One example: “Funky Fries | Introduced in 2002, Ore-Ida’s frozen french fries were offered in new forms: chocolate-flavored, cinnamon-flavored, ring-shaped and colored blue. Promoted as ‘not what a potato is supposed to be,’ they were — perhaps inevitably — pulled from store shelves a year later, due to ‘disappointing’ sales.”
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James Jacob Ritty, inventor of the first working version of a mechanical cash register, was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1837. Ritty was a barkeeper who opened his first saloon in 1871. In 1882 he opened the Pony House in Dayton, which quickly became a local ‘hotspot’ for dining, drinking, …
Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? Check out Cooking For Engineers… “Everyone’s got a favorite way of cooking bacon, but what’s the difference if I broil, fry, or microwave my bacon? Well, I tried to find out.”
“When Ralphs employee Shantie Muraj prepared to raise the flag outside her store early Saturday she was hit on the head by a grocery cart pranksters had hoisted to the top of the flagpole, police said.”
Sausage shaped like a beer bottle Originally uploaded by jkottke. Noted without comment.
The Onion: “Ancient Shopping List Shows Early Man Really Loved Meat” (links to audio)
“The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments: What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It’s amazing and completely insane.” Links to video — holy cow!
“The three shopping lists below are scrawled on the back of business cards I find after we have a certain customer visit the store. Since I am not sure he is the same person who is named on the front of the cards or if he just has access to …
“Wal-Mart isn’t just the number-one retailer in the universe. It also leads the way in calls for help to local police. No west-county property generates more calls-for-service to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office than Wal-Mart on Northeast Highway 99, according to a sheriff’s report.”
“Tesco and Wal-Mart are the undisputed champions of the international grocery market, but little-known fringe grocers may rise to eat into their margins over the next decade, says report.”