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To turn a plate of metal into something you can actually use takes so many different tools and so much time to do. Even for something as simple as a bottle opener, you need to figure out a way to pierce the metal, to hammer the hole wider, to bend it to create a usable grip, to indent it to make it easier to use, and so on. Watch John Rigoni make a bottle opener below.

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Video: Champagne is really hard to make. There are rules and regulations and specific grapes and soil requirements and is completely region specific and more that goes into each bottle that it's impressive that even one bottle gets popped. In this video from the Science Channel, we get to see how Bollinger makes its champagne. It marries the old fashioned methods formed over hundreds of years of bubbly creation with impressive modern machinery. Delicious!

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In continuing his really awesome hand made series, Andy George of How to Make Everything learns how clay pots and bottles are made from the very beginning (dirt!) to the beautiful end (ceramics). In between, you see him show us every step of the process like digging up the dirt, filtering out the crap in the dirt, moistening the dirt, getting the air out the dirt and then shaping the dirt. It's really fun.

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Here's how one of the best restaurants in the world, Eleven Madison Park, opens a bottle of wine when the wine is especially old and the cork is possibly all crumbly: they use burning hot metal tongs to heat up bottle so it can be 'magically' opened from the neck, avoiding the cork.

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A backpack has plenty of pouches and pockets for storing a water bottle, but a sleek messenger bag? Good luck fitting a Nalgene in there without an unsightly bulge. You'll either need to go without and keep an eye out for drinking fountains, or toss a few dollars towards these Kickstarted flat-pack water bottles.

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A plastic water bottle can survive the rigours of an active lifestyle, but over time it will collect odd smells and flavours that eventually can't be scrubbed out. A glass bottle is a better option, naturally eschewing mould and odours, but one wrong move and suddenly it's a pile of shards. These Squeezable Glass bottles claim to offer the best of both worlds — but have a bit of a misleading claim to fame.

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Everyone knows you should drink plenty of fluids when playing sports, but hydration actually becomes an exact science when the pride of your nation is at stake during something like the World Cup. That's why at this year's tournament, Brazil's soccer team is using specially-designed Gatorade bottles that track how much the players are drinking.

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There's good news for those of us who've ever felt embarrassed about not being able to get the cap off a bottle. A team of researchers in Japan have found that the bottle's round shape could actually be to blame, and that getting caps off bottles with a parallelogram-shaped cross-section is considerably easier.