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    A woman is suing Subway after one of its employees wrote something pretty awful on her order. Allison Brown was not expecting to be the butt of a cruel joke about her size when she went there to buy lunch for her family. But that's exactly what happened. 

    Brown looked down at her food and saw that a worker had written "Big Mama" on one box. She was absolutely gutted -- can you imagine what that would feel like? The last thing she wanted to do after seeing that was eat anything, she said.

    She went back to the Subway in question and spoke to the store's manager about the incident. He promised to make everything right -- but then, according to Brown, he stopped returning her calls. 

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    Four former college students who interned for Taco Bell's ad agency in the 1990s are pretty peeved these days. They claim the fast food chain restaurant didn't come up with the brilliant idea to fuse delicious Doritos with delicious taco shells -- they did. They say they entered a competition at the agency in 1995 and pitched the idea to create a taco shell made from Doritos chips. Their suggestions included naming it "Doritos Tacos" -- so much for originality -- charging 79 cents per taco, and hiring former Friends star Matthew Perry to star in advertisements. One intern even says the two flavors they pitched -- Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch -- were the exact flavors Taco Bell ended up using.

    Um, 17 years later, that is.

    It seems the world just wasn't ready for such explosive flavors back in the '90s. Taco Bell waited nearly two decades to introduce its Doritos awesomeness -- but that fact hasn't kept the interns from insisting they deserve some credit.

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    Think today is going to be just another ordinary Tuesday? Think again, my friends. I have great news for you: April 8 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's scoop shops! Everyone rejoice, for this is the day Ben & Jerry's thanks its fans by handing out free ice cream cones.

    But hold on, ice-screamers. Before you run out for your free cone, you'll need the 411 on this important day. And you'll need a strategy -- yes, a strategy. Here's your Free Cone Day Game Plan. Because this is super important, obviously. Hello, FREE ICE CREAM.

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    I will admit that there have been times I ordered coffee, and when the barista spelled my name wrong on the cup, I got annoyed. Not just an innocent misspelling, but a complete butchering. In the end, if the coffee tasted good, it no longer mattered. Why waste time getting angry at something so petty? One Starbucks customer, however, had something happen that really didn't sit well with her once she got her cup of coffee.

    When Louisiana schoolteacher Megan K. Pinion was served the two coffees she ordered, she discovered that the barista wrote out the numbers "666" in caramel on the froth of one of her lattes. And decorating the froth on the other cup was a pentagram.

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    I just want you all to know, I made a point of writing this post after lunchtime. And if you happen to be eating right now, I would strongly encourage you to put your fork down, swallow what's in your mouth, and grip the edge of your desk. Because: A woman found a lizard in her kale salad. But she didn't just find a lizard, as in a live lizard zipping in and out of the kale leaves. No, it's much worse than that. Robin Sandusky found just the head and an arm of the lizard.

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    Oh, these restaurants really, really do not want to pay for their employees' health insurance. Who came blame them? All this time, they've managed to get away with paying their employees so little that customers have to supplement their salaries. But now they actually have to pay into the Affordable Care Act so that employees might be able to have some health insurance for once. Woe! So what are they doing? Yes, they are passing that along to customers too. And whining about it. A restaurant chain called Gator's Dockside in Florida has implemented a 1 percent surcharge on all checks to help cover some of their ObamaCare compliance.

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    Like we needed yet ANOTHER reason to swing by our local Krispy Kreme. It was just announced that the masters of donut magic have created two new flavors to lure us in. This way, we can have our coffee with our donuts -- literally.

    For a limited time only the donut giant will be offering newfangled flavor sensations as the Mocha Kreme Doughnut and the Caramel Coffee Kreme Doughnut. Seriously, they had me at mocha -- the caramel and coffee are just added bonuses.

    So how do Krispy Kreme's new coffee donuts taste?

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    I inhaled a Peppermint Mocha Latte from Starbucks this morning. I shouldn't have, because a small cup costs almost $5 and I'm trying to be better about throwing away my money, but boy oh boy, was that cup of coffee an absolute treat. Many times I've thought to myself: my dumb Starbucks addiction costs me too much money. Dumb, dumb Starbucks and its dumb, delicious coffee.

    Well, one shop in California is set to make a killing based on that very idea. Dumb Starbucks -- which is the actual name of the shop -- opened in Los Angeles this weekend and java-loving folks just can't seem to figure out if the place is what it claims. It looks like a Starbucks, with identical font and a near-mirror image of its green logo, and it acts like a Starbucks -- doling our fraps, caps, and chocolate chai tea lattes -- but each of its items has been christened "dumb": Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Blonde Roast, Dumb Norah Jones Duets. So what's the deal here? 

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    Now you can have your yoga mat and NOT eat it too! Wait, no, that's weird. Now you don't have to eat a yoga mat when you eat a sub! No, that doesn't make sense. Oh well, I'll just say it: Subway will remove a chemical found in yoga mats from its bread. I know, right? That still sounds crazypants. Apparently the chain's sandwich bread contains a chemical called Azodiacarbonamide. And that happens to be a chemical found in yoga mats, too. Maybe it's what gives them both their spongy texture?

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    Parents of chicken nugget fans, the veil has been lifted. We've all seen the Jamie Oliver video about how chicken nuggets are made. And we can't un-see it, especially the infamous pink slime. Well, most of us have seen the video -- I suspect many people saw the headlines and let that video pass them on by. And I can't blame you if you did. But it's led to something totally unexpected. One fast food restaurant has produced a video showing how they make their chicken nuggets.

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