Blog Posts by Wired magazine

  • The Creepiest Halloween Candies of All Time

    By Lewis Wallace, Wired magazine

    The days of homemade candied apples may be gone, but these days kids can rot their teeth with a wealth of weirdo treats. Halloween in the '00s means gross-out gummi creations, candy in the shape of insects (or with actual insects inside) and lots of sugary-sweet body parts.

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  • How to Make Your Office Eco-Friendly

    According to a 2009 Gallup poll, the average employed adult works between 35-44 hours a week.

    That's a huge amount of time to spend in the office, and yet the same people who change all their light bulbs to CFLs rarely give a second thought to getting their to-go coffee in a paper cup.

    It only takes minutes to make your workspace a little more environmentally friendly. Here are a few tips to get you started.

    1. Turn off the equipment when you leave for the day.
    Yes, even though Billy from accounting likes to stay late. An action as simple as turning off a 75-watt desktop monitor when you leave can save up to as much as 750 pounds of carbon emissions a year. A power strip can make turning all the equipment off easier at the end of the day, including coffee makers and microwaves. Just make sure the printer is powered down properly, as printers need to seal their cartridges before shutting off.

    2. Buy green materials.
    Switching to recycled printer paper could save thousands of innocent

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  • How to Make Decent Coffee at Work

    Screw those Starbucks lattes! You can make delicious joe with the beat-up old Mr. Coffee in the break room. Here are the four key elements for brewing your own tasty cuppa:

    1. Beans
    Buy freshly roasted whole beans and grind before each use. If you must make do with subpar grounds, add an extra tablespoon per cup (this will cut down on over-extraction of flavor throughout the grind, thus avoiding MOST of the bitter, acidy taste). Store coffee in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (not the fridge).

    2. Water
    Coffee oil residue produces that familiar rancid tang, so rinse the machine thoroughly with hot water after each use. Also, wet the paper filter under the tap before you add the grounds, and Brew with cold, purified water for better flavor.

    3. Vinegar
    Eliminate hard-water deposits: Once a month, add 8 ounces of white vinegar to the water reservoir and run the coffee-maker (sans filter) until half the liquid is in the pot. Switch off and let stand for an hour. Dump the

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  • Wired's Gadget Guide for Moms

    By Product Review Editors, Wired magazine