1.) If you haven’t gotten your Thanksgiving turkey yet, you may not want to wait. Butterball, the U.S.’s top maker of Thanksgiving turkeys, producing around 20% of our nation’s turkeys and about 1.3 billion pounds of turkey meat a year, is having some problems delivering the bigger birds to stores around the country. The company told retailers that their orders for fresh turkeys 16 pounds and bigger have been cut by 50%. This is a worry because 16 pounds is the average weight of turkeys eaten at Thanksgiving, as it feeds a dinner party of six adults and six children. However, this is only with fresh turkeys from Butterball, frozen ones are still available from them and other manufacturers.
3.) You’ve heart the stories of people who have died from a broken heart and wondered if it really happens. A new study from Harvard has found that if your husband or wife passes, your chance of dying in the next 3 months skyrockets by 66%. The researchers say there are two major factors leading to people dying so quickly after their spouses. Grief is one, but the other fact is that people tend to let their own health go when they’re taking care of their sick husband or wife.
1.) If you enjoy a frosty cold beverage at the end of the day, imagine how much better the end of the work week could be if beer was delivered right to your desk. Desk Beers will do exactly that. Every Friday, the company will drop by your office with a craft beer of the week on a subscription service. Simply log on to their web site - www.deskbeers.com - to sign-up for their service. However, Desk Beers has not yet come to the Lowcountry, it’s only available in London, England.
2.) It’s estimated that getting a 4-year degree at Duke University would cost around $60,000 dollars. But that cost gets even higher if you’d like to attend a Duke basketball game. The average price of a basketball ticket at Duke is $409, the most expensive ticket in the nation. Kentucky tickets are the 2nd most expensive ticket at $322, followed by Kansas tickets with an average price of $298. Louisville University tickets were 4th most expensive at $87, while the team certain to be number one in the rankings this week, Michigan State is 5th with a $75 dollar average ticket price.
3.) If you had the money to hire a nanny for your child, what do you think that person’s main responsibility would be? In New York, 84% of those surveyed responded cooking for their children. However, not all nannies can cook, which is why nanny consultants are now available. A couple of personal chefs have created a company which will create a cookbook of recipes based on your child’s eating habits, teach the nanny how to shop for these recipes and then come to your home for a two-day cooking demonstration. They do it all for just $2,500.
1.) It may be the busiest day of the holiday shopping season, but is Black Friday the best day to shop? According to ShopperTrak, the answer is no. While the shopping analytics web site says the appeal of Black Friday is at a 5 year high, with 55% of people saying they’ll shop on that day, it may be better to wait. If you don’t want to fight the crowds, the best day to shop for gifts is Wednesday, December 4th. It’s close enough to Black Friday that a good selection should still be available, without all the crowds and madness.
2.) $44,000 – that’s the amount of money the average woman spends on her hair over the course of her lifetime according to a just released survey. Between salon trips, coloring, shampoo and conditioner and other styling products as well as accessories, women’s hair costs add up to $703 dollars a year. Since the American average woman lives to 81, over 63 adult years she’ll shell out more than 40 grand. Blondes end up spending the most over a lifetime, almost $7,000 more than brunettes and redheads.
But, in the same survey, 83% of women say it’s worth it.
3.) Which TV shows have the richest audiences? TheWrap.com has crunched the numbers and determined that in the key 18 – 49 year old age demographic, “Modern Family” viewers make the most money, an average of $81,100 a year. “Parks and Recreation” viewers were next at $81,000 and the “Amazing Race” has the 3rd wealthiest audience, with viewers averaging $75,700 a year. The report looked at primetime shows on the 4 major networks, but did not include cable shows. The show with the audience with the lowest average income was Fox’s “Bob’s Burger’s,” with viewers making an average of just under $49,000 a year.
Here are the 5 shows with the RICHEST audiences, and their annual income:
1. "Modern Family", $81,100 (ABC)
2. "Parks and Recreation", $81,000 (NBC)
3. "The Amazing Race", $75,700 (CBS)
4. "Nashville", $74,400 (ABC)
5. "The Goldbergs", $73,900 (ABC)
And here are the 5 shows with the POOREST audiences, and their income:
1. "Bob's Burgers", $48,800 (Fox)
2. "American Dad", $49,100 (Fox)
3. "Family Guy", $53,400 (Fox)
4. "48 Hours", $54,000 (CBS)
5. "The Simpsons", $54,100 (Fox)
1.) Ronald Phillips would like to donate his kidneys and his heart, but officials say he won’t be able to. The 40 year old is in an Ohio prison and is set to be put death by lethal injection tomorrow. He wrote prison officials asking to give his kidneys to his mother, who is suffering with kidney disease, and his heart to his sister, who has a heart condition. They denied his request because of security risks involved in transporting Phillips to an off-site hospital. What happens to his organs after his death is up to his family—but it is not clear whether they will still be viable by the time his body is turned over to them.
2.) There’s an iceberg that’s bigger than the city of Chicago that is drifting away from Antarctica. The 270 square mile chunk of ice broke from the Pine Island Glacier during Antarctica’s winter, in July, but was iced in until this week. Now the iceberg may be heading toward busy Southern Ocean shipping lanes. However, scientists say this particular iceberg is not connected to climate change, saying at some point, it had to happen and is a very normal process.
3.) While in the United States we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th, 11/11 in China has a different meaning. Unofficially, it is Singles Day, chosen for the repetition of “1,” the loneliest number, in the date. It is also now the world’s busiest day for online shopping. This past Monday, retailers in China targeted the singles demographic and demolished the records set here in the U.S. by our own Cyber Monday. China’s largest e-commerce company broke its one day sales record by 80 percent, processing $5.75 billion in payments, and is preparing to ship 152 million packages.
1.) We all know that seat belts save lives, but parents need to remember that seat belts are built for adults. That’s why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is now suggesting parents consider keeping their children in booster seats much longer than is legally required, up to age 12. According to the IIHS, children between the ages of four- and eight-years-old are 45% less likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash when riding in booster seats, as opposed to wearing seat belts alone. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages one year old to 13.
2.) Most of us love to talk, which can create a challenge when it comes to Twitter, the social media site which limits your message to just 140 characters. However, it would seem we’re adapting as research shows are tweets are actually getting shorter. A study of over 225 million tweets from 2009 to 2012 found people are mainly using fewer words. The length of the most-used words didn’t change very much, but the number of words per tweet has fallen.
3.) Want to fight cancer? Steam your vegetables. New research is suggesting that steaming vegetables such as broccoli may power their natural cancer-fighting properties. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli contain sulforaphane, a naturally occurring plant compound that has been shown to contain strong anti-cancer properties. In order for sulforaphane to form, certain enzymes are necessary, and some means of preparing veggies may destroy it. Steaming broccoli was the best way to retain its enzymes and preserve cancer-fighting sulforaphane, while boiling and microwaving them for one minute or less destroyed most of the enzymes.