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IKEA: Where You Can Buy A Bookcase And Now Insurance

A trip to IKEA could soon include a lot more than just buying shelves, bedding, and other home items. The retailers is reportedly rolling out trial sales of range of insurance policies. The Wall Street Journal reports the company began selling child and pregnancy insurance at select stores in Sweden last week. Currently the Omifall plans are targeted to the … [More]

New Vaccines May Have Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Under Control

We’ve been discussing porcine epidemic diarrhea on the site in the past, mostly in the context of it causing an increase in pork prices because millions of piglets have died. Good news for bacon-lovers and newborn piglets alike: there are two new vaccines conditionally approved to prevent PEDv, and another on the way. The disease is exactly what it sounds … [More]

A Brief History Of Car Colors — And Why Are We So Boring Now?

You don’t know their names, but you see them everywhere: countless shades of reds, greens, blues, grays, tans, taupes, whites, off-whites, charcoals, blacks, gold and silver. Really what you’re seeing is Vanilla Shake, Tahitian Pearl and Torched Penny. Show More Summary

Nissan Recalls 220K Altimas Because Hoods Are Only Suppose To Fly Up In The Movies

The only time you might expect to see the hood of a car fly up while driving down the road is in an action movie. But for hundreds of thousands of Nissan Altima owners that scenario could happen at just about anytime, and that’s a big problem. Nissan recently announced the recall of about 220,000 model year 2013 Nissan Altimas, … [More]

Olive Garden Overhaul: Darden Loses Board Seats To Breadstick Police Investors

There might be fewer breadsticks in the basket next time you visit Olive Garden. Okay, fine we don’t really know if that’s true, but we do know that Darden Restaurant Inc., the parent company of the Italian restaurant, lost all of its board seats to investors turned breadstick police Starboard Value LP today. Reuters reports the entire Darden board was … [More]

Family Abandons Home Due To Massive Spider Infestation

There’s a lovely home near St. Louis that was once worth around $450,000, and now sits abandoned and in foreclosure. The last owners won a lawsuit against the previous owners for failing to disclose one really, really important thing about the house: it is infested with thousands of brown recluse spiders. That’s a species of spider that is venomous, but … [More]

Women Claim Their McDonald’s Iced Tea Came With A Free Worm

Typically when you order a drink at the local fast food drive-thru, the only surprise you get is maybe the wrong type of soda in your cup. A Virginia family says they received a much more slimy shocker: A small worm. The ordeal began last week when two sisters paid a visit to the local McDonald’s drive-thru and ordered iced … [More]

College Students Pitch In To Tip Delivery Driver $1,268 For Two Pizzas

Tipping a lot for pizza isn’t unusual — how else can one adequately express thanks for delivering a cheesey piece of heaven? — but in most cases, “a lot” means maybe $10. But when a bunch of college students pooled their resources to make one pizza guy’s night, they managed to drop a pretty hefty chunk of change on just … [More]

Pepsi Introduces A “Craft” Soda Made With Cane Sugar

PepsiCo is hopping on the ye olde bandwagon and going back to the days when soda was sweetened with sugar, and free of artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup. Dubbing its new craft soda Caleb’s Kola, Pepsi says the drink is made with cane sugar, “a special blend of spices” and a kola nut extract. The beverage is named after … [More]

Barcelona Comedy Club Charges Customers Per Laugh

I love comedy clubs. From well-known venues like the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York to the smaller haunts like Sanford’s in Kansas City, step foot any one of the hundreds of comedy clubs around the country and you’ll likely laugh – a lot. That’s usually not a problem, but if you’re heading to a club in Barcelona either come … [More]

12-Year-Old Girl Writes Letter To Dick’s Sporting Goods Explaining That Women Also Play Basketball

While it’s all well and good for us adults to stand up for gender equality in kids’ products, there’s something about kids themselves taking retailers to task for not giving both boys and girls a fair shake. Leading the pack of girls who aren’t about to take a boys-only view of the sports world this week is a 12-year-old … [More]

Ice Cream Hack: Dairy Queen, Orange Julius Latest Companies Hit By A Data Breach

A trip to the local Dairy Queen usually ends in a tasty, cool treat, but customers are nearly 400 stores it ended with a decidedly less delicious surprise: A security breach. CNN Money reports that 395 Dairy Queen locations and one Orange Julius location have become the latest victims of a security breach. Officials with the ice cream store say … [More]

Here’s What It Looks Like After Someone Shouts “I Have Ebola, You’re All Screwed!” On A Plane

You know the saying about how you should never yell “Fire!” in a theater? Let’s bring that maxim up to date, and amend it to add that you should also refrain from shouting, “I have Ebola, you’re all screwed!” on an airplane. Because that will result in the hazardous materials folks showing up and generally spoiling an entire planeful of … [More]

Do You Ever Shop Anywhere? Congratulations: Your Data Will Be Hacked

By the numbers alone, basically everyone in the country has been the victim of at least one data breach in the past year, if not more. 106 million Americans had their card data stolen from Target and Home Depot alone, to say nothing of the data breaches at Jimmy John’s, Dairy Queen, P.F. Chang’s, UPS, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, ACME, Shaw’s, Sally … [More]

Colin Kaepernick Fined $10K For Wearing The Wrong Headphones

As we mentioned earlier this week, the NFL has banned players from wearing any non-Bose headphones on the field, in the locker room or while talking to the press after the game. Which is why San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being hit with a $10,000 fine for sporting a pair of the Beats headphones (that he gets paid a … [More]

Win £10,000 in the Savoo Smartest Shopper Competition 2014

Once again I'm judging the Savoo Smartest Shopper Competition. First prize: £10,000. You have to be in it to win it, so here are my tips for would-be champs. Get the lowdown >>

No, Virgin Atlantic Is Not Going To Give You A Free Plane Ticket

When you’re about to follow a company on your social media site of choice or share an image or status in the hopes of receiving free stuff, stop. Apply critical thinking. Is it likely that an airline will give free flight passes to twenty thousand of its Instagram followers? Twenty, maybe, but not twenty thousand. That brings us to the … [More]

Rapper Will.i.am Late For United Flight, Throws Twitter Tantrum

When you’re flying internationally, you should be sure to leave plenty of time until your flight when you arrive at the airport, especially if you plan to check bags. Let’s say three hours if you’re flying out of a sprawling air metropolis like New York City’s JFK airport. These limits apply even if you are famous. Yes, even if you’re … [More]

Cable Lobbyists Pretending To Be Cool Digital Hipsters To Convince Youth That Net Neutrality Is Bad

The fight for net neutrality has players from all corners amped up and joining in. Millions of individuals, as well as consumer advocacy groups, internet businesses, internet business groups, cable and telecom businesses, and their trade groups, have all been pressing the FCC toward one decision or another. But now there are some new groups wading in to the morass. … [More]

Senators Tell The FDA To Hurry Up Already With Finalizing Those Months-Old E-Cigarette Regulations

When the Food and Drug Administration unveiled proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes back in April, it was an announcement five years in the making. Now several months later little has happened, and a group of senators fearShow More Summary

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