Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 27, 2012
March 27, 2012
Survivor: real life:
A word of advice: don't mess with wild turkey while you're driving. No, not the liquor --the bird.
CNews reports ANDY HUTCHESON of Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, was transporting a shipment of lumber down the road. That's when a 24-pound turkey smashed through his windshield. Hutcheson says he was going about 65-miles per hour when the bird came out of nowhere, landing in the seat next to him.
The trucker said, "It was just kind of sitting there stunned for a bit and then started flailing around and got down around my feet... There was glass and feathers everywhere."
The experienced driver was able to steer the vehicle to safety. The turkey ended up dying from the impact and Hutcheson strapped it to the truck as a souvenir. (Still)
If you want a smartphone, but aren't willing to fork over the money for an iPhone, AT&T is getting ready to offer another option.
Computerworld reports that Nokia's Lumia 900 will go for about half the price of an iPhone, starting at around $100 dollars. When it hits stores April 8th, it'll be one of the first LTE Windows phones available, and comes with a larger screen than the iPhone.
The HTC Titan II also goes on sale April 8th and will operate on the LTE network. Like the Lumia, it uses the Windows operating system. It comes with a 4.7-inch screen and a 16-megapixel camera, but costs a little more --$200 dollars with a contract. (Page)
Stupid people, stupid places:
And you thought little league was bad?
An Easter egg hunt in Colorado has been canceled this year due to bad behavior on the part of participants' parents. Really.
Organizers of a public egg hunt in Old Colorado City canceled the annual event because overzealous "helicopter" parents were too eager to help their kids secure an egg at last year's children-only event. Last year, there were technical difficulties that made it so organizers had no place to hide the plastic eggs.
That only brought on more problems because all the eggs --a thousand of them-- were placed on a grass field in plain sight. The bullhorn to start the event malfunctioned and no one could hear the emcee, because the public address system was hard to hear.
You know what happened next: Parents jumped the gun with their kids, which only spurred more competitive parents to join in. With all the pushiness, the hunt was over in mere seconds.
One man who seems to fit the hovering helicopter parent archetype recalled an egg hunt he attended back in 2009: "You have all these eggs just lying around, and parents helping out. You better believe I'm going to help my kid get one of those eggs. I promised my kid an Easter egg hunt, and I'd want to give him an even edge."
Editor's note: And people wonder why kids are so messed up these days? (Maiman)
Great numbers for the two-hour, fifth season premiere of AMC's "Mad Men."
The 3.5 million viewers are more than 20 percent over last season's premiere, and an all-time high for the show. Plus, the later edition of the show added another million viewers as well.
You know that sultry French song Megan Draper sang to her husband, Don, on the season premiere of "Mad Men?" Well, it's called "Zou Bisou Bisou," and you can get it now from iTunes. Actress JESSICA PARE, who plays Megan, really did the vocals. The tune was a hit in the 1960's for British actress GILLIAN HILLS. A limited edition vinyl single is now available at the AMC's "Mad Men" website and will soon be for sale at Amazon.com. (Marino)
Today's police blotter:
Today's nominee for Employee of the Week, so far, is restaurant worker ANTHONEY BRISBANE of Daytona Beach, FL.
Brisbane was working at Captain Steamer's Oyster Bar Sunday at five in the morning when he was confronted by a masked man armed with a tire iron. Brisbane grabbed a sword and a beer bottle and the two fought until Brisbane got the upper hand. By then, police had arrived.
Both men were treated at a local hospital. Brisbane's fine; the suspect is off to county jail.
Where'd Brisbane get the sword? Captain Steamer's is a "pirate bar" where the motto is, "Party like a Pirate."
Editor's note: Woulda been better had it been a rum bottle, matey. (Maiman)
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