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The Strangest Things That We’ve Seen Printed On Receipts For Totally Normal Products

No doubt about it receipts can result in some pretty hilarious hi-jinks. We aren’t just talking about in emails and text messages. When shopping or enjoying a meal out, our receipts have been known to show up with some pretty weird slips. 

However, sometimes we can’t help but wonder how many of these receipts are human error and how many are just examples of these stores and restaurants messing with their customers. 

Take, for example, this strange dis that this Twitter user found on her receipt when she bought some Mexican soft drinks. 

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Over the weekend, Twitter user @lola_delunah visited a pizzeria in Berkeley. With her large pizza, she bought a Jarritos and a Senorial Sangria to wash it all down with. The problem was that the drinks rang up as “weird sodas” on her receipt. Talk about an insult to la cultura!

This receipt isn’t the only one that has been shared online. We found some other hilarious instances of bizarre naming, questionable tipping practices and strange quotes found on receipts and decided to share them with our readers. Enjoy and make sure to read your receipts. 

1. We’re hoping this is just a Freudian slip. 

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We’re really hoping this a typo. According to their receipt, this Snickers bar seems to be packing a little something extra. Call us immature but we can’t help but laugh a little over this shopper’s questionable snack. 

2. We guess it was a “full service” bar.

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This bar obviously has great customer service. There’s even a place on the receipt to leave a generous tip. In all seriousness, this is probably the name of a cocktail but the managers had to know what they were doing when they programmed in the name for this drink. 

3. We appreciate that “Best Butt” discount especially. 

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Now this is how you flirt with somebody. Don’t come on too strong but let them know you appreciate them as a person. You admire their smile and personality just as much as you’re digging that butt. It might not get you their digits but it’s sure to get a laugh or two. 

4. To be fair, Math is hard.

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Sometimes the bizarre things we read off of receipts are actually from the customers themselves. Take this one for example. We’re assuming that this customer was a little too drunk to do the math but at least they took the time to actually leave a decent tip. 

5. When we go shopping for nothing and end up spending all our money. 

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That’s an expensive bit of nothing we see on this receipt. Considering the number of drinks on this order, we’re really hoping that “nothing” is an accurate charge and not an attempt to inflate the bill. There’s a lesson here: always double-check your receipts. 

6. Solid advice. 

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We aren’t sure what’s funnier: the advice at the top of this receipt or the fact that it’s for a toy store. Either way, we doubt this little tip was meant to be on this receipt and we’ve got to chalk it up to some sort of employee prank. 

7. Farters will be fined.

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We really can’t come up with an explanation for what this charge is supposed to be for. It seems it is exactly what it says: a farting charge. To be fair, if you commit the crime, you deserve the fine. Maybe more restaurants should include this charge. 

8. Is all this information really necessary?

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It doesn’t seem like you would need a full-on description of the customer printed on the receipt in order to buy some video games, but, what do we know. We wonder if the employee guessed this Twitter user’s height and weight or if it was just a really uncomfortable check out process?

9. Beware, judgmental customers.

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This strange receipt comes with a pretty unbelievable story. The customer asked their server about their expensive shoes and decided that they obviously didn’t need a tip if they could afford $800 Reeboks. Ouch!  Don’t be this customer. 

10. Can you really call this a signature, though?

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We have questions. Is this the person’s real phone number? It is a made-up series of digits? Does this person not know what a signature is? Is this even a legit signature?

11. This one’s kind of deep.

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Quotes on receipts are usually inspirational but this one is more profound than anything else. Still, this is a strange quote to see on a receipt for a breakfast diner. At least it will give you something to chew over for the rest of the day. 

The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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Did you know that the first ever Happy Meal was created by a Latina? That’s right, in the mid-70s when Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño was operating various McDonalds in Guatemala, she invented what she dubbed the “Menu Ronald”. The “Menu Ronald”  was invented to help parents keep their kids satisfied when the family went out to eat. The original “Menu Ronald” included a hamburger, small fries and a small sundae. Naturally, word eventually got back to McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago they decided to adopt the practice as their own. They hired a white American man to develop the idea (and subsequently take credit for it) and voila! The Happy Meal was born.

It’s unfortunate that Fernández de Cofiño’s recognition has been lost to the American public, but it’s still inspiring to know that there were business-minded Latinx people in history whose achievements still impact our lives today. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve decided to celebrate the underrated Latina entrepreneur Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño for the marketing genius that she was. We’ve documented the evolution of Happy Meal toys from the idea’s inception and launch in the 1970s, to its continuing legacy today.

Take a look below for a nostalgic blast from the past!

1. 1979: The Very First Happy Meal

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Although the original concept of the Happy Meal was invented by Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, the first official launch of the American Happy Meal happened in 1979. However, the gift wasn’t half as elaborate as it was now. According to records the toys were “a McDoodle stencil, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet, a puzzle lock, a spinning top or a McDonaldland character-shaped eraser”.

2. 1984: Ronald and The Gang

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McDonalds Happy Meal toys evolved from spinning tops and erasers to more complex toys. Like, the above “Ronald and the Gang” wind-up cars that were defitenly a step-up from McDonald’s earlier toys. They weren’t as sophisticated as the toys would eventually get, though.

3. 1987: Mc-Transformers

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The Transformers/McDonalds mashup was innovative in its day because it was blending the IP of two successful brands. Instead of McDonald’s using its Happy Meal to market other products, it was using its Happy Meal to market other products that were marketing McDonalds. It was a win-win situation.

4. 1988: McNuggets Buddies

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In 1988, McDonalds hadn’t yet started to do marketing tie-ins with kids’ movies. Instead, they had prizes like “McNuggets Buddies”, which were chicken nuggets dressed in various outfits and costumes. This lasted until the mid-90s.

5. 1994: Sonic the Hedgehog

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By the mid-90s, the powers-that-be recognized that there was a lucrative market to tap by using Happy Meals to advertise kid-oriented products directly to kids. It was around this time that the entertainment industry really began to see the potential for promoting movies and TV shows through fast-food chains. And if you look at the advertisement above, the Happy Meal only cost $1.99. Those were the days!

6. 1996: 101 Dalmatians

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Never the one to pass up an opportunity to advertise, Disney quickly hopped on board the McDonalds train as a means to promote their movies. One of the first Disney x Mcdonald’s ventures were the release of literally one-hundred-and-one collectible dalmatian figurines through their Happy Meals.

7. 1997: “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection”

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Off the success of their 101 Dalmatians toys, Disney and McDonalds continued their partnership by releasing tiny VHS boxes equipped with a a little toy character from the movie. People really began to see collecting fast food toys as a hobby around this time.

8. Mid-90s: “Teenie Babies”

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Even McDonalds wasn’t immune to the Beanie Baby craze that swept the nation in the mid-90s. Convinced that they would one day be worth thousands, collectors flocked to the Golden Arches to get their hands on miniature versions of the popular plush toys. Unfortunately, most of the “Teenie Baby” toys aren’t worth anything these days.

9. 1997-Now: Barbies

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In 1997, McDonald’s started a lucrative partnership with the Barbie line of toys that would last until today. What young girl doesn’t have memories of getting this in their Happy Meal box (whether they liked it or not) while their brother got a Hot Wheels car? It’s safe to say the ’90s weren’t progressive, gender-wise.

10. 2004: Hello Kitty Keychains

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Into the 2000s, McDonald’s took advantage of the Hello Kitty trend by offering plush Hello Kitty key chains in their Happy Meals.

11. 2015: Minion Fever

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Do you remember the time when you couldn’t escape “Despicable Me” minion merchandising, no matter where you went? Well, that included McDonalds. Nowhere was safe.

This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

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This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

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