Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Kellogg’s Finally Explains Eggo Waffle Shortage
Warning Signs That Your Mechanic Is Scamming You
Disney Removes Closed Captioning From “Up” Rental Release
Walmart Won’t Let Family Print Photos Of Dead Relative For Funeral
College Students Arrested For Refusing To Pay Tip

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  1. ExtraCelestial says:

    After that Eggo story I specifically went out and bought some. I haven’t eaten Eggo’s in years, but I am can’t wait to fork up that toasted yumminess this weekend. Stuff just tastes better when it’s scare.

  2. MostlyHarmless says:


    Okay, I have to ask Eyebrows to share some stories from the “Over Protective Parents From Hell”.

    • nbs2 says:

      @MostlyHarmless: i was thinking. Last week you said you would be in DC from the 25th to the 1st. Are you leaving before or after lunch on the 1st? Maybe we do the meetup that day?

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      @MostlyHarmless: So I don’t normally criticize other people’s parenting as long as the child isn’t in danger, because you don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives, but when he was three, I finally asked her if he’d been to the pediatrician lately because his language was about a year delayed. As time went by he got to FIVE YEARS OLD with the language skills of a 24-month-old, not because of any underlying condition, but because HIS PARENTS DON’T TALK TO HIM, and when they do talk to him, it’s exclusively the way one talks to a toddler.

      (I’m all in favor of babytalk, but you know when you talk to a little kid, some of it’s babytalk, some of it’s adult talk, some of it’s nonsense rhymes, some of it’s songs, etc. There has to be variety so they learn.)

      He couldn’t hold a conversation, couldn’t express himself, his language was unintelligible because the only people he ever talked to were his parents, who mostly ignored him anyway … so at age five he actually is developing behavioral problems because he’s socially isolated and he can’t express his wants or needs because he can’t freaking talk. They finally take him to a behavioral therapist for his “awful temper tantrums” (read: typical kid meltdowns) who tells them basically what my opinion was, which was that he needs to have HUMAN INTERACTION, both with other kids and with his parents.

      So they do a day gym program, and finally, just now, and only because the state is about to come knocking since he’s 6, enrolled him in school. They were “homeschooling” but that consisted of five minutes here or there because “he just doesn’t want to learn right now.” So now he’s at a private school because the public and Catholic schools both indicated he needed special educational services, so they found a school that would agree to ignore his special needs.

      He’s actually much improved now that he’s seeing other children and a teacher on a daily basis, but there’s still a lot of crap that goes on at home. It’s crazy over there.

  3. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Any fun plans this weekend for anybody?
    I’m going to a craft show in Chicago on Saturday, hopefully with a few friends (if they can get themselves together).

  4. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    >The readers who joined that got error codes and were unable to get the annual sub will be recontacted and provided a link to sign up for the one year trial.

    tappy foot . . .

  5. bloggerX says:

    I Survived the No Comment Days ’09!!!!

    First we couldn’t comment for what it seemed like a century, then I got wisdom teeth pulled so I couldn’t eat, TORTURE!!!

    • CompyPaq says:

      @bloggerX: I tried surviving them, and then I found a back door way to comment and commented anyway. But then I realized it wasn’t as fun when nobody else was commenting.

    • RandomHookup says:

      @bloggerX: I got to spend the morning in a procedure room at a local hospital getting a camera shoved down my throat (not as much fun as it sounds). But real torture is that they were playing cheesy Xmas music (and, according to the staff, had been for 2 weeks). I plan on calling Amnesty International to file charges of cruel & unusual punishment.

  6. Crabby Cakes says:

    I want to know how GitEmSteveDave was getting comments in yesterday when comments were shut down. I have a feeling it has something to do with that lab coat of his…

  7. theblackdog says:


    So this weekend is the second (and last) set of performances for the play I am in. Also had a job interview today for a supervisors position in my department. I think I did well, but there’s 13 people applying for it, so the competition will be fierce.

    Then it’s Turkey week and the infamous Black Friday. I have to wonder, has anyone seen a deal yet that they will actually consider braving the crowds for? I haven’t yet this year. The last time I went for a deal, two years ago, it was to get the Nintendo DS that came with Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

  8. GitEmSteveDave_CanCommentz says:

    OK, I got called today by a reporter out of Philly to do a interview about RoofCoffeeCup ( [] & [] ). Here’s the question. I have done a lot of work to separate my “real” identity from GitEmSteveDave, for when I have to get a job in the “real” world. When the reporter called, she called me Steve, and I didn’t disagree. So should I do the interview AS Steve Davidson?
    What do you think Consumerica?

  9. dragonfire81 says:

    Alright fess up! How many of you will be partaking in Black Friday sales next week?

    My employer is requiring me to arrive at 5:30 am for a 6:00 am opening, what joy. I don’t feel like fighting the crowds but sometimes the deals ARE worth it. I’ve scored my share of goodies during Boxing Day sales up north (if you don’t know, Boxing Day is the Canadian equivalent of Black Friday, when stores open up uber early and have crazy deals).

    I think I might jump into some untested waters this year and see if I can score some Black Friday deals online this year. Getting a few Christmas presents at rock bottom prices would be fine with me.

    Anyone got any tips for online Black friday success?

  10. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    So, i got back into the twitter…
    any consumeristas that wish to join the antics, post your twitter url so anyone interested can follow you

    (i’ve been following kaster, pecan, kimmaroo, mostlyharmless, subtlefrog, and a few others… they use it like a giant chatroom, though)

  11. thisisasignin says:

    I saw the consumerist site change the other day.
    Do not want.

  12. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    I’m so glad it’s open thread time!! It’s my favorite.

    This week has been the week of deflated bread. It makes me sad, but I haven’t given up yet. I think it’s a salt problem.. because other issues just couldn’t be.

    My dad helped me buy a new showerhead and install it last Friday and it is wonderful. It’s like a whole new shower world in there. I don’t know why I put up with no pressure so long before! Rinsing out my hair is 1000% easier now! (Yes, mathematically impossible, but yet true all the same!)

    Speaking of hair, I have a haircut apointment this Sunday, and I am EXCITED!

    I don’t mean to sound like a deranged squirrel, it’s just been a really long week, and a long day today.

  13. Ratty says:

    Today is work’s Turkey Day… man oh man I’m stuffed. Blah. And they want us super productive. Not a genius idea for a lunch thanksgiving buffet. it was very tasty though.

    This weekend I make Fight Club soaps.

    • barb95 says:

      @Ratty: Mine too! They made it a potluck/thanksgiving lunch so I just finished a plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, fried chicken, lumpia, guac with chips and a huge hunkin piece of tiramisu cake! Seriously, how am I supposed to work without passing out?!


  14. pop top says:

    This weekend I’m off to buy the materials to make Skittles vodka! :D

  15. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    I just got Christmas SCREWED. I put all this energy into finding the perfect present for a loved one, and someone else who knew about it went and got the same thing AND GAVE IT TO MY LOVED ONE TODAY so that I’m completely pre-empted.

    I have never had anybody do that to me before. Christmas in Eyebrows-world are delightful happy things full of liquor and presents and good cheer. NOT PEOPLE SCREWING ME.

    • hotdogsunrise says:

      @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): That’s pretty low. I’d be none too pleased, either. Pre-empted on a gift… that’s nuts.

      I’m just hoping no one bought me the Star Wars blu-ray. As if I’d wait to buy that … pfft. Bought it and watched it the day it came out.

    • econobiker says:

      @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): Not nice. Mark that up for future reference on that gifting assassin or what ever you’d call him/her…

    • katia802 says:

      @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): My sister and i do this unintentionally every year. Find the perfect gift, only to come home to a voice mail that says guess what I just bought for myself!!! Grandma does this all the time unintentionally, guess my family is just too impulsive.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @katia802: I don’t mind if it’s unintentional — one year my mom and my husband both got me an iPod, everyone laughed and made “great minds think alike” jokes, and I returned one for a whole honking chunk o’ iTunes gift cards. No big. But this was intentional and done to be MEAN.

  16. 567Kate says:

    I’m trying to plan out some of my Christmas shopping, and I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for a practical gift for someone who is underemployed. I saw some cool business card holders, and thought that might be nice for job-hunting, but I’d love to hear others’ ideas.