1.) You have Facebook friends you like, but probably have accepted a request or two from people you don’t care for. But how many people who have accepted your friend request don’t actually like you? You can find out with the Hate With Friends app. Download the app and click on your Facebook friends you secretly hate. Then, if any of those people use the app and pick you, you’ll get an alert that your hate is mutual. Check out the app at HateWithFriends.com
2.) If you think the crowds in Death Valley and at Williams Bryce Stadium get loud, you’re not wrong, but they don’t compete with fans in Seattle. During Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints, when the home team returned a fumble for a touchdown, Seahawk fans jumping up and down actually registered about a 1 or 2 magnitude earthquake that was picked up by a seismometer at the University of Washington. Those fans also set a record for noise at a sporting event, registering 137.6 decibels.
3.) Billy Joel has sold millions of records, won numerous awards and is in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Now, he’ll also become the first artists to have a residency at New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden. Joel has announced plans to perform once each month at the venue as long as there’s demand. Joel first performed there in 1978 and has played the venue 46 times. The first 4 shows of 2014 have already sold-out. Tickets go on sale for the next available show, May 9th, which happens to be his 65th birthday, this Saturday.
1.) For the first time ever, Cyber Monday sales topped $2 billion dollars. If you made an online purchase yesterday, and did so from work, you’re not alone. According to CareerBuilder.com, 54 percent of workers expect to spend some time on the job doing online holiday shopping. However, employers are taking steps to prevent loss of productivity with 51% of companies blocking access to certain websites from the office. 22 percent of the employers in this survey say they’ve fired someone for using the Internet for a non-work related activity, and 7 percent of all employers pointed directly to online shopping at work.
2.) Need help with overeating? Scientists are working on bras that monitor your stress levels. A team of Microsoft scientists developed a bra that reads wearers' vital statistics, picking up on the physical symptoms of stress. Using the bra, the scientists predicted changes in physiology that accompany eating and stress, including whether the subjects were happy and angry. Since it’s mostly women who are emotional overeaters, these scientists believe a bra is perfect for measuring EKG (electrocardiogram).
3.) If you’ll be heading to the post office to mail some packages this holiday season, a Postal Service spokesperson says the best time to go is about a half hour after the post office opens. By visiting at that time, you'll hit a midmorning lull, missing the rush of early birds lined up at the door. Heavy traffic is more likely at lunch, at the end of the workday, and just before closing, so those are times to avoid.
1.) For your next vacation, for just $82 a night, you can stay in a slum. Not a real slum, but the South Africa Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa is offering the experience of a “shanity within the safe environment of a private game reserve.” Tours of slums in South Africa have been gaining popularity so the hotel is offering the experience in a fake slum. And though it's got realistic touches like a "'long-drop' outside toilet,” it's also "the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!"
2.) Americans no longer trust each other. That’s the results of a new poll conducted by the Associated Press which shows only one-third of us believe that other Americans can be trusted. That’s down from 50% in 1972. The poll contrasts the downward spiral in trust, while crime rates have dropped, showing that as our country becomes safer, we have become even less trusting. Social scientists have blamed 24-hour cable news with part of the decline in trustworthiness, highlighting crime even when less is being committed.
3.) The Cyber Monday purchases you make today will arrive in a few days through Fed Ex, UPS or even the U.S. Mail. However, in less than 5 years that order you make through Amazon could be delivered to you in as little as 30 minutes by a drone. That’s according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who says his company is working on a “Prime Air” service which would have unmanned aerial vehicles, “Octocopters,” bringing your order. The drones can carry packages up to 5 pounds, which is the weight of 86% of Amazon orders. The drones will be ready whenever the FAA introduces regulations for private drones, which could be as soon as 2015.
1.) Saturday, the 2013 hurricane season comes to an end and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will close the books on the weakest season in 30 years. With only 13 named storms in the Atlantic basin, 2013 had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982 and ranks as the sixth-least-active season since 1950. Only one tropical storm, Andrea, made landfall in the United States, causing one fatality. NOAA is attributing the dip in hurricane production to unfavorable atmospheric conditions over the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean.
2.) The first book ever printed in what became the USA is now the world's expensive printed book. One of 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book has sold at auction for just over $14 million The tiny book, a 1640 translation of the psalms from the Hebrew originals, was bought by a philanthropist, who plans to share it with libraries across America. Some 1,700 copies of the book were printed by Puritan settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but it has been very rare for centuries. It was sold by Boston's Old South Church, which once had five of the books but donated copies to Library of Congress, Yale University and Brown University. It plans to hang on to its last one.
3.) In the last few weeks the new PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One have been released, but not all gamers are in to the latest technology. In fact, sales of pinball machines are up 23% this year. And two New York City entrepreneurs have opened Modern Pinball, an arcade in the city that once banned pinball, that doesn’t have any video or other type of games. Instead, it is all pinball, all the time.
1.) Which is the most walkable city in America? According to the web site Walk Score, it’s New York City. Because of their extensive sidewalks, bike lanes, bike share programs and public transportation, the Big Apple received a total score of 87.6. San Francisco ranked 2nd at 83.9, followed by Boston at 79.5. Philadelphia and Miami rounded out the top 5. Walk Score calculated ranking in 2,500 U.S. cities. Charleston’s Walk Score is 34.
2.) David Richards and his family have extra reasons to celebrate this holiday season. They have set the Guinness World Record for having the most Christmas Lights attached to their house. There are 502,165 lights attached to their home in Canberra, Australia. This actually the 2nd time they’ve set the recording – in 2011, they established the mark with 331,038 lights. Richards took a week vacation in October to begin decorating the house and says he’s worked every weekend since. The lights add up to a more than $2000 dollar electric bill, but the family gets help with their payments as their light display in sponsored by the local electric company.
3.) Will you be eating out more or less in the coming year? The consultancy firm AlixPartners took a survey asking that question and Americas say they are planning on cutting back on restaurant visits in 2014. And, for the first time in 5 years, the main reason people said they will dine out less is the desire to eat healthier. That answer just edged out the need to trim personal spending.