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Random Blogging For Wednesday November 27th

Happy Hump Day, and Thanksgiving Eve!  Hope you all have a great day tomorrow and get to enjoy time with family and friends.  Here's what you missed on today's show.

The Morning Brain Buster:

Q: According to a CNN survey, 60% of bosses say they hate it when an employee does THIS.  What is it?  

A: Wears sandals

 

Bonehead Of The Day:

A man selling gold bars outside of a Miami area Walmart apparently wasn't really selling gold bars after all.

A woman was leaving the store when a man in his 40's came up to her saying he needed cash for legal expenses.

He offered to sell her a gold bar of a fraction of its value.

Another man stepped in and told her the gold was real.

The man with the gold told her he'd take any cash she had in her house for the gold.

She fell for it.

Cops didn't say how much the men got.

They've released images of the men hoping someone will turn them in.

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Black Friday Death Count

In case you want to play along at home this Friday,there's a website that keeps track of Black Friday deaths and injuries.

http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/

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You Can Still List Slave As An Occupation, In Which State?

An online questionnaire for jurors in DeKalb County, GA lists "slave" as an occupation option in the drop down menu.

A court administrator says the options were entered in from a 62-page internal list that was created 13 years ago.

They first found out about the snafu when someone typed in "s" for "sales" and got "slave" as an option.

The questionnaire used to be filled out by hand until about a month ago.

The word was removed within an hour of learning about it. They say figuring out how it got there to begin with could take awhile.

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Tips To Survive Black Friday, If You Must

According to an expert, if you are going out shopping on Black Friday, make sure you bring the right comfy shoes and bring snacks. 

The expert came up with some useful tips for the big shopping day, including:

-- Use the check-out counters at specific sections of stores like the electronics section at Target and get vouchers for doorbusters. 

-- Wear the proper clothes so you aren't too hot or too cold

-- And have family and friends help so you can get several items at once. 

Story

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Birthdays:

~~Actor, Michael Vartan ("Alias") is 45 (Never Been Kissed; Monster-in-Law)
~~Actor, Jaleel White is 37 (Charlie & Company, Family Matters' Steve Urkel, Grown Ups' J. Calvin Frazier)
~~Actress, Alison Pill (" The Newsroom") is 28 (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World; Milk)
~~TV personality Bill Nye ("Bill Nye the Science Guy") is 58.
~~Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK/John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy) is 56
~~Actor, Sharlto Copley ("District 9") is 40  (The A-Team movie)
~~Actress, Barbara Anderson is 68 (Mission Impossible's Mimi)
~~Actor, Curtis Armstrong is 60 ( Risky Business; Revenge of the Nerds movies; Moonlighting; Ray; Dan Vs….)
~~Director, Kathryn Bigelow is 62 (The Hurt Locker)
~~Actress, Robin Givens ("Boomerang") is 49 (Head of the Class; Head of State)
~~Actor, Gerrit Graham is 64 (Now and Again's Roger Bender)
~~Actress, Patricia McPherson is 59 (Knight Rider's Bonnie Barstow)
~~Victoria Gotti (daughter of notorious NYC-mobster John Gotti) is 51 (Growing Up Gotti)
~~Comedian, Rick Rockwell is 57
~~Actor, Fisher Stevens (The guy in "Short Circuit") is 50
~~Actor James Avery ("Sparks," ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") is 65.
~~Actor William Fichtner ("Invasion"; "Black Hawk Down") is 57. (Prison Break)
~~Former NBA star Nick Van Exel is 42
~~Baseball manager Mike Scioscia is 55
~~Former baseball star Ivan Rodriguez is 42
~~Baseball player Jimmy Rollins is 35


MUSICALLY:

~~Rocker Miles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) is 44
~~Rapper, Twista is 41
~~Guitarist Charlie Burchill (of Simple Minds) is 54
~~Drummer Charlie Benante (of Anthrax) is 51
~~Drummer Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 51.
~~Rapper Mike Skinner is 35
~~Musician, Dave Winthrop (Supertramp) is 65

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In Theaters This Weekend:


 

Frozen (PG) 
Voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff.  (PROJECTION: $70 MIL.)

Black Nativity (PG)
A street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives and discovers the true meaning of faith, healing and family. Stars Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson. (PROJECTION: $10 MIL.)

Homefront (-R-)
A widowed ex-DEA agent retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only problem is he picked the wrong town. Stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Izabela Vidovic. (PROJECTION: $8-$10 MIL.)
 
Oldboy (-R-)  
Advertising executive kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years is released, and begins a mission to discover who is responsible. Stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson.
       


** "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is expected to gross $80 MIL over the next 5 days.***

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This Just In.. Customer Service Sucks!

More Americans than ever are dissatisfied with the products and services they buy.

A study showed 56 million American households experienced at least one problem during the past 12 months and about $76 billion in revenue was at stake for the businesses involved.

Satisfaction is no higher than reported in 1976. People are frustrated that there are too many automated response menus, there aren't enough customer-care agents, they waste a lot of time dealing with the problem, and they have to contact the company an average of four times to get resolution.


Some of the findings of the survey include:

--The amount of people reporting customer problems went up from 32 percent in the 1976 study, to 45 percent in 2011, and then 50 percent in 2013.

--The number of households experiencing customer rage went up from 60 percent just two years ago to 68 percent this year.

--We're yelling and cursing at customer-service representatives more when dealing with the worst problems, with yelling up from 25 percent in previous rage studies to 36 percent now, and cursing up from 7 to 13 percent.

--The type of product most often responsible for enraging us is cable/satellite TV.

--Though many people associate the government with customer-service issues, 98 percent of the most serious problems stemmed from private companies.

--Despite the rise of the internet, people are still 11 times more likely to complain via phone than web.

--Customer-complaint posting on social-networking sites, such as Facebook, has nearly doubled from 19 to 35 percent since 2011.

--Most of those who reported a complaint - 56 percent - say they got absolutely nothing as a result, up 9 percentage points since 2011.

--When companies added free remedies, such as an apology, to any other monetary relief they gave customers, satisfaction doubled from 37 to 74 percent.

--If the customer was satisfied or at least pacified, he or she only told an average of 10 to 16 people about the problem, but if customers were left dissatisfied, they told an average of about 28 people.

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What If You Could Erase Or Rewrite Your Memory

Scientists are close to erasing and even rewriting a person's memories.

Several studies have found that some chemical compounds can be used to soften or even delete memories in mice. 

And scientists hope one day the chemicals can be used in the same way on people to help them overcome addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

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For The Coolest Dude in Your Life:

 

A working replica of the Batmobile from the 1960s Adam West TV series "Batman" is available from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The "Authentic 1966 Batmobile" is described as being an "officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile featured in the iconic 1960s TV show," with "a glowing detect-a-scope screen, a Batbeam ray that raises from a hood-mounted antenna, and empty rear parachute packs."

 

Although it lacks the atomic batteries or turbines for speed, there is a propane tank at the back to create the familiar flame effect . And it also has something the original Batmobile lacked: clip-on side mirrors to make the car street-legal. (There's also a rear-view camera to help you park when the car isn't hidden away in your own personal Batcave.)

 

BAT PRICE:  $200,000.

 

OR.... If you're looking for something a little cheaper, there's always the life-size replica Iron Man armor. COST: $8999.99.

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Video Of The Day:

Here's a great video of the cast of Anchorman 2 singing Afternoon Delight.. Enjoy!


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