I recently watched the episode of Good Eats on YouTube in which Alton Brown describes the selection and brewing of tea. As ever, a fascinating episode, even if I don't intend to follow all of his instructions (in this case, I rather like the little brew baskets that come with teapots). But what really vexed me about this episode was...the kettle he was using to boil the water. This is it:
See that brass ring near the top? The one with the little retro rocketships on it? When the water boils, the steam doesn't whistle through the spout. No, the steam vents through the exhausts of those rocketships, making them spin around! How awesome is that! I really want one. This kettle is the very definition of 'shiny'.
And it's also the very definition of 'not made anymore so you can't have one unless you can track one down on eBay and spend a LOT on it'. So yeah: curse you, Alton Brown. Curse you indeed.