Dunkin’ is finally tossing out styrofoam cups for good

Dunkin’ is the latest restaurant chain to take a big, if obvious, step in the right direction by doing away with its styrofoam cups. 

Not only are the hot coffee cups going away but it’s going to bring an end to the tradition that many Dunkin’ customers have of “double cupping” or, rather, putting the foam cup around the outside of a cold drink plastic cup. 

A full move to paper cups is a long time coming, with CNN noting that Dunkin’ first made the announcement in early 2018. The rollout of the new double-walled papers cups has been an ongoing campaign but the end of the foam cup will be complete by April 2020.  Read more…

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Here’s when all the major Black Friday 2019 sales start

The biggest shopping gay of the year is quickly approaching, so it’s time to make a shopping plan. We know you want to get the best deals for you and your family. However, you can only bag a bargain if you know when the sales start. After all, you could easily miss a Black Friday doorbuster if you don’t get to the store (or retailer’s website) at the right time.

To help you prepare for Black Friday, our team has compiled a list of the sale times for top retailers. We’re also breaking down some of the best deals and providing some helpful shopping tips. Once you read this, you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you need to save big during Black Friday 2019. Read more…

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Stanning Baby Yoda, star of ‘The Mandalorian,’ is a singular mood

There are two basic genres of Baby Yoda tweets at the moment, but everyone’s a fan.

If you’ve existed on social media since the Nov. 12 launch of Disney+, then you’ve seen The Mandalorian‘s most precious little spoiler pop up at some point. The Baby Yoda tweets are everywhere.

A bunch of them riff on Adult Yoda’s penchant for dispensing wisdom in his unusual syntax. We’ll call this the “What if Yoda advice, but baby” genre. Most come from the latest must-follow joke account.

Hug me you willpic.twitter.com/nOoYkwuujo

— Baby Yoda (@BabyYodaBaby) November 17, 2019

Nap I must takepic.twitter.com/GneI7yrl0L

— Baby Yoda (@BabyYodaBaby) November 17, 2019 Read more…

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Trump’s unexpected hospital trip has Twitter conspiracies in overdrive

For once, Donald Trump finds himself mired in a conspiracy theory that’s not of his own making. 

It’s all thanks to a (reportedly) unscheduled trip Trump made to Walter Reed Hospital on Saturday for a medical exam. Of course, any time a president makes an unannounced trip to a hospital, it’s cause for concern. 

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham denied anything was wrong and said that Trump was simply taking advantage of a light work day (LOL) to take care of an exam. Her insistence reached comical levels when she appeared on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show on Saturday night.

Good luck to anyone who can listen to this exchange with a straight face. Read more…

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Finished ‘The Crown’? More dishy royal family stories (mostly about Princess Margaret)

Portrayed by Vanessa Kirby in The Crown‘s first two seasons, and now by Helena Bonham Carter in the show’s just-premiered third season, the real-life Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, has an infamous legacy that includes numerous romances, shenanigans with the help of her ladies in waiting, and a general lust for life. 

Princess Margaret and her sister Queen Elizabeth were purportedly very close, but due to their positions in the royal hierarchy, they led entirely different lives. Elizabeth was bound to royal duties, while Margaret was more free to live a life of her own design, complete with lots of socializing and partying (think William versus Harry).  Read more…

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Harry Styles is all One Direction jokes in his ‘SNL’ monologue

Harry Styles isn’t in a boy band anymore, you know. He’s in a man band now.

Styles hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in the latest episode, and he used his inaugural opening monologue to talk up his One Direction roots and tease a reunion that never happens. At one point, he suggests Simon Cowell grew them all in test tubes.

The first-time SNL host also gently roasted former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik, who left the group a year before they went on hiatus in 2016. Styles rattles off the names of his other former One Direction pals before pausing and capping it off with “Ringo.” Read more…

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‘SNL’ sends Harry Styles out for Popeyes in Jordan Peele’s ‘White Get Out’

Saturday Night Live is officially on the Popeye’s chicken sandwich craze.

Rob, the new intern from the UK, has no idea what he’s getting himself into when he volunteers to pick up Popeyes chicken sandwiches for everyone in the office on a lunch run. That’s the setup, as SNL sees it, for White Get Out, a fake Jordan Peele movie on Disney+.

Careful… Read more…

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Spotify’s new road trip playlist generator is pretty neat!

I am a begrudging fan of algorithmic playlists. I miss putting together my own “new favorite songs” lists and assembling the perfect order of tunes for a burned CD. But damn if Spotify’s Discover Weekly and Your Daily Mix playlists aren’t convenient, and generally, really good.

Spotify flexed its algorithmic playlist-making muscles again Friday when it released a new tool meant to provide the perfect soundtrack for an upcoming road trip: “Soundtrack your ride.” It’s a partially human, partially computer-directed playlist generator assembled to fit the length of your road trip. 

A portal takes you through a series of questions about your upcoming road trip as well as your music taste. Ostensibly combined with what it knows about your music listening habits (you agree to let the portal look at your Spotify history when you begin), the answers help to generate a playlist that is on theme for where you are going, who you’re with, and what your vibe is. Read more…

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Sam’s Club is offering Black Friday deals on TVs, smart home devices, and more

Heads up, Sam’s Club members: The warehouse club’s Black Friday 2019 ad just hit the web tipping some great deals on laptops, TVs, gaming gear, DSLR cameras, fitness trackers, and more

Sam’s Club will offer Black Friday deals on its website on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, but the in-store event kicks off 7 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29 and runs through the weekend. Sam’s Club will have plenty of TV deals, including the 65-inch Samsung 7 Series 4K HDR curved smart TV for $599 ($130 off) or the 55-inch model for $459 ($70 off). At the low end, it will have the 40-inch Vizio D Series 1080p smart TV on sale for $159.88 ($30 off). Read more…

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Disney+ will fix ‘The Simpsons’ aspect ratio fail in 2020

Disney+ launched to great fanfare and plenty of success on Nov. 12, but the hottest streaming service in town wasn’t without its warts. Luckily, it looks like its most unforgivable sin will be fixed in the near-ish future.

In a statement given to The AV Club, Disney confirmed it would let viewers watch old episodes of The Simpsons in their original 4:3 aspect ratio in “early 2020.” This followed several days of criticism from fans for Disney’s choice to only offer classic episodes of the beloved animated sitcom in a cropped and stretched out 16:9 format.

According to Disney’s statement, the decision to stream The Simpsons exclusively in 16:9 was made to “guarantee visual quality and consistency” across the show’s 30 seasons. However, the “quality” part of that is questionable; as Tristan Cooper heroically pointed out on Twitter, cropping and stretching the old episodes completely killed some visual gags and made other moments look straight-up wrong. Read more…

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