1.) Black Friday shopping seems to start earlier every year and this Christmas season will be no different. The recent trend has been for stores to open at midnight on the day after Thanksgiving, or even Thanksgiving night. K-Mart has announced that they’ll go even earlier, opening Thanksgiving Day at 6AM, and will stay open through Thanksgiving and Black Friday, closing Friday night at 11, for a 41 hour Thanksgiving Shopping Marathon.
2.) It was a big win for the Americans in Germany at the World Beard and Moustache Championships. Team Beard USA took home 16 trophies in all, including 6 first place finishes. The American wins included first place finishes in Freestyle Moustache, Full Beard Natural, Full Beard Styled Moustache, and English Moustache. The annual event drew 300 competitors from 20 countries. Philadelphia native 39 year old Jeff Langum and his 17 inch beard won top honors in Full Beard Natural, the blue-ribbon event at the competition
3.) If you enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, you may notice that coffee bean prices have been falling. Brazil, which sells much of the world’s coffee, is in the midst of a bumper crop season and around the world prices for arabica coffee beans are fairly low. How don’t expect to see the price of a Grande go down anytime soon. Experts say in-store prices will remain the same, but the price you pay for beans at the supermarket should be on the way down, meaning making your own coffee will save you even more.
1.) Over the weekend, Justin Bieber was dethroned as the most popular person on Twitter. So who is the new king of social media? Actually, you can call her the queen. Katy Perry now as 46.48 million followers on Twitter, passing Bierber’s 46.47 million followers. Justin has been number one for last past nine month, ending Lady Gaga’s two year reign as the Queen of Twitter. Perry is also beating Bieber on Facebook with just over 59 million friends while the Beeb has a little more than 27 million.
2.) There’s a new world spooning record which has now been certified by the Guinness World Records. 1,108 people attending the 2013 Australian Medical Students Association conference snuggled chest to back with their arms around each other in a continuous line for five minutes. The effort earned the group the world record for the most people spooning simultaneously.
3.) You may have heard reports about a sequel to the 90s TV show “Full House,” following the Tanner girls as adults. The show would have featured a grownup D.J., Candace Cameron Bure and Staphanie, Jodie Sweetin. However, the story is actually a hoax. Jeff Franklin, the shows creator, was quoted saying he was asked by ABC to write the new show and the characters were very open to the idea. Franklin did say that in an interview with a Rhode Island newspaper, but that interview took place in 1979, not recently.
1.) If you’re planning on heading to the Golden Arches for lunch or dinner today, you’ll notice some changes. As of today, the McDonald's Dollar Menu is no more. Instead, it’s become the "Dollar Menu and More." There will still be some items on the menu for $1, but it will also include things that cost $2, and even a 20-piece McNuggets that costs $5.
2.) Want to look more attractive? The secret is to keep yourself surrounded by other people. New research conducted at the University of California San Diego found that people look more attractive in a group than they do individually. The study claims that when confronted by a group of people, your visual system creates “ensemble representations” that blend their features. Lo and behold, the average group face your neurons have Photoshopped for you is more appealing than the group’s individual faces.
3.) If you’re searching for a job, you are probably aware that phone interviews have become more common. So how do you make certain you can ace the next interview, even though you’re not face-to-face with your potential employer? According to the author of “The Essential Phone Interview Handbook,” smiling is the key. "Remember to smile: You can't sound bored or uninterested if you have a smile on your face. Put a mirror on your desk to see your facial expressions when you talk. You have no body language with which to reinforce your personality; it’s all about the voice."
1.) Microchips are one way to try to ensure you’ll never lose your pet. Now, there’s a new app to help you find a lost furry friend. PIP is a facial recognition app for pets. Download the app, take a photo of your pet and then upload some basic details. The PIP app records, classifies, and categorizes every feature of a dog’s or cat’s appearance. If your animal goes missing, you can send an alert to vet clinics, animal shelters and other PIP users in a 15 mile radius. If someone finds an animal, they can upload a photo to initiate a matching process.
Find out about the app: http://petrecognition.com/#WhatisPiP?
2.) Would you ever think of buying a home near a cemetery? If so, you should be prepared to pay more for that home. Snapping up a quiet property near a cemetery actually costs more per square foot than purchasing a home near rowdier neighbors. Redfin, a real estate company crunched the numbers and found that houses within 50 feet of a cemetery sell for 13% more per square foot than those not so conveniently situated. The average price per square foot for a view of graves was $162, compared to $142 to $150 for the same measurement more than 100 yards away.
3.) Later today, Lay’s, the nation’s largest salty snack maker, will make a big announcement of their new chip. Next week, the company will roll-out their new Lay's Wavy Potato Chips Dipped in Milk Chocolate. The chocolate-dipped chips will be sold only at Target stores. A 5-ounce bag will cost $3.49. Right now, this is a limited-time-only distribution to stretch through the holidays. But, the company’s president of market says if the chip is a major hit, they could ultimately become permanent.
1.) Something will be missing from this year’s Super Bowl 48 broadcast on February 2nd – a sexy GoDaddy commercial. After 7 years of racy commercials, most featuring NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, GoDaddy has announced this year’s Super Bowl spots will be humor-laden with a new brand message - but drop all sexual suggestiveness. The GoDaddy Girls will be gone, but it’s hard to argue with their success. When it aired its first Super Bowl spot in 2005, GoDaddy was a $100 million company, Today, it's a $1.3 billion company The founder of the company believes the $70 million they spent on Super Bowl commercials resulted in a billion dollars in business.
2.) If you see a new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C lying around, the color of the phone could reveal the gender of the owner. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, men are more likely to purchase an iPhone 5S device in space gray, while women are more inclined to pick the silver color. When it comes to Apple's lower-cost iPhone 5C, males were more likely to choose white or blue models, while the most popular color choice among females with the iPhone 5C was pink.
3.) If you going to be traveling this holiday season, now is the time to buy your plane ticket. According to Travelocity's Christmas Booking Barometer, which is based on bookings from the past three years, you should look to purchase Christmas airfare by November 12. Trends show a spike in ticket purchasing begins around six weeks before Christmas day. If you’re not certain of your travel plans yet, keep in mind there is usually a drop in fares three weeks before the holiday, but then fares go back up. Travelocity's winter data shows that the average round-trip domestic airfare is $450, up 7.5 percent from last year.