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Forget about setting up those kegs or buffet tables in the parking lot before this season's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. There will be no tailgating. On Monday the Super Bowl committee CEO (Al Kelly) said fans would be allowed to have food in their cars and "have drink" in their cars ... and "provided you're in the boundaries of a single parking space, you'll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you're not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you're not going to be able to take out a grill, and you're not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it'll all be watched very carefully."
... But most fans probably won't be parking near the stadium anyway. There will be fewer than 13,000 parking spots available for fans. The committee will charter buses called the Fan Express, which will cost $51 and pick up and drop off passengers at nine locations around the region. Fans can also take New Jersey Transit to the MetLife Stadium stop or be dropped off by vehicles that must have parking passes.
... And hiring a black car, taxi or limo won't be an option for VIPs who will spend thousands of dollars per ticket. No cars will be allowed near the stadium on game day without parking passes, and any car that drops off a passenger will have to wait at the stadium.
... Fans who had considered parking farther from the stadium and getting there on foot will not be allowed to enter. WHAT?! Kelly said: "You cannot walk to the Super Bowl. You can get your hotel to drop you off at one of the New Jersey Transit locations or get the shuttle to take you to a Fan Express location, but you cannot walk."
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.