Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $144 million ($74.7 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 195.2 million.
Filling a need:
Caution: Note content!
Father's Day is coming up. Why not get him the exciting hand sanitizer with the catchy name: "Maybe You Touched Your Genitals."
Okay, it's a gag gift, but hey, it's dad. And yes, it's a real hand sanitizer, and yes, it kills 99.99 percent of germs on contact --just like every other hand sanitizer (and now with soothing aloe). But who else can boast of a name like that? (Maiman)
Some other, more honest, product names (Maiman):
--"Make-A-Face Cough Syrup"
--"Tastes Like Chalk Laxative"
--"Constipation Processed Cheese Food Product"
--"Pig Parts Hot Dogs"
--"Hack Up a Lung Cigarettes"
--"Porcelain Altar Beer"
--"The Brand New Costs Too Much SUV"
--"Sour Breath Milk"
--"What's That Stuck Between Your Teeth? Frozen Spinach"
--"Owner Paid Too Much For This House Short Sale"
--"How Come Grandpa's Pants Are Wet? Adult Undergarments"
--"Chapter 11 Airlines"
People & Places:
The DUGGAR family from TLC's show "19 Kids & Counting" may seem strange to most of us, but they're true humanitarians. TMZ.com reports seven Duggars sprung into action when they heard about the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri. JOSH, JOHN, JANA JILL, JESS, JOSEPH and their father, JIM BOB, loaded up in three cars last Sunday night, headed down to the disaster zone and spent all day Monday delivering supplies and clearing debris.
Josh met with lots of survivors desperate to find pictures and says people "aren't looking for stuff, they're looking for their lives." (Lee)
Going Geek-dot-com /Caught in the Web:
LADY GAGA’s fans are not happy with Amazon.com.
The retail website was hit with so many orders to download her new 99-cent album "Born This Way" that downloads are delayed. You can still buy the album, but you have to wait a while before it will download.
Mashable.com says customers are angry about the slow service, and are promising to buy their albums from iTunes in the future. iTunes already holds most of the market share for digital music.
“I tried this as an experiment to see if I wanted to order more music this way, but it only downloaded half the songs. Still a deal at 99 cents, but not an experiment I’ll want to repeat with a full-price album,” said one customer.
The Lady Gaga backlash comes just as Amazon is promoting its new Cloud Player service, which was offering users more storage space for buying the album. (Bartha)
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