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    Giz Wiz Show #1515 April 23, 2015.

    Can you make good pasta in a microwave in just 15 minutes? Fasta Pasta says "yes"! 

    Here’s what Amazon says about Fasta Pasta: No waiting for a big pot of water to boil. Cook pasta to al dente perfection in the microwave! Saves time, energy and water. Use with spaghetti, fettuccini, macaroni, lasagna noodles, rotini and more. Will not boil over. Cooks evenly without sticking. Great for dormitory, motorhome, boat or cabin. Dishwasher safe. FDA approved microwaveable material. Made in the USA. And the Giz Wiz take? This worked great. I love pasta and make it at least once a week. But you need to watch the water, stir the pasta, and keep our eye on the clock, or keep tasting the pasta. Fasta Pasta make it really simple! Put in the water and the pasta, set the microwave for 15 minutes and put in the Fasta Pasta.  Worked perfectly. Under $15, and Amazon Prime, so free shipping if you’re a Prime members.  

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    Microwave Pasta Cooker - The Original Fasta Pasta - No Mess, Sticking or Waiting For Boil 

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    With the latest Star Wars Teaser getting millions of hit in only hours, Star Wars Merchandise will be big!

    Star Wars: BBQ Tongs: Vader's Lightsaber.  Bring the Dark Side to your BBQ with Lord Vader’s very own BBQ tongs! Okay, they may not actually be Lord Vader's BBQ tongs. I'm not entirely sure they even had BBQ's on the Death Star. They are however shaped just like his lightsaber! Featuring metal tongs, a heatproof plastic handle and dark red storage case, there's even the classic lightsaber ‘vwww-ing!’ sound effects to add extra Star Wars fun to proceedings. A must-have not just for the millions of Star Wars fans out there but also for anyone who just wants to liven up their BBQ! Retail price around $40. Available in retailers such as: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, F.Y.E., Hastings, Hot Topic, and Thinkgeek.

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    Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs with Sounds - Barbecue Like a Jedi (22" Long)

    Star Wars: Talking Pizza Cutter: R2-D2.

    Totally awesome pizza cutter for the Stars Fan. Just like the real R2-D2, he boops and beeps as he slices. R2-D2 is a huge help to Luke Skywalker as a navigator, and he now helps you slice your pizza! This cutter features everyone’s favorite R2 unit astromech driod with a sharp round blade on top his head to help you slice. Measures in at about 8 ½-inches long. Retail price around $25.

    Under $18 on Amazon as of 4/20/15. 

    Star Wars Pizza Cutter - R2-D2 Pizza Wheel With Sound Effects - 9" Tall

    Star Wars: Kitchen Timer: R2-D2.

    Simply rotate his head to the required time to start the countdown (up to 60 minutes) and R2-D2 will let out a ring when the timer reaches zero. Simple. With rubber feet to prevent surface scratches, the R2-D2 Kitchen Timer will make the perfect kitchen companion for any chef, even C-3PO! Retail price around $25. Available on Amazon. 

    Star Wars Kitchen Timer - R2D2 Countdown Timer with Rotating Head

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    The "Chef's Thumb" prevents you from cutting your real thumb!

    The folks at the Chef's Thumb say there are over 1 million yearly emergency room visits as a result from kitchen injuries in the US alone.  The majority of these injuries are from knives.  The thumb is one of the most commonly cut digits on your hand.  The Chef's Thumb is designed to prevents needless cuts and lets you take control. It's ergonomically shaped and designed to fit almost every thumb size. It's Viper-Bite system was scientifically designed to grip and stabilize the cutting surface, while providing protection for your thumb if the knife should slip. But wait, there's more! Go from protector to peeler in seconds! Slide the Thumb Touch into place, and the Chef's Thumb transforms into a professional peeler. It's under $15 on the company website. (They expect them to be in stores in the next several months.)  

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    Chad's Crappy Corner and another "food / kitchen gadget"!

    Chad’s Theme for April is kitchen gadgets or gadgets that have to do with food.  And Chad’s gadget for this week is Fred and Friends Bendy.

    Here’s what Amazon says about it: Fred and Friends Bendy, straw shaped wine aerator. Fred's Bendy pourer introduces just the right amount of oxygen while eliciting smiles all around. Silicone stopper adjusts to fit most any wine bottle. Simple plastic construction disassembles for easy hand washing. MSRP is $15.00. It’s $11.15 at the link below as of 4/23/15. It’s also Amazon Prime, so free shipping for Prime Members. 

    And Chad’s take?

    Chad thought the Bendy straw was a fun gag gift, even though there was no way to really test it accurately. Taking a sip of wine with the Bendy and then another sip of wine not poured with the Bendy, Chad thought the Bendy version was better. (But one had ice, and one didn't.) Also it's not an elegant design, so you're not going to use this at a fancy dinner party. But at a bit more than $11, it might be worth trying. 

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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    This week's viewer video is about an old gadget that is still Mark's favorite gadget. It's the Sansa Fuze. I had two of them two and also loved them, but mine have been lost somewhere in Dick's Gadget Warehouse!  

    From: Christie  .

    Subject: Mark's Sansa Fuze, my favorite gadget . 
    Sent from my iPad Air 

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    Get an autographed copy of  MAD Magazine and a 35 year old Alfred E. Neuman picture if we show your video. Don’t you think you should make a video for us too? Details below. 


    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos! We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so let’s go going!  

    Here’s what we’re looking for: Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:  

    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.   

    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.  

    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.   

    My Favorite Gadget of All Time: Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.   

    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll get an autographed MAD magazine and a 35 year old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!   

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