1.) From shoes to wristbands and towels, there’s a lot of pink at NFL games in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what there isn’t much of is a donation. According to data from ESPN, the NFL takes a cut of sales of pink merchandise, then donates 90% of the royalties to the American Cancer Society. However, the retailer and manufacturer get most of that money, with only 11% going to the Cancer Society. So for every $100 spent on pink NFL merchandise, only a little over 8 dollars actually goes to cancer research.
2.) There are lots of terrific seafood restaurants in the lowcountry, all with diverse menus, but if you see one offering Lioinfish, you’ll be doing everyone a favor by ordering it. The Lionfish is native to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, but we introduced in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico because of the aquarium trade. Now it has spread as far north as Massachusetts. The Lionfish are wreaking havoc, downing everything from small reef fish to commercial species like the snapper and have been dramatically reducing the native fish populations. Scientists say they have no known predator, so the best hope of controlling their spread is for people to start eating them.
3.) One of the best things about “South Park” is how timely the episodes are, which is because they are regularly written and produced in less than a week. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone sometimes don’t turn in a new show until the day it airs. Last night, there wasn’t a new South Park episode as, for the first time ever, they failed to make the deadline. A power outage knocked out their studio for a few hours on Tuesday which prevented them from completing the episode on time. A repeat aired last night so the new episode “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers” will air next Wednesday night.