Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 11, 2013
July 11, 2013
Back to school:
Back-to-school and back-to-college spending accounts for $84 billion in sales, making it the second-biggest season for retailers, according to Advertising Age. That's a far cry from the winter holidays' $580-billion take, but handily tops Mother's Day, which is the third-biggest holiday-shopping period, with $21 billion in consumer spending. (Kaye)
Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven today! USA Today reports 7-Eleven, the nation's largest convenience store chain, is also getting rid of the usual 7.11-ounce Slurpee that it's given away for the past decade on their unofficial birthday --today-- and will replace it with 12-ounce Slurpees.
The giveaway runs from 11 am to 7 pm local time, and 7-Eleven expects sales of the ice-packed drink to jump around 40-percent today as well.
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Here's a tune-in alert for fans of bad movies --the movie "Sharknado" is on the SYFY channel tonight.
IAN ZIERING and TARA REID star in the original film which --as you might imagine-- is about a tornado /waterspout which pulls up sharks out of the ocean and dumps them willy-nilly on the streets of Los Angeles!
Editor's note: Does it get any better? Yes --if only one shark would wind up in the KARDASHIAN's swimming pool!
In fact, the SYFY network has scheduled a whole day of shark-themed disaster films around it!
The first flick is scheduled for 9 am: "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus." Then, in quick succession, it'll be "Malibu Shark Attack," "Sharktopus," "Swamp Shark" and "Super Shark."
At 9 pm, IAN ZIERING and TARA REID star in "Sharknado," which SYFY will follow with its final two movies, "Two-Headed Shark Attack" and "Shark Zone."
"Honey? Did you invite that strange looking man to our wedding?? Oh, wait... is that STEVEN TYLER?" Yes, it was. ABCNews.com says newlyweds Jeffrey Roseman and Shirley Ramos were enjoying their reception at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., when they saw the AEROSMITH frontman walking by. Steven was nice enough to say hi and pose for a few photos. The happy couple invited him to stay but Steven's bodyguard quickly whisked him away. (Marino)
Chocolate, Caffeine, Alcohol:
Interesting fact about how women and men describe themselves and others while drunk.
A new study out of the Buffalo State University of New York says that women tend to use terms such as "buzzed" or "tipsy," while men prefer using "hammered" or "wasted." This can cause problems, as the terms preferred by women describe intoxication levels as moderate, while men's terms describe it as heavy.
Some believe it's because women downplay their intoxication levels to fit societal expectations (that say women shouldn't drink so much). Men may also overestimate their drinking for the opposite reason: it's "expected" for men to get "wasted." (AB)
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