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The Best Cities in Which to Celebrate New Year's Eve.

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Best Cities in Which to Have Fun-filled New Year’s Eve Celebration 
Without Having to Rob a Bank to Do It

Orlando, San Francisco, and Atlanta lead the New Year’s Eve parade for cost-effective NYE celebration, according to our friends at WalletHub. They are great cities in which to have fun. The Lobster speaks from first-hand experience and has no reason to believe NYE will be any different.

The WalletHub survey ranks Denver, Buffalo, and Cincinnati closely behind Orlando, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

No matter where you wake up on New Year’s Day, do the Lobster a favor and be safe on New Year’s Eve. Don’t get stupid and don’t rob any banks.

For more information on the best places to ring in the new year, or to see where your city ranks in terms of the most NYE bang for the buck visit

The Lobster will greet the New Year in Kennett Square, Pa, the self-proclaimed Mushroom Capital of the World, where he will watch the lighting and dropping of a giant crystal mushroom.
2:01 PM

The Most Difficult Places to Stay off The Naughty List

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As we approach the Christmas season many of us are trying to avoid The Devil's Workshop in order to stay off of Santa's Naughty List and maximize our Christmas hauls.

In order to help you avoid the Naughty List, The Lobster presents the following list of the most sinful cities in the US, compiled by our good friends at WalletHub. Staying away from them should make it easier to have Santa inscribe your name on the Nice List.

Most Sinful Cities

1.  Las Vegas (I bet that was a tough call)
2.  St. Louis
3.  Cincinnati
4.  Orlando
5.  Springfield, Mo.
6.  Miami
7.  Richmond, Va.
8.  Baton Rouge
9.  Pittsburgh
10. New Orleans

The Lobster hopes that his counterparts at WalletHub didn't have to do a lot of personal research to develop this list.

The Lobster has spent time in 6 of these 10 cities and enjoyed them all.

To determine how fast your trip to the Naughty List will be WalletHub evaluated the 150 most populated cities based on the the occurrence of 7 deadly sinful behaviors: Anger and Hatred, Jealousy, Excesses and Vices, Avarice, Lust, Vanity and Laziness.

If you are looking for a quick trip to the Nice List, consider relocating to or staying in these least sinful cities,

141.  Santa Clarita, Ca.
142.  Glendale, Ca.
143.  Irvine, Ca.
144.  Santa Ana, Ca.
145.  Garden Grove, CA.
146.  Chula Vista, Ca
147.  Brownsville, Tx.
148.  Yonkers, NY
149.  Fremont, Ca.
150.  San Jose,

No clue to explain why 8 of the 10 least vice-ridden American cities are in California. Maybe they are "family values" cities and/or good places to raise kids.

For the record, Santa, The Lobster has visited 8 of the 10 least sinful cities, two more than the naughty cities he been to, and his hours logged in the nice cities exceed the time he has spent in the naughty places. However, in the interest of full disclosure, two of The Lobster's favorite cities to visit are on the Naughty List, Las Vegas and New Orleans. Honesty counts for something, doesn't it Santa.

For the full report or to see where your city ranks, please click over to But not until you have read The Lobster's other posts or otherwise perused this site.

According to WalletHub, St. Louis has the highest violent crime rate, per 1,000 residents, over 18. this is 33 times the rate in Irvine, Ca. the city with the lowest, 0.56.

According to the data, Las Vegas has the most adult entertainment businesses per 100,000 residents.

1:22 PM

The Government May Give You Stuff But That Doesn't Make It Free

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The Government May Give You Stuff But That Doesn't Make It Free

The Farmers Market Coalition has announced that its free SNAP EBT equipment program has been extended. Under the program USDA provides EBT equipment and services to farmers markets in order to allow more markets to accept EBT cards, thus making fresh fruits and vegetables more easily available to people who qualify for SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits. The equipment may be free to the farmers and markets, but is isn’t free. Someone has to pay for it.

For more information on the holiday season Give Away visit

Participating companies include MarketLink, MerchantSource, and TSYS.