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.
1.) What are women doing more of these days? According to National Geographic it’s hunting. Eleven percent of our nation’s 13.7 million hunters are women, up from 9 percent just 7 years ago. Experts believe some of the factors in the increase in women hunting include the popularity of the sustainable and local-food movements, as well as women focusing on paying attention to where the food on our plates comes from. And, in fact, women tend to be actually better hunters because they tend to be a bit more patient, and oftentimes are a much better shot, because they tend to be a bit more focused.
2.) If you’re feeling down, turn on the sink. Washing your hands can be emotionally cleansing, as it may help us feel more optimistic after a failure. Researchers assigned an "impossible task" to two groups of people; they failed, of course. Then, scientists told one group to wash their hands. Both groups showed optimism they could achieve the task on a second try, but the hand-washers were far more confident than their peers. However, those who washed their hands actually performed worse on their second attempt than did the others.
3.) Would you like to lunch with Mike Tyson or meet Shakira? There’s a website that will hook you up with your favorite celebrity … but, of course, there’s a price. At www.IfOnly.com not only can you meet stars, but you can also have celebs send you a personalized video message, or get a Tweet or a Facebook post. The site was founded by the stepson of Danielle Steel and some of the proceeds will go to charity. But have your checkbook ready – your lunch with Mike Tyson will run you $50,000, while your Shakira meet’n’greet is just $15,000.
1.) There are two new additions to the Toy Hall of Fame. The class of 2013 is made up of the rubber duck and chess. Those 2 were selected from the 12 nominees that included the board game Clue, green army men, the Magic 8-Ball My Little Pony and Nerf toys. Those two become the 52nd and 53rd toys inducted in to the hall, which is located in Rochester, New York.
2.) Elton John has received many awards and honors over his long career. He can now add to his resume the fact he has been inducted into the Headwear Hall of Fame. Every year, the Headwear Association selects a half dozen people known for their love of headgear to enter its Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 includes Elton John, Bruno Mars, actresses Diane Keaton and Sophia Loren, plus Queen Elizabeth II and director Spike Lee. This year’s half dozen honorees join Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana, Johnny Depp and Madonna and 26 other celebrities in the Hall.
3.) A Chinese man has sued his wife and been awarded $120,000 for giving him ugly children. The man filed for divorce when their newborn child came out “incredibly ugly.” The husband alleged his wife tricked him by not disclosing she had had radical plastic surgery that had change her appearance drastically. The father of three was so appalled by his daughter’s looks that he accused his wife of sleeping with another man. It was then that she revealed the truth to him, explaining that she spent more than $100,000 on plastic surgery in the years before they meet.