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A device to take your breath away

Or at least sanitize it

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Admit it: At one time or another, you've tested your breath to see if it's lethal (and if you haven't, maybe you should). But the traditional unassisted olfactory methods--hand cupped over mouth and nose, etc.--are questionable at best.

"Breath Alert" to the rescue. When you're all out of gum or Binaca, this erstwhile gag gift could suddenly become as serious as a meatball sandwich with extra onions.

The device, which Coolest-Gadgets says "measures the volatile sulfide compounds and hydrocarbon gas that are present when breath is bad," assesses the grade of offensiveness on four levels. Sure, you may have your doubts about its effectiveness, but in an intimate situation do you really want to take a chance?