If it were only for timing how long your tea should steep, we wouldn't find the Perfect Tea Timer ($17) so interesting. But with three hourglasses that run for three, four, and five minutes, we figure that you could use this for all kinds of household tasks in and out of the kitchen that have nothing to do with tea. Don't want to simmer that sauce for too long? Need to keep an eye on how long the hose has been on your big ficus? Voila. You could even use it for other periods of time if you did the sand-flipping equivalent of one of those jugs-of-water puzzles, or mess with your friends when you play Boggle.
"Hey. Why do you get more time with the letters than me?"
"It's not my fault you're an oolong."
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