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Wendy’s Puts a Pretzel Twist on the Bacon Cheeseburger


Updated at 6 p.m. E.T. on July 5, 2013

Want to give your all-American fast food a salty, German twist? Wendy’s 680-calorie Bacon Pretzel Cheeseburger, which went on sale nationwide July 4, aims to satisfy your cravings: The $4.69 invention features a soft pretzel bun sandwiching a 1/4-lb. hamburger patty, bacon, cheddar cheese, honey mustard sauce and all the fixin’s.

Although the new burger is packed with 36 (!) grams of fat, it still isn’t the most fattening thing on Wendy’s menu. In fact, it’s comparable to Dave’s Hot and Juicy 1/4-lb. single cheeseburger, which clocks in at 600 calories and 34 grams of fat — or about a third of an average person’s recommended daily food intake. Gulp. We haven’t personally tasted the new pretzel burger yet, but Mark Kalinowski of Janney Capital Markets calls it “one of Wendy’s most successful test products from the last 20 years.”


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Coca-Cola’s New Bottle Is Made of Ice


Good news for those of you who enjoy a nice cold Coke: the company has rolled out a new bottle made entirely from frozen water. Bad news for those of you who don’t live in Colombia: It’s only available in Colombia.

This icy new drinking vessel is shaped like the traditional glass Coke bottle and has the company’s name etched into the ice, according to Coca Cola’s website. Alas, right now you can only find it in Colombia, and there’s no word yet if Coke will introduce it in any other countries. But apparently it’s pretty popular so far — according to the site, beachside vendors have sold an average of 265 bottles per hour.

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If you’re at least a marginally curious person, then perhaps you’re wondering how this works. Basically, these bottles are made of…

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Singing the Anthem


I’ve always thought that the Star Spangled Banner was a poor choice for our national song.  It is very militaristic for one thing.  For another, it is very difficult to sing.  I would much prefer America. But since I don’t think there will be a change in my lifetime, I have fun by watching the rendition before ball games and other events and seeing how it is done and whether the singer makes it all the way through it without an error.  Or adding horrible extra notes.  (And I don’t blame Beyoncé for lip-synching at the Inauguration.  She was singing outdoors with the band on a totally different level of the platform.  Besides, she totally nailed it live at the Super Bowl.)  But watching and listening is a spot in itself.

We went to the Brockton Rox opening game a few weeks ago.  (They play in a Futures League.)  An…

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Freedom in Christ

S.P.I.R.I.T Ministries

We are born sinners, therefore we have a decision to make. Do we continue to live in bondage, or do we step out in faith accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? With Jesus we can experience true spiritual freedom, we don’t have to be a slave to sin. This is an imperative decision for all, the choice is yours.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1. Devotion from Daily in Christ: There is always a price to pay for freedom, and the moment we take our freedom for granted, we run the risk of losing it. Freedom in Christ from our sinful nature and the God of this world is the inheritance of every believer.

Christ has set you free through His victory over sin and death on the cross…

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Solar Plane Completes Cross-Country Trek


After a two-month, six-city journey hopping across America, Solar Impulse — a fully solar-powered one-man airplane — will finally complete its mission in the early hours of Sunday morning. The plane, which will depart from Washington, D.C., early Saturday morning, will touch down in New York after making a victory lap around the Statue of Liberty.

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Solar Impulse is not a typical airplane. The tiny plane weighs in at around the size of a small car, but it boasts a wingspan that rivals a Boeing 747’s. Though the trip would only take a little over an hour in a commercial jet, the plane’s snail pace of 45 miles per hour means it will take much longer. Because of the plane’s low speeds and uncomfortable conditions, Solar Impulse isn’t designed to replace gas-guzzling commercial jets. Instead, its creators Bertrand Piccard and…

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