Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
What do women want?
Get a clue: Woman's Day magazine asks, "What do you want most this Valentine's Day?"
--A box of chocolates: 11 percent
--Red roses: 13 percent
--Diamond earrings: 20 percent
--A love letter: 56 percent
Thinking about lingerie as a gift:
A new survey by the It's Just Lunch people indicates lingerie is pretty much the last thing women want to receive for Valentine's Day, coming in behind flowers, jewelry, chocolate and even a simple card.
And, as far as sex and lingerie go this Valentine's Day, women are mostly only interested in it within the context of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" premiere.
The survey also shows nearly one-third of both men and women said they felt "indifferent" about Valentine's Day, with another 17 percent saying it makes them "miserable," "stressed" or "dreadful." Yet, over 70 percent of those same men and women expect to spend Valentine's Day with someone if they've been on four or more dates.
And one sobering note for couples --10 percent of men and five percent of women say they've either broken up with someone (or thought about breaking up) to avoid the stress of Valentine's Day. And 19 percent of singles report being dumped before Valentine's Day.
Ice cream for Valentine's:
Baskin-Robbins is making Conversation Heart Ice Cream Cakes for Valentine's Day.
The company says you can pre-order a cake for that special someone with one of three messages: "Love You," "Kiss Me" or "Be Mine."
The company is also rolling out a special "Love Potion #31" Flavor of the Month as well.
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $485 million ($327.7 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 175.2 million.
It's the third-largest jackpot in the game's history and the fifth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
Those Lottery Odds:
You're more likely to get stuck on a tarmac for two hours or more than to win the Powerball lottery. Try 1 in 964. At least that's according to a report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Other odds for comparison:
--Winning Powerball: 1 in 175.2 million
--Dying in an amusement park accident: 1 in 72 million
--Dying in a shark attack: 1 in 3.1 million
--Dying from flesh-devouring bacteria: 1 in a million
--Struck by lightning: 1 in 700-thousand
--Having an 11th toe: 1 in 500.
--Being audited by the IRS: 1 in 175
Bid'ness is Bid'ness:
Warning --note content!:
With the movie "50 Shades of Grey" out this week, it seems only appropriate to point out an Australian entrepreneur who's created kinky bondage gear out of crocodile skin.
CRAIG WEST has been keeping pet crocodiles in his yard for years. Now, he's going into business with a clothing line he calls the 'Soft Croc' collection. Designs include croc-skin ankle and wrist restraints, whips, leashes, and dog collars for people. West says croc skin is the best and most expensive leather in the world. But, he adds, "If you've been cheating on someone you will get caught because you're going to go home with bruises." (Still)
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