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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]

Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

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  • From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of “witchcraft,” tortured and killed. Usually these “witches” are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]
  • Why arming victims of domestic violence with guns doesn’t keep them safer, despite what gun lobbyists might want you to think. [Mother Jones]
  • On how background checks save women’s lives. [Clutch Magazine]
  • President Obama signed an executive order today that bans federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. [Ms. Magazine] 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 »

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]

8 Words I’d Like To Ban From Life

Words We Hate
We want to retire these words and phrases forever. Read More »

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 »

South Carolina Woman Tries To Steal Vibrator By Hiding It In Her Baby’s Stroller

Mind Of Man: Sex Toys
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John DeVore bought a sex toy ... almost. Read More »
South Carolina Woman Tries To Steal Vibrator By Hiding It In Her Baby's Stroller

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 »

Can You Believe This Is Body Paint?

Paint: Gesine Marwedel

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…

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