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Getting married may be one of the biggest decisions of your life, but if you come down with a case of pre-vow jitters, or cold feet, or your gut tells you to say "I don't," you should run -- according to a new study from the journal Science. Florida State University researchers had 135 couples married less than six months fill out a questionnaire about marital satisfaction. Although many of their conscious responses were optimistic, participants' "automatic attitude," or gut reaction, toward their partner weren't always as warm and fuzzy. Researchers gauged these gut instincts by flashing photos of the spouse followed by adjectives like "awesome," "terrific," or "awful." As it turned out, couples’ reported marital happiness tended to match their knee-jerk reactions. One conclusion from this study: Our gut feelings about our partner may be enough to warrant leaving them at the altar.
You may not know the name Todd Mills, but he was and forever will be a great American hero. The 41-year-old Arkansas resident passed away last week after a battle with brain cancer, but without him, Americans would have never known the deliciousness that is a taco cradled in a shell made of Doritos. But Mills's contribution to society isn't just a tasty late night snack — his story is also about never taking no for an answer.
... In 2009, Mills had a brainstorm: Tacos with shells made out of Doritos. Even though he was just an average citizen, he pitched the idea to Frito-Lay ... and was told "Thanks, but no thanks." Undeterred from Frito-Lay's rejection, Mills started the "Taco Shells from Doritos Movement" Facebook page in 2009 to garner support for his idea. The goal was simple: get people talking about the tacos so much that Taco Bell or Frito-Lay couldn't ignore it. Three years later it happened.
... In 2012, Todd Mills received a phone call from Taco Bell. The company was developing the prized creation — calling it the Doritos Locos Tacos — and wanted to fly Todd out to its test kitchen in California. He was among the first people to try the new product.
On Sunday's 60 Minutes, Amazon.com's Jeff Bezo's announced that his research and development department has been working on a project aimed at delivering packages to your doorstep by "octocopter" mini-drones with a mere 30-minute delivery time.
3.5 million spectators: The number of people lining the cold streets of New York to watch the parade is expected to exceed the population of Panama. Thursday’s high temperature is forecast to be 33 degrees.
51 years: The parade has been broadcast by NBC for the past 51 years.
50 million viewers: The parade telecast last year drew the most television viewers since 2001, when the parade honored the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Not all 50 million will watch the entire parade. But about that number will tune in for at least a few minutes.
52 balloons: New and revamped balloons include Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, Snoopy with his pal Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants and Toothless the dragon from How to Train Your Dragon. The enormous Ronald McDonald and giant Buzz Lightyear are among the balloons returning this year.
Forbes has announced its list of the highest earning musicians in the past year, with Madonna on top following mammoth ticket sales for her MDNA tour. TOBY KEITH is country’s top money maker, with more than $65 million brought in. (Madonna's total was $120 million.) Other country stars making the list include TAYLOR SWIFT ($55 million), KENNY CHESNEY ($53 million) and TIM MCGRAW ($25 million).