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Fox News finally went off on Walmart for their shady practices. PSYCH.

This Fox News mash-up featuring Sean Hannity sheds a not-so-flattering light on how Walmart makes its millions. And while it’s clearly pieced-together clips, it highlights a pretty glaring hypocrisy. In all of Hannity’s contempt for working people and reverence for corporate giants like Walmart, he consistently fails to mention a few simple things:


#1: Corporations are the country’s top welfare abusers.

And Walmart is one of the worst offenders.

#2: For all the billions of dollars companies like Walmart take from U.S. taxpayers, there’s a huge trade-off.

And too often, it’s the country’s youth who stand to lose the most.

Take a look at the Fox News clip mash-up below, created by Walmart 1 Percent, and then ask yourself: Who are the real leeches on our economy?


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Here Is The Most Wildly Popular Type Of Retail Store In Each State

It may not surprise you that there’s a lot of demand for surf shops in Hawaii, but did you know that South Dakota is all about its art galleries?

A recent collaboration between The Huffington Post and Yelp reveals what kinds of stores are the most insanely popular in each state, based on the review website’s listings. It’s the same idea behind our recent map showing each state’s most popular type of cuisine.

To collect info for the map, Yelp delved into its online catalogue of store listings and calculated the percentage of a given type of shopping business relative to the total number of business listings in that state. Then, it compared those percentages with each type of store’s representation nationwide and produced a list of the top 10 most disproportionally common stores in each of the 50 states.

The map below, made by HuffPost’s Alissa Scheller, shows which type of retail shop is the most likely to appear in each state.

Yelp Data Scientist Will Seltzer told HuffPost that it wasn’t hard to see why some states favored a certain type of store. The several instances of fireworks shops on the map, for example, was to be expected, given that they’re legal only in a handful of states. That there were a ton of “outdoor gear” stores in Montana, well known for its parks and outdoor activities, was also no surprise.

“Baby gear and furniture [stores] show up in the top 10 in Utah and Texas, and those are two states that have some of the highest birth rates nationally,” Seltzer pointed out as another example.

The popularity of personal shopping businesses in California and D.C. also could be correlated to the celebrities and politicians who live in those places. This same demographic could explain why custom-made clothing shops (referred to by Yelp as “bespoke clothing”) were so hot in New York and D.C.

But what’s with the 5 instances of car battery stores on the map?

“My suspicion is that in certain states you have these stores that are just dedicated to car batteries, and in others they’re part of a larger outlet or department store,” Seltzer said. He went on to point out that businesses on Yelp can be tagged with up to three different store categories, which may also explain the prevalence of car battery stores on the map.

Check out Yelp’s full overview of the top 10 most popular kinds of stores in each state:


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Why Burgers Look Different in The Ads vs Real Life

This video exposes the world of food styling, the art of making food look beautiful and camera-ready.

A good burger always starts with a good bun. The one you eat and the one you photograph look pretty much the same. But that’s where the similarities end.

When cooking meat for consumption, the goal is making sure it’s cooked all the way through.

This Is Why Burgers In Ads Always Look Better Than Burgers In Real Life

But the goal when you’re photographing it is to get some nice looking grill marks with a special tool.

This Is Why Burgers In Ads Always Look Better Than Burgers In Real Life

The meat patty you eat is simply placed on the bun, but the burger you photograph has an extra piece between the meat and the bun to give it a little lift.

Adding lettuce and tomato to your burger is pretty haphazard…

This Is Why Burgers In Ads Always Look Better Than Burgers In Real Life

…But with food styling, the slices of tomato and the lettuce have to be placed very precisely, and held down with pins.

This Is Why Burgers In Ads Always Look Better Than Burgers In Real Life

And the condiments aren’t squirted on for food styling. Instead, they are carefully syringed into place around the edges, as if oozing out of the burger.

So, which burger looks better to you?

So, which burger looks better to you?

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