Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 10, 2015
March 10, 2015
An historic event in the cookie business. It was on this date 40 years ago that WALLY AMOS opened the first store in the world to exclusively sell handmade cookies (1975). Wally named them "Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies," and using a recipe from 1929, became the first person to market gourmet cookies. Wally had to sell the company due to financial difficulties in the early 1990s; he's now 77 and splits his time bewteen Kailua, Hawaii and Long Island, NY --and that's the way the cookie...
Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 10th this year --you've got eight weeks to get it right, people!
Based on Mother's Day 2014, Bing Ads predicts the top gift categories will be greeting cards (81 percent), flowers (67 percent), eating out (57 percent) and gift cards (43 percent).
But that's not really what Momma wants. Bing finds mothers are dreaming of gifts that will make their life simpler with 80 percent interested in consumer electronics despite just 13 percent of those buying Mother's Day gifts considering this option. (Kaye)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
TERESA GIUDICE figured out a way to make six figures behind bars! Sources tell RadarOnline.com that the "Real Housewife" took a photo during a recent visit dressed in her brown prison uniform with no makeup and the shot has already been sold to a glossy magazine. Word is the prison warden is going to be furious because cell phones are a big no-no, but the family pulled in a cool $100-thousand dollars! (Lee)
Trendspotting: Iron-on hair jewels are a thing now. They're like temporary tattoos for your hair. SheFinds.com says the trend came out of music festivals. Sheets of the iron-on hair jewels allow you to attach rose gold, silver and crystal designs to your hair using a flat-iron, and they're selling out fast at retailers like Forever 21. (Bartha)
The success of "American Sniper" has apparently cleared the way for a TV show on the same subject.
Variety says the USA network is working on a pilot for a drama based on author STEPHEN HUNTER's 1993 novel "Point of Impact," which was the basis for "Shooter," the 2007 MARK WAHLBERG film.
The series would be about an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action when he learns of a plot to kill the president, but gets framed and has to find the real killer who set him up.
Morons on Parade:
A guy in Egypt planned a bizarre event at his own wedding.
25-year-old AHMED SHEHATA arranged for his relatives to dress up as ISIS militants and pretend to kidnap his bride from the altar. Masked men forced both the bride and groom into a cage while dance music played in the background. At first the guests panicked, but soon realized it was a gag. The bride says, "I knew there would be a surprise. But I never imagined that the surprise would be like that." (Still)
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