Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 13, 2015
January 13, 2015
THOMAS CRAPPER pioneered the one-piece pedestal flushing toilet, 1863.
--The first ad for a radio appeared in print, 1906. In the Scientific American, to be exact. Cost of a radio: $7.50.
--The first public radio broadcast was made thanks to the efforts of inventor LEE DeFOREST, 1910.
A study by customer experience management provider Kentico Software finds a third (31 percent) of those surveyed have made resolutions for the New Year. The most-cited intentions:
--Bad computer or mobile habits: 1 percent
--Education: 11 percent
--Addictions (smoking, alcohol, other): 12 percent
--Volunteer work / helping others: 15 percent
--Professional: 19 percent
--Relationships: 28 percent
--Healthy eating: 57 percent
--Fitness: 65 percent
A third have looked online for products or services to help them stay on track, 38 percent said they're looking for websites or apps to help track their progress and 26 percent seek out information on blogs and other websites to help them achieve their goals. (Kaye)
Temper those resolutions with the knowledge that around a quarter of us can't keep a resolution for a week.
A 1989 study by JOHN C. NORCROSS of the University of Scranton in 2002 says between 77 and 71 percent of us keep the resolutions continuously for one and two weeks. That falls off to 64 percent at three and four weeks, 50 percent after three months and 46 percent after six months. Only 19 percent had kept their resolutions when Norcross followed up his original 1989 survey two years later.
Does SELENA GOMEZ have a new boyfriend? According to Us Weekly magazine, JUSTIN BIEBER's ex was seen at the Golden Globe Awards holding hands with DJ ZEDD. But a source says that the two are working on a new album together and not dating. (Myers)
Coming of age:
The U.K.'s National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children has created a PSA to educate kids and parents about the dangers of sexting. In their cautionary tale of Alex, a Snapchat-style photo of his willy to a classmate gets widely circulated after she screen-grabs the image. Alex's mortification and alarm are the consequences --no mention of the possible legal consequences of child porn distribution (which is what EVERYONE who forwarded the photo engaged in. --Kaye)
Ratings for TINA FEY and AMY POEHLER's final Golden Globes on Sunday night were pretty good --20.9 million viewers, which is the best since 2004. However, in the coveted 18-49 age group, the show was down 11 percent from last year and nine percent from 2013.
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