Bits and Pieces - August 15, 2014
August 15, 2014
Rioting is continuing in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. In fact, it's so bad, even Israel and Hamas are urging people in Ferguson to calm down.
A company called Edelman, which is the world's largest public relations firm, actually published a post on its official blog Tuesday with advice for businesses and mental health organizations on how to use ROBIN WILLIAMS' suicide to generate publicity. The post was entitled Carpe Diem, which is Latin for "Seize The Day" and was part of a quote from Williams' character in "Dead Poets Society." While acknowledging the need to avoid seeming "exploitive of a terrible situation," they said Williams' death created a "carpe diem moment" for organizations and businesses and offered specific strategies for organizations to promote their experts and generate coverage.
ABC will air a special that goes behind the scenes of the making of Disney's FROZEN. It'll feature interviews with stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel and the people behind the scenes. Look for it on September 2nd.
- MADONNA'S 1990 song "Vogue" mentions the names of 16 celebrities. Nine of the stars were still alive when the song came out, although Greta Garbo passed away several weeks later. However, with this week's death of Lauren Bacall, it means that now every star mentioned in the song has died.
Would you like some cream and sugar with your dirt? Word from Brazil is that due to recent shortages, ground coffee may contain filler such as brown sugar, corn, wheat, soybeans, seeds, wood, twigs and even dirt! The filler ingredients are hard to detect via taste and smell, but they could be dangerous to someone with allergies to those things. One way of avoiding this is to buy whole coffee beans and grind them yourself.
The NBA has released its 2014-2015 schedule. The season will open October 28th, with the traditional ring night ceremony as the Spurs host the Mavericks. The Christmas Day schedule includes LeBron James' return to Miami.
An unnamed Seattle woman called 911 to report a man wouldn't stop harassing her. The good news for the woman is that police arrived promptly. The bad news for the woman is that police arrived promptly and found her with the man in question, who had multiple cuts and bruises. He told police he was asleep on a bus when the woman and her boyfriend stole his cell phone and that they assaulted him when he chased after them. Not only did police find the man's cell phone in the woman's purse, they also found three grams of crack and arrested her.
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