Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 15, 2013
April 15, 2013
First McDonalds opened, Des Plaines, IL, 1955. Cost of a cheeseburger when the doors opened for the first time: 19 cents. Fries were a dime. Call the McDonald's museum: 708-297-5022.
--President ABRAHAM LINCOLN died on this day in 1865, several hours after being shot at Ford's Theatre by JOHN WILKES BOOTH.
--The RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic, 1912.
--JACKIE ROBINSON became the first black player in a major league baseball game. Robinson was hitless but the Brooklyn Dodgers beat Boston Braves, 5-3. Today baseball teams across the country will wear his uniform number --42-- in tribute to him.
Where's KIM JONG-UN?
North Korea's been owning headlines for the better part of a month now with its threats against the American imperialists and friends. Kim Jong Un, however, has been less conspicuous. In fact, the country's supreme leader hasn't been seen publicly since April 01. In fact, there are whispers of a coup. That hardly seems likely based on what we've seen the North Korean army doing on the ground, but it's curious nonetheless.
In the meantime, as secretary of state JOHN KERRY tours the region, experts suggest that Kim has backed himself into a corner. Adm SAM LOCKYEAR, commander of U-S troops in the Pacific, told Congress last week, "His father and his grandfather always figured into their provocation cycle an off-ramp of how to get out of it. It's not clear to me that he has thought through how to get out of it."
Editor's note: It was right around two weeks ago the U-S did a B2 flyby in the south. Time to come out of your bunker and make nice, Mr. Un. We has cheeseburgers. (Maiman)
Wotta suprise: a survey conducted by CreditDonkey in March found that 62 percent of men and 58 percent of women kill time with social media at work. (Kaye)
Are OZZY and SHARON OSBOURNE ready to call it quits after 31-years of wedded bliss? Sources tell the UK's Daily Mail the two are no longer living together and barely even speak! The outspoken host of "The Talk" isn't doing much to quell the rumors --Sharon sent out a strange "tweet" asking "Why does every family in the world have that one member that will never get it and is completely ignorant to life in general?" (Lee)
Man Bites Dog, Dep't:
In scenic East Wenatchee, WA, a dog named Buddy willfully left home with a burglar who'd just broken into the place because the burglar fed the dog pudding.
Police tell the Wenatchee World that Buddy's owners came home Saturday to find a strange man in their kitchen, feeding pudding to their black Lab-pit bull mix.
The man left the residence and called to the dog --who went with him.
He was arrested a short time later, without the dog, which had been picked up by animal control officers and returned to the rightful owners.
Editor's note: Are you kidding? Give my dog a slab of Velveeta and he'll show you where the safe is, bark out the combination, then hold the door open for you and help you carry the stolen stuff to the car.
--Obviously, it was an inside job. (Maiman)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
PSY released the music video for his new single, "Gentleman" over the weekend. On Saturday, he performed the tune live for the first time at a sold out concert in Seoul. Like "Gangnam Style," there's a new dance to go with the new single, and Psy taught everyone at the show how to do it. The video is actully funny. It's Psy, being a jerk, or, as the chorus says, "a mother, father gentleman." You do the math... (Marino)
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