9-Year-Old Explains Net Neutrality With Milkshakes


Net Neutrality has become a hot topic of debate over the last few months. It’s the idea that all service providers and governments should not be allowed to be selective with their services depending on the user or platform. Essentially, it’s about the equality of data. However, not many people understand it enough to find a well-informed stance on it.

Redditor kvw260 explained to his 9-year-old son the meaning behind Neutrality. He then caught his kid explaining it to one of his friends afterwards.

Pretend ice cream stores gave away free milkshakes. But you had to buy a straw to drink them. But that’s okay, because you still get free milkshakes. One day you’re drinking a free milkshake and you look down and the guy that sold you the straw is pinching it almost shut. You can still get your milkshake, but it’s really hard and takes a lot longer.

So you say, “Hey! Stop that!” And the straw guy says, “NO! Not until the ice cream store pays me money.” And you say, “But I already paid you money for the straw.” And the straw guy says, “I don’t care. I just want more money.”

It’s safe to say this is probably the best explanation we’ve heard so far. Also, we’re craving milkshakes like crazy now.

The FCC recently passed major Net Neutrality rules in a landmark vote.

Fast Food

So Dairy Queen Got Nationally Hacked


Dairy Queen has been the target of the latest hack. The fast food chain announced Thursday that 4oo of their stores have become victims to a security breach. Anyone eat at DQ lately?

The chain had discovered that malware called Backoff was responsible for the recent breach in security. Among the information compromised in the hack were customer names, and debit and credit card numbers and expiration dates for purchases between August and October 2014.

Stores affected by the security breach can be found here. Overall, this accounts for approximately 9 percent of Dairy Queen’s total 4,500 locations. For anyone affected by the incident, Dairy Queen is offering “free identity repair services” for an entire year.

A few weeks back, popular sandwich chain Jimmy Johns was also part of a security attack.

Apparently nothing is safe anymore.

H/T Mashable



22 Wonderfully Boozy Facts on Craft Beer


If you were looking for some craft beer trivia facts for your next lumberjack game night, look no further. The folks at Lets Pour put together a handy-dandy graphic with all the fun facts on craft beer and drinking you could ask for. Bet you didn’t know that your IPA is actually the most popular kind of craft beer in America or that if you’re in the US, you probably live within 10 miles of a craft brewery. While we already knew what your beer choice says about your personality, today we’re all about the nitty-gritty.

So check out the toastable trivia below and raise a glass to your health.  Really. Because the silicon in craft ales can actually strengthen your bones. Certainly beats an apple a day.

Check out the full list of facts in the infographic below.




Pizza Geography Map Charts the Closest Pizza Chains Near You


There’s nothing quite like the 2AM pizza delivery call to soothe our grease-lovin’ souls, and there are tons of different establishments from which we can choose. While the most recognizable are usually the chain restaurants (a la Pizza Hut and Papa John’s), have you ever thought about how prevalent these pizza chains are in the US?

Pizza Map
Nathan Yau of Flowing Data compiled all relevant research and created the above map that charts the nearest pizza chain within a 10-mile radius across the US — Chuck E. Cheese’s, CiCi’s, Domino’s, Godfather’s, Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Pizza Hut and Sbarro. While this data distribution alone is valuable, Yau broke it down in even further detail:


Where Individual Chains Can Be Found

Pizza Locations

When the data is broken down by chain, it seems that Pizza Hut and Domino’s reign supreme, although Papa John’s and Little Caesars might give ’em a run for their money. Interestingly enough, a few restaurants are still popular in the locations they originated — Little Caesars is strong in the Michigan area, and Papa Murphy’s has a decent presence in the northwest.


Location Comparisons

Pizza Map

Have a pizza hankering? This chart shows you how each restaurant matches up against each another. Simply choose a chain on the left, one from the top and follow to wear they intersect to see how they compare.

While I’m a fan of these spots, we’re just stoked people are finally recognizing that Chuck E. Cheese has some high quality pie. Truth.

Picthx Flowing Data


What a Starbucks Grande Latte Costs Around the World

starbucks grande chart

While some of you may still be amazed by the audacity of a $47.30 Starbucks drink, here are a few more numbers to really bring the caffeine craze home. According to the latest data on WSJ, a standard grande latte would run you $9.83 in Oslo, Norway, while in New Delhi, India it would be just $2.83. The reason for the disparity? The purchasing-power of a dollar depends largely on geographical location. While the US dollar may be undervalued in a country such as Norway, it has more buying value in other locations such as India. Although, it’s worth mentioning that Starbucks is seen as a luxury in some countries, a social aspect that may affect the price as well.

Click here to see how your city fares.