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Dan Leadbetter

Dan Leadbetter

Dan Leadbetter is a Staff Writer and Features Writer for DealNews. As a long time automotive fanatic and car audio enthusiast, Dan's favorite question is, "You're not going to leave it stock, are you?" That being said, Dan is always looking for the next great thing that'll make your car that much greater. Before coming to DealNews, Dan worked as a magazine editor and photojournalist for several monthly automotive titles for Primedia, McMullen & Yee Publishing, and Challenge Publications, as well as co-founding AutoSound & Security Magazine and Smart Electronics Magazine. An early adopter in multimedia during the mid-90's, Dan was also a writer on several interactive multimedia music CD titles, including "Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz." Dan enjoys comedy (he was a runner-up in "Showtime's Funniest Person in America Competition," Northern California division in 1982), playing drums, watching horror films, fine cigars, and Absinthe.

Dan Leadbetter's Most Recent Features

VIDEO: Does the Color of Your Food Matter?

Kraft recently announced that they've figured out a way to remove the artificial yellow dyes from their classic macaroni and cheese, but still keep the nuclear orange glow! In this short video, our experts discuss how important colors are when it comes to food.

VIDEO: Lab-Grown Burgers Are Cheaper, But Still Gross?

The price of lab-grown meat has dropped from $325,000 to around $11 in just two years! In this brief video, our experts discuss if a lower price makes it more appealing, or if the whole "grown in a lab" thing is gross.

VIDEO: Should Happiness Be Mandatory for Store Employees?

Until just this week, cashiers at the pharmacy chain Walgreens were required to say "be well!" at the end of every transaction. And that's just one of many examples of corporate-mandated politeness. In this brief video, our experts discuss if they'd rather have a person be fake-pleasant, or honestly grumpy.

VIDEO: Do You Wanna Smell Like a King? (A BURGER King)

Burger King thinks you might like to smell like a Whopper. On April 1, in Japan, the company will sell a limited run of 1,000 bottles of a cologne called "Flame Grilled" for $40 a pop. In this video, our experts discuss if smelling like food is desirable... or gross.

VIDEO: Is Installing Cameras in Rental Cars Creepy?

Car rental company, Hertz, made some waves, recently, when they started installing cameras in some of their cars... and by "made some waves", we mean "people really freaked out." The company swears they're not functional, but that the cameras are there in case they want to start using video chat for customer service! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts try to decide if we should be creeped out by this, or not!

VIDEO: Is $17K for an Apple Watch Ridiculous... or VERY Ridiculous?

At its recent event, Apple formally introduced us to the Apple Watch, dropping the bombshell that pricing will go as high as $17,000! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts try and rationalize such an expensive watch.

VIDEO: Over 30? Tinder Will Charge You More for a Subscription

Tinder, a dating app, thinks you'll pay more for their premium service, if you're old. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if this is ageist and discriminatory against "old" folks, or if this is simply a way for Tinder to let younger people afford a dating app!

VIDEO: What Would an Apple Car Be Like?

If the rumors we've been hearing are true, then Apple is working on an electric car! Our experts discuss how, exactly, Apple could possibly change cars as we know them.

VIDEO: Would You Trust Google to Give Medical Advice?

Soon, you'll be able to Google a health condition and be presented with a list of symptoms. With one in 20 searches being health-related, is this just solving a need, or enabling hypochondriacs?

VIDEO: Would You "Pay" for McDonald's With an Act of Kindness?

McDonald's Super Bowl Commercial claimed that the burger company would dish out free food to random customers, if those customers would perform a joyous or kindly act. Well, the promotion has started and videos of people dancing, calling loved ones, and complimenting strangers to get free food are starting to appear. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if they would "give some love" to get a free apple pie.