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A wintry mix is falling this morning in middle TN. It could cause problems in the morning commute. Temperatures around the freezing mark could cause some slick spots to form with freezing rain, sleet and some rain mixed with snow through 10AM.

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Smaller, But Not Cheaper - 04/15/14

  So, I opened up this bottle of puppy vitamins today.  Just look at this bottle in the picture here.  It's huge.  For scale purposes, it's longer than my hand.... it's about the size of  2 1/2 normal prescription bottles stacked on top of one another.  It's big.  However, the bottle size is deceiving.  Just look what was inside.  You can imagine my eyes when I finally got it open and saw what you see here in this second picture. There, in the very bottom fourth of this tall, tall container lay a small handful of vitamins. Just 60 of them.  Why waste all this plastic to make such a big bottle for 60 puny vitamins?

   The sad part is we'll likely see more of this in the coming months. No doubt you've noticed the rising cost of food.  The March Consumer Price Index showed food prices were up .4%.  That's the second month in a row this has happened and prices over the last year have gone up 1.4%.  

   Companies typically raise the price or make the product smaller when times are tough.  Price increases are readily visible to us, but this practice of the silent shrink is likely to go right over our heads at first.  Therefore, it's more palatable to consumers and companies don't have to hear the flack.   They just put in fewer vitamins... but keep the bottle BIG.  Put in less OJ --- there's just 59 oz. now.  Less dish detergent, same box.  From 30 oz now down to 24 oz.

    Ever noticed that indention in the bottom of your peanut butter jar?  Why do you think that's there?  You guessed it, to take up more space so the company doesn't have to give you that peanut butter you think you're paying for.

    Have you looked at a Saltine pack lately?  They've lost a few friends too.

 



  

 

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FAT BIKES

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) -- Cold and snowy? To some it's perfect bike weather. A new style of bike is gaining traction for winter use -- it's the so-called fat bike first developed in Alaska. The bike gets its name from the 4-inch wide tires that can get a grip in snow or sand. The tires are about twice as wide as those on a conventional mountain bike. Jeff Stine is the co-owner of Backcountry Bike and Mountain Works in Sheridan, Wyoming. He tells the Sheridan Press a fat bike buyer can get two sets of wheels, for summer or winter use. But a winter bike could give your wallet a chill. Prices start at about $1,500.

WREATH THIEF

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) -- The wreath thief has been busted. Police in Westerly, Rhode Island, report Christa Bradley turned herself in after a home security video was posted on Facebook. Police Chief Ed St. Clair says the video shows a woman walking up to Mary Sullivan's front door and walking off with her homemade wreath. The Westerly Sun reports Bradley is now charged with larceny under $1,500 and is due in court in about a month.

PISTOL PACKING HANDBAGS

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Paula Summers has the purse -- for ladies who are packing. She's a Washington state private eye and found it difficult to carry a gun. Summers did some research and found a number of purses designed to carry concealed pistols. But she felt there had to be a better way to market them. So, she's created gun-packers.com -- "for women who pack heat." Her handbags range from $45 to just under a-grand. But there's more to carrying a gun than the right handbag. Summers tells The News Tribune potential gun-owners need to be trained and licensed according to their local laws.

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GWINN, Mich. (AP) -- Sunshine and Jumper have some human buddies. Sunshine and Jumper are male moose in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Food is short, so some people pals have been putting out healthy snacks, like alfalfa, apples and carrots for the moose. The animals have become regulars at an area cabin. The cabin owner asked not to be named by the Grand Rapids Press, so no one will come around to bother the moose. Their human buddies say the moose now eat out of their hands.

 
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