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7-Eleven Makes Election-Themed Coffee Cups

7-Eleven Makes Election-Themed Coffee Cups

Pick an Obama or Romney cup, and 7-Eleven will predict the results

The new coffee cups from 7-Eleven show off political candidates Obama and Romney.

Why wear your politicial affiliation on your sleeve when you can wear it on your 7-Eleven coffee-cup sleeve? The newest campaign from 7-Eleven lets you vote early, by picking between an Obama- or Romney-themed cup.

Fast Company reports that the election-themed coffee cups will be at selected locations, where a cup choice can be an official endorsement. What's even crazier? On its website, 7-Eleven is tracking how many Obama and Romney cups are sold and showing the percentages "won." So far, President Obama is leading 58 percent to Mitt Romney's 42 percent — could 7-Eleven accurately predict the next president? We guess so: the 2008 7-Eleven campaign predicted Obama's win.

Be sure to mark Sept. 28 on the calendar to get a free cup of coffee from 7-Eleven, political affiliations aside. We'll be watching people's coffee cups now.


Will 7-Eleven Election Coffee Cups Predict Who Wins?

Answer: They have for the last three elections and in 2004 and 2008, the coffee poll was within 1 percent of the popular vote. Not really an answer, but if we're talking politics I might as well be equivocal.

In case you need to play catch-up, the 7-11 election-themed cups lets voters choose between ones marked for Obama, blue, or Romney, red. Available at select locations, each cup chosen is tracked by 7-11 in order to let you know how many Obama vs. Romney cups are being sold and who is "winning" at the time.

After this week's shaky debate, you might be wondering how the coffee polls are doing now. While most agree that the debate was like watching a car salesman argue with a history professor, many were dismayed at Obama's tepid performance. Yet despite the president's lackluster face-off, Obama's still going strong with 60% of coffee drinkers on his side and 40% with Romney.

Nicknamed the "7-Election," the site happily admits to the tally being an "unabashedly and unscientific poll" with surprisingly accurate predictions. For numbers, see below:


Obama or Romney? Vote With Your Coffee Cup in 7-Eleven's 7-Election

Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 16 points in the only poll that matters: the 7-Election. Yes, 7-Eleven's politically themed promotion is back, letting shoppers enjoy their coffee in blue cups bearing the name of the president or red ones representing the Republican challenger. (You can purchase Ho-Ho's across the aisle, in honor of Ron Paul.) Obama has 58 percent of the national "vote" so far based on cup sales, the chain says. Romney is ahead in just three states&mdashSouth Carolina, Vermont and West Virginia&mdashwhich, if I'm not mistaken, are worth about half an electoral vote in the real election. The 7-Election has been pretty accurate in the past, and the the chain is expanding the program this year. The Onion produced the video below as a tie-in, and 7-Eleven has released three more low-budget spots (posted after the jump) that prove the history books are right: Abe Lincoln wasn't all that funny. Plus, 7-Eleven is sending a mobile replica of the Oval Office on a 20-city tour. So, now Joe Biden will have a place to sit and dream.


7-11 Is Supporting Shark Week in the Best Possible Way

It’s almost that time of year again… and lucky for all of you, it’s coming early. Back again for its 28th year, the annual Shark Week is scheduled to air June 26th through July 3rd on the Discovery Channel.

For fans hungry for Shark Week’s return, or just simply hungry, 7-11 is kicking off summer by debuting an exclusive collection of shark-themed treats. They’re already in stores, so be sure to get in on all the JAWsome action and head to your local 7-11 ASAP.

If you haven’t had a chance to see all the toothy treats yet, here is a preview of the shark swag:

1. Ocean-Themed Donuts

Photo courtesy of 7-eleven

7-11 is making Shark Week a little bit sweeter by combining two of the world’s favorite treats into one: Slurpees and donuts. The Blue Raspberry Slurpee Donut is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth at only 99 cents. According to Time, the donut has “B lue Raspberry Slurpee-flavored icing topped with blue sugar crystals to give the donut an ice-like crunch.”

2. 28 oz. Shark Bite Slurpee Cup and 32 oz. Slurpee Fish Bowls

Photo courtesy of 7-eleven

Make drinking a delicious, ice-cold Slurpee even more enjoyable by choosing between a fishbowl-shaped cup or a molded cup that appears to have a jagged 3D bite taken out of the side. You can’t choose wrong. They retail at $3.99 and $4.99.

Can’t decide what Slurpee flavor to get? Check out this guide to help you decide.

3. “Stay Hot”-Themed Shark Coffee Cups

Photo courtesy of 7-eleven

If you’re addicted to coffee or aren’t in the mood for anything blue or sweet, you can enjoy some sizzling hot brew while still sticking with the SHARKtastic theme.

4. Shark Straws

Photo courtesy of 7-eleven

These are my personal favorite. I mean who wouldn’t want the chance to scare the shark out of someone by showing off your fish-eating grin with these limited edition Slurpee straws? That’s right, no one. Another plus: they retail for just $1.49 each.


Strangest Presidential Election Predictors: 7-Eleven Coffee Cups & More

A look at the most bizarre metrics used to portend the winner of the presidential election.

Kevin Fallon

Senior Entertainment Reporter

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Gallup, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC News … 7-Eleven? The vaunted news outlets and polling agencies are typically pundits’ first stops for election forecasting. But maybe they should look no further than their corner convenience store.

With its “7-Election” coffee campaign, 7-Eleven has correctly predicted the results of the last three presidential elections and is already calling the 2012 race for President Obama. How does your cup of morning joe rank among the oddest presidential-election predictors? Here’s a look.

7-Eleven Coffee Milk or sugar? Red or blue? 7-Eleven’s “7-Election” campaign lets customers pick red or blue to-go cups for their morning coffee, a choice meant to serve as a political endorsement for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. The convenience store chain keeps track of the cup count, and reports so far that Obama is ahead, with 60 percent of customers opting for java in a blue cup. Silly as it sounds, these results may worry Romney: the promotion has correctly predicted the past three election results. “While we have never billed 7-Election as scientific or statistically valid, it is astounding just how accurate this simple count-the-cups poll has been—election after election,” said CEO Joe DePinto.

Family Circle Recipe Contest Could the election be decided by bake-off? Four of the last five presidential election winners also have been the husband of the victor of Family Circle magazine’s First Lady Cookie Bake-Off. The contest has the Democratic and Republican candidates’ wives submit their best cookie recipes and asks readers to make them and vote on their favorites. This year, Michelle Obama’s dark chocolate chip cookies edged out Ann Romney’s M&M cookies by just three percentage points. So come Nov. 6, don’t be surprised to find Barack Obama lounging in the Oval Office, dunking celebration cookies in his presidential blue 7-Eleven coffee cup.

Halloween Mask Sales Scary news for Mitt Romney? The election falls less than a week after Halloween, and fright-night retailer Spirit Halloween claims that the proximity on the calendar of the major dates makes its metric for predicting the presidential election one of the most reliable: mask sales. Like a portending witches’ brew, the past four presidential elections have been foretold by sales figures of masks modeled after that year’s opposing candidates. So far, Obama is leading Romney with 64 percent of candidate mask sales.

Washington Redskins Home-Field Record Finally, the Washington Redskins have a winning record. The “Redskins Rule,” as it’s been dubbed, states that if Washington’s NFL team wins its last home game before the election, then the incumbent party will win the presidential election. It’s a stellar track record, too—undefeated, in fact, from 1940 to 2004, when it wrongly predicted John Kerry would win. The rule redeemed itself by foreshadowing an Obama victory in ’08, meaning pundits should pay close attention when the Redskins face off against the Carolina Panthers Nov. 4 in Washington.

World Series Winner Not a football fan? Baseball also has been known to decide the presidential election. From 1952 to 1976, the theory that if an American League team won the most recent World Series the Republican candidate would win the presidency was batting a perfect average. There was a wonky stretch of four wrong predictions in five cycles between 1980 and 1996, but the past three elections have abided by the playbook. In all, 11 of the past 15 elections were correctly predicted by the winner of the World Series.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Post-Season Record Still not sold on a sports predictor? How about swapping the Redskins Rule for the Lakers Law? Eight of the nine times the Los Angeles Lakers have played in the NBA championship—even if they didn’t ultimately win the whole shebang—the Republican candidate won the presidential election. (The first time the law was broken: in 2008 when the Lakers played in the finals but Obama won the presidency.) The Lakers missed out on this year’s final dance, meaning Obama may be waltzing into the Oval Office yet again.

Candidates’ Heights This may make Obama feel, well, small. History shows that in 80 percent of presidential elections, the candidate who is taller wins. So, real quick, Barack and Mitt—stand back to back! It turns out Romney is taller than Obama, which, according to this theory, gives the former governor a leg up in November.

Number of Letters in Their Last Names More is better? Romney may hope so. In 15 of the last 23 elections, about a two-thirds success rate, the presidential candidate with the longer last name has won. Forget the Electoral College. By this metric, Romney beats Obama six to five.


7-Eleven Brews Up Another Political Promo

IRVING, Texas -- America, prepare to “cast your cups.” Convenience-store retailer 7-Eleven Inc. has brought back its election-themed promotion, the 7-Election Presidential Coffee Cup Poll, at participating 7-Eleven stores. But this time, there’s a twist.

Every four years during the U.S. presidential campaign, 7-Eleven customers can purchase coffee in special cups designated for the political party of their choice—blue for Democrat or red for Republican.

"This is 7-Eleven's fifth 7-Election, and it's always a fun way to keep a finger on the caffeinated pulse of American politics," said Laura Gordon, vice president of marketing and brand innovation for the Irving, Texas-based company. "Weeks before 7-Election cups appeared in stores, we were getting calls about whether we were going to hold another coffee cup poll for the 2016 election. We think it's the best-tasting poll around."

However, this time around, 7-Eleven added a new third option—a purple “Speak Up” cup representing a nonpartisan choice. The new Speak Up cup encourages customers to take to social media and discuss the issues, using the hashtag #7ELECTION.

"While preparing for the 2016 count-the-cups poll, we learned that voters, particularly younger ones, aren't just talking about candidates or even political parties this election. They're taking to social media to talk about a variety of issues that are important to them," Gordon said. "So we added the third 'Speak Up' cup to let people say what's on their mind."

7-Eleven is tying this campaign to several upcoming promotions that will no doubt help 7-Election gain more steam. Free Coffee Week will allow 7Rewards members to have any size cup of coffee for free from Oct. 3-9. Following each presidential debate, the chain will host a Dollar Day promotion, offering any size cup of coffee for a dollar on Sept. 27, Oct. 10 and Oct. 20. Finally, on Election Day, Nov. 8, the retailer will again offer coffee in the 7-Election cups for a dollar.

"Each day, more than 1 million Americans buy a cup of coffee at 7-Eleven stores," said Rusty Smith, director of proprietary beverage brands for 7-Eleven. "7-Election is a warmup for the real election Nov. 8 and gets people talking about what party and what issues are important to them. Most polls measure only hundreds or thousands of voters. 7-Election has the potential to survey millions leading up to Election Day."


7-Eleven Has the Most Caffeine Per Cup of Coffee

For some, a morning coffee is only as good as the amount of caffeine per cup. Turns out you don’t need to go much further than your local convenience store to get the biggest bang for your buck. A lab test commissioned by BuzzFeed News found that 7-Eleven had the highest average amount of caffeine per medium cup of coffee. Compared with Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts, independent testing company Labdoor found an average of 280 milligrams of caffeine in 7-Eleven coffee, while the other brands’ average levels were significantly lower. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should give up your morning Grande Pike Place or Dunkin’ Dark if you’re craving more caffeine. While 7-Eleven’s high caffeine ranking was the result of the average among the 24 cups of coffee tested, one cup from each chain compared to another didn’t show as significant a difference.

“Statistically, they&aposre all kind of overlapping,” Dan Mark, the research director for Labdoor told BuzzFeed News. “If you go to any one of these single chains and grab a medium cup of coffee you can expect around 250 milligrams of caffeine.” While Labdoor’s test found that Starbucks’s caffeine average per cup was 267 milligrams, McDonald’s McCafe’s was 227 milligrams, and Dunkin’ Donuts’s was 220 milligrams, Starbucks displayed the most consistent caffeine levels.

Joseph DeRupo, a spokesperson for the National Coffee Association, told BuzzFeed News that a cup of coffee’s caffeine levels could be affected by tree variety, region, and the climate from which the beans were harvested. DeRupo also noted that caffeine level can have a lot to do with the brewing process, specifically with regards to how many spoonfuls of coffee go into each batch.

The BuzzFeed News test found that the caffeine concentration for each cup of Starbucks coffee—purchased at different stores in New York and San Francisco—was 17 milligrams per ounce, with only one cup clocking in at 16 milligrams per ounce. Dunkin&apos Donuts’s caffeine levels ranged from 16 to 20 milligrams of caffeine per ounce and a cup of McDonald’s coffee bounced from 10 to 17 milligrams, making it the largest variant in the findings. 7-Eleven’s deviation of 19 to 22 milligrams of caffeine per ounce may have pushed the convenience store to the front, but still there’s always something comforting about consistency.

The answer is clear which coffee chain you should frequent if caffeine is the only reason for drinking. Taste, however, may be a whole other thing.


Looking for accurate presidential election predictions? As Election Day approaches, it seems like every news channel will reference the latest polls or how many points ahead Trump or Biden are in the race for the White House. But as scientific and data centric as polls can be, there are a few unconventional ways to make presidential election predictions, and most are eerily correct. Check out our podcast on election predictions.

Washington Football Team Rule

Whether you root for Washington or you root for the team playing against them, you might be cheering for a different team depending on the way you want presidential elections to go. If the Washington Football team win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party will stay in power. The only time this unconventional election prediction has been incorrect was in 2004 when both Washington and John Kerry lost. In 2016, Washington and the Bengals tied 27-27. In 2020 the Washington Football Team beat the Dallas Cowboys 25-3 on October 25.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: Trump 2016: Tie

7-Eleven Cups

Although this unconventional way to predict the presidency is more logical than most, it is still strangely accurate. Starting on Sept. 6, 7-Eleven is “polling” coffee drinkers nationwide by offering politically themed coffee cups. In the past two elections, the 7-Eleven election poll, or as they call it the "7-Election", has mirrored nationwide voting percentages. But in 2016 For the first time, 7-Eleven included an undecided cup to cater to undecided voters.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: TBD 2016: Clinton

First Lady Bake-Off

Named the Presidential Cookie Poll in 2016 instead of the First Lady Bake-Off (Thanks, Bill), this prediction method has been able to correctly predict the presidential election outcome since 1992. Usually, the contest is between the two potential first ladies, but last year the contest was between the Clinton Family’s chocolate chip cookie and Melania Trump’s Star Cookies. Unfortunately, family circle magazine has closed and there is no bakeoff in 2020.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: CANCELLED 2016: Clinton

Halloween Masks

With Election Day right around the corner from Halloween, it is festively fitting for people around the nation to dress up as the next potential president on the scariest day of the year. Since 1996, Spirit Halloween has accurately predicted who would win the presidency based on sales of presidential candidate masks. For 2020 with social distancing and minimal trick or treating it is hard to see this having the same sample size as the past.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: Trump 2016: Trump

Although most of the students who participated in this year’s Scholastic Presidential Poll are too young to vote, they are still making their voices heard and voting online for the candidate of their choice. Scholastic has mirrored the outcome of presidential elections since 1940 their prediction has only been wrong twice. The first time was in 1948 when students picked Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman, and the second time in 1960 when students chose Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy. This year, 153,000 students nationwide, from kindergarten through grade 12, voted online or by mail-in paper ballot.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: Biden 2016: Clinton

They say that the country hasn’t elected a bald president since Dwight D. Eisenhower due to the advent of TV and media. But what about short presidents? This next predictor isn’t based on a candidate’s hair, although certain hairstyles may well help them in this category. A 2011 study by a Texas Tech political science professor found that people prefer taller leaders. It also found taller people think of themselves as more qualified to be leaders and are also more likely to pursue leadership positions.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: Trump (either 6’ 2” or 6’ 3”) / Biden (6’ 0”)
2016: Trump (either 6’ 2” or 6’ 3”) / Clinton (5’ 4” or 5’ 5”)

The Oscars Method: How Did the Most Recent “Best Picture” Winner End?

For the movie buffs out there, this next predictor might be your favorite! If the movie ends on a sad note, then the White House will change hands. The 2020 best picture winner was Parasite and in 2016 it was Spotlight. Without giving away the endings, we’ll just say that based on this predictor.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: Biden 2016: Unclear

Chinese Mystic Monkey

In an Ecological Tourism Park in China, a monkey named Geda has earned the name “King of Prophets” for his ability to correctly predict the outcome of European soccer matches. In 2016, his handlers thought he might want to weigh in on the election, and Geda chose Donald Trump, going so far as to give a cardboard cutout of the president a big kiss.

Presidential Election Prediction 2020: TBD 2016: Trump

What can learn from the methods we highlight?

For one thing, the economy drives a ton of the models and during COVID-19 that will be a big factor. Likeability is also an important factor, not just likeability of the candidate but also of the incumbent party. Academics, pundits, and political consultants spend a ton of time making presidential election predictions. But are their predictions any better than flipping a coin or choosing on the basis of who wins a football game? In 2016, of the eight wacky presidential election predictions on this list, four predicted Clinton, four predicted Trump and one was indeterminate. We will have to wait until November to see if the wacky methods or the academic models are more accurate.

As we approach Election Day, it’s important to remember that the only real way to determine what will happen is to mail in your ballot or head to the polls and encourage your friends and family to do the same. These unconventional polls are a fun, festive way to remind everyone the importance of making your voice heard and voting by Nov. 3!


How to Make Iced Coffee 2 Ways

Use one of these two methods to make fabulous iced coffee using what you have on hand.

1. How to Make Iced Coffee Using Room Temperature Coffee

This is probably the easiest way to make iced coffee, assuming you have the time. All you need to do is brew coffee as you normally would, allow it to cool, and pour it over ice. Let&aposs break it down here:

Here&aposs What You&aposll Need: 

  • A tall glass or travel tumbler ($12, Amazon)
  • A long spoon 
  • Ice
  • 1 8-ounce cup of coffee (brewed however you would normally)

Instructions: 

  1. Brew an 8-ounce cup of coffee using whatever brewing method you prefer. 
  2. Allow the coffee to sit out until it reaches room temperature you can even place it in the fridge once it&aposs cooled down slightly. 
  3. Fill a tall glass or a travel tumbler to the rim with ice. 
  4. Pour the room temperature or chilled coffee into the glass. Leave room for cream and sugar if you take it that way. 
  5. Add any additional ingredients you like in your coffee (simple syrup is a great way to sweeten up iced coffee), and stir. That&aposs it! And of course you can&apost drink iced coffee without a cute reusable straw ($10, Amazon).

2. How to Make Iced Coffee Using Coffee Ice Cubes

If you really want to make sure your coffee will not be watered down, there&aposs only one solution: coffee ice cubes! This method takes forethought, but once you have coffee ice cubes on hand you don&apost have to wait for the coffee to come to room temperature before you pour it over ice. 


Looking for accurate presidential election predictions? As Election Day approaches, it seems like every news channel will reference the latest polls or how many points ahead Trump or Clinton are in the race for the White House. But as scientific and data-centric as polls can be, there are a few unconventional ways to predict the presidential election, and most are eerily correct.

The Redskins Rule

Whether you root for the Washington Redskins or you root for the team playing against them, you might be cheering for a different team depending on the way you want presidential elections to go. If the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party will stay in power. The only time this unconventional election prediction has been incorrect was in 2004 when both the Redskins and John Kerry lost.

Presidential Election Prediction: Tie

This year, Redskins and Bengals tied 27-27

7-Eleven Cups

Although this unconventional way to predict the presidency is more logical than most, it is still strangely accurate. Starting on Sept. 6, 7-Eleven is “polling” coffee drinkers nationwide by offering politically themed coffee cups. In the past two elections, the 7-Eleven election poll, or as they call it the "7-Election", has mirrored nationwide voting percentages. But this year, don’t count too much on their poll to be as accurate. For the first time, 7-Eleven included an undecided cup to cater to undecided voters.

Presidential Election Prediction: Undecided

The poll currently stands at 31% Democrat, 39% Undecided, and 29% Republican. It certainly mirrors the polarizing perception of the presidential politics. That or Gary Johnson is going to have a great night on Nov. 8.

First Lady Bake-Off

Named the Presidential Cookie Poll in 2016 instead of the First Lady Bake-Off (Thanks, Bill), this prediction method has been able to correctly predict the presidential election outcome since 1992. Usually, the contest is between the two potential first ladies, but this year the contest is between the Clinton Family’s chocolate chip cookie and Melania Trump’s Star Cookies.

Presidential Election Prediction: Clinton

Although I highly doubt either Bill Clinton or Melania Trump have baked cookies, the Clinton Family chocolate chip cookie won a sweet victory. The people have spoken!

Halloween Masks

With Halloween right around the corner from Election Day, it is festively fitting for people around the nation to dress up as the next potential president on the scariest day of the year. Since 1996, Spirit Halloween has accurately predicted who would win the presidency based on sales of presidential candidate masks.

Presidential Election Prediction: Trump

This might be the only poll where Trump is beating Clinton by a wide margin. Trump masks are currently outselling Clinton masks by 55 percent to 45 percent.

Scholastic Poll

Although most of the students who participated in this year’s Scholastic Presidential Poll are too young to vote, they are still making their voices heard and voting online for the candidate of their choice. Scholastic has mirrored the outcome of presidential elections since 1940 their prediction has only been wrong twice. The first time in 1948 when students picked Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman, and the second time in 1960 when students chose Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy. This year, 153,000 students nationwide, from kindergarten through grade 12, voted online or by mail-in paper ballot.

Presidential Election Prediction: Clinton

Hillary Clinton racked up 52% of the student votes, while Donald Trump received 35%. The remaining 13% split among dozens of write-in candidates.

International Society for Astrological Research

In an unpredictably crazy election year, sometimes the only place to look for answers are in the stars. Hundreds of astrologers from all over the world gathered at Costa Mesa this year and examined the placement of planets and stars to predict who will win in 2016.

Presidential Election Prediction: Clinton

Of the six astrologers who cast their votes, all voted for Clinton, but one of the astrologers gave an ominous ending to her prediction: “I just don’t see that inauguration taking place.”. Take the prediction with a grain of salt.

Academics, pundits, and political consultants spend a ton of time making presidential election predictions. But are their predictions any better than flipping a coin or choosing on the basis of who wins a football game? We will have to wait until Nov. 8 to see if these wacky ways to predict the presidency are accurate. Of the 6 presidential election predictions on this list 3 predict Clinton, 2 Trump and 1 tie. But never the less, these unconventional polls are a festive way to remind everyone the importance of making your voice heard and voting by Nov. 8!

Have other wacky but surprisingly accurate ways to make presidential election predictions? Drop us a note.