I Bought A Mask Printed With My Own Face — The Results Were Hilariously Terrifying

Freak Masks Scratch

Recently, my girlfriend exposed me to a kind of weird thing you can only find on the Internet — a site (Firebox.com) that offers to print a mask of any face you send them. Naturally, I decided to get a mask of my own face. That’s not a mask you can get anywhere else, and […]

Revenge Of The Grocery Store: The Weirdest Foods For Your Shopping Cart

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If you keep seeing commercials for strange and wonderful fast food items, but just don’t have the energy to get out to that drive-thru window every night, don’t worry. You can find a bunch of creative concoctions right in the aisles of your local grocery store, which all leave you with little to no prep […]

What’s Your Financial Future? Our Quiz Will Astound and Terrify You

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Since the dawn of civilization, one question has plagued our collective unconscious: what will the future bring, finance-wise? Many sages have warned those who might seek this knowledge. An average person should not wield that kind of power, they said. And, they continued, an average blog cannot handle that kind of virality. The Scratch is […]

Travel Through Boston UnCommon

Paul Revere Statue

It’s no secret that Boston is full of history. From Beacon Hill to Paul Revere to the Tea Party, the city of Boston is teeming with 18th and 19th century landmarks, and the tourists that come to visit. But there is plenty of other bizarre, weird, odd historical locales that the common visitor knows little […]

Burger King’s New Side Item: Free Smartphones. No, Really.

Burger King free phones

Forget “Want fries with that?” Burger King is now asking customers, “Want Moto X with that?” In a move that I can describe only as bizarre, the fast-food joint unveiled a new promotion yesterday to help promote its new app: A free smartphone when you buy a Whopper with cheese. Okay, I made that last […]

How to Eat on $20 a Week and Not Die

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If you’re anything like me, you’re broke. Just because we can’t afford the finer things in life–fancy cars, exotic vacations, health care–doesn’t mean we have to starve to death, though. Not only is spending a mere $20 a week on groceries possible, it’s also probably a lot healthier than your current diet. Follow these tips […]

10 Tips For Cheap International Travel

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In my last post, I explained how to score international flights for a fraction of their normal cost, but how do you keep your budget down once you’ve arrived? By selling a kidney and/or pick-pocketing other tourists, obviously. But if you’re already down to your last kidney and have clumsy sausage fingers, here are some […]

Three Cool Ways to Get a Tablet with a Free Data Plan

T-Mobile free data

Consider the tablet. All done? I guess what I meant to say is, consider how you typically use your tablet. I suspect most of us fire them up at home or the office, connecting to the Wi-Fi networks available there. When we’re out and about, though, we switch to our smartphones. But wouldn’t it be […]

Thrift Stores Can Be Great for Savings Or Make You Really Itchy

Macklemore MV Scratch

(photo credit: screenshot of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop music video) Guys. Ladies. Fellas. Friends. We all love bargains. Bargains are what America is all about. Anyone in America who doesn’t love a bargain is probably in Al Qaeda and should immediately be detained and hopefully water boarded until they realize how great bargains […]

Our Nation’s Capital of the Hidden & the Odd

Congressional Cemetary The Scratch

The  land of the free, the home of the brave, and the city of the bizarre. Seems like a perfect way to describe our nation’s capital. Sure, you can visit the Washington Monument, the Air & Space Museum, and the White House, but if you ever went on a family vacation to DC, you’ve done […]

Should You Buy a TV with Built-in Roku?

TCL Roku TV

Here’s something that happened in Vegas that didn’t stay in Vegas. Way back in January–a month I’ve tried hard to forget, along with the rest of winter 2014–Roku announced that it had hooked up with TV makers Hisense and TCL. That was no shameless CES one-nighter; the union resulted in new lines of HDTVs with Roku […]

Credit Card Tactics to Earn You Free Airfare

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Credit cards have many uses: getting you out of debt, getting you into debt, helping you break into your dorm room after locking yourself out. But many people don’t realize that, with planning and patience, credit cards can also earn you free domestic and international airfare. It’s called credit card churning, which frankly sounds so […]

Attend Comic Con On A Budget

Comic Con attendees arrive at the building

Being a nerd is easy. Affording to be a nerd can be hard. With so many conventions held every year that cater to tastes from comic books to television shows to movies to little ponies, chances are better than average that everyone on the internet has at least one convention they’ll attend this year, or […]

Have a New York City Experience In Lancaster,PA

retro country girl

Planning a trip to the Big Apple can be exciting: Broadway shows, gourmet dining experiences, strolls through Central Park! There’s so much history, diversity, and life coursing through New York City’s veins, it’s no wonder the city never sleeps. It’s also probably up all night, tossing and turning, wondering how anyone can afford to stay there for […]

Get the 5.5-inch HTC Desire Smartphone for $199.99

HTC Desire 816

For the record, I despise the portmanteau “phablet.” Just because a smartphone has a large-ish screen doesn’t mean it’s a tablet (because tablets don’t make phone calls, duh). Seriously. “Phablet.” Barf. Now that we’re clear on that, QVC has the HTC Desire 816 5.5-inch phablet (dammit) for $199.95 shipped. This brand spankin’ new smartphone just landed […]

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