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A Complete List Of U.S. Domino’s Pizza Locations That Still Offer Anchovies

Eight years ago, I tried anchovies for the first time. It was on a Domino’s slice that was paired with Italian sausage, black olives, and a parmesan garlic sauce. Salty, yes, but a taste so phenomenal that my young self would still try to chase such a feeling to this day.

Over the past few years, however, I began to notice that Domino’s locations started to pull the polarizing ingredient from the menu. I found myself having to drive further and further to get a taste of the salted fish.

Frankly, the only way to really find out whether a Domino’s offered anchovy was to either call in or begin building a pizza through the app to see if it was on the list of ingredients.

Wondering if any other anchovy aficionado out there struggled with something similar when the cravings set in, I reached out to Domino’s to see if there was a master list that identified every location that offered the anchovies.

Turns out there was.

Behold, a master list of every Domino’s Pizza location that still offers anchovies. A labor of love for anyone looking to fill their cravings, but don’t know where to look. Enjoy, friends.

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Gordon Ramsay Lists The 5 Worst Halloween Treats You Can Give Out

Gordon Ramsay’s not big on Halloween, but at least he won’t give shitty candy when your kids walk up to his door in their spooky costumes.

Having kids of his own, Ramsay’s very aware of what trick-or-treaters don’t want to see in their giant bags of candy, and in PSA-like fashion, Gordon appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to let us know that we shouldn’t be handing out these garbage candies and treats.

In his typical foul-mouthed fashion, Ramsay rips each item, and by the end of it, you’re going to just feel like an asshole for even considering giving these out to the happy little children in your neighborhood.

If you do give any of the following candies out, in the words of Ramsay himself, “F*ck off!”

Smarties

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“Seriously, the perfect combination of aspirin and Tums. Smarties are for f*cking dummies.”

Circus Peanuts

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“How f*ckin’ sad are they? You know what Circus Peanuts are? Clown s*it!”

Candy Corn

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“It’s not candy, it’s not corn, it’s ear wax formed in the shape of a rotten tooth.”

Apples

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“Do I look like a f*ckin’ teacher, mate? Let me give you a lesson; go buy some proper f*cking candy.”

Pennies

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“In 2016 you’re still giving out f*cking pennies! F*ck off!”

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Recipes

Every Major Alcohol And The Ingredients Needed To Make Them

Most people have no idea what is in their alcoholic drinks. For the most part, we (as a nation of avid drinkers) either know that we like a drink or that we don’t, and that’s pretty much where the buck stops.

Well, the savvy drinkers at Wine Bag put together a highly informative and surprisingly captivating list of all of our favorite alcohols and what goes in them. The compendium of alcoholic ingredients even has pictures for each item, in case you had no idea what “sorghum” or the “maguey plant” look like.


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Photo Credit: Wine Bag, The Kitchn

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These 7 Pirate-Themed Restaurants Arrrr Hidden Treasures

Sometimes it’s not enough to crave fresh seafood and a bottle of rum. Now and then, you want to be transported back in time to when peg-legged bandits roamed the high seas. When you feel the need to scratch that scurvy-induced itch, here are eight pirate-themed restaurants you can plunder:

1. Pirate’s Landing Seafood and Steak Restaurant ElkinNorth Carolina

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Photo credit: Yelp

Your GPS might freak out when you pull up to Pirate’s Landing, but you definitely won’t miss it. The gigantic pirate ship-shaped restaurant is campy and casual with buccaneers bursting from the vaulted wood beams.

Nearby: This is mostly an unexpected get-off-the-freeway-there-is-a-pirate-ship-over-there pit stop on Interstate-77.

Must Eat: Buccaneer’s Fried Seafood Feast (Baby flounder, crab cake, clam strips, oysters, popcorn shrimp & scallops, and whatever else they caught that day)

Must Drink: Ravenswood Vintners Blend (spicy red wine that doesn’t always get its due)

2. Blue Bayou Anaheim, California

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The decor may be more New Orleans than Tortuga, but the Blue Bayou is famously adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. You couldn’t pay more for the ambience because you’ve already shilled out for a ticket to Disneyland to get in. Jack Sparrow sightings not guaranteed.

Nearby: Um, hello, Disneyland! Also, Angel Stadium, the Honda Center, and far too many hotels.

Must Eat: Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya

Must Drink: Mint Julep

3. Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar Stillwater, Minnesota

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When I say Minnesota, you say Caribbean barbeque! I know that feels unnatural, but Smalley’s not only brings the heat but brands a skull and crossbones into its burger’s buns to make sure you know. If you’re feeling sadistic, try their 666 wings with a side of “Death juice.”

Nearby: Pub 112 and the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line

Must Eat: Pirate Burger (obviously)

Must Drink: Trio of Dessert Rums (El Dorado Rum Cream / RumChata / Brinley Gold Coffee)

4. Macao Trading Co. New York, New York

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For those who fancy Asian pirates and opium den opulence (who doesn’t?), Macao Trading Co. has you covered. Nestled in TriBeCa, Macao brings out the best of one the worst eras but holds onto the muddy lighting.

Nearby: Canal Street, Chinatown, Little Italy

Must Eat: African Chicken

Must Drink: Drunken Dragon’s Milk (Charbay Green Tea Vodka shaken with Young Coconut Puree, Thai Basil & Macao Five-Spice Bitters)

5. The Folly New York, New York

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This gastropub has an undeniable ship-like feel with a pirate themed menu to match. Of all Manhattan’s swashbuckling establishments, The Folly commits the most to the overall experience without the need for costumes.

Nearby: Washington Square Park, TriBeCa, Christopher Street

Must Eat: Lobster Mac & Cheese

Must Drink: Either of their frozen house grogs (Cuba Libre or White Zombie)

6. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Theatre Buena Park, California

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This restaurant is for when you want dinner, a show, and to support the acting dreams of people who will probably never make it big. Let the kids enjoy the show while you take advantage of the full bar.

Nearby: Knott’s Berry Farm, Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific

Must Eat & Drink: Whatever they tell you because the menu is fixed.

7. Forbes Island San Francisco, California

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Forbes Island walks the line between a nautical and pirate-y atmosphere. This restaurant is not for the seasick or claustrophobic; the dining area is underwater and the manmade island rocks gently with the waves.

Nearby: Fisherman’s Wharf, The Embarcadero, Golden Gate Bridge

Must Eat: Lamb Lollipops (Half Rack of Lamb, Potato Croquette, served on a bed of Edamame Succotash)

Must Drink: Anything off their wine list.

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7 Of The Most Ridiculous Flasks Money Can Buy

From a young age, we begin to keep things from our parents. Broken vases, bad report cards, and, eventually, our first bottle of cheap, rubbing alcohol vodka. Adulthood brings us certain rights, but kicks us out of bars because we’re not 21. By the time we reach our coveted 21st birthday, there’s such a pent up desire for legally sanctioned alcohol poisoning, we set out to live the most dangerous year(s) of our lives.

Whether you’re a novice or a veteran, your new parents are security guards and bouncers. Modern screening processes require an upgrade from the shoebox under your bed. In no particular order (because the flask chooses you), here are 7 of the most ridiculous, functional flasks your money can buy:

1. GLASK

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The Glask is a baseball glove that accommodates an eight-ounce disposable pouch. Though you might feel ridiculous reenacting this photo, take solace in the creators’ business acumen that will have you buying packs of disposable pouches until it corrupts your love of baseball.

This flask also has limited uses, but if you want to try to take it to a nightclub, no one’s stopping you.

Cost: $35.99 (+$5 after each three uses)

Get it: Glask

2. VSSL Flasklight

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If you like to drink in the woods and prefer not getting lost, the Flasklight should be your best friend. Not your actual best friend who will hold your hair while you puke on an 80-year-old tree, but the one with a cap that doubles as a compass and a battery powered flashlight in the base. It holds 10 ounces of alcohol while housing two collapsible shot glasses and a bottle opener in a secret compartment.

It looks like a water bottle, but “FLASK” is printed on the side, so you should consider some kind of sticker if you try to make it more suited to your urban needs.

Cost: $55 Pre-order; $65 Regular Price

Get it: VSSL Gear

3. Flask Bangle

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This patented Cynthia Rowley accessory has a nautical chicness to it that doesn’t make up for high price tag. Each bangle only holds three ounces and is made from stainless steel. Patent be damned, a similar bracelet with lower capacity is available at Urban Outfitters for a small fraction of the cost.

Cost: $225; $365 24k Gold Plated

Get it: Cynthia Rowley

4. Drink Caddy Driver

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Golf is a loooonnnggg game and no one knows that better than the fine folks at Drink Caddy. Thermally insulated and boasting a 1.6 liter capacity, this flask is the most inconspicuous (assuming you don’t have extremely high-end golf clubs).  A less attractive putter version holds marginally less alcohol, but both types are battery-operated dispensers.

Cost: $99 Driver; $69 Putter

Get it: Drink Caddie, Brookstone, and Hammacher Schlemmer

5. StashPad

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From the guys who brought you iFlask comes a larger, somehow less streamlined gadget flask. While it won’t pass as an iPad up close, the StashPad looks like a generic tablet and holds 12 ounces as well as a compartment for “cigars.” 

Cost: $39.95 Retail; $19 Kickstarter

Get it: StashPad’s Kickstarter

6. Booze Books

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Everyone has that one friend who takes a book with them everywhere. Now, you can seem intellectual and diffident with this old-fashioned flask concealed in a fake copy of Sherlock Holmes. You can also get what looks like a complete anthology of Edgar Allen Poe stories. Neither book has actual words on their pages, so relax bibliophiles.

Cost: $34.95 Retail; $28.95 Pre-Order

Get it: Bender Bound

7. The Drinking Jacket

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Okay, this is not a flask. The Drinking Jacket is for all the die-hard alcoholics who want to be comfortable and have excessively deep pockets (literally). The people who want this jacket already have a traditional flask, need room for beer, and desperately want to open bottles with their zipper.

Cost: $85

Get it: Missing Ink Shop/Zane Lamprey

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15 Items Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s Doesn’t Want You To Remember

Whether you live in a Carl’s Jr. region or a Hardee’s region, one thing is certain: This fast food chain is truly the Dr. Frankenstein of the drive-thru set. It’s as if Carl Hardee himself heard that hybrids have become popular and assumed that wasn’t isolated to the auto industry (Carl Hardee isn’t actually the founder of or even a real person associated with this company, but we are officially worshiping this name as belonging to the God of satisfied cravings, amen). As a result, in many, many experiments, the company combined two or more food items into a single food item, and in some cases just made stuff up entirely, with no regard for nutrition, convention or sense — and we would like to personally thank Carl Hardee for each and every attempt. Check out some of the highlights:

1. Pepperoni Pizza Fries

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

In the spring of 2015, Carl’s Jr. answered the question: “What would poutine be like if it was invented by the highest of Americans?” Pepperoni pizza fries were born. These are exactly what they sound like — pepperoni pizza toppings, including the sauce, on fries instead of dough, for those times when pizza crust just isn’t deep-fried enough.

2. The Bisnut

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

The Bisnut is what you get when you force a doughnut and a biscuit together like some sort of delicious pastry centipede. In 2014, Carl’s Jr. tested the hybrid dessert (during breakfast hours, because in a civilized society we eat dessert after every meal). It cost 99 cents, or two for $1.89 , and is probably as delicious as it is fun to say. Bisnut!

3. Ice Cream Brrrger

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

Back in 2012, Carl’s Jr. introduced the Ice Cream Brrrger, an ice cream sandwich that looks like a hamburger, presumably meant to fool picky children into eating more dessert. This filled a gaping hole in their “all burgers all the time” philosophy. All they need now is a liquefied burger and we’ll be able to satisfy any craving in burger form.

4. Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

In the summer of 2014, the chain tested out the Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich, which is a great idea that you could easily re-create in your own kitchen without having to watch any YouTube videos explaining how to make it. But here’s the thing: It’s not like Carl’s and Hardee’s just have Pop-Tarts lying around. So someone in R&D (best job in the world?) had to say, “I’ve got an idea, but we’re going to need some Pop-Tarts.” It’s these types of simple and beautiful vignettes that make life worth living.

5. Most American Thickburger

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

The Most American Thickburger, which debuted in summer 2015, immediately became the leader of Carl’s Jr.’s gang of burgers that aren’t satisfied just being burgers. What makes it so American is the addition of a hot dog and potato chips and, presumably, the option to be “thick.” Still, claiming it’s the “most American” might be a stretch. Add bacon, apple pie, and the inability to locate Syria on a map, and then come see me.

6. Chicken Stars

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Credit: Yelp

These are just breaded and fried digestion-compatible food facsimiles, and they probably are mostly made of chicken, as far as the legal department is concerned. But it takes a special kind of “Aw, fuck it” to tacitly admit you’re not working with actual pieces of chicken and that whatever it is you are working with is easily moldable into any shape you please. So then, we have to ask: Why stop at stars, you know?

7. Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

 

In October 2014, we were treated to the Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit during a time when, frankly, innovation in drive-thru breakfast was lacking. The basic recipe: Stack two meat-and-cheese omelets on a biscuit and then stuff it all down your gullet. This was, apparently, an alternative to the Loaded Omelet Biscuit, which is a biscuit with a measly single meat-and-cheese omelet on it. What are we, on a diet or something?

8. Burgers With Other Sandwiches on Them

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

If Carl Hardee were an artist, the burger would be his canvas, the blank slate on which he builds his masterpieces. So now we have things like the Philly Cheesesteak Burger and the Pastrami Burger — just two examples of many Trojan burgers carrying a hidden army of other meat. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I suspect the company’s secret plan is to make it so no meal is ever burger-free, and where do we sign up to help out this righteous cause?

9. Mashers

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

Mashers, which were first tested in summer 2014, are basically your average burger or fried chicken sandwich, but with mashed potatoes and gravy on top, presumably because serving the potatoes on the sandwiches is much cheaper than investing in bowls and utensils. The biggest surprise here is that they stopped short of putting an entire Thanksgiving dinner on a sandwich, but surely that’s coming.

10. Jim Beam Bourbon Thickburger

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The Jim Beam Bourbon Thickburger was a 2013 revelation that needs no further introduction, because burger plus booze equals heaven. And not to be ungrateful, but we have to ask: Can we get some of that bourbon in our Coke … and might as well add it to the fries and milkshake too. Just in case.

11. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos burger

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The Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Burger was available in a few locations in Southern California in summer 2015. This burger features the titular munchie fodder and nacho cheese sauce and is clearly the masterpiece of someone who wanted to challenge the idea that adding potato chips and a hot dog to a burger is the most American it can get. The verdict? *breaks into “God Bless America”*

12. Blueberry Muffin Buns

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The Blueberry Muffin Bun is a recent addition to the list of experiments, and it’s starting to feel like they’re just messing with us. It comes standard as a breakfast sandwich, because we’re not savages — obviously blueberry muffins are for the morning meal. But they’ll happily make you a regular burger on a blueberry muffin bun too, because maybe we are savages after all.

13. Monster Biscuit

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

The Monster Biscuit is basically breakfast Tetris: bacon, egg, sausage, ham, and cheese piled on a biscuit. It made a 2009 list of the worst food in terms of calories — no surprise there. And it’s named after what kids think is going to creep out from under their bed and kill them in their sleep. Well done all around.

14. Footlong Cheeseburger

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

Back in 2010, Carl’s Jr. sought to turn heads with a new burger phenomenon: They could have gone six inches, or even eight. But “footlong” has such a nice ring to it (this was well before all the current controversy surrounding footlongs). Enter the Footlong Cheeseburger: everything a regular cheeseburger is but longer. This is a chain that’s already known for its large burgers, so the Footlong Cheeseburger is sort of the stretch Hummer of fast food: I don’t really want one, but I’m glad Schwarzenegger has the option.

15. All-Natural Burger

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

After all that, the oddest thing on the menu is definitely the All-Natural Burger, which is just a regular-length burger with no other sandwiches crammed in it, and no side dishes or desserts or booze to be found. Not only that, it’s hormone- and antibiotic-free. And no option to get it flavor-blasted or kraken-sized? Hard pass.

Bonus: Boxers

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Credit: Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s also dipped their toe into the apparel game, offering branded boxer shorts for $20. The pricing is outrageous, but in their defense, their pricing department isn’t used to this type of product. “I don’t know? Maybe $20?” We weren’t able to test them (even though shipping was free), but word is they’re a little bit chewy and pretty bland.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 7-11 — But Were Afraid to Ask

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7-Eleven: Home to the Slurpee, questionably grilled meats, and 3 am toilet paper runs. Throughout its 88-year history, the company has ingrained itself into our culture, our neighborhood, and our clogged hearts.

But what do we really know about this pervasive business?

Who had the idea to start 7-Eleven?

7-Eleven began as a roll of the dice from Southland Ice Company founder Joe C. Thompson when an employee, John Jefferson Green, suggested the company should begin selling household staples like bread and milk in their Texas ice stores.

Jefferson kept his store open during evenings and Sundays and seeing its success, Thompson Sr. later adopted these hours throughout all of their locations. The company took a major hit during The Great Depression, but the end of Prohibition ultimately saved the company (because nothing stirs American wallets quite like easily accessible alcohol).

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How did it get its name?

Originally, the stores were called Tote’m stores because customers would tote their purchases home. Many locations were decked out in Eskimo decor after Thompson visited Alaska because nothing draws customers in like a large totem pole in the middle of Texas.

In order to further differentiate themselves from grocery stores, Tote’ms opened at the scandalous hours of 7am to 11pm. In 1946, all Tote’ms became 7-Eleven’s in a massive, pre-television marketing move in order to promote their relatively revolutionary hours.

Well, when did they start opening 24/7?

Because of the most Texan reason possible: football. In 1963, the aftermath of a college football game in Austin kept the local 7-Eleven so busy, the store couldn’t close. Several locations experimented with 24/7 hours on the weekends until the entire chain realized how high demand was for life’s necessities (read: cigarettes and soda pop) in the middle of the night.

What’s the difference between an ICEE and a Slurpee ?

A powerful marketing team and a potentially addictive mystery ingredient (high fructose corn syrup or heroin, depending on the tongue color of who you ask). 7-Eleven’s notorious Slurpee was originally marketed as an ICEE, but the name and product was revamped after a couple of years to connect the syrupy frozen drinks directly to the chain.

With over 14 million sold per month, the Slurpee is the most popular beverage associated with 7-Eleven. Slurpees remain so beloved that people are willing to fill rice cookers with the brain-freeze-inducing beverage.

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Is it a franchise or a just a chain?

7-Eleven is the (relatively) easiest franchise to purchase from a major chain. Up until the 2008 recession, 7-Eleven franchises were first class tickets to the American Dream for thousands of Southeast Asian immigrants. Today, 7-Eleven is one of the largest franchise companies in the world with over 56,000 stores in 18 countries. For reference, McDonald’s has a measly 35,000 restaurants worldwide.

Who signs the checks?

In order to save 7-Eleven from its second bankruptcy (still less than Donald Trump and the first occurred after The Great Depression), the Japanese company Seven & I Holdings acquired 7-Eleven. The move underscores Japan’s unparalleled love for 7-Eleven stores, one-third of which are densely packed throughout the small country.

7 Facts You Can’t Un-know

  • An unsettling, Illuminati-esque 666,000 pounds of glaze are used each month on 7-Eleven’s donuts, fritters, and other pastries.
  • If you watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, a 7-Eleven will have opened during the credits of each film.
  • 7-Eleven has the largest ATM network of any US retailer.
  • Most Slurpees are certified kosher because everyone should be able to enjoy their diabetes-inducing satisfaction.
  • In 1949, 7-Eleven’s made convenience store history with its punny commercial which featured the tagline “You Auto Know.” Unfortunately for them, Alanis Morissette hadn’t been born yet.
  • For 20 years, 7-Eleven has been giving American police departments millions of Slurpee coupons to dole out to upstanding youths during the summer.
  • One out of four of you are within a mile of a 7-Eleven.

Go now! Or whenever. It’ll always be open.

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Meet 5 Vegans Who Are More Badass Than You

People have a tendency to think of vegans as annoying, West Coast hippies who only want to destroy the dining world as you know it. People just assume they’re frail, meek, mumbly softies who, in a nasally voice, ask, “Oh no, is there cream in this?” But those are just (lazy) stereotypes. To further prove the point, here are five tough, wild, and/or reckless dudes you had no idea were vegans. They should definitely remain near the bottom of your list of desired enemies.

1. RZA
Rapper

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Wu-Tang Clan’s de facto leader is a notable vegan, having even worked with Peta to promote the meatless lifestyle. In one interview with the animal rights organization, the hip-hop innovator said, “I don’t need a dead animal or dead piece of flesh to go into my live body. There’s nothing on this planet that doesn’t want to live. I had animals as friends. They was happy to see me in their own animal way. I’m quite sure they did not want to be on my plate.” He also once rapped, “Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah jam is fatal, quick to stick my Wu-Tang sword right through your navel.” Rza ain’t nuthing ta f’ wit.

2. Steve-O
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The assumed indestructible Jackass star actually became a vegan because of his crew’s antics. Typing veganism into his desire to get clean, the wildman explained to Rolling Stone that he was doing so many drugs that he was hearing voices, finally watching a Krishna monk discussing “how it’s difficult for Westerners to be saved because there’s such little respect for life on the planet.” He ultimately found his developing belief system inconsistent with the way Jackass that messed animals in their hijinks. He’s since narrated a video for Farm Sanctuary, a group that saves farm animals from the slaughterhouse.

3. Samuel L. Jackson
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Inspired after reading Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure, the authoritative performer cited health reasons for going vegan, adding that he was “just trying to live forever.” He also lost a considerable amount of weight because of the diet, and Nick Fury only seems to be getting tougher.

4. John Joseph
Musician

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Fronting a hardcore band that came out of 1980s New York is a pretty immediate hand-over of cred. Add in some love for practicing boxing and you’ve got the on-and-off singer for the Cro-Mags. He’s also written a book called Meat is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names, which is pretty self-explanatory.

5. Jake Shields
MMA Fighter

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Typically vegan (definitely vegetarian), the welterweight strongman is open about his day-to-day diet to show the challenges of getting so much protein without compromising a healthy lifestyle. His food intake wasn’t the starting point though, as he explained, “I never even really thought about eating meat. It’s something that always seemed a little gross to me, especially with the way animals are treated and what not. The older I got, the more I started doing a little research, and started realizing all the health benefits as well.”