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New drunk driving laws tank Vietnam’s beer sales

New drunk driving laws tank Vietnam’s beer sales

The beer industry is not pleased with what’s going on in Vietnam. Not pleased at all. Beginning January 1, the Vietnamese government began a serious crackdown on the nation’s alcohol consumption, doubling fines for driving under the influence (now as high as $1,725) and increasing the drivers’ possible license suspension period from five months to two years. In the 20 days since it’s been...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 17, 2020 at 23:57. 2 comments

Necco’s conversation hearts are chalk full o’ goodness once more

Necco’s conversation hearts are chalk full o’ goodness once more

Necco is like a cockroach infestation or the demon from the Paranormal Activity movies: you think it’s gone for good, and then it shows up in your kitchen again.

But it’s great news for diehard chalk fans everywhere. A bit of background here: Necco (short for the New England Candy Company), beloved producer of the divisive Necco Wafers and Sweethearts Conversation Hearts candies, was sold in...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 17, 2020 at 05:25. 7 comments

Last Call: Can we let Paris Hilton’s cooking show into our hearts?

Last Call: Can we let Paris Hilton’s cooking show into our hearts?
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It turns out that celebrities continue to exist and live their lives even long after we’ve stopped checking in on what that might entail. For Paris Hilton...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 17, 2020 at 04:21. 21 comments

The great Takeout microwave popcorn taste test

The great Takeout microwave popcorn taste test

It might surprise you to learn that microwave popcorn hasn’t been around that long. The first bag was patented by General Mills in 1981, and brands have been furiously tinkering with their recipes ever since. Popping popcorn has always been pretty easy (oil, kernels, stir), but moving the process into the microwave added safety by keeping kids away from the stove and added convenience by...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 17, 2020 at 01:44. 2 comments

Instacart workers call for national boycott

Instacart workers call for national boycott

In the gig economy, getting paid is half the battle. Instacart, an online grocery delivery service, is the latest of the food delivery apps to face backlash from workers, many of whom claim their earnings have dropped by as much as 50% in just the last year alone.

How did we get here? As Vice explains, Instacart used to include a default 10% tip for the worker who shops for and delivers your...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 16, 2020 at 21:43. 4 comments

Wine sales hit 25-year low because we’re busy guzzling White Claw

Wine sales hit 25-year low because we’re busy guzzling White Claw

Pour one out for all the people no longer pouring one out: CNN Business reports that wine consumption in the U.S. has dropped for the first time in 25 years. Wine was already on the decline among millennials , but now the overall number of wine drinkers has also fallen. Cue one million wine moms quipping that they’ll help the struggling industry however they can, ha ha! It’s not just wine...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 16, 2020 at 00:28. 5 comments

“Chinese restaurant syndrome” is in the dictionary, and its definition needs a refresh

“Chinese restaurant syndrome” is in the dictionary, and its definition needs a refresh

If you’ve never heard of “Chinese restaurant syndrome,” it’s a phrase coined in the 1960s to describe the feelings of drowsiness, dizziness, or numbness experienced by some people after eating Americanized Chinese food. For decades, the faulty logic was that MSG—an additive in much Chinese cooking—was to blame. In reality, MSG is present in all sorts of foods that we eat every day, and yet...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 15, 2020 at 05:41. 22 comments

Last Call: Let’s talk about the retro kitchens of our dreams

Last Call: Let’s talk about the retro kitchens of our dreams
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This week, Ronda Kaysen wrote for The New York Times about the rising revolt against the sparkly white kitchens of the 2010s. The headline boldly asked,...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 15, 2020 at 01:11. 16 comments

San Francisco hotel threatening slow eaters with $30 fine

San Francisco hotel threatening slow eaters with $30 fine

If you linger over breakfast, you will pay. That’s the policy in place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco this week, thanks to the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference that is currently jamming up the hotel’s common areas.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that anyone wishing to grab breakfast in the hotel’s Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar now through January 16 (when the conference...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 14, 2020 at 23:16. 10 comments

Burger King kindly offers Prince Harry a job

Burger King kindly offers Prince Harry a job

The recent news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping back from their duties as Duke and Duchess of Sussex is, to marketing teams, the gift that keeps on giving. Yesterday, the official Twitter account of Burger King tweeted the following:

It loses a few comedy points for lacking an actual handle to “@” in order to gain Harry’s attention. But it gains points for having every appearance...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 14, 2020 at 19:00. 8 comments

Disneyland, dissected: The hosts of Podcast: The Ride unpack their theme park obsession

Disneyland, dissected: The hosts of Podcast: The Ride unpack their theme park obsession

Bestcasts asks podcasters to discuss the most memorable episodes of their podcast. For more podcast coverage, see Podmass, The A.V. Club’s weekly roundup of the best ’casts out there.

As a medium unconfined by things like shooting schedules or even studio space, podcasting—especially chatter-based series—often release episodes at a relentless clip. This sheer volume of content naturally rewards...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 14, 2020 at 04:49. 18 comments

Last Call: Cheetle? Are we calling it Cheetle now?

Last Call: Cheetle? Are we calling it Cheetle now?
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Frito Lay has released a new Cheetos popcorn product, which is arguably an interesting development, but the internet has instead pounced upon a secondary...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 14, 2020 at 00:37. 6 comments

Dr. Oz tells TMZ that breakfast is canceled, and now everyone has an opinion

Dr. Oz tells TMZ that breakfast is canceled, and now everyone has an opinion

Let no one say that TMZ doesn’t do everything in its power to follow a story. (Indeed, when it comes to TMZ, this is often what people take issue with in the first place.) On Friday, the story went straight to breakfast, which might not be the most important meal of the day after all.

Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, whose Wikipedia entry comprehensively describes him as “a Turkish American...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 13, 2020. 8 comments

“Ka-ching!”: Redditor reveals failed sandwich grift, sparks internet debate

“Ka-ching!”: Redditor reveals failed sandwich grift, sparks internet debate

It’s America in 2020, and for better or for worse, side hustles are everywhere. One anonymous Reddit poster is looking to make a buck in an unconventional way: selling intellectual sandwich property via binding legal contract to neighborhood delis.

On January 11, Twitter user @BathysphereHat posted screenshots from Reddit’s popular AITA (Am I The Asshole?) series, which Reddit describes as “a...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 11, 2020. 16 comments

Ultra-rare 20-year Wisconsin cheddar will be sold for $209 per pound

Ultra-rare 20-year Wisconsin cheddar will be sold for $209 per pound

Mineral Point, Wisconsin is home to Hook’s Cheese Co., owned by Tony and Julie Hook. Since 2000, something very special has been incubating in their cheese cave, and it will soon be ready to make its grand debut: A 20-year aged cheddar that will sell for $209 per pound.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that this is the second time the Hooks have released this exceptionally rare cheese...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 10, 2020. 5 comments

Alert: there is another chicken sandwich and this one is free (for one day)

Alert: there is another chicken sandwich and this one is free (for one day)

You can try ignoring the chicken sandwich phenomenon, but chicken sandwiches will eventually come for us all. Fast-casual chain Smashburger, which operates more than 300 locations in 36 states, will be running a BOGO promotion this Sunday where anyone who orders a double Smashburger can get one of the restaurant’s brand-new chicken sandwiches for free. I’ve already typed the words “chicken...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 10, 2020. 20 comments

Last Call: Is your couch being held up by a can of beans?

Last Call: Is your couch being held up by a can of beans?
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It’s been five days and I can’t stop thinking about how Amber Ruffin’s couch is being held up by a can of beans.

Amber Ruffin is, of course, doing far...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 09, 2020. 14 comments

Vegan sausage rolls sold insanely well at Greggs, and employees are being rewarded

Vegan sausage rolls sold insanely well at Greggs, and employees are being rewarded

UK bakery retail chain Greggs has been having a great year, and not just because it espouses all the right doughnut opinions . Last year, Greggs introduced a vegan version of its beloved sausage roll, a debut so well-received by the masses that sales blew past initial expectations. Revenue from both new and existing customers was up in 2019, with total sales rising 13.5% across the year....

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 09, 2020. 22 comments

Why plant-based meat might not succeed abroad

Why plant-based meat might not succeed abroad
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Yesterday, Impossible Foods announced it will move into the plant-based pork business. Both major U.S. makers of plant-based protein, Impossible and Beyond Meat, are focusing on China as they develop new products; Impossible CEO Pat Brown told CNN, “In the next year or two, we’re putting a lot of effort into...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Jan 08, 2020. 7 comments

Oscar Mayer has a way with H-I-R-I-N-G D-R-I-V-E-R-S

Oscar Mayer has a way with H-I-R-I-N-G D-R-I-V-E-R-S

When opportunity knocks, it might sound more like a clunky novelty winnebago trundling down the interstate. But nevertheless, you heed the call.

According to an Instagram post this week, Oscar Mayer, that most American of tube meat purveyors , has opened up applications to be one of their esteemed “hotdoggers,” brand ambassadors who criss-cross the country in an iconic hot-dog-shaped vehicle,...

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