Should Travelocity's "TotalPrice" Guarantees Cover Mandatory Surcharges?

Should Travelocity's "TotalPrice" Guarantees Cover Mandatory Surcharges?

Aaron’s pissed because Travelocity’s quote for a one week car rental in Costa Rica didn’t include a mandatory insurance charge that cost him more than $100. Aaron feels cheated and wants Travelocity to pony up under their TotalPrice Guarantee, but Travelocity may not have done anything wrong. Join us across the jump to help us sort this out. [More]

POLL: Do You Have Health Insurance?

POLL: Do You Have Health Insurance?

Health care reform has been one of the biggest hot-button topic for quite some time and it looks to only get hotter as both sides make their arguments on the White House’s plan for national health care. Leaving the pros and cons of the plan to the side for the moment, we just want to know how our readers are fixed for health insurance. [More]

Primary Season Is Over — It's Time To Vote In Our Fast Food Value Menu Item General Election

Who can beat the amazing McDouble? The answer may well be no one, but we’ll put it to a vote to settle the score as to which fast food value menu is king. Yesterday we put a call out for nominations, and these are the contenders that emerged from the crop. [More]

The Great Grill Debate: Gas Or Charcoal?

The Great Grill Debate: Gas Or Charcoal?

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Memorial Day. That means overblown, low-quality movies that will earn more in a weekend than some small countries will in a decade and — most importantly — it’s grilling season. Alas, despite decades of debate, countless technological advances and several attempts by Presidents Clinton, Carter and Bush to bring resolution to the matter, there still remains a great divide in this nation between those who swear by charcoal and those who are cooking with gas. [More]

Should There Be A National Standard For Teen Drivers' Licenses?

Should There Be A National Standard For Teen Drivers' Licenses?

Right now, 42 states allow teens under the age of 16 to get their learner’s permit and seven of those offer permits to 14-year-olds. Additionally, many states have differing rules about when a teen driver can obtain his full driving rights. A handful of Senators are hoping to gather support for a law that would do away with these variances and also raise the permit age nationally to 16. [More]

What Do You Think Of A Continental/United Merger?

What Do You Think Of A Continental/United Merger?

It’s being widely reported that Continental Airlines and United Airlines, who have flirted with the idea in the past, could announce merger plans as early as Monday. If so, the deal would make the combined entity the largest airline in the world. But is that a good thing for travelers? [More]

55th Floridian Dies After Being Tased, Should They Be Banned? Tasers, That Is.

55th Floridian Dies After Being Tased, Should They Be Banned? Tasers, That Is.

Derrick Humbert, 38, became the 55th Floridian to die from a Taser. He was riding his bicycle and officers asked him to stop. Instead, he rode around the corner and fled through a yard. The officers in pursuit tased him as he tried to scramble over a fence, shooting 50,000 volts of electricity into his body. 28 minutes later, he was in a coma in the ambulance, and was pronounced dead at the hospital. [More]

POLL: Should Ronald McDonald Retire?

POLL: Should Ronald McDonald Retire?

After a half century of scaring/entertaining children for McDonald’s, a health advocacy group is saying it’s time for Ronald McDonald to retire, not because he’s getting long in the tooth (and hasn’t managed to get any less creepy after all these years), but because they believe he’s enticing young kids into eating fast food. [More]

Poll: Would You Donate A Kidney For Cash?

Poll: Would You Donate A Kidney For Cash?

Donating a kidney or part of a liver is a risky proposition, even when you’re giving the donation to a loved one or family member. But a new study asks whether or not people would be more willing to part with an organ if tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars were offered. [More]

iPad Pre-Orders Now Open

iPad Pre-Orders Now Open

Apple opened the doors on iPad pre-orders as of a few minutes ago. Git ‘em while they’re hot! Or not, and wait for the inevitable first-generation bugs to get worked out and feeding frenzy to fade. Should you buy? Which kind do you get? Sister Consumer Reports Electronics Blog has the breakdown. Take our poll as to whether you’re getting with the craze or staying out of the race. [More]

2 Dead Economists In An Epic Rap Battle

2 Dead Economists In An Epic Rap Battle

An oddly high-produced music video rap battle between economists John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek. It crystallizes and communicates the differences between macroeconomic and classic liberal free-market capitalism through the magic of hiphop. It seems weighted towards Hayek but it’s entertaining nonetheless, even though I’m sure Tea Party folks probably email it to their friends with lots of dancing emoticons and angel gifs. What side do you fall on, Keynes or Hayek? [More]

Poll: Are You Underemployed?

Poll: Are You Underemployed?

The unemployment rate may be near 10%, but what about those who would do more work if they had the chance? Yes, the underemployment rate in this country, which adds to the unemployment count those who work part-time but want to work full time is nearly 20%, according to a Gallup phone poll of 19,800 American adults. Let’s do our own poll. What’s your work situation? Would you work more hours if they were available? [More]

Does Geek Barbie Have Smaller Boobs?

Does Geek Barbie Have Smaller Boobs?

Does the new computer savvy Barbie have tinier tatas than her predecessors? Reader jgodsey says she noticed a discrepancy in this side-by-side profile on TV. Or is it just the angle and the bodice? Here’s Geek Barbie from another angle along with another Barbie friend so we can settle this argument. [More]

What Are You Going To Do With Your Tax Refund?

What Are You Going To Do With Your Tax Refund?

What are you going to do with the money once you get your tax refund check? Take our poll and let us know! [More]

What Happened With Operation Chokehold

What Happened With Operation Chokehold

So what ended up happening with “Operation Chokehold,” the plan last Friday to protest unreliable iPhone coverage by having a bunch of people simultaneously run a bunch of data-intensive apps to bring the AT&T network to its knees? We’ll tell ya. [More]

Scientific Proof That You Hate Christmas Creep

Scientific Proof That You Hate Christmas Creep

We’ve never doubted the fact that Christmas Creep is a nefarious plot to destroy Thanksgiving, Halloween, Columbus Day and even Labor Day (it’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know). But we never had proof that our disgust with early Christmas promotions is shared by other consumers. That’s why we commissioned the Consumer Reports National Research Center to find out the truth. [More]

Poll: What Caused The Great Eggo Waffle Shortage Of '09?

Poll: What Caused The Great Eggo Waffle Shortage Of '09?

Clearly, our post about the Eggo waffle shortages struck some kind of nerve. We contacted Kellogg’s about the real reason for the nationwide shortage, and they haven’t gotten back to us yet. So we let our imaginations run wild.

POLL: When Is Too Early For Christmas Creep?

POLL: When Is Too Early For Christmas Creep?

After we proposed tracking Starbucks’s roll out of Christmas products as a metric to gauge yearly Christmas Creep, we got a fair amount of comments saying they saw no problem with Christmas stuff coming out once Halloween was over. So, inside, a poll: at what point does Christmas Creep become acceptable holiday display?