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20 Fun and Unusual Bottle Openers

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Unless you're a Rugby player, you probably need some assistance uncapping a bottle. Here are a few quirky bottle openers that will help you crack open a cold one. 

1. BATMAN; $9 

This Batman-logo-shaped bottle opener also functions as a keychain and screwdriver. The tips of the wings have a Phillips and flathead screwdrivers while the middle has a place to open bottles. 

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2. ARMY MAN; $7

Let this army man’s gun help you crack open that bottle. The die cast metal opener is painted green to replicate the classic toys. 

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3. ACE OF SPADES; $2  

This stainless steel card won’t win you any poker games, but it will open your beer. The flat shape means it can easily slip in your wallet so you’ll always be prepared.

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4. PIRATE; $11  

What looks like a peg-legged pirate is actually a very handy multi-tool to help you behind the bar. Besides a bottle opener, the pirate has a foil cutter and a corkscrew leg.

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5. LUCHADOR; $5 

This tough opener will put your bottle in a headlock. The stainless steel luchador comes in three different colors and poses. 

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6. LIKE; $8 

Now you can “like” opening a beer while you do it thanks to this opener, which is shaped like Facebook’s iconic thumbs-up icon. It comes with a magnet so you can keep it on the fridge, but it’s also pocket-sized for taking on the go. 

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7. SHOVEL; $8 

This copper-plated shovel bottle opener is for when you want to “dig in” to some drinks. 

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8. BICYCLE; $3  

These metal bicycles have a back wheel that doubles as a bottle opener and come with a fabric tag that says “let the adventure begin!” 

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9. A REAL BULLET; $10  

The Veteran-owned company American Brass converted these .50 caliber bullets into bottle openers to help you look extra tough at your next barbeque.

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10. HAMMER; $7  

After hammering in a few nails, some people might find themselves pretty thirsty. Luckily, this hammer doubles as a bottle opener so you never even have to set down your tools. 

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11. ZIPPER; $16  

The product description promises that “opening your favorite beverage is now a zip!” This giant zipper opens bottles with the same ease a zipper keeps together a sweatshirt. It also has a magnet for easy storage.  

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12. BATMOBILE; $15

While this bottle opener might seem a little cumbersome, it’s hard to argue that having a metal Batmobile around the kitchen wouldn’t be cool. It even has a magnet so you can proudly display it on your fridge. 

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13. SAMURAI SWORD; $8  

Mercilessly uncap beers with this bottle opener shaped like a samurai sword. It has a stainless steel blade and silicone hilt for an easy grip.

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14. STAR TREK; $16  

The USS Enterprise is here to help Trekkies truly enjoy their beer. The metal opener is officially licensed and features NCC-1701 printed across the top. 

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15. TEETH; $10  

These vampire teeth make every drink a little spookier. You can also get a set of shark teeth to match. 

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16. STAR WARS; $6 

Real rebels use the Millennium Falcon to open their brews. This tiny zinc alloy bottle opener is perfect for keeping in your pocket for emergencies. 

Find it: Amazon

17. GHOSTBUSTERS; $15

Who you gonna call when you’re feeling thirsty? The Ghostbusters logo is great for opening bottles and—thanks to a magnet—keeping your fridge ghost-free. It’s more important than you think.

Find it: Amazon

18. THE SMALLEST BOTTLE OPENER IN THE WORLD; $11  

Annoyed by the clunkiness of normal bottle openers? Consider the PiCO. This itsy-bitsy bottle opener was Kickstarter-funded and is now ready to help you crack open some bottles. It’s slightly less efficient than a full-sized bottle opener, but you can’t beat its convenient size. 

Find it: Pangea

19. AMPERSAND; $7  

For people who are always asking “and another?” comes the perfect bottle opening tool. This ampersand-shaped opener is made from aluminum and comes in a slick black gift box. 

Find it: Amazon

20. POOP EMOJI; VARIED 

Ever want to open a beer with a solid gold pile of poop? Now you can—for the modest price of $10,000. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little less flashy, you can choose to have the design printed in a variety of more affordable metals and plastics. The plastic version won’t open a bottle, but they might look cute on your desk.   

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Bob Ross’s Happy Little Menagerie Is Getting the Funko Treatment, Too
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Back in August, the pop culture-loving toy fiends at Funko introduced a happy little Pop! Vinyl figurine of beloved painter/television icon Bob Ross, decked out in his trademark jeans and button-down shirt with a painter’s palette in his hand and his legendary perm (which he hated) atop his tiny little vinyl head. This Joy of Painting-themed addition to the Funko lineup proved to be an instant hit, so the company added a couple of additional toys to its roster—this time incorporating members of Ross’s happy little menagerie of pets, who were almost as integral to the long-running series as the painter himself.


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If you’re looking to score one of these toys before Christmas, it’s going to have to be a limited edition one—and it’s going to cost you. In collaboration with Target, Funko paired Ross with his favorite pocket squirrel, Pea Pod, which will set you back about $40. For just a few dollars more, you can opt to have the happy accident-prone painter come with Hoot the owl.


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On Friday, December 8, the company will release a Funko two-pack that includes Ross with a paintbrush and Ross with an adorable little raccoon.


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If you’d prefer to save a few dollars, and are willing to wait out the holiday season, you can pre-order Ross with just the raccoon for delivery around December 29.

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See How to Grow Snowflakes Inside a Soda Bottle
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While it's too soon to know what the real chances are of having a white Christmas, even if it's 70 degrees and sunny, there’s still a way to experience the seasonal beauty of snow without ever having to put on a winter coat.

In a video for Science Friday, Caltech physicist and snowflake expert Ken Libbrecht illustrated how to grow snowflake-like ice crystals inside a two-liter soda bottle. To start, you need to assemble your materials. Most of the items—including a plastic bottle, bucket, sponge, fishing line, paper clip, and pins—can be easily found around your home. The most important component, though, is dry ice—which also happens to be the hardest one to find (Libbrecht recommends checking your local grocery store).

The dry ice goes around the outside of the bottle, which is outfitted with a string hanging from a wet sponge on the inside. The warm air around the top of the bottle, where the sponge is, creates water vapor, which crystallizes around the string. Within an hour, you'll have cultivated a large, feathery crystal in the center of your makeshift snowflake machine.

Even though the final product resembles a snowflake, it's technically frost (snowflakes form in clouds from thousands of water droplets, not from vapor). Libbrecht has been growing his own snowflakes for years, though the system he uses in his lab is slightly more sophisticated. After learning how to grow a snowflake at home, be sure to check out some of Libbrecht’s own exquisite creations on his website.

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