1. A candy shop in Des Moines, Iowa has created the perfect combination of fancy-schmancy adulthood and the childlike glee that comes with eating strands of spun sugar: wine flavored cotton candy. Right now the Chocolate Storybook candy shop is offering two varieties of the sweet, cloud-like delight: merlot and chardonnay. The wine flavors round out an already impressive list of cotton candy that includes root beer, lime, cherry berry, banana, strawberry banana, vanilla, grape, apple and, of course, just plan 'ol cotton candy flavored. The best news? You don't have to travel to Iowa to get it. You can buy it right on their website for $3.95 a tub.
2. Ryan Grepper from Portland, Ore. has literally created the coolest cooler ever. And, even better? He's given it the perfect name: The Coolest. The cooler is nothing short of amazing, featuring every single thing you could possibly want in a cooler: beach wheels, built-in plates, rust-proof knife, a cutting board, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, cup holders, a bottle opener, a USB charger and a built-in blender. Grepper's Kickstarter goal of $50,000 has been shattered, with almost $6 million pledged so far. If you pledge a cool(est!) $185 by August 29, this party-in-a-cooler could be yours.
3. From the notorious Biggie/Tupac feud to the mysterious case of Natalie Wood's accidental drowning case that was re-opened in 2011, this gallery delves into the stories behind 20 of the most well-known American murders that have never been solved. Number 15 will have you questioning yourself before downing a Tylenol.
4. This week, Amazon rolled out a new all-you-can-read book service. For just $10 a month, readers can subscribe to its new Kindle Unlimited service, giving them access to over 600,000 books via their e-readers. Included in these titles are popular series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, James Bond and The Lord of the Rings. In addition, subscribers will also have access to thousands of audiobooks as well. It will be interesting to see how it compares to Overdrive, the virtual e-book library service offered through the Orange County Public Library.
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