Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 18, 2012
April 18, 2012
The baby-boomer generation will die alone. Harsh, but that's what the latest statistics say, which found that one-third of adults aged 45-63 are unmarried, a more than 50 percent increase since 1980.
Whether you find that depressing, the idea of dying alone is probably not very safe given how, in the past, family members, particularly spouses, have provided care to infirm older adults.
Researchers suggest this may lead to a cottage industry of people helping an old person they're not related to. (Maiman)
Who uses Groupon? Stats from MRI's Survey of the American Consumer show twice as many women purchase Groupons than men in the past 30 days. Broken down by age:
--Millenials (born 1977-1994), 38 percent
--Gen-Xers (born 1965-1976, 29 percent
--Boomers (born 1946-1964), 29 percent
The executive VP of MRI Research says "What may be surprising to some, however, is the fact that wealthier households show a strong proclivity for using Groupon.com, confirming the truism that everyone loves a bargain, including those who do not need one."
Source: www.mediamark.com (Kaye)
Ladies, here's your big chance to smell like crazy. NICKI MINAJ just signed a deal to create a fragrance that will hit department stores this fall. NY Magazine's The Cut says Nicki is developing the perfume with the same company that helped create JUSTIN BIEBER'S signature sent "Someday." Nicki says that she "can't wait to share it with the world" and that she "designed this scent and bottle with my Barbz in mind." ("Barbz" is Minaj-speak for, um, people. We think.) (Bartha)
Rounding up the usual suspects:
Military officials say MOHAMMAD ASHAN may just be the world's dumbest terrorist.
The Washington Post reports Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander, walked up to a police checkpoint last week, pointed to the wanted poster featuring his face, and asked for the 100-dollar reward in the poster. When asked if that was him in the picture, he Ashan reportedly said, "Yes, yes, that's me! Can I get my award now?" Instead of giving him money, military forces took him into custody.
Ashan is suspected of plotting attacks on allied security forces in east Afghanistan. (Still)
The Reel Deal:
How about a "Rockford Files" movie?
Zap2It.com says Universal Pictures is working on a big-screen version of the 1970s JAMES GARNER TV series with VINCE VAUGHAN as the private eye who lives in a trailer on the beach.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
EDDIE VAN HALEN blames his dad for his days of drunken stupidity. In the new issue of Esquiremagazine, Eddie says he asked his father, who was also a musician, how to get rid of stage fright. He gave young Eddie a shot of vodka and a cigarette to calm his nerves, and Eddie says that started his reliance on the bottle. The interview also gets into Eddie's struggle to get clean; pulling his son WOLFGANG out of school when he was 15 so he could play bass with Van Halen on the road; and Eddie's relationship with his ex-wife, actress VALERIE BERTINELLI. (Marino)
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