Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 14, 2014
February 14, 2014
Reporting this morning from a hotel room in Philadelphia... and the city of brotherly love!
A few Valentine's Day quotes:
--"Without love in the dream, it will never come true." --Grateful Dead
--"You shouldn't listen to a woman who's just had her heart broken. We tend to lie." --Bree Van De Kamp, "Desperate Housewives"
--"When you are in love with someone you want to be near him all the time, except what you are out buying things and charging them to him." --Miss Piggy
--"I'll be the moon when the sun goes down /Just to let you know that I'm still around. /That's how strong my love is /Oh that's how strong my love is." --Otis Redding
--"I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox." --Woody Allen
Some Valentine's stats from the book, "Are you Normal: About Sex, Love and Relationships" (St Martin's Press) by BERNICE KANNER:
How most people spend Valentine's Day:
--38 percent go to a restaurant
--12 percent dine at home
--10 percent see a show
--5 percent take a getaway
--Men spend an average of $107 for Valentine's Day gifts.
--Women spend an average of $46.
Gift now, sex later: 29 percent of men and 18 percent of women think giving a gift counts as foreplay.
Wanna make an impression:
--70 percent of women like getting Valentine's Day flowers at work.
--23 percent of women consider practical gifts like everyday clothes of gift certificates to be inappropriate.
--14 percent of women would ditch a guy who gave them money
--38 percent of men would love to get stock shares
Oscar night's nominees and presenters are getting gifted with over $55-thousand dollars worth of swag this year. Racked.com says this year's Academy Awards swag bags will include:
--A $15-thousand dollar personalized walking tour of Japan
--A $9-thousand dollar "Best of Vegas" package that includes penthouse suites, show tickets and meet-and-greets with BOYZ II MEN
--A $4-thousand dollar adventure in the Canadian Rockies.
--Aviv 613 vodka from Israel (it's "infused with spiritually-positive energy")
--A $250 dollar bottle of organic maple syrup
--$850 dollars worth of personal training
--$500 dollars for an in-home aromatherapy and massage session
--Herbal lollipops to weight loss gummies
--$6-thousand dollars worth of natural pet food donations. (Bartha)
DRAKE is not at all pleased with Rolling Stone magazine. There's a huge interview with the rapper in the new issue, but the cover went to the late PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN. Drake Tweeted yesterday, "They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue.... I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil." Because of that, Drake also Tweeted that he's done with magazine interviews (quote), "I just want to give my music to the people. "That's the only way my message gets across accurately." The issue is out today. (Marino)
Today is Valentine's Day. Or, if you're single... Friday. Billboard magazine has put together a list of the biggest "love" songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Here are the Top 10:
10. "I Can't Stop Loving You" --Ray Charles
9. "Best Of My Love" --The Emotions
8. "Because I Love You (The Postman Song) --Stevie B
7. "Let Me Love You" --Mario
6. "I Will Always Love You" --Whitney Houston
5. "Silly Love Songs" --Wings
4. "How Deep Is Your Love" --Bee Gees
3. "We Found Love" --Rihanna, featuring Calvin Harris
2. "I'll Make Love To You" --Boyz II Men
1. "Endless Love" --Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
PS: You can see the complete list of 100 love songs at billboard.com/lovesongs. (Marino)
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