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Surprise Cash Cow for Movie Theaters: Popcorn Holders

Collectibles are proving to be a serious source of revenue, the Hollywood Reporter explains

(Newser) - As movie theaters rebound from the pandemic, a new source of revenue has come in at the concession stand that has nothing to do with Milk Duds or nachos. Limited edition popcorn holders—called "vessels" in the industry—are bringing in major cash, according to the Hollywood Reporter . These...

The Next Thing to Be Ruined: Movie Theater Popcorn
The Next Thing to Be Ruined:
Movie Theater Popcorn
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The Next Thing to Be Ruined: Movie Theater Popcorn

Blame the supply chain, fertilizer prices, everything

(Newser) - If canceled flights and sky-high gas prices have led you to decide on a movie-filled staycation instead this summer, we're about to rain on that parade, too. While the big movies are back in theaters— Insider flags the coming Jurassic World: Dominion in particular—some other things are in...

Fan Dumps Popcorn on Injured NBA Star
NBA Star Wants Changes
After a Popcorn Dumping
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NBA Star Wants Changes After a Popcorn Dumping

Russell Westbrook says the league needs to better protect players

(Newser) - Russell Westbrook is fed up. A fan dumped popcorn on the Washington Wizards star as he was limping off the court Wednesday night after injuring his ankle in Philadelphia, reports ESPN . As video of the incident shows, Westbrook had to be restrained from going after the man in the Wells...

Cops: Theater 'Patron' Asks for Popcorn, Gets Cocaine Bonus

Police say 'patron' was informant sold drugs hidden in popcorn by movie theater manager in Minn.

(Newser) - When movie patrons ask for a Coke to go with their popcorn, they likely don't mean actual coke (i.e., cocaine). But one such "patron" got exactly that in July at Spotlight Theatres in Mankato, Minn. Per the cops, that supposed customer was actually a police informant who...

There Is No Middle Ground in the Popcorn Salad Debate

Food blogger Molly Yeh put mayo on popcorn in a Food Network video, and everyone noticed

(Newser) - Molly Yeh made a popcorn salad with mayonnaise in a video on the Food Network Facebook page and absolutely nobody had a neutral feeling about it. The food blogger called it "one of those classic midwestern dishes that you would often find in a church basement pot luck,"...

Cops: Suspect Lured Seagulls to a Horrible Fate

Someone in Maryland apparently ran over the birds while they ate popcorn

(Newser) - Maryland police are seeking a person who allegedly enticed seagulls with pre-popped popcorn and brutally ran them over, CNN reports. Responding to an animal-cruelty report, police showed up at a Laurel shopping center and found at least 10 dead birds. "Through investigation, officers learned that a subject purchased a...

YouTube Star: I'll Pay Family of Girl Who Died

Ms. Yeah calls it 'the darkest day of my life'

(Newser) - A YouTube star says she'll pay the families of two girls who engaged in a deadly experiment involving fire and alcohol, the BBC reports. The Chinese influencer, known as Ms. Yeah, apparently inspired them to replicate one of her videos, in which she heats up popcorn in a tin...

Toddler's Request for Movie Popcorn Ends in Charges

Cops say woman dumped container on the child's head because she was talking

(Newser) - A two-month police investigation involving popcorn, a toddler, a movie theater, and The Last Jedi has resulted in child endangerment charges for a Long Island woman and her father. Police say Keri Karman, 28, got angry when a 2-year-old girl near her at the movies asked her mom for popcorn,...

Report Makes 'Case Against Microwave Popcorn'

Website warns about fats, nonstick coating, and sodium

(Newser) - Like a nice bowl of microwave popcorn in the evening? Others do too—in fact, America downs 16 billion quarts of popcorn annually—but Safebee reports that many microwave popcorns come with apparent health risks. Four, to be exact:
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA): This nonstick coating can be found in fire-fighting

Scientists Figure Out Why Popcorn Goes 'Pop'

If you guessed it's the sound of the kernel breaking, you're wrong

(Newser) - Popcorn pops because ... you set your microwave to two minutes on high, right? As you might expect, there's a little more science to it than that, and two French engineers have dug into exactly what happens when a kernel of corn does its thing. Their formula-filled study, published in...

Arch-Enemy of Movie Ads: Popcorn
 of Movie Ads: 
study says

Arch-Enemy of Movie Ads: Popcorn

Chewing it prevents us from mouthing brand names: study

(Newser) - Want armor against an onslaught of advertising? Just chew some popcorn, a study suggests. Eating the stuff during movie ads leaves viewers "immune" to the cravings those ads might otherwise inspire, researchers say. That's because, as the Guardian reports, we typically subtly mouth brand names each time we...

Man With 'Microwave Popcorn Lung' Awarded $7M

Fake butter fumes sickened man who ate 2 bags a day

(Newser) - A jury has awarded $7 million to a Colorado man who contracted a chronic lung condition from a different kind of two-pack-a-day habit. Wayne Watson sued a supermarket chain and a popcorn maker after becoming ill with "microwave popcorn lung," CBS 4 reports. A lung specialist testified that...

John McCain Livid Over Popcorn Subsidy

Trying to kill pork project of strangely silent Nebraska senators

(Newser) - Nebraska's two senators have been quiet—you might even say sneaky—about inserting a provision to help popcorn growers into the new farm bill. Both are on the Agriculture Committee, and they slid a provision into the bill saying that the Agriculture secretary "may" consider revenue insurance subsidies...

To Load Up on Antioxidants, Eat ... Popcorn?

 To Load Up 
 on Antioxidants, 
 Eat ... Popcorn? 
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To Load Up on Antioxidants, Eat ... Popcorn?

Who needs fruit?

(Newser) - Good news for snackers: Looks like popcorn is healthier than previously believed. Experts knew it was rich in fiber and low in calories, but it turns out it's full of antioxidants, too, Health.com reports. By simulating the body's breakdown of the food, researchers have found that it'...

Movie Theaters Take Their Concessions Menu Gourmet
 Movie Theaters Go Gourmet 

Movie Theaters Go Gourmet

Provide wait service for meals in your seats

(Newser) - Dinner and a movie? How about dinner at the movies? Many moviegoers aren’t stopping at the concession stand before the show begins, theaters find, so they’re trying a new tactic: serving full-fledged meals at viewers’ seats. At an AMC in Kansas City, for instance, viewers can reserve luxury...

Movie Popcorn Gets Pass: Calorie Count Stays Hidden

Calorie counts to appear on restaurant menus next year: FDA

(Newser) - If you don't want to see how many calories are in your meal, you may have to start dining in bowling alleys and movie theaters. The FDA has released its proposal for adding calorie counts to menus next year, and places that don't serve food as their primary business have...

Theater Owners: No Calorie Counts on Our Popcorn!

But FDA rules loom

(Newser) - The FDA's final decision on publishing movie theater calorie counts is looming, and theater owners are fighting tooth and nail. Final rules could come from regulators today, forcing theaters to disclose exactly how many calories are in those huge buckets of popcorn, oversized pretzels, and other prepared foods, just like...

For True Addicts: Caffeinated Popcorn

Fans liken addictive snack to cocaine, inventor says

(Newser) - As huge popcorn fans and total caffeine addicts, Amanda and Matthew Fitch decided they could kill two birds with one stone—by putting caffeine in their popcorn. To make the final product palatable, though, they had to overcome caffeine's natural bitterness. "We tried over and over again, making tons...

Coming Soon: Calorie Count on Movie Popcorn
 Coming Soon: 
 Calorie Count on 
 Movie Popcorn 
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Coming Soon: Calorie Count on Movie Popcorn

Trains, planes, grocery stores must also post calories

(Newser) - There are some things you just don’t want to know … and the number of calories in that buttery movie popcorn you’re about to enjoy is probably one of them. Chain restaurants are already required to post calorie counts under the new health care law, and the FDA...

Stuff I've Found in My Cleavage
 Stuff I've Found in My Cleavage 

popcorn, earrings, a spider

Stuff I've Found in My Cleavage

Don't call a locksmith about your missing keys until you check your bra

(Newser) - The basics for an evening out—money, keys, lipstick, an ID—fit nicely in a small handbag. You might be tempted to tuck them into your bra, but think again. "I stored lipstick in mine once, and it dislodged while I was dancing and leaked all over me like...

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