Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 13, 2012
July 13, 2012
Warning: note content
KATY PERRY'S infamous spinning peppermint bra has reportedly been declared hazardous to her health. Katie's seen wearing the twirling candy-shaped pasties in her new movie "Katy Perry: Part of Me." London tabloid The Sun says Katy's insurers are afraid the bra will cause the singer to pull a muscle, so they won't cover damages if has to cancel a show from injury. All the concern over Katy's bra stemmed from a report that her hair once got caught the bra's wheels during a show. (Bartha)
Movies that suck:
Good news --it's time for the annual "Blobfest" celebration.
Every year for the past 12, the folks in Phoenixville, PA, a Philadelphia suburb, get together and show the classic 1958 movie, "The Blob," at the Colonial Theatre there --which, if you've seen the movie-- you know is one of the places that was "eaten" by 'The Blob.' STEVE McQUEEN helped save the world in the original. Everybody dresses in 50s clothes, then goes into the 7:30 pm showing and, at the appropriate time (around 9 pm), everybody runs out of the theatre, screaming.
There's also a Fire Extinguisher Parade Saturday at noon, honoring the humble piece of firefighting equipment that saved the world from The Blob, and multiple other showings of the sci-fi flick.
The actual "Blob" --which originally was clear liquid silicone-- now resides in a bucket owned by a guy named WES SHANK. In the original movie, special effects guys heated it up so it would run over the miniature set, which was tilted more as The Blob got "faster." Now, however, The Blob is no longer clear, having "swallowed" several people and other things, so it's kind of a disgusting lump of reddish-brown goop in the bucket.
Here's the perfect fall tour: ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON, together. They're calling it the "Twins of Evil" tour with JONATHAN DAVIS of KORN opening up some of the shows. The spooky trek kicks off on September 28th in Phoenix, and wraps up, oddly enough, on Halloween in Dallas. (Marino)
FLEETWOOD MAC will tour in 2013. That's what STEVIE NICKS told "CBS This Morning." There probably won't be a new album so it will be a greatest hits run. Not that there's anything wrong with that. And, don't expect CHRISTINE McVIE to be on board. She officialy left the band in 1998. (Marino)
Just plain weird:
This might qualify as one of the strangest, if not most disgusting, videos on YouTube today (video).
The Daily Mail reports somebody uploaded a video of a live clam "seasoning itself" with salt. In the clip, the clam is seen on top of a kitchen table. Suddenly, the live creature emerges from its shell like a long, grey, tongue and begins "licking" up grains of salt. The clip has notched up over 340-thousand views in the last week.
An expert from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography who viewed the video says, "The clam is not eating salt. That appendage isn't the clam's tongue, it's the clam's foot." (Still)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Don't stress out, you'll live longer. Seriously.
A new study shows that people with phobic anxiety (an unreasonable fear of something, such as the number 13, heights, small spaces, etc.) results in shorter telomeres in middle-aged and older women. Telomeres are effectivey "caps" on the ends of chromosomes that prevent genetic material from damage. People with shorter telomeres are at higher risk for cancers, heart disease, dementia, and an overall risk of death.
However, it's still uncertain whether the anxiety is what causes the shortened telomeres or whether shortened telomeres cause anxiety.
Editor's Note: That isn't exactly comforting. Can I have some Xanax anyways? (AB)
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