; $50

Dawson Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Amazon

Overpower dim dorm room lighting with this brass floor lamp. Its height can be adjusted from 33 inches to a maximum of 55 inches, while the arm can be adapted to shine light at a variety of angles.

Find It: Amazon

14. EGYPTIAN COTTON TOWEL SET; $24

bathroom with towels
Amazon

This set of soft Egyptian cotton towels from Amazon's Pinzon brand includes two hand towels, two washcloths, and two bath towels—all listed as 100 percent cotton and at an affordable price.

Find It: Amazon

15. WHITE MARBLE MACBOOK KEYBOARD SKIN; $12

White Marble MacBook Keyboard Skin
Nordstrom

Protect your keyboard while adding a little luxury to your Macbook with this white marble keyboard skin.

Find It: Nordstrom

16. MAGNETIC CHALK BOARD; $18

chalkboard
Amazon

Get organized with this wood-framed chalk board, which comes with chalk and two vintage-style magnets.

Find It: Amazon

17. COFFEEBOXX SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MAKER; $230

portable coffee maker
Amazon

This ultra-durable single-serve coffee maker is great for the dorm as well as the campground. It's water- and dust-resistant and works with K-cups.

Find It: Amazon

18. TRAVEL MUG; $25

 Zojirushi SM-SA48-BA Stainless Steel Mug
Amazon

If you need java to survive, pick up this sleek vacuum-insulated travel mug, which features a splatter-free push-button lid. It's also lockable, so you won't be that person who spills coffee in class.

Find It: Amazon

19. SIX-PACK OF STACKING DRAWERS; $32

stacking drawers
Amazon

Stack these versatile transparent drawers to create a dresser so you can fit your huge wardrobe in your dorm room.

Find It: Amazon

20. FACETED TAPE DISPENSER; $7

gem tape dispenser
Amazon

This elegant copper tape dispenser will give your desk some class. It's also weighted, so you can grab with ease. (Roll of Scotch tape included.)

Find It: Amazon

21. COUNTERTOP MICROWAVE; $84

microwave
Amazon

Master the art of dorm room microwave cooking with this 1000-Watt model, featuring that all-important popcorn setting.

Find It: Amazon

22. SATEEN SHEETS; $18 AND UP

sheet set
Bed Bath & Beyond

These 400-thread-count sateen sheets feel silky to the touch: They're a simple way to make your dorm room feel luxurious.

Find It: Bed Bath & Beyond

23. TOUCHSCREEN MIST CLEANER; $10

Two-In-One Spray and Microfiber Cloth
Amazon

Use this screen-safe spray to remove dirt and fingerprints from your phone. It comes in a bottle that's coated with microfiber cloth so you can spritz and wipe all in one.

Find It: Amazon

24. MESH SHOWER BAG; $13

 Saltwater Canvas, LLC Zip Top Mesh Shower Bag
Amazon

No more feeling around outside the shower curtain for your shampoo. Take this quick-drying mesh shower caddy right into the stall with you.

Find It: Amazon

25. MINI FRIDGE WITH DRY ERASE BOARD; $250

 Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator with Neon Markers
Amazon

Make your dorm room unique with this fun fridge that has a dry erase exterior and comes with neon markers so you can write notes directly on it. No paper and magnets needed. It also includes a freezer unit and ice cube tray.

Find It: Amazon

The Brilliant $20 Gadget That Will Keep Your Beach Umbrella Firmly Anchored in the Sand

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Failing to properly secure your beach umbrella is more dangerous than you think. Tumbling, airborne umbrellas can be a safety hazard, with the potential to collide with beach-goers. Recently, a woman in Maryland was struck in the chest by one that was carried away by high winds.

Usually, it’s simply a matter of inconvenience—chasing a rogue umbrella is not how anyone wants to spend their day. Today recently broke down some preventative measures to help keep umbrellas secured, including using a rocking motion to bury it in the sand and making sure at least one-third of it is underground. You also want to tilt it into the wind so the gusts help keep it secured. 

The best way to avoid umbrella-related mishaps, though, is to opt for a sand anchor. These cheap-but-effective devices are like giant screws that bite into the sand for a much more secure fit. You then place the umbrella pole in the anchor. You can find the Beachr Beach Umbrella Sand Anchor, which fits all sizes of umbrella, for $19.97 on Amazon.

Experts like beach superintendents also advise you to consider taking down umbrellas if it's too windy and never, ever bringing a patio umbrella to the beach. With a larger surface area to catch wind, they can be extremely dangerous.

[h/t Today]

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