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People Buying Fewer Hot Pockets After Tastes Change, SNAP Cuts


(Mike Mozart)It’s easy to make fun of Hot Pockets. Over the years, we’ve laughed at the dough-encased food-like objects when they’ve been recalled for containing plastic and meat considered “unfit for human consumption,” when Nestle tried to sell young foodies on the products, and even when they were declared a separate food group.

Will Pet Stores Nationwide Stop Selling Puppies Entirely?


(Geoff Myers)Where do you get puppies? The answer isn’t just about the mechanics of canine pregnancy.

Is Arby’s Shortchanging Customers On Their Sodas?


Consumerist reader Michael noticed that his “22 oz.” Arby’s cup only holds 21 ounces of liquid. A quick look at the underside of the cup (see below) confirms that this cup can’t possibly hold the amount of liquid advertised.There is no set-in-stone standard in the fast food industry for what constitutes a “small,” “medium,” or “large” drink, so sizes will inevitably vary from eatery to eatery.

6,215 Pounds Of Serrano Chile Peppers Recalled For Extra-Spicy Salmonella


(Dyanna Hyde)Serrano chile peppers add delicious spiciness to your meals, but do you know what is not a delicious fresh ingredient?

Company Touting Work-From-Home Opportunities Must Pay $25M To Consumers Who Made No Money


(Listener42) Here are a few clues that the employment “opportunity” you received in that email is a scam: 1) you’re required to pay your new employer hundreds of dollars for a starter kit or computer program; 2) once that program was purchased you’re encouraged to buy more programs for thousands of dollars; and 3) your new employer promises that you’ll be able to make thousands of dollars in a short period of time without ever leaving your couch.

SkyMall: Because Every Child Dreams Of Owning A Jumping Hot Dog


(SkyMall)“Do your children like jumping? Do they like hot dogs?” asks SkyMall. You’re in luck! For every child that likes the physical act of propelling oneself into the air as well as tubes filled with meat, there’s a Jumping Hot Dog for sale.

Lone Bear Cub Seals His Fate To Forever Live Among Humans After Strolling Through Rite Aid


(KGW.com)Listen, denizens of the animal kingdom: I know it looks like we humans have got it made, what with large roofed structures filled with food and other sundries a wild creature might want to get into.

Pet Rent: Why I And Millions Of Others Can’t Have Furry Companions


This cat isn’t thrilled about paying monthly rent, either. (Melisa Bernard) If my husband had a dollar for every time I whined about wanting to get a cat, we’d probably have enough money to pay the steep costs of the deposit and monthly pet rent fees charged by our apartment complex.

Bank Of America Apologizes After Some Customers Using Apple Pay Report Double Charges


(petekraynak)If you’re a Bank of America customer who’s used Apple Pay, you might want to check your statement right about now and make sure you don’t have duplicate charges.

FCC Pauses Review Of Both Media Mega-Mergers Because Content Companies Won’t Share Confidential Info


(Great Beyond) The slowly-turning wheel of the approvals process for two big media mergers has temporarily ground to a halt, as the FCC today announced delays in their reviews of both AT&T’s planned acquisition of DirecTV and also the Comcast/Time Warner Cable union.

Professional Cheese Babysitter Exists, Is Now My Dream Job


(dn1967b)Seeing as it’s yet another day, it’s time to think about how awesome cheese is, and how utterly fantastic it would be to have someone pay you money to eat it.

Uber France Cancels Promo With Free Car Rides From Beautiful Ladies


Ride-sharing service Uber is currently trying to take over France. As in many areas where the app is trying to expand, French authorities have imposed restrictions and even a €100,000 fine on the company for being an unregulated taxi service.

How Does Your Cell Phone Service Stack Up? Rate Your Carrier And Help With A Handy Project


(afagen)A team at our parent company, Consumer Reports, is working on a project that needs your help.

FTC Fines Company $10M For Achieving A Trifecta Of Annoyance: Mobile Cramming, Spam Texts And Robocalls


(Timothy Barnes) There are few things worse than getting incessant robocalls. Unless you’re getting robocalls, spam text messages and being charged for mobile cramming.

KFC Staff Will Miss The Woman Who Spent A Week In The Restaurant Mourning A Bad Breakup


Not the KFC involved. Just a KFC. (Morton Fox)Burying your head in a gallon of chocolate frozen custard while letting the tears fall into the bucket and mingle with the contents.

Even With Fewer “Icings” Going Around, People Still Buy Smirnoff Ice… In Costa Rica


A little more than two years ago at a friend’s wedding, my now husband entered the ballroom handing out bottles of Smirnoff Ice to the tune of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby.” While “icing” was fairly popular back then, the looks on unsuspecting guests’ faces as they took a knee to chug the super-sugary drink was one of disdain and contempt.

Restaurant Employee Reports Chef To The Police For Spitting In Customer’s Food


(agoailam)It’s not always staff versus the customers when it comes to food disputes, which is good to know when someone’s spitting in your food: The chef at a New Jersey restaurant was arrested after another worker called police to report “multiple health violations.” That included an incident when the chef allegedly spat into a customer’s food, after the diner sent it back for extra cooking time.

Newegg Wants You To Subscribe To Buy Vitamins And Toner Cartridges


You may think of Newegg as a retailer for electronics, but they sell a huge variety of items, from copy paper to pet supplies.

Gap Realizes “Normal” Clothing Isn’t A Trendy Selling Point, Offers Heavy Discounts


Dressing normal, even celebrities do it.If you’re not the kind of person who pays attention to ironic trends that exist to serve only a select set of shoppers, the idea of “normcore,” or dressing in bland, boring, “normal” clothing is bound to be a bit silly.

Sodium Pain Relief Pills Recalled Because They Aren’t Supposed To Actually Be Ibuprofen


Nearly 12,000 boxes of Assured Sodium Pain Relief Tablets actually contain bottles of ibuprofen.There are a number of reasons why a consumer would choose to purchase sodium pain relievers, for one, they might be allergic to ibuprofen.


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