Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 9, 2014
May 9, 2014
Redbook magazine's list of what Moms really want for Mother's Day:
10. A 24-hour ban on the word, "Mom"
9. An album made of all the photos floating around
8. Really good chocolate
7. A day of beauty at the salon
6. Popcorn in bed in the afternoon with a movie
5. Fresh flowers for every room in the house
4. An afternoon at the movies alone
3. To have the house to myself all day
2. To have breakfast lunch and dinner cooked for me
1. To stay up late and sleep late --without interruption
Where to go on Mother's Day:
No matter how pinched the household budget, we're still going to do our best to keep Mom out of the kitchen for Mother's Day. Restaurants still expect it will be the busiest day of the year, according to the National Restaurant Association --about 38 percent of all Americans will dine out that day. In fact, many will dine out twice, celebrating with different people: The NRA reports that 59 percent celebrate at dinner, 51 percent at lunch or brunch, and 22 percent at breakfast.
Flowers are still the most popular gift, purchased by 66.8 percent of those celebrating. (Kaye)
Hallmark says Mother's Day is the third-most popular card-buying holiday, with 162 million cards sold. That's because so many people use the occasion to celebrate relationships with sisters, aunts, and other important women in their lives, it. (Only Christmas and Valentine's Day are bigger.) And among Hispanics, Mother's Day is the single biggest card day of the year. (Kaye)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
KIM KARDASHIAN has a very good reason for not marrying KANYE WEST yet --they won't sign their prenuptial agreement until next week. Sources tell TMZ.com the negotiations are "friendly," but there's a lot to work out and no one is saying "I Do" until all the paperwork is wrapped up. (Lee)
Trolling for IQ points:
A former truck driver may have set a new record for driving his electric car from New York City to Miami and back: 58 hours and 15 minutes --and he did it all without spending a penny.
MICHAEL FRITTS, who charged his Tesla Model S for free along the way, wanted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his successful heart surgery "by doing something special and fun and I also wanted to celebrate this wonderful vehicle" he says.
Fritts' journey totaled 26-hundred miles along the Eastern seaboard; he slept in his trunk as the car charged. He took food, but didn't need money because Tesla Model S owners can charge their cars for free at 91 Supercharger stations in North America (plus 19 stations in Europe and Asia). A 20-minute charge provides enough energy to go 150 miles, Fritts says, and a computer monitor inside the car helps the driver find the stations; he stopped at 10 each way during his trip. He's applying to the Guinness Book of World Records for recognition. (Maiman)
A California company has invented a game console for dogs.
CleverPet comes with three interactive touch pads which light up when touched by a dog's paw or nose. When the pads are struck in the right order, they release tasty dog treats. A spokesman says, "The CleverPet completely transforms your pet's experience of being home alone." Once it's available commercially, the device will retail for about $280-dollars. (Still)
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