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This Is Exactly Why Arizona Drinks Have Always Been 99 Cents

As you walk up to the fridge at 7-Eleven, and consistently watch the price of your Gatorade, Snapple, and even water rise, you can somehow always count on Arizona iced tea to be its cheap, 99-cent self.

Arizona is on top when it comes to iced tea sales, and has still managed to keep the price for its 23-ounce tall cans under $1 over the years.

But how, Sway?

In an interview with Thrillist, Arizona co-owner Spencer Vultaggio revealed how they’ve been able to keep the 99-cent price for over 15 years, saying the brand uses its money strictly on the product, and not advertising.

Vultaggio said:

“It’s a big part of our overall strategy, and our business model is such that we don’t advertise for example, and we put those costs towards giving our consumer the value they want and expect.”

The secret is as simple as them keeping things simple.

The low price hasn’t come without some hardships, though, as in 2015, Quartz reported that seemingly healthier tea alternatives are making moves on Arizona.

Not only that, but as Arizona stays away from any marketing, big name brands have been going even harder, putting more money behind their drinks over the last couple of years.

Once a dollar, always a dollar 💵

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Arizona has still stayed afloat, though. There are some sick grocery stores that might make you think otherwise by trying to finesse its profits and plastering $2.00 stickers over the can:

But thankfully, Arizona has a way of keeping its customers minds at ease through some witty social media work:

In a way, the familiar 99-cent price is enough marketing in itself. It has become something we’ve become accustomed to, and we know will consistently be there.

“People really do appreciate that,” Vultaggio added. “They’ve grown up with us and they’ll always know they can head to their local store and our drinks will be 99 cents.”

So unless something tragic happens, (knock on wood) we know that the 99-cent price point is definitely on purpose, and will probably stay that way.

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62-Year-Old Man Tries Smuggling Meth Inside Tortilla Packages

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Those pesky border patrolmen are getting wiser by the day, so drug runners seem to be getting more and more creative with their smuggling.

In this case, US Customs and Border Patrol Officers found a 62-year-old man trying to smuggle three pounds of meth hidden within packages of tortillas, Friday, Oct. 28.

They stopped the man at the border in Nogales, Arizona, and turned him in to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

More disappointing than anything, is the waste of all those tortillas. That’s at least 90 tacos that will never come to fruition, all because this dude tried being the Heisenberg of Mexico.

Border patrol also reported an additional meth seizure of 26 pounds that day, worth $78,000. They’re not yet sure if the two seizures were related, but that’s a lot of blow going down the drain in one weekend.

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Guy Drives Thru And Orders In-N-Out During High-Speed Chase [WATCH]

Most high-speed chases are pretty predictable: the assailant drives around for a few hours, takes main streets, or freeways and eventually gives up. However, this dude in Phoenix, Arizona was on a whole new level.

Joshua Adkins was being chased by police and in the middle of the pursuit, casually rolled up to an In-N-Out drive thru, stopped, and appeared to place an order.

The Fox 10 News team that was following the chase said that Adkins never actually picked up his order and just drove off empty handed.

Maybe he thought he’d lose the cops by going in to the drive thru, or maybe he didn’t like the cheery mood of the In-N-Out staff. Whatever it was, Adkins took off without any Double-Doubles or fries.

Anyway, he eventually jumped out of his car, tried to run through some back yards, and was eventually tracked down by police. Adkins was booked on suspicion of unlawful flight from law enforcement, aggravated assault-domestic violence, and unlawful imprisonment.

If Adkins ends up doing any hard time in prison, he’s going to regret not getting that burger.

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This Burrito Chain Is Offending Thousands Of People With Its Name

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Pete Turner says he got his childhood nickname “Illegal Pete” thanks to his delinquent nature growing up. When he took that name and slapped it in front of his burrito chain, however, it garnered some negative attention.

AZPM reports that Illegal Pete’s, primarily based in Colorado, will open its eighth location in Tucson, AZ. The population of Tucson, a third of whom are Hispanic, aren’t too keen on the name of their new burrito spot.

A group of University of Arizona students started an online petition for Turner to change the name of his restaurant. The students, partnered with Latino activist group MECha, have already collect more than 2,000 signatures.

Essentially, they’re giving Turner the choice of changing the name or facing a “full-scale boycott” of his burrito empire.

Turner insists that the name of his restaurant hails from him and his father, also named Pete, being “lawbreakers” and “hell raisers” in their youth. The students and activists, however, believe that Turner is using the connotations of the name to create a clever brand and profit from racism and ignorance.

Currently, Turner has no plans to change the name of his restaurants.

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The Best College Drunk Foods at the 25 Best Party Schools

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Ahhh, college. It’s where children blossom into adults, and then keep blossoming into larger and larger adults, because the main point of most nights is to eat two entire pizzas, plus a side of pizza, at 3am.

But we can’t go back, no matter how hard we petition the admissions office at DeVry. So instead, we took 25 of the drunkest schools — Playboy’s 10 Top Party Schools of 2013, plus a handful of others famous for an extreme aversion to sobriety — and rounded up glorious tales of consumption. Then we assembled them in a format that in no way hilariously mimics any food guide that has existed in the form of a little red book you keep in your bathroom.

Enjoy… until the acid reflux sets in.

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MICHIGAN

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Ray’s Red Hots
“The old Red Hot Lovers” is now Ray’s Red Hots, but the place is “still seriously legit.” The namesake dogs, including the “Snap Casing” and the “Reuben Dog,” are “quite dank,” but the “Half-and-Half with cheese” (a “mound of curly fries, a pile of thick-cut onion rings, and a melted-on-the-spot cheddar cheese topping”) is “barf if you’ve been drinking a lot, but good barf.” “I lived on the adjacent street for two years, and during that time went here 195821941014 times, give or take.”

Runners-Up: BTB Burrito, Fleetwood Diner, Pizza House

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OLE MISS

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“That Chevron With Chicken-on-a-Stick”
“By far the most famous late-night eating spot in Oxford,” this “gas station — I mean, it’s a damn gas station — right off the square where everyone gathers when the bars close at midnight” is “a legend for only one thing”: “a massive growth of greasy fried chicken that would kill a T-Rex, on a skewer.” Except for one guy “who always went for the egg roll, just to be different or something.”

Runners-Up: “Literally the only food I remember from that town is Chicken-on-a-Stick”

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SYRACUSE 

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Chuck’s Café
“Covered in graffiti” and offering “a plethora of seating,” “Chuck’s Café, according to Foursquare, or Hungry Chuck’s, according to my bank statements” will happily serve you “the best bar food in the world.” Friday brings “$4 pitchers, which you HOUSE, and then it’s time to eat,” and the “BBQ chipotle chicken tenders,” “skirt steak sandwich,” and “the $2 fries” are “the best things ever.” “I want them to cater my wedding.”

Runners-Up: Wings over Syracuse, Sliders Burgers and Belgian Fries, Cosmos Pizza & Grill

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TEXAS

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Taco Cabana
“The reason Texans hate Mexican food everywhere else” is “honestly the best chain of any kind on the planet,” and also “walking distance from frat parties, and if you don’t dress well, co-op parties.” The “24-hours” joint is equipped with “a salsa bar — I once made an all-salsa taco,” but “just order the queso and house-made tortillas” which “should be purchased by the dozen” and will “cause your testicles to explode.” Also, “one time someone stole a big-screen television from the dining area” and ”Sean Elliot once did a super-weird commercial for them that I can’t find anywhere on YouTube.”

Runners-Up: DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks, Magnolia Cafe

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GEORGIA

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The Grill
This “true diner” is the “only 24-hour joint in Athens other than Waffle House,” and is “famous for having every burger, shake, and patty melt under the sun,” in addition to a “ridiculous double-decker grilled cheese with bacon.” Decor is highlighted by “vintage comic books and soda bottles” that “people tried to steal every time they went” before realizing “they were in a glass case,” and so “swiped a ketchup bottle instead. I woke up with one in my purse once, and I don’t even like ketchup that much.”

Runner-Up: Little Italy Pizzeria, mainly because “in 2005, they discovered it was basically doubling as a meth lab. I’m not sure they cooked it there, but he dealt it. It was a big story in the Red and Black!”

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MIAMI

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New York Roma Pizza
“The old Groovy’s” in Coconut Grove is now “New York Pizza,” “the only pizza spot left in what passes for a college bar scene in Miami.” You may “get in multiple physical altercations there” when someone tries “the old ‘chat-and-cut’ move,” but the “slice with all the meat on it” is “totally worth it,” even though one time “some teacher stood in the doorway blocking everyone” and “proclaimed that he was a goddamn veteran of the United States Effing Marine Corps,” and “threatened to take down anyone who dared insult the integrity of that line.”

Runner-Up: El Mago de Las Fritas

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CORNELL

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Collegetown Bagels
Even though its circular wares are “good at all times — not just while drunk,” this “iconic” bagel shop run by “a friendly group of Ithaca townies who are just dying to partake in the college fun” is a “late-night fixture.” The “HUGE menu” is highlighted by “next-level pizza bagels — Tuscan verde, chicken melt, etc,” and also interestingly features “pitchers of beer and sangria.” “Stories abound” of people “having sex” or “just plain-old puking” in the bathrooms, and at least one fine patron has “peed a pizza box, right in front of a cop. That didn’t go so well.”

Runners-Up: College Town Pizza, Hot Truck

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FLORIDA

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Relish
This “super-greasy, design-your-own-burger shop” in a “little corner shopping center next to the strip of bars” will “let you stack up to 10 patties on a single burger” and “you also get to choose as many toppings and sauces as you want,” like the “Double Tasty with cheese, bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, hummus, ranch, dijon mustard, and hot sauce.” It’s also “one of Gainesville’s top pick-up spots… seriously” and “hands-down the most fun line in town,” especially when “your friends start passing out left and right because of the wait — so be ready to abandon them to get your burger.”

Runners-Up: Five Star Pizza, Larry’s Giant Subs

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USC

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Chano’s
“You can’t spell Chano’s without nachos,” but this “little Mexican dive” “right next to frat row” is also “really the only possible choice” for “chicken quesadillas smothered in sour cream” and “holy-sh*t carne asada fries.” “Outdoor seating” and a “drive-thru no one from USC ever uses ‘cause they’re always too hammered to drive when going there” add to the SoCal ambiance, and the place is thankfully “not quite into the ‘hood enough to get you shanked.'” And, best of all, it’s “for everyone”: “I went to film school and was not in a frat, but nobody wanted to beat me up there.”

Runners-Up: “There are seriously no runner-ups — ask any Trojan”

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MARYLAND

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Ratsie’s Pizza
“The dirtiest dump ever” serves the most “rubbery, oily, desperate slice of pizza you could ever imagine,” which “will 100,000% give you the worst heartburn the next day” but “it’s so worth it.” “The guy who runs it always hits on college girls and gives them free pizza and stuff” and “flashing him might work”; otherwise, just watch “every single weird thing ever go down” as you put back “some slices and zucchini sticks.”

Runners-Up: Plato’s Diner, Cluck-U Chicken, D.P. Dough

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FLORIDA STATE

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Guthrie’s
Hop on the “line to the drive-thru that stays open until 4am” and “wait loudly” for your “Gut Box with extra Gut Sauce”: “chicken fingers, greasy crinkle-cut fries, sweet coleslaw, and buttery Texas toast.” Said sauce is “light pink and probably just a mix of mayo, ketchup, Worcestershire, and a sh*t-ton of garlic powder and pepper.” It’s also “the source of urban legends”: “you can use it as axle grease,” “one time a pledge chugged a gallon and had to go to the ER,” and “someone’s friend’s cousin had to get porcelain veneers because it removed all the enamel from her teeth.” “Don’t you dare go there sober — it will ruin your world view.”

Runners-Up: Gordos, Mr. Roboto Tokyo Grill

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ALABAMA

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Quick Grill
“Right on the strip,” this “permanent version of a New York peanut stand” is “can’t even fit a cook if the cook is fat” small and only manages room for “a couple random benches.” It’s “all about the Messy Fries”: “French fries swimming in nacho cheese” — just be sure to “get at least a billion napkins — they are ungodly messy.” After ordering at the window, “grab a seat and get ready to wait outside for a while,” as “the name is a bigger lie than Al Gore inventing beards.”

Runners-Up: Buffalo Phil’s, City Cafe, and Mr. T: “this guy who comes right into the bars and sells $2 BBQ sandwiches”

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NORTH CAROLINA

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[B]SKI’s
This “fairly nice-looking place if you didn’t look too closely at the rugs” will “turn any meal into a wrap,” “also known as a ‘ski.’” “No, I don’t know why.” Get yourself an “absolutely huge” “AK Ski with fried chicken, hot sauce, and ranch,” but be careful: “they blacklist people’s phone numbers who ordered delivery, then passed out before it got there,” leaving it to “become a game of figuring out who WASN’T blacklisted when you want an Aloha Ski after a long night.” “They also have ridiculously good chocolate chip cookies.”

Runners-Up: Time-Out Restaurant, Hot Dogs & Brew, Artisan Pizza Kitchen

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VIRGINIA

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The White Spot
The “hilariously inadvertent comment on the school’s lack of diversity” is “famous for one thing only”: the “Gus Burger,” which is “basically just a cheeseburger with a fried egg on top,” and “is not/never was made by a dude named Gus.” Bolder eaters may opt for the “Double Gus,” while watching “freshmen carry out a rite of passage: milling around hoping someone finds their gluttony attractive enough to take them home.” “This works approximately never, but you can get your hands on a Gus Burger approximately always.”

Runners-Up: Littlejohn’s New York Deli, Christian’s Pizza

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WEST VIRGINIA

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Are U Hungry/Sandwich U
“Also known as Sandwich U,” this joint sells “souvenir shirts that say ‘Have you had a Fat Bitch lately?’, not that I own one or anything,” but the real deal is the “just silly-big sandwiches,” including said Fat Bitch, as well as the “Fat Blunt and the Fat Bastard.” “They shove in everything imaginable” — “gyro meat, mozz sticks, chicken fingers, eggs” — and “out comes someone who needs a wheelbarrow to get home.”

Runners-Up: Casa D’Amici, Pita Pit, “that hot dog truck thing”

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COLORADO

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Cosmo’s Pizza
“Slices bigger than your head even if you’re some freak with a really huge head” are the featured item at this joint “in the little drunk/hungover-person Nirvana of a shopping center” that “also has Dot’s Diner.” “Really super-stoned people — not just drunks!” line up for slices that’re “basically just vehicles for the spicy ranch,” which “is also sold by the mason jar if you need to get your severe acid reflux on at home, too.”

Runners-Up: Tra Ling’s Oriental Cafe, “Smelly Deli” (University Hill Market & Deli)

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WISCONSIN

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Jin’s Chicken & Fish
This “piece of crap cart next to all the frats on Langdon” is “almost definitely run by the dude from Lost, although he looks different,” and peddles “sandwiches that will make you regret ever going to college the next AM.” “I literally never heard of anyone who got the fish,” but the “fried chicken with mayo and Frank’s is beyond delicious… I think” — “my entire night used to be about raising $4.” When that doesn’t work out, though, it’s not over: “we did card tricks for sandwiches one time, but that only worked for girls,” and it’s important to remember that “flashing always helps, too.”

Runners-Up: Ian’s Pizza, Parthenon Gyros

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INDIANA

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Mother Bear’s Pizza
“Old wooden booths and paneled walls” welcome you into this “institution” with “really affordable pizzas, even for poor people,” all “gently lorded over” by “the manager for, like, 100 years, Wiz” — “nobody beats her.” The “Divine Swine and Spinoccoli pies” are trusty go-tos, but if you’re really hungry, “just shut up and get the Munchie Madness,” “a package that included a pizza, breadsticks, brownies, and a two-liter.” “If I was an actual bear, and there were no foolish campers cooking bacon, I would come right here.”

Runners-Up: Aver’s Gourmet Pizza, Pizza X

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IOWA

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Panchero’s Mexican Grill
“The only thing you need to know about Panchero’s is the Quesadilla Girl video.” “So this girl starts screaming at another girl late-night, then whirls around and hits this dude in the face.” “He proceeds to push her, and then everything goes wild.” “She falls on the floor, and eventually gets up,” but “best of all, after all that,” “she goes behind the counter and demands her damn quesadilla.” “They’re that good.”

Runners-Up: Marco’s Grilled Cheese, Mesa Pizza, The Pit

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OHIO STATE

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Mikey’s Late Night Slice
“This place means the world to me,” and also does for “countless students who seem like they may never become sober again. Like, biologically.” “The hammered-people food-of-the-moment in Columbus” is “worth the long lines,” and while “the pizza will change your outlook on life and maybe make you run to the bathroom,” “don’t sleep on the Pizza Dawg,” a “giant hot dog filled with meat and cheese, then wrapped with a slice of pizza.” And don’t sleep with “the Slut Sauce,” which “delivers an awesome tang, but not like astronauts eat” and “should cover your pizza so thoroughly you can’t see anything but Slut.”

Runners-Up: PJ’s Sandwiches, Hounddog’s 3 Degree Pizza, Apollos Greek Kitchen

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MISSOURI

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El Rancho
“Most people will claim to absolutely hate El Rancho unless they’re drunk,” “and then that happens,” and then “you’ll find them at 2am demolishing a plate of steak fajita nachos.” “Right near all the bars,” this “cheap and dirty Mexican food” outpost “is open until 3am” and “will serve you booze all night” — “it’s the worst idea ever. Seriously, why would they do that?” “The margaritas are huge,” “made with cleaning products,” and “cost, like, a quarter.”

Runners-Up: Shakespeare’s Pizza, Broadway Diner

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OKLAHOMA

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Pizza Shuttle
“Basically the Totinos of delivery,” “no sane person would EVER eat this crap sober,” but, “hey, cheap pizza delivered to your door at 2:30am is fantastic.” “Their website hasn’t changed since Howard Schnellenberger was OU’s coach,” but they’ll still manage to deliver you “sandwiches that are every bit as delicious as their pizzas.” In summation, “it’s way more delicious than the space shuttle, plus it’s still in business.”

Runners-Up: The Mont Restaurant, O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille, Louie’s Grill & Bar

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LSU

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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
“The original,” which was “started by LSU business students who are now super-rich people” is “all decked out with LSU stuff,” including “much classier tiger-skin walls than normally found in chicken finger establishments.” “Go with the Box,” which is “filled with huge, greasy chicken fingers and fries,” but “be sure to switch out the cole slaw for extra Texas toast” so you can “most effectively sponge up all of the simply ridiculous Cane’s Sauce.” “I have no idea what it is, and honestly I don’t really care,” but “I would drink it with a straw if that’s what it came down to, and I kinda hope that’s what it comes down to.”

Runner-Up: Louie’s Cafe

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MICHIGAN STATE

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Bell’s Greek Pizza
“There’s great pizza in East Lansing,” but at 4am, “skip it and go to Bell’s.” “Like the dudes in the surrounding frats, it’s greasy and Greek,” but “nothing tastes like this pizza” — “the crust is like a sponge dunked in butter and deep-fried,” “the cheese is sharp and definitely not mozzarella,” and “you can eat the whole thing in two giant bites.” And at $1 a slice, “it’s the main contributor to the freshman 15.” They’ve also got “super-greasy grinders, pasta, and spinach pie,” plus, unlike most eateries in the city, “it’s been around since the ’60s,” so you can “take your alum dad there and relive memories he doesn’t actually remember.”

Runners-Up: Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza, Jersey Giant Subs, Menna’s Joint, Goombas Pizza USA

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ARIZONA STATE

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Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
While “the pizza is pretty good,” especially “the stuffed ones, which weigh about 600lbs a slice,” “I did it all for the Pizookie.” The “massive half-baked soft cookie” is “the finest piece of drunk food ass I’ve ever seen.” Go with “half chocolate chip, half white chocolate macadamia nut,” or the “peanut butter,” but the topper, literally, is “mounds of vanilla ice cream.” “The thing is only five bucks, but it could probably feed a family for weeks, even if they were a really fat family.”

Runners-Up: Cheba Hut, Silver Mine Subs

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Arizona Costco Selling $17,000 Bottle of Scotch, About $1000 Per Shot

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Ever wish you could finish off your free samples marathon at Costco with a nice glass of fancy schmancy scotch? Yes, of course you have, because nothing goes better with microwaved fish sticks than a glass of ridiculously rare liquor. Luckily, the folks at a Costco in Scottsdale, Arizona know what’s up.

At the moment, the Scottsdale Costco is offering a $17,000 bottle of Macallan, which rounds out to roughly $1000 per shot.

So how do you justify dropping $17,000 on booze at Costco? Remind yourself that it was aged 60 years, that it comes in a slick Lalique crystal container, and that it’s one of just 400 bottles ever produced… ever. Only 72 of those bottles are available in the US, and how one of them managed to land at a Costco is a mystery.

For those looking for a  more cost-efficient option, we’d  recommend the barrel of Jack Daniel’s at Sam’s Club for $9660. Because a barrel of Jack > $1000 shots any day.

H/T + PicThx Thrillist

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Amy’s Baking Company Kicks Out Another ‘Hater’ Who Found Flies in Her Drink

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Despite the moderate success of last week’s “Grand Re-Opening,” Amy’s Baking Company has managed to scare off another batch of “haters.”

This past Friday, a reporter from the Phoenix Business Journal visited the restaurant with a few friends, only to be kicked out by infamous co-owner Samy Bouzaglo. Yikes, is this #9 on ways to ruin your restaurant?

Reporter Hayley Ringle reports that she and her friends “went in with an open mind,” hoping to get a firsthand account of Amy’s Baking Company and its dubious owners. However, after finding fruit flies in not one, but three different cocktails, she and her friends were kicked out of the restaurant by Samy after complaining about their drinks. On the bright side, at least he offered to pay for all of their untouched cocktails before showing them the door.

You can check out pictures of their sad vodka martinis here. Ringle also notes that the staff was “inexperienced” and “slow,” while the restaurant itself was empty. In the end, she and her party ended up at nearby Pita Jungle — a “super busy and very friendly” alternative to those still hungry after being unceremoniously kicked out of Amy’s Baking Company.

H/T + PicThx EaterPhoenix Business Journal

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Man Makes Emotional Reintroduction into Society After 42 Years in Prison, First Stop: In-N-Out

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After 42 years of imprisonment, Louis Taylor spent his first day of freedom getting acquainted to the vastly changed world around him. Taylor, who was wrongfully incarcerated for a hotel fire that killed 29 people in 1970, was freed this week after new evidence and questions arose proving his innocence.

According to AZ Central, advances in fire science made it doubtful that the hotel blaze was arson and that a fire report stated officials’ work was poorly done, being based solely on photos and documents.

Taylor’s attorneys are helping him get acclimated to a world much different from the one he left in 1970, and he asked them to take him to In-N-Out upon release. “I went to In-N-Out Burger and they gave me a t-shirt, so now I’m going to ask for endorsements,” joked Taylor.

Despite having lived through unimaginable hardship, he remains positive. “Nothing really scares me,” he said. “All I can do is just go forward.”

H/T AZ Central + PicThx Eater