5 free cartoon channels on the Roku platform [VIDEO]

Get ready for a trip down memory lane with Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Transformers and more on these 5 free cartoon channels! Stream hundreds of cartoons – both classic and new – for FREE. Simply click the links below to add the channels to your Roku players or Roku TVs.

What’s your favorite cartoon of all time? Drop us a comment below and let us know!

5. Hasbro Studios: Stream your favorite cartoons from the 80s and 90s, including hits like G.I. Joe and Transformers.

4. Kartoons.TV: Here you can find Casper the Friendly Ghost, Betty Boop, and cartoons from Ub Iwerks (the animator who drew Mickey Mouse).

3. Pokémon TV: Stream animated adventures starring Ash, Pikachu, and all their friends.

2. Cartoon Station: Vintage cartoon fans will love this channel – with viewing options like Felix the Cat, Popeye, and Woody Woodpecker.

1. Toon Goggles: Cartoon lovers of all ages will enjoy Toon Goggles, with entertainment ranging from nursery rhymes to Minecraft.

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Here Are This Year’s 8 Most Ridiculously Calorie-Filled Chain Restaurant Meals

Fast food chains may, deservedly, get flack from public health advocates for their menus filled with salty, breaded, greasy grub, but most fast food meals have nothing on their sit-down restaurant cousins across the parking lot. A bacon cheeseburger may look like a healthy snack compared to the winners of this year’s Xtreme Eating awards.

These awards are given out annually by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in the hope of reminding diners (and lawmakers and regulators) that your favorite local lunch, dinner, or dessert spot might be serving you up some real calorie-bombs without you realizing.

Once again, the Cheesecake Factory dominates the list, responsible for two of the eight menu items (neither of them cheesecake). Other popular eateries on the CSPI’s roundup include IHOP (but not for pancakes), and Uno Pizzeria (but not for pizza).

Enough talk. Let’s get to the awards!

Least Original Breakfast

IHOP: Cheeseburger Omelette with side of Buttermilk Pancakes

• Calories: 1,990

• Saturated Fat: 45g

• Sodium: 4,580mg

• Added Sugar: 44g (estimated)

• Cholesterol: 1,0005mg

Are you an early starter who likes to get as much done before noon as possible? IHOP has a way for you to get a full day’s worth of calories, two full days’ of saturated fat and sodium, and enough cholesterol for four days.

This IHOP omelette has hamburger patty pieces, hash browns, tomatoes, onions, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles. Throw in that side of buttermilk pancakes (and their attendant butter and syrup) and CSPI says you’ve eaten the equivalent of four McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffins… drizzled with 2 additional tablespoons of syrup.

(UPDATE: In response to the CSPI report, a rep from IHOP emailed a statement to Consumerist.

“While we applaud the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s efforts to educate Americans on making healthier food choices, it’s misleading to single out the highest meal combinations without informing people of the wide range of choices offered at IHOP restaurants, including the ability to customize any item to meet a variety of dietary needs,” reads the statement, which also points out that IHOP’s nutritional information is available on the chain’s website, though it is one huge, confusing sheet of data for all menu items and not on the web page for each menu item.)

Worst Cheese in a Leading Role

Buffalo Wild Wings:

Cheese Curd Bacon Burger

• Calories: 1,950

• Saturated Fat: 53g

• Sodium: 4,700mg

How do you take a bacon cheeseburger, which will range from around 400 calories to 800 or so calories at your typical fast food chain, and convert it into nearly 2,000 calories?

Top it with battered, deep-fried cheese curds and whatever “cool heat sauce” is.

If you eat that burger and the side of fries, CSPI says that’s the same as roughly five Burger King Bacon Double Cheeseburgers.

You could also eat an entire large order of hot wings at BWW and still have a couple hundred calories left over before reaching the calories of this sandwich and fries.

Worst Original Appetizer

Dave & Buster’s:

Carnivore Pizzadilla

• Calories: 1,970

• Saturated Fat: 67g

• Sodium: 4,440mg

What do you get when you combine a pizza and a quesadilla? An appetizer that might have more calories than the meal it precedes.

The Dave & Buster’s Carnivore Pizzadilla is stuffed with Manchego cheese, cheddar cheese, pepperoni, and Italian sausage, then topped with additional pepperoni and sausage… and don’t forget the bacon, marinara, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Granted, this 12″ appetizer is probably meant to be shared, but even one-fourth of the Pizzadilla is enough calories and fat for a full meal.

“To your arteries and waistline, a Carnivore Pizzadilla looks like 100 slices of pepperoni layered atop two Taco Bell Cheese Quesadillas,” writes CSPI, “or half a stick of butter melted over three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese.”

Special Honor: The Putting Profits Before Public Health Award

Honoree: Domino’s

By now, restaurant chains nationwide were supposed to be posting their nutrition information next to menu items. But, after years of industry lobbying — primarily by pizza chains, and in particular Domino’s, according to CSPI — the Food and Drug administration decided in May to further delay that new regulation, with the intention of rewriting it.

CSPI and the National Consumer League sued the FDA in June, arguing that the agency’s actions are arbitrary, capricious, and illegal.

“Americans deserve to know what we’re eating, but Domino’s would prefer that we’re kept in the dark,” said CSPI senior nutritionist Lindsay Moyer. “Every day of delay means the industry has more opportunity to weaken the law that Congress passed seven long years ago.”

Worst Visceral Effects

Chili’s: Ultimate Smokehouse Combo
• Calories: 2,440

• Saturated Fat: 41g

• Sodium: 7,610mg

Choosing this flexible feast gives the diner the option to choose three meats from a variety of four options: BBQ chicken breast; jalapeño-cheddar smoked sausage; battered Chicken Crispers; or a half rack of baby back ribs.

To hit the 2,000-calorie mark for their meal, the CSPI went with the sausage, the Crispers (with honey-mustard sauce for dipping), and the ribs. Of course, one can’t forget the sides: roasted street corn; homestyle fries; chili-garlic toast; and garlic dill pickles.

To get an idea of how much food this was, the Xtreme Eating judges compared this Smokehouse Combo with Chili’s sirloin steak dinner (a 10-oz. steak topped with garlic butter; mashed potatoes; and steamed broccoli). The Smokehouse Combo was like eating three of these steak dinners, says CSPI.

“Why stop at a triple meal? Why not serve four meats and four sides? Or five?” asks CSPI. “And forget the tray. How about a trough?”

Worst Adapted Pasta

The Cheesecake Factory:

Pasta Napoletana

• Calories: 2,310

• Saturated Fat: 79g

• Sodium: 4,370mg

The first of two non-cheesecake items from the Cheesecake Factory to make this list is, quite literally, the restaurant chain’s answer to the question, “How can we turn a meat lover’s pizza into a pasta?”

The result is a pile of pasta (greased with butter and cream), covered in Italian sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, and bacon.

So how does it compare to a Meat Lover’s pizza from Pizza Hut? It’s about the same calories as eating an entire medium pie (or nearly three personal Meat Lover’s) from that pizza chain.

“Check with your waiter for a list of nearby cardiac care unit,” advises CSPI.

Most Damage from a

Supporting Vegetable

Texas Roadhouse:

16-oz. Prime Rib with Loaded Sweet Potato

• Calories: 2,820

• Saturated Fat: 72g

• Sodium: 5,330

• Added Sugar: 51g (estimated)

The Loaded Sweet Potato gets a special callout in this meal — the highest calorie count on the 2017 awards — because it really helps to push what was already a hefty meal into new territory. It also costs you an extra $.99.

The prime rib alone is a real beast for your belly: a full pound that accounts for 1,570 calories on its own.

Then you get your side of two choices, and forking over that extra buck for the sweet potato (covered in mini marshmallows and caramel sauce) adds 770 calories to your plate.

So you keep it green with your second side: a Caesar salad. But what you may not know is that all of this before you is the same as eating two Texas Roadhouse 12-oz. New York strip steak dinners (with mashed potatoes and vegetables), and a slice of strawberry cheesecake.

Worst Cocktail Design

The Cheesecake Factory:

The Flying Gorilla

• Calories: 950

• Saturated Fat: 26g

• Added Sugar: 60g (estimated)

The Cheesecake Factory returns for this frozen nightcap, a chocolate banana milkshake made with dark chocolate and banana liqueurs.

Yes, it’s the least-calorific item on this year’s list, but at 950 calories for just one drink, you’re downing the equivalent of a Big Mac and medium fries at McDonald’s. CSPI came up with an equivalent of their own: take five scoops of chocolate ice cream and pour a 20-ounce Budweiser over them. (Then wonder why you just went and ruined perfectly good ice cream.)

Have two of these cocktails and you’ve basically consumed all your calories for the day (though you should probably eat something at that point, and also call a cab).

Most Ridiculous Ending

Uno Pizzeria & Grill:

Ridiculously Awesome, Insanely Large Chocolate Cake

• Calories: 1,740

• Saturated Fat: 32g

• Sodium: 770mg

• Added Sugar: 168g (estimated)

We finish with this neither pizza nor grill item from Uno Pizzeria & Grill both because it’s a dessert and because it has such an incredibly stupid, longwinded name that we wonder if anyone actually says it, or do they just say “Give me the chocolate cake”?

Regardless of the name, this chock-full-of-calories slice of cake (yes, unlike the Pizzadilla above, this nutritional information is for a single slice) is nearly a full day’s worth of calories, almost two days’ worth of saturated fat and about half a week’s intake of added sugar.

While these menu items might represent the high end of calories, sugars, and sodium, they aren’t that far off from the usual fare available at these same restaurants. For instance, Uno offers six desserts that each have at least 1,000 calories.

“Leave it to America’s chain restaurant industry to market a stack of pancakes as a side dish, or to lard up quesadillas and pasta with pizza toppings, or to ruin a perfectly good sweet potato,” said CSPI’s Moyer. “These meals are extreme, but even the typical dishes served at restaurants are a threat to Americans’ health because they increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more.”

NASA Is Hiring A Planetary Protection Officer And No This Is Not A Joke

Look, guys. I don’t know for sure whether or not aliens exist. But I do know that if they come after us, I want someone in charge of protecting the planet from harm. NASA wants that too, so they’re hiring a Planetary Protection Officer tasked with keeping us safe from outerspace threats.

Specifically, whoever is hired for the position of Planetary Protection Officer will work in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection, which is concerned with “the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”

Simply put: NASA doesn’t want anyone — human or robot — on a space mission bringing back something they shouldn’t, intentionally or unintentionally, or spreading that stuff around elsewhere in the solar system.

NASA’s policies regarding planetary protection are applicable to all space flight missions that are “intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration.”

To that end, the PPO is responsible for things like leading NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASA’s space flight missions.

While the listing notes that “Frequent travel may be required,” it does not indicate whether that travel will be at lightspeed.

Amazon Changes Return Policies For Third-Party Sellers, Who Worry About Fraud

One of the ways that Amazon has been able to offer such a wide selection of items has been through its Marketplace, or third-party sellers. These businesses or individuals would ship from their own bookshelves, garages, or warehouses, handling order fulfillment and letting Amazon expand its inventory without building any new warehouses. Now a new policy makes it clear that sellers who handle their own orders are at a disadvantage.

Returnless Refunds

CNBC reports that the change that Amazon announced to its sellers involves how returns work. If an item can be returned, the customer will be able to print a return label instantly, without having to first contact the seller and get the return authorized. This change applies to sellers who handle their own fulfillment, and who may not want Amazon generating free shipping labels for customers.

Sellers are also concerned about “returnless refunds” for sellers who fulfill their own orders, though this looks like an opt-in program. Have you ever had a problem with a product, and the seller told you not to bother to send it back? Sellers will be able to allow that for certain items, where customers can request a refund but the seller doesn’t want to bother to pay return shipping.

Fulfilled by Amazon vs. Fulfilled by me

Why this matters is that sellers who fulfill their own orders are deliberately not part of the Fulfilled by Amazon program. Sellers have the choice of storing and shipping their own merchandise, or sending it to an Amazon warehouse to be part of the Fulfillment by Amazon program. They effectively are renting space in an Amazon warehouse and also paying a commission. Some sellers prefer this. Getting merchandise out of your garage and eligible for Prime is an advantage, for smaller sellers. Other sellers who have their own robust shipping operations, and who might have their own employees, don’t.

This sometimes leads to consumer confusion, since from a shopper’s point of view, the thing they purchased ships in an Amazon box with free Prime shipping. Yet for the purpose of the manufacturer’s warranty or other problems, the shopper didn’t buy the item from Amazon; they bought it from Steve’s Headphone Store.

These return policy changes are meant to make the process of returning an item to Steve’s Headphone Store the same as returning an item to Amazon, or to a Fulfilled by Amazon seller.

Some sellers aren’t happy about the new system and having these rules apply to them. Sellers even expressed fear that scammers will find a way to game this system and defraud sellers, especially with returnless refunds. Will these policies crush small sellers, as some complained, or force them to use Amazon’s warehouses? At least Amazon is rolling out this change a few months before the holiday season.

Study: Happy People Buy Time Instead Of Stuff

They say money can’t buy you love — but can it buy happiness? That’s up for debate, but a new study says that using your funds to purchase time — something we all wish we had more of — can lead to increased happiness.

Despite the fact that incomes are rising these days, people can get stressed out when they feel like they don’t have enough time, notes a team of researcher from the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, but they found that people who spend their money on time-saving services report “greater life satisfaction.”

For example, paying someone else to do household chores like cleaning and cooking, or pick up your dry-cleaning.

While one may think that having a lot of money could offer a way out of the “time famine” of modern life, as researchers put it, some evidence suggests that the wealthy folk often spend time engaging in stressful activities, like shopping or commuting.

“Feelings of time stress are in turn linked to lower well-being, including reduced happiness, increased anxiety, and insomnia,” researchers note, adding that time stress is also a factor in underlying rising rates of obesity: People who don’t have time say that’s the reason they don’t eat healthy foods or exercise regularly.

Survey Says

Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 people from the United States, Denmark, Canada, and the Netherlands. In all samples, respondents completed two questions about whether — and how much — money they spent each month to increase their free time by paying someone else to complete unenjoyable daily tasks.

Respondents also rated their satisfaction with life, and reported their annual household income, the number of hours they work each week, age, marital status, and the number of children living at home.

Across several samples — including adults from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, and a bunch of Dutch millionaires — buying time was linked to greater life satisfaction.

The results held for a wide range of demographics, as well as for the amount that respondents spent on groceries and material and experiential purchases each month.

“These results were not moderated by income, suggesting that people from various socioeconomic backgrounds benefit from making time-saving purchases,” researchers find.

Researchers also conducted a field study in which 60 adults were randomly assigned to spend $40 on a time saving purchase on one weekend, and $40 on a material purchase on another weekend. Results showed that people felt happier when they spent money on a time saving purchase than on a material purchase.

“People who hire a housecleaner or pay the kid next door to mow the lawn might feel like they’re being lazy,” said study lead author Ashley Whillans, assistant professor at Harvard Business School. “But our results suggest that buying time has similar benefits for happiness as having more money.”

Essential Phone will be released soon in US and international markets

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Andy Rubin’s startup, Essential, announced its highly-anticipated smartphone in late-May. The high-end device, called Essential Phone, is aimed at flagship buyers looking for something a little different from an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8, packing some cool features and a clean design at a competitive price. But, unlike an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8, you cannot just go out and buy an Essential Phone. Users can, however, “reserve” one, in either black or white, but when it will ship is as yet unknown at this stage. An email from Andy Rubin gives us a pretty good idea as to when… [Continue Reading]