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The Week contest: Household Device - Jan. 15, 2010

Click here for results of last week's contest: 2010 Headline

Results: After Bulgarians voted the "chushkopek" — an appliance for roasting up to seven peppers at once — as the most revolutionary household advance of the 20th century, we asked you for the NEXT household breakthrough. You cooked up:

FIRST PRIZE: Smoke Detector with a Snooze ButtonKen Hussar, Lancaster, PA

SECOND PRIZE: The Facebook Fork: Now you can update your status at every meal!  Lisa Arenas, Oconomowok, WI

THIRD PRIZE: The off button. Daniel Burstein, Jacksonville, FL HONORABLE MENTIONS:

The Chushkopek Max, with Automatic Timer: Roasts up to 14 at a time.  Laura Kudron, Hernando, FL The Chushkopek Plus: Has a bottle opener built into its side!Kent Francis, Oberlin, PA The Chushkopek CozyMark Remy, Allentown, PA (And thanks to many others with Chushkopek suggestions!) SG RoboCare: A Sandwich Generation robot that teaches the children how to cook and play baseball, tends to a demented parent and teaches its owner how to use an iPhone. Bonnie Schlueter, Lower Burrell, PA The George Foreman StillDaisy Michael, Westminster, MD The Tissue Alarm: Emits a piercing warning siren when pockets are not emptied of tissues prior to going into the washer or dryer.Judith Klein, Frisco, TX The Ten-Second ToasterTerry Davis, Troutdale, OR The Magnanal: Magnetically returns all household devices to their place after usage.Barry Cutler, Palm Desert, CA Cordless Taser: Your kids WILL finish their dinner.Kristy Rimwood, Owings Mills, MD The Macrowave Oven: Got a crowd coming over? Prepare a side of beef in no time! Valerie Klein, Frisco, TX Non-Electric Food Dehydrator Tray: Place food on tray for a few months and moisture miraculously disappears!Luke Cunningham, Charleston, SC  Revolutionary Can Compactor: Place one side of the device on each hip. Press button.Cathy Curtis, Finksburg, MD

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