Dress warmly this morning. Temps in the 20s this morning. Mostly sunny today. Hi 46. Sleet and rain tomorrow. Hi 38. Mostly cloudy Sunday. Hi 43. Mostly sunny Monday. Hi 42. Mostly sunny Tuesday. Hi 47. Mostly sunny Wednesday. Hi 48. Thursday, partly sunny. Hi 53.
Today is Friday the 13th! The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics studied dates to see if Friday the 13th is really unlucky. Researchers concluded that the superstitious day is actually safer than an average Friday because fewer accidents and crime occur. Actually, driving may be a little safer. However, it didn't say a thing about black cats and ladders.
More Friday the 13th...
Norwich Union Insurance says many folks stay home from work on Friday the 13th because they are superstitious. So when is the "safest" day to travel? It is the 26th day of the month. Insurance agents say on that day, accidents drop by 8%.
The Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute, based in Asheville, N.C., estimates that $800 million to $900 million is lost every time a Friday the 13th occurs. They say most of the loss stems from travelers who avoid doing business or flying.
National Geographic says between 17 million and 21 million people in the U.S. suffer from a phobia related to the day.
Mega Millions drawing tonight is $400 million.
What are your chances of winning tonight's jack? The odds of winning are 1 in 259 million.
You have better odds of ...
- becoming a Hollywood star ... 1 in 1.5 million
- hitting a hole in one on consecutive par-three golf holes ... 1 in 156 million
- being struck by lightning in a given one-year period ... 1 in 1 million
- being attacked by a shark ... 1 in 11.5 million
- becoming the President of the United States .. 1 in 10 million
- having identical quadruplets .. 1 in 15 million
- being killed by a venomous animal or plant .. 1 in 3.4 million
- dying by asteroid ... 1 in 18,000
- going to the ER with a pogo stick injury ... 1 in 115,300
- dating a supermodel ... 88,000 to 1
Other news this Friday...
The House passed a 2 year budget deal yesterday.
Saturday is the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 20 children and six adult school members were fatally shot by 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
Postal experts estimate that Santa will receive 8 million traditional paper letters this year.
Health officials say we could see an increase in the Noro-virus or stomach flu over the next few weeks. More from the CDC.
Roanoke Christmas Parade at 6:30. Dickens of a Christmas - week 2 - begins at 6P.
The Elks Home in Bedford will turn on their Christmas Light display this Friday at 5:30. It will remain lit until New Year's Eve.
Broncos lost to the Chargers 27-20 last night.
State Football Championships this weekend: Northside High School will take on James Monroe at 12N Saturday at Liberty University. At Salem Field, Altavista plays Essex at 12N, followed by Giles vs Brunswick.
2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation on ESPN
December 13th, only 18 days remaining until the end of the year.
There are 12 days left until Christmas. 8 days until Winter begins. Today is Friday the 13th, Violin Day, National Cocoa Day and Ice Cream Day
- 1816, the first savings bank opened
-- 1843, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, was first published
-- 1928, the clip-on tie was invented
-- 1974, George Harrison became the first rock artist to be invited to the White House. He had lunch with President Gerald Ford
-- 1985, Phil Collins made his acting debut as a drug dealer on Miami Vice
-- 1988, Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final
-- 2003, American forces captured Saddam Hussein .. he was hiding in a hole near his hometown of Tikrit
Taylor Swift 24, Herman Cain 68, Jamie Foxx 46, Country singer John Anderson 59, Wendie Malick 63, Country singer-guitarist Randy Owen of Alabama 64, Ted Nugent 65, John Davidson 72, Christopher Plummer 84, Dick Van Dyke 88.
Joke of the Day
What do you get when you cross an Irish Setter with a Pointer? ans - A Poinsettier
Weird News Today
The Manchester, New Hampshire police had an easy time arresting Chandra Gajmer after he stole two bottles of pink champagne from a 7-Eleven. He filled out a job application right before stealing the champagne and fleeing. Cops knew exactly where to find him.
The West Valley City, Utah police recently arrested Erasmo Serna for running naked and biting a police K-9. Cops found him stark naked and yelling in a Costco parking lot. Serna flexed his muscles in a threatening manner and bit the K9 as it was released on him. He was tased three times. **That's gotta hurt.
Smarter Than Question
60% of people have slept with this in their bed.....what is it? Robert got it. The answer is "remote control."