They'll fly off the shelf
Thinking about what to buy that difficult-to-shop-for person on your Christmas list? Then you may be interested in a special sale coming up Dec. 1. For prices starting at $50, you'll be able to take home as much of the Concorde as you want. A London auction house is offering the supersonic passenger jet - recently decommissioned by British Airways - in pieces. Perhaps the china place settings? Or maybe the cabin trolley used by flight attendants? You'll even be able to bid on the signature droopy needle-nose cone. Proceeds are earmarked for charity.
McDonald's isn't "lovin' it." After Merriam-Webster's latest Collegiate Dictionary defined "McJob" as "low-paying and dead-end work," chief executive Jim Cantalupo sent an open letter to the Springfield, Mass., publisher, protesting what he calls "a slap in the face" to the fast-food industry's 12 million workers. The term also resembles "McJOBS," the company's trademarked training program for the mentally and physically challenged.
"The Matrix Revolutions," final installment of the dark, futuristic action trilogy, opened in 96 countries Nov. 6 - a record wide release - in an effort to combat piracy by avid fans. But while the film was the top draw at North American theaters, it's $48.5 million weekend take was barely half the haul of predecessor, "The Matrix Reloaded." The top 10 in box-office earnings (in millions) for Nov. 7-9, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations:
1. "The Matrix Revolutions" $48.5 million
2. "Elf" 31.1
3. "Brother Bear" 18.5
4. "Scary Movie 3" 10.8
5. "Radio" 7.2
6. "Love Actually" 6.9
7. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 4.9
8. "Mystic River" 4.8
9. "Runaway Jury" 4.7
10. "The School of Rock" 3.0 - Associated Press