Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 9, 2013
October 9, 2013
Offers.com finds Halloween spending is up about 11 percent this season, and research indicates consumers will be feeling festive as we head into the winter holiday season as well.
According to the Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey spending will increase by at least 11 percent for the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas holidays. Accenture researchers believe about 20 percent of shoppers plan to spend more in 2013 than they did in 2012 but nearly all (94 percent) say discounts, coupons and deals 'are important' to their spending plans.
Going Geek-dot-com /Caught in the Web:
Social networking is wonderful for reconnecting with old friends and getting to know new pals, but are your intentions truly pure? The UK's Daily Mail reports a website called VoucherCodesPro discovered a few interesting facts about our online buddies.
--34 percent of us are "friends" with people we don't like and wouldn't speak to them in real life
--17 percent maintain these relationships to see what others are doing
--22 percent admit that Facebook has kicked off an argument, primarily because of a status someone thought was directed at them
--47 percent feel obligated to keep family and certain friends on their "list"
--36 percent keep former colleagues in the mix just in case they need them again
--Over one-quarter refuse to delete people for fear of the consequences (Lee)
Not another one!!!??? Yes, it's true --MICHELLE and JIM BOB DUGGAR, who're celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," told Celebrity Baby Scoop she and Jim Bob were trying for number 20.
Michelle, who's now 47 and already the grandmother of three besides her own kids, says if she can't get pregnant again, at least she has the grandkids to have fun with!
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
KANYE WEST and JIMMY KIMMEL have been battling each other on Twitter, but they hope to bury the hatchet tonight. Kanye will be on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to hash out why the rapper is angry with the talk show host. Jimmy made fun of a recent Kanye intervew with BBC Radio 1 where the rapper said he was the biggest "rock star" in the world. That was followed by a re-creation of the interview with two kids playing Kanye and the BBC's ZANE LOWE. (Marino)
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Church groups are speaking out against a Chicago restaurant that serves a gourmet hamburger with a communion wafer on top.
The 10-ounce beef patty is also topped with aged white cheddar, ghost chili aioli, and comes with a glass of red wine. Restaurant Kuma's Corner calls the item a "Ghost" burger. But, owners say it's not a direct Biblical reference. Instead, the item is supposedly inspired by a Swedish anti-Christian band called Ghost. In a statement, restaurant owners say the burger is "a fitting tribute to the supreme blasphemous activities carried out by the band itself." (Still)
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