(Misfit Photographer)

Why Gasoline With More Than 10% Ethanol Will Make Your Mower Sad

Modern cars are designed to get around just fine with gasoline containing ethanol in their tanks, but not all gasoline that you buy at the corner gas station is healthy for other items that you own that use gas. Think outdoor power equipment like push mowers, string trimmers, and chainsaws. Cars made in 2006 and afterwards can take fuel that’s up to 15% ethanol, but that mixture can be disastrous for small gas-powered appliances. [More]

I Can’t Buy A Car Because Acura Thinks I’m Dead

I Can’t Buy A Car Because Acura Thinks I’m Dead

Dead people do not need cars, and they also have trouble making the payments. That’s probably why one woman’s credit score plummeted to zero when a lender accidentally put her down as dead. It was due to human error, but she’ll need to wait 30 days to move on with her new car purchase because someone at Acura Financial Services picked the wrong thing in a drop-down menu. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Nicholas Eckhart)

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

(Cavale Doom)

Banks Run Free Classes For Rich Kids On How To Be Super-Rich

Being a young adult who will inherit billions of dollars isn’t all fabulous parties, designer clothes, and supercars. It also means learning responsibility: at minimum, you’ll be responsible for caring for your own billions, and you could also end up running the family business or a foundation. There’s no degree, not even in business administration, that can prepare you for life as a billionaire, but some banks would really like to help. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Jason Cook)

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

This is not an especially helpful wanted poster, but it is helping publicize the situation

New York Lottery Seeks Missing Buyer Of $7 Million Ticket

A year ago, someone walked into a bodega (or, as we say in the rest of the country, a “convenience store”) in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and bought a lottery ticket. Perhaps he or she lost the ticket, or missed checking the winning numbers, because the buyer won $7 million, yet has not come forward. They need to do so before tomorrow. [More]

Victoria’s Secret Serves Frequent Shopper With ‘Divorce Papers’

Victoria’s Secret Serves Frequent Shopper With ‘Divorce Papers’

A regular Victoria’s Secret customer in Wisconsin says that she was surprised when she brought her merchandise to the checkout at her local store, and they served her with what she calls “divorce papers,” banning her from shopping at the lingerie chain. What? What right do they have to do that? It turns out that she wasn’t just any customer. [More]

Bratz Dolls Return With Slightly More Clothing, Selfie Sticks, Still No Noses

Bratz Dolls Return With Slightly More Clothing, Selfie Sticks, Still No Noses

Bratz, a line of noseless fashion dolls whose owner has spent the last decade in litigation with Barbie-maker Mattel, have returned to store shelves. Is this a good thing? Maybe. The company is certainly making a big deal out of its relaunch, with ad campaigns, a “brand anthem,” and a big event in Times Square. [More]

Craft Store Decorates Festive Back-To-School Tree To Mark Important Holiday

Craft Store Decorates Festive Back-To-School Tree To Mark Important Holiday

Years ago, I temped for about six months in an office where an artificial evergreen tree in one lobby was always on display, decorated for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, or any other event that the tree’s owner felt like observing. I’m not sure whether that creative person or even the holiday mashup artists over at Hobby Lobby would have ever thought of this decoration that reader Jason recently shared with Consumerist, though. [More]

Win In Publisher’s Clearing House Game Due To ‘Technical Malfunction’

Win In Publisher’s Clearing House Game Due To ‘Technical Malfunction’

Have you ever wondered whether anyone really wins the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes? One woman thought she did while playing a game for real money on the company’s website. She won five separate digital slots-style games, racking up a total of $5,000. She was happy to wait for her check…and wait…and she kept waiting. [More]

(Doug L.)

Suspected Shoplifter Runs From Security, Dies After Jumping Off Ledge

A woman at a mall in Providence, RI was suspected of shoplifting, and she ran away from security guards who were pursuing her. She might have thought she was escaping through the parking garage, jumping over a railing to escape the building. What she didn’t know is that the first level of the parking garage isn’t on the ground. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Laurice Marier)

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

TurboTax Will Delete Cloud Backups Of Tax Returns For Some Users On July 21

TurboTax Will Delete Cloud Backups Of Tax Returns For Some Users On July 21

TurboTax tried an interesting experiment this year: some of their desktop software users were offered the opportunity to store their tax returns in the on the cloud, which could be useful in the case of hard drive failure or some other catastrophe affecting files on your computer. Those customers will have to download a copy for safekeeping: Intuit has decided to end the experiment and have desktop customers save their returns the old-fashioned way. [More]

Amy’s Baking Company To Go Wholesale-Only, Restaurant For Sale

Amy’s Baking Company To Go Wholesale-Only, Restaurant For Sale

You may remember Amy’s Baking Company, a bakery and bistro in Phoenix that somehow turned one appearance on the United States version of Gordon Ramsay’s program “Kitchen Nightmares” into years of infamy. Maybe it was because it was the first and only time Ramsay walked away from a restaurant makeover, or how the restaurant’s owners declared war on Reddit, or possibly the entire Internet. This plan didn’t lead to long-term success as a restaurant. [More]

Amazon’s Prime Day Not Off To A Thrilling Start

Amazon’s Prime Day Not Off To A Thrilling Start

Amazon’s Prime Day was supposed to be a celebration of the company’s 20th birthday as well as a shopping frenzy festival to rival Black Friday. After more than a week of hype, customers are finding the deals underwhelming. When one reader did find something he actually wanted, he was unable to get the limited-duration “Lightning deal” into his cart. [More]

The Pizza Farm Is Real: There Are Also Fish Stick Bushes And Taquito Trees

The Pizza Farm Is Real: There Are Also Fish Stick Bushes And Taquito Trees

A few weeks ago, we shared our disappointment that while “pizza farms” exist, they are not places where you pluck sun-ripened pizzas from the vine and eat them in a meadow while pepperoni-beasts surround you, grazing red peppers. No, they’re places where you eat pizza on the farm where the ingredients were grown or raised, which is almost as good. Then we learned about an actual pizza farm. [More]

Telebrands Stops Marketing Amish Secret Furniture Polish After S.C. Johnson Challenges Ad Claims

Telebrands Stops Marketing Amish Secret Furniture Polish After S.C. Johnson Challenges Ad Claims

You may remember Telebrands, the company that sells innovative products through a very distinctive style of advertising. You probably remember them very well, because we had a story just this morning about their settling a New Jersey lawsuit alleging violations of that state’s Consumer Fraud Act. The company also came to an agreement with competitor S.C. Johnson and Son, agreeing to pull ads for its Amish Secret Furniture Cleaner and stop making claims that standard furniture polish is bad for wood. [More]

This Glorious ’80s Time Capsule House Is Real, In Living Primary Colors

This Glorious ’80s Time Capsule House Is Real, In Living Primary Colors

In the suburbs of Buffalo, New York, there is a house that until recently was for sale. From the front and from the back, the exterior looks like any ordinary upscale house built in the late ’80s. Inside, however, it looks like the sets from “Saved by the Bell” collided with sets from “The Golden Girls,” then somehow became attached to a mall food court from 1988. Then nothing ever changed. [More]