Bubble Wrap Will Soon Lose Its’ Satisfying “Pop!”

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(PCM) We were really hoping that this story wasn’t true, but it appears that there are going to be some major changes coming to our beloved Bubble Wrap. Seriously, who doesn’t love popping Bubble Wrap? It is delightfully therapeutic in an odd way.

It appears that due to cut down on production costs, Bubble Wrap will now be losing it’s satisfying popping sound! We are horrified! Sealed Air Corp., the makers of Bubble Wrap, have announced that they will be changing their entire design in effort to save some bucks. The classic Bubble Wrap has been in existence since 1960, but according to Sealed Air Corp,  the shipping rates are now too high because Bubble Wrap takes up too much space.

The company has now designed iBubble Wrap which will be delivered to retailers in flat sheets that they will then have to inflate themselves. Here’s where it gets worse … the air pockets in each sheet will now be connected, so if you got to squeeze one, the air will just travel to another pocket and its’ bye-bye popping sound.

Many have already begun slamming Sealed Air Corp on social media in light of the change, as many feel that Bubble Wrap is just too iconic of a product to change this drastically. Many feel that Bubble Wrap is used for way more than just packing material, as it can be a great stress reliever and provide hours of entertainment to folks young and old.

To help ease the minds of Bubble Wrap enthusiasts, Sealed Air Corp let them know that traditional Bubble Wrap wasn’t going way completely, but they were only just expanding their family of products. That is certainly some good news at least, especially for a product that even has it’s own holiday, National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is celebrated on January 26 and its’ Facebook page has over 2 million likes.   

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The Title Of “World’s Ugliest Dog” Goes To A Mutt Named Quasi Modo

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(PCM) Each year the California State Fair holds a contest to discover the “World’s Ugliest Dog” and this year a mixed breed named Quasi Modo has snatched up the honor. Quasi Modo is a 10-year old pit bull/Dutch shepherd mix who suffers from a series of birth defects that make him resemble a hunch-back (hence his name). 

Quasi Modo has no real neck of sorts and his head and legs are too large for the rest of his body. In addition to the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog”, Quasi Modo’s owner also received about the $1,500 grand prize money. 

There are some that take issue with the “World’s Ugliest Dog” competition saying that it is in poor taste, however the creates claim that they are attempting to celebrate the dog’s deformities and imperfections rather than ridicule them. 

Quasi Modo’s official contest bio reads: “My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I’ve had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or a Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me, I win them over with my bubbly personality.”

The overall competition consisted mostly of hairless mixed breed Chihuahua’s and silly-looking Bulldogs and Pugs, who all placed behind Quasi Modo in this year’s competition. The “World’s Ugliest Dog” competition stands behind their motto of never judging a book by its’ cover and that is is okay to be different. 

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Would You Name Your Baby Quinoa For $10,000?

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(PCM) Many people enjoy eating quinoa, however do they enjoy it enough to name their new baby after it? Restaurant chain BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse think it’s a great idea and are currently offering up a $10,000 gift card to whichever family names their baby Quinoa first.

The gift card giveaway is in promotion of the restaurant chain’s new quinoa bowl entrees, which include a “Roasted Chicken with Spinach Quinoa Bowl” and “Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowl”.  They are super excited about the new quinoa bowls and wanted to do something a little outside of the box in terms of promotion.

The giveaway began on June 22 and the $10,000 gift card will be awarded to the family that names their baby Quinoa first and can prove it with the birth certificate. The deadline to enter is October 21 and entries can be submitted via email or regular post mail.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse operate 163 restaurants in 20 states including New York and California. Would you name your baby Quinoa for $10 grand?  That is an awful lot of free meals!

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Disney Theme Parks Announce A Ban On Selfie Sticks

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(PCM) Claiming that guest safety is their number one priority, Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, as well as, Disney properties in Paris and Hong Kong have announced that they are banning the use of selfie sticks in their parks.

The new policy states that the selfie sticks will not make it any further than the bag check at any Disney World theme park. In Florida and California the new policy will go into effect on Tuesday and in Paris and Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Selfie sticks have become all the rage lately, as their purpose is to extend the reach of cell phone cameras to provide users with better cell phone images. According to a Disney World spokesperson, selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both guests and cast members.

The use of selfie sticks has become a bigger and bigger issue a the parks over the last year, so much so, that even rides such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain have signs posted that read “No Selfie Sticks Allowed”. Prior to the new policy taking effect, guests were verbally warned by cast members, however no they will no longer be allowed in the park at all.

If, during bag check, a selfie stick is discovered it will either be confiscated by a cast member at the gate to be picked up at a later time when leaving the park or it can be returned to either your vehicle or hotel room.

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Whole Foods Accused Of Price Gouging

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(PCM) If you have ever shopped at Whole Foods, you are well aware that their prices are always quite a bit higher than you would pay at a regular grocery chain. In fact, the grocery retailer has even been jokingly referred to as “Whole Paycheck” over the years. Recently, investigators in New York launched a probe into Whole Foods pricing and discovered that they have been grossly overcharging their customers for years.

In fact, the investigators called it “the worst case of overcharges” they have ever seen! It was found that Whole Food has been overcharging customers over a period of the last five years. The store received violations which included inaccurate weight labels on pre-packaged food, as well as, adding tax to non-taxable items.

To give an example, the cost of pre-packaged coconut shrimp was marked up by as much as almost $15.00 above normal cost, a pack of chicken tenders by about $5.00, and a vegetable party tray by about $6.00. Definitely hurting the pockets of consumers!

A spokesperson for Whole Foods defends the store saying that the pricing often happens on the manufacturing side of things and that the grocers are not to blame for the price gouging. Just last year, Whole Foods paid upwards of $800, 000 in a settlement for overcharging consumers for food based on weight.

Are you a Whole Foods shopper? How happy are you with their pricing practices?

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New Jersey Family Forced To Flee Home After Receiving Letters From “The Watcher”

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(PCM) If you are thinking that this story sounds like something straight out of a horror movie then you are not alone. A family who purchased a $1.3 million dollar home in Union City, NJ have been forced to flee their dream home after receiving some creepy and downright terrifying letters from an individual that refers to themselves as “The Watcher”. 

The family has now filed a lawsuit against the home’s previous owners, who they say failed to disclose the details about the alleged property stalker and reveal that they too had received threatening letters from “The Watcher”. 

Once the new family had settled in the home they began receiving several creepy letters in the mail from “The Watcher”. The letters said that the home had been the subject of  “The Watchers” family for decades and that “The Watcher” had “been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming”. 

In an even creepier turn, as more and more letters began coming in, “The Watcher” began to reference the new homeowners children saying “Have they found what’s in the wall yet?” and “I am pleased to know your names now, and the name of the young blood you have brought to me”. 

Those appear to be some definite threats against the children and the new homeowners did what anyone in their right mind and made the decision to pack up and leave their “dream home”.  “The Watchers” identity still remains a mystery to the local police and other townspeople. Despite the threatening nature of the letters under New Jersey State law they are still only considered to be a disorderly person’s crime, unless additional evidence surfaces.  

Would you pack up and leave the home?  Do you think “The Watcher is real or just someone playing an elaborate prank?  We are wondering if they checked in the walls?? 

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