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There’s Now A Thing Called Artisanal Ice, It Melts Slower But Costs You More

Depending on where you live, you may be hard-pressed to find a cocktail under $10 nowadays. Drink prices have increased over the past several years thanks in part to more creatively crafted drinks and…ice? Yes, you read that right, artisanal ice is real and apparently expensive. [More]

Wegmans Recalls Bagged Ice Because Metal Machine Fragments Aren’t Great For Cooling Beverages

Wegmans Recalls Bagged Ice Because Metal Machine Fragments Aren’t Great For Cooling Beverages

In what may be a first for us, we bring you the news of a supermarket chain — specifically Alec Baldwin fave Wegmans — recalling thousands of pounds of bagged ice that may contain little bits of metal from the machine that produces the frozen water. [More]

Homeland Security Looking To Build Massive License Plate Tracking System

Homeland Security Looking To Build Massive License Plate Tracking System

In news that is both disturbing and not at all surprising, the Department of Homeland Security is currently asking private contractors to bid on a system that would create a National License Plate Recognition database that could allow various forms of law enforcement to track the movements of drivers, whether they are suspected of a crime or just going to buy a Big Gulp at 7-Eleven. [More]

How Do I Melt Ice If The Store Is Out Of Salt?

How Do I Melt Ice If The Store Is Out Of Salt?

The big batch of winter wrath this week has caused a run on basic supplies at the hardware stores. So what if the shelves are empty where the salt usually sit? Grab a bag, box, jar or bottle of one of these alternative ice and snow melting supplies instead. [More]

How To De-Ice Your Driveway

How To De-Ice Your Driveway

It’s a lot easier to prevent ice from freezing on your driveway than it is to chip it off, so the first thing you want to do is get the precipitate off before it has a chance to harden. Once the rain/sleet/wintry mix stops, bust out the shovel and start getting as much slush off as possible. [More]

Make Ice In The Shape Of A Giant Diamond

Make Ice In The Shape Of A Giant Diamond

A great way to beat the heat and recession depression: an ice mold that creates ice in the shape of a gobstopping diamond. Yours, only $6.95. Drape some scotch over that bad boy and m-m-mmmm, class in a glass. [More]

Is Ordering Drinks Without Ice Just A Scam To Get More Delicious Beverage?

Is Ordering Drinks Without Ice Just A Scam To Get More Delicious Beverage?

I like to order my cold drinks (especially soda) without ice, because–shocking revelation–I don’t really like ice. I didn’t realize that all of these years, I’ve been running a massive scam on the eateries of America, weaseling extra beverages out of them with my innocent request. That’s what a barista at a Borders store accused JD of doing when he ordered an iced chai with no ice. She gave JD what he describes as “half a cup of lukewarm chai” (pictured). New Borders policy, or was she a vigilante anti-ice crusader? [More]

McDonald's 10 lb. Bags of Ice Contain Less Than 7 lbs.

McDonald's 10 lb. Bags of Ice Contain Less Than 7 lbs.

Did you know McDonald’s sold bags of ice? It seems like ice-vending is just the start of that slippery slope down into the pit of conveniencestoredom, presaging the horrific day when you can buy McNuggets and deodorant at the same place.

LG Refrigerator Causes Flash Floods, Mini-Glaciers

LG Refrigerator Causes Flash Floods, Mini-Glaciers

Jason’s refrigerator wouldn’t work correctly, no matter how many times it was repaired. Eventually, Best Buy had to intervene. Yes, that Best Buy.

Iowa Town Uses Garlic Salt To De-Ice The Roads

Iowa Town Uses Garlic Salt To De-Ice The Roads

The roads in a certain Iowa town are deliciously garlic-y. They’ve been using garlic salt to de-ice the streets.

McDonald's Charges More For Sweet Tea With Anything Less Than A "Full" Cup Of Ice

McDonald's Charges More For Sweet Tea With Anything Less Than A "Full" Cup Of Ice

Reader Greg had his first run in with the notorious “no ice” fee, something we’ve been hearing about more and more lately. This time the culprit was McDonald’s and they got around the “Ok, fine. I’ll just have one cube of ice” tactic with a sign that specified a “FULL” cup of ice. Clever, McDonald’s. Very. Clever.

This Frozen Publix Chicken Was "Never Frozen"

This Frozen Publix Chicken Was "Never Frozen"

Reader Richard writes to tell us that he found the “never frozen” label hilarious…

Free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream On Tax Day, April 17th

Free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream On Tax Day, April 17th

Tax Day is April 17th, but don’t be depressed. It’s also free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s. From 12pm to 8pm, at all participating Ben & Jerry’s, you, yes you, can be the recipient of free ice cream.

Free Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee Today

Free Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee Today

Yes. Today is the day! If you do decide to join the madness and get a free iced coffee, please take pictures of any incidents of depravity, murder, or coffee induced panic and send them to tips [at] consumerist [dot] com. Alternatively you can upload them to Flickr and submit them to our Flickr pool. Be sure to tag them with some variation of “dunkin donuts.”

Here's Your Half-Empty Glass

Here's Your Half-Empty Glass

Five minutes later, our waitress returns. The drink doesn’t have ice. But it’s literally half full. That’s correct. They took out the ice but didn’t full up the glass. And there was so much ice that I now have about half a glass of juice. For $3.95.

Tap Icer Demo

Here’s an exciting way to save time when cracking ice, the Tap-Icer! Found this in a drawer here in the Poconos. They’re supposed to be good for crushing ice for martinis and mixed drinks.

Undiluted Drink? That’ll Be Another Buck.

Undiluted Drink? That’ll Be Another Buck.

I love scotch. And when I order one, I always get somewhat annoyed by the pleb bartender who asks me if I want it with ice. Doesn’t he know that a fine single-malt should never be served with scotch, or watered down, unless with a mere thimbleful of spring water from the very locale in which the whiskey was distilled?

GE Ice Makers Dispense Cool, Refreshing Razor Blades

GE Ice Makers Dispense Cool, Refreshing Razor Blades

It’s a sultry June, so what better time to have a nice, refreshing glass of ice to quench your summer thirst? But if you’ve got a GE refrigerator with built-in ice dispenser, watch out! You may find yourself with a throat full of jagged metal shards, your thirst to be quenched not by water’s magical solid state but instead by the copper gore bubbling from your esophagus’s shredded plush lining.