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Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraiser, The Odds of Getting Struck By Lightening, and Oyster

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Donate to our MDA Fundraiser: Like us on Facebook - This feature of Friday's Informal Facebook Films is being presented from "jail!" And no, they never caught me for my series of daring train robberies, I'm actually here for a fundraiser benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Muscular Dystrophy refers to a series of genetic disorders that cause the gradual weakening of muscles in the body. Roughly 30,000 people in the United States are affected by Muscular Dystrophy, so help the cause whenever you can!    News Report Do you have that perfect coffee table in mind? The one made of marble and shaped like your head? Or maybe you're envisioning a necklace, but can't find what you want at your local jewelry store. Luckily, there's a new website to help. is an e-commerce site that acts as a marketplace for customized and personalized goods of all types. Once you've requested the type of item you want, the site helps you get in touch with small, specialized businesses across the country who will help turn the fantasy object you're envisioning into a reality. And don't be surprised when this site blows up fast, as big time investors such as Google Ventures and First Round Capital have been eyeing it very closely! Remember last week's record setting Mega Millions lottery? Did you buy a ticket hoping to quit your day job and live out the rest of your days on a private island as a millionaire? I bet when you didn't win you felt pretty unlucky...but not as unlucky as Bill Isles from Wichita, Kansas Bill, who bought three lottery tickets prior to the winner being announced, reportedly said to his friend, "I've got a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery." And guess what happened to Bill later that night? He got struck by lightning. Bill's doing fine after the incident (despite not winning) but it just goes to show that luck is all relative. And just to put this all into perspective, and prove Bill's initial theory correct, the odds of winning last week's lottery were said to be 176 million to one. The odds of getting struck by lightning in a year? 775,000 to one. PRO TIP  - OYSTER.COM Summer vacation time is rapidly approaching and some of you are probably already making plans!  These days, there are many great travel sites to help book flights, find rental cars and analyze hotels.  One of the best we've found for the hotels part is Promoted as "The Hotel Tell-All," one of the main differences with Oyster is that - instead of aggregating hundreds of hotel reviews from the public at large - they dispatch their own professional reviewers to stay in, write about and photograph each property.  One of their most popular features is a "marketing vs. reality" section showing how some hotels use dishonest photography to make their properties look MUCH better than reality!  Otherwise, you'll find standard features like maps and ratings.  But the main thing that really sets Oyster apart for us is the hundreds of useful, non-retouched photographs they take of each property!  Showing you great detail of the rooms, amenities, restaurants and surroundings.  And, like many other hotel sites, you can also check pricing and availability from top players like Orbitz, and Priceline. So, whether you're researching a vacation of a lifetime or just a quick getaway, we highly recommend to really see what a hotel property is made of - both inside and out. Oyster also recently released a beautiful new iPad app that's one of the most useful we've seen. If you have an iPad, check it out! That's all the time we have for this week's show.  I'm hoping to be "bailed out" of "jail" here soon.  In the meantime, please check out the MDA'...