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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-14-15: Christmas Is About To Throw Up On Your Apartment

It’s going to happen this week. If you’re an apartment dweller, you will probably at some point be completely blocked from getting because of a gigantic glut of holiday cheer. This is the week when nearly all of the things that people ordered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday should be arriving.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 47 percent. Percentage of Americans who are “somewhat worried” or “very worried” that they or someone in their family could be the victim of terrorism.

Speaking of terrorism, Donald Trump says that he’s a big fan of Harrison Ford and how he “stoop up for America” in the movie Air Force One. Harrison Ford is off on the press tour for Star Wars The Force Awakens and reminded Trump that it’s only a movie, he was never actually President and never actually stood up to terrorists.

A teacher in Atlanta decided it was a good idea to ask a 13- year old Muslim student if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack.

The Kickstarter hoping to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000 wrapped its campaign, earning $5.76 million. Combining that with the $425,000 the creators say they’ve raised through other channels, the total funding for the project has passed $6 million. The creators have now pledged to shoot 14 new episodes next year.

Plus, a food truck in Portland, Oregon decided to make a big production of their grand opening. They had dancers and visitors were also given a chance to take a swing at a Donald Trump pinata.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-1-15: Unexpected Day Off

The University of Chicago was shut down on Monday because of a threat against the campus and it turns out it wasn’t just a student trying to get out of an exam. Someone posted online that they were going to be on campus and shoot 16 students, as many campus police as possible and themselves. They said it was in response to the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 3.38 million. U.S. opening week sales for Adele’s new album, “25,” the first to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen’s history of monitoring sales.

Because it’s that time of the year: The gifts in the 12 Days of Christmas would cost $34,131 in 2015.

The next world’s tallest building will be in Basra, Iraq and will be 1 kilometer tall. It should be done in 2025.

In technology news, A breach has compromised 4.8 million records of Hong Kong-based toy company VTech, potentially exposing customer account data to hackers.

Plus, a YouTuber claims to have found pictures of a mouse scurrying around on Mars.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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