10 Geeky Oven Mitts to Make Baking More Fun

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iStock

Next time you're baking, make sure your hands look good in addition to being protected.

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1. CACTUS; $26.99

cactus oven mitt
Yellow Octopus

Succulents aren't hard to care for, but oven mitts are even more low-maintenance. When you're not using it to pull things out of the oven, you can prop this mitt up by the window like a real cactus.

Find it: Yellow Octopus

2. ALLIGATOR; $29.98

alligator oven mitt
Magical Chefs

Turn your kitchen into a bayou and your hand into an alligator with this cotton oven mitt.

Find it: Magical Chefs

3. PIXEL HANDS; $19.99

pixel oven mitts
Amazon

These retro oven mittens, which mimic the look of old-school computer cursors, are the perfect thing to bring a little throwback flair to your kitchen.

Find it: Amazon

4. BACON; $13.99

Bacon oven mitt
Etsy

Sure, most people fry their precious pork product, but baked bacon is pretty good too—and what better way to do that than with a lookalike mitt?

Find it: Etsy

5. LOBSTER CLAW; $12.97

lobster claw oven mitt
Amazon

When boiling up some lobsters, make sure to keep your hands protected—or else they'll end up as red as your dinner. The quilted cotton mitt is sure to be a hit with New Englanders and seafood fans alike.

Find it: Amazon

6. SPOCK; $9.99

Live long and bake cookies. This cotton Star Trek-themed oven mitt is perfect for Trekkies who love to cook.

Find it: ThinkGeek

7. DARTH VADER; $24.98

Darth Vader oven mitt
Amazon

You may have turned to the dark side, but that doesn't mean your cookies have to burn. Use this Star Wars-inspired silicone oven mitt and be the culinary darling of the Death Star.

Find it: Amazon

8. BASEBALL MITT; $10.81

baseball mitt oven mitt
Amazon

Anything you make with these oven mitts is sure to be a grand slam.

Find it: Amazon

9. BEAR PAWS; $14.49

Fred BEAR HANDS Oven Mitts
Amazon

These cotton paws come with heat-resistant pads to keep your hands safe from whatever you're cooking. They also work great for picnic basket heists.

Find it: Amazon

10. BUBBLE WRAP; $15.19

Fred POPPIN HOT Silcome Oven Mitt
Amazon

Like precious cargo, these mitts will keep your hands safe from harm.

Find it: Amazon

Captain Marvel's Goose the Cat Funko Pop! Toy Delivers Cuteness (and Spoilers)

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Why pay Robert Downey Jr. $50 million to appear in an Avengers movie when you can just hire a cat and get the same buzz? Marvel Studios accountants must be debating this very issue now that Captain Marvel's supporting feline Goose has become the hit film's breakout star. Naturally, she has now been bestowed with an honor in line with her status: She's been immortalized as a Funko Pop! figure. Lots of them, actually.

The Funko Goose vinyl collectible, now available for $8.45, features her distinctive markings along with a “Goose” name tag. The now-famous cat joins a line of several other Captain Marvel Funko Pop! releases, including Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, and a 1990s-era Nick Fury.

But in this case, going down the Funko rabbit hole carries some risks for Captain Marvel fans. /Film reports that two of Funko's pending Goose releases may spoil some key revelations in the film. So you’re better off sticking with a classic Goose until you’ve seen the movie.

If you’re curious about the kind of cat wrangling that went on behind the scenes in the movie, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually three ways Goose performs onscreen. The production used an orange tabby named Reggie to portray Goose, with stand-ins Archie, Gonzo, and Rizzo filling in occasionally to perform specific tricks or to relieve a fatigued Reggie. There was also a CGI Goose and a cat puppet that the filmmakers used in scenes where actress Brie Larson needed to interact with her furry friend—because while Carol Danvers may love cats, Larson herself is allergic to them.

Explore Funko's whole Captain Marvel line on Amazon.

[h/t /Film]

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Ready for Spring Cleaning? Neato's Latest Robotic Vacuum Is $230 Off Today

Neato
Neato

If you've been hankering for a robotic cleaning assistant, today is your day. Best Buy is offering a great deal on Neato’s Botvac D4 Connected, the company’s well-reviewed, mid-range robot vacuum.

The vacuum, which normally retails for $529, is selling for $299 today as part of Best Buy’s limited-time daily deals. In other words, you can save $230—an almost 43 percent reduction.

That’s a pretty good deal for a gadget that Wired called “one of the best robot vacuums in terms of value” in a 2018 review. It’s got 75 minutes of battery life, a unique D-shape design made to help it wedge into any corner of your living room, and the ability to tackle carpet, hardwood, and tile floors.

The Neato Botvac D4 Connected vacuum
Neato

The Botvac D4 Connected also has some of the high-end features more often available in pricier vacuums, like laser floor-mapping technology and the ability to draw “no-go” boundaries around your home within the accompanying app. It also works with Alexa, Google Home, and other smart home assistants—you can even start and stop it using your Apple Watch.

Like many robot vacuums, the Botvac D4 Connected usually runs for a little cheaper on Amazon—it’s currently listed at $496—but this is one of those rare instances when another retailer has dropped its prices even lower. The deal ends at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 16, so get it while you can.

Buy it at Best Buy, then check out our list of some of the other smart tech you can use around the house during spring cleaning this year.

And if you missed the deal window for Best Buy, you can still get a good price elsewhere. The model is currently available for $429 from Walmart.

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