KFC Makes Chicken Chips
In Japan, KFC is selling “Garlic Salt Chicken Potato Chips” at convenience stores nationwide. To create the product, K-F-C Japan teamed up with Calbee, the company behind shrimp-flavored chips. Each bag of the chicken-flavored chips comes with a coupon for “Ginger Salt Chicken” that can be redeemed at K-F-Cs in Japan. (Fox News)
Can Wikipedia Predict How Well A Movie Will Do At The Box Office?
A physicist at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics claims he can predict what movie will score big at the box office – by using Wikipedia. Taha Yasseri created a mathematical model that uses the number of readers and editors of a Wikipedia page. The figures he came up with for popular movies such as Toy Story 3 and Inception correlated– with about 77-percent accuracy– how much money the movies brought in during their opening weekends. Yasseri says the model could be used by studios to help predict the potential success of their films. (Daily Mail)
Disaster Tourists Visiting Staten Island to See Superstorm Sandy Damage
Along with FEMA, relief organizations, volunteers and others making their way to areas of New York and New Jersey that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, AP reports that disaster tourists are also heading there to gawk at the devastation up close. The Associated Press talked to some residents of a heavily-damaged Staten Island neighborhood to get their reaction to the disaster tourists:
- Chris Nasella: “It’s a little annoying. By the same token, I would do it, too. . . . As long as you don’t get a kick out of it, it’s an amazing thing.”
- Mickey Merrell: “Sometimes it’s like we’re at the zoo. So many people come and stop and stare at this place.”
- Joanne McClenin: “The gawking was amazing last week. It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated.”
- Kim Barone: “If this is their source of entertainment, to wallow in other people’s despair, I don’t have the time.”
More Stores Opening on Thanksgiving, and Earlier, For ‘Black Friday’ Sales
In the last couple of years, as they’ve tried to get a jump on the competition with their “Black Friday” sales, some stores haven’t even been waiting for the day after Thanksgiving to arrive, but have been opening to customers on the holiday itself. That trend is continuing this year, with more stores planning to open on Thanksgiving Day, and others to open even earlier on the holiday than they did last year. Sears and Target are two stores that will be open on Thanksgiving that weren’t last year, with Target moving its opening time from midnight last year to 9 p.m. on Thursday this year. Stores that are moving up their Thanksgiving opening times from last year include Toys R Us, set to open at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m and Wal-Mart, set to open at 8 p.m instead of 10 p.m. But as stores have been moving to be open on Thanksgiving and open earlier, employees have been complaining, saying they should be allowed to spend the holiday with their families. Several petitions have been created on the website Change.org in favor of that argument, suggesting that stores stay closed on Thanksgiving.