Pepsico Claims Food And Beverage Domination Despite Currency Troubles

The food and drink giant said on its earnings call Wednesday that it was driving more retail sales growth than any of its competitors, even as a strong U.S. dollar crimps the profitability of its global operations.

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Pepsico has anointed itself king of U.S. food makers, claiming on its fourth quarter 2014 earnings call Wednesday that its portfolio of products, including Quaker Oats, Frito-Lay, Tropicana, and Gatorade, was the largest contributor to retail sales growth in the U.S. among all food and beverage producers.

The nearly $1 billion in retails sales growth Pepsico produced was more than the next 27 food and drink makers combined, according to Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, citing IRI data. Nooyi said on the call this was due, in part, to new business deals and product innovation.

What kind of innovation exactly? According to Nooyi, the “Better Together” food pairing programs, which encourage the simultaneous consumption of two Pepsico products, like Doritos Loaded and Mountain Dew Solar Flare, helped catapult Pepsico to Street-beating profits in the fourth quarter.

New products that were popular in the U.S., like Doritos Jacked and Deep Ridged Chips, were introduced to new markets, also contributing to sales growth in Europe and Latin America.

But while Pepsico may be blessing the rest of the world with Jacked Doritos, it appears as though some nations were not so good to Pepsico in return. Profit fell 25% in the quarter, and revenue decreased by 1%, thanks in large part to a strong dollar and weak currencies and economies abroad. Collapsing currencies in Russia and Venezuela meant earnings from there translated into fewer dollars, hitting the company’s margins — although Nooyi called the company’s Russian customers “resilient”.

“In a country like Russia, because our categories are in juice and dairy, stuff that the Russian consumer really needs, the businesses have been quite resilient. Now, we have to wait and see how 2015 shapes up,” she said. “But I’d say for our categories and the nature of the products that we offer them the portfolio has remained quite resilient even going into 2015. But let’s watch and see what happens.”

Back at home for U.S. consumers, Pepsico introduced new carbonated beverage products like Mountain Dew Kickstart, Pepsi Cola Made with Real Sugar, and Mountain Dew Baja Blast, which, according to Nooyi, “generated double digit estimated annual retail sales growth in 2014 after achieving over $100 million in their launch year.”

While new products might have been hits, the wider marker for soda is still looking grim. In North America, the volume of carbonated soft drinks sold by Pepsi fell by 2%, even as non-carbonated drinks increased by 4%. It seems American consumers still haven’t absorbed the message from the big beverage lobby that soda isn’t bad for you.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mariahsummers/pepsico-claims-food-and-beverage-domination


If You Live Near These Cities, You Should Move Out Immediately.

Lots of people move to the big city to jump-start their lives and achieve their dreams. Upon living there for a while, though, they may fear that something is not quite right. Getting a job is hard, the weather sucks, and walking home at night isn’t safe… the city isn’t what they thought it was.

If you feel that way, it’s not in your head. Your city may just be one of the worst on Earth, so get out:

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY is consistently rated as one of the most unhappy places to live in the US. With high unemployment rates, businesses closing, and some of the harshest winters in America, it’s no wonder that the Queen City is on this list.

Miami, FL

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Most residents of Miami point to the city’s high violent crime rate, long commutes, and high foreclosure rate as the reason they would rather be living away from the heat.

Stockton, CA

Stockton is a notorious beacon for violent crime. The high unemployment rate is also one of the reasons that the residents have claimed it to be one of the most miserable cities to live in.

Cleveland, OH

Not only are the sports teams unlucky, but the weather and economy are terrible, too. Hopefully the return of Lebron James can solve the city’s high crime rates, high rates of homelessness, and brutal winters. …But I doubt it.

Memphis, TN

When you think of Memphis, TN you usually think of some good down home cooking and great music. What you probably don’t know about Memphis is that it boasts the nation’s 2nd highest violent crime rate. Yikes.

Detroit, MI

Someone please save Detroit! This city has endured one of the worst collapses in US history to go with the lowest family median income, a high crime, high divorce rates, high unemployment rates, and the most families living below the poverty line.

Chicago, IL

The Windy City is in a heap of trouble. After taking the crown for the most violent crimes in the nation, Chicago has topped it off with the country’s highest sales tax and one of the worst commutes. Not to mention the winters are downright oppressive.

 

Pack your bags folks. It’s time to move out of those places. You deserve better. Even with all of their history and traditions, some cities just can’t get it together.

Hopefully it’ll turn around for them, but you don’t have to be there for it. Share this post if you hate where you live and want to get out.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/bad-cities/


Our Favorite 9 Feature Stories This Week: Pregnant Actresses, Elephant Poachers, And A Famous Finger

This week for BuzzReads, Max Blau profiles retired NBA great Dikembe Mutumbo and Ken Bensinger investigates the man who made soccer big in America. Read those and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

1. How Dikembe Mutombo’s Finger Changed The NBA — BuzzFeed

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Five years after his retirement, one of the greatest shot-blockers in NBA history is as visible as ever, thanks to a trademark finger-wag that helped him become an icon and clear a path for the league’s globalization. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant?GQ

Photograph by David Chancellor for GQ

An (unsurprisingly) well-written, deeply depressing, provocative, candid, beautifully presented and generally unmissable story by Wells Tower, wherein he accompanies a few wealthy hunters on an elephant hunt and contemplates hunting’s role in preventing poaching. Read it at GQ.

3. A Type House DividedNew York

Illustration by Sean Freeman for New York

Jason Fagone brings the story of typesetters Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, who together designed big fonts like Gotham, Mercury, and Archer. Now one is suing the other for millions. Read it at New York

4. Prematurity Rates Are Too High — And Children’s Hospitals Are Cashing InBusiness Insider

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Alex Halperin reports on how premature babies have become hospital cash cows: “Insurance reimbursements are usually higher for inpatients and for procedure- and technology-intensive medicine. Premature babies check both boxes; from a revenue perspective, they are ideal hospital patients.” Read it at Business Insider.

5. The Rise And Fall Of Chuck Blazer, The Man Who Built — And Bilked — American Soccer — BuzzFeed

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As the World Cup opens, Ken Bensinger tells a tale about winning dirty: How a swindling suburban soccer dad pocketed millions as he helped make the sport a booming success in the U.S. Read it at BuzzFeed.

6. Fire in the BellyLos Angeles Magazine

Illustration by Sean Mccabe for Los Angeles Magazine

Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Bones, Girls — TV has been near to bursting with pregnant leads of late,” Logan Hill writes, “These days, as the clout of certain female stars has grown, producers have perfected all sorts of sophisticated tricks to keep actresses working, at times even using body doubles and computer graphics.” Read it at Los Angeles Magazine.

7. How Miss Info Became Hip-Hop’s Ultimate Insider — BuzzFeed

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Today, Minya Oh is the linchpin of Hot 97, rap’s most influential radio station. Getting there, Naomi Zeichner writes, only took 20 years. Read it at BuzzFeed.

8. Heart of the Emerald TriangleThe Believer

Photograph courtesy of Lee Ellis

Lee Ellis reports from a Humboldt County on the brink: “Legalization helps keep growers out of jail, but regulation slashes their profit margins.” Read it at The Believer.

9. Being Gay in IranThe Stranger

Ethan Folk for The Stranger

A simple but important essay by a gay Iranian who was outed to the world by a documentary. He’s since had to flee his country forever. Read it at The Stranger.

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Obama vows to go after gun rights; Wants ‘fundamental change’ to America

http://twitter.com/#!/GraceLambA/status/285388939756441601

Something fundamental has to change? Like that pesky Constitution?

Obama on guns: “Something fundamental has to change.” I think that’s code for “We’re going after the Constitution.”

— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 30, 2012

President Obama had a busy morning during an interview on “Meet the Press”: He blamed the death of four Americans in Benghazi on “sloppiness,” and called democracy “messy.” But that wasn’t all! He also did some ghoulish politicizing of the Newtown tragedy. Lapdog David Gregory provides the swoon-filled commentary.

After Newtown, POTUS says “all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president” #MTP

— David Gregory (@davidgregory) December 30, 2012

New Gun Regulation laws: “I’d like to get it done in the first year” and “this is not something I will be putting off” #MTP

— David Gregory (@davidgregory) December 30, 2012

Obama on #Newtown tragedy to @davidgregory: “that was the worst day of my presidency” #MTP

— Chris Donovan (@chrisdonovannbc) December 30, 2012

But he’ll totally still politicize on the backs of the dead for an agenda! Shameful.

Obama on #MTP re gun control: “Something ‘fundamental” has to change.”Never let a crisis go to waste

— drdr jojo (@drdrjojo) December 30, 2012

When Obama says in the #MTP interview “something fundamental has to change” re guns…well, that doesn’t sound like tweaking, does it?

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 30, 2012

Nope, not tweaking. He’s making gun-grabbing a priority.

RT @ldoren: Hey remember when the Left said Obama won’t take away your guns in 2008: thehill.com/blogs/blog-bri…

— Heather Hampton (@6LambsMom) December 30, 2012

Obam say gun control is “not something I will be putting off.” ow.ly/gr2lf

— The Fix (@TheFix) December 30, 2012

Twitter users give President Obama the business.

Obama how do you propose to control an insane person/criminal from stealing/obtaining a gun and committing mass murder. STOP THE RHETORIC!

— Robert E. (@Chewy1954) December 30, 2012

Because gun control works so well in Chicago… fxn.ws/12QVG7G via @foxnewspolitics

— Lindsey (@BooyahSuckaFoo) December 30, 2012

So @barackobama feels that I am not responsible enough to protect my family but yet he has 24hr protection for his. thehill.com/blogs/blog-bri…

— Troy Stouffer (@troystouffer) December 30, 2012

I’m also curious about Benghazi:Obama makes gun control measures a priority for 2013 | Fox News fxn.ws/12QVG7G via @foxnewspolitics

— lou dobbs (@loudobbsnews) December 30, 2012

He is a fool if he thinks more laws restricting the rights of legal owners is going to solve any problem of of… fb.me/1syuxgXId

— tom schmidt (@ConservativeSgt) December 30, 2012

Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013 – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room thehill.com/blogs/blog-bri…, your rights do not come from DC!

— Chuck Bledsoe (@BledsoeChuck) December 30, 2012

WTH:OBAMA is RESPONSIBLE for giving GUNS to the MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS & he wants to LECTURE ME about my GUN RIGHTS? twitter.com/nf3l/status/28…

— Jim Chookagian (@nf3l) December 30, 2012

Hello USSA! Don’t you just love the smell of tyranny? RT: “@drudge_siren: OBAMA TO GO FOR GUNS IN 2013 plu.gd/AqO

— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) December 30, 2012

But, wait … maybe not.

Obama is so weak. ‘Obama Pledges To Push For Gun Control Measures If ‘American People Decide It’s Important’’ thkpr.gs/VpQAMs

— Ben Sherman (@ShermanBen) December 30, 2012

RT @chucktodd: On #mtp, POTUS signals that his push for guns will be driven by public opinion. If support isn’t there, nothing happens

— David Gregory (@davidgregory) December 30, 2012

Gutsy call! And this Twitter user isn’t worried about his Second Amendment rights at all.

If Obama attacks gun control like he does balancing a budget them I’m not too worried

— K. Gibson (@GibsonKB) December 30, 2012

Heh.

It won’t be for lack of trying, though. Remember: Fundamental change.

Forward! Gird your loins, happy warriors.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/30/obama-vows-to-go-after-gun-rights-admits-he-wants-fundamental-change-to-america/


Built this: Crumb and Get It owner said no to Biden event, introduces Ryan

http://twitter.com/#!/Rebecca_CBSNJ/status/238261802083950594

As Twitchy reported last week, Chris McMurray, owner of Crumb and Get It bakery, turned down an offer to host a Biden visit. Why did the owner of a newly established bakery turn down such an offer? In his own words: “Very simply, ‘you didn’t build that.’”

Today, Chris McMurray introduced GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan in Roanoke, Va.

Crumb and get it! RT @michael_steel: 'Chris the baker' introduces @paulryanvp in Roanoke, Va http://t.co/FxT29Fbd

— Brittany Cover (@bccover) August 22, 2012

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The bakery also provided cookies for the huge crowd in attendance.

"Crumb and Get It" built the cookies for the Ryan rally today in VA. #RomneyRyan2012.

— Brad Cundiff (@bradcundiff) August 22, 2012

Free Crumb and Get It cookies at the Paul Ryan rally. Delicious!

— Stuart Bain (@stbain) August 22, 2012

https://twitter.com/JDuerscherl/status/238238470160654336

Not only built it, but baked it , too! RT @DWebbVA: Crumb and get it at the Ryan event http://t.co/hsun4XRX

— Kathy Neiheisel (@5sahandful) August 22, 2012

Then Mr. McMurray introduced Rep. Ryan to the fired up crowd.

https://twitter.com/TylerCLucas/status/238262526993899520

Chris the Baker: "Most of all Kelly and I represent thousands of small business owners who did build their business."

— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 22, 2012

@PaulRyanVP to "Chris the Baker": 'Thank you for standing up for your beliefs.'

— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 22, 2012

Chris the Baker: "Success doesn't come from the government. It comes from hard work from you and me." #RyanRke #christhebaker

— Aaron Martin (@AaronMartinWSLS) August 22, 2012

Chris McMurray aka "Chris the Baker" on stage with @PaulRyanVP pic.twitter.com/suNK9kLw

— Aaron Martin (@AaronMartinWSLS) August 22, 2012

Wow. Saying "no" can have HUGE consequences! RT @DWebbVA: Owner of Crumb and Get it, Chris McMurray and Paul Ryan http://t.co/s0WLdTHc

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) August 22, 2012

#RYANRKE CHRIS MCMURRAY Crumb&get it with Paul Ryan pic.twitter.com/5Le9zFNH

— stephanie (@KleinDavis) August 22, 2012

Some can’t help but wonder if the media will pull its typical lapdog tricks. Remember Joe the Plumber?

@trscoop In 2 weeks, we'll know more about Chris the Baker's background than we do about Obama's.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) August 22, 2012

How long will it be before the IRS audits Chris the Baker's last 10 years of income tax returns? #TCOT

— Carole Berger (@formerlywelloff) August 22, 2012

You built your business, Mr. McMurray. And conservatives, who believe in freedom and in the entrepreneurial spirit, have your back.

Update: Rep. Ryan offers Crumb and Get It cookies to reporters.

Ryan offers Crumb And Get It cookies to reporters pic.twitter.com/nKoh2hDe

— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) August 22, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/22/they-built-this-crumb-and-get-it-owner-said-no-to-biden-event-introduces-ryan-in-va/


Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement

http://twitter.com/#!/latimes/status/179409015695097856

L.A. Times:

It’s a patent war: Yahoo sues Facebook for infringement

Yahoo Inc., the onetime online advertising juggernaut dethroned by Facebook Inc., is suing the social networking giant over 10 patents that include ways to advertise on the Web.

The lawsuit filed in San Jose federal court Monday marks the first major patent battle in social networking. It comes as Facebook prepares to go public this spring in one of the most hotly anticipated stock market debuts in years.

In a statement, Yahoo said it is confident it will prevail.

“Yahoo has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented inventions of technology that other companies have licensed,” a spokesman said in an emailed statement. “Unfortunately, the matter with Facebook remains unresolved, and we are compelled to seek redress in federal court.”

A Facebook spokesman accused Yahoo of turning on a business ally and said it would vigorously defend itself.

“We’re disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/13/yahoo-sues-facebook-for-infringement/


AFP Michigan demanding justice after union thug violence, will press charges

http://twitter.com/#!/jmlefler/status/279315848081059840

Scott Hagerstrom, director of Americans for Prosperity’s Michigan chapter, led a press conference this afternoon to denounce union goons’ despicable conduct earlier this week.

Remnants of the destroyed tent: ow.ly/i/1fb0Q #RTW #SaveMI #NoRTWMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Pro-RTW Santa stops by the press conferenceow.ly/i/1fb4W #RTW #SaveMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Solitary protester at the press conference:ow.ly/i/1fb8Y #NoRTWMI #SaveMI #RTW

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Maybe he’s an associate of this jackass:

Americans for Prosperity is holding a presser at 2:30 demanding “justice”. For their tent. Aye, aye, aye #saveMI link: is.gd/WgYjwC

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) December 13, 2012

No, tool. This isn’t about justice for a tent; it’s about justice for innocent men and women who were verbally and physically assaulted merely for exercising their right to free speech and assembly. Union thugs may not think much of accountability, but Hagerstrom and AFP are absolutely right to demand it.

“We are calling on union leaders, Mayor @vbernero, and others to condemn this sort of violence and intimidation.” bit.ly/Sjl3Nm

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Mayor Bernero was so busy gushing over the “beautiful” thugs who descended on downtown Lansing, he forgot to look out for his constituents:

Hagerstrom announced that he has filed a police report and intends to press charges.

Press conference about RTW violence in Lansing. AFP state director says he filed charges after their tent was destroyed.

— Brian Jodice (@BrianJodice) December 13, 2012

#AFPMI State Director has filed a police report re Tuesday’s violence:ow.ly/i/1fbbm #RTW

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

#AFPMI State Director @followscott: “People were inside this tent when it was destroyed… We were literally chased from the Capitol lawn.”

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Horrible.

Hagerstrom also revealed that numerous 911 calls had been placed while the assaults were taking place, but no calls were returned and there has so far been no follow-up:

“Why were 911 calls ignored? Why was there no follow-up? This need to be investigated.” @followscott #AFPMI #RTW

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Absolutely.

Other victims of vicious thuggery stood up to give accounts of what happened to them:

Activists assaulted in union violence speak out:ow.ly/i/1fbhp #RTW #SaveMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

#AFPMI Activist: “After 2.5 hours of profanity and intimidation I was spat at twice. I didn’t say a word.” #RTW

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

One man even said that a union goon threatened to go to his house.

“What happened on Tuesday was not a dialogue, it was a monologue.” #RTW #SaveMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Union protesters “speared” pro-#RTW activists with flag pole. #SaveMI #NoRTWMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Is that what civility looks like?

#AFPMI Activist Rose B: “It’s my House too.” #RTW #SaveMIow.ly/i/1fbuj

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

She also called on the media to do its job and report the truth. Fat chance of that, unfortunately.

Clint Tarver, who watched his hot dog stand get destroyed as racial epithets were hurled at him, spoke up as well:

Clint Tarver: “I was here to do a job… They called me ‘Uncle Tom’ & the n-word… My equipment was destroyed.” #RTW ow.ly/i/1fby2

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Stu Sandler: “We went through the proper legal channels to reserve our space on the Capitol lawn.” #RTW #SaveMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

It’s the anti-right-to-work protesters who broke the law. But will they be punished? According to activist Tim Bos, not unless something changes. He described feeling helpless as police looked on while the assaults took place:

Tim Bos: “Cops saw these assaults on free Americans by other Americans, and did nothing.” #RTW #SaveMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

Tim Bos: “Is this America?” #RTW #SaveMI #NoRTWMI

— AFP-Michigan (@AFPMichigan) December 13, 2012

It’s certainly becoming more difficult to recognize. Thankfully, pro-freedom advocates like those at AFP are bravely willing to take a stand against tyranny and for our American principles. AFP has done its job when it comes to protecting citizens; it’s time for Mayor Bernero and the city of Lansing to step up and do theirs.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/13/afp-michigan-demanding-justice-after-union-thug-violence-will-press-charges/


Bombshell NYT scoop: Fall is almost here; News sparks #NYTscoops hilarity

http://twitter.com/#!/Heminator/status/246702933855567872

BREAKING: Summer is giving way to autumn. But you can rest easy knowing the New York Times is all over this one.

This changes EVERYTHING: RT @Chris_Moody: *** MANDATORY CREDIT NEW YORK TIMES *** http://t.co/Ud18r6op

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 14, 2012

Somebody at Politico just got fired because the NYT scooped this story http://t.co/7fUF1ahc

— Chris Moody (@moody) September 14, 2012

I thought people were joking about the Times scooping everyone about the arrival of Fall. http://t.co/QZsXbYMR

— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) September 14, 2012

If only. The paper of record “reports“:

Now the days, often as not, are still summery, if more bearably so. The midday sun is not perceptibly lower in the sky.

But the sun has, somehow, gotten faster.

Somehow the sun sets faster. Because, like, molecules and stuff. Mysterious molecules.

As Ace notes, there’s a second scoop here: “frustrated wannabe novelists will often try debuting their schtick in alternate venues.”

Breaking: Frustrated wannabe novelist tries schtick in NYT; also has scoop that Autumn is coming http://t.co/ABFlBK83

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 14, 2012

"silence of the bells…the white and blue trucks have worn out their welcome" —how @nytimes describes Mister Softee's business in the fall

— Josh Barone (@joshbarone) September 14, 2012

Ooooh. Sorry, New York Times. Points off for mentioning bells without using the word “tintinnabulation.”

I haven't seen purple'd prose like that since @rickklein's "The speech was a living breathing organism, the hall, the crowd, the word, one."

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 14, 2012

The author, Andy Jones, is tickled pink (or purple, as it were) with his Rick Klein-worthy prose poem.

How summer becomes fall, & where Mr. Softee goes at night. Finale of NYT ‘Summer Nights’ series (by me): http://t.co/ds2tIN4x

— Andy Newman (@andylocal) September 14, 2012

The mockery was swift … as swift as the enigmatic September sun.

Europe, U.S. appear to be separated by a " large body of salty liquid, most probably water of some kind." #NYTscoops

— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) September 14, 2012

SOMETIMES EVAPORATED WATER CONDENSES AND FALLS TO THE GROUND #NYTscoops

— AOTUS (@The_Autopen) September 14, 2012

Technically, PM Dawn could never actually happen. #NYTscoops

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) September 14, 2012

Investigation of legendary white stuff that falls from the sky takes reporter to farflung Rochester. #NYTscoops

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) September 14, 2012

#NYTscoops "Pretty ugly' a contradiction, experts say

— Matt (@mdrache) September 14, 2012

Children like candy for the sweet, sweet taste. #nytscoops

— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) September 14, 2012

Inhaling, exhaling are key to continued effective breathing. #NYTscoops

— Gary Karr (@garykarr) September 14, 2012

Scientists say loud noises from the sky possibly tied to dark clouds. #NYTscoops

— Neal Dewing (@Neal_Dewing) September 14, 2012

But could we be overlooking the gravity of this earth-shattering scoop?

The New York Times warned us about the approach of Autumn, but just like Cassandra, we ignored her. http://t.co/0vn1BKV8

— AOTUS (@The_Autopen) September 14, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/14/bombshell-new-york-times-scoop-fall-is-almost-here-news-sparks-nytscoops-hilarity/


What He Made With Some Slabs Of Cypress Will Seriously Impress You

Redditor GooberMcNutly passes a cypress sawmill on his way to work every day. While that might sound pretty unexciting to you, just wait…

When he finally made time to go in during their business hours, he took three unique rounds home with him. We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though, because “rounds” when it comes to cypress trees aren’t really round at all.

Using that fact to his advantage, he decided to make the slabs of wood into unique end tables. You’ll be dying for one in your own living room when you see the finished products!

The rounds came home with him looking like this.

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Saw marks and dryness left much to be desired.

Using an electric sander and sandpaper, he smoothed the surfaces out.

What a difference that made!

Then it was time to remove the bark. Some came off on its own, other pieces had to be coaxed with a chisel and hammer.

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In an effort to reinforce the slabs, he wanted to attach mirrored plywood pieces on the bottoms. He traced the outlines on construction paper first.

Then, he rearranged the cutouts on plywood.

A jigsaw did the job.

He then cropped them down and angled the edges so that you wouldn’t be able to see the plywood from the top of the table.

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GooberMcNutly used epoxy to adhere the surfaces to one another and screwed them together, too.

Wanting to seal up holes and imperfections, GooberMcNutly carefully taped off and poured epoxy in.

Finally, a number of layers of epoxy gave the tabletops a beautiful sheen.

Some carefully positioned IKEA legs were attached and these end tables were finished!

So. Pretty. Must…have.

If you’d like to learn more about this DIY, check out the entire tutorial here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cypress-side-tables/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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