Sears Says Reports Of Planned Store Closings Are Wrong, Won’t Elaborate

Sears Says Reports Of Planned Store Closings Are Wrong, Won’t Elaborate

Sears Holdings wants you to know that the rumors of planned store closings by the end of this year are wrong. After a report earlier today put together information from local media reports about which Sears, Sears Auto, and Kmart locations are currently scheduled to close, Sears representatives reached out to major outlets like USA Today and the Chicago Tribune to explain that the reports were incorrect. [More]

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USPS Gets Go-Ahead To Expand Deliveries Of Groceries & Other Stuff

Last month, the cash-strapped street urchin that is the U.S. Postal Service pleaded “more gruel, sir” to the Postal Regulatory Commission, asking for permission to expand its test of delivering groceries and other non-postal items during those wee-morning hours when mail trucks mostly sit idle. Today, the PRC granted the USPS its wish. [More]

A site called "The Connectivist" tries to argue that U.S. broadband isn't really as bad as it might look, but the site's motives are questionable, since it's a "partner" of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Here’s The Latest Bit Of Astroturfing From The Cable Industry About Broadband Speeds

Once again, the latest survey of the current state of broadband around the globe [PDF] shows that, while improving, the U.S. still lags behind other developed countries, like South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Latvia, and Romania in average broadband speeds and access to decent Internet. But leave it to the cable industry to try to convince America that everything is A-OK, and to try to do so without mentioning that this message is being brought to you by the cable industry. [More]

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Costume Shops Have To Guess What You’ll Rush In To Buy On October 30th

It’s October 23rd: do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween? How about your kids? If your answer is “no,” don’t worry. Most people don’t really plan ahead for this holiday, but do you know who does? Costume shop owners. They have to not only plan for Halloween, but try to figure out what people will be rushing to stores to buy at the last minute. [More]

Some 2,000 mini-creamer containers distributed in Switzerland mistakenly contained images of Hitler and Mussolini.

Swiss Company Apologizes For Printing Photos Of Hitler, Mussolini On Creamer Packages

Most consumers wouldn’t dream of coming face-to-printed face with Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini while preparing their coffee. For people in Switzerland that scenario is all too possible after a company behind mini-creamers printed photos of the former dictators on a number of containers. [More]

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Free Shipping Will Be More Expensive This Holiday Season

There’s no such thing as free shipping. What looks like free shipping from a shopper’s perspective is only subsidized shipping, and those subsidies come from shoppers. They could come in the form of higher prices, or higher spending thresholds to earn free shipping. This year, free shipping will cost you a little more. [More]

North Carolina Food Firm Shuts Down Two Weeks After Major Recall For Listeria Contamination

North Carolina Food Firm Shuts Down Two Weeks After Major Recall For Listeria Contamination

Just two weeks after recalling more than 150 food products for possible listeria contamination, a North Carolina-based food distributor is reportedly closing its doors. [More]

First Female UPS Driver Reaches 40 Accident-Free Years

UPS drivers who have been on the road for 25 years or more with zero accidents get a special arm patch and are named to the company’s “Circle of Honor.” One of the company’s minority of female drivers reached an even more impressive milestone, and was recently honored for driving more than four million miles over her forty years with the company. For most of that time, she has been a tractor-trailer driver. [WFTV]

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Audi Recalls 850,000 Vehicles For Glitch That Could Prevent Airbag Deployment

Airbag woes continued for car manufacturers around the world today as Audi announced it would recall 850,000 vehicles with possibly defective airbags. [More]

Some Furniture Warranties May Expire Before Items Are Even Sold

Some Furniture Warranties May Expire Before Items Are Even Sold

In most cases, when a manufacturer advertises a 3-year warranty, it means three years from the time of purchase. But some consumers are finding out that the warranty clock may have started much earlier, and in some cases could have already expired by the time you purchase a piece of furniture. [More]

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Customs Agents Seize Hundreds Of Kansas City Royals Panties In Raid On Boutique

Show me someone who predicted federal agents would be engaged in a literal panty raid and I will show you a liar, because the idea is preposterous — at first. But in a scenario that’s actually par for the course for agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (which falls under the Department of Homeland Security’s auspices) put the kibosh on a lingerie boutique for selling unauthorized Kansas City Royals underwear. [More]

How Much Would You Pay For A Standalone HBO Go?

How Much Would You Pay For A Standalone HBO Go?

Last week, HBO confirmed plans to launch a standalone online service that doesn’t require you to have a separate basic pay-TV package. Beyond that, the company has provided few details, leaving both consumers and cable companies wondering what the service will actually be — and how much it will cost. [More]

Facebook’s Next Big Thing: Bringing Back That AOL Chatroom Feeling

Facebook’s Next Big Thing: Bringing Back That AOL Chatroom Feeling


A few weeks ago, we all heard that Facebook — the site where your real name and offline social connections are meant to rule supreme — was planning to launch an app that supported anonymous use. Today, Facebook announced their new product for real… and it sounds an awful lot like a phone-focused version of the chat rooms and message boards AOL brought into our living rooms 20 years ago. [More]

Red Velvet Oreos Could Be Real, Or Maybe Not

Red Velvet Oreos Could Be Real, Or Maybe Not

Red velvet, a type of cake flavored with chocolate and red food coloring, is very popular for some reason. With Oreo introducing novelty flavors for what seems like every holiday and season, the idea of red velvet cookies for Valentine’s Day isn’t completely unreasonable. Yet some college students confessed to creating the product as a marketing class assignment. Was that confession simply meant to throw dessert detectives off the trail? [More]

This million dollar costume comes with head to toe diamonds.

Still Looking For A Halloween Costume? Here’s One For Just $1.6M

Some people might rummage through their closet or head to the local Halloween pop-up store for a clever, or sultry costume to prowl the streets in. But apparently someone might just go a different route, shelling out more money for a costume than many consumers would pay for a house – or two, three, four, five, or more houses. [More]

(John Kittelsrud)

Forget Everything You’ve Been Told: Buy Your Plane Tickets On Sunday

That sound you hear is yourself throwing every thought you had in your brain about buying plane tickets on a certain day out the window. As the window shatters, so can your mind break free from former apparent misconceptions regarding the best day to purchase air fares. It’s not the day you thought it was, it’s Sunday. [More]

How could you tag something better than nature already has?

Feds Searching For Graffiti Artist Vandalizing National Parks And Leaving An Instagram Handle Behind

The idea of leaving a place better than when you found it is a fine idea when it comes to things like tidying up a campground before you take off, but that does not mean painting graffiti all over our nation’s parks and wild places. But hey, leaving your Instagram handle on those paintings is a nice touch that should help out authorities when they come looking for you. [More]

Restaurant Owner Defends Video Of Employee Climbing Out Of Ice Machine

Restaurant Owner Defends Video Of Employee Climbing Out Of Ice Machine

Is this another example of an unthinking fast food worker caught on camera doing something stupid, or is it all a misunderstanding that looks much worse than it is? [More]