(Mark Turnauckas)

Chick-Fil-A Pay-It-Forward Chain In Florida Lasts For 36 Cars

Very few things other than kittens warm the cold, hard hearts of Consumerist editors like in-store pay-it-forward chains. You know, where each customer in a drive-thru line offers to pay the bill of the person behind them in line. This miffs some people, but most take it in the spirit of community and awesomeness with which it’s intended. It’s happened yet again, at a Chick-Fil-A in Florida. [More]

Oh Look, A Countertop Ice Cream Sandwich Machine

Oh Look, A Countertop Ice Cream Sandwich Machine

Here at Consumerist, we enjoy bringing you the very latest in useless appliances that are glorified toasters or waffle makers. Cupcakes? Pies? Dog treats? Pretzels? Hot dogs? If you’re really into any of these products, you can find a dedicated electric countertop cooker for them. Should you? We don’t know, but now there’s an electric ice cream sandwich maker that you can set on your counter as well. [More]

Magic Car Scratch Repair Pens Aren’t So Magical After All

Magic Car Scratch Repair Pens Aren’t So Magical After All

Car-scratch repair pens are not magic. They might help you patch up light scratches on your car, sure, but they aren’t magic. What our gently buffed colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports discovered when they tested some popular pens advertised for quick scratch repair. One problem with the products: a paint with no color can’t replace colored paint that has been scratched away. [More]

Arby’s Testing Auntie Anne’s-Branded Cheddar Pretzel Nuggets

Arby’s Testing Auntie Anne’s-Branded Cheddar Pretzel Nuggets

In the most exciting development in fast-food cross-brand synergy since Taco Bell started serving up tiny Cinnabons, Arby’s is testing cheddar-filled Auntie Anne’s pretzel nuggets in some of their outlets in the Midwest. As you might expect based on that “cheddar-filled” description, we know that Wisconsin is one test site. [More]

Hobby Lobby Breaks New Christmas Creep Ground, Puts Out Decorations In May

Hobby Lobby Breaks New Christmas Creep Ground, Puts Out Decorations In May

The last time we noted the first display of Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby was in 2010, when they first put out the decorative items in mid-June. That’s only about six months before the holiday, though: clearly they’ve been missing out on some sales. That’s why this year, the Christmas decorations are out before the end of May. [More]

Once Upon The ’80s, Someone Really Approved This Ad

Once Upon The ’80s, Someone Really Approved This Ad

Every advertisement tells a story. The story that this advertisement tells is that ladies can’t even exercise without yapping on the phone, and that FaceTime was invented sometime before 1984. [More]

(Sher Yip)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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]

Yes, A $2 Drugstore Brand Outperformed Chanel’s $27 Nail Polish

Yes, A $2 Drugstore Brand Outperformed Chanel’s $27 Nail Polish

Psychologists and economists have a lot to say about the perception of luxury and how the price tag on an item affects how we use it. However, all of this comes down to one important question: is a $27 bottle of nail polish really better than a $2 bottle of nail polish? Our fast-drying, long-wearing colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports performed some tests. The answer will not surprise you. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Can Holster Your 7-Year-Old Phones

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Can Holster Your 7-Year-Old Phones

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a brave band of explorers who scour the American retailscape for items that are obsolete or just plain old. They still have some use, but the more important question isn’t “who would buy this?” It’s “why is this still on a retail shelf?” [More]

Adding Decimal Places Does Not Mean These Tastykakes Are On Sale

Adding Decimal Places Does Not Mean These Tastykakes Are On Sale

When you add decimal points to a price, does that make it a different number? That is to say, is $1 different than $1.00? It’s more accurate, sure, but it’s not a discount. Unless you’re shopping at Dollar General with reader John. [More]

(nathanmac87)

Woman Convicted Of Putting Pins And Needles In Food Sues Grocer For $8 Million

This story has the appearance of a wacky news story, but is just sad all around. Back in 2009, a grocery co-op in Calgary banned a woman from the premises for shoplifting. Authorities say that the following year, she began a campaign of malicious food adulteration, planting needles, pins, and nails in the store’s products. Now she’s suing the store for defamation. [More]

New Arby’s Ad: Watch 13 Hours Of Brisket Cooking

New Arby’s Ad: Watch 13 Hours Of Brisket Cooking

Here at Consumerist headquarters, we enjoyed Netflix’s original programming for April Fool’s Day 2014: streaming films of bacon frying and rotisserie chickens roasting. They had a lovely, meditative quality, and made fine sleep aids. Would they make a good advertisement, though? That’s what Arby’s aims to find out with their mission to create the longest-ever TV advertisement. [More]

Peanut Butter Cup Oreos And Oreo-Filled Chips Ahoy Are Now Real Things

Peanut Butter Cup Oreos And Oreo-Filled Chips Ahoy Are Now Real Things

Readers of this site might think that Consumerist staff eat a lot of junk food and fast food. That’s not true at all: maybe the amount of time that we spend reading about new permutations of food-like substances wears down our interest. For example, there are two new weirdly tempting hybrids of existing snacks available in stores now or very soon: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos and Oreo-filled Chips Ahoy cookies. Why? [More]

(Dev.Arka)

87-Year-Old Inventor Of Computer Password Keeps His On Sheets Of Paper

Do you have so many online accounts that you can barely keep track of where you’re registered, let alone what the passwords are? You’re certainly not alone. Heck, even Fernando Corbató, a retired researcher who is one of the people credited with inventing the computer password 50 years ago, keeps all of his on a few typed sheets of paper. [More]

Krackel Bars Promoted From Hershey’s Miniatures Bag Again

Krackel Bars Promoted From Hershey’s Miniatures Bag Again

Our younger readers may not remember this, but it used to be that Nestle Crunch bars weren’t the only choco-crisped-rice game in town. Nope. Back in the heady ’90s, candy-eaters could also buy full-sized Krackel bars. Yes, the crisped rice bars that you find as part of a Hershey’s Miniatures bag have been called back up to the big leagues and will be available on candy racks. [More]

Chuck E. Cheese’s Tests Oculus Rift Virtual Ticket-Grabbing Experience

Chuck E. Cheese’s Tests Oculus Rift Virtual Ticket-Grabbing Experience

I’m afraid of costumed mascots and have suppressed most of my childhood memories of visits to Chuck E. Cheese’s, but apparently the restaurant/gaming zone/adult fighting ring has a booth where kids stand and grab tickets as they fly by. Sounds fun, but what if you could eliminate the booth and the flying pieces of paper, simplifying the game? What if the Ticket Blaster went virtual? [More]

Family Wants Petco To Pay After Dog Dislocated Hip During Grooming

Family Wants Petco To Pay After Dog Dislocated Hip During Grooming

When a California woman picked up her daughter’s dog from his grooming appointment, it was obvious that something was wrong. The Shih Tzu was walking on three legs, not putting his right rear paw down on the ground. While the groomer admitted that she had pulled on that leg to get the animal into position to be groomed, nothing else seemed amiss. Or so the store claims. [More]

Frozen Hawaiian Pizzas Still Leave Customers Sad, Pineapple-less

Frozen Hawaiian Pizzas Still Leave Customers Sad, Pineapple-less

Either makers of frozen pizzas should just give up on the whole concept of “toppings,” or we consumers need to seriously cut back on our expectations. Maybe they should at least give up on the idea of making Hawaiian pizzas topped with ham and pineapple. After multiple readers sent us sad comparisons of Celeste’s version of the pizza, it turns out Red Baron doesn’t do such a good job, either. [More]