Florida man’s 826-pound bluefin tuna catch becomes new state record

A Destin, Florida man’s 826-pound, 8-ounce bluefin tuna catch has officially become one of the five new saltwater fishing records in the state, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Tuesday.

Angler Rick Whitley caught the massive tuna — which measured 114 inches in length and 80 inches around — off a fishing boat called “You Never Know” in May 2017, according to the FWC.

“Whitley’s impressive catch took the vacant bluefin tuna state record slot, filling the final vacancy in the conventional tackle category,” the FWC said in a news release.


One Tennessee man, Lanny Clark, witnessed Whitley make fishing history in the state.

“I was just blown away when I finally saw the fish. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Clark told the Tennessean at the time, adding that Whitley worked for three hours to reel the fish in.

The bluefin tuna, which “fought to the death,” Clark said, had an estimated market value of $20,000.


The four other record catches that were recently approved by the FWC include a 4-pound, 8-ounce hardhead catfish caught by Ethan Pillitteri; a 35-pound, 9-ounce almaco jack caught by Lewis Sapp; a 2-pound kingfish caught by Raymond A. Hathorn, Jr.; and a 26-pound horse-eye jack caught by Sharon Kartrude Pryel.

Whitley did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Wednesday.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Yelp is now publishing health inspection scores on restaurant pages

Yelp is now offering users more information when choosing where to eat.

The review app, which many turn to for suggestions on restaurants and services, is adding health inspection scores to restaurant pages to help customers make more informed decisions all across the country.


The new data is part of the brand’s Local Inspector Value Entry Specification – or LIVES – program that launched in some cities in 2013.

“Our goal has always been to give consumers as much information as possible about local businesses,” the press release said.

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The health inspection score will update on the business’s page to reflect the most current information regarding hygiene.


Yelp has partnered with HDScores to assign number values between 1 and 100 to businesses to reflect the alphabetical health score that typically appear in a restaurant’s window.

The health inspection score will update on the business’s page to reflect the most current information regarding hygiene.

The company is hoping the new information, which is currently available for restaurants in major cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago, will have a positive impact on consumers – and the restaurant industry.


On their blog, Yelp referenced a study of the Los Angeles restaurant industry, suggesting that “when consumers have better exposure to restaurant hygiene scores, the number of hospitalizations due to foodborne illness drops. The LA study also demonstrated that when restaurant scores are posted conspicuously, best practices improve across the industry.”

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

L’Oréal-owned company called ‘racist,’ accused of using Photoshop to make model’s hand appear darker

A L’Oréal-owned Korean beauty company, Stylenada, has been accused of painting a light skinned model’s hand black in an advertisement for their nail polish.


In the ad for the Layering Nail Lacquer, a white hand and a black hand are intertwined – each sporting the same soft orange polish. However, Twitter users quickly spotted the unusual coloring of the black hand and claimed Stylenada had Photoshopped it to appear darker.


Many others on Twitter also called out the company for allegedly altering the photo instead of just hiring a black model.

Though neither Stylenada nor L’Oreal have admitted that the model used was Photoshopped, Stylenada did apologize on Twitter for the advertisement and has removed it from their website.

L’Oreal did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.


Star Trek vodka contains alcohol ‘from space’

Star Trek fans will soon be able to own an alcohol that Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself would put down the Earl Grey for.

Ten-Forward Vodka, made by Silver Screen Bottling Company and CBS Consumer Products, is created by sending a small batch of the alcohol out into the earth’s mesosphere using a high-altitude balloon, Food & Wine reported.


Once the vodka is safely back from its trip to the final frontier, the brand said it will be “carefully protected and blended into the stock of Ten-Forward Vodka insuring that a portion of every bottle will contain vodka from space.”

Vancouver, Canada - March 25, 2014:A model of the Federation starship USS Enterprise, commanded by Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series. The model is made by Art Asylum and released by Diamond Select.

The vodka is named after the on-ship bar area on the Starship Enterprise-D in The Next Generation, Ten Forward lounge.


Though, Ryan Mcelveen, Chief Operating Officer of Silver Screen Bottling, admits traveling to the outer edges of the earth’s atmosphere won’t change the taste of the six-distilled grain-alcohol, the boozy gimmick will give Trekkie’s the opportunity to “boldly go where no man has gone before” with their beverage.

The vodka, which is named after the on-ship bar area on the Starship Enterprise-D in The Next Generation, Ten Forward lounge, sports a logo that is equally as representative of the beloved science fiction series.

“The graphics were designed by a guy named Michael Okuda,” Mcelveen told Food & Wine. “He has serious cred in the Star Trek community.”


The far-reaching vodka is currently available for preorder for $29.99.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Why Rob Decker is on a mission to photograph every National Park

It’s safe to say Colorado photographer and graphic artist Rob Decker knows a thing or two about America’s national parks. Studying under famed photographer Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park at age 19 sparked a passion in Decker for the park system, which has inspired his creative work ever since.

After retiring from a 30 year career in the arts as an independent producer, he has launched a mission to design posters of all major protected areas.

To that end, Decker chatted exclusively with Fox News about just why The National Park Poster Project is so important to him, the best national parks and his thoughts on tentatively escalating admission costs throughout one of our greatest national treasures.

FOX NEWS: What inspired this journey of recreating iconic images of every national park?

RD: I’ve been a big fan of the national parks my whole life. I grew up in Northern California and spent a lot of time in Yosemite National Park. The first time, I was just six years old, camping in the valley with my family. Even before this project started, I had visited more than half of America’s national parks.

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“The inspiration for this project actually started about five years ago when my daughter got married.”

 (Rob Decker)

What was it like to study under Ansel Adams in Yosemite when you were 19?

Studying under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when I was just 19 was an experience that solidified my love of photography and the national parks. I was pretty awe-struck at the time, but as time goes by, I appreciate that experience now even more. There were so many lessons learned, but perhaps most important was the idea of pre-visualization – to create the image in your mind’s eye.

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“I try to capture that iconic view – one that hopefully represents a visitor’s own experience at the park.”

 (Rob Decker)


What inspired you to launch the project?

The inspiration for this project actually started about five years ago when my daughter got married. She found a vintage-style dress and I created the save the date cards, table cards, and even a poster that all the guests could sign. The images were from places around Colorado, and I designed them in this retro, WPA-style. And, although it was my daughter’s special day, I got a lot of encouragement to do something more…

I started working with photographs I had taken of the national parks over the years, and ran three successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns over the next 18 months. The campaigns were so popular, that I decided to leave my day job in the rear-view mirror and focus on The National Park Poster Project full-time.

What exactly are your methods for creating the posters?

Each poster starts with a photograph that I take at each park. I try to capture that iconic view – the Teton Range (Grand Teton National Park), the Delicate Arch (Arches National Park), the Bass Harbor Head Light (Acadia National Park) – one that hopefully represents a visitor’s own experience at the park. The photographic images are then run through a digital process I’ve created that transforms them into graphic art in a style reminiscent of the WPA artists of the 1930s and 40s.

One of the biggest challenges in all of this is creating the text that appears at the top of each poster –  crafting a dozen or so words that captures the essence of the park.

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“Yosemite National Park is by far my favorite national park.”

 (Rob Decker)


Which national park is your favorite? Why?

Yosemite National Park is by far my favorite national park. My history there goes back well beyond my first visit – my grandparents honeymooned there in the 1920s! In addition to the many camping trips with my family and backpacking with friends, we celebrated my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary there, and my brother was married in the Yosemite Valley Chapel.

Of course, the time spent there with Ansel Adams is at the top of the list!

What’s next for this project? For you as an artist?

My goal has always been to create posters for each of the 60 national parks in the country, and I’m well on my way to reaching that mark, having visited 43, and will probably get to a couple more this year. The big challenge will be the eight national parks in Alaska.

Beyond this, I am looking to create and publish a book of black and white photographs I’ve made in the national parks. That project will really allow me to get back to my roots as a photographer.


What are your thoughts on the National Park Service tentatively increasing admission fees at select, popular parks in order to fund infrastructure projects?

Clearly there has been a lot of backlash from the proposal to raise rates at some of the most popular national parks, and I believe the National Park Service has tabled that for now. There is no question that we need to do something to help fund the backlog of infrastructure projects and there are a few in Congress who are looking at ways to do this through the federal budget.

One of the things that I have been able to do with this project is to give back, and I donate 10% of annual profits to many organizations that support our national parks.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Some Napa Valley wines contain traces of radioactive particles from Fukushima, study finds

This wine has a bite and it’s not the tannins.

French researchers recently discovered that some Northern California wines bottled around the time of the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan contain radioactive particles from the accident.


The nuclear disaster was  triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the aftermath of which was widespread. Radioactive materials were released into the ocean and air, with some reaching as far as the Pacific coast.

For the study, researchers examined a series of vintage Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines from 2009 to 2012 to see if they could detect an increase in radioactive particles around the time the Fukushima Accident occurred.

The method used, which involves low background gamma spectrometry, was developed in 2011 by Philippe Hubert, one of the pharmacologists on the study. It was originally invented to determine the authenticity of vintage wines.

The researchers didn’t detect the cesium-137, a radioactive isotope, in the wine until they vaporized it and turned it into ash. At that point, the discovered the wine contained twice as much radioactive particles as the wines bottled before the nuclear disaster.


However, the amount detected is still considered “extremely low.”

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

Buy a house before it hits the market with these tips

Buying a home is a lot like running a race: Once a listing goes live, buyers have to sprint off the starting block before throngs of other buyers start bidding. Talk about stressful!

What if there were a way to buy a house before it’s officially on the market?

Well, there is—and it can help you snag your dream house long before your competition even knows it exists.

“Making moves to get ahead of the general public when you’re the buyer is wise if you want to get the perfect house,” says real estate investor Steve Davis, founder of Real Wealth Academy, LLC. “All it taskes is a little ingenuity and some sleuthing, to find out which homes are going on the market before the listings go live, so that you’re ready to pounce.”

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Want to get ahead of the curve? Here are some secrets for beating the crowds.

Ask your agent about listings he’s trying to get

Don’t just ask your real estate agent about current listings; ask if there are any listings he or she is working on where the seller hasn’t signed on yet.

“Basically, the agent will try to find an interested buyer before they have even locked down the listing, and use that to entice the seller to sign the listing agreement with them,” says Davis. You’re basically offering yourself up as “bait,” so to speak, and the listing agent will help you do it because it’s mutually beneficial. Of course, you aren’t promising to buy a place, but if you’re seriously interested, that can be enough to get your foot in the door before the rest of the world hears about it.

Hone in on homeowners undergoing life changes

One great place to seek out budding home sales in a neighborhood is to infiltrate their local parenting groups. After all, parents are all in “transitional periods—with newborns, babies on the way, or young children heading off to school,” says Davis. “Thus the likelihood of these families looking to move is very high.”

Additionally, paying attention to the “life events” of people in these areas via local papers or other outlets can also provide solid leads. Check local announcements on births, weddings, and yes, even the obituaries (a bit morbid, but many of these homes will be market-bound in the near future).

Another place that may be plugged into upcoming sales are social clubs.

“Utilize social clubs as a forum to ask if anyone is selling a home,” says Collin Bond, Esq., a broker at Triplemint, a company that specializes in off-market property outreach for their clients. “Clubs like the Junior League, Lions Club, or Knights of Columbus can be great places to inquire about people thinking of moving.”

Do a mass mailing

Sometimes, a little retro outreach can also work wonders—which is why you should consider doing a mailing to the people in the neighborhood where you wish to reside.

Davis suggests using a company like Dietrich Direct to purchase residential mailing lists for the area you’re interested in (costs are low, starting at $25). Then draft a letter to send to all those homeowners. “In the letter, simply state that you are looking to buy a home in their area and ask if they will be selling any time in the near future,” says Davis.

You can also post “bandit signs” in the area, essentially flyers or posters stating that you’d like to purchase a home in this area and that people should contact you if they know anyone who might sell. Davis suggests that people hesitant to post their own phone number can use a Google number or create an email account just for this purpose.

Hit up HOA boards

If there’s a certain building or community you’re interested in, contact its HOA or condo board and inquire if anyone has heard rumblings of any places that might soon be up for sale.

“I’m frequently inundated by requests to see my listings before they launch, by people who’ve heard about it from the head of the board or someone in the building,” says Brian Letendre, a broker at Bohemia Realty Group.

In fact, many neighborhoods and buildings have their own online sites, Facebook pages, or online communities, which can be a perfect way to get the insider scoop on homes or apartments about to be listed.

“Another suggestion would be to search hashtags for the neighborhood you’re interested in on various social media platforms, and include #realestate or #moving,” adds Letendre.

Use current listings as a springboard for up-and-comers

Current listings may be out of the bag, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them to find listings that may be waiting in the wings.

“Go to open houses in the area where you are looking, and chat up the neighbors if you see them,” says Bond. “Ask the real estate agent and neighbors about the neighborhood, and try to work in a question about if they know of other homes becoming available.”

This article originally appeared on Realtor.com

Danica Patrick falls flat in opening monologue at ESPY Awards

Danica Patrick’s monologue to open the ESPYs went over like, well, a flat tire at the Indianapolis 500.

The newly retired racecar driver was the first woman to host the annual show honoring the past year’s best athletes and moments on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Her first joke about Cleveland fell flat. A crack about vertically challenged Astros second baseman Jose Altuve fell, uh, short too, although he managed a slight smile in the audience.

Patrick soldiered on, telling the audience, “We have to mention the elephant in the room. It’s time to talk about the national anthem controversy.”

At that point, a photo of NBA All-Star Game anthem singer Fergie came on screen and Patrick said, “I don’t know what Fergie was thinking either.”

Some athletes in the crowd sat stone-faced. Others looked uncomfortable or winced.

Social media wasn’t impressed, either. A woman tweeted, “Am I the only one who thinks Danica Patrick is super awkward as host?”

Another person posted a GIF of comic Steve Carell grimacing with the caption: “These Danica Patrick jokes not hitting … at all.”

Patrick did score with a few jokes. As a photo of a grinning Alex Ovechkin holding the Stanley Cup flashed behind her, Patrick said, “I haven’t seen a Russian this pleased with Washington since two days ago.” Ovechkin’s photo was replaced with one of Russian president Vladimir Putin, drawing laughs.

Patrick proved a good sport by taking aim at herself.

“Tiger Woods is back, sort of, I guess,” she said. “Why do people keep talking about this guy when he isn’t winning? Who does he think he is? Me?”

Patrick managed just one win in Japan on the IndyCar circuit during her career.

Patrick fared better in a taped spoof of the movie “I, Tonya,” renamed “I, Danica.” She played dual roles of herself and her alcohol-swilling mother. Patrick’s real-life boyfriend, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, played the same role wearing a mustache.

Also getting laughs was a bit in which Patrick was joined onstage by a young girl, part of “Dani-Kids” which Patrick explained was a program to help young kids achieve their dreams. The youngster aspired to be a host like Patrick.

As a mock-horrified Patrick stood by, the youngster cracked age-inappropriate jokes. One of them involved LeBron James buying two houses in Brentwood as a black man causing the biggest stir in that upscale neighborhood since O.J. Simpson.

Real estate agent uses ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ to promote Texas home

Remember the real estate agent who dressed up in a panda suit to try and sell a home in Spring, Texas? It worked like a charm, and got her 12 showings in the first two days. You can’t argue with that kind of success.

But you can move up the food chain. The real estate agent selling this two-bedroom, one-bathroom lake house in Granbury, TX, has hired an extra straight from the Cretaceous era to help out with the listing photos: a giant T. Rex.

Among the lovely shots of hardwood floors, lake views and a screened-in patio, we see ol’ Tyrannosaurus raiding the fridge, taking a nap, fishing in the lake, and even mowing the grass. That’s pretty impressive for a guy with such tiny arms, no?

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“We came up with the idea a few years ago and have been waiting for the right client and right house to try it,” explains listing agent Casey Lewis.


“We came up with the idea a few years ago and have been waiting for the right client and right house to try it,” explains listing agent Casey Lewis. “It was a great way to get extra exposure to an already great property.”

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Quite apart from filling in as a “Jurassic Park” testing facility, the 796-square-foot house has a fireplace, two porches and a deck, and access to a community boat slip around the corner. The asking price was just $89,900.

So did it work? “The reach was amazing,” says Lewis. “The listing has been featured on local news, shared hundreds of times on social media, and I’ve received calls from all over the country asking for information about the property.”

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The listing agent says she’s received calls from all over the country, asking about the property.


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The dino also showcased one of the area’s outdoor attractions.


Lewis had over 45 showings, and was in contract within the first two days. It might be a goofy gimmick, but it certainly did the trick. The real question is, why aren’t more real estate agents putting on wacky animal costumes for listing photos? Next time someone tells you they’ll do what it takes to sell your home, send them to the costume shop.

This post originally appeared on Realtor.com as “Dinosaur Days: How a T. Rex Costume Helped Dress Up a Texas Home.”

How to clean your grill with an onion

Did you go a little heavy on that barbeque sauce during your last cookout? It’s OK, life happens, and barbeque sauce is delicious. Plus, with this simple hack on how to clean your grill, you won’t have to worry about that caked-on barbeque sauce much longer.

This grilling hack doesn’t require a brush or aluminum foil (which yes, is also a nifty way to clean your grill), but requires a simple vegetable: an onion.

That’s right, an onion can actually clean your grill, while also being an eco-friendly product for your food, grill, and the environment. Numerous grillers rave about this simple trick, and how incredibly easy it is to do.

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So how do I clean my grill with an onion?

Here’s all it takes: Cut an onion in half. Take your grilling fork and spear that onion on the skin side. Head over to your preheated grill (warming up the gunk on your grill helps to scrape it off) and rub the cut side of the onion on your grill. That’s it.

Now, if the barbeque sauce on that grill is too powerful to your onion, you can actually loosen it up with other natural ingredients. Try spraying lemon juice or white vinegar across the grates to dampen and separate the gunk from the grates. The acidity can actually help with the cleaning process, and will make cleaning the grill with that onion even easier than it was before.

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Stock-photography services have MULTIPLE photos of people cleaning grills with onions, so you just know it’s a real thing.


Why onions?

Apparently, onions have antibacterial properties that can help with cleaning, especially with a messy outdoor grill.

According to the National Onion Association, onions contain phytochemicals, which are various biologically active compounds that can be found in plants. The health-functional properties in these compounds actually include anti-cancer and antimicrobial activities.

So why does this matter for the grill? For the antimicrobial activities, actually. An antimicrobial is an agent that can kill off microorganisms and stop growth, fighting bacteria and fungi.

What do I do with the onion after?

Simple — throw it in the charcoal. It may sound completely crazy at first, but when you add onions to the coals on your grill, you are giving your meat (or whatever else you’re grilling) extra flavor. Besides, after using that onion you probably aren’t going to want to chop it up and throw it in your salad. Adding it to the grill makes the entire cleaning process eco-friendly, creating no trash andusing natural products to clean up your grill. It’s a delicious win-win.

Now that your grill is clean and ready to cook a delicious meal, just make sure you aren’t practicing one of these 16 ways to use a grill wrong. You don’t want all of that cleaning effort go to waste, after all.

Rezvani Tank Military Edition is an armored fortress with available Hellcat power

Rezvani, the Southern Californian coachbuilder who first arrived on the scene with the Ariel Atom-based Beast, recently made news with a brand new monster machine.

Rezvani’s Tank unveiled last year is a Jeep Wrangler-based, military-spec-looking truck. It only looks the part though, as it doesn’t actually offer any protection. However, Rezvani has since rectified that with an updated version, and this one has gone full Rambo.

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The bodywork appears to be the same as the modified parts bolted on the original Tank. They’re not though, because the Rezvani Tank Military Edition wears Level 7 ballistic armor, meaning it’s capable of stopping rounds from high-caliber weapons and assault rifles. The battery, radiator, and fuel tank are also wrapped in Kevlar while the underside of the Tank offers explosive device protection.

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Should you come to a stop or need to press on through hordes of bad guys, the Tank Military Edition wears military grade run-flat tires, and the doors handles are electrified and locked with magnetic dead bolts. There’s plenty of blinding light that can shine right in the eyes of your enemies, while you can also shout taunts and threats at them through the on-board PA system.

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Perhaps you’d prefer a stealth mission? Turn off all of the lights and use the FLIR display and night vision system to see your way through the darkness. It will be hard to remain stealthy when you step on the pedal, though. That’s because Rezvani swaps a 500-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 into the nose of the custom Wrangler. Or, if you really want to get away from it all you can step up to the 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 otherwise known as the Hellcat.

Would you like one for your personal army daily grocery runs? The starting price is $295,000. Adding the Hellcat engine easily pushes the price well into $300,000+ territory. It doesn’t matter though, because we’re dying to drive it.


National Ice Cream Day: Where to score a free scoop on July 15

You know how the old saying goes: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. And this time, it’s free.

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 15, and some of the country’s best ice cream joints are celebrating by doling out free or discounted scoops of icy desserts. You just need to know where to look.

Check out these sweet deals to find the best place to swipe a free cone or cup near you. Keep in mind, not every location at some of these national chains may be participating, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local deals. 

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At Baskin-Robbins, if you download the Baskin-Robbins app on July 15, you can get a buy one, get one free cone, .99 cent sundae, or $2 off a medium milkshake.

At Bruster’s, join the new Sweet Rewards loyalty program and get a $3 reward toward your ice cream purchase.

At Carvel, buy one cup or cone, any size, and get a second one free.

At Dairy Queen, get a free small Blizzard treat when you download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account.

At Dippin’ Dots,get a free mini cup of Dippin’ Dots at any participating store and shopping center location.

At Monkey Joe’s, head down to a participating store to join their event on Sunday with free ice cream cups for each guest while supplies last.

At Pet Smart, yes, Pet Smart, your dog can get a doggie ice cream at locations that have a Pets Hotel on both Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15.

At 16 Handles, you can get the first 3 ounces of yogurt with toppings free from open to 5 p.m. Sunday if you download the app. More details on their deal can be found on their website.

At Sub Zero Ice Cream, you can stop in on Monday for $1 off regular ice creams from 5 to 8 p.m. at all locations.

At Your Pie, get free gelato on Sunday at participating restaurants.

At Yogurtland, you can get a buy one get one free deal from 1 to 6 p.m.

At Marble Slab Creamery, check their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts on Sunday morning for a coupon to receive a free kids cup or cone with the purchase of any regular or best value cup or cone through Thursday, July 19.

At OddFellows Coffee & Cream, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the 55 East Houston Street location is selling its first 50 cones for $1.

On the Snow Monkey website, you can get 25 percent off sitewide on your favorite vegan ice cream on July 15 when you use the code “ISCREAM25” at checkout.

At Sub Zero nitrogen-infused ice cream, you can get $1 off regular ice creams from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 16, since some locations are closed on Sundays.

At Whole Foods, from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, customers can get two pints of Ben & Jerry’s or Talenti gelato for $6. This deal includes both dairy and non-dairy pints. Amazon Prime members will be able to get an extra 10 percent off as well.

Get your spoons ready, people. And watch out for brain freeze.

This story originally appeared in Travel + Leisure.