Bits and Pieces - June 18, 2015
June 18, 2015
A new survey finds that 20 percent of wealthy people with assets of up to $1 million say they're living paycheck to paycheck. In fact, some of them say they don't know where their next chateaubriand is coming from.
Former "Glee" star NAYA RIVERA is blogging about her pregnancy. She writes, "With my first trimester behind me, I was looking forward to the second phase of my pregnancy; a time that some refer to as "the golden months," where things like nausea, extreme fatigue and bloating are safely in your rear view mirror. And guess what? They were right! Well... for the most part." She goes on to say, "Sex with my husband became a bit odd for me due to the fact that I was now limited to about two positions in order to not squash - as my husband puts it - 'its roof' or have the baby (my belly) staring him in the face. I feel like men are constantly imagining their baby winking at them when they make love to their pregnant wives thus making sexy times more few and far between."
The fifth-season finale of HBO's GAME OF THRONES drew 8.1 million viewers, which was the most ever for same-day viewing. Meanwhile, the season finale of SILICON VALLEY had a record-tying 2.1 million viewers, while VEEP had 1.1 million. The NBA Finals continued to score the highest ratings yet for pro basketball on ABC. Game 5 on Sunday night had 20.5 million viewers.
FOO FIGHTERS frontman DAVE GROHL underwent surgery to repair his broken right leg, which has forced the band to scrap the rest of their June dates in Europe. No word on recovery time, but as of now the band hasn't pulled the plug on the American leg of their Sonic Highways tour, which is scheduled to kick off at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium. (See Dave's message here)
A study conducted over the course of 24 years has found that there's no correlation between legalizing medical marijuana and increased pot use among teenagers. Researchers collected data from surveys of over 1 million teens in 48 states and found there was no increase in pot smoking among them after a state had legalized medical marijuana. The study goes against opponents of medical marijuana who claim that legalization leads to an uptick in youth pot smoking. However, the study did show that marijuana use among youths is on the rise, but alcohol, nicotine and opiate use all declined over the study period.
The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes last week after he came under investigation for a possible hit-and-run accident. Now, Spikes' 2011 AFC Championship ring is on eBay with an asking price of $19,499. No word on whether it's Spikes that's selling it.
In politically divided Sacramento, Republican Assemblyman Scott Wilk followed his conscience and crossed party lines to vote in favor of the Democrats' California state budget. In fact, Wilk was the only Republican to vote for the record $117.5 billion spending plan. It turned out that he wasn't following his conscience, but was distracted by Facebook, which caused him to cast his vote in error, which he later changed. Wilk later tweeted, "My wife is right - I can't multitask!"
1775: The Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill was fought near Boston.
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