It's all holdiay fun until someone takes a drone in the face.

First TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Casualty Reported In Brooklyn

The mistletoe drones deployed in TGI Friday’s restaurants are supposed to be flying ambassadors of happiness and love, not weapons of destruction. Yet that’s exactly what happened to a photographer who visited a restaurant with a reporter last week to capture the restaurant’s two drones in action. A smaller, 10-inch drone was supposed to land in the reporter’s hand, but instead flew into the photographer’s face, cutting her nose and chin. [More]

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Do You Have Cold Symptoms? Don’t Reach For Zinc

I have been known to reach for vitamin C pills and lozenges at my very first sniffle, but it turns out that this is not good health advice. Our seasonally savvy colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports tell us that while it feels good to do something when you feel a viral illness coming on, a fistful of zinc lozenges isn’t the best idea. [More]

(Martin Rottler)

Man Upset About Sandwich Throws Snake Behind Tim Hortons Counter

Breakfast sandwiches are serious business. Two men are in police custody in Saskatchewan, Canada after one of them threw a snake behind the counter at a Tim Hortons coffee shop. Why throw a snake? It’s not quite clear why someone would weaponize serpents, but the fast-food dispute involved the question of whether Tim Hortons should dice its onions on sandwiches. [More]

New Sugary Cereals We Would Like To Eat Right Now

New Sugary Cereals We Would Like To Eat Right Now

Breakfast cereals are the perfect food category for humanity: just about everyone has at least one that they like. They’re great at any time of day, as dessert, or even as a snack. Recently, news broke about two cereals that are hitting shelves: one is new, and the other is not so new. Both sound magical. [More]

FDA: Idaho Knew About Chobani Mold Issue Before Yogurts Started Exploding

FDA: Idaho Knew About Chobani Mold Issue Before Yogurts Started Exploding

Last year, fungal contamination in yogurt made in Chobani’s new plant in Idaho led to problems with their products distributed nationwide. These problems ranged from “this yogurt tastes funny” to in-fridge explosions to dozens of illnesses that consumers attributed to the yogurt. Now, the Idaho plant’s local newspaper has learned that the state government may have known about the mold contamination long before any yogurts were pulled from stores. [More]

Mechanical Giraffe Escapes From Hell, Sold At Discount Toy Store

Mechanical Giraffe Escapes From Hell, Sold At Discount Toy Store

The box for this toy giraffe says that it “Walks Along, Moves Head, And Shriek.” Verb tenses aside, that description is alarmingly accurate. The toy does all of those things, including shrieking like a demonically possessed creature as it walks along. While that makes the box accurate, it’s not clear to us who the intended audience for this toy would be. [More]

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Who Invented Roadside Arm-Waving Air Dancers?

Where did the inflatable dancing man come from? You know what we mean: the tall fabric puppets that you attach to a fan and let loose to dance in the air, capturing the attention of people passing by. Where did the air dancer come from? They’ve been around for less than 18 years, and have an origin story involving three countries and the Olympic Games. [More]

RadioShack Will Stop Matching Workers’ Retirement Contributions Next Year

RadioShack Will Stop Matching Workers’ Retirement Contributions Next Year

RadioShack, the electronics retailer that once called itself “America’s Technology Store” and now wants to repair your cracked iPhone screen, is willing to try just about anything to stay in business. While they negotiate with lenders for permission to close more stores, the chain announced that it will end matching contributions to employees’ retirement plans as of February 1, 2015. [More]

Why Are 100,000 People On A Waiting List To Buy Duck Boots From L.L. Bean?

Why Are 100,000 People On A Waiting List To Buy Duck Boots From L.L. Bean?

Do you need a warm and waterproof pair of boots so you can tromp through serious snow, slush, and ice this winter? If so, you really should have planned ahead. L.L. Bean reports that their duck boots (which are not made out of actual ducks) for men and women alike are pre-ordered so far in advance that for some sizes, you’ll be waiting around until mid-March to get your boots. [More]

Starbucks Wants To Open A Chain Of Even More Upscale Coffee Shops

Starbucks Wants To Open A Chain Of Even More Upscale Coffee Shops

You may have thought that Starbucks was already an upscale coffee chain. Perhaps it is, compared to brewing your own Folgers at home, but there are even pricier coffee shops out there that offer even finer coffees. Starbucks wants to compete with these shops, which you haven’t heard of because you can’t afford to visit: even if you can, you probably don’t want to pay $45 for a pound of roasted beans. [More]

(Scott Miller)

Sears Holdings Admits Plans To Close 105 More Stores, Won’t Say Which Ones

Last week, we shared an updated version of a list naming 109 Kmart and Sears stores reported by employees or local media outlets to be closing by early 2015. While Sears still won’t confirm or deny these reports on a company-wide level, the company did tell investors as part of its quarterly earnings report this week that it plans to close 105 more stores by the beginning of next year. [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are eleven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last two weeks, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

Polaroid Tries To Take Back Photography, Sells Instagram Camera

Polaroid Tries To Take Back Photography, Sells Instagram Camera

The name of Instagram sort of derives from the name Instamatic, but the social media app’s logo evokes the Polaroid One Step, a useful and beautiful photography icon with a distinctive rainbow stripe. Now the reborn Polaroid company has created a device that’s a combination digital camera and mini-printer, which uses wi-fi or a nearby mobile phone to post pictures to social media. Mostly Instagram. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

Have you placed an online order from a store while you were standing in one of their brick-and-mortar locations? In an interview with CNBC (Warning: auto-play video), Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said that the company’s analysis shows something interesting about how customers shop using their smartphones. 10% of orders placed on mobile phones are actually placed while customers are standing inside the store. Is it because the items they really want are out of stock? Are online prices lower? McMillon doesn’t say. [CNBC]

(Jeff Wilcox)

People Really Do Give Cars With Giant Red Bows On Top As Gifts

I spent the Thanksgiving holiday visiting family and watching network television in real time like it was 1983 or something, and that’s when it hit me. The barrage of holiday-themed car commercials where people give each other sedans, SUVs, and the occasional truck with a giant (inevitably red) bow on top. Does this ever happen in real life? It does. [More]

This is not a drill. This is a real pizza.

Pizza Hut Australia Now Offers Doritos-Coated Crust

Pizza Hut may have introduced an amazing array of pizza variations recently, but their newest variation is one that you won’t be able to find in this country. While a Doritos-coated, cheese-stuffed pizza crust might seem like a quintessentially American treat, you can only get this pizza in Australia. [More]

(Joel Zimmer)

Authors Argue In Court That Google Books Scanning Project Is Bad For Book Sales

Is Google Books a useful tool for finding exactly the book that you need and driving sales, or a copyright infringement on a massive scale? That’s been the longtime argument (in court) between Google and some of the authors whose work appears in the search engine. At stake are billions of dollars that Google would owe the Authors Guild and individual authors who are parties to the suit. [More]

Ford And Chrysler Expand Recalls Of Vehicles With Takata Airbags

Ford And Chrysler Expand Recalls Of Vehicles With Takata Airbags

Yesterday, airbag-maker Takata made a terrifying admission: the company has no idea exactly why its products have been spraying metal shards into motorists’ bodies when they deploy. The good news is that two more automakers have, with the encouragement of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, expanded their recall of vehicles containing Takata parts to those registered in more states. [More]