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Certain Panera Breads don't have set prices for their food! Why not?

Panera has special locations that have "suggested donation" amounts instead of prices, or customers can volunteer an hour of their time for a free meal, in an effort to fight hunger. 

They are called Panera Cares community cafes. Put simply, they were established to help fight the worsening hunger epidemic in the US. 15% of US households are hungry today- about 1 in 6. 1 in 4 children in the US (or 17 million kids) also don’t have enough to eat on a daily basis. 

The Panera Cares cafes, which are nonprofit, are designed to make Panera accessible to everyone, including those who can’t afford it. There are no prices on the food there. Instead, there are “suggested donation” amounts for people who have money to donate to keep the cafe running. People can also donate an hour of their time in place of money. 

The donation amounts are listed on the menu boards so that customers know what the price would be at a regular Panera, and obviously what they should generally pay. But people don’t have to pay to eat there, which is the whole point of the establishment. Those who can’t afford to pay can still have a free meal, all thanks to the generosity of others. 


Bubble wrap's original intended use will surprise you.

In 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes attempted to create a 3D wallpaper.

Unfortunately, the wallpaper didn't catch on but the men realized that it was useful for packing delicate items for shipping!

The success and popularity of bubble wrap has gotten so large that the last Monday of every January is dubbed "Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day".

Toy company Bandai even created a virtual bubble wrap popping toy called "Mugen Puchipuchi" and a version was created for the Wii!

Do you like popping bubble wrap? What's your favorite thing to do with it? Tell us in the comments!


Coca-Cola has often catered to different political parties with their marketing, including Communist Russia and Nazi Germany

In a capitalist world, companies will do anything to increase sales and extend their influence.

The Coca-Cola Company is a great example of this, as they are one of the biggest companies in the world today, and have been around since 1886.

To become this big and last this long takes more than just a great product. They have to do everything they can to keep the customer happy and maintain a positive image as a brand.

A particularly interesting example is that of Russian war-hero Marshal Georgi Zhukov in the 1940s.

When General Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced Coke to Zhukov, the Russian liked it. But he also knew how Stalin would react if one of his generals was seen drinking an American imperialist symbol.

Coke was more than accommodating to him. They had a chemist remove the soda's caramel color, and they put the drink in a clear bottle with a white cap and red star.

Another crazy example? When a rival German company stole some kosher Coke bottle caps and urged consumers to avoid the "Jewish American" drink.

To counter this, Coke's German branch passed out sodas at Hitler Youth rallies and displayed huge swastikas at bottling conventions.


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Snapple Apple does not contain apple juice among its ingredients!

So what is Snapple Apple’s main fruit then?’s PEARS! Apparently authentic apple juice does not taste ‘appley’ enough to consumers, so the liquid from its pyriform cousin is used instead. But why can it be marketed as APPLE juice if it’s primarily composed of PEAR juice?? Because it’s not marketed that way. Notice the word “drink” next to juice...calling the beverage a “juice drink” means that it is not required to contain the listed and pictured fruit as its primary component.

In fact, a juice drink only needs to include as little as 5% actual juice to earn that title! Despite containing the depicted fruit, the qualifications for “fruit juice” aren’t much only has to contain 10 percent of the real deal.

Some public toilets have blue lights to make it hard for heroin users to see their veins.

The use of blue lights in some public toilets is meant to make it more difficult to see the veins on the arm. The intention behind this is that by making it harder for junkies to see their veins, they won't be able to inject themselves, and therefore lowering the illegal drug problem. This can be counterproductive, though, because it results often in heroin users having worse results by missing their veins during injection. As it turns out, addicts who have a need to inject themselves will not let simple blue light stop them. The research paper at the source concludes that blue light doesn't really deter injection, but rather increases the use of riskier methods of injection.

Despite this, the method has been adopted by certain authorities, railway stations, hostels, and hotels. What's worse, blue lights introduce even more troubles than just for heroin addicts. They've reportedly made cleaning hazardous spills harder and increased the risk of trips and falls due to the lighting being poor. Essentially, all the blue lights end up doing is deterring heroin addicts from injecting in certain locations, or if they can't, they inject themselves in riskier ways. What defeats the whole idea, though, is that most new cell phones now have a flash light feature anyway. What do you think. Should public places use blue light to deter drug use?



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