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Kellogg’s Finally Explains Eggo Waffle Shortage
Warning Signs That Your Mechanic Is Scamming You
Disney Removes Closed Captioning From “Up” Rental Release
Walmart Won’t Let Family Print Photos Of Dead Relative For Funeral
College Students Arrested For Refusing To Pay Tip

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  1. ExtraCelestial says:

    After that Eggo story I specifically went out and bought some. I haven’t eaten Eggo’s in years, but I am can’t wait to fork up that toasted yumminess this weekend. Stuff just tastes better when it’s scare.

  2. MostlyHarmless says:

    WHEEEEEEEEEE OPEN THREAD!!!!

    Okay, I have to ask Eyebrows to share some stories from the “Over Protective Parents From Hell”.

    • nbs2 says:

      @MostlyHarmless: i was thinking. Last week you said you would be in DC from the 25th to the 1st. Are you leaving before or after lunch on the 1st? Maybe we do the meetup that day?

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      @MostlyHarmless: So I don’t normally criticize other people’s parenting as long as the child isn’t in danger, because you don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives, but when he was three, I finally asked her if he’d been to the pediatrician lately because his language was about a year delayed. As time went by he got to FIVE YEARS OLD with the language skills of a 24-month-old, not because of any underlying condition, but because HIS PARENTS DON’T TALK TO HIM, and when they do talk to him, it’s exclusively the way one talks to a toddler.

      (I’m all in favor of babytalk, but you know when you talk to a little kid, some of it’s babytalk, some of it’s adult talk, some of it’s nonsense rhymes, some of it’s songs, etc. There has to be variety so they learn.)

      He couldn’t hold a conversation, couldn’t express himself, his language was unintelligible because the only people he ever talked to were his parents, who mostly ignored him anyway … so at age five he actually is developing behavioral problems because he’s socially isolated and he can’t express his wants or needs because he can’t freaking talk. They finally take him to a behavioral therapist for his “awful temper tantrums” (read: typical kid meltdowns) who tells them basically what my opinion was, which was that he needs to have HUMAN INTERACTION, both with other kids and with his parents.

      So they do a day gym program, and finally, just now, and only because the state is about to come knocking since he’s 6, enrolled him in school. They were “homeschooling” but that consisted of five minutes here or there because “he just doesn’t want to learn right now.” So now he’s at a private school because the public and Catholic schools both indicated he needed special educational services, so they found a school that would agree to ignore his special needs.

      He’s actually much improved now that he’s seeing other children and a teacher on a daily basis, but there’s still a lot of crap that goes on at home. It’s crazy over there.

  3. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Any fun plans this weekend for anybody?
    I’m going to a craft show in Chicago on Saturday, hopefully with a few friends (if they can get themselves together).

  4. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    >The readers who joined that got error codes and were unable to get the annual sub will be recontacted and provided a link to sign up for the one year trial.

    tappy foot . . .

  5. bloggerX says:

    I Survived the No Comment Days ’09!!!!

    First we couldn’t comment for what it seemed like a century, then I got wisdom teeth pulled so I couldn’t eat, TORTURE!!!

    • CompyPaq says:

      @bloggerX: I tried surviving them, and then I found a back door way to comment and commented anyway. But then I realized it wasn’t as fun when nobody else was commenting.

    • RandomHookup says:

      @bloggerX: I got to spend the morning in a procedure room at a local hospital getting a camera shoved down my throat (not as much fun as it sounds). But real torture is that they were playing cheesy Xmas music (and, according to the staff, had been for 2 weeks). I plan on calling Amnesty International to file charges of cruel & unusual punishment.

  6. Crabby Cakes says:

    I want to know how GitEmSteveDave was getting comments in yesterday when comments were shut down. I have a feeling it has something to do with that lab coat of his…

  7. theblackdog says:

    YAY!

    So this weekend is the second (and last) set of performances for the play I am in. Also had a job interview today for a supervisors position in my department. I think I did well, but there’s 13 people applying for it, so the competition will be fierce.

    Then it’s Turkey week and the infamous Black Friday. I have to wonder, has anyone seen a deal yet that they will actually consider braving the crowds for? I haven’t yet this year. The last time I went for a deal, two years ago, it was to get the Nintendo DS that came with Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

  8. GitEmSteveDave_CanCommentz says:

    OK, I got called today by a reporter out of Philly to do a interview about RoofCoffeeCup ( [www.instructables.com] & [Twitter.com] ). Here’s the question. I have done a lot of work to separate my “real” identity from GitEmSteveDave, for when I have to get a job in the “real” world. When the reporter called, she called me Steve, and I didn’t disagree. So should I do the interview AS Steve Davidson?
    What do you think Consumerica?

  9. dragonfire81 says:

    Alright fess up! How many of you will be partaking in Black Friday sales next week?

    My employer is requiring me to arrive at 5:30 am for a 6:00 am opening, what joy. I don’t feel like fighting the crowds but sometimes the deals ARE worth it. I’ve scored my share of goodies during Boxing Day sales up north (if you don’t know, Boxing Day is the Canadian equivalent of Black Friday, when stores open up uber early and have crazy deals).

    I think I might jump into some untested waters this year and see if I can score some Black Friday deals online this year. Getting a few Christmas presents at rock bottom prices would be fine with me.

    Anyone got any tips for online Black friday success?

  10. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    So, i got back into the twitter…
    any consumeristas that wish to join the antics, post your twitter url so anyone interested can follow you

    (i’ve been following kaster, pecan, kimmaroo, mostlyharmless, subtlefrog, and a few others… they use it like a giant chatroom, though)

  11. thisisasignin says:

    I saw the consumerist site change the other day.
    Do not want.

  12. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOOOOOOO!!!

    I’m so glad it’s open thread time!! It’s my favorite.

    This week has been the week of deflated bread. It makes me sad, but I haven’t given up yet. I think it’s a salt problem.. because other issues just couldn’t be.

    My dad helped me buy a new showerhead and install it last Friday and it is wonderful. It’s like a whole new shower world in there. I don’t know why I put up with no pressure so long before! Rinsing out my hair is 1000% easier now! (Yes, mathematically impossible, but yet true all the same!)

    Speaking of hair, I have a haircut apointment this Sunday, and I am EXCITED!

    I don’t mean to sound like a deranged squirrel, it’s just been a really long week, and a long day today.

  13. Ratty says:

    Today is work’s Turkey Day… man oh man I’m stuffed. Blah. And they want us super productive. Not a genius idea for a lunch thanksgiving buffet. it was very tasty though.

    This weekend I make Fight Club soaps.

    • barb95 says:

      @Ratty: Mine too! They made it a potluck/thanksgiving lunch so I just finished a plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, fried chicken, lumpia, guac with chips and a huge hunkin piece of tiramisu cake! Seriously, how am I supposed to work without passing out?!

      Zzzzzzz…….

  14. pop top says:

    This weekend I’m off to buy the materials to make Skittles vodka! :D

  15. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    I just got Christmas SCREWED. I put all this energy into finding the perfect present for a loved one, and someone else who knew about it went and got the same thing AND GAVE IT TO MY LOVED ONE TODAY so that I’m completely pre-empted.

    I have never had anybody do that to me before. Christmas in Eyebrows-world are delightful happy things full of liquor and presents and good cheer. NOT PEOPLE SCREWING ME.

    • hotdogsunrise says:

      @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): That’s pretty low. I’d be none too pleased, either. Pre-empted on a gift… that’s nuts.

      I’m just hoping no one bought me the Star Wars blu-ray. As if I’d wait to buy that … pfft. Bought it and watched it the day it came out.

    • econobiker says:

      @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): Not nice. Mark that up for future reference on that gifting assassin or what ever you’d call him/her…

    • katia802 says:

      @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): My sister and i do this unintentionally every year. Find the perfect gift, only to come home to a voice mail that says guess what I just bought for myself!!! Grandma does this all the time unintentionally, guess my family is just too impulsive.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @katia802: I don’t mind if it’s unintentional — one year my mom and my husband both got me an iPod, everyone laughed and made “great minds think alike” jokes, and I returned one for a whole honking chunk o’ iTunes gift cards. No big. But this was intentional and done to be MEAN.

  16. 567Kate says:

    I’m trying to plan out some of my Christmas shopping, and I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for a practical gift for someone who is underemployed. I saw some cool business card holders, and thought that might be nice for job-hunting, but I’d love to hear others’ ideas.

  17. Laura Northrup says:
  18. GitEmSteveDave_CanCommentz says:
  19. hotdogsunrise says:

    @katstermonster: Standardized tests are the worst.

  20. Laura Northrup says:

    @katstermonster: The GRE isn’t so bad! The only thing I wish someone had told me was to be ready to write down my scores when they flashed across the screen at the end, since I forgot them. I remembered the first two digits because they were shockingly high (I got 1430, I think, which I didn’t expect and it really surprised me)

  21. theblackdog says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: That waffle needs chocolate chips!

  22. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    @GitEmSteveDave_CanCommentz: That, sir, was awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Crabby Cakes says:

    @GitEmSteveDave_CanCommentz: Brilliant, my friend, utterly brilliant. You need to share this with the entire world!

  24. dohtem says:
  25. barb95 says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: nope, nothing. My neighborhood has been around 60 years and has NEVER seen a natural disaster relating to water.

  26. Trai_Dep says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: For, verisimilitude, shouldn’t we bring in Laura’s hamster?
    It’d be a TRIPLE picture win!

  27. MostlyHarmless says:

    @subtlefrog: Of all the stories involving Good and Evil in the Hindu literature, and of all of those that involve millions of animals, there simply isnt one with Frogs in it. Because otherwise i could have extrapolated something from there.

  28. Paladin_11 says:

    @subtlefrog: You do know that Consumerist has a squad of Ninja Assassins on call, right? As far as I know they’ve never actually killed anyone (but then, as Ninjas how would you know to attribute it to them in the first place?) but they have been known to severely annoy people into submission.

    If you need them activate the Consumerist Ninja Assassin signaling beacon. It’s near the fedora…

  29. subtlefrog says:

    @MostlyHarmless: Wow. That’s a little depressing. And I’m gonna guess any involving reptiles, the reptiles are the bad guys?

  30. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    @CompyPaq: I was asleep when it happened : ( By the time I was up that day it was gone.

    /SadKitteh

  31. Paladin_11 says:

    @CompyPaq: If you want to see the new site, Engadget “upgraded” to the exact same software at the same time. It’s still running over there, so check it out. I personally have a few issues with it but I’m sure I’ll adapt eventually.

  32. psm321 says:

    @CompyPaq: I thought it was incredibly ugly

  33. CompyPaq says:

    @Trai_Dep: They temporarily switched off of Gawker’s servers and debuted a new design (which is why they disabled the comments – they wanted to prepare). The site went uber slow, and they reverted to the Consumerist we know and love.

  34. theblackdog says:

    @hotdogsunrise: Yeah, one burned out as I was leaving work, then 45 mins later as I was about to pull out of the UPS store, the other one burned out. It was either high-beams on a very busy road, or call for help.

  35. MostlyHarmless says:

    @subtlefrog: BTW, since its acadio-professional, I suggest moving them to a different folder where you can keep them but dont have to look at them right away.

  36. DangerMouth says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: Stuff on my waffle doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

  37. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    @barb95: You say that now… BUT TOMORROW THE GIANT WATER SPRAYING ROBOTS COME!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  38. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    @subtlefrog: This sounds awesome! Have a great time!
    I’m working on Saturday, but on Sunday we’re going to Movie Tavern to see Fight Club on the big screen. Yay for date night.

  39. ExtraCelestial says:

    @Oranges w/ Cheese has 2 cats! ahahaha.: I had a friend in undergrad that liked them that way. Was not a fan.

  40. hotdogsunrise says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: It’s true. I just hate how everyone asks, “What are you doing for your birthday?” Uhhh… nothing?

  41. barb95 says:

    @Oranges w/ Cheese has 2 cats! ahahaha.: True that. Maybe BofA has them hiding in their garage?

  42. GitEmSteveDave_CanCommentz says:

    @Crabby Cakes: [s165.photobucket.com] All I ask is that if you use one, you leave a comment on the page the picture is on, so i know where they are “in the wild”.

  43. GitEmSteveDave_HazEnvy says:

    @DangerMouth: MANY things show up if you google Steve Davidson. Luckily, the comment sections of most gawker blogs don’t get indexed.

  44. theblackdog says:

    @h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes: Thanks! We shall see, it will be about 2-3 weeks before we know since they’re still interviewing.

  45. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: I considered the Victoria Beckham cut, but my face isn’t nearly as angular so it would’ve looked odd. You should consider the Katie Holmes flapper bob. I did that earlier in the year.

  46. subtlefrog says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: And here’s more from On Food and Cooking:

    Salt inhibits yeast activity and, if added to excess, will reduce the volume and lightness of the loaf. By forming strong ionic bonds with side chains on hte flour proteins, salt tends to make them less mobile and so the gluten less extensible, more tough…the end result is a denser loaf.

    Oranges w/ cheese – was it your mom who always made loaves that were “thumpers”?

  47. DangerMouth says:

    @theblackdog_FeelingRandom: oh damn, I’m too slow.

    +1 for you

  48. MostlyHarmless says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: Hahaha good one. From what froggy told me, I am surprised he as not done so already.

  49. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: We’re boring as well.. Like I said.. the haircut will be the excitement for my weekend. And boooo Star Trek. (Don’t hit me.)

  50. bloggerX says:

    @CompyPaq: At my job we are doing a biggest loser style fundraiser, between the abcess I had at the beginning of this month and the teeth extraction I’ve dropped 20 pounds!!!!! The sad thing is I know I’ve lost some muscle as well :(

  51. bloggerX says:

    @hotdogsunrise: Happy pre-Birthday! That doesn’t sound lame. What is lame though is when your friends say they’ll do something for you, when the day comes they can’t even TEXT you, and talk about what they want done on their birthday’s! Now that’s lame!

  52. MostlyHarmless says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): Hahaha I saw the grandma part coming.

  53. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis:[www.instyle.com] could be a little less severe if you want but I really like it. It helps highlight the eyes too.

  54. Ratty says:

    @barb95: You’d be shocked. A little less than 2 years back, nearly a whole town was damaged by a serious flood here in nevada. A FLOOD. Guess who had flood insurance?

  55. subtlefrog says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: @Paladin_11: & @ all other Consumerists – Thank you all. You guys are amazing. You put a smile on my face – and with the Ninja corps, the head of which is Kimaroo, and Pecan with her MacGuyver ways, I feel safer already.

  56. MostlyHarmless says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!):

    ….. wow.

    I thought it was going to be funny. Its just starting to get scary and infuriating.

  57. subtlefrog says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): This woman sounds like she’s diagnosable. Her poor child. Wow. Wow.

    And terrifying that a school would “agree to ignore” his special needs – what you are describing I would consider to be a form of child abuse. Perhaps not as bad as physical abuse, but devastating if she is not allowing the child to develop properly.

    Like you, I don’t tend to stick my nose in – and I don’t have kids, so I don’t presume to know what it is like to parent. But my god. If your kid isn’t potty trained at 4& a half, and can’t speak at that age, not because of developmental disability – there is something not right, or so it seems to me.

  58. katia802 says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: I can’t wear heels either. You’d be amazed at the sweet little flats you can find if you’re willing to spend waaaaay too much time looking. Can get away with em with dresses too, anyone eyeing my shoes gets the stink eye, lol

  59. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    @subtlefrog: He’s fed, clothed. loved, and gets regular check-ups, so DCF is unlikely to be interested in plain bad parenting.

  60. GitEmSteveDave_HazEnvy says:

    @katia802: Mines an author, and also a famous performer in a “one man show”.

  61. NatalieErin says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Dangit. I have a bread book that offers a convrsion between kosher salt and table salt that seems to work, IMO. I can’t remember it, though.

    You don’t need to be that scientific for bread baking – you just need to start with a relatively easy recipe and work your way up to the harder ones. If it has any ingredients other than flour, water, yeast, and salt, it’s not beginner level.

  62. bornonbord says:

    @GitEmSteveDave_HazEnvy: Hrm… I really thought you were one of the few people who had transparency about their online persona…

  63. Nick1693 says:

    @CompyPaq: The new Consumerist site is Movable Type Enterprise.

  64. GitEmSteveDave_HazEnvy says:

    @bornonbord: I’m not ashamed to say who I am online when in the real world. However, online, I don’t like to say who I am.

  65. HogwartsAlum says:

    @gStein_wondering if this will work: They didn’t know. I don’t know. All I know is I hurt! Grrr!

  66. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    @katia802:
    this code:

    will give you this image:

    (notice the lack of a trailing >)
    if you want to add text after your image, make sure to start a new line.