Throwback Thursday: The Electric Carving Knife

By on November 25, 2010 at 3:33 PM.

Throwback Thursday: The Electric Carving Knife

Since it is Thanksgiving here in the United States, we thought it would be appropriate to cover a piece of kitchen technology in this week’s installation of Throwback Thursday. Today, in honor of the holiday, we’re covering a gadget invented over forty years ago that may be part of your T-Day celebration today, the electric carving knife.

Patented in 1964 by Jerome L. Murray, the high-tech piece of cutlery looks like a cross between a standard hand-mixer and a pair of electric hedge trimmers. The knife works its magic by rapidly moving two serrated blades back and forth over a central plane. The appliance gained popularity in the late 1960′s after is was manufactured by companies like Black & Decker, although it is less popular today thanks to one major drawback: maintenance. Electric knives have to be taken-apart and cleaned after every use to prevent the growth of bacteria between the blades and in the motor housing, making the convenience of such an appliance negligible.

Although not as popular as it once was, the knife is still used to cut the traditional Thanksgiving squab in houses all around the U.S.

Keep your ears open today, and if it sounds like someone is trimming a rhododendron bush in your kitchen… know that Mr. Murray’s electric knife is hard at work. Happy Thanksgiving!

BGR’s Throwback Thursday is a weekly series covering our (and your) favorite gadgets, games, and software of yesterday and yesteryear.

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Wirefly's Black Friday specials revealed

By on November 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM.

Wirefly's Black Friday specials revealed

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So far, all of the Black Friday leaks we’ve seen haven’t been all that friendly to smartphone lovers, but according to our sources, Wirefly will be picking up the slack come Friday with the following deals:

Verizon BlackBerry Storm2: $0.99 for new subs / $29.99 for existing VZW customers (Friday only) followed by $9.99 / $49.99 until Monday

AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700: $0 / $29.99 (Friday to Monday)

Sprint Samsung Moment: $79.99 / $99.99 (Friday to Monday)

If none of those phones catch your fancy, there are still some savings to be had as Wirefly will be waiving activations for AT&T and Verizon phones until Midnight on December 1st.

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Ending tomorrow: Free handsets from T-Mobile

By on November 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM.

Ending tomorrow: Free handsets from T-Mobile

Most of us are pretty happy now that Black Friday is behind us. We get to sit back and relax once again, waiting for the inevitable reports of how this was the worst retail Black Friday ever thanks to the current economic slump. It’s not a good thing, but at least we can drive around again without worrying about being rear-ended by a crazed shopper hunting down a $20 DVD player. The weekend deals still continue however, and T-Mobile is running a sweet one through the end of the day tomorrow. If part of your holiday plan was to snag a new handset and service for yourself or friend / family member, it really doesn’t get much better than this. Open a new 2-year contract before the end of the day tomorrow and T-Mobile will hook you up with your choice of one of three free handsets. The first two, the Motorola RIZR and the Nokia 6263, are only options for online shoppers. The cream of the crop, the Morotola MOTOZINE ZN5, is available both online and in stores. The ZN5 is T-Mobile’s most capable camera phone and comes packing a 5 megapixel Kodak camera with a xenon flash. It’s normally available for a reasonable $99 but free beats a hundred every day of the week. Click through or head down to your local T-Mobile store before COB tomorrow and get some high-quality shots of your holiday gatherings this year instead of those terrible 1.3 megapixel blur-fests you usually end up with.

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Circuit City holds huge online sale while stores close

By on November 27, 2008 at 12:14 PM.

Circuit City holds huge online sale while stores close

Circuit City formally began the chapter 11 bankruptcy process earlier this month, announcing that it would be closing 155 stores by year-end as part of its reorganization. That isn’t however, going to stop the troubled retailer from making a big push during what is historically the busiest shopping weekend of the year. As brick and mortar locations around the country prepare to close, Circuit City has launched a pretty extensive online blowout sale today covering hundreds of products ranging from laptops, printers and routers to digital cameras, camcorders and even video games. Those of you looking for good deals on gift possibilities without having to do battle with the masses tomorrow should definitely browse through the sale items on the other side of the read link.

[Via I4U]

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