Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 16, 2011
June 16, 2011
The most sophisticated spy agency in the world may have been hacked. The hacking group called Lulz Security is taking credit for taking down the CIA's public website. An agency spokesman says they're looking into it but stresses that none of the agency's classified systems have been compromised.
LulzSec is the same group behind similar attacks on the Senate's site, Sony and other targets. The site has also opened a phone line to take requests for other targets.
At the same time, the hackers have also gone "to war" with 4chan, the site started in 2003 to yak about Japanese comics and anime that has since broadened to become one of the Internet's most trafficked imageboards. (Maiman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has put LADY GAGA's infamous meat dress on display.
Today is the only day you'll get to see it. The Chicago Tribune says it's being shown as part of the museum's Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit. The exhibit highlights "the firsts, the best, the celebrated... women who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward." Lady Gaga wore the meat dress to the 2010 M-T-V Video Music Awards.
No word on how the dress was preserved all this time.
Editor's Note: Ways the dress might have been preserved: (1) Beef jerky vaccuum-packed plastic wrapping. (2) Smoked. (3) It's for a museum exhibit. They wrapped the dress around a mummy. (Bartha)
BEYONCé will debut a new fragrance this fall. Elle magazine says it's called Pulse and has a floral citrus scent. Beyoncé wants women to feel confident and said that Pulse is about finding that (quote), "inner power." The bottle will have an upside down cap. Pulse will be available in September. (Marino)
Time now for our Medical Procedure of the Week.
A British security guard tried to remove a wart from his finger with a shotgun. It didn't go well. He lost most of his left middle finger.
He also landed in court for using an illegal firearm because the gun he used was stolen from a nearby store. He said he found the gun under some hedges near the store three months earlier.
He was handed a 16-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. He also lost his job along with his finger.
But he took the positive view. He told the Yorkshire Post, "The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble."
He said he'd had the wart for five years and neither medications nor doctor visits solved the problem. (Maiman)
Taking everything much too seriously:
If you weren't in Israel yesterday (Wednesday), you probably missed the World's Longest Yo-Yo contest.
Agence France-Presse reports fourteen teams dangled their yo-yo's from a 65-foot rope, suspended on a crane. The contest was created to test the physics skills and ingenuity of students at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
The winning team picked up 3-thousand bucks and bragging rights using a yo-yo made entirely of steel. (Still)
How to dump the loser in a bar:
Dating in the new millennium is anything but simple, especially if you're trying to meet folks the old-fashioned way --in bars! The bachelorettes over at Yahoo.com discovered that young men can easily figure out if a hot chick gives them a fake number --all they have to do is immediately call the digits! How is a girl supposed to let a guy down easy? Here's a few tips to follow before hitting your favorite watering hole!
1. Safety in Numbers. Most guys won't request your number in front of a crowd, it's just too awkward and there's a legitimate fear of rejection.
2. The Cold Shoulder Treatment. Don't ask questions, avoid eye contact and pretend you're trying to escape. This should do the trick.
3. Beware of Dark Corners. Going anywhere private with Mr. Wrong will only lead him on.
4. Just Say No. Although it's not easy, it is respectful and he won't blow up your cell for days on end.
5. Phantom Boyfriend. A little white lie never killed anyone and pretending you've already met your Mr. Wonderful is a great way to deflect a young man's attention. (Lee)
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