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Starbucks Misspells Names on Purpose, According to One Conspiracy Theory

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For coffee customers with uncommon names or name spellings (the Asankas, Yisells, and Bozhidars among us), it's rare that a barista gets it right. But even the Erins of the world inexplicably end up with cups labeled “Airinn.” Are Starbucks employees really this confused?

According to a new video from Super Deluxe, they all know exactly what they’re doing. To test the theory that Starbucks's chronic misspellings are part of some far-reaching corporate conspiracy, they sent Super Deluxe employee Molly to five different locations. Her easy-to-spell name went through the Starbucks machine and came out four different ways (two Mollys, one Mali, one Molli, and one … Mommy).

They use this as evidence to support their claim that Starbucks is actually misspelling names on purpose to trick customers into giving them free advertising. The more ridiculous the botched name is, the more likely consumers are to share a photo on social media. You’d think this would be negative publicity for the brand, but the video asserts that “that innocent scribble on the side of your pumpkin spice latte is tugging at the subconscious of your friends to go out and buy pumpkin spice lattes of their own.”

It’s a tempting theory, but it’s hard to believe that hilarious misspellings are covered in employee training. The more likely explanation is that your barista is tired, they have a line stretching to the door, and they assume that if they scrawl a combination of letters that vaguely resemble the name you just muttered you’ll be able to figure it out. If you decide to give Starbucks free publicity on Tumblr afterward—that’s on you.

[h/t Eater]

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Recall Alert: Swiss Rolls And Bread Sold at Walmart and Food Lion Linked to Salmonella
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New items have been added to the list of foods being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. According to Fox Carolina, snack cakes and bread products produced by Flowers Foods, Inc. have been pulled from stores in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The baked goods company, based in Georgia, has reason to believe the whey powder it buys from a third-party supplier is tainted with salmonella. The ingredient is added to its Swiss rolls, which are sold under various brands, as well as its Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread. Popular chains that normally sell Flowers Foods products include Walmart and Food Lion.

The U.S. is in the middle of a salmonella outbreak. In June, Kellogg's recalled Honey Smacks due to contamination and the CDC is still urging consumers to avoid the brand. The cereal has sickened dozens of people since early March. So far, there have been no reported illnesses connected to the potential Flower Foods contamination.

You can find the full list of recalled items below. If you have one of these products in your kitchen, throw it out immediately or return it to the store where you bought it to be reimbursed.

  • Mrs. Freshley's Swiss Rolls
  • Mrs. Freshley's Swiss Rolls
  • Food Lion Swiss Rolls
  • Baker's Treat Swiss Rolls
  • Market Square Swiss Rolls
  • Great Value Swiss Rolls
  • Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread

[h/t Fox Carolina]

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The Annual Festivals That Draw the Most People in Every State
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Every state has that one big event each year that draws residents from across the region or even across the nation. Louisiana has Mardi Gras. Kentucky has the Kentucky Derby. South Dakota has Sturgis. Genfare, a company that provides fare collection technology for transit companies, recently tracked down the biggest event in each state, creating a rundown of the can't-miss events across the country.

As the graphic below explores, some states' biggest public events are national music and entertainment festivals, like Bonnaroo in Tennessee, SXSW in Texas, and Summerfest in Wisconsin—which holds the world record for largest music festival.

Others are standard public festival fare. Minnesota hosts 2 million people a year at the Minnesota State Fair (pictured above), the largest of its kind in the U.S. by attendance. Mardi Gras celebrations dominate the events calendar in Missouri, Alabama, and, of course, Louisiana. Oktoberfest and other beer festivals serve as the biggest gatherings in Ohio (home to the nation's largest Oktoberfest event), Oregon, Colorado, and Utah.

In some states, though, the largest annual gatherings are a bit more unique. Some 50,000 people each year head to Brattleboro, Vermont for the Strolling of the Heifers, a more docile spin on the Spanish Running of the Bulls. Montana's biggest event is Evel Knievel Days, an extreme sports festival in honor of the famous daredevil. And Washington's biggest event is Hoopfest, Spokane's annual three-on-three basketball tournament.

Mark your calendar. Next year could be the year you attend them all.

A graphic list with the 50 states pictured next to information about their biggest events
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