Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 12, 2014
November 12, 2014
McDonald's has recalled around 2.3 million of the "Hello, Kitty" toys that were included in Happy Meals because of a choking hazard.
The figure in question is a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop with a detachable whistle that could become a choking hazard.
Bring it back to the fast food restaurant and McDonald's says they'll substitute the toy for another and give you a yogurt tube or a bag of apple slices.
The four best shopping days in the U.S. do not include Black Friday. A study by Savings.com says we've already missed out on our chance to get the best deal on electronics. That was two weeks ago on November 1st. As for the rest, these are the best days to get the best deals:
--November 26th, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, for toys.
--December 1st, a-k-a "Cyber Monday" for clothing.
--December 15th for all other typical gift items. That's when most retailers will host last-ditch sales in the big push right before Christmas. (Bartha)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
A new play opening tomorrow in the UK has a very controversial plot. It's called "John and Mark" and has JOHN LENNON confronting his killer, MARK DAVID CHAPMAN in a prison cell. The Bolton News says the play doesn't glamorize the murder or set out to turn Chapman into a celebrity. Director Paul Blinkhorn said (quote), "With George Gunby's script, we find a Lennon that the world has never known --a Lennon who is here to confront his killer." "John and Mark" plays Manchester tomorrow and Thursday, followed by Liverpool and Carlisle. (Marino)
Face time with the judge:
Look for all the tabloids outside the California courtroom where STEPHEN COLLINS and his estranged wife, FAYE GRANT, will be fighting over their divorce today.
The couple is supposed to be appearing before the judge to split up their assets today, with Stephen's child molestation charges as a backdrop.
Experts say the molestation charges will probably not be brought up as part of the hearing, since it's strictly about the money and the secret tape recordings made by Faye are not admissible as evidence in the hearing.
Faye is reportedly looking to get around $13-grand a month in spousal support, plus half the couple's millions in assets, including some pricey properties in Brentwood.
But, according to a filing by Stephen's lawyer on Friday, Stephen wants to get rid of his spousal support entirely because of the effect the secret tape caused to his income --he can't get a job in Hollywood now.
Trolling for IQ points:
Black Friday is still almost three weeks away, but that's not stopping a pair of California women from lining up for bargains.
VICKEY TORRES and JUANITA SALAS have been camped outside of Best Buy in Beaumont since Sunday. The women plan to spend a full 22-days outside in order to be first in line when they open their doors the day after Thanksgiving. Torres explains, "They only get a few items at the cheaper prices and it's first come, first served." (Still)
It turns out ELTON JOHN was right... Sad songs really do "say so much." New research from Germany has found that listening to sad music helps us regulate our emotions. In a detailed survey of the music listening habits of more than 700 people in Europe, North and South America and Africa, the researchers found that sad music elicits a full range of emotions, including wonder, transcendence, peacefulness and nostalgia. New York magazine's Science of Us says nostalgia was the most frequently mentioned emotion in the sad music study. (Bartha)
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