Walmart and Target 2015 Black Friday ads

walmartTarget released its 2015 Black Friday ad on Monday. The store will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Some of the best deals include a 55-inch Westinghouse LED TV for $249.99 (Reg. $599.99), a free $150 Target Gift Card with purchase of an Apple iPad Air 2, and a Nikon CoolPix camera for $99.99 (Reg. $229.99).

Shoppers who spend $75 on Black Friday (not on Thanksgiving) will get a 20 percent off coupon good for purchases made Dec. 4-13. Shoppers looking to purchase from the store’s “Holiday Shop” will get 50 percent off $100 or more — but only for purchases made on Saturday.

Feeling Lucky? Here are 13 fun facts about Friday the 13th

fridaythe13thTaylor Swift thinks of 13 as her lucky number and has some connections with Friday the 13th: “I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro,” she told MTV in 2009.

Here are some fun facts about Friday the 13th.

1. Celebrities born on Friday the 13th include Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Steve Buscemi, Max Weinberg and Peter Tork. Tupac Shakur died on Friday, September 13, 1996.

2. Mark Twain was allegedly once invited to be the 13th guest at a dinner party. As the story goes, he went to the dinner despite a superstitious friend’s warning. Twain reportedly said, “It was bad luck. They only had food for 12.”

3. In his No. 1 hit song “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder sings: “Thirteen-month-old baby, broke the lookin’ glass. Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past. When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain’t the way.”

4. The 13th film in the “Friday the 13th” franchise is being developed by Paramount Pictures, with a 2017 release date. The CW network has a TV series inspired by the movies in the works. A new Friday the 13th video game is being funded via Kickstarter.

5. The band Black Sabbath released its debut album on Friday, February 13, 1970.

6. The movie “Alive” is based on the true story of a plane crash in South America on Friday, October 13, 1972. Fourteen survivors were found in the mountains more than two months after the plane went down.

7. On Friday the 13th, 2029, a large asteroid will fly close enough to the Earth to be visible without a telescope in Africa, Europe and Asia, according to NASA.

8. Don’t look now but the sky is set to fall on Friday morning. A batch of “space junk” is expected to fall in Sri Lanka, prompting the government to institute a no-fly zone in the potential landing area, according to the CBC.

9. The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel offers special zombie, vampire and “Rocky Horror”-themed ceremonies on Friday the 13th.

10. In Ontario, Canada, motorcyclists gather every Friday the 13th for rallies that draw thousands of participants. The tradition dates back to 1981.

11. The word for fear of Friday the 13th is “paraskavedekatriaphobia.” The word for fear of the number 13 is “triskaidekaphobia.” Located near Philadelphia is the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, an organization that hosts parties centered on confronting common phobias like walking under a ladder and opening an umbrella indoors.

12. In some Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday (Martes) the 13th is considered bad luck. Tuesday is feared because it is the day of the week associated with the Roman god of war, Mars. There is a cautionary saying: “On Tuesdays, don’t get married, don’t take a trip and don’t leave your home.”

13. Founded in 1882 by Capt. William Fowler, The Thirteen Club of New York was a group of skeptics who defied superstitions by hosting dinner parties on Friday the 13th. At the first dinner, the 13 members performed such unlucky feats as passing under a ladder. They dined on 13 courses, the first by the light of 13 candles. The devil-may-care group tipped over salt containers on the table but were forbidden from tossing any of the spilled granules over their shoulders. The small club evolved into a national organization that boasted such members Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt, according to the New York Historical Society.


‘NCIS’ actress Pauley Perrette attacked by homeless man in Hollywood Hills – Man Arrested

PauleyPerretteA homeless man with a criminal history attacked actress Pauley Perrette outside her Hollywood Hills home Thursday evening, holding her arm and punching her repeatedly before he was arrested, police said.

The attack occurred in the 6000 block of Cahuenga Terrace about 5 p.m., not far from where transients are known to camp under the 101 Freeway, said Sgt. Bob Ward of the LAPD’s Hollywood division.

The 46-year-old actress, best known as forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on CBS’ “NCIS,” recapped the assault on Twitter about 1:30 a.m. Friday. Police said the account is accurate. It reads in part:

Perrette then said the man yelled repeatedly that his name was William, told her not to forget it and threatened to kill her. She wrote that she told him he had a beautiful name and that it’s her nephew’s name too.

She said the man punched her again, then let her go and told her to “get out of here.” She collapsed on the sidewalk nearby, where a passerby ignored her, she said. She wrote that she then called her friend, who came and picked her up.

“I immediately drew a police sketch of the guy who was headed towards Hollywood Blvd with murder in his eyes. My pal James took a pic of my sketch, found the guy, surveilled him, the cops came and followed James to him,” Perrette wrote. “They got him.”


Top 10 Haunted Hotels

haunted_hotelThe allure of the wakened spirit world is a strong one. Witnessing a roaming apparition is either unbelievably frightening or, quite oppositely, exhilarating depending on who you ask. In fact, many people spend weeks hunting down the most haunted of places just so they can tour those said hotels and experience the walking dead for themselves. So, whether you enjoy being scared on purpose or just like to read about places you’d hope to avoid, here are the top 10 haunted hotels in North America.

Top 10 Greatest 80s Teen Stars


The greatest teen stars of the ’80s are well-remembered on our top 10 list. They were everywhere–they ruled the box office, kept butts on couches on the small screen, and took over the radio. The stars that appeared on your locker room, your lunchbox, and even as dolls are recognized for the lasting impact they left on America.

Top 10 Serial Killers of All Time

featured_serial_killersThese are not just the standard notorious serial killers; these are some of the most horrific killers to have been found guilty of their crimes. They are on this list either because of the nature of their crime, or the sheer number of their killings. In no particular order: