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Video: Of all the objects you use on a daily basis, you've probably never stopped to wonder how plastic drinking straws came to be. But if you like complicated machines that are simultaneously extruding, cutting and sorting, you'll be more than satisfied with the high-speed process behind making two-toned plastic drinking straws.

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Briefly: Like the harmonica, the slide whistle is one instrument you need no skill to play — you just blow in one end, and slide the other in and out. Unfortunately, that means that handing out a bunch of these adorable Wet My Whistle musical straws at your next get-together will result in a room full of amateur musicians trying (and failing) to play a tune.

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If you've got 1,500 straws lying around the house—and i mean, who doesn't—then boy do we have the project for you! The straw lamp can be a unique addition to your decor throuh what looks like a few hours of work that requires little to no coordination. (Essentially, you stick the straws into a cylindrical mesh and after repeating several times you get this neato lamp.) Bonus points to anyone who fits a forty in the middle and links all the straws for a good group suckfest.

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We like the idea of a straw that can filter water as you drink it, but the first version of the LifeStraw and its similar-looking cousin the iStraw added an unpleasant iodine taste to the water. According to its makers, the Lifestraw Mark II almost completely eliminates that yucky aftertaste while filtering out 99.999% of waterborne bacteria, and 98.7% of waterborne viruses that you might encounter. This could be extremely useful in developing countries, or in areas where the water quality is questionable. If this thing really works, it could save lots of lives, but too bad it costs about $US20, way beyond the means of many who can certainly use it.