(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]

Some advocacy groups have expressed concern that the milk used in Chobani comes from cows who eat feed with genetically modified ingredients.

Chobani Yogurt Meant For Olympic Athletes Will Go To Food Pantries Instead

The brave, chilly athletes representing the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia certainly need their protein. That’s why Chobani, maker of tasty strained yogurt products, was sending a large shipment of the stuff to Team USA in the Olympic Village. U.S. officials and Chobani lost their standoff with Russian bureaucracy, though, and the yogurt will not be allowed to enter the country. [More]

(Karen_Chappell)

Blame Nature, Not Your Lover, If Valentine’s Day Flowers Don’t Show

Friday is Valentine’s Day, the annual Festival of Pink and Red Dead Plants and Sometimes Chocolate. This year, the timing of the holiday poses a special challenge to florists and other gift-deliverers: The 14th falls on a Friday, and the next business day is a federal holiday when many workplaces close. That’s tricky enough, but what about the blast of ice and snow currently threatening much of the country? [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(RickDrew)

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]

Cottonelle Wipes Say They’re Flushable, But My Plumber Disagrees

Cottonelle Wipes Say They’re Flushable, But My Plumber Disagrees

Cottonelle really, really wants consumers to know that their wipes are supposed to be flushable. Wet wipes for grown-ups are the next frontier in posterior-cleaning technology, and paper companies really want consumers to adopt them. Unfortunately, plumbers and people in sewage treatment disagree. [More]

Extreme Couponer Harnesses Skills For Good, Feeds Local Families

Extreme Couponer Harnesses Skills For Good, Feeds Local Families

You could go grocery shopping with a stack of coupons and build a pantry stockpile, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. One man who enjoys couponing is applying his skills to stock the pantry of an entire community, supplying a facility where families can pick up essentials when they’re struggling. [More]

Store Loses Super Bowl Bet, Gives Away $7 Million Worth Of Furniture

Store Loses Super Bowl Bet, Gives Away $7 Million Worth Of Furniture

A furniture store in Houston has to give $7 million worth of furniture away to its customers after losing a bet on the Super Bowl. Don’t feel bad for the store owner, though: from his point of view, this is a good thing. Not because he’s a terrible business owner, but because the promotion got customers in the door, got the store’s name in the news, and just might create long-term customers. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Scoboco)

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]

(Foodbeast/Google Earth)

The Longest In-N-Out Drive-Thru Lines, As Seen From Space

We hear that In-N-Out is a very popular burger-slinging establishment. We’ll take its fans at their word, because we don’t believe in leaving the East Coast. What we do know is that the combination of tasty burgers and car culture leads to such long drive-thru lines that you can see them from space. [More]

(The Shabby Bunny)

Why Picking Up Extra Money Through Ride-sharing May Not Be So Wise

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have been in the news lately, mostly because of the controversial pricing structure and clashes with the taxi industry that these companies are trying so hard to disrupt. If all of this coverage has made you think, “Hey, I want to drive strangers around for some extra cash,” that’s possible with Lyft or the lower-end UberX service. There may be a danger that you hadn’t anticipated, though. [More]

Drink At Sffcccks, Shop At H&N At Bizarro Fake Downtown In China

Drink At Sffcccks, Shop At H&N At Bizarro Fake Downtown In China

How do you create an atmosphere that will make people want to shop? In Wuxi, China, there’s a lovely, newly-built street lined with shops from various international brands. H&N, Appla, Zare, Sffcccks Coffee…wait a minute. Once you look at the signs more closely, something isn’t right here. [More]

Would You Like Some Penis Jokes With Your Pizza?

Would You Like Some Penis Jokes With Your Pizza?

When a restaurant introduces a new special, they want the name to be memorable. Brothers Pizza in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio have done a masterful job with one coupon that they call their “oddest and most popular offer.” That’s the “12 boners and 4-skins” deal, where customers get a dozen chicken wings and four potato skins for $10.99. What did you think it was referring to? [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Bill Binns)

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]

Big Lots Celebrates Lots Of Holidays, All At Once

Big Lots Celebrates Lots Of Holidays, All At Once

If you were wondering, Easter is April 20 this year. Christmas, of course, was December 25. At Big Lots, the period of mid-to-late January is a time of peaceful coexistence of holidays. It is a time when we celebrate both the birth and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time when the Easter stuff hits the shelves, even though the Christmas stuff hasn’t all sold yet. [More]

(Modern Farmer)

The History Of The Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, In Comic Form

We at Consumerist remain fascinated with the 2012 theft of 10,000 barrels of maple syrup from the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve in Quebec, Canada. We’re not the only ones: there’s even a movie about the heist starring Jason Segal in production. Yet some questions remained: Did authorities ever catch everyone involved? Was every drop of syrup recovered? More importantly, why is there a global strategic maple syrup reserve in the first place? [More]

(Danny Ngan)

Bad Consumer Hurls Fry At McDonald’s Cashier, Lacerates Other Customer’s Cornea

Anything can be used as a weapon if deployed in just the right way. That’s what a customer at a McDonald’s in Bordeaux, France learned when she was hit in the eye with a fry while waiting in line at a restaurant. A doctor diagnosed her with a lacerated cornea and told her to take ten days off work. [More]

Now On Shelves: Cookie Dough And “Marshmallow Crispy” Flavored Oreos

Now On Shelves: Cookie Dough And “Marshmallow Crispy” Flavored Oreos

The proliferation of Oreo flavors is, depending on your point of view, either a global nightmare or a an exciting new source of awesomeness and variety. We’ve made it our mission to bring you the latest novelty Oreo flavor news, even when those flavors don’t make a whole lot of sense. Like the limited-edition Marshmallow Crispy flavor. [More]