People Talk About Things They Were Into Before They Became “Cool”

You’ve heard people brag (or humblebrag) about being into certain things before they hit the mainstream.

Movies, music, artists, etc. People always like to make sure that everyone out there knows that they were into it WAYYYYYY before it got popular.

But some people really were into stuff before everyone else knew about it.

What were you into before it was cool?

Here’s what folks on AskReddit had to say about this.

1. Snapchat.

“Snapchat. I downloaded it when it was in its early stages..and then deleted the app shortly after because none of my friends were on it.

I still have people asking me how I got my username.

@ohsnapyo.”

2. Wow!

“I went to a bar a long time ago (illegally- I was below drinking age) to see this punk band play. I liked it enough that I shelled out for one of their cassettes (pre-CD).

The band was Green Day.”

3. Rock star.

“I got stoned with John Mayer in a college town before he put out a CD. He was playing the blues at a club in front of 100 people and i only caught the last song.

We got high and he gave me a cd and wrote on it…. few weeks later I put the cd in and quickly tossed it out.

So I was early adopter of John Mayer playing the blues, AND throwing out his trash studio albums.”

4. Vinyl.

“I was into vinyl before it made a comeback.

And since nobody in the ’90s or early 2000s wanted their records anymore, I basically got 500+ records for free or nearly free.”

5. Potterhead.

“I was reading Harry Potter from like, day one. I remember how this happened so clearly. My dads birthday landed on the same day day that the book was released in the US, September 1, 1998, and we got him a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, among a few other things.

The very next day, my dad and I went to Barnes and Noble. He picked two books, one was a New York Mets coffee table book and the other was the newly released Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, which he handed to me.

There were stacks and stacks of them on a display table right at the front of the store. He mentioned that he had read an article about how good the book was a few weeks prior, and that it would be releasing in the US soon. We were in the store for all of five minutes.

I read the first two chapters on the way home, and was immediately hooked. I swear I read that book a dozen times before going to the midnight release of Chamber of Secrets the following year.”

6. Awesome!

“Saw Metallica for my first concert in 1985 on the Ride The Lightning tour in Austin Texas.”

7. Interesting.

“Donald Glover.

He was part of a comedy group called Derrick Comedy that was absolutely hilarious.”

8. Eminem.

“I once did a Google search for Eminem and it came back with zero results.

I was an editor at All music at the time and emailed my higher ups to tell them he needed a listing ASAP.”

9. Old school.

“I was chugging Pabst Blue Ribbon years before it became the go-to hipster brew.”

10. Back in the day.

“Reddit.

This account is rather recent but I discovered the platform in its infancy. It had less stuff back then but the discussions were better.

And then, mainstream caught up.”

11. DMB.

“When I started college in 1993, the first real big party I went to was a sorority party with a band. I was there before they went on, and when I saw they had a saxophone set up on stage, I (having played alto sax in hs) set my beer down on the stage in front of where the sax player would be.

They wound up being really good live, and a few weeks later the Dave Matthews Band first album came out, and I bought it first day.

I’ll never forget taking that cd home at Christmas break and playing it for high school friends who said “WHAT THE F*CK IS THIS SH*T?” The next year they all apologized because they were all into them once they got popular.

I saw them a few times, but after they got super big I really didn’t like any of their new material and quit listening to them. The last time I saw them I remember seeing Daisy Fuentes outside the theater interviewing people after the show and had a feeling they were about to be a big MTV band.

However, from time to time I’ll hear an old tune of theirs and will remember when I thought they were very cool.”

12. Get with it!

“Adult coloring.

I never liked drawing but loved coloring, so as I grew up I would seek out all kinds of coloring books. I loved how calming it was, and I would often color with my grandparents so I created a lot of fond memories there.

I got made fun of a lot for my hobby until it suddenly became cool in the last few years.”

13. Good stuff.

“Tito’s Vodka.

I was living in Austin before it went nationwide and after moving back to the Midwest, it took a couple years for the mass release before it really took off.”

14. Cool Mom!

“My white suburban mom did yoga back in the 1970’s when it was considered “a hippy thing”.”

15. Crazy.

“I was out for the night back when I was 17/18/19. A friend and I went to a good pub in Oxfordshire where we thought we’d have a chance to pick up some girls.

Ended up getting drunk, taking an E and listening to the band who were pretty good. After their set we popped out of the pub for a quick joint.

The band walked over and asked for a toke. Ended up spending the rest of the evening In the back of their van smoking weed and drinking.

Turned out that the band was an unknown indie/rock group called Radiohead. A couple of weeks later Creep went international.

Been a fan ever since.”

Now we want to hear from you.

What were you into to before it became really popular?

Talk to us in the comments!

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People Share the Interesting, Dark Facts About People’s Favorite Cartoons

If you think cartoons are all rainbows and sunshine, think again, friend.

There is some pretty dark and disturbing material embedded in those seemingly innocent and fun TV shows and movies that might surprise you…or even shock you.

Let’s get weird with folks from AskReddit.

1. That’s a little weird.

“There was a Smurfs PSA that was made for UNICEF.

I believe where their entire village is carpet bombed.

It. Was. Nuts.”

2. Don’t tell me that!

“Ren and Stimpy was an absolute nightmare for the people who worked on it. John K ordered them not to make the same face twice. Pretty, but it was hell for the workers because they were constantly drawing things.

John K was a nightmare boss. One of the producers had a sign on his wall labeled “John’s knees” and invited people to kick it. By the time he left it was reduced to a hole.

They made several episodes that were just the animators ranting about how much of an *sshole that John K was.”

3. Great idea!

“The pilot of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy called “Trepanation of the Skull and You” tells kids that because of a mistake in evolution our skulls are too small for our brains, and that you should drill a hole in your skull as to grant the brain more space.

Which is then followed by Billy doing exactly that.

The whole thing looks like some cursed forgotten video tape.”

4. Creepy.

“Some of the earliest versions of Little Red Riding Hood end with the wolf raping Red and then eating her.

The literal moral of the story was for girls to not trust strangers.”

5. Whoa!

“The creator of Skeletor was inspired by a corpse in a haunted house that he was 100% sure was real.

Turned out he was right.”

6. Awful.

“The studio had to get someone else to sing “Soon You’ll Come Home” in All Dogs go to Heaven because the voice actor, Judith Barsi, had such a traumatic home life because of an abusive, alcoholic father that she couldn’t sing the song without having a breakdown.

She and her mother were murdered by him before the movie was released in a double-murder/suicide. She was only 10.

She was also the voice of Ducky from Land Before Time. Her tombstone reads, “Yep! Yep! Yep!””

7. Poor Donald.

“Donald Duck fought in WWII and has PTSD.

In an episode he wakes up and thinks he is in a Japanese mine field and he is in a lot of WWII cartoons.”

8. Creepy.

“Sleeping Beauty is only 14 years old in the original story and Prince Charming is around 30.”

9. Witchcraft?

“Adventure Time is full of occult references

My favorite one is in the episode “All The Little People” in which Magic Man says “Do what thoust will be the whole piece of law” which is taken from Aleister Crowley’s “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.””

10. Apocalyptic.

“The premise of Adventure Time is actually really dark.

Its the aftermath of a literal nuclear war that killed most of humanity and caused evil mutants like The Litch to wreak havoc on the planet.”

11. Oh, no!

“There was a Tom & Jerry episode where Tom dies and goes to heaven.

While waiting in the line of counter they show a wet sack with baby kittens inside it coming out and running towards train. Ticket counter guy notices it and says ” what some people won’t do”.

He’s talking about old times when people use to tie up small kittens in the sack and let them drown in river.”

12. Let’s eat!

“In the Peppa Pig universe, characters eating each other is slightly acknowledged when a couple of the characters are stranded on an island.”

13. Not good.

“The Carmen Sandiego reboot is animated by Top Draw Animation.

They’re a sweatshop and they fired an animator for asking for minimum wage compensation.”

14. Nuclear fallout.

“Bikini Bottom is called so because of the Bikini Atoll.

In the 1940s and ’50s, the US held nuclear tests there.

All the characters on SpongeBob SquarePants are like this because they’re radioactive creatures.”

15. Makes sense.

“The reason Mickey and other characters where white gloves is because it allows their hands to be seen better.

This is a reference to actors when they did black face they wore white gloves so the audience could see their hands and fingers moving.”

Do you know any weird or dark facts about cartoons?

If so, please share them with us in the comments.

We’d love to hear from you!

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The Dark Origins of Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Shops

If you’ve ever enjoyed a pretzel or pretzel bites or cheese from Auntie Anne’s, whether at a mall or an airport, or somewhere else, chances are you haven’t thought much beyond how delicious a snack you’ve procured.

If you had, well…you probably would have been shocked by how Auntie got her start.

Auntie Anne’s actual name is Anne Beiler, and she was raised in the Amish community, where she dropped out of school in eighth grade, then married at 18.

An aunt to over 30 nieces and nephews, she had her own children, too.

One of them, a daughter, was killed in a tractor accident, and when Anne sought help with her grief at church, her pastor r*ped her.

Afterward, he coerced her into a six year sexual relationship, and when Anne finally gathered the courage to out him, things blew up.

He had been doing the same thing to almost every women in their congregation, including every last one of her sisters, and the community eventually ran him out of town on a rail.

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Her husband wanted to open a counseling center where women could seek grief counseling free of sexual manipulation (wtf, y’all), but Anne decided to deal with her grief and betrayal her own way, buying a local pretzel shop that had recently gone out of business.

She threw herself into learning how to make delicious pretzels and run a business, and within a year, had opened seven additional locations.

She used the money to open the grief counseling center, hoping that other women who suffered as she had would not be further traumatized when asking for help.

None of this altered her faith, and recently, she even did a stint on the Museum of the Bible’s board of directors.

She’s a strong woman, no doubt, and even though her pretzels are delicious, I’m sorry all of this had to happen to her for them to become a thing.

One thing’s for sure though…I wouldn’t mess with her. Not for all the pretzel bites in the world.

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Mark Zuckerberg is the Third Person in the World to Achieve Centibillionaire Status

Even Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t have predicted that Facebook would ever grow this huge. Yet, the former Harvard dropout’s company has become not just a money-making machine but also a part of everyday life.

As a result of his brilliant and bold business, Zuckerberg has become a wealthy man. Even amongst the world’s elite, he still stands above nearly everyone else.

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In fact, the 36-year-old Facebook CEO became just the third centibillionaire in the world on Thursday, August 6. Coincidentally, the company just released Reels, its competitor to TikTok.

With a net worth in excess of $100 billion, that puts Zuckerberg on the same level as Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.

Of course, his route to fame and fortune has been well-documented. Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook from his dorm room in 2004.

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Even years later, he still maintains a 13% stake in the company. That paid off big time recently when the company’s stock price surged by 6.5% after Reels launched on Instagram—another key part of Facebook’s assets.

Reels could turn into another revenue-generating machine given Donald Trump’s threat to ban TikTok. The Chinese-owned app has become very popular, especially with so many stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Speaking of the pandemic, Facebook has acknowledged that its engagement numbers have increased with people staying in their homes and perusing the platform for entertainment.

In 2020 alone, Facebook shares have increased by nearly 30%. As a result, Zuckerberg’s added $22 million to his impressive fortune.

Sadly for Zuckerberg, that still puts him well behind Bezos.

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The richest man in the world gained more than $75 billion during that same span. But who’s really counting?

What is your favorite part of the Facebook platform? Do you plan on using Reels instead of TikTok?

Tell us in the comments!

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Brands That People Boycott Due to Poor Ethics

It can be difficult to figure out which brands to support and which to avoid, especially if you want to be a conscientious consumer. We don’t want to purchase products from companies that exploit children, who don’t care for their workers, who source meat from farms where animals are treated badly – and that’s just the start of the list.

If you’re someone looking to be responsible in your consumption, here are 16 brands people say to avoid.

16. Working conditions are terrible.

Fashion Nova is horrible. Fast fashion is a HUGE issue.

They exploit workers overseas enduring horrible conditions for very little pay and they also significantly hurt the environment.

15. Well that’s not very nice.

Lumber Liquidators should be on here.

They keep getting caught poaching endangered trees for hardwood flooring.

14. It’s like trying to avoid gluten.

Ever since they said water isn’t a human right, I’ve tried to avoid Nestlé products but it’s hard: they’re everywhere and sometimes you don’t realize that a brand is a subsidiary of Nestlé

13. Overseas labor practices are a huge minefield.

hey everyone check out the #payup movement.

people like kylie jenner haven’t paid workers in Bangladesh for like months now. There are people there surviving on a bag of rice for a f*cking month

it’s not just her, there are heaps of more brands doing this. The same brands that have been supporting BLM and hashtagging on twitter – turns out they’re a bunch of c&nts.

12. Because it’s as bad as it sounds.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.

11. When you can’t quit, but you’d really like to.

If I could ditch the over priced insulin, I would in a heart beat but you know, I’d like to live.

Here in Canada, the vial is $40 CAN. In the US, the same vial by the same company is $550 CAN.

So freaking unethical overpricing life sustaining medication.

10. And let’s face it, it’s not worth the money.

Victoria’s Secret, among many others.

VS has most of their exorbitantly priced items made by free prison labor.

9. Why aren’t there better ticket options?

Ticketmaster.

Pearl Jam tried to sue them back in the day. No success.

“Hey buy this concert ticket for 50 bucks” … “Processing fee is $3000 and your firstborn”

Ugh.

8. Anyone who treats their employees like dirt.

All MLM and “network marketing ” companies.

Walmart, the humane society, I’m sure there are more but I can’t think of them at the moment.

7. No one respects teenaged girls.

Sinful Colors nail polish. 10+ years back my sister told me about how they took her friends nail art pictures and used them for marketing purposes.

She asked them to either give her credit or take them down and they refused.

6. When the money doesn’t go where you think.

Humane society of the United states. I worked as a volunteer for them in the office and saw how little money they take in from adoption and donations actually goes to the care of the animals. Most of it goes into administrative, (CEO, shareholder,etc) and media expense.

Its run like a school board runs things allocating money to the ones in power and upgrading their offices etc, instead of to the schools where it’s needed. They don’t vet their foster parents or workers either. I’ve seen so many workers abuse the animals in the shelters.

5. Theft is not cool.

I refuse to buy from Wish.

It’s a scam with horrible products but also they steal designs from real people and sell cheap shitty knockoffs with the original creators images

4. The term “banana republic” isn’t cute at all.

Chiquita Brands International because it’s the continuation of the infamous United Fruit Company.

United Fruit Company is the company that engineered a massacre of striking workers in Colombia.

3. I don’t like it at all.

Backcountry.com and it’s affiliated websites. They hired a bunch of lawyers to sue small businesses using the name ‘backcountry’ anywhere in it’s name or tag line.

Many of the companies were much older than backcountry.com. They have since sent out a ‘sorry we were caught’ letter, but there’s too many other outdoor companies that are run ethically, I can’t justify buying from backcountry.

2. They own so much of our online lives.

Facebook, too much shit revolving around them.

1. LulaRoe is a scam, friends.

My mother sells this out of our foyer. She put $5,000 on a credit card to get started 3 years ago and is still in the hole maybe $3,500. It’s a borderline scam.

Awful designs that you roll a die to get. You have to order a minimum quantity without getting to choose your designs. If they end up being ugly, well, you’re sitting on assets that no one wants.

For the smaller retailers, it’s basically a constant loop of buying items, then selling them at wholesale prices to other retailers because no one wants them for retail prices. So yeah, you get your money back. But remember, you spent $5,000 to play this game.

The company also appears to care very little about its “consultants.” They leave you in the dark while they bribe you with perks and prizes for making milestones in sales, but really you “earn” the ability to purchase the prizes.

My mother recently “won” a cruise, but it turned out she still had to pay the full price of the trip. You sign up under successful retailers because you fantasize about making bank like they are, but you soon find out they got special treatment to get to where they are. The company plays favorites and lets certain people choose which items they get, or even pick them out of a bin at the LulaRoe warehouse.

They’ll often get priority when a new “launch” happens, where these favorites get to place their orders first. And because they’re the favorites, they have more money to spend and very quickly buy out all of the popular items before the smaller retailers even get onto the website. The favorites get insider information to boost them even further as the icons of the company.

It’s a winner’s game. The little guy is screwed but the big players push them to continue because “look where it got me! I’m rich!”

It’s sh%t. Avoid LulaRoe.

I always want to do better but it can be hard to do the research on your own.

Are there any brands you would add to the list? Tell us what and why in the comments!

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Brands Whose Ethics Are Costing Them Customers

Many people don’t want to know all of the bad, immoral, and even questionable practices of the brands they shop and love. It makes it easier to turn a blind eye, continuing to buy what we enjoy and not worry too much about the other stops in the process.

If you’re someone who is concerned about animal welfare, child labor, human rights violations, and safe practices, you might want to scroll through this list of 13 companies who are not doing it right.

13. Please, please don’t take my Ben & Jerry’s.

Digiorno and tons of frozen food brands are owned by nestle too.

They own so many brands that it’s hard to not buy from them and still buy any packaged foods.

They don’t own Ben & Jerrys though!

12. As if small businesses don’t have enough troubles.

Zara, they’re disgusting.

They straight up steal designs and ideas from small businesses and refuse to give credit or pay for what they’ve taken.

Their clothing is overpriced poor quality garbage.

11. Not basically – it is.

Tik Tok – it’s basically Chinese spyware.

Also, it’s just Vine.

Next.

10. Color me not-shocked.

Random one, but Kylie Jenner.

She exploited young fans by saying she didn’t have fillers and looks like she has big lips from wearing lipstick and liner. Then sold Kylie lip kits to take advantage of self conscious girls wanting bigger lips, and seriously thinking that she hadn’t used filler.

She stole designs from smaller brands and used them for her own clothing, pretending her company made the designs.

Then her skincare is awful. Overpriced stuff that barely works, and the scrub will cause serious damage to your skin.

Another which some have commented on. She isn’t paying her workers in Bangladesh. She is taking advantage of desperate people in order to save money…when she is close to being a billionaire.

Overall she just exploits her fans for money. Nothing she does is actually as good as it is made out to be.

9. The big ones are always bullies.

Walmart and Amazon. I work for a small transport company so Ive seen how they bully small companies with fines for like, everything if you don’t do things their way.

Plus they also have a lot of internal stories about terrible employee treatment.

8. “If I would have known that was frowned upon…”

Lenovo.

It seems every year they are either putting malicious code or conveniently overlooked security backdoors into their hardware.

And when called out on it, their response is “Was that wrong?

Should we not have done that?”

7. The actual story here is terrible.

Honestly, McDonald’s.

After running that poor old lady through the mud for literally serving coffee that was dangerously hot and then refusing to pay her bills over their coffee being so hot that it gave her third degree burns and nearly killed her after putting her in shock….

All she wanted was her medical bills paid for. She only sued because they kept refusing, despite the courts saying that 190 degree coffee was too dangerous to serve in the end. They were in the wrong, and painted her lawsuit as frivolous and that she was the idiot.

Coffee is hot, but it shouldn’t be served at 190 degrees…. Plus the way they treat the franchisees and employees. Food ain’t good enough for me to want to give them any money.

6. It’s made by a kid like you.

I will never forget when I was in the 4th grade, wearing a GAP kids tank top.

A cool teenager told me that the GAP uses child labour and I just thought, “oh sh%t”.

I’ve never bought anything from the GAP to this day.

5. When the same ones keep coming up…

Nestlé and its brands, Mars, Hershey, and Folgers.

More generally I don’t buy any chocolate, coffee, or clothing that uses exploitative labor, as far as is in my power.

Lots of child slave labor in those industries.

4. This one would be so tough.

I’m really trying to stop shopping on Amazon.

It’s tough. I live in a pretty rural area and I’m not shopping in stores at all lately, but I’m finding substitute vendors for things I can’t do without…

3. You can feel the awful in their ads.

Wish.com.

They openly market illegal/dangerous products (glock auto sear) and sell products copied from creators without consent.

2. It’s a darn shame.

Nestle.

I love crunch bars and butterfingers but once I learned how nestle operates I stopped buying them.

1. Terrible person, terrible company.

Well in light of recent events Jeffree Star cosmetics.

He’s racist AF!

Some of these are super disappointing – I already had to give up my Hershey’s Kisses!

Is there something you’d add to the list? Tell us what company and why you don’t buy from them in the comments!

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Recreated Movie Scenes From a Very Creative Couple

Let me tell you, this is a ton of fun!

And we think it might inspire you to be very productive and creative during this never-ending quarantine that we find ourselves in right now.

Aylia Caulwell and her husband Dan have been spending their time recreating iconic scenes from movies and I think it’s safe to say that they’re doing a bang-up job.

Now, this is what I call “time well spent”.

Let’s take a look at some of their creations. Enjoy!

1. An excellent adventure!

Bill and Ted forever!

2. Home Alone.

Time to defend the house.

3. The famous shower scene.

Psycho is a masterpiece.

4. A little Lord of the Rings action.

Spot-on!

5. Are you a Twilight fan?

Just admit it…

6. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

Let’s get dirty!

7. Gotta go back in time!

A timeless classic!

8. Are you ready to dance?

I sure hope so!

9. A good one!

Have you seen this underrated gem?

10. The Matrix.

All kinds of action about to break loose.

11. Here’s lookin’ at you.

An old classic.

12. How to Train Your Dragon.

This is good.

13. Yes! Heeeeere’s Johnny!

I love the homemade axe.

14. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

This one is all in the family.

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The fight for good has made some significant strides in these last few weeks. Breonna Taylor’s murder case has been reopened. They arrested all four officers responsible for the death of George Floyd, and upped the charges against his murderer. LA is redistributing $150 million from the LAPD budget to invest in communities of color. Marches have happened in all 50 states and around the world, pressuring our representatives to introduce legislative change. And all that happened because of the protests, the emails, the donations. But unfortunately the fight is far from over. Just yesterday, Georgia was rampantly suppressing the black vote claiming it was for the safety of voters due to the coronavirus, even though more and more businesses are opening around the country. It’s so frustrating that it’s so hard to get people in power to do the right thing. We elect them hoping they will take the responsibility. It is, after all, their jobs to do so. But it’s an imperfect (REALLY imperfect) system, and the way we fix it is by getting loud, donating, hitting the streets, making angry calls and sending angry emails, and never relenting. I have learned so much these last weeks. My privilege has shielded me from so many horrors – many of which were not even hidden. My eyes are being opened to the police brutality and the over funding crises and I’m mad as hell. But anger is exhausting. What we truly need right now is heart, integrity, and a fuckton of courage. So I hope this helps brighten your day, but never forget that the fight isn’t close to over. Now let’s start down that yellow brick road which hopefully leads to real racial equality. You can find a link in my bio with wonderful resources to help the cause.

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Those are pretty awesome, don’t you think? I told you this was a great way to spend your quarantine!

Now we’d like to hear from you.

In the comments, tell us what you’ve been up to during quarantine and fill us in on how you’ve been spending your time.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Things That Have Gotten Worse as They’ve Gotten More Expensive

Inflation exists and items become more expensive over time. Most of the time, the quality stays the same – or even improves – which makes paying a bit more bearable (even if it still hurts).

When an item declines in quality but increases in price, inflation can be a bit harder to stomach – and that’s exactly the case with these 15 things.

15. You used to get what you paid for with these.

Scented candles.

Yankee Candle in particular used to be the candle that was considered premium. But while they’ve never been cheap at least a while ago it was worth the money.

But now they’re just exorbitant in price, they don’t smell like they used to, and they are not worth the money.

14. Which is weird, because the Quarter Pounder has definitely improved.

Big Macs.

That burger “patty” is a stones throw away from being a slice of roast beef.

13. Something that didn’t get better with time.

Photo booths!

Oh the old ones were so cool! Four different real photos for 1 dollar. – Now you pay $ 7 for four identical bad laser prints.

12. They only reward new customers.

Cable/ Internet providers.

Oh yes sorry your trial period was over, your bill went up 200 dollars.

Oh no we didn’t promise you 200mb/s download speed constantly, we said UP TO. read the fine print 😀

11. Well if that’s not depressing…

My university education, specifically this year.

They are raising tuition AND fall semester has no in-person sessions.

10. Time to cut the cord!

Cable television.

More commercials, channels upon channels of crap, ridiculous bill.

9. You’ve gotta splurge for the Ben & Jerry’s.

Ice cream with fudge in it.

Used to get massive slabs of fudge now they just have tiny nuggets.

8. It’s a marketing ploy.

I swear that Reese’s peanut butter cups have gotten worse over the years. The peanut butter seems chalkier and the chocolate tastes blander.

Plus I can’t ever seem to pry them out of that little cup wrapper without leaving the bottom chocolate “skin” stuck to it…

I think the push to put them in the freezer and eat them chilled is a ploy to cover the declining quality

7. Hard not to agree with this assessment.

Smarties. Never been right since they got rid of all the artificial colors.

Better for you, I’m sure, but chemical blue was the best flavor.

6. I haven’t been there in a while but this makes me sad.

Buffalo Wild Wings.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but their prices have gone up and the quality has gone down.

5. Thrift stores are the obvious answer.

Clothes.

Even a sweater from the Gap is like $70 now even though the quality is about 10% better than Old Navy.

Goddamn it clothes retailers, settle down or I will go naked.

4. Real estate is not what it once was.

As someone shopping for a house, I have to say homes.

not only has the real estate market been ridiculously inflated (especially in NYC, my residence), I’m finding that the actual quality of a lot of these homes are absolute shit. Due to the ability to find and source cheap materials and labor, developers are able to make huge profits off high prices and low costs.

It’s making me really rethink if I want buy a house, or just use all that money to aggressively invest.

3. Did they used to be better tasting, too? Because…

I remember the donuts at dunkin donuts to be bigger and cheaper

2. Definitely not built to last these days.

Clothes.

Very few companies make clothes to last and fast fashion is rising while the cost of items continue to increase!

1. And who knows what’s in that chicken. *shudder*

I’m sure this will get overlooked but KFC. I remember growing up a whole family could eat there and it was great! Now it’s just garbage, super greasy, and will cost you an arm and a leg for a dang bucket of chicken.

They have gotten way worse and the price has went up.

Some of these are really appalling, but I never considered others!

Would you add something to this list? Tell me what in the comments!

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Products People Might Stop Buying If They Knew How They Were Made

Some things are just better off not knowing, if you ask me. For example, if you’re not interested in becoming a vegetarian, you probably don’t need to know how chickens are processed. Just don’t do it.

There are other things, like working conditions in factories that sell goods to American retailers like The Gap, that perhaps more people should be aware of so they can make the right choices when they’re out shopping.

Below are 16 products that people might stop buying if they knew how it was made, and I’ll be honest, the list contains a bit of each type.

16. Make sure to Google this one.

After I found out the story behind the palm plantations for production of palm oil I made it my personal mission to completely throw it our of my life (and that sh.t is in almost everything you eat).

Palm oil is the biggest reason for massive deforestation around the world. South America and Southeast Asia (Indonesia in particular) are producing the most. There are moratoriums on new palm oil plantations, but companies are skirting that issue by paying individuals to start forest fires so that the companies can then buy up the land that is no longer a forest.

The deforestation is destroying habitat for animals like orangutans and tigers. And all of the burning of the forest is also burning peat. Peat is essentially forest detritus that houses huge amounts of C02. By burning it we are quickly releasing all of thst C02 into the atmosphere. Worst of all, the plantations are only good for one or two cycles, then the land is essentially discarded, and new plantations are made.

In my opinion, palm oil production is the greatest ecological disaster in history. It is nearly everything, and essentially impossible to avoid. There are so many different names for it, so it can go unnoticed so easily. Even the supposedly sustainable palm oil production is extremely damaging to the environment it is grown in.

15. It’s all in the bottle.

Most low to mid tier vodkas. I work at an industrial distillery where we make millions of gallons of very high purity ethanol from corn.

We have customers in the beverage market that literally just dilute our product to 80 proof or so, run it through a filter, and bottle it to sell.

Those customers sell their products from anywhere from $8-$50+ for a liter. And you know what the main difference is? The more expensive vodka’s bottle is “fancier”.

It’s almost all brand perception with these corn based vodkas.

14. That’s less than appetizing.

I’ve work in 2 different meat departments in 2 separate grocery stores.

The meat in the case that has had work done, (marinated or like put into kabobs) are usually the old meat we didn’t sell that is about to go bad.

That marinade is hiding how shitty the meat looks.

13. Special doesn’t necessarily mean “special.”

Certain signed art work. Used to work at an art printing company that we did signature editions of certain pieces.

Guess who did the signing me and some coworkers, we were all design and art majors so they just had us learn all the artists signatures, we even had machines that could mimic the signatures too, I wish I had a picture of the devices they were pretty cool.

It was in the fine print that we were doing it and was approved by the artists but I guarantee most people would never buy the prints if they knew the signatures were forged. So always read the fine print when buying items, especially “special” editions of stuff.

12. Eight hours is kind of blowing my mind.

RVs.

They aren’t insulated fully. Nothing is sealed correctly. All the electronics that are “fancy and new” are outdated and inefficient.

The manufacturers use the cheapest materials possible AND all RVs are built in 8 hours. A vacation home. On wheels. In 8 hours!?

11. I never would have guessed.

This reminds me of a documentary series my dad once watched. Garlic. The garlic industry is a hell of a lot darker than most people would think.

I don’t remember everything, but apparently a lot of Chinese companies that sell to restaurants overseas use prison labor. These inmates have to peel the garlic completely by hand, no tools whatsoever.

There were a few inmates missing fingernails. If I recall correctly, one man said that he had a friend who had to resort to using his teeth because he didn’t have any nails left. They work unimaginably grueling shifts, in which they have to meet a quota for the day or face consequences. They get paid very little, if anything at all. They all seemed so miserable. The series is titled “Rotten”, you can find it on Netflix.

10. This one is hard to stomach.

Chocolate produced by child labor.

9. I guess it’s not so fresh.

“Fresh-squeezed” is marketing. You can deliver orange juice year-round in three ways:

1) buy fresh oranges and squeeze them yourself.
2) squeeze the oranges, remove most of the water and freeze the concentrate. This is sold as frozen concentrate.
3) squeeze the oranges, then separate all the components of the juice mechanically and chemically. Store the various components in huge tanks – sometimes for years. Then mix it with flavors and preservatives, bottle it, and sell it before it separates again. This is sold as fresh squeezed, because it’s never been frozen.

Unless you physically see method 1, method 2 is far, far fresher.

8. I’m going to have to use that.

“Anyone who enjoys sausage and respects the law should never find out how either are made.”

7. Of course they didn’t.

In high school, the girls in my class were horrified to find out what their Uggs were made of.

They had no idea.

6. I hope we’re on the way to fixing this one.

Most baby powder is made with talcum, which is potentially carcinogenic since it works via breaking down into some of the finest pieces we can make, fine enough to cause problems for your cells.

Use cornstarch, we have too much of it, it works by absorbing the moisture. The only caveat is that you have to make sure to shower if off of you regularly enough that it doesn’t mould on you, but that shouldn’t be a problem for someone that showers at least once a week.

5. What a jerk face.

My parents decided to build a house in another state. The builder did not know I lived in the neighborhood. The builder took this nice piece of land and spread about 2 feet of broken concrete over where the front yard and house would be. Not knowing much about construction practices, I took a picture and showed it to a construction engineer friend. He said that was messed up and there was no reason for that.

Hired a local third party engineer to visit the building site, and he said the builder was destroying the land. Parents had a lawyer send a letter to the builder. Builder’s lawyer wrote back, denied any wrong doing. Parents threatened to sue. Builder offered to refund deposit. Rather than waste time/money on a lawsuit, parents took back deposit and walked away. Wasted money on architect fees. Builder completed house.

The finished house was raised 3 feet above of where the natural ground was. Whoever bought that house either didn’t know or care that 6 inches below was tons of broken concrete debris. Fuck that guy and every builder like him.

4. It sounds cynical, but…

I really don’t think there is one. If it’s because the ingredients or preparation are disgusting, I think most people are perfectly happy to keep eating/using it because the finished product is fine.

If it’s a moral reason, I just don’t think most people would care enough to stop using or eating whatever the product is. We’ve known for years that Air Jordans are being made with child labor in sweatshops, and sales haven’t dipped one bit due to that.

And I don’t say this as a cynic, I think we should work to improve conditions for all humanity, but the proportion of consumers who would be bothered enough to stop buying a thing is vanishingly small.

3. Definitely awful.

Silk.

Bonus story: Had a friend who worked briefly in bridal and was fitting a woman who was boasting how vegan and eco friendly her wedding was going to be. No one was allowed to wear leather etc. All while wearing her dress with huge amounts of silk on it.

ETA: 17/07/20

A lot of people asking if my friend told the bride, so I asked her:

“No I didn’t. The bride and her friend started making fun of my disability when they thought I wasn’t in the room and couldn’t hear them. I would have also lost my job if I had lost the sale”.

2. Womp-womp.

Nothing. People know what goes into hot dogs and chicken nuggets, they still eat them. They’ve seen what the sweatshops look like, and they still buy stuff from there.

1. That is the sad truth.

I want to say sneakers by brands like Nike, who exploit, underpay and abuse their workers, but sadly most people already know how they are made and still buy them.

Well, I’m going to do some soul searching, how about you?

Is there something else that belongs on this list? Add it in the comments!

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The Quality of These Products Has Gone Down While the Price Has Gone Up

Pretty much everything increases in price, right? I remember being stunned when I first learned that my grandmother could go to lunch, a movie, and get ice cream with a single quarter!

We expect to have to pay more for those things, now, but we don’t expect to pay more for products that aren’t as good as they used to be – which is the case with these 12 things, according to savvy Redditors who have noticed.

12. We all need more space.

New homes.

Cookie cutter houses, built with cheap contractors who cut corners left and right, situated in neighborhoods with ever higher HOA fees: and the HOAs are getting more expensive too.

11. All of the razor burn.

Face razors. They had it perfected with double edge blades in a metal razor. Cheap and incredible shaves. Modern plastic disposable razors are worse on your skin, give a worse shave, and grotesquely expensive.

They are nothing more than monopolies controlling the availability and accessibility. When you go to the razor section at the store you can only choose from their garbage.

I give double edged metal razors to men and women loves ones as gifts and universally their minds are blown realizing how much better and less expensive they are.

10. Definitely applies to washers and dryers.

Certain house appliances.

My grandma has had the same fridge for 40 years. My parents recently had to replace theirs. It’s their third in 20 years.

9. Just a fact of life.

There used to be this burger joint called “Joe’s cablecar” near me. Great place. I miss it so much. A few months before it closed down, I was there and the owner, Joe, was having a heated conversation with one of his suppliers on the phone. After he hung up, he looked over at me and just said, “price goes up, quality goes down.”

It took me a while to realize that that wasn’t the particular supplier he was dealing with, just a fact of life. People like Joe can’t tolerate that. That’s why the truly great things never last. Only the mediocre things are able to endure long enough to degrade into the universally hated embodiment of entropy that the physical world allows for.

8. We can all agree Nestle is the worst.

Everything Nestle takes over.

In general, anything that ANY corporation takes over.

7. This one physically hurts.

Health Insurance.

It really is an ugly situation. We should have better care if the price increases.

Who’s making all that money?!

6. Capitalism rears its ugly head.

Any service ever.

Not gonna lie. Modern business is based on a model of cutting costs.

5. Those are some big words but I agree.

Almost everything.

Planned obsolescence and expediency has taken the place of quality and craftsmanship.

4. This makes me sad.

Disney Theme Parks. (Speaking pre Covid world)

They were better when you could do an entire park in a day, cost much less, like $40 vs whatever the insane price is now, and they limited who could get in.

Universal is the same way, specifically Halloween Horror nights. It was $15 the first time I went, they capped how many tickets they sold and you had time to do every house plus a couple of rides. It was my favorite and we would go every year.

Now? It’s like $70 for a ticket, you have to buy fast pass for another $30 or $40 just so you have a chance to do every house because the lines can literally be hours long because they don’t cap ticket sales and they recycle the same houses but pretend it’s a new theme. It’s so miserable we stopped going.

3. And it’s chock-full of preservatives and other stuff.

Food.

Unless you make it yourself.

Even then ingredient quality is lacking unless you’re dropping way too much money.

2. Ben & Jerry’s is the only ice cream.

Ice cream containers that were originally one-half gallon have been “shrinking.”

They went from 64 oz. to 56 oz and now 48 oz. – but the price hasn’t “shrunk” (it’s been increasing steadily) and the quality often isn’t as good as it used to be when containers were a true half-gallon.

1. Lots of people feel this way.

Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Their “Big Cup” is basically the size of their original cup for double the price.

Also it tastes different. I remember as a kid the original peanut butter cups came in those 4 packs and you could individually peel away the chocolate from the peanut butter. Like, part of the game for me was to try to peel back the chocolate so all I had was an intact peanut butter disc.

Can’t do that anymore. The chocolate is super thin and has no “snap” to it. It’s just mush.

I definitely have to agree with most of these.

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