Bullied 7-Year-Old Opens Food Pantry To Help Others Who Are Struggling

Bullied 7-year-old opens food pantry
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Being a kid is amazing. The freedom, the lack of responsibilities, the ability to do basically anything in public without repercussions that will haunt you for the rest of your life – it’s a time we aren’t fully able to appreciate until it’s gone. But for some, being a kid means facing struggles you aren’t equipped to handle. All it takes is one bully to turn the best time of your life into the worst. When you’re a kid being bullied, you often have to rely on others to stand up for you – unless, that is, you’re 7-year-old Cavanaugh Bell.

To say that Cavanaugh Bell was bullied feels like an understatement. The torment Cavanaugh experienced left him feeling lost, and at just 7-years-old, this brave young boy decided to do something about it.

“After I was bullied and I felt a darkness inside of me, I knew I didn’t want other kids to feel the same way I felt,” Cavanaugh explained on his GoFundMe page. “And, the more I gave back to my community, the more I wanted to keep doing it.”

After realizing his grandma was in the at-risk age group for COVID, Cavanaugh was determined to help her. But the 7-year-old knew his grandma wasn’t the only one facing a challenging situation – other people’s loved ones were at risk too, and Cavanaugh knew he had to help not just his loved ones, but everyone’s.

With his mom’s help, Cavanaugh poured everything he had into starting his own nonprofit, Cool & Dope. Rather than let the bullying keep him down, Cavanaugh used the feeling as motivation. No kid, no person, should feel the darkness he felt.

The Cool & Dope website states, “My name is Cavanaugh and I’m 7 years old. I used my own $600 savings to make care packs for the elderly in my area. I’ve been SO blessed to get help from people, like you, to create a FULL community pantry to help 5,000 people in need in Maryland.”

Cavanaugh is giving back, filling care packages with food and toiletries and distributing them throughout his community – he even opened a food pantry in a local warehouse. Just as importantly though, he’s empowering other kids to make a difference as well. In a video shared on Cool & Dope’s Twitter page, the little mover and shaker explained that he was tired of being told he was too little to help. According to Cavanaugh, nobody is too little to make a difference.

The most recent update on Cavanaugh’s GoFundMe page explains that his original goal was to help 1,000 people. A lofty goal, when a 7-year-old is in charge of the operation. But Cavanaugh has proven that he is no ordinary 7-year-old. With fierce tenacity, Cavanaugh has helped over 8,100 people to date. Filling trailer after trailer with supplies to distribute, opening a food pantry, and speaking out against bullying, Cavanaugh proved once and for all that no one is too small to be a hero.

Trick or Treat? Dunkin’ Created a Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut for Halloween

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Spicy and donut are two words that, historically, do not go together. But it’s 2020, and time to open your mind to new possibilities. Especially because Dunkin has created a Spicy Ghost Pepper donut, just in time for Halloween. Forget the old rules and try something truly crazy.

2020 is a terrible year, that breaks no ground. But it’s not ALL terrible. Along with a crazy amount of beloved entertainers passing away and that whole pandemicky thing people keep talking about, there have been a few positive developments this calendar year. It’s been a kinda fun food year, especially when it comes to overly sweet treats like a Reese’s Breakfast Snack Cake and Cinnamon Toast Crunch’s Cinnadust.

And now fast food spiciness is no longer relegated to chicken. Dunkin’ is now serving a Spicy Ghost Pepper donut. The special donut was created for Halloween but will be available until December. It’s a normal donut with a spicy strawberry icing containing a blend of cayenne and ghost pepper. It’s topped with some red sanding sugar, giving it a perfect pairing of spicy and sweet.

While it sounds pretty cool, it’s also part of Dunkin’s larger Halloween effort.

“While our classic bakery offering has plenty of crave-worthy treats, we’re excited to show our spicy side with a donut that packs a touch of heat with something sweet,” a Dunkin’ rep said in a press release.

Here’s the thing: it sounds interesting. But, early reports indicate it’s actually…good. Like, quite good.

Guy Fieri Feeds Thousands of First Responders Fighting California’s Glass Fire

Guy Fieri Feeds California First Responders
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Guy Fieri deep-fried his way into the hearts of millions with his enormous appetite and even bigger personality. From Diners, Dine-Ins and Dives to Guy’s Grocery Games, the spikey-headed foodie has created some of the most savory Food Network shows in existence. But for someone so impressively loud, Fieri stays surprisingly quiet about his extensive charity work.

Here’s something the platinum-haired chef doesn’t yell directly into the camera, Fieri makes sure any perishables left after filming Guy’s Grocery Games are donated to a nearby shelter. Oh, and after the 2018 Carr Wildfire devastated California, Guy and his team prepared and distributed over 2,000 meals to first responders. Recently, the Mayor of Flavortown raised $21 million for restaurant workers affected by COVID. Fieri has experienced a huge amount of success in the world of food, and he’s determined to spread both the wealth and the garlic bread.

Fieri is a seriously good dude, despite what the alarming number of memes may suggest. Last week, the Food Network star showed up once again when a crowd of hungry heroes needed him most. Whether it’s his love for his home county or he’s just trying to make up for wearing that ridiculous flame shirt (you know which one I’m talking about), Fieri is back and helping out with yet another California wildfire.

Around 2,800 emergency workers dropped everything to fight Northern California’s Glass Fire, a job that’s both dangerous and extremely taxing. People were evacuated, homes were destroyed, but these heroes stayed to mitigate the damage.

Once again, Fieri stepped up to be the heroes’ hero. The chef and his team assembled around 2,000 meals for the exhausted workers and distributed them at the Glass Fire Base Camp. Nothing hits quite like a heaping plate of pasta, garlic bread, and salad after a long day’s work.

“A MILLION THANKS to @GuyFieri and his talented team for bringing his delicious delights to #GlassFire base camp!” Cal Fire LNU shared on Twitter. “He made a lot of people very happy & full today!”

Fieri now lives in Santa Rosa California, but growing up in parts of Sonoma and Napa counties means that the fire-ravaged cities are still close to his heart. Fieri may be the mayor of Flavortown, but to emergency workers in California, he’ll always be the MVP (Most Valuable Pasta-distributor).

Oreo Releases Special Edition Rainbow Cookies To Celebrate LGBTQ+ Awareness Month

Oreo LGBTQ+ Rainbow Cookies
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Being a parent means loving our kids unconditionally. No matter who they are or who they love, it’s our job to make sure they feel valid and accepted. We can’t control what happens outside of our homes, but we can control what happens inside. When our LGBTQ+ kids enter the world, they will likely face far more challenges than their peers. But as parents, as their unwavering support system, we need to remind them that they’re not alone.

Though the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning) community has made a lot of progress in the past 50 years, we still have a long way to go in terms of allyship. It wasn’t until 1973 that homosexuality was even removed from the DSM II, meaning that before the 70s, being LGBTQ+ was considered a mental disorder. Laws have been made to prevent discrimination based on sexuality, and in 2015 (yes, just five years ago) gay marriage was legalized by the supreme court. Unfortunately, at the time, 14 states still clung to their same-sex marriage ban. Though opposition to gay marriage can’t be legally enforced, discrimination is still rampant throughout the US and beyond.

PFLAG is a national organization that promotes allyship and the celebration of diversity, particularly among families. PFLAG has partnered with Oreo to highlight the many challenges of being an LGBTQ+ person, particularly at home. Kids have an innate fear of disappointing their parents, and tragically, many members of the LGBTQ+ communities fear that their parents’ disappointment will stem from simply being who they are.

In honor of LGBTQ+ awareness month, Oreo released a special edition rainbow cookie to show their support for both the community and their allies. In addition to the cookies themselves, Oreo also released a moving short film called Proud Parent to underscore some of the challenges of being an LGBTQ+ person, particularly when introducing a same-sex partner to your family for the first time.

At the beginning of the film, Amy and her partner Jen prepare to visit Jen’s family. Jen’s dad is noticeably quiet throughout the interaction, and as a result, Jen is understandably hurt. Though the couple tries to enjoy their stay, watching Jen’s dad smile and laugh with other guests only reinforces the feeling of rejection. At the end of the film, Jen and Amy rush outside to see what Jen’s dad is doing. Jen’s eyes well with tears as he says, “did I do it right?” revealing the formerly-white picket fence in front of the family’s house, now painted as a vibrant rainbow.

The special edition cookies won’t be sold in stores, but 10,000 packs will be given away on Twitter and Instagram beginning on October 9. If you’re over 13 and are the proud owner of a Twitter or Instagram account, you can tag @OREO in a post and share what being an ally means to you. Use the hashtags #ProudParent and #Giveaway to boost their campaign, and your chances of winning.

Dad and Son Go Viral for Dance-Infused Breakfast Videos

Dad and Son Breakfast Dance
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Marcus and his 7-year-old son, MJ, wake up early and cook his mother a big breakfast in bed. And for a while, his mom only saw the end result, the delicious breakfast delivered to her door. But there was a lot more to their morning ritual, which she realized once Marcus started filming the prep process.

Marcus and MJ aren’t just cooking in the kitchen, they are also incorporating a little impromptu dance session into the process. And it’s the dance-infused cooking that went viral as millions loved seeing the special dad-son bond manifest in a different way.

The duo was even featured on the Today Show, where Marcus said he started the ritual for Valentine’s Day, and weeks later he videotaped their meal prep to show his wife, and his son wanted to keep doing it when he saw how happy it made her.

 

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“I grew up in a single parent home. I am also a teacher. I know a lot of kids who don’t have parents in the household,” Marcus said. “When I started posting the videos, I’d get comments from friends and people I don’t even know saying, ‘This is inspirational. I didn’t have a dad growing up.'”

“I wasn’t trying to be an inspiration, but it’s like thank you! It became one of those things. This is something positive. Let me keep posting. When it started going viral, that wasn’t my intent, but I decided let’s keep going.”

This is the type of Dad content we are here for. If you find a special, fun way to bond with your kid, it’s gonna be the type of content that brightens our day. And that’s what we need in 2020.

Taco Bell Made Their Own Wine To Pair With Chalupas

Taco Bell Wine
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Not many duos have the rich history of pairings that wine and cheese do. There may be splashier combos, like peanut butter and jelly, beer and pizza, but the wine and cheese have them whipped by centuries. So it’s not surprising to see a giant in the cheese game dip their toe into the grape alcohol industry. OK, maybe it is a little surprising to see Taco Bell create their own wine, but given you can get married at Taco bell, anything is possible these days.

The fast-food giant is debuting a custom wine, Jalapeno Noir, to pair with the toasted cheesy chalupa. Granted, this one may be a bit out there for some people. When it comes to food innovation, it doesn’t have quite the inevitability of Lucky Charms selling bags of their marshmallows or Cinnamon Toast Crunch selling their magic Cinnadust. But who hasn’t wanted to enjoy a Chalupa like a gentleman, with the perfectly paired wine?

Here’s the catch (there’s always a catch and it always comes midway through awesome news), you can only get it in Canada. It’s being sold on the Taco Bell Canada website and at some locations in Ontario. The cost for a bottle of Jalapeno Noir is $25 Canadian (about $19 in real money).

Taco Bell gave the combo the hard sell in their press release, calling the duo irresistible.

“The rich taste and crunchy texture of the beloved Toasted Cheesy Chalupa complements notes of wild strawberry, cherry and beetroot in this silky limited-editing red wine.”

While this is a fun, new idea for a brand, it’s still great to see them force as many buzz words as they can into a statement to class up the news even further. A spokesman for the brand said:

“Wine and cheese are simply meant to be together, so launching a new wine to go with the craveable, cheddary Toasted Cheesy Chalupa made perfect sense. At Taco Bell Canada, we love to raise our glass to big, bold ideas that elevate our menu items, and pairing our Toasted Cheesy Chalupa with this Jalapeño Noir is no exception.”

Here’s to big ideas indeed, and to one that many of us discovered on our own, Taco Bell pairs well with booze.

NBA Star Dominating the Bubble With Coffee Business Out of His Hotel Room

Butler Coffee
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Jimmy Butler has had a fantastic run in the NBA bubble. Not only has he been the go-to star for the Miami Heat, leading them to an improbably tear through the NBA playoffs, Butler has also taken advantage of the unique situation to run his own thriving coffee business out of his hotel room. And now, he’s filed trademarks for his biz to take this out of the hotel room and into the free market.

The NBA bubble has been a massive success. The league found a way to safely resume their season and have their playoffs, and they’ve done it without a single outbreak of COVID-19. The situation, derided at the time, involves keeping all the players stuck in hotels at Disney World. They even have a snitch hotline to allow people to anonymously report bubble violators.

With strict regulations, players can’t even have food delivered from certain restaurants. So Jimmy Butler took advantage of supply and demand and opened a coffee business out of his hotel room. He brought a French press with him to Florida and has been using it extensively apparently. Earlier in August, the first image of his “menu” board popped up on social media.

He’s tagged his “business” as Big Face Coffee. He sells it for $20 a cup for any size and had plenty of business as teammates and coaches were unhappy with the quality of coffee in the bubble.

And now it seems like Big Face Coffee could be coming home from Florida. Butler filed for a trademark for BFC and for his trademark slogan, “NO I.O.U.’s” While it’s only been the NBA elite that’s been able to enjoy Big Face Coffee, maybe it’ll become the next Starbucks (probably not). Either way, it’s been a funny side story from the bubble, to see the side hustle of Butler blossom just as his star rises on the court.

And who knows, maybe it’s been the Big Face Coffee that’s fueled the shocking tear the Heat went on through the playoffs.

McDonald’s Business Owner Gives Away 10,000 Free Meals After Hurricane

McDonald's Owner Gives Away Free Meals
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Natural disasters are inevitable, and they often present challenges to families and communities that can take years to overcome. When communities are hit with hardship, it often presents an unexpected opportunity for members of those communities to come together and support each other. In difficult situations, as the great philosopher, Mr. Rogers reminded us, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” When Hurricane Laura struck his town, that’s exactly what Rikesh Patel did – he became a helper.

Hurricane Laura was the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana in over 150 years. The storm caused widespread damage, power outages, and flooding, leaving many without electricity for weeks. Rikesh Patel owns 25 McDonald’s in Louisiana, a career that helps him feel connected to his community. After seeing the damage the storm caused, Patel knew he had to do something.

“My family and I run this business together,” Patel told The Dad. “My dad started it many years ago. My brothers and I grew up in the business and we have always believed in giving back to the communities we do business in.”

The day after the hurricane hit, Patel made a call to the McDonald’s Corporate Office in the hopes of obtaining the McRig. The McRig is a mobile kitchen that is completely self-sustained, meaning that it doesn’t rely on external power to function. Just a day later, the McRig arrived and Patel got to work.

“We staffed the McRig with our own employees,” Patel explained, “The employees that returned to the city, which were very few.”

Since most of his staff had evacuated, Patel did what he could with the resources he had. For six days, Patel and his dedicated employees served over 10,000 warm meals to members of the community, completely free of charge.

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“The community was so grateful,” Patel recalled. “We had many people who cried when they came and visited us, and we were just so happy to provide this for our community.”

The cheeseburgers and fries served by Patel and his staff were likely the first and only warm meals many members of the community had all week. Patel and his team worked tirelessly in the McRig, cooking and packing meals and water bottles for anyone in need.

After a natural disaster, there is so much fear and uncertainty. Because of his kindness, Patel provided far more than just food to his town – he provided hope. This generous business owner isn’t only giving back to his community though, he’s giving back to his employees.

“Unfortunately we have had many employees whose houses were damaged or destroyed,” said Patel. “We have started a relief fund and we are helping to cover any costs and repairs that our employees have experienced because of the hurricane.”

For nearly a week, Patel put his own needs on the back-burner as he tended to his community. Now, he’s turning his attention to his employees to make sure every single one of them gets back on their feet. Patel is overflowing with both kindness and generosity, which is basically the McDouble of being a good person.

It’s Jedi vs. Jean-Luc in Fun New Uber Eats Commercial

Luke Vs Jean Luc
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Is Star Wars vs. Star Trek really a thing? The new Uber Eats commercial seems to think so.

In the commercial, Mark Hamill and Patrick Stewart, the stars of two of Hollywood’s biggest space-based franchises square off over dinner orders, the correct pronunciation of “tomato,” and… Daddy insults while waiting for their Uber Eats to arrive. Which it very quickly does.

The ad is funny regardless of whether you know your Millennium Falcon from your starship Enterprise, and Hamill and Stewart are both beloved figures who’d draw major crowds at Comic-Con, but the conceit seems to be that they are at odds because of the properties that made them famous.

In my mind, Star Wars and Star Trek couldn’t be more different. Star Wars is pure fantasy, a fairy tale with magic and monsters that happens to take place in outer space. Star Trek is pure science-fiction, the action movie trappings of the Chris Pine reboot notwithstanding, featuring moral quandaries, philosophical debates, and even some actual science. There is no science in Star Wars. A parsec is measures distance, not time, Han! No wonder Greedo was so mad.

Anyway, I’m probably taking this way too seriously. Thankfully, neither of the actors are, which makes for an entertaining commercial.

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Daughter Saves Dad’s Taco Truck With a Tweet

Twitter Taco Plea Saves Dad's Business
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The global pandemic has crushed huge swaths of the economy, decimating entire industries. Few have been hit as hard as restaurants, travel, and entertainment. We’ve lost thousands of great, independent restaurants and dive bars, the places that give communities character (along with great meals and memories). And some shops have needed some extra help to stay open in these brutal times.

One of these was a taco truck in Texas. A young woman in Texas had been checking in regularly with her dad, as his taco truck business began to slow to a crawl. One day, after hearing he had only made $6 during a 12-hour shift, she decided to try and help the best way a young person can: by posting about it on social media.

His daughter Giselle posted: “Hey Twitter!! I wouldn’t normally do this, but my dad’s taco truck business is struggling, he only sold $6 today. If you could retweet, I would appreciate you so much!!”

And retweet they did, as it quickly went viral, getting more than 10,000 RTs. And it worked, as he has had more business than he can handle.

His daughter tearfully posted a thank you after customers came in waves until he was sold out. He’s been working ferociously since, as his daughter’s plea to give her dad’s cooking a chance has been heard far and wide.

She said her dad doesn’t understand social media, but “is so grateful for everyone who is spreading the word.”

“COVID has been a nightmare for small businesses, thank you for putting a smile on his face,” she added.

 

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It’s a sweet story of a daughter’s love for her dad helping save his business, but the broader takeaway is just how hard this time is on a lot of people, and the only path forward is for communities to come together to help those who need it most in any way they can.

Pringles Partners With Rick and Morty To Bring You Out-of-This-World Flavors

Rick and Morty Pringles
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Snacks and TV go together like dads and lawnmowers. The geniuses at Pringles know this – since 1967, they have brought us the most convenient snacking container, and the only chips that don’t get crushed if you sneak them into a movie theater in your backpack. The people at Pringles have done an incredible job of keeping chips interesting over the years, with over 34 different flavors currently available in the US. Last year, Pringles jumped on the Rick and Morty bandwagon bringing us a Pickle Rick pickle-flavored chip fit for a drunk mad scientist.

Now, Rick and Morty are venturing even deeper into the snack universe. Teaming up once again with our favorite potato-based chips, Pringles is launching two new flavors inspired by the colorful universe-hopping duo. Rick and Morty showed up in a hilarious Super Bowl commercial last year, in which Rick realizes he’s stuck in a Pringles commercial with a robotic army of Pringles-pushing Mortys. The cyber-Mortys march into the living room, mechanically urging Summer and Rick to “stack Pringles, make endless new flavors.” It’s as if the plan was set into motion long ago – now, thanks to the two new flavors, you can indeed stack (Rick and Morty) Pringles to make some interesting new flavors.

Pickle Rick pickle-flavored Pringles were the first of the trio to hit stores, but joining the tangy tube on the interdimensional snack scene are Honey Mustard Morty and Look at Me! I’m Cheddar & Sour Cream.

According to the press release, the Honey Mustard Morty’s “sweet flavor profile perfectly embodies Morty Smith’s well-mannered and blissfully ignorant nature, while the slight hint of tanginess reflects the risky adventures he’s unwillingly roped into by his Grandpa Rick.”

On the Cheddar & Sour Cream front, the snack giant explains that “Mr. Meeseeks tall, powder-blue figure is naturally emulated in this narrow can of Pringles crisps. Since existence is pain for a Meeseeks, you better eat these crisps fast—which should be no problem given how delicious these flavors are.”

Senior director of marketing for Pringles explained, “After launching the Pickle Rick crisps for the 2020 Big Game, the response from both fanbases was literally out of this world. The Pringles brand prides itself on pushing fans to find new, creative ways to unlock endless dimensions of flavor. Paired with the standout hit, Pringles Pickle Rick crisps, these snackable, stackable crunchy treats are an absolute must-have for fans.”

A must-have for fans of Rick and Morty, and a must-have for fans of Pringles. Basically, these crispy snacks are made for pretty much everyone. Beginning this month, these limited-edition Pringles will be on sale exclusively at Walmart in stores and online, in a universe near you.

The New Reese’s Breakfast Snack Cake Is Coming To Save 2020

Reese's Breakfast Snack Cake
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Whining about how terrible 2020 is turning out to be is probably the most preferred pastime of 2020. And objectively, yes, it has been pretty not so great (pandemic and all). But, but, but, not EVERYTHING is bad. Reese’s is coming in hot before the end of the year to remind us that new things can still be beautiful and great, as they release their brand new snack cake.

Food may be our only saving grace from the pandemic-stained 2020. After all, we now have Lucky Charms selling marshmallows on their own by the bag, Cinnamon Toast Crunch selling their magic Cinnadust, and Cheetos jumping into the mac and cheese game. Reese’s Snack Cake is our latest new comfort food to get us through the day.

They are billing it as the “perfect mid-morning snack” which you can simply translate to your sugar-packed breakfast by either sleeping in until mid-morning or through playing by your own rules because you are an adult and sometimes you just eat a mid-morning snack cake because you can.

It’s the same Reese’s peanut butter you know and love, topped on a soft chocolate cake, and the whole thing is covered in milk chocolate. They are selling in packs of two for $1.99 and have their sights set on chomping into the coffee cake market. Reese’s is basically saying that 2020 is crazy, so why not have cake for breakfast? And honestly, that’s a rock-solid argument. I am here for it.

“We wanted to create the perfect treat for Reese’s fans to satisfy that mid-morning sweet tooth,” said Reese’s spokesman. “We know that sometimes you just don’t want to wait until lunch.”

Not only do I not want to wait until lunch, but I also don’t want to wait until December when these will finally be in stores everywhere.

Hero Makes Impassioned Plea To City Council for Renaming of Boneless Wings

Man Wants Boneless Chicken Banished
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People have had some extra time on their hands over the past few months. Some of us are diving deep into Netflix, some of us are learning how to play a new instrument or finally writing that novel. Some of us, like Anders Christensen of Lincoln, Nebraska, has become an activist. The best part is that no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, he’s tackling a cause we can all get behind.

Last week, Anders went to the city council meeting for his town, and he raised an issue in front of the town’s leadership. The issue is one that impacts all of us, especially during football season. And Anders is demanding a solution to years, if not decades, of malfeasance. A concerned citizen, Anders wants the lies to stop!

He wants us to stop referring to them as “boneless wings.” And if you think he’s joking, you’re sorely mistaken, as one man learns when he makes the mistake of chuckling while Anders is making his case.

Long story short: boneless chicken wings aren’t made from the wings of chickens. Anders demands truth-telling from sports bars and other restaurants, or, at least, the use of more precise nomenclature.

“We have been casually ignoring a problem that has gotten so out of control that our children are throwing around names and words without even understanding their true meaning, treating things as though they’re normal”, he explains. And it gets better.

Watch the full video below, and remember: not all heroes wear capes. Some wear wet wipes.