Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 20, 2013
May 20, 2013
Waiting to exhale:
A student in Poland was injured when a porta-potty was turned upside down while he was still inside.
23-year-old KONDRAT JAWORSKI had just taken his seat when pranksters struck. The engineering student suffered a cut on his head and was covered in waste. Jaworski says, "Even the toilet seat fell on my head. I then had to try and pull my trousers up in the dark and find the door lock."
Police are examining cell phone pictures from the crime scene to figure out who to prosecute. (Still)
The Reel Deal:
Deadline.com reports there's a GREGG ALLMAN biopic underway.
The movie will be based on the NY Times bestselling autobiography, and pick up with the formation of the ALLMAN BROTHERS band with original Allman Bros. tracks used in the movie as well as re-recorded performances by the actors and musicians who'll be featured in the film. No word on casting yet --or whether CHER will show up in the film, either.
Singer-songwriter ALAN O'DAY has died. The New York Times says he passed away Friday after a long battle with brian cancer. Alan was 72. He's best known for his 1977 chart-topper, "Undercover Angel," but Alan also wrote or co-wrote hits like HELEN REDDY's "Angie Baby," and "Rock & Roll Heaven" by the RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS. (Marino)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Most of us wash our hands after using the bathroom, but not many women think to wash up after reaching for something inside their purse. A study conducted by the company Initial Washroom Hygiene suggests maybe they should, though.
CBS News reports researchers swabbed handbags to find which parts were filthiest. Twenty-percent of handbags showed levels of bacteria-related contamination that could possibly cross-contaminate other surfaces. The stuff inside the purses wasn't much better. Hands and face creams were also full of bacteria, as were lipstick and mascara.
There's a pretty good chance it was the women's cell phones that spread bacteria inside the handbags. A lot of people take the phone into the bathroom with them. They use it in the stall, then drop it inside their purse, but how often do most of them actually take the time to wipe down their phones? Not many.
Researchers suggest never setting the handbag down onto the bathroom floor, and use anti-bacteria wipes to clean the bottom of the bag and handles. (Page)
Sydney-based global recruitment firm, Staff.com, has published a list of occupations expected to be taken over by technology in the coming decades. The predictions are written as if looking back from the future:
7. Interpreters and translators (obsolete by 2031 thanks to perfect audio translation expected to be developed by Google)
6. Travel agents (obsolete by 2025 because online travel sites finally win)
5. Parking meter readers (obsolete by 2028, computers register time elapsed)
4. Air traffic controllers (obsolete by 2038, artificial intelligence makes no human errors)
3. Paralegals (obsolete by 2026 because artificial intelligence paralegals are quicker, more knowledgeable and never need sick leave)
2. Bookkeepers (obsolete by 2028 because artificial intelligence bookkeeping agents are good and cheap)
1.Taxi drivers (obsolete by 2038 as self-driving cars become mainstream). (Kaye)
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