Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 25, 2013
November 25, 2013
Of the one-thousand U.S. adult respondents in Ebates.com's 2013 Holiday Survey, respondents said they have the hardest time buying gifts for their other halves, men more so (30 percent) than women (23 percent). Women say shopping for their fathers is toughest (22 percent), while men found shopping for their mothers daunting (20 percent). (Kaye)
30 percent of the time you spend driving around in a business district is spent looking for a parking space. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Kentucky Fried Chicken Scented Candles. They exist. And completely sold out in less than one minute after they went on sale last week. According to Racked.com, the finger-lickin' delicious smelling candles were sold by the online store Kentucky for Kentucky. They commissioned local artisans to create an assortment of limited edition Kentucky-fried-flavored products. The chicken candle sold for $22 each. No word yet on if they'll be making more. (Bartha)
Trolling for IQ points:
A New York woman is paying to have a piece of platinum jewelry wedged in her eye.
LUCY LUCKAYANKO says, "It's really small, really tiny, really cute... It's going to be a conversation maker ... It will be unique." The woman is getting a new procedure called Safesight jewelry to implant the small platinum heart straight into her eye. The $3-thousand dollar procedure is incredibly popular in Europe and is now spreading to America. Doctors who perform the implant say it's "probably" safe. (Still)
One Colorado eighth grader swears she wasn't lying when she said her dog ate her homework, and she has the X-rays to prove it.
PAYTON MOODY, 13, of Englewood had just put the put the finishing touches on her science project: A mock volcano made of candy held together with pins.
Wherever she left it, the next morning, REGGIE, the family labrador, managed to find it and gobbling it down along with as many as 50 pins.
He was immediately rushed to a local animal hospital, where most of the pins were removed using an endoscope. The remaining pins were surgically removed.
Reggie is doing much better now. As for Payton, she redid her project, but with glue this time and far away from Reggie.
She got an A.
Editor's note: A science project complete with a lab report. How about that.
--We had a dog once that at a miniature Christmas tree we'd decorated. The cool part was that every time he barked, his nose lit up. (Maiman)
Health and Medical Briefs:
A new study finds a link between sugary beverages and endometrial cancer. Writings published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention show older women who drank the largest amounts of soda and other sweet beverages had a 78-percent higher risk for a tumor known as estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer. The more sugar-sweetened beverages a woman drank, the greater her risk.
Endometrial cancer involves tumors in the lining of the uterus. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it typically affects women in their 60s or 70s. (Page)
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