Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 9, 2012
November 9, 2012
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places:
They say every vote counts, but how often does that actually turn out to be true?
In Walton, KY, it most definitely held true on Tuesday --and probably in the weirdest way possible-- when ROB McDONALD ended up tying OLIVIA BALLOU for the last seat on the Cincinnati City Council. The tally: 669 votes each.
Now here's the kicker: Guess who didn't vote? Rob's wife. Turns out she works nights, is also going to school and raising three children. She woke up 10 minutes before polls closed closed and he told her not to worry about voting. What's one vote, right?
Now what? "You never think it will come down to one vote, but I'm here to tell you that it does." He doesn't blame his wife, however, noting that she worked extra hours. (And before you ask, absentee voting wasn't an option.) Now McDonald will rely on a coin toss to determine whether he or Ballou gets the final seat.
Editor's note: A coin toss? It should be pistols at 50 paces. Oh wait, I'm sorry, that's for the husband and wife. (Maiman)
Going Geek-dot-com /Caught in the Web:
Pinterest users can now add private boards to their pages. They're called Secret Boards and they allow users to set up private, user-restricted boards.
The company announced the new feature can be set up so only certain users are authorized to view and interact with it, or can be completely private so that no one else has access to it except for you, which is a great option if you're looking for a way to organize your Christmas List. (Page)
Somebody thought pants that update your Facebook and Twitter status was a good idea. An Italian denim brand called Replay has put out a "Social Denim" collection. They cost between $200 and $300 hundred dollars. Racked.com says all of the jeans have a fifth pocket that contains a tiny Bluetooth transmitter. You just sync your pants up to your Smartphone and boom! You have Facebook and Twitter, right there in your pants!
Editor's note: What could possibly go wrong?!? (Bartha)
Taking everything much too seriously:
A self-described "vampire" in Seattle is asking for blood donations.
According to Orange.co.uk, the unidentified 21-year-old man says he doesn't want to harm anyone. He just wants to take "a bit of their blood from time to time". In an ad posted on Craigslist, he says: "I am unable to give my name for obvious reason, but all you do need to know is that I am a vampire." He goes on to describe his preferred blood type and mentions the possibility of intimate relations with the blood donor. (Still)
Stars and their movies:
More "Star Wars" rumors: the Vulture movie blog says Disney has already gotten Oscar-winning writer MICHAEL ARNDT --who wrote "Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine," and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"-- to flesh out the next three movies in the series --or as they'd say in the "Star Wars" universe: "Episodes Seven, Eight and Nine."
The other big rumor is that has penned a 40- to 50-page treatment for the films.
BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET from "Dancing With the Stars" is battling thyroid cancer. The beautiful brunette host revealed on ModernMom's YouTube Channel that doctors found a cancerous nodule on her thyroid, she needs to have it removed and will soon have a big scar across her neck. On the bright side, her medical team says it's a "good kind of cancer to have," she's going to be just fine and has "never felt better." (Lee)
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