Unitasker Wednesday: Smartduvet

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Smartduvet is non-permanent insert that attaches to your existing duvet and slips inside your duvet cover. Once activated using your smartphone app, it will make your bed for you.

I must admit, this is a pretty cool piece of technology. I agree with the manufacturers that it would be very useful for those who have mobility challenges but beyond that, do people today really need an app to make their own beds?

Considering how much time my own teenagers spend staring at their phones, it’s a possibility. However, I do not think Smartduvet is the answer for them because every morning the duvets are on the floor. On the weekends duvets are often dragged out to the living room so the teens can continue sleeping on the sofa.

But, I ask this philosophical question, “If a bed is unmade when no one is home to see it, does it really matter?”

Thanks to reader Llynn for pointing this unitasker out to us.

Unitasker Wednesday: Boot Sandals

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The classic American TV commercial celebrated the accidental combination of chocolate and peanut butter. The result was “two great things that taste great together.”

That’s not what happens when you combine boots and sandals.

Redneck Boot Sandals combine cowboy boots and sandals into a single article of footwear. On their own, sandals are great. Cowboy boots are very nice as well. Together, however, we have a problem.

Let me note that I am not a fashion guru. I throw on some jeans, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap and call it a day. It’s even worse where footwear is concerned. I’ve got sneakers, a pair of shoes for work, and winter boots. So take my fashion advice with a grain of salt.

While boot sandals are cute as a novelty, I won’t be buying a pair. How about you?

Unitasker Wednesday: Wash and Drain dish tub

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In my kitchen, I have two rather large stainless steel sinks. I can fit my biggest stock pot in either one. One of the great things about my kitchen sinks is that when I’m finished washing my dishes I simply pull the plug and the water goes down the drain. I clean my sinks regularly because they can harbour germs. Cleaning two functional and practical sinks clean takes time and effort so I cannot fathom why I would ever need another sink especially a very small, plastic, portable one.

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The Joseph Joseph Wash and Drain dish tub is basically an expensive plastic washtub with handles and a drain. It is smaller than the average bar sink. I’m not sure even sure it would fit my smaller pots and pans. I would suggest that if you have a perfectly functional kitchen sink, the Wash and Drain dish tub would fall into the unitasker category and would probably not be something you would use.

However, If you do not have a functional kitchen sink, perhaps you’re camping, living in a dorm or RV, or undergoing home renovations, the Wash and Drain dish tub might come in handy.

Thanks to reader Melanie for pointing out this unitasker to us.

Unitasker Wednesday: Flying screaming monkey

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The Flingshot Slingshot Flying Screaming Monkey can be launched like a slingshot. The arms are made of rubber tubing and the hands have slots where you can put your fingers. Just pull back the feet and tail and the monkey flies up to 15 metres (50ft). The included battery allows the monkey screams out like Tarzan when it flies.

I remember when I was a little girl and I saw the movie the Wizard of Oz for the first time. I loved Dorothy and Toto, and the magic of the Land of Oz but that green-faced witch was very scary. Even more frightening were the witch’s evil servants, the Winged Monkeys! I had nightmares about those things for weeks afterwards!

Fast-forward to the scenario of me at work, quietly typing away in my cubicle, looking up, and seeing a screaming monkey flying across the office. I’d definitely be having more nightmares.

Unitasker Wednesday: Rub Away bar

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The Rub Away bar is a piece of stainless steel that resembles a bar of soap. It claims that you can remove odours (garlic, onions, fish, etc.) from your hands simply by rubbing them with this stainless steel bar.

I’m not sure why you couldn’t just rub your hands on one of the other pieces of stainless steel already in your kitchen such as the sink, faucet, pots, pans, or cutlery to remove the odour – IF stainless steel actually removed odour. There have been no scientific studies to show that this actually anything more than an old wives’ tale.

If you’re going to spend money on something that keeps odour from building up on your skin while cutting smelly foods, use soap and water. Regular washing will not only remove odour but also any dirt, oils, bacteria, and viruses – something that stainless steel won’t do.

Thanks to our reader Deb for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

Unitasker Wednesday: Finger lights

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When I first saw these finger lights in a local department store last month I knew I had to include them in a Unitasker Wednesday post. Children clip these little LED lights to their fingers at birthday parties to make “cool designs” while waving their hands around in the dark. My young-adult offspring informed me that finger lights are also worn by the older crowd at “raves.” Either way, I figured finger lights were still unitaskers.

However, just last week my husband and I went for a walk around our neighbourhood after dinner, on a dark street, past a small park, and  heard rustling in the leaves, and saw in the shadows an unknown animal with fur and lots of teeth – and I kind of wished that I had LED lights clipped to my fingers and running shoes and every article of clothing I was wearing.

Unitasker Wednesday: Pancake Bot

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We’ve written about pancake unitaskers previously. The Snap Jack Pancake Cutter can easily be replaced by a knife you already own and the Perfect Pancake Pan was described as, “the poster child for all unitaskers.”

Well, move over Perfect Pancake Pan and make room for PancakeBot – the world’s first 3D pancake printer. It automatically dispenses pancake batter directly onto a griddle in any shape designed by the cook.

But wait – don’t open that bottle of maple syrup yet! First you need to install the (included) software on your computer and learn how to use it before you can design your own pancakes. Once your composition is complete, you need to upload it into the PancakeBot, prepare the pancake batter and fill the dispenser. Only then will the machine deliver the batter onto the non-stick griddle in the shape you designed.

I suspect, by watching the video, that only certain types of pancake batters can be used in this machine. For example, vegan oatmeal pancake batter would be too thick to dispense. I’m not sure that I could successfully flip the Eiffel Tower pancake and have it stay in one piece but maybe there are some people who can coordinate two spatulas at a time.

The PancakeBot promotes itself by “helping kids and adults explore technology through food” but there are better ways to learn food science for much less than PancakeBot’s $300 price tag.

Unitasker Wednesday: Talking Toilet Paper Spindle

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Perhaps it’s from parenting young children, but when I go into the bathroom, I appreciate the peace and quiet – and the privacy. Now, lo and behold, with the Talking Toilet Paper Spindle, the toilet paper will talk to me. I can’t think of another thing that would be so disturbing as someone leaving me a message via the toilet roll.

This talking toilet paper spindle allows you to record a 9-second message that will play when the user pulls the toilet paper. Then the user can record a rebuttal right after. As if texting in the bathroom wasn’t bad enough, now you can have a verbal conversation via the toilet paper.

I could expect something like this if I was visiting a fraternity or a joke shop but I couldn’t imagine having this in my home.

Unitasker Wednesday: Banana Holder

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Bananas are a quick and healthy snack. My husband, a cyclist, often takes a banana (or two) on long distance bicycle rides. Bananas are fast and easy to eat on the go. There are many ways to transport a banana. You can put a banana in one of the three pockets on the back of your cycling shirt. You can also put a banana in your backpack along with all of the other items you carry. I’ve even known cyclists to put a banana into a water bottle so that it fits in the water bottle holder already attached to the bicycle.

Now there is a new way to carry a banana on a bicycle – the Banana Holder. Made from genuine leather, this holder can fasten a banana to your bicycle in three different ways, under your cross-bar, to your handle bars, or under your seat. For only $55 USD, you too can carry a banana, and only a banana, on your bicycle for all to see.

 

 

Thanks to Unclutterer reader Llynn for bringing this expensive unitasker to our attention.

Unitasker Wednesday: Ugly Christmas Sweater

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This Friday is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. There is nothing more unitaskery than an article of clothing that you wear only once a year – except, of course, an ugly article of clothing that you wear only once a year.

Costumes of all types tend to be unitaskers but I’m really not a Scrooge. I understand the fun and whimsy that is needed during the dreary winter month of December. I also appreciate that many Ugly Christmas Sweater events support charities.

If you’re planning on participating in Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, try shopping at used/consignment clothing stores before purchasing something new. You could also host an ugly sweater swap party where friends can exchange their sweaters so everyone has something new to wear the following year.

Happy Holidays!

Unitasker Wednesday: Turn & Churn

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When I first saw the Turn & Churn I couldn’t believe it. Not only would it be extremely unsanitary, it would be dangerous to try and make ice-cream with device attached to your car tire while you’re driving!
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Then I realized this was just a prank – there is no such thing as a Turn & Churn. This is just an empty box disguised to look like a useless unitasker.

There is a whole series of empty boxes designed to look like useless unitaskers including:

This might be a fine gift for someone with a good sense of humour (or a fan of Unitasker Wednesday) but I can think of better things to spend my money on than an empty box.

Unitasker Wednesday: Angry Mama Microwave Oven Cleaner

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angry mama oven cleanerIt is important to clean your microwave oven regularly. Mould and other bacteria can grow on the food remnants left inside your microwave and contaminate other foods you cook. Besides, it will look and smell terrible. You should clean your microwave about once a week or when needed, such as immediately after a food spill.

You could use the Angry Mama Microwave Oven Cleaner. This five-inch tall figurine is made from non-toxic plastic. You fill Angry Mama with vinegar and water, turn on your microwave and the steam created will loosen baked-on residue leaving your microwave looking clean and smelling fresh.

A glass bowl filled with vinegar and water heated in the microwave oven will also do the same job. Also, by using a glass bowl you already own, you won’t have the large plastic figurine cluttering up your cupboards and perpetuating the myth that the only reason to clean your microwave oven is that your mother is angry.