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U.S. retailers announced their seasonal hiring plans Tuesday and it's not the doom and gloom some expected.
While Target plans to hire about 18,000 fewer workers this year, most of the other retailers are in line with last year's 12-year high.
And both Amazon and Walmart are hiring more workers this season.
That's a little surprising, as this year there are only 25 days between Black Friday and Christmas, compared to 31 in 20-12.
And unlike last year, consumers have only four – not five – full weekends to shop.
This is the shortest possible Christmas shopping period.
So why all the hires?
One of the reasons is Hanukkah.
This year, Hanukkah is as early as it can be, with the first day falling on Thanksgiving.
That means, all of the people who normally do their Hanukkah shopping on Black Friday will be forced to start shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving.
That's one of the reasons why you've seen stores introduce pre-Black Friday deals and promotions, using Hanukkah as an excuse to expand the shopping season by a few more weeks.
Amazingly, it's been 125 years – back in 1888 – since the first day of Hanukkah has landed on Thanksgiving.
What's even more amazing, according to blogger Jonathan Mizrahi, it won't happen again until the year 79,811.
Something to consider as we head into the craziness of the holiday season.
It's time for the OutFront OutTake.
For many of us, who use PCs, Control-Alt-Delete is an important part of our day. The way we log on and begin our day's tasks, and our get-out-of-jail-free card when we get locked up.
It's also moved outside of the computer world. Control-Alt-Delete has become a shorthand for quitting or rebooting something. Almost a catchphrase. FULL POST
A California town has declared war on flip-flops.
San Juan Capistrano recently opened a dog park with a sign listing the park rules, which includes "NO FLIP-FLOPS."
This angered the town's sandal-wearing community and they demanded city officials explain why flip-flops are banned.
And the parks commission was quick to respond.
They don't know.
None of the city officials can remember why or how the flip-flop ban started. It's been on the books for years but never actually enforced.
And Commission Vice Chairwoman Jenny Friess told the L.A. Times: "I wouldn't think twice about going into the dog park in my flip-flops. I don't think we need to really be telling people what to wear on their feet."
So I checked into it and, it turns out, the reason is simple: Flip-flops are the most DANGEROUS FOOTWEAR EVER.
Study after study has shown that regularly wearing flip flops is really bad for your feet. Heel spurs, stress fractures, tendonitis and a host of other ailments are cited as conditions caused by them. They're worse than high heels and platform shoes.
And it's not just you you're hurting. You're risking the lives of everyone on the road with you.
According to a recent study in Britain, wearing flip-flops while driving can reduce response time by 0.13 seconds.Every year 1.4 MILLION traffic accidents or near-misses are caused by drivers in flip-flops.
Still not convinced?
Well, just think back to the 2004 presidential campaign, when the flip-flop single-handedly (or single-footedly, as it were) derailed John Kerry's campaign.