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$400M Loan From Its Own CEO Is Only 1/10 Of What Sears Needs To Stay Alive

I don’t know about you, but if someone loaned me $400 million, it would just about cover all my debts. But I’m not a sagging national retail operation that hasn’t been relevant in decades. If I were, then I’d probably need a much, much, much bigger loan to get out of hock. [More]

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Failed Stowaway Tries To Hide In Plane’s Wheel Well For Free Ride From Orlando To NYC

Just because one person survived flying miles above the ground in the wheel well of an airplane doesn’t mean everyone should try it. Luckily for a shirtless, barefoot man who police say tried to stowaway in a JetBlue plane’s wheel, he never left the ground. [More]

Recreated Pan Am Plane Transports Guests To 1970s – All For The Price Of Real Airline Ticket

Recreated Pan Am Plane Transports Guests To 1970s – All For The Price Of Real Airline Ticket

What if I said you didn’t need a speeding Delorean and 1.21 gigawatts to revisit the past? No, you just need a few hundred dollars and the willingness to spend that money to sit on a movie set and pretend you’re flying in a Pan Am jet from a bygone era. [More]

Like Monopoly money, but it buys real stuff.

Judge Hits Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme With $40.7 Million Penalty

If someone convinces you to invest with him by promising returns of 7% weekly, and that he’s never lost money and there’s no risk, you should be incredibly concerned about giving him your money, regardless of whether it’s a dollar or a Bitcoin. But the operator of a Bitcoin-based Ponzi scheme in Texas was able to rake in millions based on completely empty promises — and now has to pay it all back. [More]

Procter & Gamble Removes Microbeads From Toothpastes, Still Insists They’re Safe

Procter & Gamble Removes Microbeads From Toothpastes, Still Insists They’re Safe

Microbeads are little plastic beads that appear in face washes, toothpastes, and other personal-care items. They aren’t so beautiful for America’s waterways, where the tiny beads could end up in the stomachs of the fish and fowl we like to gaze at and eat. Some lawmakers want the beads banned, but Procter & Gamble is the latest personal-care products company to dump them voluntarily. [More]

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At Marriott, Going To Hawaii Means Standing In A Warm, Misty Booth Wearing Goggles

You know how when you go to Hawaii, you sort of stand very still one, warm spot wearing weird goggles while the ocean breeze mists your face? That’s what it’s like, right? At least, at certain Marriott hotels, where guests can stand inside a phonebooth wearing virtual reality glasses and “travel” to Hawaii or London.
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Let’s Celebrate Christmas In October 1989 With Kay-Bee Toys

We’ve been cataloging the spread of Christmas Creep, the debut of Christmas merchandise and decorations earlier in the season, for some years now, but it’s important to remember that aggressive Christmas marketing before Thanksgiving and even before Halloween is not a new phenomenon. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a trip back in time to 1989, when video game consoles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, and Transformers ruled the line drawings of the Kay-Bee Toys ad. Wait, this is really 25 years old? [More]

Hyatt Sells 38 Hotels For $590 Million, Plans To Franchise Them As Lower-Cost Brands

Hyatt Sells 38 Hotels For $590 Million, Plans To Franchise Them As Lower-Cost Brands

The Hyatt Hotels Corp. just got a bit smaller. The Chicago-based company plans to sell off some of its select-service hotels as franchises. The first sale includes 38 hotels for the nice price of $590 million. [More]

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Crest Confirms It’s Distancing Itself From Scandalized NFL

Earlier today, we told you that Procter & Gamble’s Crest toothpaste brand had reportedly backed out of its deal to sponsor the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiative with the NFL because of the recent domestic violence scandals that have rocked the league. Now, the folks at Crest have confirmed they will not be part of this year’s campaign with the NFL. [More]

Yelp Swears It Doesn’t Manipulate Reviews, Even Though It’s Allowed To

Yelp Swears It Doesn’t Manipulate Reviews, Even Though It’s Allowed To

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court held that Yelp is free to shuffle positive and negative reviews around at will, and can even use that freedom as a way to urge businesses to advertise on the site. But even in light of this ruling, Yelp maintains that buying ads on the site does not determine which reviews show up for your business. [More]

Power Mad Pasta Pass Owner Attempts To Make Us His Vassals

Power Mad Pasta Pass Owner Attempts To Make Us His Vassals

It was a day like any other day. In fact, it was, and is today. The sky was bright, the sun was high in the sky and nothing was wr– oh HOLD UP. One of our readers got a neverending Pasta Pass from Olive Garden and thinks that we should be in thrall to him? Uh uh. This is a Consumeristocracy, pal. [More]

It looks like she fell asleep at the world's tiniest dental practice.

American Airlines Betting Travelers Will Pay $8K To Sleep Awkwardly In A Cubicle

The most expensive airline ticket for domestic travel right now will cost you around $8,000 to fly first class on American Airlines from New York City to Los Angeles. And for all that extra cash, you apparently get some better food and the opportunity to nap in the equivalent of a tiny office cubicle. [More]

Happy Friday, Here’s A Video Of A Guy Dancing His Butt Off At A Sam’s Club In Mexico

Go Edgar, go Edgar, go!

Look, everyone! Outside! Can you see it? It’s Friday. It’s here. You know how we can tell? Because a video of the happiest guy in a Sam’s Club in dancing his butt off to the delight of customers just came across my desk, which is an Internet desk and looks like something from the future. Anyway, Friday! [More]

ITT Educational Services Under Increased Scrutiny From SEC, Department Of Education

ITT Educational Services Under Increased Scrutiny From SEC, Department Of Education

Could ITT Educational Services be the next large for-profit company facing collapse? Things might not be that dire for the parent company of ITT Technical Institute, but the institution recently revealed it’s under increased government examination that could result in the loss of federal funds. [More]

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Mississippi Small Town Has The Bacon Bowl Blues

It’s easy to seek out and mock infomercial products that solve a need that consumers never knew they had. What jerks like us may not realize, though, is that behind every silly direct-response ad are the hopes of thousands of people. In one case, the future of an entire town in Mississippi could have changed thanks to a single laughable kitchen product: the Bacon Bowl. [More]

Some iOS 8 Privacy Settings You Might Want To Tweak

Some iOS 8 Privacy Settings You Might Want To Tweak

If you got a new iPhone today, or you’re one of the many millions of people with older iPhones and iPads that have now been updated to iOS 8, here are some new privacy settings that you should probably check out sooner rather than later. [More]

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No, This Isn’t The iPhone 6 Line; It’s The Ray Rice Jersey Exchange Line

All eyes are on long lines today, and it’s not just the arrival of the iPhone 6/6 Plus in stores that have queues snaking along for what would seem like all eternity: The line to exchange Ray Rice jerseys for another Baltimore Ravens player is reportedly half a mile long. [More]

Court Shuts Down $11 Million High School Diploma Mill

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Not everyone graduates from high school, but for nearly a decade, a company in Florida has been offering what it claims are “official” diplomas from “accredited” schools to consumers who took an online test (and paid betweeen $200 to $300). Except federal authorities say these diplomas are as bogus as they sound, and this company has allegedly scammed consumers for at least $11.1 million. [More]