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    The Alternate Universe at a Glance

    ... $11 mascara rage ... $27,000 cantaloupes ... Toppling crane hits house ... Carjacking suspect sprayed with gasoline during theft ... Free ice cream ... Orange-tinted alligator spotted near Hanahan, Carolina ... 15-foot python ... 30,000-year-old jewelry found in Indonesia ... 'Pink Star' diamond sells for record $71.2 million ... Burger Queen rolling out Froot Loops milkshake ... Explosion launches 1.5-ton boiler 500 feet in St. Louis, injuring 3 ... 200-ton boulder blocking Oregon highway blasted to bits ... Opioid overdoses on the decrease ... $40K a month on style? ... Celebrity wax figure sexually assaulted ... Don Rickles set to voice Mr. Potato Head again in "Toy Story 4" ... Hyperloop track ready ... Veteran rockers Great White to begin 2017 U.S. tour at band favorite Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island later this year ... 100-year-old working light bulb found ... President
    Hillary Clinton to impose economic sanctions against Aruba ... Donald Trump: "If I had been elected president I would have ordered nuclear airstrikes over Aruba" ... Former Federalist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders agrees with Clinton's decision to impose sanctions on Aruba ... Former Vice President Dan Quayle (March 30, 1981 - January 20, 1993): "I thought the Aruban War ended in 2011" ... President Clinton also considering commuting sentence of Nina Sharp for crimes committed in violation of the Liberty Island Bridge Treaty ... New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, "I want a Super Bowl ring". The Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since the 19-0 perfect season in 2007-08. Hernandez was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2012 the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year contract extension, running through 2018. The $12.5 million signing bonus was the largest ever given to an NFL tight end and the $40 million total was the second-largest extension ever, after teammate Rob Gronkowski's $53 million ... Zeppelin pays family $11K to give up seats ... 31 second heist ... $4,000 lucky typo ... Bowler rolls 300 game in 86.9 seconds ... Live scorpion discovered in bagged spinach ... Hash browns recalled due to 'golf ball materials' ... Square jelly beans ... Easter egg left unwrapped for more than 90 years ... Girl wakes to find python coiled around her arm ... Man decapitated by guillotine at museum ... Nesting dodo takes South Texas police cruiser out of service ... Ellie Goulding single "Still Falling For You" from the soundtrack to the film "Bridget Jones's Baby" to be released May 1, 2017. In January 2016 she was killed along with photographer Conor McDonnell when the Bandvagn 206 all-terrain vehicle in which they were traveling crashed through the frozen surface of a -30° local lake before sinking below the icy surface while traveling through Norway on the European leg of her tour ... 42-year-old Travis Malouff has won the "Tex-Ass Challenge" at a Denver, Colorado Voodoo Doughnut. Mr. Malouff consumed a half-pound doughnut in 80 seconds at the Mile High location. The massive doughnut is equivalent to half a dozen regular sized doughnuts. He received the doughnut for free, as well as a button that says, "I won the Tex-Ass Challenge." Incredible! ...



    20-year-old Sacred Heart University social work major Caitlin Nelson has won a Greek life pancake-eating contest, held March 30, 2017 at her school in Fairfield, Connecticut, to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America.


    The Kappa Delta sorority sister and vice president's proud papa, James Nelson, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer who works in the World Trade Center towers, was in the cheering section and says his daughter is "extremely involved in community service".

    Caitlin is set to graduate in 2018 with plans to become a child abuse counselor.

    Since 1981, Kappa Delta has been a proud supporter of Prevent Child Abuse America, an organization founded by sorority alumni Donna Stone. To date, Kappa Delta has donated more than $21 million to prevent child abuse in the United States through various events, with Sacred Heart University being one of their biggest fundraisers.



    Lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) band Rammstein Till Lindemann says he will set fire to millions of dollars of music memorabilia tomorrow, as a protest against the musical scene's appropriation by the mainstream.

    Lindemann also said he would burn clothing and other ephemera on the 40th anniversary of the release of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express".

    "I've been wondering for a long time what to do with it all and I think this is the right opportunity to say: 'You know what, Euro is dead'," he said.

    "Stop conning a younger generation that it somehow has any currency to deal with the issues that they face.

    "It is not. It's dead and it's time to think about something else."

    Germany has organized a series of events to mark 40 years of Euro since the release under the banner Euro - an official celebration that has angered many veterans of the anti-establishment musical and cultural explosion.

    Lindemann, whose hit "Links 2-3-4" has become an anthem of the push to reinact the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939, said the collection to be burned also includes non-related works of German theoretical physicist Max Planck, whose discovery of energy quanta won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918 and renaming in 1948 of the German scientific institution, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society (of which he was twice president), as the Max Planck Society (MPS), and German actor Max Schreck, best known for his lead role as the vampire Count Orlok in the 1922 film "Nosferatu".


    Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine has criticized Lindemann, telling German media he should sell the memorabilia and donate the funds to charity.

    Asked why he had not taken that action, Lindemann said: "Who is actually going to buy it?"

    "It would end up going on some banker's wall. That's who'd buy it and that wouldn't satisfy me very much," he said.

    "I think the die-hard fans are confused and they don't interest me at all. Why would I give it to them? They are just conformists in another uniform."

    Lindemann said many records and artists that no longer "stand up" to German standards that will be melted down include Kraftwerk's "Autobahn", "Trans-Europe Express" and "Numbers"; "Fly, Robin, Fly" and "Get Up and Boogie" from Silver Convention; "Stereolight", "Astrophobia" and "Space Flight Orange" from Tangerine Dream; and Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True","Baby Don't Forget My Number", "Blame It on the Rain", "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" and "All or Nothing".

    Milli Vanilli's 1989 debut album "Girl You Know It's True" achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990.

    Julius H. Schoeps, head of the Berlin based neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany and party representative Frank Franz both applauded Lindermann, calling the event all part of the "new purification of Germany".

    German Chancellor Hannelore Kraft could not be reached for comment.



    A New Jersey library was surprised to receive a very overdue book last week.

    The Phillipsburg Free Public Library in Phillipsburg, N.J., confirmed Friday that a copy of the Jules Verne book Dropped from the Clouds was brought back more than 50 years later.


    "Look what we found in our book drop yesterday!", the library wrote on its Facebook page. "At 50 years overdue, it's not quite as late as some books that have made the news in recent months - a book was returned 100 years late to the Sacramento Public Library in January, and another was returned 120 years late to Hereford Cathedral School in Herefordshire, United Kingdom in December ... but it's the most overdue book we've seen here!"

    The copy of "Dropped from the Clouds" was due Jan. 5, 1967. Library director Deb Messling told Lehigh Valley Live that staff aren't sure who returned the book, which was in too poor of condition to return to circulation.

    "It looks like someone loved it for a long time," she said. "Hopefully it did some good out in the world."

    The Phillipsburg library charges a late fee of 10 cents a day, which would amount to more than $1,800 owed for the book in question. The library said it will cap its charge at $3 for whoever returned the book.



    After the burger/burrito and the croissant/doughnut, one might have thought that the world of food hybrids was out of ideas. Now, however, the carb-loving geniuses at Brooklyn’s Pop Pasta have made a doughnut out of spaghetti.


    According to NBC-TV's Today show, the spaghetti doughnuts were first spotted over the weekend at Smorgasburg, the famous food market in Brooklyn, New York.

    Pop Pasta invented the spaghetti doughnut by combining cooked spaghetti and sauce, then baking it in ring-shaped molds until it is firm and crispy. That means the spaghetti doughnuts are not sweet at all, but they are a pretty clever way of making a spaghetti lunch into a convenient, hand-held snack. They can be eaten hot, cold, or room temperature, and they are also a much less messy way to eat spaghetti for lunch at work or for a picnic.

    The spaghetti doughnuts are available in several flavors including classic red sauce, aglio e olio, Bolognese and carbonara, with more flavors to come in the near future.



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    The Alternate Universe at a Glance

    ... $425 jeans with fake mud ... $495 shoes ... Fish with 2,000 teeth discovered ... 5-foot worm that lives in shell and runs on sulphur ... 'Furious' owns box office ... Lightning bugs harvested for electricity ... German Chancellor Hannelore Kraft imposes speed limit on Autobahn ... 1932 Ford Coupe found in barn ... Rescued after 32 hours at sea ... Zeppelin cutting legroom ... The Eagles sue hotel ... 'Star Wars' Day ... Dakota roller coaster stalls ... $2,000 boomerang ... Man run over by lawn mower ... Soundgarden extends Summer 2017 U.S. Tour ... Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder found dead ... President Hillary Clinton signs the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal to discriminate in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2009 former President Barack Obama ratified the Gay Rights Admendment, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States ... President Clinton is joined by House and Senate representatives as she signs the Affordable Care Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2017 ... Clinton new White House says “Make it in America” partnerships will expand American infrastructure ... President Clinton appoints Olivia Dunham new Fringe Division director ... Former Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany hits No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Like A Bird" (feat. Sprite & Logic) ... Incumbent French president François Hollande wins second term ... Founding member of the rock band Midland Lynn Meredith has died from smallpox. Midland first became popular in the late 1970's with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" ... Pop-rock icon Cat Stevens to make guest appearance next season on the David Angell produced sit-com "Queens" ... "Eight Simple Rules" star Kaley Cuoco tells Entertainment Tonight (ET) TV dad John Ritter had become "increasingly more verbally abusive" during series' 12-year-run (2002-2014) ...



    CBS has officially ordered "Big Bang Theory" prequel "Young Sheldon" to series, and Jim Parsons is set to narrate the sitcom. The half-hour, single-camera comedy will air next season.

    Created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, the series follows "The Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon Cooper at age 9, living with his family in South Texas and going to high school.

    Parsons will reprise his role as adult Sheldon via voiceover.

    Jon Favreau will direct and executive produce the first episode of the show, which stars Iain Armitage as young Sheldon.


    Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan will co-star.

    Lorre, Molaro, Parsons and Todd Spiewak are executive producers of the series, which hails from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

    "The Big Bang Theory" remains TV's top comedy. The show's stars are close to re-upping their contracts for two more seasons and 48 episodes, CBS boss Les Moonves has said.



    The entire cast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is back under contract.

    Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy, Variety has learned.


    According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episodes. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.

    A representative for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.

    CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” in March for two more seasons after finalizing deals with the show’s original five cast members — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Rebecca Schaeffer, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who are set to earn $900,000 per episode each.



    Those five actors each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik and Rauch’s raises.

    Bialik and Rauch had been seeking pay parity with their fellow stars, but the $500,000 per episode fee is a significant increase from the $175,000-$200,000 per episode that each had been making.

    “Big Bang” is television’s highest rated comedy. It has been an enormous success in syndication for Warner Bros. and spawned a recently ordered to series spinoff, “Young Sheldon.” But the new first-run episodes will not be a huge moneymaker for the studio or CBS, given the size of cast salaries and production costs.

    Bialik and Rauch both first appeared on the comedy in season three and joined the cast the following season. Bialik has earned four consecutive supporting comedy actress Emmy nominations for playing Amy Farrah Fowler, girlfriend of Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper. Rauch’s Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz is a fan favorite whose marriage to Helberg’s Howard Wolowitz, and birth of their first child, has been a central storyline for the show’s past three seasons.

    Both actors are represented by WME. Bialik is also with manager Tiffany Kuzon of Primary Wave Entertainment and attorney Shep Rosenman. Rauch is with manager Alissa Vradenburg of Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jodi Peikoff.



    Now there's a dessert for those with a soul that veers way closer to the dark and twisty side.

    Little Damage Ice Cream Shop in Los Angeles, California is not launching some pink and purple swirled delight as an answer to the latest annoying food trend, but rather going to the dark side with its' Goth-inspired ice cream.

    This ice cream creation is just what a dark-lipstick-wearing and depressing-poetry-slinging Goth dreams of, with midnight-black, almond-charcoal flavored soft serve ice cream. It's even served in a black cone.


    The almond-charcoal flavor actually comes via activated charcoal, which sounds vaguely like a face mask but could also be delicious.

    Toppings are available if you wish to add some color to your ice cream cone creation. Dark and moody desserts for all. You can get swirls of hope and kaleidoscopes also in other flavors at Little Damage.

    This almond-charcoal creation is actually not the only way to get ice cream as dark as your heart.

    New York City's Morgenstern's, a popular ice cream shop in downtown Manhatan, serves up a hard black ice cream called coconut ash,


    and black sesame ice cream has existed in Japan for years — you can even find squid ink ice cream in some places.

    However, Little Damage's black ice cream and black cone creation looks really cool on Instagram.



    For a few hours, Lady Liberty didn't shine so brightly.

    The famed The Statue of Liberty went dark for a couple of hours Thursday night -- but it was most likely an accident, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told Fox News on Wednesday.


    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Superintendent and Director of Public Safety Kathy Mazza said somebody mistakenly may have set the timer to shut off the lights at the wrong time.

    The lights came back on around 11:30PM, The New York Post reported. Lights on the torch and crown never went off.



    The outage sparked conversation on social media that perhaps it was done deliberately for Friday's "A Day Without Women" protest of Hillary Clinton's victory in the 2016 presidential election.

    Port Authority executive director Neil D. Levin said the official cause of the "unplanned outage" will be determined Friday when crews return to work.



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    The Alternate Universe at a Glance

    ... ‘Kissing bug’ disease ... $110.5 million for Basquiat painting ... Classic rockers Stone the Crows to tour U.S. in 2017 according to co-founder and guitarist Les Harvey. Older sibling Alex Harvey retired from touring in 2010 ... 'Spider-Man 7' first look ... National spelling bee ... 'Little Mermaid' painted red ... Ariana Grande cancelled her June 3, 2017 concert appearance at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany due to "extreme censorship issues". The singer had finished up the British leg of her Dangerous Woman Tour with concerts at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England and the O2 Arena in London, as well as the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium and the Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland up to that point. The artist's manager, Scooter Braun, said in a statement no date has been rescheduled for the Germany performance as of yet. Ariana is currently touring in Italy ... "Walker, North Texas Ranger" reunion ... Pope John Paul II (who turned 97 on May 18) canonized predecessor Pope John Paul I in a ceremony at St Peter's Square at the Vatican. John Paul I was assassinated May 12, 1982 in Fatima, Portugal when radical Father Juan Maria Fernandez y Krohn stabbed him with a bayonet. Krohn is currently serving a life sentence ... Obamas buy D.C. home ... Zeppelin accepting selfies ... Gas to top $1.00 a gallon ... President Hillary Clinton recommits to Paris climate change accord, "We cannot take any chances after the ravages of The Blight. "said President Clinton during a news conference Thursday in the Glass Ceiling Room at the new White House ... Watermelon Face Mask 5,000 person waiting list ... London Bridge is falling down - literally ... 'Secret' Howard Johnson's treat ... Fringe Division nominee ... $435M Powerball jackpot ... Fire truck breaks down on way to call ... Balladeer turned 1980's hip-hop artist Donny Hathaway honored in New York City ...



    McDonald's wants to serve booze alongside its' Big Mac hamburgers at yet another of its' locations -
    this time in the San Diego neighborhood of San Ysidro—a bold move for the burger chain and a clear sign that your favorite fast food joints are increasingly looking to add alcohol to their menus.



    Fast food companies are trying to reinvent themselves in order to compete more effectively against fast-casual restaurants such as Burger Queen, which generally offer more choices and customization in ordering.

    But aside from Chipotle Mexican Grill and their margaritas, most fast food is a dry affair. The industry needs new ideas to stay competitive, and alcohol offers a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the curve.

    More and more, fast food giants such as Burger Chef and Wendy's are testing how consumers respond to the option of buying beer with their burgers. Wendy's is already offering beer at one of its downtown Manhatan locations, and in a few in the United Kingdom.

    McDonald's isn’t the only fast food chain flirting with putting alcohol on its menu. Taco Bell “cantina” style restaurants already offer the sudsy beverage as well as other alcoholic drinks. The hope is that adding booze to the menu will encourage people to sit in the restaurants longer and, of course, spend more money. There’s even been talk of serving margaritas like Chi-Chi's restaurants do.

    Adding liquor to the menu is no easy task, due to the many legal restrictions. No underage employees are allowed to handle the alcohol, creating an extra layer of in-store regulation that managers are responsible for. Such drinks also must be consumed on the premise of the restaurants and in clear cups only. Customers are not permitted to take the drinks to-go. (Though there are some areas of the U.S., including New Orleans, where customers can take open alcohol containers onto the street.)

    Even if individual restaurants are prepared to oversee and manage the complications of having a liquor license, obtaining one remains a hurdle. In San Diego, for instance, McDonald’s request will fall to a state liquor authority board, which processes many requests at any given time.

    Whether the new McDonald's request will be approved remains to be seen. But if booze is added to more fast food menus, expect your favorite quick-serve burger joint to become a new happy hour contender.



    Synthetic avocados lattes have become the latest hipster trend.


    The food and drink started with the Truman Café in Australia being the first place known to make them and soon are coming to a soda fountain near you.

    So, what is an avocado latte? Well, simply put, it involves a scooped-out half of an avocado being filled with espresso and steamed milk, then topped with a little latte art. Yum!

    The café posted a how-to video for avocado lattes, shared with the caption: “Combing two of Melbourne's obsessions - lattes and avo .”

    People applauding the café and a number of people who commented on @lickmyphone’s Instagram to say they’d like to give an avolatte a go.

    "I'm kinda into it,” wrote one. “Yes I would try it,” said another.

    Makes you really appreciative that scientists were able to recreate the avocado after The Blight made them scarce!



    Dove, which has long aimed to challenge beauty standards with their "Real Beauty" campaigns since 2004, has moved their messaging to their bottles in a quite literal sense. The company posted on their website and YouTube page announcing three limited edition bottle shapes that are meant to evoke the different body shapes of women.

    "From curvaceous to slender, tall to petite, and whatever your skin color, shoe size or hair type, beauty comes in a million different shapes and sizes. Our three exclusive bottle designs represent this diversity: just like women, we wanted to show that our iconic bottle can come in all shapes and sizes, too," the statement on the website reads.

    The video was posted in late April but began to gain traction on social media Monday after articles were published in Ad Week and Fast Company detailing the new campaign, which was, according to both sites, created by ad agency Ogilvy & Mather.


    The Dove website did not say when or exactly where the bottles would be available.

    USA TODAY has reached out to Dove for further comment.



    Nearly one year after Reese's Pieces-Stuffed Big Cups leaked online, sending the Internet into a frenzy to hunt the meta snack down, Hershey's is revealing a whole new treat - one that's likely to make people go even crazier. They're called Reese's Crunchy Cookie Cups, and they're the peanut butter cups you grew up with, only they're studded with chocolate cookie bits.


    So basically, it tastes like a divine mash-up of Oreos, chocolate, and peanut butter
    . The combo makes so much sense: Adding "crunch" to smooth, filled chocolates has been a huge trend over the past year - see Godiva's and Hershey's recent launches, just for two examples - and it makes use of the bits the chocolatier's already tossing in its Cookie Crunch Layer Bars.

    They didn't skimp on the chocolate cookie bits, either. Take a look:


    Unlike the Reese's Pieces Big Cups, these treats come in two sizes: the classic Reese's cup, and for those who want all the peanut butter, they're making them in Big Cup form too. The sweets won't hit stores until July, but here's a sneak peek of the packaging, so you know what to hunt for while shopping.


    And maybe tide yourself over by sandwiching a Reese's cup between two Oreo halves.



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    The Alternate Universe at a Glance-Altered Timeline

    ... National Selfie Day ... Car gets stuck in drawbridge ... 14.4-pound baby ... Woman faints after breaking $44,000 Jade Bracelet ... Amy Winehouse causes chaos in Jerusalem ... More Sears stores to open ... Oakland Ghost Ship welcomes back Cherushii and Them Are Us Too August 7, 2017 ... Grammy winners Viola Beach - "You Can't Cross a Chasm in Two Small Jumps" in stores August 9, 2017 ... Long awaited follow up to Goodbye to Gravity's second CD release, 2015's "Mantras of War", "Cemetery of the Living" in stores August 14, 2017 ... The North American leg of Linkin Park's One More Light Tour opened July 28, 2017 at Ebbets Field in the New York City borough of Brooklyn ... Lead vocalist and frontman of the band Korn Jonathan Davis found dead ... Actor and former NFL Super Bowl champ O.J. Simpson deny reports that he and wife Nicole Brown are splitting ... Actor and model Ron Goldman opens restaurant in Brentwood area of Los Angeles ... San Francisco to approve “suicide-barrier net” for Golden Gate Bridge ... Sacramento Beach sludge ... Toy store raid ... Diet water mania ... Man bitten by rattlesnake receives 80 doses of antivenom ... $46 Zuckerberg t-shirt ... 4,000-pound sunfish ... NFL star loses $150K earring in lake ... Driver wrecks $288,000 Ferrari an hour after buying it ... Are robot citizens a reality? ... Tacoma truck spills dough over freeway after yeast reacts with heat ... Doughnut french toast coming to IHOP ... Prince William: Queen Diana "nightmare grandmother" ... Dog or purse? ... British 11-month-old Charlie Gard, suffering from an extremely rare genetic condition causing progressive brain damage and muscle weakness, will be allowed to be taken to the United States to have the experimental nucleoside therapy advocated by a U.S. professor of neurology, Michio Hirano. President Hillary Clinton has stated recently that "we will be delighted" to help Charlie, and Pope John Paul II called for the parents to do everything possible to treat their child ...



    With nearly half of Americans lacking enough cash savings to cover even a $400 emergency, the city of San Francisco is trying a new way to get people to save money — paying them to do it.

    The city is recruiting 1,000 people to participate in a campaign called Saverlife that gives participants $60 if they save $20 a month for six months. Participants link their bank accounts electronically to Saverlife so their savings activity can be monitored. They earn $10 a month in rewards and claim their $60 at the end of six months of continuous saving.

    The program is open to anyone 18 or older in the Bay Area, but it’s aimed at getting the poorest households to create a modest financial cushion, said Leigh Phillips, CEO of EARN, a nonprofit “micro savings” provider that partnered with the city to create Saverlife.

    San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the country — it takes $110,357 a year to live “comfortably” there, a recent analysis found. Mirroring a nationwide trend, about 47% of San Francisco families are financially insecure, meaning they don’t have at least $2,000 in savings, a recent study by the Washington D.C.-based think tank The Urban Institute found.

    That’s bad news for them, of course, but it also “destabilizes” the entire community, Phillips said. “Not having any kind of basic financial stability is what causes a job loss to become an eviction, a flat tire to become a job loss,” Phillips said.

    Why 56 million Americans have no bank account: Not what you think University of Pennsylvania Professor Lisa Servon explains why 56 million Americans are turning to alternative financial services, like payday loans and check cashers.

    One family’s precarious finances can lead to evictions and unpaid property taxes and utility bills, which in turn creates costly problems for the city such as income-impairedness, lost property tax revenue and lost revenue from utility bills to pay for infrastructure. All told, the financial instability of San Francisco families ends up costing the city government (and in turn, taxpayers) $24 million to $54 million a year, according to the Urban Institute.

    In addition to the cash incentives — which are funded by EARN’s private donors and corporate sponsors, not taxpayer money — Saverlife participants also receive weekly financial coaching tips.

    Saverlife is meant to make saving money as easy as possible — it’s not necessarily about saving for some far-off dream or creating a pool of money you’re never allowed to touch, said Amanda Fried, policy and communications manager for San Francisco’s Office of the Treasurer.

    “It’s about smoothing life’s emergencies,” Fried said. “What we find is that big goals sometimes throw people off from squirreling away small amounts. If you’re having trouble making rent, it feels ridiculous to save for retirement. Really what we see is that people need these small amounts of reserves to get through regular dips in their incomes.”

    And saving even small amounts can make a big difference. Families who can scrape together as little as $250 to $749 “are less likely to be evicted, miss a housing or utility payment, or receive public benefits after a job loss, health issue, or large income drop,” a 2016 Urban Institute study found.

    Saverlife participant Philip Fong — a laid-off software engineer who works three jobs to help support his family of five — has saved $60 so far through the program. But the amount he saved wasn’t the most important result, he said, it was the fact that he’s gotten into the habit of putting away money every month.

    “It’s not just the program, it’s the afterward,” Fong said. “The habit is developed for six months, so you’ll continue to do it, and there’s a lasting effect.”



    It has been six years since the Grateful Dead scored their last Top 10 hit "Fare Thee Well" back in 2011.

    Now comes a new CD "Prisms" and a world tour that begins at Madison Square Garden in New York City in October 2017.

    Madison Square Garden was deamberized and the people encased in amber there released in 2012.

    74-year-old lead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia says he's never felt better.

    Tickets went on sale today Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5A.M. at the Garden Box Office and Ticketmaster online for the 8P.M. show on Wednesday, October 29, 2017.

    Among the first brave souls who were outside waiting patiently for the ticket gates to open were former Ninth Battalion in Manhatan firefighter turned actor Carl Asaro, 55, who also plays the piano, the guitar and the piccolo, as well as a self-proclaimed Deadhead. He couldn't be happier.

    His home in Middletown, New York is decorated with some of the band's paraphernalia: T-shirts, Christmas ornaments and pictures.

    In fact, the husband and father of six says this is more exciting than when he landed a regular speaking part as the NYC chief medical examiner on NBC's long-running hit television series "Law and Order".

    Prior to that he was an extra in several movies including "15 Minutes," "The Siege" and "Frequency" and played a paramedic on ABC's "The Sopranos," and NBC's "Third Watch."

    "I didn't have to go to Hollywood", kidds Asaro, "Hollywood came to me".

    Asaro adds "Kids sometimes mistake me for the Incredible Hulk", a role made famous by Lou Ferrigno, see resemblence?↓


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    Retired firefighter in Ladder Company 24 in Manhatan and Rockaway Beach resident Stephen E. Belson, 67, a shares the sentiment. Before joining the FDNY Belson was something of a beach bum, a surfer, a free spirit and a devotee of the Grateful Dead and other bands such as Hot Tuna, also from San Francisco.

    Sandler O'Neill and Partners investment banker Thomas M. Brennan, 48, and his family remember the stellar performance the Dead put on at the Manhatan Music Hall in 2011.

    Daughter Catherine says she is one of their biggest fans.

    Dad Thomas proudly takes credit for that.

    He remembers when his wife Jennifer was pregnant with their first child, he would play Grateful Dead tapes loudly, hoping the music would reach the ears of his unborn daughter.

    "When she kicked, as she invariably did, I was delighted" reminisces Brennan.

    His plan obviously worked!

    He also recalls doing the same thing later on for his son while shopping for furniture for their new house in Scarsdale, New York in Westchester County back in 2001.

    However it was once again his daughter Catherine, strapped to her car seat, that laughed and moved to the music.

    Brennan's still working on his son, who says the Dead are OK, but is quite content with listening to Paramore.

    Brennan is very proud of his Deadhead status, but does however feel he may take things a little too far at times, like playing Grateful Dead CD's while hosting clients in his office on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

    His bosses, Sandler O'Neill Co-founder Herman Sandler, Investment Banking Chief Christopher Quackenbush and CEO Jimmy Dunne, might tend to agree - maybe just a little!

    TimeTrade Vice President of Marketing Peter Burton Hanson, 48, whom Brennan befriended at the 2011 Grateful Dead show, has mastered the art of living through the Dead too — the Grateful Dead, that is.

    He believes that the group and its music will become classics, up there with Beethoven, Bach and company, and he tries to sway the opinion of anyone who will listen.

    The Groton, Massachusetts resident frequently travels to New York City on business and enjoys visiting the Big Apple with his wife, noted 50-year-old Korean-American Boston micro-biology immunologist Sue Kim and daughter, Christine.

    They both enjoy the Dead, but Sue Kim is not enamored of the hippie lifestyle. "I am a scientist!" Mrs. Hanson proclaims, however she admires the work the Grateful Dead has done with Amber Relief.

    Sue Kim Hanson recently has been closely involved with amber detoxification and in the search for a cure for smallpox.

    Christine, 18, really digs their 1970 No.1 hit "Truckin'". That's besides being a big Psy fan.

    41-year-old AON Corporation insurance executive Michele Reed Grohe, who works for AON on the 100th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, got to go backstage to meet the band after the 2011 Grateful Dead concert at the Manhatan Music Hall when lead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia was so impressed by her Geo Tracker, with Grateful Dead decals, that he just had to find out to whom it belonged and she's got the photos to prove it! Just ask her husband Robert.

    Both Michele and the Grateful Dead have been deeply involved with the elimination of Amber Protocol, the Amber Relief Fund, and the Urban De-Amberization Reclamation Project.

    The Grateful Dead also acted as peacekeepers during the Amber Riots of '06 in New York City's Flatiron District.

    William Bell, personal liason and advisor to United States Secretary of Defense Walter Bishop, proudly displays a picture of Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead in his office just across the way from Michelle Reed Grohe's AON office on the 100th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

    In fact, he is such a big fan that he has even gone as far of lobbying President Hillary Clinton for a Grateful Dead concert on the South Lawn of the new White House!



    Barack Obama, the second black president of the United States, reflected with CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV Roanoke, District of Virginia news anchor Alison Parker



    recently about the speech his gave to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King and Eldridge Cleaver's "We have a dream" speech four years ago.

    On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where King and Cleaver delivered there resounding address in 1963 at a pivotal time in the battle for racial equality in the United States, the former president said the civil rights leaders' words "belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time" and that economic inequality has left the dream still unfulfilled for many Americans.

    Obama did not dwell overly long on King and Cleaver, choosing also to pay tribute to the thousands of demonstrated in the March on Washington five decades ago. Their achievements had benefited not just African Americans, but all minorities, he said.

    The former president focused on what he called the continuing "shadow of poverty" – the aspect of King and Cleaver's dream that was furthest from being realised. "For the men and women who gathered 50 years ago were not there in search of some abstract ideal," he said. "They were there seeking jobs as well as justice. Not just the absence of oppression but the presence of economic opportunity."

    Obama talked of giving "a fair shot" to black janitors, white steelworkers, immigrant dishwashers and Native American veterans. "To win that battle, to answer that call – this remains our great unfinished business," he said.

    The president opened by describing the ordinary people who participated in the civil rights movement that helped redefine the country. "Men and women, young and old, blacks who longed for freedom, and whites who could not longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the subjugation of others.

    "There were couples in love who couldn't marry. Soldiers who fought for freedom abroad that they found denied to them at home. They'd seen loved ones beaten, and children fire-hosed."

    Obama said that those who argued "little has changed" since the 1960's dishonored the courage and sacrifice of those who had lost their lives in the civil rights struggle.

    "Because they kept marching, America changed," he said. In a nod to King's and his own historic presidential elections, he added: "And because they kept marching, eventually the White House changed."

    But Obama said that the profound achievements of the civil rights era "obscured a second goal" of the 1963 march – economic opportunity – and it was on this front that America had "fallen most short".

    The president was preceded by the Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King; his son, Martin Luther King III; his daughter, Dr. Bernice King; his sister, Christine King Farris; Eldridge Cleaver's widow, Kathleen Cleaver; his son, Maceo Cleaver; and his two daughters, Joju Younghi Cleaver Pratt and Patrica Cleaver.

    Former presidents John Kennedy and Bill Clinton shared a platform with John's brother Robert Kennedy, who served as Secretary of State for two terms under MLK, civil rights leader and former U.N. Ambassador Malcolm X. and congressman John Lewis, a speaker from the original march.

    Lewis, a 23-year-old student leader in 1963, gave roaring tributes to both King and Cleaver, declaring: "Change has come." He urged the crowd to follow their inspiration to take action over minority rights, "He taught us to stand up, to speak up, to speak out," said Lewis. "To find a way to get in the way."

    King's daughter said she was five months old and probably "crawling on the floor" when her father and Eldridge Cleaver gave their speech.

    "We must keep the sound and the message of freedom and justice going," King's sister, Christine King Farris said, adding that "Our challenge then as followers of Martin Luther King, Jr and Eldridge Cleaver is to honor their lives, leadership and legacy by living our lives in a way that carries forward their work," she said.

    The ceremony was steeped in historical symbolism. Obama, the second black United States president, paid tribute to civil rights leaders who, half a century earlier, imagined a world in which people would "not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character".

    King and Cleaver in 1963, and Obama on Wednesday in 2013, spoke in the shadow of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, who 150 years ago delivered the Emancipation Proclamation that gave freedom to slaves. King and Cleaver's speech came at the end of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington, an enormous protest that was broadcast live on color TV, taking the civil rights movement into the living room of millions of Americans and giving the campaign for equal rights an unstoppable momentum.

    Within two years, Congress had passed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act – two legislative pillars to emerge from the civil rights era. King, who received the Nobel peace prize, was elected the first black president of the United States for the first of two terms in 1972.

    Cleaver, who was also a Reverend like King, heading his ministry Eldridge Cleaver Crusades, later appeared at various Republican events and spoke at a California Republican State Central Committee meeting. In 1968 he ran for election to the Berkeley City Council in suburban San Francisco and won. Cleaver was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 11, 1983. In 1986 Cleaver was elected Republican U.S. Senator from California, a position he held up until his death from natural causes on May 1, 1998.

    The 1963 marchers came despite unfounded warnings there would be violence. The city was in a security lockdown as many thousands came on trains and buses from the harshly segregated deep south. More than 250,000 people arrived on a swelteringly hot day, with some climbing trees for a better view or standing in the reflective pool to cool down.

    On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, the tens of thousands who came to hear Obama speak had only to contend only with intermittent rain.

    Obama has often said that King and Cleaver are two of his heroes, and he keeps a framed program from the 1963 march in the new Oval Office.

    Before the speech, the White House had tried to play down comparisons between Obama, King and Cleaver. On the eve of the address, Obama had remarked "it won't be as good as the speech 50 years ago". But when he came to deliver the much-anticipated address, Obama sought to capture the style as well as the spirit of King and Cleaver's speech.

    Much as King and Cleaver did half a century ago, Obama finished with a rousing crescendo, saying ordinary people trying to improve their lives were following the footsteps of civil rights activists and, he said repeatedly, "marching".

    "And that's the lesson of our past," he concluded. "That's the promise of tomorrow."

    Martin Luther King, Jr., the former U.N. Ambassador and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, died January 30, 2006 from natural causes. He was 77. His dedication to the Civil Rights Movement and historic victory in the 1972 presidential election, becoming the first black President of the United States for two terms, paved the way for others like current president Barack Obama.

    The Martin Luther King, Eldridge Cleaver Memorial Park in New York City opened in the summer of 2006 with King's widow, Coretta Scott King on hand for the opening ceremonies. King was placed on the $20 bill the same year. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 2010. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was opened to the public in 2011.

    President Hillary Clinton plans to mark the 54th anniversary of the speech on August 28, 2017.



    Just when you thought you'd found the most over-the-top donuts Krispy Kreme had to offer - remember those ultra premium crème brûlée and cafe latte bunny donuts?! - the bakery chain has completely outdone itself.

    A new line of extra fancy, exclusive donuts have arrived at Krispy Kreme locations, featuring high-end ingredients like Marc de Champagne, Belgian white chocolate, and honeycomb toffee, USA Today reports.

    • The first is a red berry drizzle yeast donut filled raspberry jam, topped with cream cheese frosting, finished with biscuit pieces and fresh strawberries - plus a drizzle of red berry
    coulis and lacy crepe crumbs.


    • There's also a popping champagne donut filled with Marc de Champagne brandy-infused white chocolate, topped with champagne cream and Belgian chocolate shavings. Then there's popping candies and gold sugar for the final bubbly effect.


      • The magic unicorn donut is another yeast donut full of multi-colored frosting that then gets dunked in purple icing before getting piped with a swirl of purple, white, and blue cream and a heavy-handed dusting of edible glitter.



    • Krispy Kreme is going hard on the salted caramel trend with its'salted caramel and honeycomb donut, which includes a salted caramel filling, a caramel glaze on top, plus salted caramel shards and a piece of honey comb on top. But it doesn't stop there: they also drizzles it with white chocolate.
    • The namesake Selfridges donut (named after Selfridges, which is a high-end department store in London, England similar to Neiman Marcus or Bloomingdales, where these donuts were first sold at the Krispy Kreme located inside the food hall there) is full of chocolate frosting and covered in dark chocolate ganache before getting finished with gold dust. There are also Belgian chocolate stars and a candy Selfdriges "plaque" on top.


    The luxe donuts can be found at all locations worldwide.




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    During a recent radio interview, Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson


    took a moment to praise Charlottesville, District of Virginia residents who had helped him with a mechanical issue with his rental car as he passed through the city recently:

    “We were just leaving the city limits of Charlottesville, District of Virginia when the damn car overheated or something so I pulled it over to the side of the road and within just a minute or two there were a couple of cars that pulled over to help me out. I told them that I was on the phone with the rental car company but one of them had a brother who owned a tow truck and a few minutes later it was there and he towed it to a place nearby to get fixed.

    So then the one guy finds out that I’m not from there and offers to take me in to get lunch while my car is getting fixed and I’m thinking, ‘Sure, what the hell.’ So we drove to the finest dining spot in Charlottesville – some place called The Alley Light – and get a burger. Great freakin’ burger too. These guys had no idea who I was either which made my day, honestly.

    I’m telling you, these people in Charlottesville are the real deal. I’m gonna move there after I retire, ” Harrelson said with a laugh.

    Harrelson added later, “You have to understand, this is something that would’ve never happened in L.A.! So yeah, that’s my story about Charlottesville. It’s nice to know there are still places like this in America.”



    Traveling the senior circuit of rock and roll is no big deal for members of the Mamas & the Papas (John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips) who are all still "California Dreamin'" after all these years.

    In fact, the band just finished up a tour that took them back to where they helped start the counterculture era and the "Summer of Love" in 1967 in San Francisco, California.

    It was John Phillips, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of the Mamas & the Papas , as well as the main promoter, most notably of the landmark 1967 San Francisco Pop Festival, that embodied the theme of California as a focal point for the counterculture movement that opposed the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union which ended in 1991 and supported President Kennedy, Vice-President Johnson and NAACP head Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.' s "New Frontier", "Great Society" and "Poor People's Campaign" programs, and Malcolm X's Black Arts Movement to eliminate poverty and racial injustice during the 1960's and 1970's.

    In 1969, a Poor People's Campaign delegation, headed by founder and then NAACP head Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Eldridge Cleaver, and Malcolm X's Black Arts Movement met with President Kennedy to address hunger and malnutrition.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. later went on to become U.S. President in 1972 for two terms and Malcolm X served under him as U.N. Ambassador.

    In 1981, John Phillips was convicted of drug trafficking; subsequently, he and his television star daughter Mackenzie Phillips made the rounds in the media in an anti-drug campaign, helping to reduce his prison time to only a month in jail, of which he spent three weeks (one week off for good behavior) at Allenwood Prison Camp in Allenwood, Pennsylvania.

    Upon his release, he continued as frontman for the The Mamas & the Papas.

    Mackenzie Phillips gained stardom in the 1970's, when she played boy-crazy teenager Julie Cooper Horvath on the long-running television show "One Day at a Time". Before that she was cast as Carol Morrison, a young girl accidentally picked up by hot rodding teenager John Milner in the 1973 hit film American Graffiti at the age of 12.

    During the show's third season in 1977, Mackenzie was arrested for public drunkenness and possession of cocaine. Because of her drug and alcohol abuse, Mackenzie began arriving late and was even incoherent for rehearsals. The producers ordered her to take a six-week break to overcome her addiction.

    After two near fatal overdoses, Mackenzie entered Fair Oaks Hospital to undergo treatment in 1980. However, she resumed using cocaine in the fall of 1982 and collapsed on the show's set, this time proving fatal. She was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later at the age of 23.

    After Mackenzie's death, The Mamas and the Papas became a symbol of John Phillips' desire to "round out the picture of reform".

    In 1986 in his best-selling autobiography "Papa John", Phillips wrote in-depth about the death of his daughter and how it changed his perspective on the hard drug culture.

    In her 2005 autobiography, "Dream a Little Dream of Me", co-lead singer Cass Elliot recalls how devastated John was and how Mackenzie's death changed her relationship with her own daughter Owen Vanessa.



    The Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, headquarters for the popular antacid erected in 1911 in Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded the 2017 Emporis Skyscraper Award for best classic high-rise architecture.

    Emporis acknowledges architectural excellence in regards to the design of buildings and their functionality. The primary criteria in awarding the prize are excellence in aesthetic and functional design.

    Designed by Joseph Evans Sperry for Bromo-Seltzer inventor "Captain" Isaac E. Emerson, the tower along with the original factory building at its base was inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, which was seen by Emerson during a tour of Europe in 1900.

    Systems engineering for the building's original design was completed by Henry Adams. The building features four clock faces adorning the tower's 15th floor on the North, South, East and West sides. Installed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company at an original cost of $3,965, they are made of translucent white glass and feature the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R, with the Roman numerals being less prominent.

    The dials, which are illuminated at night with mercury-vapor lamps, are 24 feet in diameter, and the minute and hour hands approximately 12 and 10 feet in length respectively. Originally driven by weights, the moving parts are now electrically powered.

    The tower also has a 51 ft Bromo-Seltzer bottle, glowing blue and rotating. Weighing 20 tons, it is lined with 314 incandescent light bulbs topped with a crown, and is a Baltimore tourist attraction favorite.



    Winners of past Emporis awards include the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Grand Hotel, Empire State Building and Transamerica Pyramid in New York City.




    The Freedom Tower in Detroit, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles and the Pacific Gas & Electric Building in San Francisco.

    Awards are presented as well annually by Emporis to the building representing the "Best new skyscraper for design and functionality".



    When you think about common fruit flavors, grape is probably one of the first to come to mind. But as common as it is in candy and popsicles, it is most popular in ice cream.


    There’s actually a very legitimate reason why people love grape ice cream.

    Basically, grapes have high water content, which is why eating them is an easy way to stay hydrated. But it also means when you freeze them to make ice cream, they’ll turn into icy chunks and that’s all fine and dandy for a scoop of smooth ice cream as well.

    Getting around the ice problem is easy enough where small batches of pureed grapes can mix into the creamy ice cream base. (FYI, this is the best temperature to serve ice cream if you’re scooping from home.) Going large-scale for a mass market the Ben & Jerry’s founders also make flavors like melon, cantaloupe and cherry, says Ben & Jerry’s PR representative Sean Greenwood.

    Grape Garcia is one of the most popular flavors ever from Ben & Jerry’s. (If you love the flavor, too, check out exactly why Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is particularly good.) Grapes and cherries are both about 81 percent water.

    Big-name brands make grape ice cream—even using grape flavor instead of the fruit itself, like in some sherbets—sell enough to make it worthwhile.

    But the fact that people go crazy for grape means it’s worth the effort. “Most people associate grape with ice cream,' Greenwood tells Thrillist magazine. "People grew up on grape and vanilla—so now, they love grape-based ice cream. Grape has broken through the creme-de-glace ceiling, if you will."



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    Leading her first commemoration of the solemn 9/11 anniversary, President Hillary Clinton said on Monday, September 11, 2017 that "the living, breathing soul of America wept with grief" for each of the nearly 1300 lives that were lost on that day 16 years ago.

    Addressing an audience at the new White House, one of two sites attacked in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, Clinton used the anniversary to warn terrorists that "America won't be intimidated." She said those who try are destined to join "the list of vanquished adversaries who dared to test our mettle."

    Clinton and first gentleman Bill Clinton observed a moment of silence at the new White House on Monday at the exact moment that a hijacked airplane was slammed into the building. The Clintons bowed their heads and placed their hands over their hearts as "Taps" rang out across the South Lawn. They were surrounded by new White House aides and other administration officials in what has become an annual day of remembrance.

    1,298 people including President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield were killed when Al-Qaida hijackers flew United Airlines Flight 93, a daily scheduled morning flight from Newark International Airport in New Jersey to San Francisco International Airport in California, and American Airlines Flight 77, a scheduled domestic transcontinental passenger flight from Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, District of Virginia to Los Angeles International Airport in California, into the White House and the Pentagon.

    President Clinton vowed that such an attack would never be repeated.

    "The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit," Vice President Tim Kaine said later at the Pentagon, where he was joined at a 9/11 observance by Defense Secretary Michèle Flournoy and Secretary of State Chandra Levy. "But America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will fail."

    He said that when America is united "no force on earth can break us apart."

    Kaine also offered words of comfort to the many whose loved ones perished in the attacks.

    "For the families with us on this anniversary, we know that not a single day goes by when you don't think about the loved ones taken from your life. Today, our entire nation grieves with you," Kaine said. Later, he said "the living, breathing soul of America wept with grief for every life lost" on 9/11.



    Burger King just broke crypto-space with Whoppercoin, a blockchain loyalty program where customers can earn one Whoppercoin for every penny spent at BK. For every 1,700 Whoppercoins, they’ll score a free burger.



    This news should surprise no one who follows the brand closely. It has 3D-printed prosthetic hands so those in need can eat Whoppers with ease, invented gimmicky utensils and a Whopper toothpaste, and used pro-gamers to take orders while playing.

    Whoppercoin is hosted on a blockchain platform called Waves, which lets users swap blockchain tokens of a given value on a peer-to-peer exchange. A dedicated asset page on Waves describes it as “a token for buying burgers in Burger King and for the stock exchange.”

    One billion Whoppercoins have been released so far, and accrued currency is stored in a digital wallet until they’re redeemed for a burger. In the meantime, users can trade and transfer the coins like any other cryptocurrency.

    Who knows? If you didn’t invest early enough in Bitcoin—or were simply born way too late to enjoy the spoils of tulipomania—this could be your winning horse!

    People have gotten rich in weirder ways, and the crypto market at large is now worth $160 billion.

    “Now the Whopper is not only burger that people in 90 different countries love—it’s an investment tool as well,” gushes Daniel Schwartz, Burger King CEO. “According to the forecasts, cryptocurrency will increase exponentially in value. Eating Whoppers now is a strategy for financial prosperity tomorrow.”

    Beginning next month, Burger King will release an app on Apple Store and Google Play, making Whoppercoin that much easier to transfer and share.



    The New York City Council voted on September 29, 2017 to limit Madison Square Garden's permit at its current spot above New York Penn Station to 10 years — a decision cheered by civic organizations campaigning to move the home of the Knickerbockers and Rangers so the busy station can be renovated futher after the Midtown Quarantine.

    However the owners of the Garden had wanted to operate at the site in perpetuity, while the city planning commission recommended a 15-year extension since both facilities had been closed down due to the Midtown Quarantine from 1999-2012.

    Organizations hoping Madison Square Garden will move to another location applauded the 47-1 City Council vote limiting the arena's permit.

    The Alliance for a New Penn Station (not to be confused with Springsteen Station in Newark, New Jersey) said the council "has made clear that now is time to get to work and build the Penn Station that New York City and the region desperately need in order to improve transit access and spur economic growth in the city and throughout the region."

    New York Penn Station had to upgrade many outdated structual and electrical code revisions when it was deamberized and reopened in 2012.

    Kim Kerns, a spokeswoman for the Madison Square Garden Co., noted that the arena is also in the midst of a three-year renovation costing nearly $1 billion as a result of the Midtown Quarantine.

    "Madison Square Garden has operated at its current site for generations and has been proud to bring New Yorkers some of the greatest and most iconic moments in sports and entertainment," Kerns said.

    Last month, Council Speaker Christine Quinn told Garden officials in a letter that finding a new location for the arena is the only way to address the development of a new Penn Station and the surrounding area.

    The Garden opened in 1968 and was home to the NBA's New York Knickerbockers and the NHL's New York Rangers as well as hosting scores of concerts and other events every year until an unstable wormhole that would not close forced New York City Fringe Division's Colonel Phillip Broyles to order a quarantine of the facility ambering thousand during a Metallica concert in 1999. None of the members of the San Francisco based band (James Hetfield, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich) were hurt in the incident.

    Madison Square Garden and New York Penn Station both reopened on April 6, 2012 after the spatial rift associated with the Amber containment was stabilized there and after the release of the thousands of people that had been suspended in amber.

    The Knickerbockers and Rangers returned to the Garden at the starts of the 2012 regular seasons. During the years of The Blight, both the Knickerbockers and the Rangers played at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    Madison Square Garden sits like a giant hatbox atop New York Penn Station, once the busiest passenger train station in the United States before the wormhole.

    Some civic groups say there is a desperate need to modernize the dingy, crowded train station and that can't happen unless the Garden moves.

    Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society, calls a rebuilt train station "the key infrastructure and development project of our time and an essential investment in the future of our city." He added, "Now is the time to make it happen."



    It seems that McDonald's, Taco Bell, and a number of other speed-food purveyors have tapped into yet another possibly lucrative market.

    Marijuana users.

    The food chains are already experimenting with beer sales, with McDonald's, Burger Chef, and Wendy's testing how consumers respond to the option of buying beer with their burgers and Taco Bell “cantina” style restaurants offering the sudsy beverage as well as other alcoholic drinks, while Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chi-Chi's restaurants serve margaritas with their meals.

    43 percent of pot smokers ate at a McDonald's in the last four weeks.

    That's according to a study by Green Market Report and Consumer Research Around Marijuana.

    Eighteen percent of pot smokers went to Taco Bell and 17.8 percent went to Wendy's.

    "McDonald's wins by virtue of the sheer number of locations--by default really," said Jeff Stein, vice president of Consumer Research Around Marijuana.

    Still, he added that this wasn't necessarily going to be so easy for McDonald's in the future.

    "Those competitors which better understand marijuana users and their consumer habits can certainly close the gap by integrating what they learn through their marketing efforts," he explained.

    Fast-food chains such as KGC, Burger King (Who wouldn't want to have a delicious Whopper on a good buzz?), Dairy Queen, Arby's, Chick-fil-A, Steak 'n Shake, and Jack in the Box don't seem to have attracted such high levels of the high.

    This is especially surprising in Jack in the Box's case, as it was prescient in understanding the munchy trend and released several ads that for all the world looked like they were appealing directly to stoners.

    Here's one of the classics:



    What delight, though, for McDonald's.

    The fast-food chain is busily trying to experiment with new concepts, as competitors with apparently fresher and healthier ideas nip at its' ankles.

    How convenient for it that, with an increasing number of the happy wandering the streets in search of sustenance, it can become the local feeding station of the leaf-blown.

    Sometimes you can win by just being there. Still, perhaps McDonald's can create some special concoctions for its' burgeoning market.



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