Professional Cheese Babysitter Exists, Is Now My Dream Job

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Seeing as it’s yet another day, it’s time to think about how awesome cheese is, and how utterly fantastic it would be to have someone pay you money to eat it. Enter a professional cheese grader, who likes to think of himself as a “cheese babysitter,” and who is now the subject of my undying jealousy. [More]

Uber France Cancels Promo With Free Car Rides From Beautiful Ladies

Uber France Cancels Promo With Free Car Rides From Beautiful Ladies

Ride-sharing service Uber is currently trying to take over France. As in many areas where the app is trying to expand, French authorities have imposed restrictions and even a ‚ā¨100,000 fine on the company for being an unregulated taxi service. Uber’s response was an poorly thought-out promotion in the city of Lyon where passengers could go for 20-minute rides in cars chauffeured by beautiful ladies. [More]

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FTC Fines Company $10M For Achieving A Trifecta Of Annoyance: Mobile Cramming, Spam Texts And Robocalls

There are few things worse than getting incessant robocalls. Unless you’re getting robocalls, spam text messages and being charged for mobile cramming. The Federal Trade Commission says all of those horrible, terrible, no-good, very-bad elements were part of a massive scam affecting millions of consumers. And now the companies in charge of the alleged scam are paying a hefty penalty: $10 million. [More]

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KFC Staff Will Miss The Woman Who Spent A Week In The Restaurant Mourning A Bad Breakup

Burying your head in a gallon of chocolate frozen custard while letting the tears fall into the bucket and mingle with the contents. Buying all the cheese at the store and using it as an edible blanket while you spend days in bed. Crying/running the other direction anytime you see a happy couple. All are normal reactions to a breakup. But hanging out at a KFC for an entire week to get rid of the lovesick blues? That’s something new. [More]

Even With Fewer “Icings” Going Around, People Still Buy Smirnoff Ice… In Costa Rica

Even With Fewer “Icings” Going Around, People Still Buy Smirnoff Ice… In Costa Rica

A little more than two years ago at a friend’s wedding, my now husband entered the ballroom handing out bottles of Smirnoff Ice to the tune of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby.” While “icing” was fairly popular back then, the looks on unsuspecting guests’ faces as they took a knee to chug the super-sugary drink was one of disdain and contempt. That reaction may be duplicated by millions of consumers faced with a fridge full of only Smirnoff Ice today, but some consumers, mostly in far-flung locales, just can’t say no to the citrus-flavored malt beverage. [More]

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Restaurant Employee Reports Chef To The Police For Spitting In Customer’s Food

It’s not always staff versus the customers when it comes to food disputes, which is good to know when someone’s spitting in your food: The chef at a New Jersey restaurant was arrested after another worker called police to report “multiple health violations.” That included an incident when the chef allegedly spat into a customer’s food, after the diner sent it back for extra cooking time. [More]

Newegg Wants You To Subscribe To Buy Vitamins And Toner Cartridges

Newegg Wants You To Subscribe To Buy Vitamins And Toner Cartridges

You may think of Newegg as a retailer for electronics, but they sell a huge variety of items, from copy paper to pet supplies. Some of these items are useful to have a standing order for, and Newegg is happy to oblige with their new service: Newegg Subscription. This idea may sound a bit familiar. [More]

Dressing normal, even celebrities do it.

Gap Realizes “Normal” Clothing Isn’t A Trendy Selling Point, Offers Heavy Discounts

If you’re not the kind of person who pays attention to ironic trends that exist to serve only a select set of shoppers, the idea of “normcore,” or dressing in bland, boring, “normal” clothing is bound to be a bit silly. So while basic, everyday clothing is definitely a staple in many shoppers’ closets, Gap’s “Dress Normal” fall campaign may have gone a little too far into the normcore range for its own good, prompting the retailer to hold massive sales upon sales. [More]

Nearly 12,000 boxes of Assured Sodium Pain Relief Tablets actually contain bottles of ibuprofen.

Naproxen Sodium Pain Relief Pills Recalled Because They Aren’t Supposed To Actually Be Ibuprofen

There are a number of reasons why a consumer would choose to purchase naproxen sodium pain relievers, for one, they might be allergic to ibuprofen. In that case, a mixup at a North Carolina packaging company could prove to be dangerous. And that’s exactly why the company is recalling some 12,000 boxes of pain relief tablets. [More]

A Mississippi man claims he received a half-eaten muffin covered in jelly from a local McDonald's restaurant.

Man Claims Mississippi McDonald’s Served Him Half-Eaten, Jelly Covered Muffin Instead Of Sausage Biscuit

When you order a sausage biscuit from McDonald’s, it’s fairly reasonable to expect you’ll actually¬†receive a sausage biscuit in your drive-thru bag. What a Mississippi man claims came in his bag, however, was a half-eaten English muffin with jelly – no sausage biscuit in sight. [More]

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Target Baiting Holiday Shoppers With Free Shipping On All Items This Season

There’s nary a bit of frost on the ground and yet it’s time for retailers to start gearing up for the holidays. Getting off to a running start today is Target, announcing that starting today it’ll offer free holiday shipping on everything it sells online for the first time. [More]

Toys ‘R’ Us Removes “Breaking Bad” Action Figures, Now 100% (Toy) Meth-Free

Toys ‘R’ Us Removes “Breaking Bad” Action Figures, Now 100% (Toy) Meth-Free

When a Florida parent learned that there were action figures from the very adult cable drama “Breaking Bad” on the shelf at Toys ‘R’ Us, she was upset. Not because she hates the show or anything, but because she found the toys inappropriate. She began an online petition campaign and spoke to a local TV station, and Toys ‘R’ Us has responded by taking the toys off its virtual and real-life shelves. [More]

Michigan Joins List Of Tesla-Hating States; Bans Direct Sales Of Cars

Michigan Joins List Of Tesla-Hating States; Bans Direct Sales Of Cars

Even though only a few dozen Teslas have been sold to people in Michigan, and even though the electric vehicle maker has no storefront display operations in the state, the home of America’s auto industry has decided it needed to pass a law actually banning carmakers from selling automobiles to Michigan consumers without first going through a franchised dealership. [More]

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Use Up All The Money On Your Prepaid Phone, Because You’ll Probably Never Get It Back

When you buy a prepaid cellphone and put a bunch of money on the account, you might think that whatever balance remains on the account when you decide to change providers or stop using that device will be returned to you. Except the odds are that whatever money you put on your account will remain with the service provider forever. [More]

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What Does “Organic” Mean For Non-Edible Items? Not Much, Necessarily

Way back in 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began certifying food and drinks that meet the federal standards to be called “organic.” Depending on the type of food, organic certification has different requirements. While a wide variety of products are marketed as “organic,” this label doesn’t necessarily mean anything when applied to a product that you can’t eat. [More]

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You Can Now Reserve A Hotel Room Through Yelp

In an effort to keep travelers who might be checking out the reviews for hotels on Yelp’s website or in its mobile apps instead of going elsewhere when it comes time to book lodging, Yelp announced today that it’s teamed up with travel site Hipmunk to offer hotel reservations directly to users. [More]

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Citibank Raises Fees For Accounts, But Plans To Offer Free Credit Reports To Some Customers

Citibank is poised to become the second financial institution to provide customers with free credit scores each month. But that’s only if customers stick with the company after its latest fee hike. [More]