Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 21, 2013
May 21, 2013
Idiots or Insane:
Wanna snatch the record for world's longest Ferris wheel ride? You'll need to clear your schedule for two days and leave your pillow at home in order beat the newly reigning champ, a manager at Chicago's Navy Pier, who rode the tourist spot's Ferris wheel --awake-- for 48 hours, 8 minutes, and 25 seconds.
CLINTON SHEPHERD's weekend ride brings the world record to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite (the first having been built in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition).
Shepherd told the got a little help during his quest: the Guinness World Records folks allowed him to have one five-minute break each hour. To stay awake during the remainder of the time, he played hours of videogames (primarily Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) and watched James Bond and Batman movies on the gondola's big-screen TV. He also (shocker) drank a lot of Mountain Dew, and local restaurants like of Michael Jordan's Steakhouse brought him meals. (Maiman)
Stars and their movies:
As you know, the Cannes Film Festival is going on in the South of France this week, but the story of the day yesterday was not a movie playing at the festival, but rather EVA LONGORIA, who was not wearing underwear on the red carpet.
As she walked across the carpet, she hiked her skirt up to avoid getting it wet from some puddles created when it rained earlier-- and, combined with a rather high slit, exposed herself to the press photographers, who were only too happy to take pictures of her going commando.
Warning: note content.
KATY PERRY's (ahem) "girls" have quite a history. An old buddy named TYLER GECK tells the National Enquirer that she had to wear two bras in high school just to hold things in!
Meanwhile, another pal named CASEY CRUMP grew up with the pop tart and says everyone just "knew she was going to be famous." Apparently KP is really a free spirit that has always been "loud," "outgoing" and never, ever gets embarrassed. (Lee)
Computers, and other techno-geek-a-zoid crap:
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. That could be why an 18-year-old California girl created a super-fast battery charger. According to CNET News, EESHA KHARE took the top prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, garnering $50-thousand-dollars from the Society for Science & the Public.
The official title of graduating senior's project is "Design and Synthesis of Hydrogenated TiO2-Polyaniline Nanorods for Flexible High-Performance Supercapacitors." In other words, it's a really fast cell phone charger. How fast? The invention can recharge a battery in 30 seconds.
No surprise here: The next step for Khare is Harvard. (Page)
RAY MANZAREK, keyboard player and co-founder of THE DOORS, is dead. His publicist says Ray passed away yesterday at a hospital in Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. Say what you will about The Doors... no one else sounded like them back in day, or since. It was an odd combination of a jazz drummer, a flamenco guitarist, a classically trained keyboard player, and a poet. Ray was the only true musician in the band, and it was his influences that brought bits of classical, German cabaret and avant garde music to The Doors. One of the many unique things about the group was that there was no bass player. Ray played those parts on a keyboard bass, while also cranking out sinister, but melodic sounding lines on his organ. Ray's family asks that instead of sending flowers, make a donation in Ray's name to standup2cancer.org. (Marino)
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