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Start Stockpiling Hershey’s Bars, Because Chocolate Prices Are Going Up

Start Stockpiling Hershey's Bars, Because Chocolate Prices Are Going Up

Hershey announced last week that its prices would increase due to a rise in the cost of chocolate ingredients. Very soon, those amazing Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme bars (or am I the only one who likes those?) will now cost eight percent more, and so will every other treat the company makes. Other candy companies will probably follow suit. The price increase is effective immediately, and it’s time to stock up on chocolate in case the price goes up even higher in the future.

By sales, Hershey is the top candy maker in the US, and it also sells 40 percent of dark chocolate in the country, so we’re pretty much at its mercy to cut us a deal on our chocolate fix. The rise in the price of ingredients can be attributed to a growing chocolate market in Asia, and chocolate consumption is still rising in the US, which makes the demand that much greater. Researchers have predicted that there could be a one million-ton international cocoa bean deficit by 2020. Halloween is going to be a struggle this year. [Quartz]

Tim McGraw On Hitting An Audience Member: “It Was Pure Instinctive Reaction”

evening quickies
Not Cool
  • Tim McGraw sort of addressed hitting a grabby audience member during a concert last week, saying, “It happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on. Nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it.” Well, that’s not exactly a ”sorry.” [TMZ]
  • New couple alert: Ian Somerholder and “Twilight” star Nikki Reed are dating. [US Weekly]
  • Anna Paquin talked about her bisexuality with HuffPost Live last week and reminded viewers that monogamy and bisexuality are not mutually exclusive.  [US Weekly]
  • Kim Kardashian has “no sympathy” for her brother Rob’s problems, including a recent sudden weight gain. I guess that attitude explains why he bailed on her wedding? [People] Keep reading »

“Orange Is The New Black” Made Orange Jumpsuits So Trendy That Prisons Are Switching Their Uniforms

"Orange Is The New Black" Does Not Need To Tell Male Prisoners' Stories

A Saginaw, Michigan sheriff is so convinced that “Orange Is The New Black” made orange jumpsuits cool that he’s assigned inmates at the Saginaw County Jail to switch up their uniforms. The jail’s 513 inmates will likely all have switched over to old school black-and-white striped uniforms by the end of this year. Sheriff William Federspiel, the man behind the change, told Saginaw County News that line has become too fuzzy between pop culture and actual prison culture because of shows like “Orange Is The New Black.” He says that people think it’s cool to dress like an inmate, “wearing all orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public.” The inmates aren’t pleased, and have complained about the change in attire. I guess they can direct their blame past Federspiel and right over to Piper and Alex for looking so good onscreen. Federspiel told the News, “It’s not to be crass. We’re not trying to embarrass or shame them. It tells me something, though, when the inmates think that it’s bad: It’s probably good.” Keep reading »

Study: If You Post A Sexy Profile Picture, Your Peers Will Get Judgey

2013: Year In Selfies
2013: The Year In Selfies
From Kim's butt to Beyoncé's audience, this is your year. Read More »
Mirror, Mirror: Selfies
Why You Should Take More Selfies
Kate thinks you should take more of them. Read More »
Study: If You Post A Sexy Profile Picture, Your Peers Will Get Judgey

According to a new study from Oregon State University, young women who post sexy pictures on social media are seen by other women as less attractive and less competent. In the study, which is ominously titled “The Price Of Sexy,” 118 ladies between the ages of 13 and 25 were shown two Facebook profiles for a fictitious 20-year-old woman named Amanda Johnson. In one profile, she was pictured wearing a modest short-sleeved shirt and jeans, with a scarf draped over her chest. In the second profile, she wore a red low-cut dress, with a slit up one leg and a garter belt. Aside from the profile pictures, the pages were identical and included typical interests for someone her age, like Lady Gaga and “The Notebook.” Keep reading »

The Daily Squee: Beagle Steals Baby’s Toy, Tries To Apologize

Beagle and Baby
Sorry, Charlie!

Charlie the dog didn’t realize he would make the baby cry when he stole her toy. So he tried to make it up to her the best way he knew how — with more toys. Way to own up to your mistakes, Charlie! [22 Words]

How Would You Like To Have A Drone As Your Wedding Photographer?

How Would You Like To Have A Drone As Your Wedding Photographer?

A photography studio in Iowa is now offering a drone photography option for their wedding shoots. Apparently, they can capture birds-eye shots in a way that no other camera (or photographer standing on a ladder) ever could. Inspired by the use of drones for real estate photography, studio owner Dale Stierman offers these futuristic wedding shoots anywhere in the country for about $400. Keep reading »

9 Of The Nastiest Things People Have Found In Their Lunch Salads

Last week, a man allegedly found a rusty nail in his to-go salad from a Manhattan restaurant named, appropriately, “Just Salad.” What is it about salads that attract this ickiness? It seems that every few weeks somebody finds some kind of critter or other not-so-salad-y item amid their lettuce, chickpeas and chopped tomatoes. Make sure you’re not eating while clicking through this gallery of the weirdest surprise ingredients people have found in their greens.

Watch These Street Harassers Get Called Out

Catcaller
"Minnesota Chicks Are Hot"

First, Lindsey, a 28-year-old from Minneapolis, started by confronting catcallers by handing them Cards Against Street Harassment — nifty printable cards that explain why it’s not cool to engage in street harassment. Now she’s taken things a step further by filming catcallers in the act. In the video above, she bravely confronts them and asks, genuinely, what on earth prompted them to give their unsolicited opinion on her appearance. A lot of the men she confronts try to place the blame on her for choosing to look nice. Others seem to truly believe she would have taken their remarks as a compliment, and if really that’s the case, then the simple act of telling people otherwise could go a long way. Her whole series of videos is here, and all are so worth a watch. [Cosmopolitan]

Nope, We Still Can’t Prove Women Talk More Than Men

Nope, We Still Can't Prove Women Talk More Than Men

Contrary to oh-so-popular beliefs, there is still no conclusive evidence that women actually talk more than men. Different studies have found varying results on the issue over the years — some have even found that men talk more! A recent scientific foray into the subject has found that men and women actually talk about the same amount.

According to New York magazine, a paper called “A Meta-Analytic Review of Gender Variations in Adults’ Language Use” details the work of two researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz [Banana Slugs represent! -- Amelia, Class of 2001], who used sociometers to gauge the speech habits of both genders. Sociometers are small sound recorders that get more candid results because they capture conversations in more natural settings than, say, a research lab. The researchers found that results depended heavily on the environment and situation the speakers were in. Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: This Dog Saved His Owner From A House Fire

Dog Hero
A Humble Hero

Nick Lamb, an Indianapolis teen, was home alone and fast asleep last Wednesday when a fire broke out in his house. Nick is deaf and wears cochlear implants, but he’d taken them out to sleep, making it impossible for him to hear the loud popping sounds the fire was making throughout the house. Ace, the family pit bull, knew there was trouble and licked Nick’s face until he woke up.

“He woke me up because I couldn’t hear anything and I was asleep and I looked around my room and I smelled smoke and I could see a little bit of smoke in my room,” Lamb told a local news station. He covered his nose and mouth with a T-shirt and left the house with Ace by his side. “I would have never seen this from him. I didn’t see this coming,” Nick’s mom said. The family also has a cat named Pixie, who was still inside the house when Nick and Ace escaped. Firefighters were able to rescue her, and she’s currently at the vet recovering from smoke inhalation, leaving the whole family safe and sound. Amazing. [Daily Mail UK, KHON 2]

 

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