Why Wikipedia Decided To Join The Blackout And Potentially Threaten Your Homework

Why Wikipedia Decided To Join The Blackout And Potentially Threaten Your Homework

Wikipedia prides itself on being neutral… so why is it taking itself down to protest something political? According to their official explanation of the protest decision, the members of the Wikimedia Foundation feel that “although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence is not.” [More]

Yuengling Is Now America's Largest Brewer

Yuengling Is Now America's Largest Brewer

Did Yuengling suddenly get bigger than Miller or Bud? Nope. Both are now foreign-owned. According to AdAge, Yuengling has recently surpassed Sam Adams’ Boston Beer Company as the largest U.S.-owned brewer that manufactures all its beer in the U.S. [More]

Have A Private Student Loan Horror Story? Today Is The Last Day To Tell The CFPB

Have A Private Student Loan Horror Story? Today Is The Last Day To Tell The CFPB

We see enough horror stories about private student loans that we know there must be quite a few of them out there. If you’d like to contribute to the public good by sharing your experience, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would like to hear what you have to say. And if you actually had a good experience the CFPB would like to hear about that, too. [More]

Penis Tattoo Gives Man A Permanent Erection

Penis Tattoo Gives Man A Permanent Erection

Thinking of getting a penis tattoo? Apparently, they come with the risk of a permanent erection. Let’s see if we can get through this one without a Jason Stackhouse joke… Nope! [More]

Lose Weight By Eating In Restaurants?

Lose Weight By Eating In Restaurants?

Ah yes. The dream. To lose weight while eating in restaurants and thus maintaining needed contact with other humans. Can it be done? According to one study, yes, it can. [More]

TripAdvisor Gives Up On "Dirtiest Hotels In America" List

TripAdvisor Gives Up On "Dirtiest Hotels In America" List

Well, this is depressing. Travel review site TripAdvisor has chosen to abandon the genius idea of releasing a “Dirtiest Hotels in America” list. Why? They want to “focus on the positive.” What the hell? Who wants to read about a bunch of clean hotels full of happy people? Bah humbug! [More]

Samsung Delighted To Announce Ads On Your Smart TV's Home Screen

Samsung Delighted To Announce Ads On Your Smart TV's Home Screen

Samsung was delighted to announce this morning at CES that they intend to place ads to the home screens of your fancy new Smart TVs. Does this annoy you? [More]

"Smart" LG Fridge Suggests What To Cook Based On What's Inside It

"Smart" LG Fridge Suggests What To Cook Based On What's Inside It

With each passing press conference, our inexorable path toward robot domination becomes ever more clear. LG has announced a series of smart appliances that will be “controlled” by your Smart Phone and can do things like monitor both their electrical consumption and your food consumption. They can even suggest recipes based on what is in the fridge. This will, of course, lead them to conclude that they are the more efficient lifeforms. So caveat emptor. [More]

Yes, Consumerist Is Going To CES

Yes, Consumerist Is Going To CES

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Consumerist will be tagging along with Consumer Reports to the Consumer Electronics Show. How shall you follow our adventure? On Twitter, naturally. Follow @Consumerist. This account will be staffed by the inimitable Chris Morran, who will be continuing the fine tradition of making Best Buy uneasy with his presence. Be sure to say hello if you spot us on the floor. [More]

Consumer Reports: New Burger King Fries Are Better, But Still Not As Good As Wendy's

Consumer Reports: New Burger King Fries Are Better, But Still Not As Good As Wendy's

Last Friday, Burger King launched some new fries – offering free samples while supplies lasted. Our scientific sisters at Consumer Reports jumped in the car and headed to two Burger King locations near our shared Yonkers, NY, headquarters to see if they could detect any changes. [More]

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Will Accept Credit Card Payments With Their Smart Phones

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Will Accept Credit Card Payments With Their Smart Phones

The Salvation Army has announced that they are testing Square, a service that allows a smart phone to accept credit card payments. The test will take place at 40 locations in Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Previous attempts at accepting credit cards weren’t successful, but the Army is feeling optimistic that consumers will adopt this new way of paying. [More]

Do You Know People Who Throw Away Change Instead Of Saving It?

Do You Know People Who Throw Away Change Instead Of Saving It?

A (presumably) sarcastic comment on Vanguard’s Facebook page about throwing away change instead of saving it has started something of a debate over on reddit. The question? Are there, in fact, people who really throw away their change rather than save it in a jar? Could this be true? Or is everyone being sarcastic and messing with us? [More]

Um, Do I Actually Need To Buy Winter Tires?

Um, Do I Actually Need To Buy Winter Tires?

Ah yes, winter tires. That’s what you need right now. You want to buy an expensive set of tires just for one season. Is it even necessary? Can’t you just get all season tires and be done with it? Maybe! But the answer really depends on where you live and what type of surface you’ll be driving on. [More]

Chase Drops Plan For $3 Debit Card Fee

Chase Drops Plan For $3 Debit Card Fee

Chase joins U.S. Bancorp, Citigroup, PNC, KeyCorp and other large banks that have recently moved away from the plan to charge consumers a monthly fee when they use their debit cards to make purchases, reports the Wall Street Journal. The bank recently tested the fee in both Washington and Georgia. [More]

Consumerist Talks To Jeep's CEO About Being The Most Reliable U.S. Auto Brand — But Still Middle Of The Pack

Yesterday, our gearhead cousins at Consumer Reports released the results of their Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which had Jeep jumping up seven spots from the previous year to become the top-ranked domestic brand, though it was still #13 overall. Soon after this news came out, we got the chance to speak to Jeep CEO Michael Manley about this mixed blessing [More]

Guy From Green Day Kicked Off Southwest Because Of Saggy Pants

Guy From Green Day Kicked Off Southwest Because Of Saggy Pants

Add “saggy pants” to list of reasons you, or your favorite celebrity, can get kicked off Southwest Airlines. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong objected to being told to pull up his pants by a flight attendant, and, according to an eyewitness who happens to be a producer for ABC 7 in San Francisco, the dispute resulted in both Mr. Armstrong and his companion being asked to leave the aircraft. [More]

Scofflaw Lemon Tree Escapes Florida, Causes Interstate Incident

Scofflaw Lemon Tree Escapes Florida, Causes Interstate Incident

Florida is apparently under quarantine because of diseases that affect the quality of citrus fruit. This isn’t information your average person from Wisconsin is in possession of, so when the United States Department of Agriculture wrote to one Waukesha woman to let her know that she’d have to give up her Meyer lemon tree, she was a little confused. [More]

Consumer Reports: Are New LED Lightbulbs As Good As The Inefficient Incandescents?

Consumer Reports: Are New LED Lightbulbs As Good As The Inefficient Incandescents?

Our scientific sisters over at Consumer Reports have set out to answer the question that’s on everyone’s minds lately: Is an LED lightbulb really a viable replacement for the controversial-and-soon-to-be-phased-out inefficient incandescent?

CR says:

After 3,000 hours of testing, the best LEDs were still as bright as the incandescents they replaced. But only about half were as bright as promised. All the LEDs reached full brightness instantly, even at frigid temperatures, providing warm white light that was unaffected by frequently turning them on and off. Energy use matched or exceeded claims, and LEDs don’t contain mercury (CFLs do in small amounts). Some LEDs dimmed as low as incandescents. But not all LEDs are good at shining light where you need it. [More]