Here are some random facts for you . . .
- American cheese was invented by a Canadian guy. James Kraft was born in Canada in 1874, moved to Chicago in 1903, and created American cheese in 1916.
- Iowa has the fewest official state items, like state bird, state flower, or state drink . . . they’ve only got eight. Massachusetts has the most . . . they’ve got 44.
- WWE WrestleMania was almost called the Colossal Tussle. That was the name Vince McMahon came up with back in 1985. (WrestleMania 31 is Sunday night.)
- There’s only one person who’s ever won a Nobel Prize AND an Oscar. George Bernard Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1938 . . . both for “Pygmalion”.Al Gore ALMOST won both . . . he got the Nobel Prize, but the Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth” went to the director, Davis Guggenheim.
- America tried to buy Greenland back in 1946, and offered Denmark $100 million . . . but got turned down.
Most stores have released their Black Friday ads, and the website Wallethub.com ran the numbers on them in a way that’s pretty helpful if you’re shopping this week.
They analyzed the ads from 22 major stores and websites, including 5,525 deals total . . . and found the average discount this Black Friday is 39.45%.
That means if you see something on sale for LESS than 40% off, it’s not that great of a deal. And if you see something for over 40% off on Black Friday, you’re in a better zone.
They also found JCPenney has the biggest average discount, at 65%. The other stores with the biggest Black Friday discounts are Macy’s . . . Rite Aid . . . Meijer . . . and Sears.
Costco is offering the worst average discount, at 21%. The other stores with the worst average Black Friday discounts are Big Lots . . . Amazon . . . Best Buy . . . and Walmart.
(You can see a ridiculously specific store-by-store discount breakdown and a lot more info here.)
At what point do you switch off at work, and start thinking about the weekend? Well, apparently it’s about an hour after you START work on Friday.
According to a new survey, the average person starts winding down and worrying about their weekend plans at 10:19 Friday morning.
Obviously you still get SOME work done after that. But not nearly as much as you do the rest of the week.
On the flip side, 44% said they think about work DURING the weekend. And 20% think about it so much, it sometimes RUINS their weekend.
The survey also found the average person is willing to spend $260 to have a GREAT Saturday and Sunday. But 47% of us basically do the same stuff most of the time.
And 10% of us have lied to our friends and co-workers, or embellished what we did over the weekend so we’d seem more interesting.