Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 12, 2013
November 12, 2013
I'm a Poll Man:
A new Gallup survey says that Americans --as they have for decades-- still prefer a male boss over a female boss, but the percentages on that preference are narrowing. Given a choice when taking a new job, a male boss gets the nod over a female boss, by 35-to-23-percent, with about 40-pecent having no preference.
When Gallup first asked that question in 1953, 66-percent preferred a male boss, while just 5-percent preferred working for a woman.
Editor's note: Did this year's question about a female boss include the possibility of her having a nice rack? Does that change anything? (Pacelli)
--Depends on how you take your coffee. (Yes, tacky, tasteless. I'm ashamed. --Maiman)
Last week's hot Broadway shows (Playbill):
The big story on Broadway is BILLY CRYSTAL's debut with his new, one-man show which pulled in more than a million bucks last week to place it at #7 on the top-10 list. "700 Sundays" was helped by the long, Veteran's Day weekend, as well, but Billy continues to be a big draw on Broadway nearly ten years after his last appearance there.
10. "Jersey Boys," $843K
9. "Pippin," $847K
8. "Matilda," $1.16 million,
7. "700 Sundays," (new), $1.15 million,
6. "Betrayal," $1.25 million,
5. "Motown," $1.33 million,
4. "Kinky Boots," $1.67 million
3. "The Lion King," $1.71 million
2. "The Book of Mormon," $1.77 million
1. "Wicked," $1.86 million
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Plans were announced for a Broadway musical version of "The Princess Bride."
CARY ELWES starred as Westley and ROBIN WRIGHT as the Princess, Buttercup, in the 1987 movie of the same name, which also starred MANDY PATINKIN, CHRIS SARANDON, WALLACE SHAWN, PETER FALK and BILLY CRYSTAL.
Author WILLIAM GOLDMAN --who wrote "Marathon Man" and won Academy Awards for doing the screenplays for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men" also wrote "The Stepford Wives," "A Bridge Too Far" and "The Princess Bride."
Look what I found:
In Thurston County, Washington the search is on for human remains after a dog dragged home a human leg.
93-year-old BILL FLOWERS discovered his pooch LIBERTY standing over the severed leg in his backyard. Flowers says, "I picked it up... None of the leg or foot was damaged... From the knee down it wasn't damaged at all."
Police are investigating the incident. But, they're also not sure why Mr. Flowers buried the leg in his backyard, and didn't call police until four days later. (Still)
YLVIS is crazy, like a fox. The Norwegian duo that came up with the love it or hate it viral video, "What Does The Fox Say?" now has a book deal. The Hollywood Reporter says Ylvis just signed with Simon & Schuster to turn the fox song into a children's book. It's supposed to ready to hit stores on December 10th. Sounds like a great stocking stuffer, no? (Marino)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Research by the consultancy BabyCenter finds women undergo a dramatic shift in behavior as soon as they become pregnant. Suddenly, they're 122 percent more likely to take vitamins, 102 percent more likely to go to a healthcare provider (HCP) for a checkup, and 96 percent more likely to eat well.
They're also planning ahead for their child's health: 35 percent first purchased over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for their baby before they even gave birth, and 14 percent added OTC medicines to their baby registry. (Kaye)
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