Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 19, 2012
January 19, 2012
It's National Popcorn Day. Couple of kernels of popcorn trivia:
--Americans consume over 1.12 billion pounds of popcorn a year; that works out to about 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn.
--The world's largest popcorn ball was created in Sac City, IA, in Feb 2009. It weighed five-thousand pounds, stood over eight feet tall and measured 288 feet in diameter.
--The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the bat cave in West Central New Mexico in 1948 and 1950. They range from smaller than a penny to about two incles long, and are about four-thousand years old.
--Popcorn was reportedly introduced to the English colonists at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, MA. (Source: Herrs Foods, Inc).
European newspapers haven’t been shy about calling Costa Concordia captain FRANCESCO SCHETTINO a coward for his exit from the listing cruise ship.
The Coast Guard Harbor Master we’ve listened to in translation berating him for four minutes to “Get back on board, (BLEEP)!” has become something of a hero, too, and his expletive-laced order has quickly found itself on T-shirts that have been selling briskly in Italy for the equivalent of about $16 USD.
Editor's note: For you linguistically-challenged, it’s “Vada a bordo, cazzo!” (VAH-dah ah BORED-oh, CAHTS-oh!) --and the last word is a particularly rude term for a certain male body part which rhymes with "weenus." Website and Google translation (of sorts) HERE. (Kaye)
KARINA SMIRNOFF has her partner all picked out for the next season of "Dancing With the Stars." The hottie gushed to People magazine that all she wants for her 34th birthday is for TIM TEBOW to join her on the floor. The dancing diva thinks he can do it all --run, jump, pass, throw touchdowns and would love to see if he has any rug-cutting skills. (Lee)
KATY PERRY has reportedly turned to God to help her get RUSSELL BRAND back. According to In Touch magazine, the singer has been praying for Russell --as have her parents. Her mom says, "You've got to be loving, because it's the love of God that draws anybody to change their mind." (Myers)
Now here’s a new beauty product that solves a problem no one ever really thought was a problem... a breast pillow. It’s called Intimia. StyleList.com says it was invented by a cosmetic nurse based in San Francisco. She says wearing the pillow in your cleavage helps eliminate chest wrinkles while sleeping. It snaps on a criss-cross and fits snugly in-between the girls while you toss and turn. It costs $60. And while boob wrinkles are the main concern, the product’s website says the pillow also helps reduce discomfort for women with tender breasts or are recovering from breast or cardiac surgery. (Bartha)
Looking for love in all the wrong places:
Warning: Note potential sponsor conflict: McDonald's.
Cops arrested a woman in Los Angeles after she offered McDonald's customers "special favors" in exchange for food.
According to the Burbank Leader, 31-year-old KHADIJAH BASEER allegedly tried opening customers' doors as they went through the drive-thru. Police say Baseer offered to get down and dirty with anyone who would give her some McNuggets. It's not clear exactly which acts she offered to perform.
Editor's note: Police also didn't say which type of dipping sauce she asked for.
--It gives new meaning to the term "Happy Meal."
--Some are speculating the whole thing was a publicity stunt for the upcoming launch of the new Happy Ending Meal. (Still)
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