We considered posting this very odd gadget as a Hot or Not survey, but decided that wouldn't be quite fair. See, this is just the weirdest thing we've seen in a long time; hot or not hardly applies. It's a pasta timer in the shape of a little man, which gets dropped into the pasta water as it boils. And then it gets really weird: when the water has been boiling long enough, the timer man sings
. Sings opera. Yep, opera. After the little man has been in the water long enough, he sings opera.
The timer is activated by dropping the timer into boiling water (it — errr, he — has a temperature sensor inside). Then after 7 minutes he breaks into song. If you have pasta that needs to be cooked longer he'll switch to other songs at 9 and 11 minutes. Here's a breakdown of his repertoire:
• After 7 minutes: "The Triumphal March" from Aida
• After 9 minutes: "The Chorus of Hebrew Slaves" from Nabucco
• After 11 minutes: "La Donna e Movile" from Rigoletto
Has anyone actually seen one of these pasta timers in action? Does he really sing, and can you hear him if he's underwater?
We think this is a rather silly and odd little gadget, but perhaps it's just the thing for some pasta (and opera?) lover in your life.
• Find it! Al Dente Pasta Timer, $29.95 at Solutions
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