No, There Was Never A Kitchen Device That Turned Water Into Wine

No, There Was Never A Kitchen Device That Turned Water Into Wine

We have countertop devices that blend, toast, and bake bread. We can make our own wine at home, and there are even machines to make beer at home. So it didn’t seem completely implausible this past week when the story spread across the newsphere that you could toss a few ingredients in a machine no larger than an electric kettle and pour out some lovely wine only a few days later. Just very implausible. And it was. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Matt-san)

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]

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54 Years Later, “Harvest Of Shame” More Like “Warehouse Of Shame”

Most of our readers are probably too young to have even heard of “Harvest of Shame,” a 1960 hourlong CBS documentary special hosted by news legend Edward R. Murrow. It exposed the terrible physical and employment conditions of migrant workers on American farms. Today, there’s a different kind of mistreated invisible workforce all around us: the armies of temporary workers who power our warehouses and factories. Turns out that picking strawberries in 1960 has a lot in common with unpacking stuffed animals in 2013. [More]

Contractor Cleans Out Foreclosed House, Finds Deceased Owner

Contractor Cleans Out Foreclosed House, Finds Deceased Owner

If you suddenly disappeared, who would notice that you were gone? The neighbors of one woman in Pontiac, Michigan hadn’t seen her in years. She traveled a lot for work–maybe she was working offsite for an extended period, or she had moved away and simply not sold her house yet. No, she was home the whole time. In her Jeep. Dead. [More]

Girl Scouts And Mattel Team Up For Barbie-Branded Activity And Patch

Girl Scouts And Mattel Team Up For Barbie-Branded Activity And Patch

The Girl Scouts: they stand for wholesome, educational, and fun childhood activities. Right? Generally, yes, and even without coating every visible surface with pink sparkles. A new set of Barbie-themed activities and patch for the Daisy and Brownie levels (kindergarten through third grade) has horrified some critics, who think that the toy-maker’s influence is bad for girls’ self-image. [More]

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Private Companies Are Scanning Your License Plate And Location, Selling The Data

When you hear the phrase “vast hidden network of cameras that scan license plates,” what do you think of? The police? The Department of Homeland Security? While the government and privacy advocates argue over government use of plate-scanning data, private companies are already collecting and selling that data with little regulation. [More]

Cookie Monsters In California Steal Girl Scouts’ Tip Jar, Pay With Counterfeit Cash

Cookie Monsters In California Steal Girl Scouts’ Tip Jar, Pay With Counterfeit Cash

We really, really hope that the national trend of crimes against Girl Scouts selling cookies is one of those things that we’re noticing only because we are looking for the stories. Otherwise, these crimes are especially appalling since they’re against children raising money for a fun and wholesome organization. Last week in California, we heard of two additional crimes against Scouts. [More]

This Weekend, Think About That Most-Coveted Of Golden Awards: The Worst Company In America Trophy

This Weekend, Think About That Most-Coveted Of Golden Awards: The Worst Company In America Trophy

This weekend, all of Hollywood — and really, all of the nation — will be thinking about who will take home the most sought-after trophy in the world: The Golden Poo. That’s right, it’s time to start sending in nominations for the annual Worst Company in America tournament! [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Pool Finds

(Bill Binns)

Here are twelve 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]

Behold The Pop-Up Electric Hot Dog And Bun Toaster

Behold The Pop-Up Electric Hot Dog And Bun Toaster


Live from the store-closing sale of yet another Kmart, reader Amanda sent us this strange unitasking appliance that we were not previously aware existed. [More]

Fitbit Will Keep Supporting Force For Non-Itchy Customers, No Word On Software Upgrades

Fitbit Will Keep Supporting Force For Non-Itchy Customers, No Word On Software Upgrades

By now, you’ve probably heard that Fitbit has issued a recall for its Force wristbands, which caused mysterious and painful contact dermatitis in 1.7% of users. It’s a voluntary recall, and many customers who haven’t experienced any skin rashes are wondering whether they can keep their wristbands if they really like them. The short answer: yes.  [More]

Cinnamon Essence With No Calories: Behold The Cinnabon Air Freshener

Cinnamon Essence With No Calories: Behold The Cinnabon Air Freshener

The Cinnabon cinnamon roll is one of the greatest calorie bombs found in the world’s malls and airport food courts. Maybe that’s why people fetishize it so, and there’s a huge market for Cinnabon-branded products that are not cinnamon rolls. The latest? Air freshener. [More]

These baristas are both attractive and talented.

Not Interested In Bikini Baristas? Maybe You’d Like Shirtless Men Instead

Sure, not everyone finds the idea appealing, but coffee shops and stands with scantily clad ladies behind the counter are a popular diversion and source of caffeine. Yeah, there are the occasional accusations of stripping and bringing new meaning to “bottomless cup of coffee,” but they’re not a big deal. They just aren’t terribly interesting unless you’re attracted to women. A new coffee stand in Spokane, Washington solves that problem. [More]

Couple Fought Wrongful Foreclosure In Court, Emerged Victorious

Couple Fought Wrongful Foreclosure In Court, Emerged Victorious

It’s nice to hear about a battle of consumer vs. bank that ends with a consumer victory. Better still when it means that the consumer gets to stay in their home, which they were in danger of losing to foreclosure. That’s the heartwarming story of one California couple who fought back in court. [More]

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Stuck With Offensive Movies No More: Ultraviolet Will Let Consumers Delete Content

Last March, a reader contacted us about a free movie automatically added to his Flixster account that he didn’t even want to look at. He didn’t ask for the movie or download it on purpose, and he wanted it to go away. For some baffling reason, this was not possible.  [More]

Forget Heart-Shaped Pizza: Try Heart-Shaped Pepperoni Instead

Forget Heart-Shaped Pizza: Try Heart-Shaped Pepperoni Instead

In recent weeks, we’ve noticed a lot of visitors coming to our site because they’re looking for information on heart-shaped pizza. Yes, chain pizza places like Papa Murphy’s and Papa John’s offer heart-shaped pizzas, and you can make your own by shaping the crust into a blobbular heart-ish thing. For the ultimate in adorableness, though, try heart-shaped pepperoni. They’ll keep their shape better than a whole pizza, filling the space with way more hearts. [More]

(Karen_Chappell)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are six 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]

Crest’s Chocolate Mint Toothpaste Is Tasty, Overpriced, And Has No Reason To Exist

Crest’s Chocolate Mint Toothpaste Is Tasty, Overpriced, And Has No Reason To Exist

A few weeks ago, we posted about the existence of the new Crest Be(TM) line of toothpastes. This line of products includes flavors that mix chocolate and mint, vanilla and mint, and lime and mint. When the product was first announced, we declared it gross, expensive, and stupid. Now that the product has hit stores, at least one reviewer agrees with that assessment. [More]