Tidbits from Mike Bradley's Portion of the Morning Team

Nov 11, 2013 -- 10:43am


Guilty Pleasures:
   --No winner in Friday night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means Tuesday night's drawing is valued at $132 million ($71 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington DC. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 175.7 million.

   --No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means Wednesday night's drawing is valued at $110 million ($62.2 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 175.2 million.

The Weather:
Clean up in the Philippines will last for weeks, perhaps months after being hit by a massive typhoon Friday.
   Officials believe the death toll exceeds 10,-thousand and is expected to rise sharply as rescue teams struggled to reach far-flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees. Some cities were completely wiped out. Cities. Tacloban, with a population of 220-thousand, was completely destroyed by the storm surge, which sent waves as high as 13 feet through the city.
   The storm, considered perhaps the most powerful in recorded history, came ashore at over three times the strength of Hurricane Katrina. About a million people were evacuated and took shelter in 37 provinces.
   One official said the last time he'd seen anything of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.
   The system, whose circumference eclipsed the entire Philippine nation, headed next for Vietnam, where nearly 300-thousand people were moved to safer areas in two provinces alone.

Holiday shopping: 
Channukah actually begins the day before Thanksgiving this year (or rather, the night before Turkey Day, since --as ADAM SANDLER would say-- it's "eight craaaazy nights"). And up until now, there was nothing to compare to Christmas's Elf on the Shelf for Channukah.
   Up until now: check out the (wait for it...) "Mensch on the Bench" you can put on a shelf, over the mantel, or wherever. Creator NEAL HOFFMAN is a former employee at Hasbro Toys, and says he got the idea to add some “Funukka to Hanukkah," then did a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. And the Mensch does have a name --it's Moshe (pronounced MOY-sha). You know you want one.

Shopping Around:
There's a new bacon scented deodorant for men. J&D Foods' website says: "Power Bacon deodorant is designed specifically for those with active lifestyles --or people who just sweat like pigs. Using Power Bacon will probably make everyone drawn to you like you were the most powerful magnet on Earth. And by everyone, we mean friends, acquaintances, beautiful strangers, dogs, bears, swamp alligators, lions and even pigs. It's like an aphrodisiac for your armpits. But use your new power wisely, because with great bacon power comes great baconsibility. Do not eat or hike in the woods without a firearm while wearing Power Bacon."

Mike Bradley says: "Since some women like to say men are pigs... why not smell like one?"

More than 250 malls nationwide are joining the retail rush for Thanksgiving sales. Simon Property Group is full or part owner of hundreds of malls across the country. Racked.com says the company sent a "friendly reminder"  of "the holiday schedule" to its properties. The schedule includes:
   --Opening by 8pm on Thursday, November 28
   -Staying open through Friday, November 29 at 10pm.
   The full list of malls, broken down by state, can be found at http://www.simon.com/mall and it includes outlets and massive malls like Woodbury Common in New York, King of Prussia near Philadelphia, Potomac Mill in Northern Virginia, Miami's Aventura Mall and San Diego's Fashion Valley.

As expected, the debut of "Thor: The Dark World" overwhelmed the box office with an amazing $86.1 million; a bit off from the $100-million number that "insiders" had hinted at, but still a very nice take. The big box office was somewhat boosted by all the 3D screens, which are more expensive than regular movie houses.
   Elsewhere, last week's number one film, "Ender's Game," dropped to fifth, with "Bad Grandpa" continuing to pull in enough bucks to stay at number two. The rest of the top-10:

10. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," $2.8 million,
9. "About Time," $5.2 million,
8. "Captain Phillips," $5.8 million,
7. "12 Years a Slave," $6.6 million,
6. "Gravity," $8.4 million,

5. "Ender's Game," $10.3 million,
4. "Last Vegas," $11.1 million,
3. "Free Birds," $11.2 million,
2. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," $11.3 million,
1. "Thor: The Dark World," (debut), $86.1 million.

Officials tested the lights adorning the beacon and spire atop 1 World Trade Center over the weekend, just in time for the holidays. The red, white, and blue glow can be seen up to 50 miles away.
   With the structure reaching a height of 1,776 feet, the spire is adorned with 288 LED bulbs.
   There's some dispute over bragging rights over who gets to be the nation's tallest building. In Chicago, the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) stands at 1,729 feet. The Trade Center height of 1,776 feet includes the spire, which is 408 feet. Without it, the building's height is 1,368 feet. Who wins? The Trade Center.
   An official for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats told the London Guardian, "Our criteria are very specific. We include spires and not antennas."

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