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Enormous Beach Vacation Home Built On Wrong Lot

How do you accidentally build a beach house in the wrong place? We wondered that back in June, when sharing the story of a $1.8 million home in Rhode Island that was accidentally built on public park land. Meanwhile, in Florida, a couple spent $680,000 building a custom beach house…on the lot next door to the one that they … [More]

Dealership Registers Car To Wrong Person, Random Lady Gets 18 Tickets In the Mail

An 87-year-old woman in California was confused when she started to receive parking tickets and toll notices in the mail. She had 18 separate tickets, with a total of almost $1500 in fines. Was she racking up tickets and forgetting to pay? No, and she could prove it: she no longer drives at all. The tickets listed her as the … [More]

Jimmy John’s Makes Workers Sign Strict Non-Compete Agreements To Guard Its Sandwich Secrets

In any given area, there is a likelihood that a business nearby is going to be selling sandwiches to hungry customers. But workers who leave Jimmy John’s might have a tough time trying to find new employment after they’re employed at the sandwich chain, as a corporate non-compete clause puts some pretty strict limits on their post-Jimmy John’s careers. As … [More]

Finnish Brewer Set To Sell Recreation Of 172-Year-Old Beer Found In Shipwreck

Typically you wouldn’t dream of consuming the things found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean. But if you’re a historical buff or a beer connoisseur, a 172-year-old beer found off the coast of Finland – or more accurately its reproduction – might whet your appetite. The Guardian reports that scientists successfully recreated a beer found preserved inside … [More]

Amazon Opening Real-Life Stores In San Francisco, Sacramento

Amazon hasn’t officially confirmed that it is going to open a real-life store in New York City, though “people familiar with the plans” told the Wall Street Journal about the company’s planned, and there’s definitely something about to open in the space across the street from the Empire State Building. However, the company has confirmed that it’s opening … [More]

Sprint Will Lease Loyal Customers An iPhone 6 For $5/Month

While other carriers are looking to eliminate phone subsidies, Sprint has an interesting plan for people who like to upgrade their handsets annually: the “iPhone for Life” program lets you lease a phone instead of purchasing or financing one. Now, the carrier is rewarding loyal customers who have stuck with the carrier through its years of spotty coverage and slow … [More]

Don Henley Is Not Amused By Clothing Company’s Shirt Puns

Exhibit A: Don Henley of the Eagles, a band with a song called “Take It Easy.” Exhibit B: A Henley style T-shirt, on sale with the phrase, “Don a Henley and Take it easy.” This attempt at punnery — pretty successful, if you ask me — is not amusing to Don Henley, who is suing a clothing company for using … [More]

Researchers Say The Secret To A Successful Marriage Has Something To Do With Money

As a newlywed (we’ve made it one week) I’ve received advice from a number of friends and family members on how to make sure my marriage stands the test of time. While I’m sure their counsel is solid, a pair of researchers from Emory University say the secret to a divorce-proof marriage is not listening to those bridal magazines that … [More]

Cops: Teen Wiped Himself With Cash In The Bathroom, Used It To Pay Restaurant Tab

While it’s up to you how you waste your money, putting feces on your money and giving it to someone as payment is not only totally disgusting, but also could lead to a charge of “battery by bodily waste.” Police in Muncie, IN have charged a teenager with that crime, reports The Star Press, after he allegedly used poo-tainted … [More]

Company Touts “Ebola Containment Suit” As Literally The Most “Viral” Costume This Halloween

Sometimes I like to think that just once there will be a tragic situation that won’t lead to someone trying to make a buck off a serious situation. But hey, it’s Halloween, when sensitivity to world events apparently goes out the window. So why not charge people $79.99 to dress up in an “Ebola Containment Suit”? The company selling the … [More]

Chrysler Recalls 184,000 SUVs For Same Airbag Issues Responsible For Ford Vehicles Recall

It certainly hasn’t been the best year for vehicle airbags. In the spring Honda, Toyota and other vehicle manufactures recalled millions of cars because the safety devices were found to be defective. And now we’re learning that the same...Show More Summary

Family Sells Home For $140K More After Agreeing To Include Their Cat In The Deal

How much would someone have to pay you to part with your favorite feline companion? Perhaps no amount of money could pry Mr. Whiskerworth van Hugglebottom from your loving arms, but the $140,000 offered to one family to include their cat in a real estate deal is proving pretty darn tempting. The family auctioned off their five-bedroom home for $2,060,000 … [More]

Police Arrest 4 Uber Drivers In Amsterdam For Being Uber Drivers

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft encounter legal roadblocks in many of the cities and states where they try to set up business: from San Antonio to Berlin, governments and taxi driver unions alike have done their best to stop Lyft and UberX, services where prescreened amateurs drive around paying customers. Now a local government has made good on one of … [More]

Say It Isn’t So: Williams-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recalled Because Botulism Isn’t Fall Flavored

In the fall months it seems like every other product contains some kind of pumpkin flavoring: Greek yogurt, coffee drinks, egg nog, and now botulism. Fine, botulism probably doesn’t have a flavor, but the Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Williams-Sonoma...Show More Summary

Broken Meter Leads Family To Fight $12,000 Water Bill For 9 Months

What happens when your local utility company is up to its ears in customer calls? You could end up fighting a hefty water bill for months on end, like one Pittsburgh family that had to battle a $12,241.60 total on their account for nine months. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority told the couple that 800,000 gallons of water had … [More]

Netflix-Verizon Connection Agreement Finally Pays Off: FiOS Users Seeing Fastest Streaming Speeds

Netflix and Verizon have done a lot of very public verbal poo-flinging at each other this year over the abysmal connection speeds FiOS customers have had when trying to stream video from Netflix. Last mongh, FiOS customers finally started to see some relief (and some smoothly playing TV). It looks like the paid interconnection agreement between the two, though, has … [More]

Variety Of Gravy-Soaked Breakfast Items At Taco Bell Go Nationwide

Back in September, we brought you the news that some new, sort of strange Taco Bell breakfast foods were currently in the “testing” phase around the country, and might hit outlets nationwide soon. Now the full horror and/or tastiness is upon us, and you can get burritos and Crunchwraps with gravy on them if that’s what you’re into. A burrito … [More]

Sears Apologizes For Selling Swastika Rings In Online Marketplace

After a third-party listing for a men’s “Thai silver Swastika ring” popped up on Sears’ online Marketplace, the company has pulled the “punk rock style” jewelry and has been busy apologizing to upset customers for selling it in the first place. The ring also appeared on Amazon.com briefly but is no longer available, Haaretz reported. “This gothic jewelry item in … [More]

Google Expands, Renames Same-Day Delivery Service, Adds Membership Fees

Less than two years after Google launched same-day shipping with Google Shopping Express, the company is overhauling the service with a new name, an expanded reach and membership fees. The Wall Street Journal reports that the service,...Show More Summary

American Airlines Flight Makes An Emergency Landing After Cabin Wall Panels Pop Loose

No one wants to hear a sound on an airplane that they’ve never heard before, on the chance that it’s actually something bad. Those fears were likely present yesterday on an American Airlines flying to Dallas from San Francisco when an odd popping noise was followed by panels in the cabin falling off the walls, prompting an emergency landing. A … [More]

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