Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 8, 2013
March 8, 2013
Set yer clocks AHEAD an hour:
Couple of facts about DST: It's Saving Time, not Savings Time. Nevertheless, many people feel the word savings (with an 's') flows better, and "Daylight Savings Time" is also in common usage, and can be found in dictionaries. In the European Union, everybody sets their clocks ahead a couple of weeks from now on Mar 27. This can be a real pain if you're traveling, by the way, and get caught in between. Happened to me one year.
Setting your clocks:
There's a few sites which you can depend on for accurate time, if you're one of those anal types who must have it correct to the second:
--The US Naval Observatory.
--US Clock Website (www.time.gov)
--FYI: World Clock also has a list of countries which do not turn their clocks back HERE.
Daylight Saving trivia:
Bet you didn't know that the Sunday after we move the clocks forward is one of the worst for church attendance. It's toughest on families with small children but church leaders tell ABC News attendance is down about 10-15 percent on average.
Some folks show late so some churches begin services a half hour later; others send e-mail reminders to the congregation; still others provide coffee and donuts; and each church seems to have a handful of folks who showed up an hour late not realizing the clocks had changed at all.
And in what makes the most sense, one pastor says folks who miss might not be missing much. The day after the switch tends to be a low energy sermon.
"We're all tired," he said. And he looks forward to that Sunday in the fall when forgetful parishioners show up an hour early.
We set the clocks back the first weekend of November --Sun, Nov 03, to be exact.
What's the Buzz:
Critics of legalizing marijuana for recreational use often warn about use by kids, and it looks like they're right about that in Colorado. A drug testing company says it's seeing a big spike in kids using marijuana following the passage of Colorado's controversial Amendment 64.
CBS Denver says a local drug testing company says it's now being called on a weekly basis to test students in one local school district instead of monthly. It's apparently a case of more students, using pot more often. (Pacelli)
There's a new whacko beauty treatment that claims to make you look younger by setting fire to your face! It's called the Fire Facial, of course. This spa treatment is apparently all the rage in China. (More like a raging inferno!) We'll tell you how it works, but – and we're being totally and completely serious here --Do Not Try This At Home! Or anywhere else!
How it works: They drape your face in a towl soaked in alcohol and some kind of top secret "skin beautifying cocktail." Then they light the towel on fire. The towel only stays lit for a few seconds. Then the esthetician puts the fire out with another towel, before the flames reach your skin. (We hope.) Supposedly, the treatment can be used on any part of the body. Cosmopolitan says users claim the Fire Facial can help everything from weight loss to curing "dull skin."
Broadcast, cable and video news:
VALERIE HARPER, who just revealed she has three months to live due to a diagnosis of brain cancer, will make her first TV appearance since that revelation on Monday's edition of "The Doctors." She'll reportedly be joined by her husband and "Mary Tyler Moore Show" castmates CLORIS LEACHMAN and ED ASNER.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
JUSTIN BIEBER fainted backstage last night during his concert at London's O2 Arena. He needed oxygen and the show was stopped for about 20-minutes. Justin's manager, SCOOTER BRAUN, told the audience that the singer was (quote), "very low of breath." But, ever the pro, Justin finished the concert. (Marino)
CHRIS BROWN lost his temper with a parking attendant. TMZ says he was at a charity event Wednesday night at a bowling alley in Studio City, California. When the valet brought his car around, the man said the charge to park was 10-dollars. Chris wasn't too happy about that, demanded his keys and threatened to beat the valet up. One of Chris's posse gave the valet the 10-dollars, Chris snatched the keys and took off in a huff. Yesterday, Chris claimed he got upset because the valet was trying to rip him off. The parking fee was reportedly 5-dollars for everyone else.
Editor's note: Video is HERE, but it is not bleeped, so be careful!! (Marino)
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