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16 Jul 2011 13:02


Culture: Final “Harry Potter” flick makes more in day than we’ll see in our lifetimes

  • $92.1 million the size of the opening day take for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” on Friday
  • $43.5 million the amount of that take that came from midnight showings ALONE; both numbers are records source
  • » To put this in perspective: The previous opening-day record was set by 2009’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which scored a comparatively modest $72 million first-day opening. Oh yeah, of the 137 movies Box Office Mojo ranks on this list, only seven were released in the ’90s — meaning nearly all of the other movies on the list were released in the past decade. The oldest movie in the top ten of the list is from 2006. By the way, the final film in the “Harry Potter” saga is within $70 million of topping the $158.4 million single-weekend record, set by “The Dark Knight” in 2008 — which means there’s a good chance that it will.

14 Feb 2011 09:21


Offbeat: Kissing Thai couples set record for kissing each other (kiss)

  • 33 straight hours swapping spit with each other (and counting) source

01 Dec 2010 21:32


Biz: Clap your hands, unemployed people! We’re about to break a record!

  • 18 number of months that the U.S. has had unemployment above 9 percent, as of October’s numbers (November’s come out Friday)
  • 18 the record for consecutive months in the post-World War II era, set in the ’80s; you guessed it, we’re about to break this tally source

18 Sep 2010 12:25


Offbeat: Guy with appropriately huge nose catches Guinness’ scent

This guy has a bigger nose than anyone else. Which also means that he can smell you from a mile away. Take a shower, dude! Eww. source

16 Sep 2010 10:53


Biz: A dubious record, hit again: Home repossessions up yet again

  • 25% increase in repossessions of homes by banks source

15 Sep 2010 10:47


Politics: Meg Whitman somehow spending more than Michael Bloomberg

  • $109 million the amount Bloomberg spent on his high-spending 2009 NYC mayoral campaign
  • $119 million the amount Whitman, the ex-eBay CEO, is spending on her California gubernatorial campaign source

12 Sep 2010 10:23


Offbeat: Chocolate fans: You’ll probably want a piece of this bad boy

That’s a pretty freaking huge piece of chocolate guys, isn’t it? How huge? Well, it’s reportedly 9,702 pounds, according to Guinness. source

11 Jan 2010 20:58


06 Dec 2009 21:56


Music: People are apparently shocked – shocked! that Best Buy sells vinyl

  • Some individuals come into our store and they stop in their tracks. They don’t expect to see this. You can see them reminiscing as they start looking at the album covers.
  • Best Buy sales representative Andre Sam • Describing the reaction many customers have to the fact that Best Buy actually sells vinyl records at some of its stores. And the vinyl isn’t old stuff, either – Lady Gaga, 50 Cent and Norah Jones are just some of the artists who make appearances in Best Buy’s bin. While vinyl only has 1% of the market cornered, it’s up 35% this year alone. source

20 Aug 2009 22:25


Sports: Usain Bolt: Breaking records like we break chairs (’cause we’re fat)

  • 19.19 seconds in the 200m; show off source