This week: the holidays are over, thank God.


The median cost of “candle fires” during the holiday season, according to Allstate. The highest insurance claim filed for a house fire that resulted from a candle? A whopping $388,381.


How much most Americans “expected to exceed their holiday budget,” according to Coinstar. Last year, it was $140. Funniest line from the study: “Not surprisingly, 93 percent of respondents recognize they need more money to buy what they want this holiday season.” At least they recognize it.

100 percent

How many big retailers were exposed to “frightening cybersecurity vulnerabilities” during the holidays, according to SecurityScorecard. Seriously, the security firm studied the 48 largest retailers in the country and found not one of them properly securing customer data.

90 percent

Americans who “admit they have forgotten to buy batteries for holiday gifts, according to Energizer. For those who do remember, 26 percent “purchase the wrong type of battery.”

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