All of those storage containers, Sharpies, coolers, and crockpots you have dotting the insides of cupboards now have a lot more in common than one might think: Newell Rubbermaid, the company behind Sharpie and Rubbermaid storage products Jarden, the company behind the Coleman and Crock-Pot brands, for $13.2 billion. [More]
We don’t want to accuse the nice folks at Crock-Pot of not consulting, say, Urban Dictionary or a person under forty before introducing their new product line. The “Hook Up™ Customizable Entertaining System” is intended for home dinner parties, after all. Maybe they did this with full knowledge that their product name is a synonym for “meaningless sex.” [More]
The Crock-pot is a pretty basic kitchen appliance that you may take for granted. Remï’s dad bought her one years ago, and it outlasted most of her other possessions through a series of moves. It was more reliable than the rest of her kitchen stuff, and a reliable source of hot food when the gas company wouldn’t turn her service on. Recently, she knocked her trusty slow-cooking friend off the counter, shattering the lid. Nooo! She contacted the company that made it, wondering whether a replacement lid existed. Her model was too old, but they could send her an entirely new Crock-pot for free. Well… okay.