Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Dec 2, 2013
December 2, 2013
Men vs. Women:
There's a very good reason men like TOM BRADY, BRAD PITT and GAVIN ROSSDALE are so happy --they've got traffic-stopping women waiting at home! Scientists from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology followed 450 newlywed couples for four years and discovered that guys with hot wives are happier in general. The little ladies also reported higher levels of satisfaction because having a happy husband seems to be contagious. (Lee)
Helping Mother Nature:
Before you empty the fridge of all those foil- and plastic-shrouded Thanksgiving leftovers, Earth911.com suggests ways to re-purpose Aluminum Pie Pans. Not all are genius, but it's the thought that counts.
--Weight it down with a rock and fill it with birdseed as a bird-feeder.
--Use it as a craft tray for paints, beads, etc. or as a "frame" for kids' art (glued to the center.)
--Cut it into shapes with the right tools to craft into holiday ornaments.
--Use it under candles to catch wax drips.
--Take it along as a food dish for Fido on-the-go.
--Punch some holes in it and use it as a veggie tray on the grill, or a spatter guard over a frying pan on the stove.
If none of those ideas appeal, then at least toss it into the recycling bin, as there's no limit on the number of times aluminum can be recycled. Consequently, aluminum is a valuable commodity, and is four times more valuable than other recyclable materials, according to The Aluminum Association. (Kaye)
High school hijinks:
Last week during class at a high school in Knoxville, TN, a 15-year-old student set his teacher's hair and clothes on fire.
Science teacher GABRIELA PEÑALBA reportedly had her back to the classroom when the teen snuck up behind her and ignited her hair and shirt with a lighter.
She's OK --no serious burns, part because students rushed to help extinguish the flames.
The pyro student fled but was later arrested and confessed to police, but his motive remains unclear. He's now in a juvenile detention facility.
Editor's note: I'm hot for teacher....! (Or this)
--It's the other movie: The Set People on Fire Game.
--Clearly we need more good guys with lighters stationed abundantly throughout this nations' schools. Signed, The American Butane Lighter Advisory Council. (Fire doesn't burn people, people burn people. --Maiman)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Are ASHTON KUTCHER and DEMI MOORE finally divorced? TMZ.com reports the former lovebirds made their split official last Tuesday after filing papers in December of 2012. The May-December duo parted ways back in 2011 after the mister enjoyed a little (ahem) extramarital fun with a young lady named SARA LEAL. (Lee)
MILEY CYRUS currently leads in Time magazine's "Person of the Year" poll.
The NY Daily News reports that Miley has racked up 24 percent of the vote --more than PRESIDENT OBAMA, EDWARD SNOWDEN or THE POPE.
However, Entertainment Weekly magazine also says at least one website is claiming to have hacked the poll, swinging the wrecking ball in Cyrus' favor.
But it doesn't really matter, since, according to the Time magazine rules, the editorial board --and not the online reader poll-- will be picking the winner, which will be announced on Dec 11.
On the other hand, if you'd like to vote, head HERE.
From the YIKES!! department: A new report in London's Daily Mail says that for years, the final secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles --and likely starting World War III-- was simple. How simple? Try eight zeros, as in 00000000. That code was in effect until 1977.
Those eight zeros would have been entered in a "PAL" or "Permissive Action Link" device that was supposed to prevent any unauthorized arming or detonation of nuclear weapons. But the Pentagon was apparently worried about the possibility of command centers or communication lines being destroyed in a real nuclear war, stopping soldiers getting the codes or authorization to launch missiles when they were actually needed. So they set the security code for the launching weapons as eight zeros to make things as simple as possible for all parties. (Pacelli)
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