By Olivia Putnal
You know how fast-food menu items always look amazingly juicy and delicious in advertising and marketing materials? WD was curious to see exactly what these food-styled concoctions actually look like fresh from the fast food, er, kitchen. We hit the city, dealing with long lines and mediocre service to snap some photos of a few franchises' signature items. All photos were taken while we were still in the store, food fresh out of the bag (and off the assembly line). See what we found below, as we compare actual results with what the company advertises-the good, the bad and the ugly.
Burger King Whopper
This burger is described on BK.com as containing "1/4 pound of flame-broiled beef, ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, creamy mayo, ketchup, crunchy pickles and onions on a toasted sesame seed bun." After sitting down with 50 other Burger King customers, we found it was more like a cold sesame bun filled with a thin layer of beef, three tablespoons of mayonnaise and warm
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Culinary artists don't just like food-they like making food look as good as it tastes. And why shouldn't our eyes be just as pleased as our other senses? From a batch of video game-themed cupcakes to a mosaic of President Barack Obama made out of fondant-covered cupcakes, get a load of some confectionery creations that put simple frosted desserts to shame.
By Brynn Mannino
Naomi of Newcastle, Australia, has created a number of popular themed cupcake batches and has the pictures posted on her Flickr account to prove it. One such creation is the batch of Puccho-inspired cupcakes above. Naomi baked these for a friend who was visiting from Japan and had previously introduced her to the popular Japanese candy with these adorable characters on the packaging. Photo courtesy of Naomi via Flickr.com.Super Mario Characters
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Now that summer is coming to an end, it's time to figure out what to do with your easy, breezy hair. Below, we've provided 50 essential tips that will help your hair look good long after the warm weather is gone.
Safeguard Your Strands
1. Wash your hair every other day. To absorb excess oil between washes, apply a dime-size amount of baby powder to your roots at the crown and massage it into your scalp.
Related: See the best homemade hair treatments.
2. Get a trim every six to eight weeks to rid hair of dry, split ends.
3. Moisture loss causes split ends, so keep hair hydrated with Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Split End Prevention Leave-In Cream from mid-shaft to ends. ($4.49; at drugstores)
4. Deep-condition hair twice a month to restore health and boost radiance.
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By Meghan Ahearn
Just the EssentialsJust the Essentials
Sending your teen off to college isn't just about her getting a great education-it's also about her slowly making the transition to adulthood by learning how to do things on her own. To make sure she's prepared for day-to-day living as well as unexpected emergencies, we've rounded up 15 essential dorm room items. From an electric tea kettle for making late-night snacks to bacteria-thwarting shower sandals, these supplies are crucial for a successful first year on campus (and out of the nest).
Living in a dorm room means your future college student won't be able to stash a limitless supply of shower products in and around the bathroom-which is why this plastic carryall from Orbz is so handy. It has plenty of room for shampoo bottles, body gels, razors and anything else your kid needs to get clean and groomed. Plus, it has drainage holes along the bottom and sides to let out excess water. $7.99; Dormbuys.com
By Arianne Cohen
Did you know that to get off junk mail lists effectively, you have to contact several companies? Here's a checklist.
Who: National Do Not Call Registry
To get rid of Telemarketers. This is the government's permanent list of off-limits numbers.
Opt out at: donotcall.gov
No More Junk Mail!
Who: Opt-Out Services
To get rid of Credit card and insurance offers. The four major credit reporting companies will take you off their lists.
Opt out at: OptOutPreScreen.com, or call 888- 567-8688 from the number in question.
Who: Direct Marketing Assn. Mail Preference Service Program
To get rid of All catalogs, magazine offers and circulars that come from members of this mammoth group
Opt out at: dmachoice.org, or call 212-768-7277, ext. 1500
To get rid of All coupon inserts that come through this direct mail company
Opt out at: valassis.com (click on "Contact Us") or call 888-241-6760
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To get rid of All phone, mail or e-mail
By Katie Ashford
Shari Bruns, 42, and her husband own a landscape architectural design firm in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and as with many couples, the economy has affected their income. Shari's husband recently made an offhand comment about taking a part-time job to help with the bills, and the next day her 12-year-old asked, "Mom, are we going to have to go live in one of those houses that the government pays for?" That stopped her cold. "We've cut non-necessities, but I didn't think we'd gone overboard in expressing our desire to save," says Shari. "I don't want my son to worry about that."
It's a common scenario these days: With headlines trumpeting layoffs and dire financial news, kids are asking more questions than ever about money. Even if they aren't talking about it, you can bet it's on their minds. "I asked my son if he talks about this at school, and he said, 'All the time, Mom,'" says Shari.
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By Angela Ebron
The Cash for Clunkers program has been great for car buyers and the auto industry. But, you know who else is benefiting from it? Online scam artists. Phony websites are suddenly popping up claiming to be connected to the program, according to fraud expert Sid Kirchheimer, author of Scam-Proof Your Life. Don't fall for it! "The phony sites ask for your Social Security number and tell you that you have to preregister in order to qualify for Cash for Clunkers, which you don't," he says.
How to Avoid Online Scams
And this is just the latest in a string of Web scams-from work-at-home schemes to fake lotteries to bogus shopping sites and more. According to the FBI Internet Crimes Complaint Center, online fraud complaints went up 33 percent from 2007 to 2008, with $265 million in lost or stolen money. To protect yourself from getting ripped off, follow these online safety tips from Kirchheimer.
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By Gretchen Roberts
When September rolls around, the expenses add up fast: new clothes, school supplies, backpacks and extra stuff you didn't even know you had to buy. If your budget is especially tight this year-and whose isn't!-these 20 cost-cutting tips will help you send your kids back to class for a lot less cash.
The Look for Less
1. Linsey Knerl, a mom of four from Tekamah, Nebraska, keeps clothing costs down by snagging $3 clearance T-shirts and tanks right before school starts. "Summer tees printed with graphics, likeSave on Back-to-School Shopping the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, can be layered over a solid-colored thermal long-sleeved shirt. My kids love this look," she says.
2. Kami Gray, a professional stylist in Portland, Oregon, suggests resale shops like Buffalo Exchange and Plato's Closet for middle-school gear (go online for locations). "Kids become more clothes-conscious at this age, but buying brand-new, expensive items isn't economical or practical when your child is stillRead More »from Save on back-to-school shopping
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If you're stuck on stick foods, you're not alone. Popular with city fair and street food vendors, stick foods are slowly becoming a mainstay due to America's love of fried food. Since the stick makes it particularly easy to dunk skewered products into the deep-fryer, experimental combinations are turning up everywhere. From Deep-Fried Spam on a Stick to Deep-Fried Bacon Cheddar Mashed Potatoes on a Stick, take a look at the skewered specialties below.
A group of BBQ enthusiasts-who use their website SmokeInDaEye.com to share recipes, tips and tricks with their fellow connoisseurs-post a new fried recipe every Friday in a section cleverly dubbed "TGI Frydays." This spam-on-a-stick specialty was breaded with Japanese bread crumbs and fried for 8 minutes before serving. Photo courtesy of SmokeInDaEye.com
Deep-Fried Bacon Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
The Tulsa State Fair is building quite a reputation for their diverse offerings of fried food, but an old
By Annemarie ConteRead More »from 10 Best Dog Toys for Summer
It's gorgeous out! Whether you're playing fetch with your pooch in the backyard or he's a full-on water dog, splashing in the waves, these 10 pet products will provide endless fun all summer long.
Multipet Chilly Bone
This canvas chew toy can be soaked and frozen, which is not only cool and refreshing on a steamy day, it's great for Bailey's dental health, too. Prices start at $9.49; PETCO.com
Meteorlight K9 L.E.D Dog Ball
Don't let dusk hold you back from a great game of fetch. With this light-up, tennis-ball-sized toy, Walker can retrieve well into the night-and if it gets lost in the weeds, its glow makes it easy to spot. Plus, it floats! $10; Niteize.com
Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker
It's easy enough to freeze ice cubes for your pup to munch on, but why give her a measly scrap of ice when she can have a gigantic frozen block filled with treats? You just have to fill the provided bucket with water, treats and flavoring, then freeze and mount it onto the stand (so