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People of Earth! That Pizza Thrower we mentioned? The life-size functioning vehicle based on the pizza-shooting tank thing that was sold as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy back in 1989? It has appeared at Comic-Con International at San Diego. And while Pizza Hut may have funded its creation simply to tie-in to marketing for the new, sure to be ridiculous Michael Bay movie, I think we can all agree on one point: this is an amazingly absurd thing that now exists.

Below the break, you shall see video footage of the Pizza Thrower launching its odd, fake pizzas through the air. With gusto!

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There have been a lot of limited edition Oreo flavors this year. They’ve come in varieties that range from fruit punch Oreos to Limeade Oreos and now it appears that root beer float Oreos are a thing.

This one actually sounds like a really good idea. Unfortunately, the news hasn’t been confirmed yet, despite the above pic that’s been floating around on Instagram (the person who snapped the photo claimed they saw the cookies at Publix). There’s been some talk of the cookie being a hoax after so many were fooled by the fake fried chicken flavor that made the rounds on the Internet in recent weeks. However, it would have to be an elaborate one, since Got The Munchies reviewed the cookie.

Check out the root beer float Oreos video review after the break…

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The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series involved the heroes using a lot of questionable gadgets and vehicles, almost as if they were there just so toys could be sold. One example was the Pizza Thrower, released in 1989. This was basically a tank that fired entire pizza pies at villains, which is crazy because turtles know that pizza is delicious and should never be thrown away (even the commercial advertising the toy admitted this weapon made no sense).

But now this sucker exists in real life! Tying in with the upcoming live-action movie that is already dividing fans, Pizza Hut has teamed up with Synn Labs and their affiliate Special Effects Unlimited to create a life-size, working Pizza Thrower for Comic-Con International 2014. This isn’t the first time Pizza Hut has done a Turtle related ad campaign (remember when they rebooted the heroes as a rock band and sold the “Coming Out of Their Shells” album?), but I think it’s fair to say that no one expected the company to fund a tank that is designed to launch pizza 30 feet through the air.

Check out more info images and a video about this vehicle after the break…

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You may recall that we featured a real life Krusty Krab restaurant that’s going to open up in Ramallah, Palestine. Well, it looks like the restaurant, which is currently being built by a Palestinian company called Salta Burgers, is slated to be opened sometime soon.

The company recently posted some interior pics of the restaurant on their Facebook page, and you can check out some of them below. I’m rather curious to see how this restaurant does in the long run, as I have a feeling that Salta doesn’t really give a flying Krabby Patty about Sponegebob trademark infringements.

Check out some more pics after the break…

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Now I love cappuccinos just as much as the next caffeine-addicted Internet denizen, but I’m not sold on the idea of cappuccino-flavored potato chips. But some of the other flavors in this year’s Do Us A Flavor competition from Frito-Lay are a bit out there too: cheddar bacon mac & cheese, mango salsa and, of course, wasabi ginger. The four flavors will hit supermarket shelves later this month, and the public can vote on their favorite flavor through Oct. 18. The inventor of the most popular flavor will win a $1 million reward.

Which version are you most excited to try?

(Associated Press via The Consumerist)

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A new record has been set for the most expensive, single free Starbucks drink. The previous record, as we noted back in May, was a 128-ounce, $54 sexagintuple vanilla bean mocha frappuccino. The new record was set by a woman named Sameera, and she was able to come up with a drink that clocked in at a little over $60–a pretty incredible feat! After scanning her loyalty card the total came out to $57.75, which still snags the top prize.

Sameera went all out when she decided to claim the world record: she checked in with her local Starbucks beforehand, contacted local media outlets and she even brought some friends for support. She tells Consumerist:

“I waited ’till just before closing time so that I wouldn’t be inconveniencing the baristas while they’re attending to customers,” Sameera noted when she wrote in to the Consumerist. “They were really excited about making the drink as well, so that was pretty cool.”

However, Starbucks reached out to the Consumerist and noted that their official policy on the recent record-breaking drink trend is that it’s against the company’s policies to serve large, blended drinks “by the vat.” Apparently, a Frappuccino–which is what Sameera’s drink technically started as–can only be served in a container that’s no larger than 24-ounces. Their official statement is as follows:

With over 170,000 ways to customize beverages at Starbucks, we know that personalization is a big part of the Starbucks Experience for both our customers and our partners (employees), however this particular customization was excessive and something that we do not encourage. We want to ensure our customers receive the highest quality and most delicious tasting food or beverage products from us and, we don’t believe that this particular beverage choice was reflective of that.

Per our existing policy, beverages larger than Trenta size (31 oz.) cannot be made or served. This includes personal cups that exceed 31 oz (or a Trenta-sized cup). For blended beverages and espresso drinks, those cannot be made or served in sizes larger than a Venti (24 oz cold cup/20 oz hot cup).

Ah. Well, I guess Starbucks sure turned into a Debbie Downer of sorts. Is this the official end of the most-expensive-drink trend at Starbucks? Maybe, but I’m just waiting for someone to figure out another cool trend. It’s just a matter of time!

(via Consumerist)

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How do you make a Twinkie better? Well, if you said dip it in gold and serve it on a platter made from a unicorn’s wishes and dreams you’d be close, but wrong. For one, eating gold isn’t very good for you. No, the best way to improve a Twinkie is by dipping it in delicious chocolate. Thankfully, Hostess is bringing back it’s classic chocolate-dipped Twinkies (aka the Chocodile) starting this week.

Since the late ’90s, these Chocodiles were previously only available on the West Coast, but now they’re being released nationwide in a wide variety of flavors (fun size only), including chocolate creme, strawberry creme and banana creme flavors.

(via HuffPo)

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Currently, you can only get Duff beer at the Simpsons theme park or outside the US, but that is about to change if the rumors are true. It all comes as a result of this blurry image from the Licensing Expo that was held last week. No details or availability dates were released, but if the image is to be believed, we’re going to be able to kick back with an officially licensed Duff beer in the states sometime soon.

(via Bleeding Cool)

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A kid’s birthday party in Juneau, Alaska, went from normal to bizarre and scary recently. A young black bear fell through a skylight window during the gathering. From the CBC:

The home owners, Alicia Bishop and Glenn Merrill, told the Juneau Empire the bear landed in their living room.

“I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking,” Merrill told the paper, describing the sound of the skylight’s plexiglass creaking under the bear. “And the next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from (the skylight). It was like one metre away from me.”

Merrill told the paper he fled into an adjoining room and closed the door behind him, and Bishop said the animal feasted on her infant son’s birthday cupcakes.

Bishop told the paper that she opened a door from the living room that led to the backyard and that the couple yelled at the animal until it casually walked out of their residence.

The animal didn’t harm any humans, but officials believed it could have been the same bear that entered another home in the same area. Sadly, they “destroyed” it to be on the safe side.

(CBC via io9, image via The Canadian Press)

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Nutella is sort of a wonder food that makes everything better, including ice cream. Carvel locations across the US will be partnering with Ferrero on a selection of Nutella ice cream and soft serve from June 30 through September 30 this year. From the press release:

Carvel will introduce its line of treats with Nutella hazelnut spread June 30 and it will be available until Sept. 30. Guests can choose from the new flavors in soft-serve, hand-scooped ice cream, as well as Sundae Dashers, including:

· Hand-Scooped Chocolate Ice Cream layered with Nutella hazelnut spread and Carvel Crunchies, then topped with Nutella

· Soft-Serve Ice Cream made with Nutella hazelnut spread

· Sundae Dasher with Banana – Layers of soft-serve made with Nutella hazelnut spread and Carvel Crunchies topped with whipped cream and Nutella

· Sundae Dasher with Chocolate Crunchies – Layers of soft-serve made with Nutella hazelnut spread and bananas topped with whipped cream and Nutella

Looks like there are enough choices to satisfy every sweet tooth.

(via Eater)