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]
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 »
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]
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 »
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.
I spend an inordinate amount of time reading and writing and thinking about words, why they’re used, how they’re used; how sentences are structured, what human motivations are behind those structures, and what human motivations are behind the assumptions we make about language. That all being said, there are an awful lot of words that have sort of died and become useless, and I’d like to just remove them from popular usage. Here they are, and why. Keep reading »
I’ll be honest, I happen to think that if you’re going to steal a vibrator from a Spencer’s in South Carolina, hiding the sex toy behind a baby sitting in a stroller is a pretty good plan. I mean, there’s a solid chance that when the alarm goes off as you try and exit the store, the manager may check your bag and pockets, but disturb little Jimmy as he slumbers in his stroller? Maybe not! Unfortunately for Misty Ann Lee (who was obviously born to be a vibrator thief with a name like that), the manager at this particular Spencer’s saw the eager-to-masturbate mom slip the sex toy into the stroller and was not having any of her B.S. denials. Keep reading »
Bodypainting has come a long way from scrawling Obama’s visage on our naked bodies.
Experts like Gesine Marwedel – whose body art is featured below – are integrating the human form into their work, and we can’t get enough. Marwedel’s surreal depictions of animals, the human body and nature will have you wondering whether you’re actually looking at a human body.
“Body painting is not just paint to a living canvas; it is receiving the body shapes in the design, painting on and with the body,” Marwedel says on her website (in German). “It is the transformation of a human into a breathing, moving, living work of art.” Read more on Huffington Post…