The World’s Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae Costs $60,000—and Includes a Trek Up Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Even the most dedicated of ice cream connoisseurs might balk at the price tag of the world’s most expensive ice cream sundae. Three Twins Ice Cream, an ice cream company founded in San Rafael, California, offers a sundae that costs five figures.

Originally, Three Twins offered what it called the “World’s Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae,” a banana split topped with syrups from three rare dessert wines that comes with a personal cello performance and a vintage ice cream spoon from the 1850s for $3,333.33. (A third of that is donated to a land trust as part of the company’s conservation initiative.) But that was not enough. The company followed up with “The World’s More Expensive Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae,” which costs $60,000.

No, it’s not laced with gold leaf, unlike some other ridiculously priced foods. Instead, it comes with plane tickets. Included in the hefty price tag is a first-class flight to Tanzania, where Three Twins founder Neal Gottlieb (whom you might recognize from his days as a Survivor contestant) will hand-churn ice cream for you using glacial ice from Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak.

“The mountain's glaciers are predicted to disappear within the next 10-15 years due to climate change,” the product description explains, “and your purchase helps raise awareness of this fact with a five-figure contribution to an African environmental non-profit.”

In addition to unlimited ice cream, the package also includes swank accommodations while you’re there, as well as a guided hike up the mountain. And yes, you get a t-shirt at the end.

Intrigued? Hungry? Break out your wallet and buy it here. Oh, and you may want to split it with a friend—you can get the package for two for a bargain $85,000.

Why You Shouldn't Buy Your Cereal at Costco

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Scoring deals at Costco is an art. Smart shoppers know which price tag codes to look for and which delivery deals to take advantage of at the bulk discount store. But when it comes to navigating the food section, there are some tips even longtime members may not know about. A big one concerns brand-name breakfast cereal: When shopping for groceries at Costco, you should leave the cereal boxes out of your cart if you want to save money, according to Yahoo! Finance.

It doesn't make sense to buy perishable items in bulk, but even products with a slightly longer expiration date, like cereal, can end up costing you in the long run if you stock up on them at Costco. The cereal at Costco costs about $0.17 per ounce, which is comparable to the cereal prices you'd find at regular grocery stores on most days. But to reap the most savings possible, you need to visit the supermarket on days when certain cereal brands go on sale.

During different times of the week—usually weekends—many grocery stores will pick a popular cereal brand, like Kellogg's or General Mills, to sell at a lower price. At their cheapest, brand-name cereals can be purchased for $0.13 cents per ounce on sale days, or $1.50 for an 11-ounce box.

While you may be better off buying your boxed breakfast staples at the nearest grocery store, there are still plenty of reasons to shop at Costco. To many loyalists, their $1.50 hot dog and soda combo alone is worth a special trip. The store's addictive pizza slices (which are perfectly sauced by a pie-making robot) and dirt-cheap and delicious rotisserie chickens are yet two more reasons. Just be prepared to show your receipt when you're all done (and don't for a second believe it's because the employees think you might have pocketed something). 

[h/t Yahoo! Finance]

A Shrine to Brine: The Mysterious Case of Missouri's Highway Pickle Jar

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No one knows how it started. No one knows who was responsible. Some may even have dismissed it as an aberration, a glitch in the scenery that would soon be corrected. But eventually, drivers in and around Des Peres, Missouri who took a highway off-ramp connecting I-270 North to Manchester Road began to notice that a jar of pickles was sitting on a dividing barrier on the ramp. And it wasn’t going anywhere.

Since 2012, the pickle jar has confounded drivers and internet sleuths alike, according to Atlas Obscura. Some have speculated that someone was trying to send a secret message or share a private joke. Perhaps someone pulling off to the side due to car trouble felt the need to place the brine-filled jar on the concrete wall and then forgot about it. Maybe someone thought it would be a kind of three-dimensional graffiti, incongruous amid the bustling traffic. Maybe it’s an indictment of commerce.

Whatever the case, once the pickles appeared, advocates refused to let them go. Jars that end up toppled over or otherwise damaged are replaced. Sometimes they reappear in protective Tupperware or with a holiday-themed bow. Sightings are photographed for posterity and posted on a Facebook fan page devoted to the jar, which currently has over 4200 members and has morphed from a place to theorize about the mysterious jar's origins to a place where people swap pickle-related recipes and stories.

There are dry spells—no one has posted of a pickle sighting in several months—but followers remain optimistic the jar will continue to remain a presence in Des Peres even if the motivation for placing them near the roadway remains as murky as the briny juice inside.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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