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Survey says 12% of American adults have been broken up with via video call

While someone breaking up with you via text is pretty cold, and via phone is marginally better — though still pretty chilly — a new survey shows video chatting is becoming more popular in giving that not-so-special someone the ol’ heave-ho.

According to a survey from visual communications company Prezi, 12 percent of American adults have been broken up with by video call. It’s a fate men suffer three times more often than their female counterparts, incidentally, 18 vs 6 percent.

In the work world, video conferences have their own pitfalls. One in six U.S. employees, or about 16 percent, say they’ve fallen asleep during a video conference for work.

What’s more, the survey of more than 1,100 adults noted that 24 minutes is the ideal length of a video conference call.  After 18 minutes, the average employee says their mind starts to wander.

Speaking of the latter, 48 percent of those polled have cooked or eaten food while watching a video conference call presentation for work.  Also, female employees are twice as likely as their male counterparts to say they’ve worn pajamas during a video conference call presentation, by 26 to 13 percent.

News Around the World

Traffic Stop Turns to Felony Charge

Feel free to make your own “long arm of the law” joke here.

A simple traffic stop last week turned into a felony arrest for an unidentified 34-year-old man in Scottville, Michigan.

As reported by the Mason County Press, sheriff’s deputies stopped the driver the morning of November 21 for unspecified reasons.  But the trouble began when the driver was asked to show his driver’s license.

Not only did he refuse, he “rolled the deputy’s arm up in his window while he was attempting to lock himself in his vehicle,” according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

Free tip for everyone — that tactic seldom works.  It certainly didn’t here.  Not only was the driver cited for operating a motor vehicle without a license, a misdemeanor, he was also booked on a felony charge of resisting and opposing police.

Lakeshore News, News Around the World

Best Things to Buy on Black Friday

With 52 percent of American consumers saying that Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2019’s Best Things to Buy on Black Friday. WalletHub determined that 18 percent of items offer no savings compared with their pre-Black Friday prices.

To find out whether shoppers are really getting the best deals, WalletHub compared the “Pre-Black Friday Price” against the actual Black Friday price of a broad selection of items. In doing so, WalletHub identified the offers that are truly worth the hassle of partaking in the year’s biggest shopping craze.

Top 10 Deals (Additional Discount for Waiting Until Black Friday)

1. Lifetime Dual Entry Shed ($800)
2. ThinkPad T470 Laptop ($450)
3. Radiant Cedar Infrared Corner Sauna ($728)
4. JBL 3.1 Channel Soundbar ($251)
5. iBUYPOWER Desktop OD 095IV2 ($600)
6. Traeger Pro Series 34 Grill ($700)
7. Xbox One X 1TB Star Wars Bundle ($144)
8. LG 6.3 cu. ft. Electric Range ($601)
9. Walton 56 in. 3-in-1 TV Stand ($441)
10. Windsor Design Workbench ($465)


Top 5 Product Categories
1. Jewelry (70%)
2. Books, Movies & Music (44%)
3. Apparel & Accessories (39%)
4. Consumer Packaged Goods (37%)
5. Toys (33%)


Worst 5 Product Categories
6. Appliances (32%)
7. Video Games (Software Only) (30%)
8. Computers & Phones (27%)
9. Furniture (26%)
10. Consumer Electronics (25%)

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Bar Offers Women Free Drinks Based on Their Weight

A bar in Dubai is drawing is offering free drinks to women based on their weight — the more they weigh, the more free drinks they receive. The Fusion Club is running a special through the end of the year offering 12 cents in free drink credit for every pound a female customer weighs — meaning a woman weighing 150 pounds would receive about $18.50 worth of free drinks. There is a scale available in the bar, but customers can also use the honor system to tell their weight to bartenders.

Country News, News Around the World

Scotty McCreery Update

Scotty McCreery will wrap up 2019 in the studio working on his fourth album. The American Idol alum says he’s been writing and gathering songs for the new project and has no intention of waiting another five years to put it in the hands of fans like he did between his sophomore effort, See You Tonight and his 2018 album, Seasons Change.

Country News, News Around the World

Luke Combs’ Album Debuts at the Top

Luke Combs’ sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, debuts at the top of the Top 200 all formats chart this week after sales of 172,000 copies. Luke’s album is just the second by a country artist to debut at No. 1 on the all formats album chart this year, after Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road back in June. What You Is What You Get includes the chart topping hit Beer Never Broke My Heart as well as Luke’s latest, Even Though I’m Leaving.