Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 1, 2013
October 1, 2013
No winner in Friday night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $189 million ($129 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington DC. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 175.7 million.
Filling a need:
IKEA is perhaps best known for flogging flat-packs of affordable but unpronounceable furniture and modestly-priced meatballs, but the Swedish-owned retailer will soon be adding a surprising new item to its U-K stores: solar panels.
At $9,200 for a pack of 18 panels, the product will be pricier than most IKEA items, but the company says it's still cheaper than the prices their competitors charge, and promises buyers they'll make their investment back in about seven years thanks to lower bills and government incentives.
And unlike the company's bookshelves and desks, buyers won't have to tackle the solar panels with an Allen key themselves; installation and maintenance is part of the package. (Maiman)
Like you really care:
Being STEVEN TYLER certainly has it's perks. Photographers for TMZ.com caught the AEROSMITH front man cruising through Los Angeles International where he revealed that he's the proud owner of a personalized Chipotle card! Yep, the 65-year-old rocker will be eating lots of beans and rice in the coming months as the Mexican chain gave him a free taco or burrito every day for an entire year. (Lee)
The Reel Deal:
A big black eye for the PR folks who put up billboards advertising the upcoming biopic of "Diana," about the former Princess of Wales.
One of the billboards in Paris was put up right outside the tunnel where she died in a car crash (the Place de l'Alma). The company which put up the posters said there were "several thousand" of the boards in and around Paris; it was just an unfortunate coincidence that one turned up where the paparazzi created the fatal accident.
The ad agency has since removed the offending poster.
If you're still wondering about the song played at the very end of Sunday night's "Breaking Bad" finale, it's called "Baby Blue" by the band BADFINGER. They recorded for THE BEATLES' Apple label and were discovered by Beatles roadie MAL EVANS. It's from the 1972 album, "Straight Up," which was produced by GEORGE HARRISON and TODD RUNDGREN. The single topped out at number 14, and it's the single mix that you heard on the show. "Baby Blue" was the perfect choice to show the end of Walter White. His blue crystal meth was his baby. Not surprisingly, the song scored thousands of downloads Sunday night and is already in the iTunes Top 25 tracks for the week. (Marino)
Taking everything much too seriously:
MILEY CYRUS should probably stay out of the town of DeQuincy, Louisiana.
According to the town's mayor, anyone found 'twerking' within city limits can be jailed for 30 days. Miley's recent performance at the MTV awards reportedly caused mayor MAYNARD WILKENS a great deal of distress. Wilkens has labeled the dance a "defiant act against Jesus". He adds, "We will still allow dancing in DeQuincy, just no jiggling." (Still)
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