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18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.  

1. SOAKING IT UP 

That mug of hot water might eventually be a drink for you, but first it’s a hot bath for your new friend, who has special pants filled with tea. 

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2. A FLYING TEA BOX 

There’s no superlaser on this Death Star, just tea. 

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3. THE DOCTOR IS IN (THE TEA). 

Use this TARDIS tea infuser during your down time from traveling the universe. The chain comes with the Eleventh Doctor's sonic screwdriver. 

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4. BE REFINED.  

This pipe works best with Earl Grey. 

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5. A RIBBITING OPTION 

This frog hangs on to the side of your mug with a retractable tongue. When the tea is ready, you can put him back on his lily pad. 

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6. ‘TEA’ ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE. 

It’s just like the movie, only with tea instead of Beatles. 

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7. SHARK ATTACK 

This infuser gives the illusion that a shark is lurking in your mug. For extra fun, use red tea to look like the end of a feeding frenzy.

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8. PERFECT FOR A RAINY DAY

This umbrella’s handle conveniently hooks to the side of your mug. 

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9. AN EGGCELLENT INFUSER 

Sometimes infusers are called tea eggs, and this one takes the term to a new, literal level. 

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10. FOR SQUIRRELY DRINKERS 

If you’re all right with a rodent dunking its tail into your drink, this is the infuser for you. 

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11. HANGING OUT 

This pug is happy to hang onto your mug and keep you company while you wait for the tea to be ready.

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12. ANOTHER SHARK OPTION 

If you thought the other shark infuser left too much to the imagination, this ones gives you the whole fish, gills and all. 

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13. RUBBER DUCKIE, YOU’RE THE ONE. 

Let this rubber duckie peacefully float in your cup and make teatime lots of fun. 

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14. DIVING DEEP 

This old-timey deep-sea diver comes with an oxygen tank that you can use to pull it out. 

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15. MAKE SWEET TEA.

This lollipop won't actually make your tea any sweeter, but you can always add some sugar after. 

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16. A SEASONAL FAVORITE 

When Santa comes, give him some tea to go with the cookies. 

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17. FLORAL TEA 

Liven up any cup of tea with this charming flower. When you’re done, you can pop it right back into its pot. 

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18. KEEP IT TRADITIONAL

If you’re nostalgic for the regular kind of tea bag, you can get reusable silicon ones that look almost the same.

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An AI Program Wrote Harry Potter Fan Fiction—and the Results Are Hilarious
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“The castle ground snarled with a wave of magically magnified wind.”

So begins the 13th chapter of the latest Harry Potter installment, a text called Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. OK, so it’s not a J.K. Rowling original—it was written by artificial intelligence. As The Verge explains, the computer-science whizzes at Botnik Studios created this three-page work of fan fiction after training an algorithm on the text of all seven Harry Potter books.

The short chapter was made with the help of a predictive text algorithm designed to churn out phrases similar in style and content to what you’d find in one of the Harry Potter novels it "read." The story isn’t totally nonsensical, though. Twenty human editors chose which AI-generated suggestions to put into the chapter, wrangling the predictive text into a linear(ish) tale.

While magnified wind doesn’t seem so crazy for the Harry Potter universe, the text immediately takes a turn for the absurd after that first sentence. Ron starts doing a “frenzied tap dance,” and then he eats Hermione’s family. And that’s just on the first page. Harry and his friends spy on Death Eaters and tussle with Voldemort—all very spot-on Rowling plot points—but then Harry dips Hermione in hot sauce, and “several long pumpkins” fall out of Professor McGonagall.

Some parts are far more simplistic than Rowling would write them, but aren’t exactly wrong with regards to the Harry Potter universe. Like: “Magic: it was something Harry Potter thought was very good.” Indeed he does!

It ends with another bit of prose that’s not exactly Rowling’s style, but it’s certainly an accurate analysis of the main current that runs throughout all the Harry Potter books. It reads: “‘I’m Harry Potter,’ Harry began yelling. ‘The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!’”

Harry Potter isn’t the only work of fiction that Jamie Brew—a former head writer for ClickHole and the creator of Botnik’s predictive keyboard—and other Botnik writers have turned their attention to. Botnik has previously created AI-generated scripts for TV shows like The X-Files and Scrubs, among other ridiculous machine-written parodies.

To delve into all the magical fiction that Botnik users have dreamed up, follow the studio on Twitter.

[h/t The Verge]

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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