Want to take that "dream vacation" next summer? Better start saving. A new study says it takes the average American family a year to save up for it. Whether dreaming of making memories at Disneyland, flying across the world or enjoying a luxury cruise, parents put an average of $416 dollars into their dream vacation fund each month. They get there by reducing their own spending on going out, eating out and shopping at discount stores. The study of 2,000 parents with school-aged children found that parents spend an average of six months carefully planning their dream vacation and working out how to make it a reality. What does the "dream vacation" look like to most? The average budget for a trip-of-a-lifetime is almost $5,000, and many parents budget and save diligently to make this happen. The ideal trip is nine days long, and parents say the most important aspects of a trip are the location (79 percent), the budget (71 percent) and the dates of travel (47 percent). Attractions during the stay (46 percent) and transportation to the destination (21 percent) round out the top five most important aspects of a trip. (FOX News)
And What is Your Halloween Costume?
So Urban Outfitters has an interesting new Halloween costume this year. It's basically a pair of grayish leggings and "sports bra" (really more like a very short crop top with zero padding) which is supposed to make you pass for a social media "influencer." It'll set you back $59 bucks and Verge says you're basically paying $59 for "a package of crap!" Reaction is unsurprisingly snarky, with Teen Vogue noting Urban Outfitters has "jumped the shark." The magazine explains the look seems to be inspired by Kanye West's clothing line, which would explain why the model in the Halloween costume looks eerily like a Kardashian with a dye job. (Verge)
Boy Scout Recall?
Part of the Boy Scout oath is to keep oneself physically strong, meaning Scouts should heed uniform-related news out of the Consumer Product Safety Commission: It seems about 110,000 brass neckerchief sliders have been recalled due to lead content. "The colored enamel on the neckerchief slides contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban." Four styles are involved-red wolf, green bear, orange lion, and blue Webelos-and the sliders will say "Made in China" of course. They also have one of the following PO numbers on a white label on the back of the slide: 200228276, 20023175, 200233281, or 200236630. The CPSC-which notes the slides were sold from February up through last month, online and via BSA stores and distributors-says to take any affected sliders away from kids and return them to any BSA store or distributor for a free replacement. The BSA blames the lead contamination on an "isolated, one-time production error" it says has now been remedied. No injuries have yet been reported. (FOX)
That's Not a Body - That's a... .uh...
Meanwhile in Colerain, Ohio, county engineers called police after finding what they thought was a body wrapped in a garbage bag on a hillside near Richard Forest Preserve. Colerain is about a 25-minute drive north of Cincinnati and responding officers initially had trouble getting to the site. Once there they called a coroner to the scene. But when the coroners removed the "body" they found it wasn't a body at all. Instead, it was just a life-size female sex doll. From a distance, authorities said it really did look lifelike. (FOX News)
Don't Get Caught with Your Pants Down
Rough times for the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Oklahoma City University. After allegedly burglarizing the fraternity house, 25-year-old Melisa Lenz was reportedly caught with her pants down by a house member - defecating on the floor! Lenz allegedly entered the house through the front door, which was unlocked. She then went into a room, where she stole hundreds of dollars in cash and a set of car keys, according to a police report. During that time, Lenz also reportedly defecated in the middle of the same room - and a fraternity member walked in on her while she was in the act. At that time, Lenz "screamed and pulled up her pants" before slamming the door. Shortly after, when police arrived, they allegedly found "plastic bag that smelled of fecal matter." Though Lenz allegedly escaped the house through an open window before police arrived, she was later located and arrested. The stolen items were returned. But not the plastic bag. (KFOR News)
Sexed to Death?
They called him the Romeo of Rimini because he reportedly slept with more than 6,000 women. So perhaps it was only fitting that 63-year-old Maurizio Zanfanti, Italy's most famous playboy, died while having sex with a 23-year-old tourist. Zanfanti was known for boasting that in a successful summer he could sleep with around 200 women. His highest tally, he said, was 207. He started out as a nightclub promoter in Rimini, a beach-side party town in Italy, in the 1970s when he was 17. In a 2016 interview he said: "I think I've done more tourism promotion for Rimini than a hundred agencies." However, last week he had a fatal heart attack while having sex with a woman from eastern Europe on his estate in the Pradella area of Rimini. She called emergency services but paramedics were unable to revive him and he was declared dead. Italian media has said it was the way he would have wanted to go. (Metro)
What the What?
A counselor at a substance abuse treatment center in Michigan will have to register as a sex offender after admitting she had sex with two men in custody. Rachele Johnson, 26, of Leslie, dodged jail time but was sentenced to five years' probation and was ordered to attend therapy after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, misconduct in office and furnishing a cellphone to a prisoner. Prosecutors said Johnson had sex with two men while working at the House of Commons, a court-mandated, state-operated substance abuse treatment center in Mason. The men claimed they were not victimized by Johnson, but her status as a Michigan Department of Corrections employee meant that the men were unable to consent to the illicit encounters. (New York Post)