Bits and Pieces - September 10, 2015
September 10, 2015
A clip from President Obama's upcoming appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls has been released in which they're seen dining on the carcass of a half-eaten salmon. Apparently the Alaskan wilderness has a Red Lobster.
CHRIS BROWN is disputing claims that he bailed on a show during Atlanta's Black Gay Pride Weekend. The promoter claims Brown was booked for an event at the Georgia Freight Depot. However, Brown was performing at a different Atlanta venue at the time. When Brown failed to show, Fetty Wap stepped in at the last minute. However, Brown says he was never contracted to perform and that the promoters just used his name to hype the event.
Rumor has it that BARBARA WALTERS is considering a return to The View to try and save the floundering talk show. However, JULIE CHEN, from the rival show The Talk, says Barbara is being advised not to return or she could risk damaging her reputation. Julie said, "That ship has sailed. No one can turn it around."
It looks like ARIANA GRANDE is ready to resume her tour. Ariana went on social media over the Labor Day weekend to say, "Despite being horribly sick my chords are pretty & perfectly healthy!" She added, "My doctor looked at my vocal chords today after a week of coughing and months straight of singing and called me a 'bullet proof bitch.'"
Another millionaire could be entering the presidential race. Anti-virus software developer John McAfee says he plans to fly to New York on Thursday to make a formal announcement on Fox News. McAfee is no longer affiliated with the software company he founded, but made news in recent years for fleeing from Central American officials he said were corrupt and trying to extort him. He was also wanted for questioning in Belize in connection with the 2012 killing of his neighbor. However, it's not certain whether the stories McAfee tells about his exploits are true or not.
The NBA has announced a new playoff format in which the East and West playoff slots will go to the eight winningest teams in each conference and will no longer give seed and tiebreaker preference to division winners. The change will take effect this coming season.
An online company makes bomb-shaped alarm clocks for fun and laughs. However, they warn on their website, "Dear Pranksters: I know you are excited to scare your friends and coworkers with a phony bomb, but use your head...So don't bring this to school or to work, and certainly don't bring it anywhere near an airport! Seriously, don't get yourself into trouble." Failing to heed that advice was an unnamed 15-year-old flying from Toronto to Vancouver. The kid packed the prank bomb in his carry-on, which promptly shut down Terminal 3 and caused the surrounding area to be evacuated for three hours. The kid has been charged and the local police later posted a picture of the device on social media with the caption, "Would you pack this in you carryon luggage? Teenager thought it was a good idea yesterday at Pearson airport." (See here)
1776: The second Continental Congress officially changed our nation's name from "United Colonies" to "United States."
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