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18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

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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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In Pursuit of Guinness Fame, Two Men Ride the Entire Boston Subway System in Record-Setting Time
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Two intrepid commuters may have ridden the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) all the way into the Guinness World Records, according to The Boston Globe. On Friday, August 18, locals Alex Cox and Dominic DiLuzio visited every single stop in the city's subway system (more than 125 stations) in a little under 7.5 hours. The record they hope to snag—completing the journey in the fastest time possible— is both unofficial and brand-new, but the two hope to make it an official Guinness World Record category once they submit photos, videos, a log book, and other documentation.

DiLuzio conceived the stunt more than two years ago, after learning of another Beantown resident who completed the challenge in about 8 hours, simply for bragging rights. Cox, who works for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, was fair game for the project, so DiLuzio recruited him as a partner after submitting an application to Guinness.

On August 18, after months of planning, DiLuzio and Cox woke up bright and early to board a 5:24 a.m. Red Line train at Alewife Station. Amid much jostling, running, bladder-holding, and live-tweeting, the duo finished the entire Red Line in just 90 minutes, before tackling the Mattapan, Orange, Green, and Blue lines. During the final stretch of the trip, the record-seekers were joined by some MBTA officials, according to New England Cable News.

Right before 1 p.m., DiLuzio and Cox reached the Blue Line’s Wonderland stop, signaling the end of their journey. There, they celebrated the ride—which was reportedly around 15 minutes shorter than their predecessor's attempt—with friends, MBTA officials, and media.

“I think everything went incredibly smoothly. We didn’t have any major delays, any breakdowns,” Cox said, according to CBS Boston. "A couple of hiccups here and there, but we stuck exactly to our plan and I can’t believe we did it in the time that we did."

In a few months, DiLuzio and Cox will find out if their subway hustle scored them a Guinness Record, placing them among company like lawyer Matthew Ahn, who rode all 469 New York City subway stops in under 22 hours. In the meantime, the MBTA—which didn’t sponsor or help plan the effort—is cheering the duo on.

[h/t The Boston Globe]

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Adult-Sized Little Tikes-Inspired Car Spotted in UK
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Remember scooting around town in your red and yellow Little Tikes toy car? The fun plastic vehicle offered accessible mobility like a tricycle, but with the sophistication of a real car. It was never meant to be driven outside of the cul-de-sac, but what if there was a grown-up version that could be taken out on the road?

Mechanic John Bitmead and his brother Geoff of Attitude Autos created just that back in 2015, with an oversized spin on the classic kid wheels. It's road-legal and fully functional, looking somewhat similar to a Smart Car (but way cooler). The car was adapted from a Daewoo Matiz and took 16 weeks to make. Despite its small size, it can go up to 70 miles per hour.

This nostalgic creation eventually wound up on eBay for bids of at least £21,500 (roughly $33,000). It only had 5000 miles on it. Sadly, it seems the vehicle went unsold. But Bitmead doesn't appear to be finished with his unique customs. His Instagram page features a post-apocalyptic roadster with a bright pink Hello Kitty paint job. If you live in the UK, perhaps one day you'll see the two racing during your morning commute.

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