Thank you for your deposit, would you like some mint chip?
September 25th, 2012
11:45 AM ET
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Angry at his bank for taking too big a scoop in overdraft fees, one Pittsburgh ice cream shop owner decided to set up his own flavor of a community bank, with interest on deposits paid out in sweets.

Ethan Clay, a 31 year-old Steel City native, began running the Whalebone Café Bank out of the Oh Yeah! Ice Cream and Coffee Company in January and says so far he's taken in around $660 in deposits, mostly from regular customers. He also performs cash back transactions and for a $4 fee, check-cashing services.

"I want to skinny up these big banks," Clay said. "This is people putting their money together to transform the retail banking industry."
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National crab Newberg day
September 25th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Today we’re celebrating an American classic, with a crustacean twist - September 25 is National Crab Newberg Day (oftentimes seen spelled as Newburg).

The history of this dish is fascinating: The tale goes that boat captain Ben Wenberg, a fruit trader between Cuba and New York, had a hand in Lobster Newberg, the original Newberg dish. It’s said that on his travels, Mr. Wenberg learned of a new way to cook lobster, and when he returned to his favorite restaurant in New York City, Delmonico’s, he taught owner Charles Delmonico the preparation. Delmonico was so impressed he named the dish "Lobster à la Wenberg."
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Coffee klatsch
September 25th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.
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September 25th, 2012
01:15 AM ET
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Smokey Robinson wants to use Twitter and Facebook to help solve some of the world's problems, such as the lack of water and food in developing countries.

His "Smoke Alarm" system should be "far more effective" than organizing a telethon or charity concert because it is so much faster than physically getting artists together to raise awareness, Robinson said Thursday.
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