Test Your Memory Of The Week That Was With The Consumerist Quiz

Brad Clinesmith

A lot happens in a week; not all of it sticks in your brain the way it should. How much can you recall from what you’ve read in the last few days? It’s time to test your memory once again with the Consumerist Quiz. [More]

Test Your Memory Of The Week That Was With The Consumerist Quiz

Joel Zimmer

A lot happens in a week; even one shortened by a holiday Monday. How much can you recall from what you’ve read in the last few days? Test your memory with the Consumerist Quiz. [More]

Will DIY Air Conditioners Really Keep You Cool This Summer?

Will DIY Air Conditioners Really Keep You Cool This Summer?

Don’t feel like plunking down upwards of a few hundred bucks for a window unit air conditioner? No, of course you don’t; that was a silly question. At the same time, you probably don’t want to spend the next few months baking in the summer heat. You could McGyver one using ice and some stuff that’s sitting in your garage gathering dust, but will it make your life any more tolerable? [More]

John Oliver Reveals Illicit Global Cadbury Creme Egg Conspiracy

John Oliver Reveals Illicit Global Cadbury Creme Egg Conspiracy

Did you know that Cadbury Creme Eggs aren’t just a sickeningly sweet, vaguely holiday-themed treat? No, according to truth-telling TV personality John Oliver, they are also the epicenter of a global conspiracy involving classic Christmas movies, Bono, gold, and affordable airfare. [More]

John Oliver Rewrites Apple Ads To Make Them More Honest About Encryption

John Oliver Rewrites Apple Ads To Make Them More Honest About Encryption

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver looked at length at the ongoing, complicated legal battle between Apple and the FBI, which has asked a court to compel the tech company to rewrite its software to allow authorities to search crime suspects’ locked iPhones. And while Oliver ultimately came down in defense of Apple’s position in the matter, he also believes the company could be more direct about presenting the reality of the situation. [More]

Lawyer Bombarded With Errant Texts Demanding Free Chipotle Burritos

Lawyer Bombarded With Errant Texts Demanding Free Chipotle Burritos

On one end of the wrong-number spectrum is the lawyer who still gets calls and texts intended for Sir Mix-A-Lot, on the other end is the D.C.-area attorney who received some 300 text messages yesterday from people seeking free burritos from Chipotle. [More]

If you've been texting Sir Mix-A-Lot and he hasn't responded since 2012, you probably need to update your address book.

Interesting Things Happen When Verizon Gives You Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Old Number

If you’ve ever gotten a new phone line with a number that previously belonged to someone else, you know how annoying it can be to repeatedly tell callers that “No, this isn’t Carl. Yes, I’m sure I’m not him. No, I can’t pass him a message.” But when you get the former number of a ’90s rap superstar, the calls and texts are slightly more interesting. [More]

Selling “Silence Of The Lambs” Killer’s House Not As Easy As You’d Think

Selling “Silence Of The Lambs” Killer’s House Not As Easy As You’d Think

As we saw with the prolonged attempt to sell Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, having your property featured in a famous movie is no guarantee that it will be snatched up at a good price. Just ask the owners of the Pennsylvania home used in the Oscar-winning horror film Silence of the Lambs. [More]

Hotel That Inspired “Fawlty Towers” To Be Torn Down

Hotel That Inspired “Fawlty Towers” To Be Torn Down

More than 45 years ago, the uptight manager of an English hotel inadvertently inspired Monty Python’s John Cleese to create a comedy legend. Now comes news that this landmark of sitcom history will soon be demolished. [More]

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How Well Do You Remember 2015? Take Our Quiz To Find Out

With only hours to go before we bid adieu to 2015, it’s time to look back and see how much you can recall about the year that was. [More]

InterContinental Hotels Surprises Loyalty Members With Customer Care Number Connecting To Adult Chat Line

InterContinental Hotels Surprises Loyalty Members With Customer Care Number Connecting To Adult Chat Line

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for IHG told Consumerist that the company had sent Spire Elite members an email alerting them to the incorrect number printed on their cards in September, and that they should expect to receive a new card in the mail. [More]

Furniture Company Mocks Coupon Fine Print With Rambling 350-Word Disclaimer

Furniture Company Mocks Coupon Fine Print With Rambling 350-Word Disclaimer

For years we’ve been highlighting ridiculous coupons with fine print so restrictive that it basically ruins all the fun of saving money. In that spirit, the folks at home furnishings chain Lovesac decided to create a discount that is nothing but fine print. [More]

John Oliver’s Rousing Speech Rallies American Sports Fans To Stop Wasting Public Money On Stadiums

John Oliver’s Rousing Speech Rallies American Sports Fans To Stop Wasting Public Money On Stadiums

In spite of the fact that new sports venues often cost upwards of billions of dollars to construct, many American teams play in stadiums and arenas that are less than 25 years old. Heck, once the Atlanta Braves move into their new park, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park will be the most senior venue in the NL East — and that only opened in 2004. Whether it’s through municipal bonds, tax breaks, or free real estate, a lot of the money to pay for these venues ultimately comes out of taxpayers’ pockets. [More]

Indiegogo Campaign To Bail Out Greece Has Raised $1.65 Million… Only $1.77 Billion To Go

Indiegogo Campaign To Bail Out Greece Has Raised $1.65 Million… Only $1.77 Billion To Go

With Greece facing such a dire debt crisis that it recently shut down the country’s banking system in order to keep money from flooding out across its borders, it’s going to take a massive effort to get the country back on solid financial footing. And in this day and age of crowdfunding, why not try to raise a couple of billion dollars online? [More]

Walmart Is Now The Rightful Owner Of Walmart.Horse

Walmart Is Now The Rightful Owner Of Walmart.Horse

You’ll have to excuse us if we’re not in the greatest spirits today, as we’re in mourning for the loss of Walmart.horse, the nonsense website that Walmart spent actual time and money to shut down and acquire. [More]

NJ Residents Call For Info On Sprint Refund, Get Phone Sex Line Instead

NJ Residents Call For Info On Sprint Refund, Get Phone Sex Line Instead

Earlier this week, Sprint and Verizon reached multimillion-dollar settlements with federal regulators for allowing third parties to bill for unwanted and unauthorized add-on services. But when New Jersey residents tried to call the Sprint information number given out by the state’s attorney general, they were in for another telephonic surprise. [More]

Michael Bolton Serenades The IRS: You’re The Anus Of Our Country

Sir Michael Bolton reminds us all that without taxes, we can't pay the salary of Colorado National Parks procurement assistant Brian Reed.

Since 2010, Congress has cut the budget for the IRS by around 20%, resulting in thousands of jobs being cut and millions of Americans unable to get much-needed help with their tax returns this year. This has had the effect of just making some people hate the IRS even more than they already did, but is this a case of kicking a man when he’s down? [More]

You Can Now Turn Any Google Map Into A Pac-Man Game

Pac-Man eats his way through the Gray's Ferry section of Philadelphia.

Have you ever looked at a Google Map and thought to yourself, “It would be flippin’ awesome if I could play Pac-Man on this street grid”? Probably not, because that is not something that occurs to most people. But it did occur to some folks at Google who have incorporated, perhaps temporarily, a button that lets you Pac-Man-ize your Google Map. [More]