Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 27, 2015
October 27, 2015
Outdoor supply retailer REI is telling customers to go take a hike on Black Friday --seriously! It's announced it will NOT be open for business the day after Thanksgiving, and will actually give its employees a paid day off --to enjoy the outdoors.
REI's statement about the closure cites Sierra Club founder JOHN MUIR: "We're passionate about bringing you great gear, but we're even more passionate about the experiences it unlocks for all of us. Perhaps John Muir said it best back in 1901: 'Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.' We think Black Friday is the perfect day to remind people of this essential truth."
REI has launched a campaign to get everyone to wander farther afield than the mall parking lot on Black Friday, #OptOutside. Get more info as well as the chance to weigh in or share your own outdoor plans for November 27 at www.optoutside.rei.com (Kaye)
There's a new safety trend this Halloween for Trick or Treaters with peanut allergies. Houses are putting Teal Jack-O-Lanterns out front to signify that they're giving away peanut-free candy.
10 New Halloween candies you need in your life:
1. Peanut Butter Cup Candy Corn.
2. Starburst Halloween Mix. The classic chewy candy gets a sassy boost with new flavors like batty blackberry, bewitching blueberry and chilling cherry kiwi.
3. 3 Muske'fears. The amazing nougat you love that's dyed red for the season!
4. Kit Kat Triple Chocolate. Need we say more?
5. Caramel Apple Peeps. Or, try their other new flavors --Pumpkin Spice or the original dipped in white fudge.
6. Hershey's Candy Corn Bar.
7. Justin's Dark Peanut Butter Cups. Want to ease the guilt factor while scarfing down chocolate? Good! These are organic.
8. Peanuts Crunch Bars. CHARLES SCHULTZ fans rejoice --these have the characters etched right in the side!
9. Skull & Bones Sweetarts. They've made a triumphant return since disappearing from shelves back in 2013.
10. Reese's Halloween Nutrageous. Imagine your favorite peanut butter cup, then add in peanuts and caramel --delish! (Source: People --Lee)
Forget about Botox, night creams, facials or facelifts --the hottest new trend in anti-aging is all about the brows, baby! NILAM HOLMES-PATEL from the company HD Brows tell the UK's Daily Mail that good brows can "transform your face" and ladies' most common mistakes are over-plucking, over-arching or coloring them in a shade that doesn't match their complexion. The beauty expert has a string of stylists across the pond where clients get tinted, waxed, threaded, make-up tips and promises the difference is flat-out "amazing." (Lee)
Thanks, Global Warming!:
Parts of the Persian Gulf could become too hot for humans to live in by the end of the century. The new study published yesterday says coastal cities from Dubai to Bandar Abbas in Iran could experience summer days that surpass the "human habitability" limit by the end of this century. The Washington Post says that means Persian Gulf cities could experience a combination of heat and humidity so high that the human body would no longer capable of shedding the excess heat through perspiration, and that not even the healthiest people could not withstand the heat. Other Middle Eastern cities could approach the lethal threshold, including holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Editor's note: Gives new meaning to the term "hell on Earth." (Bartha)
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