Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's new weekly series gathering the latest and shiniest pop culture toys and merchandise around. This week: a very fancy take on Peter Parker’s low-rent Spider-Man: Homecoming look, a giant Optimus Prime, and a fully armed and operational battle teapot. Let’s take a look!
Data specialist Mark Rittman wanted to make tea around 9:00AM, but found himself in an eleven hour saga trying to get his wi-fi tea kettle to work. He documented his struggle on a website that’s also struggling, a social network called Twitter.com.
It’s tough. It’s thick. It’s brown. It’s a lot like leather—but in fact this new material is made in the lab using leftovers from a brew of kombucha tea.
What would the Victorian-era equivalent of Reefer Madness look like? For starters, it would probably feature a strong cup of green tea. NPR looks back in time at the panic surrounding the (at the time) not-so-soothing drink—and how it got started in the first place.
Bubble tea or boba or pearl milk tea or tapioca milk tea or whatever the hell you call the milky tea deliciousness with those chewy balls and that giant straw is deliciousness in a plastic cup. It’s also really relaxing and therapeutic to make at home. Or at least, it’s really relaxing and therapeutic to watch …
Do you use an electric kettle to make tea? Then you’re using way too much water and too much power heating an overfilled vessel. But! We found this cool new Kickstarter project that saves energy and looks sleek in a kitchen.
Tea tastes great, is easier to make well than coffee, and is incredibly good for you. Today we’re rounding up the best gear and leaves to get the most out of you tea. Cheers.
A puzzling medical case in which a 56-year-old man suddenly developed weakness, fatigue, and body aches, was, upon further investigation, revealed to be linked to the patient’s daily consumption of sixteen 8-ounce glasses of iced tea.
Someone at OSHA probably has a terrifying stat about the number of workplace injuries caused by teapots. But if everyone rushes out and buys this gorgeous glass hot beverage receptacle, we can do something about this critical national issue.
We set your nominations to the proper brewing time, and came up with five finely strained top contenders. Read the tea leaves and cast your vote.
Tea is great for you, but what’s the best way to make it? That’s what we’re going to be voting on this week, and we expect to be steeped in great nominations.
Have you ever filled your teapot up more than halfway in your life? Oh, you have? Well, not all of us are constantly having wild parties with dozens of friends for whom to make tea. The rest of us are usually only making one or two cups—and that's who the design team at the Dutch studio Droog made this teapot for.
Taking the bulk of the thousands of votes you cast, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy Clean Lid has sealed up the title of Best Travel Mug, and kept it warm all day.
Our call for Best Travel Mug contenders was one of the biggest and most contested we’ve ever had. You’ve poured and sealed an awesome list of five nominees, and now it’s time to vote.
There’s an amazing amount of coffee coverage across our network, and today we want to figure out which brew-carrying vessel is best. Head for the comments and sound off.
If you want to make a friend, sharing a cup of tea is a good place to start. If you want to make a sworn enemy, asking about the single, best way to make that cup of tea is an even better one.
There is exactly one reason you would ever want to brew hot tea in a barely stable chocolate teapot: To prove that you could. And indeed, tea-loving Brits have enlisted a master chocolatier to do just that. Behold the power of (chocolate) science.
Drinking tea is already a pretty chilled out activity. The aromatic steam, the cozy cup, the soothing liquid, the overwhelming sensation of warmth and health. It's like a spa for your mouth. If you want to take your tea-drinking zen levels from Richard Gere to Dalai Lama, though, I have located the perfect tea…
Loose-leaf tea is a good investment, but not if you're going to cram it into a ball and hope it gets fully immersed in hot water. Far better are teapots that let your tea roam free, allowing the leaves to be properly steeped and achieve their full flavor potential. This new teapot by Joey Roth does that beautifully.