Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 30, 2013
October 30, 2013
Competitive eater JOEY CHESTNUT won the latest Twinkie eating contest at Bally's Casino in Tunica, MS, swallowing 121 Twinkies in six minutes and beating MATT "The Megatoad" STONIE. Joey may have also broken the Guiness record for Twinkies, set by TAKERU KOBAYASHI in 2010. Back then, Takeru ate 14 Twinkies in a minute; Joey averaged 20 a minute during the contest.
I'm a Poll Man:
Support among Americans for the death penalty is at a 40-year low. A new Gallup survey puts support for capital punishment at 60-percent, with 35-percent opposed.
That's the lowest support figure since 57-percent in 1972. Support has fallen across the board since then, down nine-percent among Republicans, 22-percent among Democrats and 21-percent with independents. (Pacelli)
"The Hunger Games" clothing line goes on sale next month.
The movie series' costume designer, TRISH SUMMERVILLE, is collaborating with the upscale retail website Net-A-Porter.com (say: por-tay) for the clothing line. Summerville says there won't be any of the exploding headdresses or dresses you can (safely) set on fire like JENNIFER LAWRENCE wears in the movies.
She describes the line to Grazia as "made for the Katniss girl of today and ranges from dresses to leather pants and T-shirts... It's made up of key pieces that you can keep in your wardrobe and work with other outfits. There are a lot of black pieces, but we all love black!" The Hunger Games line goes on sale November 21st. It includes:
--A coat with a detachable fur collar, and a patent leather dress inspired by Katniss.
--A pair of leather pants inspired by Cinna, played by LENNY KRAVITZ.
--A green dress inspired by Joanna Mason, played by JENA MALONE. (Bartha)
Taking everything much too seriously:
A guy in India officially has the world's longest moustache.
58-year-old RAM SINGH CHAUHAN has spent a 32-years cultivating his 14-foot long 'stache. In fact, he hasn't trimmed it --not even a little-- since 1970. Ram says, "The moustache is the symbol of pride and respect. In ancient India, a moustache meant everything. It is priceless. It's a man thing."
Back in 1983, his facial hair even landed him a role in the JAMES BOND film, "Octopussy." (Still)
AllYou.com urges caution when choosing to paint a room yellow. In a kitchen, it tends to make people feel welcome, but research shows people tend to lose their tempers more often and babies cry more frequently in yellow rooms. (Kaye)
Lots of ladies dream of their wedding day, marrying the man of their dreams, starting a family together and living happily-ever-after --so what's going on after they say their "I Do's?" Not much! Yahoo.com reports a new study from England shows that one in six women refuse to let their husbands see them nude and 16 percent haven't disrobed in front of Mr. Wonderful in over a year.
The reasons all seem to stem from lack of self-esteem --half the women are insecure about their bodies and a third point to low sex drive. Understandably, the grooms are very unhappy --40 percent say their relationship is suffering because of their wife's newfound modesty.
Editor's rant /Phone starter: Remember this the next time you see an A-list actress with a legion of trainers, nutritionists and nannies on the cover a glossy magazine bragging about "Body after Baby!" The truth is, most women are too busy taking care of their newborn children to hit the gym and simply can't do all that's required of them on a thousand calories per-day. To make matters worse, they're bombarded with images of how they "should" look, despite the fact that Mother Nature has very different plans. So... how did you get your mojo back when it's obvious your adorable size-sevens will never, ever fit over your rear end again? (Lee)
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