On Sunday's 60 Minutes, Amazon.com's Jeff Bezo's announced that his research and development department has been working on a project aimed at delivering packages to your doorstep by "octocopter" mini-drones with a mere 30-minute delivery time.
3.5 million spectators: The number of people lining the cold streets of New York to watch the parade is expected to exceed the population of Panama. Thursday’s high temperature is forecast to be 33 degrees.
51 years: The parade has been broadcast by NBC for the past 51 years.
50 million viewers: The parade telecast last year drew the most television viewers since 2001, when the parade honored the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Not all 50 million will watch the entire parade. But about that number will tune in for at least a few minutes.
52 balloons: New and revamped balloons include Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, Snoopy with his pal Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants and Toothless the dragon from How to Train Your Dragon. The enormous Ronald McDonald and giant Buzz Lightyear are among the balloons returning this year.
Forbes has announced its list of the highest earning musicians in the past year, with Madonna on top following mammoth ticket sales for her MDNA tour. TOBY KEITH is country’s top money maker, with more than $65 million brought in. (Madonna's total was $120 million.) Other country stars making the list include TAYLOR SWIFT ($55 million), KENNY CHESNEY ($53 million) and TIM MCGRAW ($25 million).
Some myths about Black Friday...
Myth 1: Everyone gets the deals. Actually the good stuff is in limited quantities, especially electronics. Unless you're really aggressive, you're not going to get what's advertised on the front page of the circular.
Myth 2: You have to be in the store to get the deals. Some deals are in-store only, but most retailers are offering the same deal online.
Myth 3: Black Friday brings the biggest sales of the year. Yes there are great deals, but the best deals on toys and brand-name TVs happen later in the season. Back to school sales can bring bigger discounts to laptops and other school-related supplies.
Myth 4: If you shop on Black Friday, you will fight the biggest shopping crowds of the year. The biggest shopping day of the year falls on the Saturday before Christmas
Myth 5: Cyber Monday deals are just as good. Yes, you'll find good deals, but not as good as Black Friday.
A new survey shows the average amount we plan to spend on our kids this Christmas is $224 -- per child.
The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association said the brother of the turkey scheduled for a Thanksgiving pardon will not share his sibling's fate. The brother of the bird chosen as the National Thanksgiving Turkey, an as-yet unnamed bird scheduled to be pardoned by President Barack Obama as part of a Thanksgiving tradition, made a visit Tuesday to a fourth-grade class in St. Paul. A TGA spokesman said the bird will meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Monday along with another member of the "Presidential Flock," but the turkeys will not share the happy ending of the turkey chosen to be pardoned the day before Thanksgiving: "They will not be pardoned; they will be processed."
In Hollywood, a chic new cocktail bar called The Powder Room is advertising its $500 milkshake. Although the recipe has yet to be refined, this milkshake will contain edible gold leaf, "the finest" Belgian chocolates, and a $190 Swarovski Nirvana Mountain Ring mixed in with an assortment of liquors. The ring can be taken home after consuming the drink, and is perfect for "a bachelorette party or a special occasion."
The time for Americans to clean out some fridge space before Thanksgiving may have come a little early this year. Butterball, the U.S.’s top maker of Thanksgiving turkeys, is having some problems delivering the bigger birds to stores around the country. The company told retailers that their orders for fresh turkeys 16 pounds and bigger have been cut by 50%. Butterball, which produces around 20% of the country's turkeys and 1.3 billion pounds of turkey meat a year, has confirmed in a emailed statement that “there may be limited availability on some larger sizes of fresh turkeys” and that the shortage is nationwide.
... This is a big worry because 16 pounds is the average weight of turkeys eaten at Thanksgiving. According to Butterball’s handy calculator, a 16-pound turkey would feed a dinner party of six adults and six children.
Mind you, that doesn’t mean there’ll be no big turkeys to be had. It’s only fresh turkeys from Butterball that are affected; the company sells frozen ones too, and there are several other manufacturers who will be only too delighted to fill the gap.