Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
The Battle goes on:
Great news! A top Nigerian military official said last night that the government knows the whereabouts of the nearly 300 kidnapped girls! The bad news --he says he can't reveal their location OR risk using force to rescue them. More than 300 teenagers were abducted from their school in the town Chibok on April 15th. Police say 53 escaped on their own and 276 remain captive.
The website of the Ogun state television service quotes Air Chief Marshal ALEX BADEH, the government's chief of defense, as telling demonstrators outside his office in Abuja, "Just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back."
Though news outlets reported Badeh's statement, the accuracy couldn't be independently confirmed. The girls were seized from their school April 15, reportedly by the Islamist organization Boko Haram. (Kaye)
Big Eater of the day:
Congrats to MATT "Megatoad" STONIE, who managed to eat 31 pepperoni rolls in 10 minutes and now holds the title of "World Pepperoni Roll Eating Champion." Matt, who's a registered competitor from the Major League Eating organization, won the title on his 22nd birthday Saturday --even though he had to cross the country to do it.
Matt lives in San Jose, CA, and had to fly to Fairmont, WV, for the competition at the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival. He picked up $25-hundred dollars for his first-place finish.
"Megatoad" is currently ranked second in Major League Eating's rankings. In case you were wondering, the current record for eating pepperoni rolls is 33 in 10 minutes, held by PAT "Deep Dish" BERTOLETTI.
If this is June, it's time once again for the over-the-top State Fair food.
This year's selections have already been topped by a Krispy Kreme donut triple cheeseburger that will be served at the upcoming San Diego County Fair in June, the Orange County (CA) Fair in July and August and the LA County Fair in September.
The San Diego Union-Tribune Tweeted shots of the sandwich, which is made by Chicken Charlie's, whose website describes the company as "home to creative culinary concoctions and all things deep fried."
Some of Chicken Charlie's dishes include Deep Fried Oreos, Lobster on a Stick, Fried Pineapple, Fried Twinkies, Fried Spam, Fried Bacon Wrapped Pickles, Fried Avocados, Fried Artichoke Hearts, Fried Klondike Bars and more.
Maxim's Hot 100:
Congrats to Victoria's Secret supermodel CANDICE SWANEPOEL, who was just voted to the top of Maxim magazine's annual Hot 100 list by the magazine's readers.
Last year's top spot was occupied by MILEY CYRUS, who dropped down to the number 25 spot this year. The top five also included actress SCARLETT JOHANSSON, singer KATY PERRY, Russian model IRINA SHAYK and actress JENNIFER LAWRENCE. The top 10, with last year's rankings in parentheses:
10. Victoria's Secret model Cara Delevingne (--); also actress, ("Anna Karenina," "The Face of An Angel").
9. Actress Mila Kunis (4); Jackie on "That '70s Show," also "Ted," "Black Swan" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
8. Actress Jessica Alba (17); a stripper in "Sin City," had an unforgettable shower scene in "Machete."
7. Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio (--); also spokesperson for the company's "PINK" line.
6. "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (95); also Santa's hottest helper in "Elf."
5. Actress Jennifer Lawrence (5); "Hunger Games," "Silver Linings Playbook," others.
4. Russian Victoria's Secret model Irina Shayk (--).
3. Singer Katy Perry (11).
2. Actress Scarlett Johansson (15); "The Avengers," "Iron Man 2," "He's Just Not That Into You."
1. Model Candice Swanepoel (64); she was spotted at 15 and is one of the top-earning models in the world; she was decked out in the bejeweled Victoria's Secret "Royal Fantasy Bra" on last year's special.
FYI: Find the whole 2014 Hot 100 list HERE.
Setting a good example:
A South Carolina emergency responder is accused of using emergency lights to deliver pizzas faster.
THOMAS REID a probationary member of the Rock Hill Rescue Squad, a volunteer group that helps with water and road rescue operations. Authorities say Reid attached emergency lights to his own car while delivering for Pizza Hut. If Reid is found guilty, he'll face a 30-day suspension from the squad. It's unclear if he also faces criminal charges. (Still)
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