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15 Suspicious Packages That Were Definitely Not Explosives

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Reports of suspicious packages are common across the United States. Police take all reports seriously — as they should — and they look into every unmanned briefcase or wayward box. More often than not, abandoned gym bags just wind up being lost gym bags. Here are 15 fairly recent suspicious package reports from alert citizens that became great stories to share at the local precinct.

1. Like a rock
On September 5, a suspicious package in Montana turned out to be a bunch of duct tape around a brick of Styrofoam.

2. Beans, please
Also on September 5, a suspicious package in Utah turned out to be a cardboard tube filled with dried beans.

3. Look at the box. Now back at me.

On August 31, a suspicious package in Pennsylvania turned out to be a cooler with a stick of Old Spice deodorant in it.

4. Rocking out
On August 9, a suspicious package in Massachusetts turned out to be a cassette player and some wires.

5. Kick one back
On August 3, a suspicious package in Tennessee turned out to be four unopened cans of Budweiser.

6. Play it again
Also on August 3, a suspicious package in Maryland turned out to be an accordion.

7. Darkness falls
Also on August 3, a suspicious package in Michigan turned out to be a paper sky lantern.

8. Where's the beef?
On July 30, a suspicious package in Ohio turned out to be a box full of rotten meat.

9. Sit. Stay.
On July 24, a suspicious package in Missouri turned out to be a dog tracking collar charger.

10. Boogie flights
On July 17, a suspicious package in California turned out to be the world's largest penis.

11. A bug's life
On July 12, a suspicious package in Vermont turned out to be some harmless dead bugs.

12. Schrödinger!
Also on July 12, a suspicious package in Alabama turned out to be a cat in a box.

13. Hello, Dolly
On July 2, a suspicious package in Connecticut turned out to be a wooden doll wrapped in duct tape.

14. Match game
On June 26, a suspicious package in Illinois turned out to be smashed matches in an envelope.

15. Thirst first
On June 20, a suspicious package in South Carolina turned out to be a bottle wrapped in tape.

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.


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