Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 4, 2012
April 4, 2012
Here's an idea that look great on paper... but will it actually work? JAMES McCARTNEY, the 34-year-old son of PAUL McCARTNEY, wants to put together a "next generation" BEATLES with the sons of JOHN, GEORGE and RINGO. James told the BBC that SEAN LENNON is in, and DHANI HARRISON definitely wants to give it a go. The only holdout is ZAK STARKEY, who plays drums like his old man and was a member of OASIS as well as a touring member of THE WHO. Zak is not into The Beatles 2.0, but, his younger brother JASON STARKEY, who is also a drummer, may be up for it. Meanwhile, James released his debut album a few months ago, and last night, he performed at a club where his dad and his pals got their start, The Cavern in Liverpool. (Marino)
A 12-year-old skateboarder in California has accomplished an amazing feat.
Orange.co.uk says TOM SCHAAR completed three full rotations in the air with his skateboard still beneath him, then landed safely. It's believed to be the first-ever successful "1080" rotation. That's basically a 360-degree spin, three times in a row.
Shortly after the stunt, skateboarding legend TONY HAWK tweeted: "In the last year I've seen SHAUN WHITE try 1080s and MITCHIE BRUSCO crash-land a few. Tom Schaar nailed it." (Still)
Movies that will suck:
JIM CARREY and JEFF DANIELS signed on to shoot that sequel to "Dumb and Dumber" in the fall. We first told you about this back in October... Deadline.com reported that now that their "The Three Stooges" had been finished, the FARRELLY BROTHERS, who produced the first "Dumb and Dumber," were considering a sequel and hired a couple of writers to produce a script. Now... game on! Fans of the moronic pair will remember there was a terrible pre-quel called "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd," done back in 2003, which made around $40 million off gullible filmgoers who didn't apparently realize Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels wouldn't be in it.
Setting a good example:
Lots of people steal post-it notes, paper clips or pens from work sometimes, right?
But, according to The Local, a retired worker in Germany has probably stolen more office supplies from work than anyone in history. Police say an unidentified 69-year-old janitor in Stuttgart, Germany, admitted to stealing more than 27-tons of office supplies over the course of several decades on-the-job.
Officers learned of the pilfering from an anonymous tip. The man confessed and even showed police the items, which he kept at his apartment. Surprisingly, police aren't charging him for the crimes. (Still)
Your tax dollars at work:
Whoops! Let's wind up today with the news that the head of the General Services Administration in Washington has resigned in scandal, while her two top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave.
The problem? A damning report by the GSA inspector general documenting an $823-thousand-dollar training conference for 318 employees just south of Las Vegas. The conference featured a clown, a psychic, and a $44-per-person breakfast. There was also a $31,208 "networking" reception and $146-thousand in catered food and drink. Among the other expenses:
--$3,200 on a session with a mind reader
--$5,600 for in-room parties
--$3,700 for T-shirts
--$2,800 in water bottles
If you don't know the GSA was created to, in their words, "streamline the administrative work of the federal government" and it "oversees the business of the U-S federal government." (Maiman)
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