Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 21, 2012
March 21, 2012
The First Family at play:
Don't be surprised if you see MICHELLE OBAMA cruising the aisles of Wal-Mart one day. The First Lady bragged to DAVID LETTERMAN that she's threatened to sneak out of the White House and loves to go on little "jaunts" to Target, PetCo and 7-Eleven. In fact, one mystery shopper didn't recognize the president's missus and requested she reach up to grab a bottle of laundry detergent --the down-to-earth mom happily agreed. (Lee)
Former Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE has said again that she does not want to be MITT ROMNEY's vice-presidential running mate. She told Fox News, "I think we should go another direction and find somebody who really wants to be in elected office ...How many ways can I say it? Not me."
Rice is currently teaching at her alma mater, Stanford University. (Pacelli)
No winner in Tuesday night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means Friday night's drawing is valued at $290 million ($205 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington DC. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 175.7 million.
"The Hunger Games" doesn't officially open until Friday. But the movie is already shaping up to have a major impact on hair trends this spring. According to BellaSugar.com:
--The hair designer for "The Hunger Games" spent more than $30-thousand dollars on wigs to experiment on finding just the right shade of brown for star JENNIFER LAWRENCE. She spends her real life as a blonde.
--Katniss' signature hair style is a "reverse French braid." It was "a real functioning braid that someone who hunts [would use to reach] to get her bow and arrow." (Bartha)
China Glaze nail polish has tied in to this weekend's expected box office blockbuster with "The Hunger Games" collection: 12 shades of mostly browns and grays with varying degrees of intensity and shine, from matte to pearly to sparkly. The names likely will resonate with those who've read the books: Smoke and Ashes (a sparkly black) to Agro (a sparkly dark green) to Mahogany Magic (a flat brown.) But maybe not. Seven bucks a bottle. (Kaye)
Crooks too stupid to live:
No. No way this happened.
In Washington State, a drug smuggler with the license plate "SMUGLER" staying at the Smuggler's Inn near the Canadian border was somehow found and arrested by police.
Acting on a tip, Homeland Security agents located the vehicle --something about a vanity plate (ahem)-- and followed it to the motel, pulled it over and found nine bricks of cocaine.
Editor's note: Yet more evidence that advertising is over-rated. (Maiman)
Taking everything much too seriously:
Want to fight zombies but don't know where to start?
Orange.co.uk says a website is offering people the chance to battle the undead in an old, condemned British shopping mall. Participants will shoot zombies in a series of video game-style missions.
The Zombie Shopping Mall experience costs over 250-bucks per person and lasts three-hours. (Still)
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