Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 9, 2012
October 9, 2012
Facebook isn't just addicting. For some people, it's downright irresistible.
An article printed in the Los Angeles Times explains social networking is one of the strongest temptations we now face. Researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business rank the temptation to hit Facebook and Twitter right up there with sex and cigarettes.
Researchers say it may be hard to resist social media because it's so readily available and it doesn't feel like it costs very much to engage in these activities even those many of us want to resist.
Volunteers between 18 and 85 years old rated their urges throughout the day for things like checking in with social media, smoking, drinking, sleeping and sex. (Page)
Trolling for publicity:
DREW BARRYMORE is already making big plans for her newborn daughter, OLIVE. The A-list mom tells Entertainment Weekly magazine she "cannot wait" to show "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" to her little one and says there's nothing she could be more proud of.
Director STEVEN SPIELBERG treated his grandson, LUKE, to the flick and tried to reassure him the entire time that "Elliott" was going to be just fine. The three-year-old eventually got fed up with grandpa's speech, held his hand up to his face and gave a specific instruction --"don't tell me!" (Lee)
From the Department of Inevitability, the Tanning Mom has challenged Octomom to a celebrity boxing match.
Tanning Mom, PATRICIA KRENTCIL, doesn't think Octomom, NADYA SULEMAN, can handle a few rounds in the ring with her. "I could beat her," she says. "But I'd probably break a nail, and these nails are moneymakers."
The people behind Celebrity Boxing will support the fight wholeheartedly if they decide to climb into the ring.
Editor's note: Sure. Go for it. Cage death match. Weld the gate latch. Bury the cage. Done. (Maiman)
Hot punks in the Summertime:
How expensve is gas now? A group of thieves in California have started siphoning gas on a large scale.
The NY Post reports someone ripped off a heck of a lot of gas from a Shell station in the town of Roseville. In fact, they hit the same gas station three nights in a row. Cops say they managed to disable the pump's meter, making off with nearly one-thousand gallons in total. (Still)
Ever have one of those trendy drinks made at a bar with liquid nitrogen?
GABY SCANLON was celebrating her 18th birthday at a bar, drank a cocktail made with the stuff at a local wine bar, then said she felt "breathless" and had severe stomach pains. She was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors removed her stomach in order to save her life. The stomach had been perforated.
The Lancashire Constabulary said it's the first time they've ever had something like that happen.
Liquid nitrogen can be used to flash-freeze substances, and some bars use it to chill glasses or freeze ingredients, producing a dramatic-looking grey mist. At minus 320 Fahrenheit, it can boil and corrode your insides if it hasn't evaporated before drinking it.
As for Scanlon, she's recovering in serious but stable condition. (Maiman)
Editor's note: ...the drink was called "Sepsis on The Beach." (Marino)
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