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Somewhere between r/mildyinteresting and an episode of 99% Invisible is where you’ll find the collective works of Louise Harpman and Scott Specht, the two people most likely to be considered experts on coffee lids. Using the world’s largest collection of coffee lids—more precisely, “unique, patented, drink-through, disposable hot-beverage lids”—the two set out to document these little marvels of industrial design over the decades they’ve been collecting them in their new book Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture. This oddly compelling tome contains close-up photographs, lively field-guides to their classification system, patent drawings for the most unique designs and an obsessive level of detail about an essential piece of most of our daily lives that is often overlooked except when it fails. You’ll never look at your coffee cup the same way again. Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture will be released on March 13.

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AirPods, Apple’s popular wireless headphones, get a fresh look thanks to BlackPods, a company that paints real Apple AirPods using a proprietary painting and finishing process. Available in matte black, space gray or high-gloss black finish, each pair is hand-finished and tested. Whether you’re sending in yours or ordering new, combining the flexibility of wireless headphones with the sleek and luxurious BlackPods look will make plain old white AirPods seem boring by comparison. Better yet, BlackPods gives you $30 off your order by joining their e-mail list. It’s time to upgrade.