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Is The USPS More Likely To Lose Boxes Emblazoned With The Word ‘Atheist’?

Here’s something odd. Would you think that packages would get lost more or less often according to the brand on the box or the words on their packaging? That shouldn’t be the case. A German company that sells handmade, minimalist shoes, did a cool branding thing and uses tape with the company’s name printed on it to seal their shipping boxes. That company’s name? “Atheist.” They noticed that a lot of packages sent to the United States were significantly delayed, and wondered why that was. So they conducted an experiment. That experiment proved that if you want a package to get lost, brand it with the word “ATHEIST.” [More]

Report: The Government Is Going To Start Busting Heads Over Money-Laundering At Big Banks

Report: The Government Is Going To Start Busting Heads Over Money-Laundering At Big Banks

If big banks weren’t at the root of so many problems, maybe we’d be starting to feel the tiniest bit bad for all the trouble they’ve been getting into lately with authorities. But yeah, we don’t feel the slightest twinge of sympathy that regulators are reportedly about to start cracking down on a few big banks for money-laundering. [More]

Pepsi's Amp, Monster & 5-Hour Energy Drinks Under Investigation For Calling Beverages Dietary Supplements

Pepsi's Amp, Monster & 5-Hour Energy Drinks Under Investigation For Calling Beverages Dietary Supplements

What’s that? You’re not drinking that energy drink for its dietary benefits, but instead to stay awake after pulling an all-nighter at the office? That’s funny, because New York’s attorney general also thinks energy drinks shouldn’t be marketed as dietary supplements and that maybe PepsiCo’s Amp, Monster and 5-Hour Energy a drinks are being a bit squirrelly with how they sell their products. [More]

Why Hollywood Video Zombie Debts Just Won't Go Away

Why Hollywood Video Zombie Debts Just Won't Go Away

Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video went bankrupt with only one real asset: enough outstanding overdue notices to make a librarian weep. Americans owed the chains something like $125,000,000, which is not a typo. These debts were sold, and the new owners zombified them and really, really want to get their paws on that money. A year and a half after we first reported that customers and even employees were receiving invoices from collection agencies for zombie debts, they’re still at it. [More]

Whistleblower Involved In Outing Big Banks Says Keeping It Secret For 3 Years Wasn’t Easy

Whistleblower Involved In Outing Big Banks Says Keeping It Secret For 3 Years Wasn’t Easy

Not being able to tell your family why you were out of work and broke for three years would be something most of us couldn’t even imagine. One of the whistleblowers involved in the investigation that led to this year’s $25 billion mortgage settlement with some of the nation’s biggest banks says he had a pretty rough time waiting things out, while not being able to utter a word to his loved ones. [More]

GlaxoSmithKline Pleads Guilty & Will Pay U.S. $3 Billion To Resolve Fraud Allegations

GlaxoSmithKline Pleads Guilty & Will Pay U.S. $3 Billion To Resolve Fraud Allegations

In the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, prescription drug giant GlaxoSmithKline is set to plead guilty and pay $3 billion to the U.S. government. The settlement will resolve federal criminal and civil inquiries about things ranging from the company’s illegal promotion of some of its products to its failure to report safety data and alleged false price reporting. [More]

Report: Walmart Lobbied Aggressively Against Anti-Bribery Laws They May Have Violated

Report: Walmart Lobbied Aggressively Against Anti-Bribery Laws They May Have Violated

As every action Walmart has taken over the last few years is being picked apart in the aftermath of the New York Times story that alleges they used bribes to expand in Mexico and then covered up those bribes, lots of little interesting side stories are popping up. For example, a new report says Walmart was involved in lobbying aggressively against the very anti-bribery laws they are being investigated for violating. [More]

Report: Feds Targeting Walmart With Criminal Investigation In Wake Of Bribery Claims

Report: Feds Targeting Walmart With Criminal Investigation In Wake Of Bribery Claims

A new report says the U.S. Justice Department is taking allegations of Walmart bribery in Mexico very seriously, and have started a criminal investigation. And just as that news hits comes a story that the company has created a Global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Officer. Coincidence? We think not. [More]

We Are Shocked, Shocked That Walmart May Have Been Bribing People In Mexico

We Are Shocked, Shocked That Walmart May Have Been Bribing People In Mexico

Hold the darn phone — Walmart has been indicated in a bribery scandal in which the company’s Mexican arm was bribing people to the tune of $24 million to obtain permits, and then attempted to cover up the whole scandal? We shan’t believe it. Ha! Just kidding. That makes total sense. [More]

Safety Regulators Investigating Claims Of Sticky Throttles In Ford Tauruses

Safety Regulators Investigating Claims Of Sticky Throttles In Ford Tauruses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into claims that 2005-2006 Ford Tauruses are having acceleration problems, reminding us that the Ford Taurus still exists. Those cars have been around so long, it’s more like, dino-taurus! Am I right? [More]

The FDA Wants To Make Sure Inhalable Caffeine Canisters Are Safe Before You Huff

We already make jokes about being so addicted to caffeine we need a constant IV drip in order to function, so now that a company is making an inhalable form of the beloved substance, the Food and Drug Administration is preparing to check into things just to make sure it’s safe for consumers to go huffing away at it. [More]

Texas Law Allows Basset Hound's Dream Of Getting A High School Diploma To Come True

There are some private schools out there offering high school diplomas for a hefty fee — but be careful, as they might not give a flying bark whether you’re man or beast. One local news team investigated a school offering diplomas, and successfully snagged one for their canine pal, Molly. [More]

Tax Prep Company Blames IRS, Indian Software Developers, Customers For Bounced Checks

Old school Consumerist readers may remember Memphis-based Mo Money Taxes from its appearance in this classic Great Moments In Commercial History post. But now the company, which provides tax prep services in several states, is making headlines because it has put a lot of bad refund checks in the hands of its customers. [More]

Report Lists The Top Scams Of 2011, Somehow Nigerian Email Tricksters Weren't The Worst

Whether it’s being suckered into thinking you won a super awesome prize that requires a payment to collect it, or some aristocrat in Nigeria needs your help and money to collect on a big financial settlement, consumers were hit by a lot of scams last year. A new report lists the top 10 schemes consumers fell prey to in 2011. [More]

So Do Those Headlight Restoration Kits Actually Work?

So Do Those Headlight Restoration Kits Actually Work?

If, like me, you’re a regular watcher of basic cable programming (yay for House marathons on a dreary Sunday!), you’ve probably seen the ads for those kits that promise to restore car headlights that have fogged over or dulled from oxidation. They promise to clear up that haze quickly and cheaply, but do they work? [More]

Costa Offers Uninjured Cruise Passengers $14K To Cover Lost Baggage, Psychological Trauma

Costa Offers Uninjured Cruise Passengers $14K To Cover Lost Baggage, Psychological Trauma

What amount of money could make up for the time the giant cruise ship you were on steered too close to shore and hit rocks, triggering a scary evacuation of you and your fellow passengers, the loss of your belongings and the trauma over the fact that others on the boat were killed? Costa cruise lines thinks about $14,460 is the right number. [More]

Officials Raid Butterball Turkey Facility To Investigate Claims Of Animal Cruelty

Officials Raid Butterball Turkey Facility To Investigate Claims Of Animal Cruelty

A North Carolina Butterball facility was raided recently by officials, who were investigating claims by an animal advocacy group that the company has been abusing fowl on the premises. Mercy for Animals sent law enforcement video they’d collected from hidden cameras at the plant. [More]

Health Inspectors Visit Enfamil Baby Formula Factory As Part Of Investigation Into Bacterial Infections

Health Inspectors Visit Enfamil Baby Formula Factory As Part Of Investigation Into Bacterial Infections

As part of an ongoing investigation into bacterial infections of Cronobacter that killed an infant last week, U.S. health inspectors visited an Enfamil baby formula factory run by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., the makers of the formula in question. [More]