Man Escapes Into The Ocean To Avoid Paying $600 Bill At Seafood Restaurant

Do you love seafood? I bet not as much as this man, who was willing to risk jail time to get away from his restaurant bill.

Terry Peck, an aspiring Australian rapper known as “2Pec,” wracked up a $621 bill at Omeros Bros Restaurant on his seafood meal. The 33-year-old man from the Gold Coast downed two lobsters, a baby octopus, 21 vodka oyster shots and a few Corona beers.

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Instead of sticking around to pay, Terry ran out the door before servers could stop him and dove into the ocean. Police eventually tracked him down and when he refused to come ashore, they caught up to him using jet skis.

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They arrested him out on the ocean and charged him with stealing and assault (which probably occurred at the time of his arrest).

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According to reports, Terry was already on parole when he fled the swanky restaurant. When the Magistrate heard how much he’d eaten before being caught, she said: “My God! By himself?”

Peck’s only response to all this? He claims the lobster was overcooked.

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Chicken and Ranch Make For An Unforgettable Dinner

The popular convenience store company is celebrating its birthday today, July 11 – but they’re offering great deals for a week!

That’s right, an entire week. From July 11 to July 18 you can enjoy some of 7-Eleven’s most delicious snacks.

So whether you’re just in the area or getting some gas, take advantage of this offer and collect a freebie each day.

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Because today is the company’s birthday, they’re giving out

Dunkin’ Donuts And Baskin-Robbins Will Eliminate Artificial Additives By 2018

There’s some fantastic news coming out of the headquarters of America’s favorite dessert chains.

In an attempt to make their menu items healthier for their loyal customers, Dunkin Brands Group Inc announced that by the end of 2018, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins will no longer use artificial coloring and flavoring in their products.

This is definitely a step in the right direction!

“It’s our goal to meet the evolving needs of our guests, including their preference for more nutritional transparency and simpler ingredients, while maintaining the great taste and fun, and vibrant colors expected from Dunkin’ Donuts,” wrote the Dunkin’ Editorial Staff. “We know that this is important to you, so it is important to us.”

Dunkin Donuts has already rolled out a lineup of cream cheese spreads that are free of synthetic additives and within the next two years, all your favorite treats including COOLATTA frozen drinks, coffee-flavored drinks and donuts will all be free of it too.

Since 2014, Dunkin’ Brand Group Inc. has been actively working towards creating a healthier and cleaner menu for its dedicated customers. They plan to “enhance menu quality by simplifying ingredient labels and lowering sodium and sugar content without sacrificing taste.”

Despite being approved by the FDA, the use of artificial dyes and flavors by the food industry has always been subject to debate especially with recent reports about the dangers of such food additives to our health.

What do you think of this news? Share your thoughts in the comments!

What Drinking 3 Cups of Coffee A Day Can Really Do To Your Body

Do you need a cup of coffee to get going in the morning? Some days we need a couple of cups before the day can really get going.

Sure, we know coffee as our favorite caffeine delivery system, but did you know that it could really have a positive impact on our health?

Studies have shown that it has some unexpected health benefits that will make you want to brew yourself another and get on with your day.

1. Boost your metabolism.

Caffeine can actually help boost your metabolic rate by up to 11{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee}, which means your body will process foods much faster the more coffee you consume.

Often that is the reason coffee is offered after a meal.

2. Decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

A study involving over a million individuals showed that a significant coffee consumption (3-5 cups a day) could decrease the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular problems.

A Korean study showed that people were less likely to develop calcium deposits in their arteries, which could lead to clogging.

3. Gives you more energy.

This is the reason most of us can’t start our morning without a cup of coffee. Caffeine releases adenosine in the brain which allows more neurons to be sent out at once. This leads to better focus, memory, and cognitive function, that we we experience after our morning drink.

4. It may decrease your risk of diabetes.

Coffee has been found to exponentially decrease the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that every additional cup of coffee could lead to an extra 7{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} decrease in the likelihood of diabetes, for a near 50{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} reduction in risk for heavy coffee drinkers. This doesn’t necessarily apply to those who drink it double-double, so try cutting back on your sugar and increase your coffee intake.

Continue to the next page for benefits against depression and cancer.

I remember my mom drinking several cups of coffee a day to be able to keep up with us. I bet she would be happy to know all the health benefits that all that coffee drinking did for her.

Now that I am drinking my cup of Joe to keep up with my little one, I can feel less guilty about my caffeine addiction thanks to these great health benefits!

The results of some of these studies is amazing!

5. It may protect against Alzheimer’s.

According to Coffee & Health, several studies have shown that heavy coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a common cause of dementia. It revealed that the higher coffee intake may lead to less chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease, according to these studies.

6. It could protect you against Parkinson’s disease.

While increased coffee consumption can lead to a smaller risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, studies have found that it was only accurate with men and menopausal women. This is due to the fact that caffeine and estrogen requires the same enzymes, and estrogen tends to take these enzymes away from caffeine preventing it from having a strong effect.

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7. It may decrease depression in women.

According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, a significant caffeine intake (more than 4 cups per day), could reduce the risk of depression in women by 20{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee}. Studies have been done on men, but the results weren’t as conclusive.

8. It may decrease the risk of certain types of cancer.

At least 2 cups a day of coffee can decrease your odds of getting liver cancer by over 40{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee}. Studies have also indicated that it could lower your odds of getting prostate and breast cancer in non-smokers. Smoking may actually reverse the effects of coffee on potential cancers.

Continue for huge breakthroughs on cirrhosis related to alcohol and how it can make you live longer.

Being able to reverse negative health effects by drinking coffee sounds like the perfect prescription to me!

Whether you like a dark roast or prefer a much lighter roast, there are so many variety of coffee to choose from that you keep your days interesting with a new blend.

Trying to drink black coffee will give you the best health benefits because you won’t get the additional fat from the cream and sugar a lot of people add.

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9. Coffee may help prevent alcohol consumption-related cirrhosis.

A study published last January finds that increased coffee consumption could help reduce the risk of cirrhosis, a form of liver damage often caused by alcohol. One cup a day means a 22{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} less chance of developing the disease, and 4 cups can make the likelihood of cirrhosis decline by up to 65{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee}.

10. Coffee contains antioxidants.

When you think of antioxidants in your food, you naturally shift your focus to fruits and vegetables. Surprising, a study has shown that coffee is by far the strongest source of antioxidants in the United States diet.

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11. There are essential nutrients in coffee.

Coffee is more than just warm black water of varying bitterness. The coffee bean contains essential nutrients that can really add up in your daily diet.

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the RDA.
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the RDA.
  • Manganese and Potassium: 3{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the RDA.
  • Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the RDA.

It may not seem a lot, but if you drink more than a couple cups a day, it can really add up!

12. Coffee may help you live longer.

Since coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases, it makes sense that coffee could actually help you live longer.

Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death. Coffee drinkers were shown to have a 20{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} lower risk of death in men and 26{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} lower risk of death in women over a period of 18-24 years.

Are you surprised by any of these benefits? Share with a friend and then enjoy a guilt-free cup of coffee.

Source: RemedyDaily / Authority Nutrition

8 Best Potato Salads To Win BBQ Season

How many BBQs do you attend each summer? One a week? Or maybe they all get packed into a short period of time and you’re hitting 4 in 6 days?

Regardless, it’s always nice to bring a side dish to someone’s house when they invite you. After all, you’re getting a free dinner and you don’t have to host it at your house so that’s already a win-win situation!

But a plain potato salad can get a little repetitive for everyone involved as the summer goes on. Sure, it’s a classic. But it loses its oomph after a while.

There are some ways you can spice up a boring potato salad this summer that are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

1. Baked Potato Salad

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It calls for ONE POUND of cheese and 1/2 a pound of bacon. You cannot go wrong.

Best review

“I brought this dish to a barbeque and it was the hit of the party! There were some leftovers and people were fighting for them!”

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2. Texas Ranch Potato Salad

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Add a kick to your salad with ranch seasoning and some bacon! This recipe uses red potatoes which are great in a salad.

Best review:

“This is a great potato salad for a large crowd. I am the church cook and I fix it for about 150 people. I always get requests for the recipe.”

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3. Cucumber Dill Potato Salad

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A unique way to add tang without mustard, while also adding some freshness!

Best review:

“This was so yummy. I substituted bell pepper for cucumber because that’s what I had on hand. The only problem I had was that I couldn’t stop eating it and I had to scold my boyfriend for sneaking bites before dinner. :)”

Get the recipe here.

Continue on to see how sweet potatoes can make a flavorful salad!

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic potato salad. It’s one of my favorite dishes!

But these recipes are just giving you a glimpse into how creativity can make something great even better!

Even just a simple change up like an olive oil and vinegar dressing can make a huge difference in the wow factor.

4. Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

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A perfect way to add some bold flavors to a classic side dish. If you love spicy with a hint of sweet, then look no further!

Best review:

“I thought this recipe was wonderful and truly unique. I rarely give 5 stars, but really felt this recipe was worthy.”

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5. California Potato Salad

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It’s so wild how different parts of the country can flavor their dishes! Artichoke hearts and parmesan cheese give this recipe a California kick.

Best review:

“WOW! I didn’t think these would ever be good together, but looked at the other reviews and had to try it. My husband and I both loved it! I will be making this again next time we have company!”

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6. Red Skinned Potato Salad

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New red potatoes give a whole new flavor to a classic dish. Throw in some bacon and you’re set!

Best review:

“Can I give this one 6 stars? Wonderful!!!”

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7. Smoked Sausage Potato Salad

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Honestly, this could be a main course! Perfect for when you know there’s going to be meat lovers around.

Best review:

“WOW! I served this at my daughters birthday party and it was a hit!! Most said they have never had any like that before! Super good recipe and I will definitely be making this again!!”

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9. Asian Potato Salad

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Mix things up with some Asian influences like soy sauce and sesame oil! Plus bacon. Always bacon.

Best review:

“this was a perfect item to bring to a barbecue. I was asked to bring a side dish – and this barbecue was being held by a wonderful caterer so I wanted to impress! and this did! They ate it all up.”

Get the recipe here.

What’s your favorite potato salad recipe? Let us know!

Federal Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Hershey’s

We all know that chip bags have more air than chips in them, but have you taken a look inside your boxes of chocolate?

One Missouri man has filed a federal class action lawsuit against Hershey’s for under-filling their candy boxes.

He is seeking ‘monetary damages’ for ‘misleading’ packaging of their Whoppers and Reese’s Pieces boxes.

It alleges that they under-fill the Whoppers boxes by 41{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} and the Reese’s Pieces boxes by 29{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee}.

Initially, Hershey’s attempted to have the case dismissed, with attorneys arguing that “consumers are well aware of the fact that substantially all commercial packaging contains some empty space.”

While that is true, how much empty space is reasonable to protect the product without wasting packing resources?

Find out what the judge said about the case on the next page.

Robert Bratton who filed the lawsuit, claims that this extra space is not necessary to protect the product inside. Unlike fragile potato chips, which need the space not to get crushed during shipment, this product doesn’t need the extra space.

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So if this product is sold in both plastic bag and boxes, why under-fill the boxes?

The company sees nothing wrong with this packaging because the number of candies and weight are printed on the outside of the box.

“It is not possible to view the product packaging without also seeing the net weight and quantity disclosures,” the brand stated. Even further elaborating that, “any consumer would recognize immediately upon picking up a box of Reese’s Pieces or Whoppers that its contents rattle noticeably and audibly with every movement.”

Bratton and his attorneys note that, “The average consumer spends a mere 13 seconds making an in-store purchasing decision. That decision is heavily dependent on a product’s packaging, and particularly the package dimensions.”

The case was not dismissed, with U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled that Bratton and his team had, “plausibly alleged, at minimum, that the packaging unfairly suggests the boxes contain more product than they actually do.”

Who knows, maybe we’ll all get some free chocolate out of this.

Here’s Why A Banana Is Technically Not A Fruit

Now that we have a definite answer for the age old, Supreme Court-worthy debate about the botanical and legal status of tomatoes, it was only a matter of time until another fruit’s classification was questioned.

This time around the focus has shifted towards bananas.

There’s no doubt that a banana is a fruit. Its characteristics fit into the botanist definition that a fruit is “any ovary and its accessory parts that has developed and matured. It also usually contains seeds.”

The yellow-fleshed fruit is categorized as a berry because of its layered structure, the ability to grow from a flower with just one ovary and multiple seed count (yes, your beloved banana has seeds, you don’t spot them because commercially-grown varieties are sterile hence the seeds don’t fully develop).

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But, despite these scientific definitions, did you know that bananas are also considered herbs? In fact, they’re the world’s largest herb! Bet you didn’t see that coming.

It’s kind of hard to wrap your mind around that but there’s a very logical explanation behind it.

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The banana plant, popularly known as a ‘banana tree’ is actually an herbaceous plant. The plant grows from an underground root system called a corm and over time develops thick leaf stalks that wrap around each other to form a trunk. This central stem does not contain any woody tissue which is why it cannot be categorized as a tree.

So taking all of these facts into account, it can be said that a banana is both a fruit and an herb.

Mind = blown!

Did this information surprise you? Let us know in the comments!