Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 12, 2013
June 12, 2013
Pretty remarkable to read about Subway spokesman JARED FOGLE and discover the guy is worth $15 million bucks! All because he started eating Subway sandwiches.
At his first one 15 years ago and made his claim to fame by spending a whole year eating Subway sandwiches and eventually dropping over 200 pounds. It got him a gig as their spokesman in what became the company's longest running campaign. He was over 425 pounds in college. Today, at 35, he's still 200 pounds and still works for Subway --the only job he's ever known.
Now he flashes a Subway "black card" for free food. He more than deserves it. After his first commercial back in the day, sales at Subway shot up 20 percent, and with some 300 commercials filmed since, he gets credit for anywhere from one-third to one half of the chain's growth in the past 15 years.
Cool thing about it: He's totally grateful."I owe Subway a lot," he says. (Maiman)
Food and Nutrition:
Are you headed off for some R&R with the littles this summer? Ditching the oven, pots and pans for a few days may sound delightful, but you may want to keep a keen eye on your kids' meals! Restaurants are offering healthier fare for pint-size customers, but new research shows a typical combo meal still packs entirely too many calories, salt and fat. Although the plate may look innocent, steer clear of the five worst kids meals according to Minitime.com!
1. Denny's Inside Out Grilled Cheese with French Fries. This all-American classic packs 970 calories and 59 grams of fat, while the spaghetti with marinara has just 270 calories and six grams of fat.
2. Chili's Pepperoni Pizza with Cinnamon Apples. The pizza has 750 calories and 38 grams of fat while the apples clock in at 270 calories and 11 grams of fat. Go for a 230-calorie corndog and nutritious sides like broccoli, pineapple or celery with low-fat ranch.
3. Dairy Queen Chicken Strips with Ranch, Fries Arctic Rush and Dilly Bar. With 1,030 calories, this is a belt-buster for baby! Ditch the ranch dressing to erase 230 calories and 20 grams of fat, while adding a banana and passing on the slushy brings the grand total down to 620 calories.
4. Applebee's Two Mini Cheeseburgers with Fries and Chocolate Milk. This meal clocks an entire day's worth of calories for junior with 1,360! Shoot for the grilled chicken sandwich or kids' steak with steamed broccoli or applesauce.
5. Friendly's Cheese Quesadilla wth Strawberry Milk and a Friend-z Butterfinger Sundae. The quesadilla alone packs 890 calories and 60 grams of fat, while the strawberry milk is 350 calories and up to 820 for that sundae! A better option is the mac 'n' cheese with mandarin oranges for 390 calories and hot fudge sundae for 330. (Lee)
Taking everything much too seriously:
Exciting news out of England, where the winners of the 2013 Shed of the Year contest have been announced.
The contest invites so-called 'sheddies' to show off their custom built sheds. It's a popular contest, judging by the nearly two-thousand entries received. Over 14-thousand members of the public voted for their favorites. A total of 8 finalists were announced in various categories, including best eco shed, best garden office, most unique shed, and normal shed. A single grand prize winner will be announced during British "Shed Week" in July. (Still)
This probably should have happened a long time ago, but RINGO STARR is turning "Octopus' Garden" into a children's book. He made a deal with Simon & Schuster and picked BEN CORT to do the illustrations. The book will be out in early 2014. Ringo wrote "Octopus' Garden," with help from GEORGE HARRISON, and it first appeared on THE BEATLES' final studio album, 1969's "Abbey Road." (Marino)
MADONNA was the big surprise celebrity guest at STELLA McCARTNEY's fashion show Monday night. New York magazine says Madonna ducked in at the very end of the show in New York City. But she stuck around for the party chatting with guests like AMY POEHLER, NAOMI WATTS and STEVEN TYLER. (Bartha)
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