Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 20, 2012
August 20, 2012
Did JESSICA BIEL and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE slip off the paparazzi's radar long enough to tie the knot in peace? Sources tell Examiner.com that wedding guests headed into Jackson Hole, Wyoming over the weekend and the couple was set to tie the knot at an "upscale, private estate" yesterday. The singer proposed to the "Total Recall" hottie in the resort town and a cake designer piqued the interest of gossip columnists with a "tweet" from the classy destination. (Lee)
The President at play:
A Chicago neighborhood unveiled a bronze plaque marking the spot where BARACK OBAMA first kissed his future wife MICHELLE ROBINSON.
--And the best part of the story? The plaque is at a Baskin-Robbins ice cream location which is owned by Dunkin Brands --a firm that got a major influx of cash in a 2006 buyout from MITT ROMNEY's old firm, Bain Capital. (Pacelli)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer RYAN LOCHTE is reportedly trademarking his made-up catchphrase, "Jeah," so he can sell it on T-shirts, hats, water bottles, posters, key chains, swimming goggles and DVD workout videos.
The NY Daily News says he filed papers with the U-S Patent and Trademark Office on August first, and has already put a "limited edition" pair of sunglasses with the word on 'em on sale on his website for $100.
Ryan apparently made up the phrase "Jeah" from rapper YOUNG JEEZY's expression, "Chea!"
Meanwhile, Ryan was photographed out celebrating his 28th birthday at the Azure pool at The Palazzo in Las Vegas this past weekend, dressed in nothing but a pink speedo and surrounded by fellow Olympic swimmers, friends and fans.
Federal officials are keeping the U-S safe from fake red-soled CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINS. Huffington Post says that last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials stopped more than 20-thousand pairs of counterfeit luxury shoes entering the country from China. The seized fake heels could have sold for around $18 million dollars. (Bartha)
Losers in Lockup:
Authorities say a man broke into a home in Salisbury, MD, stripped down to his underwear and cooked a chicken pot pie.
The homeowner, who was upstairs, called 911. Police say they found him sitting in a living room chair, licking the TV remote control.
The man is in custody on $250-thousand bail.
Editor's note: Sounds like a textbook case of baking and entering... (Maiman)
Singer SCOTT McKENZIE, best known for his 1967 flower power hit, "San Francisco," is dead. He died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 73. Scott's single was actually written by JOHN PHILLIPS of THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS. He was invited to join that group, but said no. Scott never had a hit as big as that one, but he did co-write the BEACH BOYS' 1988 smash, "Kokomo." (Marino)
Taking everything much too seriously:
A Swiss company has designed socks durable enough to be worn outdoors without shoes.
Orange.co.uksays the so-called Swiss Protection Socks are designed to replace shoes altogether, while allowing wearers to "feel barefooted". They even have pockets for each toe, like a glove for your feet.
Designed by the Swiss Barefoot Company, the ultra durable footwear is reinforced by P-V-C. The company is also working on a new sock design durable enough for people to run marathons in.
The Swiss Protection socks come in long and short sizes and retail for about 70-dollars a pair. (Still)
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