8 Kitchen Gadgets No One Really Needs

Trying to scale down your life in the upcoming year? Just running out of space in your kitchen? Then stop buying useless gadgets that serve no real purpose and get ones of the ones you have. Here are a few gadgets that no one actually needs in their kitchen.

Specialized Slicers

Whether for avocados, bananas, tomatoes, strawberries, eggs or any other specific food, specialized slicers are always a waste of time and space. You know what else makes a great slicer for these and other foods? A knife -and it will work on practically anything.

Asparagus Peeler

This asparagus peeler will skin your asparagus and clip off those hard tips at the end. That's handy when prepping asparagus. The only problem? Any other peeler and knife would do the same without taking up space in your kitchen for a vegetable that most people eat no more than once a month.

Strawberry Huller

Strawberries can be hulled in seconds with a knife. A plastic straw can also be used in a pinch. So why would you need this bulky huller just for this one particular job?

Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

What's so hard about filling two cookies with ice cream that you need a specific mold to do the job for you? Even if you're really concerned with making the thing look perfect -remember that this tool requires your cookies to be the exact right size to even work right.

Rainbow Cocktail Layering Tool

Layering ingredients in a cocktail can take practice, but it doesn't take a special tool and any bartender will tell you that all you need is a spoon and some patience to master this skill.

The Dipr

Oreos and milk really are a winning combination, but if you dip by hand, you either get your fingers wet or part of your cookie is left dry. The Dipr makes it easy to dip your Oreo and avoid this problem. The only problem is putting a fork through the middle of your Oreo can help you do the same thing and you'll actually use a fork for other things besides eating cookies.

Egg Cracker

There's a reason good products make people question how they lived without the item for so long. An egg cracker on the other hand is something you can live without for the rest of eternity. You know what else cracks eggs? Just about anything.


Perhaps the epitome of a totally useless kitchen gadget, all this strange device does is cook eggs into a tube form. It doesn't seem to cook any quicker than simply scrambling them and it presents the end result in a totally unappetizing shape. Oh, and according to the Amazon reviews, the thing breaks easily too.

Of course, we'll be the first to admit that some useless kitchen gadgets are just plain fun. Here is our round up of other gadgets you don't really need, but could probably enjoy playing with anyway.

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11 Last Minute Crafts That Make Great DIY Christmas Gifts

Christmas is only a few days away now and it's too late to order anything but overnight shipping from most websites if you want to get gifts. If you still haven't marked some people off of your list and don't want to experience the madness at the malls or just don't think they'll have the perfect gift for the people on your list, consider crafting some handmade gifts instead. Here are some great gifts your friends and family members are sure to love.

Custom Photo Ornaments

If you have a laser printer (or can get to a FED EX/Kinkos location), you can easily make these cool photo transfer ornaments. Landeelu has a handy tutorial that requires a surprisingly small number of components.

Mint Sugar Scrub

Who doesn't love great bath products? This mint sugar scrub recipe from Love Grows Wild is a festive and elegant gift that costs practically nothing.

Engraved and Illuminated Ornaments

These ornaments take a little practice, but the only tools you need are cheap plastic ball ornaments, tiny lights and a dremel. The Kim Six Fix has the full video tutorial to make these yourself.

Handmade Soaps

Making soap from scratch can be a nightmare, but with glycerin soap bases available at craft stores like Michaels, it's never been easier to make your own soaps at home. I Heart Naptime has a few handy tips for what to mix with your soaps to make something truly memorable (and giftable).

Peppermint Brownie Mix

There are tons of mason jar mix recipes out there, but this peppermint brownie recipe by I Heart Naptime sounds particularly delicious and seasonal. She even provides downloads so you can package them with the same adorable labels.

Scrabble Tile Ornament

This Crafts By Amanda tutorial shows how to make a cute Let it Snow ornament with scrabble tiles, but you could easily make an ornament that says just about anything, which makes this a great customizable gift.

Custom Christmas Poster

Homemade Gifts Made Easy offers a simple tool to make your own custom word posters like the ones seen here. Just select your colors, choose your own words to display, buy the high-res download and then print out the resulting masterpiece.

Felt Holly Corsage

This quick Martha Stewart craft is festively fabulous. Perfect for ladies of any ages, you can even customize the look of your corsage to match the personality of the person receiving the gift.

Mitten and Santa Hat Ornaments

It's a little late to knit anything major like a sweater, but these cute ornaments by Milk Shed are a perfect last minute addition to any gift.

Gum Drop Pops

There are tons of instructions online to create your own snow globes, but these festive gumdrop displays look just as cool and are a lot sweeter too. Just be sure not to shake the jars up too much or it might look like your snowman survived an avalanche.

Let It Snow Ornament

Spread a little holiday cheer with this fun snowball ornament by Creative Green Living that is not only adorable, but also incredibly inexpensive to make.

Now that you've got your presents covered, it's time to think about decorating. Here are some great last minute Christmas decorating ideas and here are a few fun Christmas decorations you can make with your kids.

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8 Awesome Alternative Christmas Trees

Not everyone can have a large Christmas tree in their living room and not everyone wants to. If you're looking for something a little different this year, here are some great alternatives to a traditional tree.

The Record Tree

Vinyl lovers are sure to appreciate the fun look of records hung up in the shape of a Christmas tree like this display by Paige Russell. If you include a record player in the base like she did, you can even listen to the albums so you can really enjoy "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree."

Ladder Tree

Whether you include a shelf  to put up displays like Country and Victorian Times or just lights and ornaments like the more simple ones on Eclectically Vintage, a ladder tree is a surprisingly elegant holiday touch to add to any home.

Book Tree

Book nerds everywhere will love getting to see their favorite hard covers out on display this holiday -just organize, stack and light as seen on this Instructable. For a more traditional look, you can always break out an old, green encyclopedia set to make a beautiful green tree.

Wire Tree

With a strong copper wire, you can create a malleable spiral tree that can collapse into a small, flat coil. Natalina's Instructable shows how simple it can be (though I'd add a few ornaments to the mix as well).

Wooden Board Tree

This white wooden tree from Etsy seller dittographic is a great alternative to a traditional tree that can still be covered in lights and garland. You can even turn the branches to extend in any direction.

Post-It Note Tree

With a few colors of Post-It notes (particularly green ones) and a few paper ornaments, you can create a simple, flat tree on your wall like this one by Fashion Class For All.

Chalkboard Tree

Here's yet another advantage of chalkboard paint -you can easily decorate any wall any way you want for any holiday. In this case, A Legg Up used a wall to create a brilliant and beautiful Christmas tree. If you aren't quite as artistically inclined, you can always used colored chalk to create a more traditional green tree with a few ball ornaments drawn on.

Driftwood Tree

This neat tree by MarzaShop doesn't just feature beautiful driftwood log slices, but also soft lights that are seamlessly blended into the creation. It's a tasteful and subtle addition to any home's Christmas display.

If you need some more holiday decorating ideas, don't miss some of our other great Christmas articles, including wreaths you can make yourself, decor you can put together with your kids and how to make some great last minute decorations.

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8 Easy Ways to Brighten Your Home

After Daylight Savings Time starts everything starts to feel a little cooler and look a little darker. If your home has started to feel dark inside, here are some simple ways to make your place look brighter even when the sun doesn't come out for weeks at a time.

Rework Your Windows

If you live in a particularly chilly area, you might need thick, insulating curtains and storm windows. If you don't though, opening up your window areas could allow more natural light in, making your home feel more warm and inviting. Try removing screens from your windows to bring in more light (since you probably won't have the windows open anyway. Make sure your curtain rods are installed a few inches past the window frame on each side to ensure light can get past the curtains when they are open. Also, try replacing your curtains with something sheer and white to let warm light in even when the curtains are closed.

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Don't do just your usual dishes and floors cleaning routine, but clean your windows, walls and light fixtures. You'd be surprised how much grime can build up on these items and how much cleaner and brighter things will look just by wiping them clean again.

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Change Up Your Lights

Replace old, yellow bulbs with bright white LED ones. And if you don't have enough lights already, add some!

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Add Mirrors

Sometimes you might not need a new light, but just a wall mirror to reflect some of that light back through the rest of your home. As a bonus, mirrors are a great way to get your home feeling more spacious.

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Aim Low

At least, when it comes to furniture. Shorter items block less light, leaving your space to feel brighter and more open. If you do have some tall, dark and handsome furniture, put it against a wall and make sure to keep it away from the windows where it will block out your much-needed light. Also, try to stick with light-colored furniture that absorb all of your light.

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Bring In Some Plants

Flowers and house plants can add a little touch of nature to your home and make it feel brighter. Even better, they'll also breathe some fresh air to your home, which can be a welcome addition when your doors and windows stay closed throughout the winter.

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Dark rooms look dark. The solution? Paint them lighter colors. If the room is already light but you have dark, oppressive wood floors, try adding some light-colored rugs around to add a little color and cheer to your space.

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Tear Down A Wall

Obviously this solution won't work for everyone, but if you have a non-structural wall blocking off an area, opening it up can make the place feel bigger and brighter.

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As a final touch, consider adding some of these space-inspired designs into your home and enjoy the beauty and brightness of the cosmos all day long.

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Don't Try This At Home -7 Terrible Pinterest "Hacks"

You can learn a lot of helpful hints, tricks and hacks on Pinterest, but while there are plenty of great ideas available out there, the site is also loaded with a number of hoaxes, misleading instructions and more.

Leaving A Magic Eraser in Your Toilet Won't Clean It

Everyone would love a way to clean their toilets without scrubbing, but you can bet that if the cleaning industry doesn't offer such a solution that there isn't one out there. (Think about it, that would be a huge seller).

Putting a small square of Magic Eraser in your toilet overnight won't clean those rings and spots, but it will waste your money. If you hate scrubbing your toilet, buy some of those tabs you put in the tank or some Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel -you'll still have to scrub occasionally, but at least you can make it less frequent.

Don't Use Coke to Clean Your Toilet

There are a lot of websites that suggest using Coke in place of traditional cleansers for your toilet because the phosphoric and citric acids will break down any germs in your toilet. The problem? Well, the Mythbusters broke this one down and found it to be bunk, but even if it did work, this cleaning site reminds us that there are cleaners with both phosphoric and citric acids that are drastically cheaper than Coca-Cola.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Isn't a Miracle Pan Cleaner

A popular pin on Pinterest swears that a paste made between baking soda and hydrogen peroxide works as a "miracle" pan cleaner, but the sad truth is that it not only fails as a miracle, but also as a cleaner at all.

A Banana Won't Fix A Scratched DVD

Bananas are great -just not for fixing scratched DVDs or CDs. Again, I've tried this and had no luck, and neither did this blogger.

A Wooden Spoon Won't Stop Your Pan from Boiling Over

Here's one I've tested for myself and can assure you it doesn't work. Wonder How To actually explains the science behind this hack and how putting a wooden spoon over a pot of water about to boil over will only help for a minute before gettin your spoon covered in frothy boiled water in addition to your stove top -and eventually ruining your wooden spoon.

Mountain Dew Won't Make a Camping Lantern

There are so many glow-in-the-dark pin hacks out there. Unfortunately, just about all of them are bogus -especially those suggesting Mountain Dew can be made to glow so bright it can be used as a camping lantern. While there are a few recipes out there, they are all bogus and here is one test proving that the mixture doesn't glow at all.

Borax is Not A Natural Ant Killer

It seems logical that Borax would kill ants if they ate it and that ants might eat something with Borax in it if it also had sugar mixed in. Unfortunately, as this blogger demonstrates, it just won't work. The good news? There are dozens of other great things you can do with Borax.

Remember, just because someone posts a picture and claims it's a brilliant life hack doesn't mean it will actually work or save you any time. If you want some tricks that actually do work, check out this list of surprising cleaning hacks.


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11 of the Strangest (Both Good and Bad) Airbnb Listings

Airbnb is filled with some fantastic and nightmarish properties and some just plain weird ones. Here are a few of the strangest both on the good and bad side.

The All-In-One Apartment

This startlingly strange space no longer listed on the site looks ok at first glance, especially when you read the list of amenities. It's only when you notice the shower in the kitchen and, even worse, the toilet right beside the bed that you realize that something is just not right here. For $35 a night in Paris, it's a great deal -assuming you're comfortable smelling your own business after using the bathroom.

Steve's Backyard

This listing has since been pulled, but while live, a man named Steve offered the generous luxury of staying in his backyard. You had your option of pitching your tent in Steve's backyard for only $80 a night. Don't have a tent? Steve would even rent you one and give you breakfast for an extra fee. You even had access to his house bathrooms.

Jeff Goodby's Office Chair

You might not know who Jeff Goodby is, but he is famous for being the man who created the "Got Milk" slogan. Now you can rent his chair from 9-5 on Friday while Jeff is out of the office. What you do with that time is up to you.

The First Ever "Tesla Hotel"

"Cozy" might be the best term for this situation, but "comfy" or "affordable" it is not. This is Steve Sasman's Tesla ad he thinks it seems reasonable for people to pay $85 a night to sleep in his garage on the air mattress in the car's backend. As for amenities, Steve threw in access to satellite radio and a few battery-operated candles so you can really enjoy the camping experience.

A Van in NYC

Sure it might not offer a bathroom, but this van does promise guests a view -supposedly one of The Empire State Building. For only $28 a night (including a $6 cleaning fee), guests could stay right in Queens, close to Manhattan in a clean, warm bed -inside an inoperable van.

A Tent in Mountain View, CA

Only a block away from Google X, this impressive listing is only $46 a night. The only problem? It's simply a tent in someone's backyard. The listing was originally put up by John Potter, a freelance Web developer, who meant it as a joke but was shocked when people started lining up to book the space. He ended up removing the listing eventually when demand got too high.

1 Square Meter House

One thing this rental could never be accused of is having a misleading title. It is simply a 1 square meter dwelling with a nightstand and wifi. You can even carry your tiny home wherever you want. Best of all? It's by far the most affordable option in Berlin, going for only one Euro a night.

The Open Book

Ever wish you could operate a quaint bookstore in Scotland? Then here's your chance to pretend to own your own adorable bookstore while sleeping in the apartment upstairs. You'll have your own volunteer staff and in you'll need to commit to keeping the store open 40 hours a week and updating the blog, but how you operate things is completely up to you.

A Land Boat

Sure it's a boat, but it isn't floating on the water. This crazy property in Marina Del Ray, CA is totally grounded and entirely unique and located on the backend of a boat converted into an apartment building. Of course, if you want to be on the water, you don't need to go far since the land-based ship is parked only a block away from the beach.

A Floating House

Don't like the look of a boat but wish you could sleep floating on water? Then check out this full 2 bedroom home that floats along the waters of the famous Thames. Complete with a yard decorated with a dog house and real apple tree, this adorable floating home was part of a contest by Airbnb to drum up business in London.

A Night in the Catacombs

Not many people would fantasize about sleeping in the world's largest graveyard, but when it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of a Halloween contest, you can bet people were chomping at the bit to get their chance to stay in the Paris catacombs. Sure the space probably has rats, no heater and no bathroom, but when else will you get the chance to sleep in one of the world's creepiest destinations?

Of course, that's not the only time Airbnb has converted a surprising space into a once-in-a-lifetime sleeping space. They also did the same with Fenway Park, an Olympic ski jump and the home court of the Chicago Bulls.

There are certainly some strange listings on Airbnb, both good and bad. If you want to roll the dice and try one of the spaces for yourself, here's a $20 credit to get you started. Of course, if you prefer a more traditional hotel, here's our list of the most unique hotels in the world and another list of some of the strangest hotel rooms available.

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9 Surprising Household Uses for Everyday Foods

You might just be amazed at what kind of great cleaners you have hiding in your pantry and fridge. In fact, lots of foods double as helpful household products. Here are a few you likely have in your kitchen right now.

Tea is Perfect for Cleaning Wood Floors

Even if you're not a big tea drinker you should still be buying and brewing tea if you have hardwood flooring. That's because it makes an excellent floor cleaner that won't strip the wood of either its finish or its patina.

Walnuts Can Remove Scratches on Wooden Furniture

Simply rubbing the meat of a walnut onto a scratched furniture surface can easily hide the scratches from sight by adding a perfect layer of polishing oil to the damaged area.

Vodka is a Great Bathroom Cleaner

Vodka isn't just great for making cocktails where you can't taste the alcohol -it's also great for disinfecting and killing mold and mildew. That makes it an ideal bathroom cleaner. Use it on shower curtains to prevent mildew, use it on toilets and sinks to clean and sanitize, and use it to clean your floors completely.

Baking Soda Can Clean & Deodorize Your Microwave

You probably know baking soda is handy when it comes to absorbing odors in the kitchen, but did you know that microwaving a bowl filled with water and baking soda is a great way to deodorize and steam clean your microwave? Just wipe down the appliance after zapping the concoction for a few minutes.

Bread Makes a Great Wall Cleaner

Use some stale bread rolled into a ball on wall smudges and you'll soon realize they work almost as good as those fancy Magic Erasers -and for a fraction of the cost.

Peanut Butter Makes A Great Goo Remover

The oils in peanut butter are perfect for loosening up stubborn gunk like gum, label residue or other sticky messes. To use, just apply a thin layer of peanut butter to the affected area, let sit for 10 minutes and then return to scrape away the mess.

Mustard Can Remove Skunk Smell

Ran over a skunk or had one spray your house? Mustard powder and water can help -just be prepared to do a few coats depending on how bad your property was skunked.

Ketchup is a Great Brass Polish

You might not think of ketchup when you think "clean," but on brass and gold surfaces, the slight acidity and soft texture makes it a perfect polish. Just apply the ketchup to the surface, let it sit for a minute and then use a soft cleaning rag to remove the ketchup.

Flour Can Polish Stainless Steel

Kitchen appliances, sinks and all other types of stainless steel products can be easily polished up with nothing more than your basic baking flour. Just wash the item with regular cleanser and then apply flour and buff it out like you would with car wax.

Can't stop now? Well, we have plenty more cleaning ideas for bread, lemons, vodka, vinegar and salt in this cleaning hacks article -so get to your kitchen and break out some edible cleaning supplies already.

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8 Super Easy Halloween Decorations You Can Make Last Minute

We've been posting a lot of great ways to prepare for Halloween, but if you're a bit of a procrastinator, don't worry you still have time to get decorating. Here are some great ways to get your home ready for Halloween just in time.

Glowing Hands

Here's a creepy trick that looks cool but couldn't be simpler, just take a glass votive candle holder, put in a lit LED flameless tea light, put a rubber glove over the candle holder and then use a straw to inflate it. That's it! These cool hands can make a great addition to any Halloween party or outdoor cemetery display.

Floating Ghosts

Spooky ghosts in your front lawn can be easy and inexpensive to make. Just grab some Styrofoam balls, spray adhesive, garden stakes, black construction paper and light cotton cloth from your local craft store and follow this tutorial from Practically Functional.

Specimen Jars

It's insanely easy to make a cool collection of specimen jars for Halloween. Just round up some interesting items like toy snakes, plastic skeleton parts, cauliflower, vienna sausages, etc., and some old, empty bottles and jars with labels removed (I prefer mason jars, but just about anything will work). Put a few drops of food coloring into the bottom of the jar, drop your "specimens in the jars and then add water up to the rim and seal. You can choose to print out labels, distress them and attach them to the jars with Modge Podge for an extra spooky effect, but unmarked jars look plenty creepy too.

Specimen Wall

This specimen wall looks delightful and is a lot simpler to make than you might imagine. Just buy cheap plastic frames from the 99 cent store along with some fun, spooky specimens and then use a glue gun to put the specimens on the frames.

Bloody Towel

This spooky bathroom decor is as simple to create as you might imagine -just wet your hands in some fake blood and then use a white towel to wipe it away (use an old dumpy one or get a cheap one from your local 99 cent store).

Bloody Window Clings

You can buy pre-made window clings at the store, but this cool DIY can show you how to make your own custom  handprint clings with little more than saran wrap, glue and food coloring.

Plastic Pumpkin Tree Decorations

We're all familiar with the classic orange pumpkin Halloween pails, but the miniature versions make great decorations even if you aren't using them for trick or treating. Just tie the pails to your tree's branches and then put a lit flameless LED tea light on the inside.

Boarded Windows

A little cardboard, some paint and some tape are all you need to make your windows look like they've been boarded up to keep intruders out. Wiccan Make Some Too can show you how.

These aren't our only last minute Halloween decoration ideas, we have more from a few years ago. Of course, if you want to put in a little more time and effort but don't want to feel like your time is being wasted, here are some great decorating ideas that can work for Christmas and Halloween alike.

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17 Great Food Ideas for Your Halloween Dinner Party

We previously featured some great ways to decorate your table for a great Halloween dinner party, but if you're looking for some ideas on what to serve, we've got you covered on that end as well.

Frankenstein Dip

This dip is simply to die for -a layer of spinach and artichoke dips adorned with blue tortilla chips.

Spider Deviled Eggs

There are plenty of recipes for spider deviled eggs out there, but this one by The Hair Pin takes the idea to a whole new level of reality.

Batty Wontons

Wontons are always delicious, but they can also make a delightfully spooky snack when adorned with cream cheese, olives and pink peppercorns.

Spicy Bat Wings

There's nothing scary about boring old chicken wings, but serve them in pairs and call them bat wings and now you have a party appetizer worthy of a scream queen.

Monster Mucus

Possibly one of the most disgusting-looking foods on this list, but also most luxurious, this delicious treat simply takes two dozen shucked oysters and serves them in one laboratory tube for chilling effect.

Baked Brie Spiderweb

Not Quite Nigella has tons of Halloween recipes in this great party round up, but perhaps the most delicious and most spooky is this great spiderweb brie snack that seems deceptively simple to make.

Science Lab Dumplings

Served in a test tube and covered in a little chile sesame sauce, these pork and shitake dumplings look downright disgusting, but a quick review of the recipe will convince you that they are anything but.

Carrot Rice Balls

These cute jack-o-lanterns are made mostly with carrots and rice and decorated with black olives and green bell peppers.

Specimen Jars

These may look too real to want to spoon down your throat, but these sweet and savory specimen jars by Evil Mad Scientist Labs are actually entirely delicious delights perfect for any demented dinner party.

Meat Hand

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes make for a great main course and when it happens to look like a roasted human hand -all the better!

Rat Brownie Bites

These nasty treats are surprisingly tasty as they are actually brownies in disguise. Not Quite Nigella can show you how to make them for yourself.

Monkey Brain Cake

Sure it's inspired by an Indiana Jones film, but this terrifying dessert makes a great addition to any ghoulishly great dinner party.

Cake Ball Brains

Are your friends like ravenous zombies? Then load them up with their own private bloody brain. These great cake balls even feature the great effect of gooey cherry blood.

Zombie Brain Jell-o Shots

These delightful Jell-o shots combine the best of both desserts and cocktails with the flavors of raspberries, sweetened condensed milk and hazelnut liquor.

Bloody Syringe Drinks

It's always good to offer a special cocktail alternative for those that don't drink and even better when you can use the ingredients for other cocktails. By loading grenadine into syringes for Shirley Temples, you can also have them ready for tequila sunrises, just keep Sprite, orange juice and tequila on hand for guests to customize their drinks accordingly.

Blood of Vampires

This blood red cocktail is as beautiful as it is spooky and with the amount of booze it contains, it's sure to leave your guests with a haunted feeling the next morning.

Candy Corn Martini

With orange, yellow and white, this tasty cocktail looks just like a piece of candy corn -only drastically more tasty.

Want to put some pumpkins out for your party? Here are some fun and delightfully unconventional carving techniques you may want to try.

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7 Amazing Gravity-Defying Buildings

Some people prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, but sometimes people live with their heads in the clouds and these incredible architectural creations are the structural equivalent of the later.

The Balancing Barn, Suffolk

With 50% of this vacation home my MVRDV balancing off the ground, it's amazing the thing can stand, much less support the weight of furniture and a family. As if to prove just how sturdy the structure is, it even features a swing dangling from the far end of the home.

Sharp Centre for the Ontario College of Art and Design, Ontario

Set above the rest of the college like a table placed above a box, this incredible design college looks like it's walking around on stilts. Rod Robbieof Robbie/Young + Wright Architects and Will Alsop of Alsop Architects received all kinds of awards for this crazy creation so their vision certainly paid off.

Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Austria/Italy

The open-ended museum straddles not only the air and land, but also the Austrian-Italian border, making it a fitting tribute to its surroundings. The building almost looks like a natural feature, resembling a massive, blocky bolder eroded from the hill below after centuries of wear and tear.

Rohner Port Building, Rotterdam

The majority of this impressive building is completely off the ground, with little more than stairs connecting it to the world below. Baumschlager-Eberle constructed the unique design in order to maximize the land space beside the port while still offering the administration ample working space. As a bonus, if the land is flooded (which happens often in the area), the office inside remains safe and dry.

Cube Houses, Rotterdam

One of the most famous architectural attractions in Rotterdam, this crazy housing project features buildings with the tops of the homes turned 45 degrees from the ground. Dutch architect Piet Blom created a distinctive dizzying design that remains popular to this day.

Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Canada's famed stadium that almost left the city of Montreal bankrupt may be considered by many to have been a huge waste of money, but there's no denying that the structure is now one of the most iconic aspects of the Montreal skyline. In fact, the Montreal Tower beside the stadium is the world's largest leaning tower, reaching (and tilting) 575 feet in the air.

The Totally Tilted Apartment, Clermont-Ferrand

Of course, if you really want to defy gravity, it's hard to beat this completely vertical apartment floor plan created as an advertisement for Ikea. On the downside, you can't actually live there.

Love these crazy creations? Then don't miss our roundup of some of the weirdest buildings in the world and if you just want to live in the trees, you'll also enjoy our list of amazing tree houses for adults.

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