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January 2018 Archives

NYC Bar Policy: Kick Out Anyone Who Says 'Literally"

This is literally true. Apparently not ticked off enough by tip-skipping patrons, drunken brawls, slurred boasts, and the state of a public house's restroom at the end of the night, one New York City bar is literally banning patrons from using the word 'literally' under its roof. A sign, posted on the premises of the Continental in Manhattan, notifies patrons that such illicit illiterateness will require their departure. After finishing their drink, naturally.

Grumpy Cat Awarded $710K in Iced Coffee Licensing Suit

There's big, there's internet big, and then there's Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino big. The last of these may prove out of reach for America's cat-loving coffee drinkers, unfortunately. A California jury awarded $710,001 to Grumpy Cat Limited on Monday, pushing the owners of internet-sensation Grumpy Cat over the top in their lawsuit would-be cat coffee makers, and former business partners, Paul and Nick Sandford.

Back in the old days, you'd have to spend a lifetime scouring museums and art collections searching for a face that looked like yours. And you might even go to your grave without finding a match. Luckily for our modern times, there's an app for that.

In December, Google's Arts & Culture app added a feature that instantly pairs your selfie to a work of art. But while this time-saving technological marvel is sure fun to play around with, it might be illegal where you live. Thanks, overly cautious privacy advocates.

Ever want a reason to argue with your neighbors? Just cruise through your hood around election time. All of a sudden you'll discover where they all stand, politically speaking, thanks to all the yard signs declaring their favored candidate.

And perhaps it's neighborhood strife that Bel-Nor, Missouri was trying to avoid by limiting all residential premises to a single "political advertising" sign and prohibiting the display of political signs more than 15 days after an election. (Wouldn't want those sour grapes spilling over into physical confrontations.) But the ACLU says the town went too far after police threatened a Bel-Nor resident with jail time if he didn't remove his "Black Lives Matter," "Clinton Kaine," and "Jason Kander U.S. Senate" signs.

Here's a good rule of thumb: If it's illegal for Amazon, it's illegal for you, too. For years, the mega-retailer has been trying to utilize drone delivery, even experimenting with exploding drones (for safety's sake, you see), to no avail. So if Amazon can't use a drone to deliver that book to your door, you probably can't use one to deliver bud to a customer.

This would've been helpful information, perhaps, for Benjamin Paul Baldassarre and Ashley Lauren Carroll, who police claim had been using a drone to distribute drugs throughout their Riverside, California neighborhood.