Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 2, 2012
October 2, 2012
Trash talk and satellite dish:
ROBERT PATTINSON is the world's sexiest man --and not just according to KRISTIN STEWART. It's the result of a new Glamour magazine poll, which ranks the "Twilight" star at the top for the fourth year in a row.
Last year's number two entry, TAYLOR LAUTNER, fell to number seven in the poll, while JOHNNY DEPP stayed at number three. The rest of the top-10 (with last year's position in brackets):
10. Henry Cavill (15)
9. James McAvoy (14)
8. Paul Wesley (59)
7. Taylor Lautner (2)
6. Robert Downey Jr (re-entry)
5. Benedict Cumberbatch (33)
4. Michael Fassbender (31)
3. Johnny Depp (3)
2. Tom Hiddleston ("Avengers" bad guy, new entry)
1. Robert Pattinson (1)
The White House:
The White House is downplaying a report that the Chinese were able to infiltrate a secure national security network used to control nuclear codes. The official line is that the Chinese were able to breach an "unclassified" system. White House spokesman JAY CARNEY said there was "no indication whatsoever that exfiltration of data" had occurred.
He also stressed that such attacks "are not infrequent."
Editor's Note: Nah, it's no big deal. As long as they keep crankin' out those iPhones! (Pacelli)
Would you wear a stiletto made of fur? Or a furry-footed sandal? One luxury brand thinks so. At the Celine Paris Fashion Week show, the label's spring shoe collection has been dubbed "fur-kenstocks." (Like the granola-crunchy Birkenstocks. Only more expensive and less practical.) Fashionista.com says almost all the sky-high Celine heels and flat sandals resembled a "70s shag carpet" in a rainbow of colors. (Bartha)
We finally know when we'll be able to see that LINDSAY LOHAN movie "Liz & Dick," on Lifetime --the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Lindsay plays actress ELIZABETH TAYLOR in the film, with GRANT BOWLER (from "Ugly Betty" and "True Blood") as her husband, RICHARD BURTON.
Taking everything much too seriously:
Now, you can get a brand new iPhone 5 for the low, low price of just 35-thousand dollars.
The NY Post says a British company is offering a limited-edition, handmade version of Apple's new iPhone crafted from real gold (picture). It's being called the Golden Apple iPhone 5 and it's named after the famed golden apples that often appear in Greek mythology, sometimes representing immortality. At other times in mythology, the golden apples were used as a distraction. (Still)
There are already plenty of gross crime scene clues for forensics teams to examine. But now, thanks to researchers in Mexico, there's an even nastier one: Maggots.
A team of pathologists were able to identify the body of a burn victim by studying the maggots feeding on the corpse's remains. The body belongs to a woman thought to have been abducted and murdered. The burns made it impossible to identify her, but the researchers were able to extract DNA from the maggots found at the crime scene.
Maggots have been used to establish time of death, but this marks the first time the bugs have been used to ID a body. (Maiman)
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