Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 29, 2012
March 29, 2012
I'm a Poll Man:
Today's Election Poll that Will Change and Be the Opposite in about a Week is brought to you by Quinnipiac University, who's survey finds PRESIDENT OBAMA leading competitor MITT ROMNEY in three key swing states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
If the election were today, according to Quinnipiac, Obama would carry at least two states. "And if history repeats itself, that means he would be reelected."
Obama's leading Pennsylvania by the smallest margin, 45–42 percent, but he has Ohio 47–41 percent. (Maiman)
Men in Uniform:
The video of a soldier's return and special homecoming from his pet boxer has gone viral.
CHUCK the Boxer was so excited to see his owner, NICK, who'd been deployed for eight months in Afghanistan, that the dog leaped out of the truck and bounced up, down and all over his master, licking and yelping. Nick can't even get a good grip on the dog it's so excited. Nick's wife KATIE recorded the video and uploaded it to YouTube. Over a million hits in less than a week. (Maiman)
People are already buying amazing numbers of Mega Millions Lottery tickets, pushing Friday night's total to $500 million ($359 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.
You're more likely to get stuck on a tarmac for two hours or more than to win the Mega Millions lottery. Try 1 in 964.
At least that's according to a report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Other odds for comparison:
--Dying in an amusement park accident: 1 in 72 million
--Struck by lightning: 1 in 700-thousand
--Being audited by the IRS: 1 in 175. Heck, I can almost guarantee you if you WIN the lottery, you'll be audited by the IRS for the rest of your life!
From the Motley Fool (who advises --"don't buy a Lottery Ticket"):
--Getting pregnant from a one-night stand: 1 in 20
--Getting struck by lightning: 1 in 10,000
--Dying in an airplane crash: 1 in 355,318
--Being dealt a royal flush in a given hand of poker: 1 in 655,750
--Dying from a flesh-eating bacteria: 1 in 1 million.
Face time with the judge:
Today's the big day for troubled actress LINDSAY LOHAN --she goes back for what could be her final court date, after keeping her nose (and other body parts) clean on probation.
Her rep told E! News that she's finished all her committments (including 14 days at the LA County Morgue and five therapy sessions with a shrink) and therefore could wind up being off formal, supervised probation for the first time in over four years.
Of course, she'll still be on "informal probation" for the next two years (until May of 2014), but provided she doesn't get in trouble she could be starting a new chapter in her life.
Banjo master EARL SCRUGGS is dead. He died in a Nashville hospital and was 88 years old. Earl was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and half of the bluegrass duo Flatt & Scruggs. They scored a number one country hit in 1962 with "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," which was the theme song for the TV show, "The Beverly Hillbillies." Scruggs was part of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys on the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940's, and that's where he met Lester Flatt. A funeral service for Scruggs will be held on Saturday at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. (Marino)
DAVID ARCHULETTA said goodbye to his fans yesterday in a YouTube message. The "American Idol" runner-up is leaving the music biz for two years to go on his Mormon mission in South America. David won't be able to contact anyone while he's away, but he promised to be back as soon as his mission is over. Mormon men are expected to do a two-year mission somewhere in the world to spread the word about their religion. (Marino)
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