Last month, Starbucks released their new Christmas cups and were quickly met by outrage from people who seemed to think that the cup featured a lesbian couple holding hands. Yes, it was a pretty bizarre piece of outrage, but this is the Internet, after all.
In a less controversial move, Starbucks has announced that they’re adding a new item to their holiday menu — the Christmas tree frappuccino.
But if you want to grab the latest item on the holiday menu, you’ll have to be quick, because the item is only available for five days. The frap will be available from the 7th, and is essentially a Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino topped with Matcha whipped cream.
There’s also some crushed fruit and caramel on the top, to make it look a little like its namesake.
And as is usually the case, there’s already a bunch of photos on Instagram, in case you’re afraid the promotional shots are fluffed up.
PSA: Christmas Joy Is Finally Coming To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
By Mustafa Gatollari
2 hours ago
The Harry Potter universe is already a pretty magical place, which is why it made perfect sense to make a theme park based off of it: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You’ve got all sorts of Hogwarts and J.K. Rowling-inspired enchantment surrounding you at every turn.
But what if there was a way to make the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter even more magical?
Well there totally is, and Universal Studios found a way to do it.
Because they’re planning on decking out the park in a Christmas theme this Holiday season. I know: Hold onto your Nimbus 2000s.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will give guests a special opportunity to see, feel, and even taste what it’s like to celebrate the magic of Christmas in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”
This is what the Hogwarts Castle will look like at night when you visit the Florida park in the evening.
There isn’t much more news as to what Potterheads can expect on the menu, but the books and films are rife with some delicious meals that provide plenty of inspiration for the cooking staff to get creative with.
Thanks to all the glories of modern technology, we can order holiday gifts with the touch of a button. The simplicity is beautiful — all the phone needs to bring you holiday joy is a fingerprint. Security and efficiency; what more could you want?
As it turns out, even a touch ID can’t protect you from the conniving mind of a 6-year-old.
6-year-old Ashlyn Howell from Little Rock, Arkansas surprised her parents this Christmas — by racking up a huge Amazon bill on their account.
Ashlyn’s mother, Bethany Howell, knew trouble was afoot when she received 13 confirmation notices from Amazon about recent Pokémon-themed purchases. At first, she and her husband believed their account had been hacked, but their daughter made sure to clear things up for them: while Bethany slept on the couch, Ashlyn gently took her mother’s thumb and used it to unlock the Amazon app on her phone. The 6-year-old preceded to order $ 250 worth of Pokemon paraphernalia.
This seems particularly enterprising for a young child — perhaps she’d ordered it by mistake? “No, Mommy, I was shopping,” Ashlyn confirmed.
Ashlyn’s little shopping spree is indicative of a larger problem.
A 6-year-old’s ability to break into her mother’s account emphasizes just how simple it is for people to hack these online retailer apps.
Luckily, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to crack down on companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon to put in place a more secure system to avoid these kinds of hacks. In the meantime, the commission suggests wearing gloves while you nap.
…You never know when an enterprising toddler will try to steal from you.
So, what happened to all the Pokémon gear?
The Howells were only able to return four of the items (and returning too many items will get you banned from Amazon, FYI) so it looks like those toys aren’t going anywhere. Ashlyn’s mother, however, informed the future hacker that Santa would not be delivering all those presents this year. (h/t KENS5)
Zara Chowdhury from Manchester in the United Kingdom was shopping at LUSH recently when she got to the checkout and her card was declined. After waiting ten minutes, the cashier tried the card again and it was declined for a second time.
Chowdhury asked the cashier to keep her basket behind the counter while she ran to an ATM to take cash out. But when she came back, she was shocked to find that someone had paid for her items, at the cost of £43 ($ 52.)
Chowdhury took to the LUSH Facebook page to thank Bethany for her generosity:
“Hi my names Jemma I’d just like to make an appeal to say thank you to some one who done something very generous.”
“I was out shopping at Trafford centre with my son getting a few gifts from LUSH when I was ready to be served my card declined so I waited 10 minutes to try again but unfortunately it declined again so I told the woman behind the till to leave the stuff behind the till whilst I go cashmachine which was 10 minutes from the store by the time I come back the woman come from behind the till with a bag which had the stuff I was going to buy in it she said some one has brought it for you and left a note!!!”
“I was in shock and asked her who the woman was I went round looking for her which I couldn’t find her I just wanted to say thank you and I really appreticate what she has done!! Goes to show there are some really nice people in the world.”
“CAN EVERYONE PLEASE SHARE SO I CAN FIND OUT WHO SHE IS AS WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU PERSONALLY XXX SHES CALLED BETHANY BY THE WAY.”
Bethany’s gesture has been shared over 11,000 times, with commenters offering praise.
“Bethany has given everyone seeing this post that lovely Xmas feeling knowing lovely people out there,” one commenter wrote.
Pets are, unquestionably, an integral part of the family, so it’s only fair that they be included in holiday celebrations. Frankly, the best owners are the ones who purchase their furbabies stockings to hang up for Santa.
However, as angelic as our pets are, they can become complete monsters when it comes to the Christmas tree. In all fairness, the tree looks like a new toy climb and those ornaments are just asking for it.
So, pet parents have had to take some serious measures to protect their trees. Here are some loving pet owners who are NOT messing around with the safety of their Christmas trees this year.
I’m a terrible decorator. If you’ve ever seen my idea of what a “fixed” bed looks like, you’d probably think that a second grader was behind it.
And don’t even get me started with festive decorations. Sure, I love the holidays and treating people to gifts and food and drink, but if you expect me to make a place look nice, well, you’re asking the wrong guy.
Which is why I’m mesmerized by these people who went all out on their Christmas decorations.
1. Like this guy who sawed a Christmas tree in half so it could look like it’s popping out of his home.
Although I never grew up decorating Christmas trees, there’s nothing like gazing upon a well-decorated one to put me in the Holiday spirit.
Every time I walk through a Target or Michael’s I look at all the ornaments and start planning an imaginary tree in my head. How would I decorate it? Would I go all avant-garde and make a black and white tree with white decorations? Or would I go classic and cut down my own to bring it inside and do it up in red and gold?
Or would I just put a highly venomous snake on it, just for kicks?
That’s what happened to Cheryl, a woman from Frankston, Australia, who found a slithering surprise in her Christmas tree.
The photo was posted by Barry Goldsmith on his Snake Catcher Victoria Australia Facebook Page.
In an interview with Mashable, Goldsmith said it was the first time he’s ever seen a snake in a Christmas tree and a Tiger Snake, no less.
The snake catcher went on to say that people panic when they see a snake and even try to kill it by cutting their heads off, which is super dangerous:
“I’m all about stopping people from trying to hurt themselves. Usually people cut the head off the snake, and don’t realise it that its head is actually still alive for about 15 minutes … lots of people get bitten while trying to pick up the severed head of the snake.”
You read that right, these things can live for 15 minutes after getting their heads cut off. People on Goldsmith’s FB page were shocked at the find.
The snake was unharmed and successfully transported out of the woman’s home. Looks like folks in Australia who celebrate Christmas with real trees have more to worry about than just bugs. (h/t mashable)
We’ve all been there. It’s late. You’re in a comfortable cocoon of sweatpants. But suddenly, the crving strikes; you need chicken mcnuggets and fries, stat. But what are you to do? You simply cannot leave the couch, and you might be a little drunk. The McDonald’s drive-thru is not an option.
…We’ll tell you what you do. You order McDonald’s FOR DELIVERY. Yes, this is real life. 2016 threw some nasty curveballs our way, so we deserved some happy news.
2017 is going to be a good year because McDonald’s announced that the chain will be testing a delivery service in select cities, beginning in January.
Don’t get too excited just yet. Chances are, you may not get to get Big Macs sent to your door right away — it may take some time before delivery service hits your city.
To no one’s surprise, Florida is the first lucky state that will benefit from this miracle.
Attention, residents of Orlando, Tampa, and Miami. 200 restaurants are partnering with UberEats to bring you those glorious golden-brown fries, hangover Egg McMuffins,
As with other partnering restaurants, customers can track orders and delivery time through the app.
If the service is successful in Florida, McDonald’s will expand delivery to other cities.
Okay, Florida, DO NOT MESS THIS UP FOR US. Our late night McFlurry binges depend on it.