Bits and Pieces - February 3, 2015
February 3, 2015
The man who helped to invent the birth control pill has died. He leaves behind a wife and no children.
It turns out that BRUCE JENNER'S family is behind the media leaks about his transition to becoming a woman. It started over a year ago when Bruce underwent an operation called a laryngal shave to smooth out his Adam's apple. At the time, Jenner denied it had anything to with such a transition, but sources say Bruce is now far along in the process and has undergone various procedures and psychological counseling. As has been widely reported, the transition is being filmed for a reality show that will premiere later this year. A family source admits not everyone is 100 percent on board with the change, but everybody loves him.
IDINA MENZEL will star in a new sitcom called Happy Time. She'll play a famous woman who's tired of pretending to be happy all the time. The show will premiere next season.
GORILLAZ co-creator Jamie Hewlett has unveiled new artwork of the fictional band's Murdoc and Noodle to his Instagram page, which would seem to suggest the band's comeback is near. Damon Albarn has also said that new material by the group was in the works.
There's something stinky going on with toilet paper! The Washington Post reports that toilet paper is shrinking. Toilet paper squares used to be 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches, but nowadays they're up to a half-inch narrower, shorter, or both. Consumer Reports also noted last year that the cardboard tubes are also increasing in diameter as the number of sheets per roll decreases. However, in what shouldn't be a big surprise, the price is not falling. In fact, in 2012 and 2013, prices rose about 2% per year. In 2013, the Wall Street Journal explained that the process of selling less paper for the same price is known as "de-sheeting."
Las Vegas sports books have made the Seattle Seahawks the favorites to win next year's Super Bowl. The Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win, followed by the Patriots at 6-1. The Green Bay Packers are next at 7-1 with Denver at 8-1.
Rexburg, Idaho, police received a phone call about two men acting suspiciously while parked in their car. The caller had every right to be suspicious of the men, who turned out to be Leland Ryan Kaimipono Ayala-Doliente and Craig Sward Holland. Aside from unusual names, they also had 20 pounds of marijuana in their possession. Thinking they'd been discovered by undercover officers, the men greatly aided in their capture by calling 911 and reporting themselves. Officers arrived to find them standing outside their car with a dog cage containing 20 bags of marijuana and they were arrested for felony drug trafficking.
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