Today's Celebrations

Miners' Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
National Salesperson Day
St. Nicholas Day
Faux Fur Friday

 Celebrity Birthdays

1896 - Ira Gershwin (Israel Gershvin) - lyricist: Lady Be Good, The Man I Love, The Man That Got Away, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm; died Aug 17, 1983

1920 - Dave Brubeck - jazz musician: Take Five, LPs: Jazz Goes to College, Dave Brubeck at Storyville, Time Out, Two Generations of Brubeck, Last Set at Newport, All the Things We Are; died Dec 5, 2012

1932 - Don King (81) - heavyweight boxing promoter: Muhammud Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson

1955 - Steven Wright (58) - stand-up comedian: deadpan, monotone; in film: Desperately Seeking Susan

1962 - Janine Turner (Gauntt) (51) - actress: Northern Exposure, Behind the Screen, Cliffhanger, Steel Magnolias, Monkey Shines, Knights of the City

Tabloid News

Victoria's Secret Sales Girls Trained Target Nervous Men

From newser.com -

Men, do you feel weird about going into Victoria's Secret? Well, rest assured, the employees have noticed. They're trained to wring money out of uncomfortable guys, a former employee says "The general feeling about men is that they would buy anything in order to get out of the store a quickly as possible," the ex-employee says.

Women shoppers don't have that problem. They tend to be "value-oriented," so associates tell them about deals and promotions. Whereas "men would buy a couple of $50 bras without questioning us, because they feel awkward," the employee says. That mattered, because employees were heavily pressured to hit sales goals, with managers even urging them on through headsets. "So when a man walked in, it felt like a lucky break."


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