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Woman Spots Wedding Dress Given Up For Lost During Hurricane Sandy In Dry Cleaner’s Window

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in the fall of 2012, a Staten Island woman who had her wedding dress at a local dry cleaners figured her gown was gone — the store was destroyed and has been closed for almost two years. But it turns out the only thing in the store that survived the storm was her dress — which she spotted in the window of the store when it finally reopened — in a new location. [More]

Surgeon General’s Report: “We Need To Do Something” About Climbing Skin Cancer Rates

Surgeon General’s Report: “We Need To Do Something” About Climbing Skin Cancer Rates

Summer might be half-over, but there’s still plenty of time left to go tanning on the beach before fall madness sets in. But before you head out to catch some rays before Labor Day, the Surgeon General has some advice for you: don’t. [More]

Ronald McDonald Won’t Sell Burgers At Your Kids’ School, But He’ll Talk About Bike Safety

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Is it possible to separate a world-famous brand mascot from the products that mascot has spent decades shilling for? Can you look at Joe Camel and not associate him with Camel cigarettes, or stare deep into the terrifying unblinking eyes of second-tier human-baseball Mr. Met and not immediately think of the NY Mets? McDonald’s apparently thinks so, telling consumer advocates that Ronald McDonald isn’t pushing Big Macs and McNuggets on kids when he visits schools to talk about bike safety and other non-greasy topics. [More]

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Comcast Cancels Event At Home Of Lawmaker Who Wants To Ban Municipal Broadband

As we mentioned earlier today, 20 states have laws on the books that ban or severely limit municipal efforts to launch broadband services that compete with the likes of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and their cronies. And several states, including Kansas, are trying to enact industry-backed laws of their own to prevent cities from offering competitive Internet service. Comcast was supposed to be showing off its home security service at the home of the Kansas lawmaker who introduced that state’s ridiculous legislation, but has backed out of it after the media started asking questions. [More]

If the money had been attached to an adorable dog, would you have turned it into the bank? (photo: Dan Century)

Woman Finds $1,000 At Bank Drive-Thru, Doesn’t Give Into Temptation

You pull up to the bank drive-thru to make a deposit, only to find a stack of cash sitting on the ground next to the drop slot. Some may be tempted to blow that money on… well, honestly $1,000 doesn’t go very far, but it’s still free cash, right? Not so, says one good samaritan from Georgia. [More]

Movie Execs Realize Promo With Exploding Buildings And A Sept. 11 Release Date Doesn’t Go Over Well

Movie Execs Realize Promo With Exploding Buildings And A Sept. 11 Release Date Doesn’t Go Over Well

Paramount movie executives Down Under are learning a rough lesson about what kind of imagery doesn’t go over so well with the public: It’s not so much that people don’t like anthropomorphic turtles dressed like ninjas, but the fact that a recent promo poster for the Sept. 11 Australian release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie featured the reptiles escaping/falling from a burning building struck the wrong chord for some fans. [More]

Order Provides $92M In Debt Relief For Servicemembers And Others Deceived By Lending Scheme

Order Provides $92M In Debt Relief For Servicemembers And Others Deceived By Lending Scheme

Despite laws protecting servicemembers from some forms of shady lending, many continue to fall victim to too-good-to-be-true schemes. One company that offered questionable financing to military borrowers and private citizens has been ordered today to provide millions of dollars in debt relief to the consumers it deceived. [More]

Soon You’ll Be Able To Learn Dothraki So You Can Pick Up Dates At The Stables

Soon You’ll Be Able To Learn Dothraki So You Can Pick Up Dates At The Stables

Hash yer dothrae chek? Oh, I’m sorry, fellow equine enthusiast hanging out at this stable. I thought you might speak Dothraki. No fear, you’ll soon be able to learn all the phrases you need to pick up fellow horse lovers at the stable or tell your boss she reminds you of an enraged wild boar. [More]

Police Hunting For Man Who Stole 9 Lawnmowers From Sears… One Mower At A Time

Police Hunting For Man Who Stole 9 Lawnmowers From Sears… One Mower At A Time

When I first heard about a man wanted in Alabama for allegedly stealing nine lawnmowers from a Sears store, I assumed he’d swiped all the mowers at once with the aid of a truck or moving van. But no, this mower thief had the idiotic bravery to steal the nine mowers one at a time… in the backseat of his sedan. [More]

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Baby Toy Company Thinks Fake Prescription Bottles Filled With Candy Are A Good Idea

Why is it a bad idea to give out prescription bottles filled with candy as freebies at a conference for blogging mothers? When those blogging moms bring their swag home to their kids, a child could draw the very dangerous conclusion that amber-colored bottles with white tops are filled with candy. [More]

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Recording Industry Sues Ford, GM Over “CD-Ripping” Vehicles

While it’s usually perfectly legal for you to put the music you buy on a hard drive for your own use, the makers of the technology that rip your CDs into MP3s (or other formats) may be breaking the law if they don’t pay the recording industry piper. That’s why two of the country’s largest automakers are currently being sued by a music business royalties group. [More]

FTC Gives Wireless Industry Suggestions On How To Not Be Bill-Cramming Jerks

FTC Gives Wireless Industry Suggestions On How To Not Be Bill-Cramming Jerks

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission sued T-Mobile, accusing the wireless company of making hundred of millions of dollars off of so-called “premium” text-messaging subscriptions that were often never requested by subscribers. To preempt others from getting involved in illegal “bill cramming,” the FTC is asking carriers to implement policy changes now instead of waiting until it’s too late. [More]

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The Time Has Come: Facebook Forcing Smartphone Users To Download Separate Messaging App

Have the urge to send a Facebook message to your ex at goodness knows what time in the morning saying Zeus only knows what? If you want to make that mistake on your phone, soon you’ll have to download the social network’s entirely separate Messenger app, or forever keep your peace. Until the next time you hang out with your pal tequila, at least. [More]

Study: One Third Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

Study: One Third Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

Sometimes debt isn’t so bad, and sometimes it is, but one thing is clear: 80% of Americans owe someone, somewhere, some money. It might be a mortgage or student loan, or a five-year-old fee that got forgotten about, but the vast majority of us have some outstanding debt. And worse: a third of the country may have debt collectors chasing after them for that cash. [More]

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Oscar Mayer Wants To Buy World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Because The Wienermobile Is Lonely

One can only imagine how lonely it must be to live the life of a super-sized food item, one whose sole purpose is to advertise, not to be actually consumed: Long days filled with gawkers pointing out how big you are, with no one ever really getting you. But do you know who could understand what it’s like to be say, the World’s Largest Catsup bottle? The Wienermobile. And vice versa. [More]

Let’s Break Down Forbes’ Laughable “5 Reasons To Admire Comcast”

Let’s Break Down Forbes’ Laughable “5 Reasons To Admire Comcast”

In spite of its two Worst Company In America wins, we know that not everyone hates Comcast. But if you’re going to go out of your way on a popular website to tell America why it should think more kindly of the Kabletown folks, then you’ll need to come up with better reasons than the ones given in a risible Forbes.com column. [More]

Notice Shows GM Knew About Bolt Issue In Camaro, Other Vehicles A Year Before Announcing Recall

Notice Shows GM Knew About Bolt Issue In Camaro, Other Vehicles A Year Before Announcing Recall

The latest woe for General Motors may sound a bit familiar. It appears the car manufacturer knew of a potential safety problem — in which a loose bolt could cause loss of the driver’s seat function — before affected vehicles ever hit the market, but didn’t take action until issuing a recall earlier this month. [More]

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Literal Lowdown Thief Crawled Through Store To Steal Wigs Meant For Cancer Victims

Listen, we’re not the type to throw around the word “literally” like all those people who annoy the heck out of everyone else by claiming that they are “literally starving.” You’re not, but we can say that a man who crawled through a wig store pilfering hair meant for cancer victims is literally a lowdown thief. Because of the crawling, and because stealing from people in need is awful. [More]