Hannah's Headlines- 12/21/2017

Town Rings In New Year By Dropping 400-Pound Peep

There are all kinds of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Some bundle up, brave the crowd of a million, and watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York City, others stay in and watch the countdown on TV from the comfort of their couch. But folks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania have their own unique tradition on December 31: every year their town drops a giant Peep to mark the New Year.

Why a Peep - the iconic candy that’s mostly seen around Easter? Just Born, the company who created the marshmallowy treat is located in Bethlehem, so the town honors that with their annual “PeepsFest” on December 30th and 31st.

And the big event is when the enormous 400-pound Peep is dropped at 5:15 p.m., followed by a big fireworks display. But no one gets to snack on this Peep, it’s actually made of fiberglass, not sugar-coated marshmallow. That would be one huge sugar high, though.

Source: Foodbeast

Apple Fesses Up To A Long Believed Conspiracy Theory-You aren’t imagining it, that old iPhone of yours works like garbage.

Apple says it's true, your old iPhone is getting slower. The company confirmed Wednesday that older models get slow with age. Apple says the "slowdowns" are a deliberate effort to keep older phones running longer as the battery wears down. A statement from Apple says lithium-ion batteries have a low charge as they age, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

The company said last year it released a feature for iPhone 6, 6s and SE to help avoid such blackouts. Some iPhone 7 units will also be experiencing the throttling too. Cold weather also affects the performance of the devices.

While iPhone batteries aren’t easy to replace, if you have an older phone and put cash into a replacement, the performance will return to normal. Source: The Verge

New Christmas Dating Trend: Marleying

If you thought you only had to deal with ghosting this holiday season, think again. There’s a new dating trend that’s hitting now that it’s the holidays and it’s called Marleying. What is it? Well if you’ve ever had an ex come back over the Christmas time, you’ve been Marleyed.

The trend is fittingly named after Ebenezer Scrooge’s dead business partner Jacob Marley who comes back around at Christmastime. Like Jacob Marley, your ex could sneak back up on you around the holidays if you’re not expecting it. Sometimes they’re trying to get back with you, other times they’re just trying to hookup. Either way, if your ex shows up mysteriously in the winter months, you’re a victim of Marleying!

Source: Metro


Survey: 1 in 2 Americans will buy gifts for someone they'd rather not

It's not just you: according to a new survey, plenty of Americans feel obligated to buy a holiday gift for someone to whom they'd rather not give one. 

According to a press release, the mobile survey company Pollfish asked 1,000 Americans about their shopping habits for the holidays, and, they found 47% of those quizzed felt they needed to buy gifts for those they really didn't want to give one.  And 58% of those begrudgingly being given gifts are family members. 

In fact, that 58% is more than three times more than the next least popular gift recipient, co-workers. 

Another 58% of Americans say holiday shopping makes them anxious, with 42% saying not having enough money for gifts is a worry.  Twenty-one percent say they're clueless as to what to get a loved one, and 11% fear they'll get their loved one a bad gift. 

In fact, more than half of those polled admit to shopping blind -- that is, not knowing what they're going to get. 

The poll also revealed that 1 in 5 men plan to buy gifts for their significant other, though only 11% of women say the same of their partners.

Dunkin’ Donuts introduces beer brewed with Dunkin’ Donuts coffee

America runs on Dunkin’ and now it can get buzzed, too.

Dunkin’ Donuts is introducing a beer made from their coffee beans.

The Massachusetts-based coffee company is partnering with Wormtown Brewery, a local craft brewery in Worcester, to launch DDark Roasted Brew, the first beer to be brewed with Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast coffee beans.

According to a statement from the company, “the stout-style beer features full-roasted coffee flavor reminiscent of freshly-ground beans with a creamy mouthfeel.”

The company will introduce the stout-style beer with a creamy mouthfeel on the darkest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. But there’s a catch: you have to be in Massachusetts to try it. DDark Roasted Brew will only be available on draft at Wormtown Brewery’s Tap Room in Worcester during a ceremonial keg tapping event beginning 11:28 a.m. on Thursday, December 21.

Rob Branca, a local Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner, said, “Worcester is home to one of the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants so we know how much residents love the brand and our coffee. This partnership with Wormtown continues to drive innovation in Worcester and we are excited to brew up something extra bold to help our loyal guests to celebrate the darkest day of the year.”

To celebrate the release of DDark Roasted Brew, Wormtown Brewery and Branca will be joining forces to donate $11,500 to the Worcester Food Bank.

Scott Drake, Head Brewer at Wormtown Brewery said, “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts on our latest beer. We’re confident this beer is going to be an instant favorite for New Englanders this holiday season, and the fact that we’re able to give back to Worcester-area families through this partnership just makes it that much better.”




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