Coca-Cola Apologizes For Vitamin Water Cap Message Of ‘YOU RETARD’

Coca-Cola Apologizes For Vitamin Water Cap Message Of ‘YOU RETARD’

A Vitamin Water promotion in Canada played bilingual Mad Libs, pairing a word in English with a word in French for what were sure to be hilarious results. The end product was not so hilarious when the paired words were “you” in English and the French word for “late.” A woman whose younger sister has autism and cerebral palsy opened up the “YOU RETARD” bottle, and was offended. [More]

(Valued Sony Customer)

5 Foods Banned In Other Countries That We Chow Down On In The U.S.

If the United States could be sitting on the playground with other countries, those nations might not be so willing to swap lunches. In other words, we’ve got stuff in our food that people eat or drink every day, while those same substances are banned from consumable products elsewhere. So what exactly are we chowing down on that our fellow humans aren’t? [More]

Worst Company In America Round 1: United Airlines Vs. Carnival Cruise Lines

Worst Company In America Round 1: United Airlines Vs. Carnival Cruise Lines


For one of these travel-industry titans, it’s time to book a one-way ticket. No refunds, no changes; just butt-kicking. [More]

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Petition Asks Kraft To Stop Using Controversial Dyes In Its Macaroni & Cheese

For anyone who grew up in the United States of Cheese-Loving America, Kraft’s Macaroni & Cheese likely made at least a few appearances on the plate at mealtimes. Picky kids are often convinced to eat dinner just at the sight of the bright orange noodles in various shapes and it’s a better alternative than say, 30 packets of ketchup or whatever else they want to eat. But two of the yellow dyes used in the product have been banned in Europe, prompting two bloggers to petition Kraft to stop using those additives. [More]

(SA_Steve)

Gatorade Removing Controversial Ingredient But Denies It’s Because Of Teen’s Campaign

A few weeks after a 15-year-old started an online petition to tell Gatorade to get rid of brominated vegetable oil, an ingredient linked to flame retardants, its parent company PepsiCo says it’s pulling the controversial ingredient from the sports drink. But not because of that petition, says the company. Nope, because of everyone else who was complaining.  [More]

(Clean Wal-Mart)

Petition Claims Ingredient In Gatorade Is A Flame Retardant, Unsafe For Consumption

Gatorade is under fire from a new consumer petition claiming that the company’s beverage contains an unhealthy ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (or BVO), that was developed as a flame retardant. Opponents of the emulsifier, which is used to suspend citric oils in beverages, says it poses health risks like reduced fertility and early-onset puberty. Gatorade says the levels of BVO it uses are totally safe. [More]

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Guy Nabbed At LAX In Body Armor Thought He’d Get Past Officials With Bag Full Of Weapons

We’re not sure exactly how this guy was planning on getting past airport security, decked out as he was in body armor and flame retardant leggings and carrying a laundry list of air travel no-no’s in his checked luggage: a smoke grenade, three leather-coated black-jack billy clubs, a collapsible baton, a full-face respirator, several knives and a hatchet. You know, no big deal. [More]

Just In Time For Labor Day: Christmas Trees At Sears

Just In Time For Labor Day: Christmas Trees At Sears

Michael was wandering a midwestern Sears when he saw it: a small, bright forest in the seasonal section. A shimmering flame-retardant mirage beyond the flimsy plastic appliances. Yes, his local Sears has already put up their Christmas tree display. [More]

Top Posts Of The Week(s) And Open Thread

Top Posts Of The Week(s) And Open Thread

TSA Flags Man With World’s Largest Penis For Additional Crotch Screening
Disabled Vet Says United Employees Kicked His Service Dog, Asked Him If He Was Retarded
No, Best Buy Employee, I Won’t Come To Your House To Get My Stolen Racy Photos Back
Who The &^#* Does This Restaurant Customer Think He Is?
Homeowner Pulls Gun To Stop New Electric Meter From Being Installed [More]

Disabled Vet Says United Employees Kicked His Service Dog, Asked Him If He Was Retarded

Disabled Vet Says United Employees Kicked His Service Dog, Asked Him If He Was Retarded

The founder of a group that places service dogs with disabled vets says he went through a 48-hour ordeal at Dulles airport outside Washington, D.C., this week and that not only did United Airlines employees kick his service dog twice, but one staffer actually insulted him in public. [More]

Walmart Bans Potentially Harmful Flame Retardant

Walmart Bans Potentially Harmful Flame Retardant

Following the lead of a handful of states, Walmart has decided to ban the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a flame retardant found in hundreds of products ranging from furniture to textiles to electronics. [More]

Flame Retardants Found In Butter

Flame Retardants Found In Butter

I can’t believe it’s not butter! Well, it’s not. It’s flame retardant, and food researchers found it inside butter they bought from the supermarket. [More]

IKEA Phasing Out Tris Flame Retardants From Furniture

IKEA Phasing Out Tris Flame Retardants From Furniture

A Slate reporter was bowled over by the pungent chemical aroma her new IKEA sofa emitted after she took of the package. She carved off a little piece of the mattress foam and sent it to a lab, which found it contained a funky flame retardant called “chlorinated tris.” This is interesting as brominated tris was banned from children’s sleepwear in 1977 after studies showed it was a skin-absorbable carcinogenic. [More]

Who Keeps Pooping In My Bags Of Salad?!

Who Keeps Pooping In My Bags Of Salad?!

In my household, there’s an ongoing argument about whether bagged salad can be eaten straight from the bag, or whether it should be washed first, or why did we buy this bag of salad instead of more beer. When not championing beer, I’ve always come down on the don’t-bother-washing side, but I might finally agree to change my food prep habits after this recent Consumer Reports study that says 39% of bagged salads are contaminated with bacteria. [More]

Consumerist's Top 10 Ads Of 2009

Consumerist's Top 10 Ads Of 2009

Advertising is all about optimism, aspiring to a better tomorrow that’s just a barcode scan away. So just because the economy is in the tank doesn’t mean we stop selling dreams, it just means we have to pimp a littler harder, together. For America. Common among this year’s best ads, in my view, is that they acknowledged the retardedness of their medium, and then got really real, or completely ridiculous. Here’s the top 10! [More]

Obama To Call For Financial Watchdog Agency

Obama To Call For Financial Watchdog Agency

Tomorrow, President Obama is expected to call for the creation of a new watchdog agency that would help protect consumers from abusive credit card, mortgage, banking practices. The banking industry is not happy about the idea, reports CNN. But hey, they’re just looking out for us: “It’s bad for consumers,” a banking industry lobbyist told the network. Oh, well, never mind then, and pass me some more delicious subprime!

Kellogg Agrees To Tone Down "Frosted Mini-Wheats Are Brain Food" Nonsense

Kellogg Agrees To Tone Down "Frosted Mini-Wheats Are Brain Food" Nonsense

What? It turns out that giving your kid a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats will not guarantee a nearly 20% uptick in classroom attentiveness, despite what Kellogg claims on packaging and TV? I probably should have figured that out on my own, but I rarely eat Frosted Mini-Wheats for breakfast, so I am quite likely retarded. Luckily for all of us, the cereal company just reached an agreement with the FTC to stop misleading consumers with its faux-scientific claims.

Round 36: DeBeers vs Verizon

Round 36: DeBeers vs Verizon

This is Round 36 in our Worst Company in America contest, DeBeers vs Verizon!

Inside, readers comments from previous rounds on why they hate each company…