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Pepsi Angers 'Back to the Future' Fans; Starbucks' Alleged Tax Shelter

Plus, Ben & Jerry's beer and a possible pumpkin pie shortage.

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— Pepsi just pissed off a bunch of Back to the Future fans: Yesterday it released a limited run of 'Pepsi Perfect' bottles, the fictional soda that Doc Brown and Marty McFly see when they travel to the future on October 21, 2015 in the second movie of the trilogy. Tragically, there were only 6,500 bottles available and many fans took to social media to express their displeasure in missing out:

— Two pillars of the American diet have teamed up for a crossover: beer maker New Belgium Brewing Company and ice cream slinger Ben & Jerry's. Pints of beer-infused Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale ice cream will hit shelves in November, along with the ice cream-inspired Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale beer.

— Brace for the possibility of a holiday pie crisis: An extra-short pumpkin harvest this year means canned pumpkin giant Libby has no reserves — so once this season's supply is gone, there won't be any more until next year's harvest. There should be enough to get America through Thanksgiving, however. For Christmas, maybe consider mincemeat?

— Starbucks has allegedly been doing some shady business overseas: European officials just ordered the coffee giant to cough up $34 million in back taxes to the Dutch government. The chain reportedly operated a mysterious shell company called Alki Avenue — named for a street in Seattle — in London for years; Alki "[helped] Starbucks slash its taxes in the Netherlands simply by collecting payments for a coffee bean roasting recipe."

— No, a hot dog is not a sandwich. You can thank writer, actor, and frequent Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman for finally settling this age-old debate.

— Quentin Tarantino fans will no doubt recognize this Tokyo restaurant: Called Gonpachi, it inspired the set where the epic fight between Beatrix Kiddo and the Crazy 88s.

At the "Kill Bill" restaurant in Tokyo.

Posted by Alec Ross on Thursday, October 22, 2015

— A new smartphone-controlled mug is clearly targeted at coffee-loving control freaks who are tired of singing their tongues: The Ember mug uses patented technology to keep a drink at a consistent temperature for up to two hours. Set your preferred temp via your phone (a latte is so nice at 136 degrees Fahrenheit, isn't it?) and you'll be notified when the drink reaches the optimal temperature. Does anyone really need two hours to drink 12 ounces of coffee?

— A new study by Cornell reveals that social media users partially judge the healthiness of a food based on the weight of the person who posted it is. So, a quesadilla was deemed more healthy when a thin person posted it, and less healthy when posted by a heavier person. Maybe not so shocking — but surprisingly, the weight of the poster was found to be just as influential on the perceived healthiness of a food as when the nutrition facts were actually posted right alongside it.

— South Park's been taking major aim at the foodie sect as of late: Last week it was an episode about Yelpers, and the next episode will feature Randy Marsh feeling harassed by the Whole Foods clerks who keep asking him to donate a dollar to charity.

— Snickers has some weird new packaging: Wrappers are emblazoned with feelings like "Confused," "Forgetful," and "Loopy," which are supposedly all ways people get when they're hungry. Clearly, a 440-calorie candy bar is the answer to all these problems.

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