Did A Nazi Billionaire Create the Gummy Bear?


In 2013, the candy world mourned the death of Hans Riegel Jr., a scion of the German-born entrepreneurial family behind the ubiquitously edible Haribo Gummi Bears. En route to a multi-billion dollar fortune, the Riegels made these munchies the most delicious, yet problematic, snacks in the game. 

German candy kaiser Hans Riegel Sr. of Bonn, Germany founded Haribo (an acronym for Hans Riegel, Bonn) in 1920. A trained confectioner, he started his own really small business. Riegel invented the gummy bear in 1922—inspired by dancing circus bears—and soon the candy became popular with the likes of Alfred Einstein and an exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II. The latter monarch dubbed them “the best thing to come out of the Weimar Republic,” the democratic German government formed in his home country after he was exiled.

fktvtqsuglhe2rwwzumxJustin Bieber and his Haribo gummies. (Coolspotters)

During World War II, though, the Riegels became a bit suspect. Their business suffered, Riegel Sr.’s sons were prisoners of war, and employees were few and far between. But when the German government rallied many prominent businesses to compensate the hundreds of thousands forced into labor during the war, but Haribo didn’t join in the effort. As a result, it’s been speculated the Riegels used forced labor to keep the business afloat. Time reported in 2000, “Haribo, makers of the jelly bear candy sold around the world, was named in the German parliament as having used forced labor, a charge it denies.”

After Riegel Sr. died in 1945, his two sons built the company up to unprecedented heights. Since the 1980s, they’ve dominated Americans’ sweet teeth, boasting fans worldwide. Despite its success, though, in recent years, Haribo also sold racist candy.

Written by Carly Silver, HistoryBuff


This Photograph Of A Dirty Potato Sold For $1.5 Million


Potatoes rule. You can make virtually anything with one. This includes hash browns, french fries and even electricity. Because the potato is so cheap, you can pretty much get them in bulk for a low price. So a photo of an uncooked potato should go for even less, right?

Turns out, one potato picture sold for more than $1 million.

World famous photographer Kevin Absoch took a photo of a lumpy Irish potato. While the potato itself is pretty basic, the photograph is pretty stunning. Set to Absoch’s signature style of a single light source upon a black background, the potato almost looks mesmerizing.

The Sunday Times reports that Abosch was having lunch with a businessman and after a few drinks said he wanted to buy Absoch’s starchy picture. A payment of $1.5 million later and the businessman owned one of three copies of the photograph.

Abosch’s credentials include 21 Jump Street heartthrob Johnny Depp, Hook’s Dustin Hoffman and the late-great King Koopa Dennis Hopper.


Man Accidentally Charged $27,000 for Chicken Parmesan


Sometimes restaurants make mistakes. Whether it’s confusing your drink order or forgetting how you want your steak prepared, mess ups are bound to happen from time to time. James Morgan, a 22-year-old customer of the Chop House in Knoxville, was charged a just little extra for his chicken parmesan and two beers, reports WATE.

In what should have cost him a bit over $20, Morgan was charged for $27,000. One could buy a new Acura for that much.

It looks like Morgan wasn’t the only customer to fall victim to such an egregious error. Another woman claimed she was charged $80,000 from the restaurant. About a dozen others have since reported charges ranging from $8,000 to $99,000.

According Nicki Dawson, the CEO of the Chop Shop’s parent company, a system glitch in the debit/credit card processor is to blame for the major overcharges. Though luckily customers personal information were not compromised in any way. It seems the glitch only affected patrons of the Chop House who dined on Oct. 21. The restaurant is working to get the charges reversed.

The Chop House is working to cover the overdraft fee for the customers impacted by the glitch. Anyone who paid with a card on Oct. 21 and experienced an overcharge can call Melissa Jones with Connor Concepts at (865) 777-2677 ext. 10.



This ‘Paper Anniversary’ Cocktail Tastes Like Cold, Hard, Cash Money


The secret to winning a cocktail contest may be money. No, we’re not talking about bribing any judges or fixing a win. We’re talking about the winning cocktail from this year’s Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition. The winner, Remy Savage of the Little Red Door in Paris, made a drink inspired, you guessed it, by what money might taste like.

The winning drink, called the Paper Anniversary, has just three ingredients: gin, a saline solution, and paper syrup. What is paper syrup you may ask? Savage took the smell of paper, then translated it into an array of tastes including a basic sugar syrup, vanilla, fresh cut grass, gentian root, Suze liqueur, and 10-year-old scotch for some woodiness.

The drink apparently really tastes like paper, with “grassy vanilla” notes that faded into “woody dryness” on the tongue. We’re not sure if that’s a good thing or bad, but tell us, would you sip this elixir of money?

H/T + PicThx Alcademics


Coffee Calculator Tells You How Much You Could Save by Not Going to Starbucks


The first thing I thought when I plugged my, ahem, number into this coffee calculator? Well, fuck me. Created by USA Today, the Coffee Cost Calculator figures out how much you’re spending on your daily cup(s) of joe and how much your caffeine habit can end up costing you over a month, year and even three decades.

The estimates are based on a 16 ounce medium Starbucks coffee at $2.10 per cup or a home-brewed cup of Folgers or Maxwell House at $.08 per 16 ounce serving. For fun, we compared the costs of regular Starbucks drinkers to Folgers-in-a-cup brewers.


It starts off innocently enough. 1 Starbucks grande coffee…





Yikes. $766 is more than enough for a roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Cancun. While nearly $23K could pay off a modest student loan in 30 years.





Now, here’s what happens when you plug in 2 Starbucks grandes.




Looks like most of our coffee habits are costing us a trip to Europe per year or two Passats in the next 30 years. Ouch.





So, what happens when you plug in the numbers for 2 cups of Folgers a day?





Of course. Over the course of 30 years, switching to your coffee pot will save you enough money to afford a handful of trips abroad and a new car.



Oh, and the best part? The numbers for the Starbucks beverages are based off one of the cheapest items on their menu — plain coffee — and not the $4 Caramel Frappuccino grande you really get.

So, what’s your number?



REPORT: How Much the CEOs of Your Favorite Fast Food Chains Make a Year


For anyone who’s ever wondered how much a CEO of their favorite fast-food chain makes on a yearly basis, the numbers are in. While these numbers aren’t very shocking, especially since these corporations see so much business nationally, they are a bit hard to look at from the standpoint of an employee working at said chain.

The report was submitted by the Economic Policy Institute, which covered more 25 of the largest restaurant chains in the United States. The average income of a CEO, as conducted in 2013 was about $10.9 million. This, of course, was raised significantly by Starbucks Corp who netted $137.5 million. Give or take. The average annual income of a regular employee of these chains, came out to $18,880 a year. Among the chains included in the report are Jack in the Box, Chipotle, Taco Bell and McDonald’s.

What’s the most depressing is that for a few hours of “work” a CEO will make more than one what would take one of their employees an entire year to earn. Though at least it’s still better than being a writer. WAIT.


H/T Business Insider

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Domino’s France and Belgium Attacked by Cyber-Thieves, Private Customer Information Held for $40,000 Ransom

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I’ve never heard of fast-food chains being ransomed until today. Domino’s Pizza France and Belgium were victims of a cyber attack earlier last week. What was stolen was not hot Italian pies, rather more than 600,000 accounts of private customer information.

The hackers, who call themselves Rex Mundi, posted on a text-hosting site claiming that they were able to steal the private data. This includes the full names of Domino’s customers including their addresses, email, passwords and delivery instructions. They even claim to have each customer’s favorite pizza toppings, reports The Guardian.

The hackers demanded that the pizza chain pay them a sum of €30,000 ($40, 700 US) or they’ll release the entirety of the stolen customer data, posting a small piece of customer information to back up their claims. Along with that information they posted on Twitter:

“If you’re a @dominos_pizzafr customer, u may want to know that we have offered Domino’s not to publish your data in exchange for €30,000.”

Domino’s officially responded that they will not submit to the demands of the cyber thieves and the Rex Mundi account has since been suspended. However, it’s not yet known if the hackers fully intend to release customer information or were simply bluffing.


Here are the Foods that You Can Magically Regrow from Leftovers


It’s not unusual to find that the organic, pesticide-free produce tends to be a tad more expensive. Add that with your grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, and you might as well give up and reach for that box of chocolate. Because chocolate is a salad anyway and won’t cost you an entire paycheck.

Don’t fret. While you can’t grow organic beef in your kitchen (yet), you can grow a mini vegetable garden using scraps and save a few bucks next time you go shopping. All you need is water, soil and last night’s leftovers.


Picthx Cooking Stoned