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I think this week’s “unnecessary spending” award goes to one “uhcougars1151″ from Houston, Texas. Recently, the Redditor indulged in some imbibing and used Uber for a ride to a nearby bar@mdash;and when I say nearby, I mean that Google Maps estimated that the 82-foot journey would’ve taken approximately one minute to walk. Maybe longer if he kept stumbling and falling.

And the cost? Well, despite using the “25 percent off uberX this summer” deal, the total fare came to $4.28. He admits:

“After a night of fairly heavy drinking, I woke up to find I took a very unnecessary cab ride.”

Yeah, I think unnecessary is a bit of an understatement.

(Reddit via Gawker)

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Wow, I’m so glad I live in the 21st century. Sure, we might not have hover cars yet, but at least the world finally has chocolate etched with rainbow holograms!

The holograms weren’t made using any sort of added chemicals—they were actually created using a unique etching process that was developed by a Swiss design company, Morphotonix, and a German chocolate mould manufacturer.

Basically, the holograms are made by carving detailed microstructures onto a metal master mould, which is then used to make softer plastic moulds. Chocolate is poured into those plastic moulds, and the resulting etches carve specific microstructures that can defract light (security holograms on credit cards work in a similar fashion).

The process works with both milk and dark chocolate. Morphotonix began developing the hologram tech back in 2012, but there isn’t any word on when these chocolates or the moulds will be made available to the public.

(via Gizmodo)

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I’ve got some breaking cookie-related news for ya, folks. Apparently, fruit punch Oreos are a real thing now, and you can buy them at Walmart. According to Junk Food Guy, the cookies are hearty (70 calories per cookie), and the flavor really packs a “punch” (sorry). He was able to taste some of the cookies, and he described the creme as tasting vaguely like a cherry Starburst, and the actual cookie as tasting somewhat like cherry pie–although he warned that the flavor veered dangerously close to “cherry cough syrup territory.”

Eh, I don’t know about you guys, but I think I’m going to steer clear of this one. Cough syrup and cookies don’t mix in my book.

(Junk Food Guy via The Consumerist)

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A Starbucks customer in Louisiana says that a barista added a little extra unwanted artistic detail to a recent order: she claims that she received two beverages with a pentagram and the number 666 drawn in caramel syrup.

I’m not too sure what the customer did to warrant the wraith of Satan and his legion of merciless caffeinated minions, but the woman apparently didn’t confront the store’s manager when she received the drinks. “I unfortunately can’t give the young man’s name who served it,” said the customer in a comment she left on the Starbucks’ Facebook wall, “because I was so appalled that I could not bring myself to look at him.”

A Starbucks representative later told The Daily Advertiser that the company apologized to her via social media. In a more formal statement, they added: “This obviously is not the type of experience we want to provide any of our customers, and is not representative of the customer service our partners provide to millions of customers every day.”

Apparently, Starbucks couldn’t identify the artist either. Also, despite not confronting the culprit on the spot, the woman later went on to make an official complaint, she says. The never-ending war between the forces of good and Satanic baristas rages on….

(The Daily Advertiser via The Consumerist)

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Breaking donut news (my favorite kind of news, fyi): Stan Frankenthaler, the executive chef and VP of “product innovation” at Dunkin’ Donuts, told Buzzfeed that a new Peeps donut will be available starting on March 31 at participating Dunkin’ Donut stores. There will be two types of Peeps donuts available: one with strawberry icing and a green drizzle, and one with green icing and a strawberry drizzle. The donuts will be flower-shaped, and, yes, there’s a tasty Peep right in the center.

(via Buzzfeed)

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You’ve probably heard about them in passing, but much like unicorns and talking dogs, you’ve never actually seen one. I’m talking about, of course, those Starbucks that actually serve booze.

The company has been testing it out for the past few years, starting in 2010: Currently, only a few locations across the country serve alcohol. But Starbucks’ COO Troy Alstead mentioned in an interview with Bloomberg that the alcohol program (which features tasty snacks like bacon-wrapped dates paired with adult beverages such as Malbec and Chardonnay wines) has been successful so far. When locations start to offer the program, “there’s a meaningful increase in sales during that time of the day,” said Alstead.

Of the 11,000 Starbucks in the U.S., only 40 serve alcohol. Alstead is hoping to bring that number up to several thousand in the near future–but the COO cautions that it could take some time to expand the program effectively. Also, some Starbucks’ locations work better than others when it comes to serving booze (think areas with nightlife scenes, etc.), so if you’re hoping to score some vino at your local Starbucks sometime soon, you had better live in a happening part of town.

(via The Consumerist / Image via afagen)

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Believe it or not, there’s actually a sushi chef in Japan that makes sushi using only a single grain of rice.

In a short video shot by Reuters, the man behind the mini-sushi mentions that it all started as a practical joke for a customer. But once he started making the tiny treats, he kept wanting to experiment to see how small he could make them. Fun fact: it takes him five minutes to make each piece, while in comparison, it takes him only one minute to make a normal piece of sushi.

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Remember Marvin, the often paranoid and/or depressed robot from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Would you love to have your own version help you around the kitchen? Well, now you can! Sort of. Addicted Products came up with a toaster, named Brad, that monitors how much attention it gets from its owner. If it doesn’t feel like it’s being loved enough, well, it’ll literally pack up and hit the bricks–in other words, Brad will actively search for another owner.

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The Big Boss is one of KFC latest creations, and it’s basically a double-decker burger with fried chicken filets instead of beef. But hey… doesn’t it look familiar? Oh, yeah, that’s because he’s basically a copy of McDonald’s Big Mac.

Of course, KFC isn’t the only fast food chain out there to put their own spin on a Big Mac. However, don’t expect to see the Big Boss anytime soon–it’s currently only available in Canada. But if things go well, there’s a good chance it will end up in the states.

(via Foodbeast)

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Olive Garden’s downward spiral continued on Monday when the chain introduced a horrible new logo that is about 40 years out of date. The retaliation against this baffling choice was swift and brutal, especially on social media, where it was referred to as “garbage”, “a hot load of crap”, and my personal favorite, “something off a crockpot from the 1970s”.

Strangely enough, Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, is standing by this monstrosity, believing it will bring about a “brand renaissance” along with other changes such as lower prices, smaller plates and remodeled restaurants. According to the PR people, the move will result in “a complete dining experience that is casual, yet stylish, creating an atmosphere that promotes togetherness, nurtures relationships and welcomes sharing.”

Whatever… methinks people will ultimately prefer the more expensive, Dean Martin-soaked Olive Gardens of yesteryear.

(via YF, Slate and BI)