Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 21, 2011
November 21, 2011
Black Friday shopping:
How many of you will Christmas shop this holiday weekend?
Three percent have already done their holiday shopping. That's the way the Consumer Reports' Money Blog figures it. [Editor's note: Odds are they've now started working on their taxes. --Maiman]
For the rest of us, Black Friday looms. Nearly half of us --47 percent-- plan to make gift purchases over the long weekend --a third say they'll be looking for things for themselves. And of course, there's Cyber Monday ahead, too. (Maiman)
Can't get enough of those "Twilight" movies? Real "Twi-hard"? How about some weird Twilight product tie-ins?
--Life Size Body Pillows! Cuddle up with a blobby, human-sized, stuffed Edward Cullen. Already sold out on Etsy.com.
--Edward Cullen Shower Curtain. A huge silhouette of Edward on it. With the words "Be safe," and a steal at just $75! Also in a decal if you'd like to deface a wall in your home. $60 at Etsy.com.
--"Twilight: Eclipse" Jacob black life-size stand-up. A cardboard cut-out outline of Taylor Lautner. He is not shirtless. $38.99 at Amazon.com.
--"Twilight" 'Vampire eyes' gold contact lenses.$30 at coastal.com and you don't need to feast on wild animals first.
--"Twilight" Band aids. For when those vampire love bites draw blood. $14.99 at Amazon.com.
--"Twilight" pillow covers. Emblazoned with Edward's brooding visage. $32 at Etsy.com.
Smirnoff vodka is rolling out Fluffed Marshmallowand Whipped Cream flavors. That is all. (Kaye)
Setting a good example:
A guy in Switzerland is being forced to cough up 111-dollars for hiking butt-nekkid through the Alps.
The NY Post says Switzerland's highest court threw out the man's appeal after he claimed he had no idea nudity was illegal. Cops say the unidentified naked hiker strolled past a family-friendly picnic area before streaking through a church-based recovery center.(Still)
Stupid people, stupid places:
This embarrassing X-ray reveals a Buzz Lightyear doll --complete with its wings deployed-- lodged inside a patient.
It's one of 100 bizarre X-rays collected by doctors for a new book called "Stuck Up." The idea was to take the stigma away from such incidents so people are not afraid to seek medical help --because apparently, there are hundreds of people walking around with all sorts of strange items in their lower intestinal track.
Close: The book features photos of patients with glasses, scissors and even a cassette tape wedged inside them.
Said one doctor: "Sometimes patients tell us that they were doing some type of household chore in the nude when they 'fell' or 'tripped' or 'jumped into bed' and 'landed on the object.'"
Editor's note: As long as we don't find some guy trying to find his car keys so he can back it out.
--It could be worse: He could've been caught with a Woody in there!
--"To infinity and beyond!" (Maiman)
Top-10 Cities Americans would most like to live in:
10. Denver, CO
9. Honolulu, HI
8. Chicago, IL
6. (tie) Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA;
5. Las Vegas, NV
4. Dallas, TX
3. Seattle, WA
2. San Diego, CA
1. NYC, NY
Source: Harris Interactive
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