In The ’80s And ’90s, Heisenberg Hawked Legal, Over-The-Counter Drugs

In The ’80s And ’90s, Heisenberg Hawked Legal, Over-The-Counter Drugs

Before he entered our homes and hearts by portraying a vaguely anti-Semitic dentist, a bumbling dad, and an unlikely meth kingpin, Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” was a guy trying to make a full-time living as an actor. As fun as it is to see now-famous actors rhapsodizing about hemorrhoids, maybe watching these spots will help you clear the events from Sunday from your head. [More]

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Humor Website Offers To Buy Giant Stuffed Carnival Banana For $2600

Earlier this week, we shared with you the sad story of a dad who lost his life’s savings playing a carnival game trying to win an Xbox Kinect for his kids (okay, probably for himself too.) He lost $2,600 when going “double or nothing” got terribly out of hand, and has nothing to show for it but a human-sized stuffed banana with dreadlocks. We shared this story as a cautionary tale about gambling, carnival games, and making sound investment choices. Over at CollegeHumor.com, they have a different take. They want the banana. [More]

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Here’s The Most Honest Cable Commercial You Will Ever See

If you’ve ever felt like cable company ads are leaving something out––so, if you have a functioning brain––this parody ad is for you. At least we assume it’s a parody ad. [More]

The pain of spoons.

Dramatic Readings Drastically Improve All Yelp Reviews

Used carefully, Yelp can be a great resource to learn about the best local dining establishments and other businesses and keep up-to-date on new places that open. One thing has been lacking on the site for a long time, though: a sense of drama. Fortunately, the YouTube channel Real Actors Read Yelp is here to fix that gross oversight on Yelp’s part, hiring talented stage actors to get across the true agony of an improperly prepared sandwich. [More]

Nuggets.

How Many Poop-Like Objects Does This Toilet Commercial Need To Flush Before We Get The Idea Already?

How many different things can you flush down a toilet that sort of act and behave like feces in water, but are not, in fact, poop? That seemed to be the challenge set before the people in charge of creating this video to promote American Standard’s H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush Toilet. [More]

"I talked to...Carol?"

What Happens If You Try To Hold A Board Meeting In The Office Chair Department Of Staples?

Have you ever looked at the furniture set up in an office-supply store and asked yourself, “I wonder what would happen if I brought a group of people and tried to hold a business meeting here?” To be honest, neither had we, but that’s why we don’t run Improv Everywhere. The NYC-based group has staged events like the No-Pants Subway Ride and flooding a Best Buy store with ordinary shoppers wearing plain blue polo shirts to see what would happen. For their latest mission, they rounded up 24 middle-aged actors, put them in suits, and held a board meeting right in the furniture section. [More]

Write A Black Friday Parody Of Rebecca Black's "Friday"

Write A Black Friday Parody Of Rebecca Black's "Friday"

Longtime commenter, and honorary Consumer Reports labcoat owner, GitEmSteveDave needs help. He wants to sing a parody version of Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” except about “Black Friday.” He’s a gifted an enthusiastic singer… the one thing he’s missing are the lyrics. [More]

NYC Pet Stores Linked To Midwest Puppy Mills

NYC Pet Stores Linked To Midwest Puppy Mills

An undercover video investigation shows that many New York area pet stores are getting their pets stocked by so-called “puppy mills” with a history of USDA violations. [More]

Theft Victim Catches Guy Returning Her Stuff To Macy's

Theft Victim Catches Guy Returning Her Stuff To Macy's

Rachel thought she would never see her stuff again. Someone had stolen the Christmas gifts she left on the backseat of her car parked in front of her house overnight, along with her iPod. It was $460 out the window. But when she went back to Macy’s to replace some of the gifts, her Spidey-sense started tingling. [More]

Illegal Urban Vegetable Gardener Gets Away With It

Illegal Urban Vegetable Gardener Gets Away With It

The city needn’t be a blighted blacktop jungle where the only thing that grows is broken dreams. Under the cover of night, Todd Bieber planted an urban vegetable garden in Brooklyn in an abandoned patch of ground next to a parking lot. The harvest he reaped was more than just the tomatos and squash: anonymous passers by added water to it on a regular basis, and neighborhood folks spontaneously donated seeds and tomato stands. Here’s his story of how his garden grew, flourished, became salsa that he donated to the Armenian church that owned the patch, and then compost. [More]

How To Pick The Best Gadgets When Holiday Shopping

How To Pick The Best Gadgets When Holiday Shopping

As we gear up for holiday shopping season, shoppers are faced with some tough tech choices. Should I get the 3D TV, or a regular TV? E-book reader vs. tablet, what’s better? And if I have a cellphone with a decent camera, is it worth it to pack another gizmo in my pocket too? It all depends on what your needs are. Ben Popken from Consumerist.com and Theresa Panetta from Consumer Reports CRTV tossed on the boxing gloves to take the gadgets to the mat in a series of “Tough Tech Choices” videos. [More]

Artists Adds $0 Tags To Her Clothes, Reshelves Them

Artists Adds $0 Tags To Her Clothes, Reshelves Them

Artist Jess Dobkin takes her clothes, attaches realistic-looking tags that say “free” on them, and puts them back on the shelves at the original stores she bought them from. She calls the project, “Restored,” and made a cheery video about it. [More]

Video: Occupy Portlanders Open Credit Union Accounts On Bank Transfer Day

Video: Occupy Portlanders Open Credit Union Accounts On Bank Transfer Day

Saturday was the fifth of November, and many remembered to take a stand and shut down their big retail bank accounts, transferring their cash to a new credit union account. Here’s a video out of Occupy Portland covering what happened on Bank Transfer Day. Interviewees talk about why they’re switching to a credit union, and how this is just the beginning. [More]

Proponent Of Costing Banks More Money By Mailing Back Weighted Business Reply Envelopes Defends His Cause

Proponent Of Costing Banks More Money By Mailing Back Weighted Business Reply Envelopes Defends His Cause

Earlier this week I wrote about a viral video that promised you could “Keep Wall Street Occupied” by sending back credit card business reply envelopes stuffed with anti-corporate messages and wooden shims. The video said this would increase mailing costs for the banks and force them to engage in a dialogue with their customers. Responding to my review where I called this idea “terrible,” the video’s maker sent me a note defending his campaign. [More]

Video Of People Closing Down Their Accounts At Big Banks

Video Of People Closing Down Their Accounts At Big Banks

Tomorrow is Bank Transfer Day. By this date, people all across America are shutting down their accounts at large, costly, name-brand banks and transferring their funds to new bank accounts at their local credit union or community bank. Here is an excellent video made in Portland that follows along with several different people as they close their bank accounts and give their reasons for doing so. One person wants to save money, another disagrees with the bank’s foreclosure practices, a third is mad about the bailouts, and the last is a union withdrawing its funds to show solidarity with holding Wall Street accountable. [More]

McRib Pork Supplier Hit With SEC Filed Complaint Over Alleged Pig Abuse

McRib Pork Supplier Hit With SEC Filed Complaint Over Alleged Pig Abuse

Can you taste the tears in your McRib? The supplier of pork products to McDonald’s, Smithfield Farms, just got hit by a complaint filed with the SEC by animal rights group Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Citing their own shocking undercover investigative video, HSUS allege that Smithfield is making false and misleading claims to shareholders and consumers about how well they treat their pigs and that those claims are in violation of federal securities law. [More]

What's Worse Than Missing A Cool Text? How About Involuntary Manslaughter?

What's Worse Than Missing A Cool Text? How About Involuntary Manslaughter?

Pull over if you’re driving and need to respond to or send a text message. Otherwise, that witty reply can wait. Because death won’t. [More]

No Car Will Escape This "Future Now" Speed Cam

No Car Will Escape This "Future Now" Speed Cam

Most photo radar systems can’t keep track of more than one car at a time. But the descriptively-named “Cordon multi-target Photo Radar System” can. If these bad boys get deployed across America, people who pride themselves on their speeding skills better cool their jets. [More]