Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Morning Brew for 11/17

Why are you following Perez Hilton on Twitter, but not 8 Hours To Kill? Go on and do it, I'll wait...

-After spending over 7 weeks in Amazon's Top 100 BEFORE it was released, Sarah Palin's book, Going Rouge: An American Life hits bookstores today. Political nerds enthusiasts from around the country are turning off C-SPAN today to check out the former Alaska Governor, and Vice-Presidential's autobiography. I on the other hand am watching my clock and hoping it magically says 5:00.

-As someone who makes part of his living on tips, I have often wondered what the standard protocol for tipping at a hotel is. USA Today had a very informative article today about how much you should tip to different hotel employees. The story also includes a graph at the bottom that shows different services that I forgot even existed at hotels. Next time I'm traveling, I definitely need to request an extra phone book.

-Wholesale warehouse store, Costco, is no longer carrying Coca-Cola products. The store is in a pricing dispute with the beverage company, and is refusing to sell their product in it's 560 stores nationwide. No word on how long this dispute will last, but this could have a huge effect on vending machine companies, and Jack Mormon's everywhere.

-Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The 56 year old who previously has beaten Hodgskin's disease 25 years ago, was diagnosed at the beginning of the month and has already begun to undergo treatment. Scary stuff, even for a man who is worth over $11 billion. Our thoughts are with the Allen family.

-Not sure if you had a chance to check out this video of 86-year old Tennessee Titans owner, Bud Adams, flipping off the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The NFL has fined the crazy old dude long-time owner, $250,000. Although I am pretty sure that the entertainment value for this video is close to that total.

-While shoppers all around the country will be looking for deals on electronics, and toys on the day after Thanksgiving, it turns out that Black Friday is also the best day of the year to buy a car. The average discount for a vehicle on November 27th of this year is projected to be nearly 7.5%. The average discount during a regular day of the year is around 4.7%.

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