Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 23, 2016
September 23, 2016
Big Money, Big Problems:
Marketing consultant First Insight knows why smart watches haven't taken off: consumers think they're ugly and overpriced. Takeaways from their research:
--75 percent of women and 60 percent of men want to pay under $200 for a smartwatch
--Many describe existing smartwatches as 'ugly' or 'bulky'
--92 percent are not brand loyal to tech companies, at least where smartwatches are concerned
--37 percent say the features/function offered are most important
--25 percent say pricing is the most important (Kaye)
TRISHA YEARWOOD has been cookin' more than Southern-fried fare --she's created her very own fragrance, too! Mrs. GARTH BROOKS revealed on "The Talk" that she's been working for "several years" to blend the perfect scent that features musk, jasmine, honeysuckle and actually wears it every day. Trisha Yearwood Eau de Parfum Natural Spray is available at Walmart. (Lee)
A teen in Germany is in serious condition after causing an explosion with air freshener.
Cops in Duisburg say the 17-year-old boy was trying to remove the smell of cigarette smoke in the family car Wednesday. But, he reportedly sprayed too much air freshener, which ignited when he opened the car door and the overhead light tuned on. Police say the "combustible gas mixture" blew the sunroof off the car and caused severe burns on the teen's arms. (Still)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
Wanna spin with BRITNEY SPEARS? Billboard.com says she'll host a cycling class next month with all proceeds going to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. It will cost you a donation anywhere from $10-thousand to $50-thousand dollars to be part of the class, but you can also bid $10-dollars for a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas to see Britney's Piece of Me show at Planet Hollywood and be in the cycle class. Go to prizeo.com for all the info. The charity ride happens October 27th at noon at XCYCLE in Boca Park, Las Vegas. (Marino)
Eek! Snakes! For the first time, wildlife officials have found Burmese pythons breeding in the Florida Keys. Yesterday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that three hatchlings were found over three weeks in August in North Key Largo. The Miami Heraldsays they are the first hatchlings documented in the area. That means the exotic snakes invading marshes on the mainland have now staked out new territory. That's bad news for endangered species of small animals the pythons are known to feed on. That includes Florida's last known population of docile woodrats. build their intricate nests in woody hammocks.
Pythons first began appearing in the Everglades in the 1980s --most likely after being set free by pet owners. By 2000, the pythons had become the Florida's most notorious invasive species. The snakes have been blamed for driving down the population of raccoons, rabbits and other small mammals in Everglades National Park. (Bartha)
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