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How am I supposed to play on this board? My settlement might get guac on it!
Who says you can't combine nerdiness and sports? If you're planning a big Super Bowl Party, we're going to show you a few ways to celebrate football and fand...
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I would seriously consider doing this with root beer or Dr. Pepper...
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Hey, Livermore residents -- if you haven't seen it already, Pirates of Penzance at the Bankhead is amazing! It looks like there are still tickets available this Saturday and Sunday.
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I conquered all of the chile peppers -- at least in the game.  In real life, though?  The jalapeno's plenty hot for me.
Can you take the heat with inventor of the Scoville scale, Wilbur Scoville?! #GoogleDoodle
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Lightning photos are always cool -- but this one is amazing.
Not only is the plane being struck by lightning, it's passing through a rainbow at the same time.
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The government frowns on gambling -- unless it's THEIR gambling...
Danny Cevallos: Government prohibits private gambling in which the odds are decent and runs its own lotteries with outrageously bad odds
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Lego is in the news for introducing their first disabled figure (boy in a wheelchair), which is very cool. Also, I don't know if that's the first baby Lego figure, but I appreciate that they show a dad pushing the stroller.
Lego has unveiled its first ever disabled minifigure -- a boy in a wheelchair.
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Remember the Micro Machine Man? You'll love this.
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In the upcoming Marvel movie (in November), Dr. Strange will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  His assistant, Wong, will be played by ...

Benedict Wong?  Sayeth what?  There are just so many ways to go with snarky comments that my brain is paralyzed.  How about this one:

If I change my name to Benedict Dormammu, do I get the role?
Benedict Wong has been hired for the 2016 Marvel movie.
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Today I got a promotional email from a local restaurant with coupons for the holiday. The subject line and the text both said the following:

"Happy Matin's Day"

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We found Iceman's secret identity...
Jan 18, 2016; 8:00 AM ET Science describes it as the process of supercooling. On a day below freezing in New York, this passenger found a bottle of water that had yet to freeze. Check out what happens when he tries to drink it!
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I've previously beat this dead horse before, but...

This story suggests changing the metal composition of nickels, dimes and quarters. That would save the government millions of dollars, but would cost the companies that use coin-operated machines a lot of money to retrofit their equipment.

How about this: get rid of the penny. And the nickel. And maybe the dime while we're at it.
The U.S. Mint spends more to make pennies and nickels than the coins are worth. Switching to cheaper metals to produce U.S. coins would generate some savings for the federal government, but it could cost businesses a pretty penny, according to a new report.
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A friend of ours told us that Bella Roma was much improved after the last time they changed hands, and we finally got around to giving it a try. I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, but I'm afraid I have to round it down. The pizza itself was three stars ('it's okay") -- it wasn't phenomenal, but it was at least pretty good. However, it seemed like they were skimpy on the toppings, especially the cheese; while it's not unusual for our kids not to eat the crust, there was a large zone next to the crust that only had sauce, which our kids also wouldn't eat. It seemed quite overpriced for what we got. What drives the rating down, though, was the ordering experience. We tried it because the coupon bundle we'd received in the mail the day before had coupons for Bella Roma, and we decided to go for the "2 large, 2-topping pizzas for $29.99", and planned to do half-and-half on them (half with cheese only, and 2 different toppings on each of the other halves). When I called, I was told that there was no such deal. When I said I was looking right at the coupon sheet that just came in the mail, he said that they must have misprinted it, and they wouldn't honor it. He then told me (not asked, told) that I should use the better deal -- one cheese pizza, and one supreme (or up to 4 toppings) for $28.99. Well, that's not really the same, is it? I want at most two toppings on each half, not 4 toppings anywhere. But I went along with it, and had him add two toppings to half of the cheese (for more, of course). Then when I told him what I wanted on the halves of the other pizza, he told me (with attitude) that their computer wouldn't let him do halves. Seriously? Yeah, try it on their website -- they can do half-and-half pizzas, but not as part of the special. Fine, give me the same two toppings on the whole thing. If I'd known how skimpy they'd be on the cheese, I would have added extra cheese -- oh, wait, they don't offer it. We went ahead with it because the kids were hungry and crazy, and because we were expecting great pizza. I wish I'd listened to my gut, which was telling me to be put off by the attitude I was getting on the phone. After being told brusquely that I couldn't get what I wanted (which didn't seem unreasonable), I ended up with mediocre pizza. Not bad enough to drop it to one star, but we won't be going back.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
I tried La Original for the first time last week -- and have been back twice since then for delicious ice cream. The first thing I noticed was the array of flavors you won't find at Baskin Robbins -- flavors like guava, corn, avocado, pecan, tamarind, guanabana (soursop), zapote, prickly pear, "Mexican snack", and others that I've never heard of and can't remember. They also have more "mainstream" fruit flavors like mango, pineapple, coconut, and strawberry, plus a few "traditional" flavors like chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, and cookies and cream. On my first visit, I got a scoop each of mango (which could be dairy-based or water-based) and guava, and was really impressed with the flavor. My wife commented on their texture, saying that they were fibrous -- so you know they're made from real fruit! We've loved almost everything we've had there -- the lone exception being the cookies & cream, which was okay, but couldn't compare to the great fruit-based options. The prices are excellent for the quality (real fruit, remember) and size of what you get -- a single (huge) scoop in a waffle cone is around $2.50 if I recall correctly. They also have other things on their menu, including aguas frescas, paletas (popsicles) and some snacks (a bag of chips with various toppings?). The staff is friendly and helpful.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
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I'd give 2.5 stars if I could. Since I can't, unfortunately, I think I need to round down. My family ate here during the long drive between Utah and California. We were looking for something fairly quick (still a long drive ahead of us!), something that wasn't burgers or other typical fast food, and preferably something locally-owned. On the plus side, the service was very fast, and we got a lot of food for our money. We got three family meals, and I expected a little bowl of soup with each -- instead, we got a larger container, probably a pint with each. A lot of food for the money. Quantity-wise, we probably could have fed everybody (2 adults and three kids, ages 7, 5, and 2) with just two meals. The hot and sour soup was very good. I don't usually care for sweet & sour chicken, but my daughter insisted, and the chicken itself was very good, but had WAY too much sauce. We received another plateful (!) of the sauce to dip our eggrolls and crab rangoons in. On the negative side, the service was fast -- but unfortunately, not great. The lady helping us was friendly, but had a really hard time understanding that we were going to feed our family of 5 with 3 family meals -- meaning that we needed extra bowls and plates. And we had to ask repeatedly for more things before we eventually got what we needed. Furthermore, the other food wasn't so good. The beef with broccoli tasted pretty fishy, and my kids wouldn't eat it -- even the ones who love broccoli. We also got the spicy "shredded pork in Szechuan sauce" -- which was more like "sliced pork" and seemed like half of the dish was celery, with a lot of green pepper and a little pork. I really wanted to rate this place a little higher, figuring that my experience was probably ruined a bit by cranky kids (the 7yo in particular), and thought about rounding my 2.5 stars up to 3. However, given that food is supposed to taste even better when you're really hungry (which we were), and we still found it to be mediocre, makes me round it down. If we lived in Sparks then we might give it another try, but since we only stop in a time or two per year on our way through, I'm pretty sure we'll find other places to try. Sorry, Egg Roll King.
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reviewed a year ago