Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 8, 2012
October 8, 2012
A four-year-old boy in England got the gift of a lifetime from his favorite comic book company (picture).
The Huffington Post says little ANTHONY SMITH was recently prescribed a hearing aid. But, he refused to wear it, telling his parents "superheroes do not wear hearing aids." So, Anthony's mother CHRISTINA wrote to Marvel Comics for help. Within 24-hours, she received a complimentary copy of 1984 comic book featuring superhero HAWKEYE wearing a hearing aid after experiencing temporary deafness. But, the company didn't stop there. Marvel also created a new character called "THE BLUE EAR," which was Anthony's nickname for his hearing aid. Now, Anthony is happily wearing his new device. The boy's father KEVIN says, "We were amazed and thrilled by what they did for us." (Still)
Small town, small people:
Congratulations to PAT PTACEK of Prescott, WI, proud owner of a new world record: World's longest bratwurst.
He wanted to celebrated his family store's 100-year anniversary this past Saturday and seeing as the store started out as a meat market, "it made sense to incorporate meat into our celebration."
The brat was 52 feet and two inches, complete with a bun.
A baking company built a custom 52-foot stainless steel pan and baked the bun in a 165-foot tunnel oven. They had to stop at 52 feet because it had to fit in a 53-foot semitrailer to be hauled to where the brat was being grilled.
Editor's note: After the meal they unveiled a two-mile long roll of toilet tissue. (Maiman)
JAY-Z took the train to his game. The New York Daily News says the rapper got on the subway to get to his last concert Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Folks on the R train were surprised when he got on at Canal Street in Manhattan, with security, of course, and got off a few Brooklyn-bound stops later at the arena, which has its own station.
BEYONCE joined her husband on stage during the sold-out show for "Crazy In Love." Jay-Z did eight concerts at the brand new venue, which is also the home of the basketball team he co-owns, the Brooklyn Nets.
FYI: Jay-Z will release an E.P. called "Live In Brooklyn" tomorrow. The digital-only mini-album was recorded and filmed Saturday night at the Barclays Center and will have eight audio tracks as well as eight videos. You can pre-order from iTunes right now. (Marino)
It's a java disaster! Starbucks is suffering a shortage of Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the special syrup used to flavor the limited-run drink is going out-of-stock at company cafes across the country. A Starbucks spokesperson denies a widespread shortage of the magic pumpkin potion, but says some locations may be experiencing a "pumpkin emergency" due to infrequent deliveries.
Dismayed addicts, denied their autumnal beverage, are taking to Twitter to lament their withdrawal. "My world almost ended this morning when the local Starbucks told me they were out of Pumpkin Spice Latte," tweeted one Kentucky consumer. (Maiman)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
LINDSAY LOHAN may want to take a cue from BEN AFFLECK. TMZ.com reports the classy actor sideswiped a Honda over the weekend, promptly got out of the vehicle and wrote a note saying "Hi, knocked off your mirror. VERY Sorry. Will cover everything. Ben." (Lee)
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