Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 5, 2012
July 5, 2012
Designer LOUIS REARD unveiled the very first bikini on Paris runways in 1946. Yessssss!
Was former Palestinian boss YASSER "Ringo" ARAFAT poised? Arafat died back in 2004, and because of how quickly he died, there's always been conjecture that he was poisoned, perhaps by the Israelis or even the Russians.
A poisoning by Israel would be the easier explanation, but some experts say Russia might have pulled it off to get Arafat out of the way and allow Hamas to gain more influence in the area.
Al-Jazeera reports that recent tests conducted on Arafat's personal belongings at the time of his death suggest his body contained abnormal levels of radioactive polonium. Polonium was also used to kill Russian spy-turned-dissident ALEXANDER LITVINENKO.
There's word that Arafat's body might be exhumed for further testing.
Editor's note: You say polonium, I say insecticide. (Pacelli)
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eatin' Championship:
JOEY CHESTNUT is once again the hot-dog eatin' champeen of the U-S-of-A, wolfing down 68 dogs and buns in 10 minutes and tying the record he set back in 2009. Yesterday was his sixth straight eating championship at Coney Island, and he'll get to keep the mustard-yellow championship belt for another year. TIM "Eater X" JANUS was second with 52 hot dogs.
On the women's side, SONYA "The Black Widow" THOMAS managed to down 45 hot dogs and buns, breaking the record of 41 dogs she set last year, with JULIET LEE of Germantown, MD, chugging into second with 33 hot dogs in her tummy.?
How'd you like to get up close with First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA and singer GWEN STEFANI?
For a five-thousand dollar donation, the Hollywood Reporter says a family of four will get to hang with the fun pair and Gwen's two children for some "family friendly fun" at Gwen's Hollywood home on Aug 12 --which is "Family Day." Monies raised go to the Obama campaign.
GAYLE KING is a master of her own destiny. OPRAH's best friend tells Us Weekly magazine that she's so into TV, she's got one in every room of her house, including the bathroom, doesn't drink or eat sushi, and loves to wear the color yellow and clogs! (Myers)
A couple of fashion designers have created a gown made out of --get this-- 50-thousand Gummy Bears! HISSA IGARSHI and SAYURI MARA KUMI unveiled their sticky sweet creation for the debut issue of a magazine called TWELV (no "e" on the TWELV. That's what makes it artsy.) Anyway. Styleite.com says they were inspired by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN in their design. The Gummy gown weighs a whopping 220 pounds and features the a full rainbow of Gummy Bear colors. To create the gown, each Gummy Bear was glued onto a vinyl sheet by hand. (Bartha)
Idiots or Insane:
Over 130 bungee jumpers leapt from a bridge at the exact same time in Russia.
Orange.co.uk says the daredevils performed their stunt from a railway bridge in front of a roaring crowd. An onlooker shot a video and uploaded it to YouTube (here). The clip has racked up over 80-thousand views in just two-days. (Still)
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