Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 29, 2014
July 29, 2014
This day in 1981, Britain's PRINCE CHARLES married Lady DIANA SPENCER in an elaborate ceremony televised worldwide from St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Dollar Tree is buying Family Dollar Stores for $8.5 billion.
Insiders say the move --which gives Dollar Tree more than 13-thousand combined locations-- is being done to position Dollar Tree against Wal-Mart, which has increasingly taken more of its lower-income customers.
Surprise! Social media makes people feel inadequate when they compare their lives to others!
Sixty-two percent of users on Facebook and Twitter say that they feel inadequate compared to other users, and sixty percent feel jealous. Half of the users surveyed by the British charity SCOPE between age 18 and 34 said that social media made them feel ugly, and thirty percent said that social media made them feel lonely.
British women surveyed by the company FORZA SUPPLEMENTS said that the top three reasons women were unhappy with their photos on social media are "looking fat," "looking drunk," and "looking unprepared," which covered bases anywhere from coming out of a pool with wet hair to having smeared makeup.
Editor's note: #firstworldproblems, much? (AB)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
SANDRA BULLOCK can still party like a college coed at the tender age of 50. People magazine reports the adorable A-lister danced the night away at a joint called the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to celebrate turning a half-century with pals like WHITNEY CUMMINGS and CHELSEA HANDLER.
The late-night talk show host gave fans a peek at the debauchery by posting a photo of the birthday girl mooning the camera in a hot pink thong. (Lee)
Losers in Lockup:
A man who dresses up like SPIDERMAN in New York's Times Square has been arrested.
Police say 25-year-old JUNIOR BISHOP regularly dresses like the superhero and asks tourists for tips. But, when a rookie cop asked Bishop to stop hounding people for even bigger tips, the guy allegedly came unglued. Bishop is accused of punching the police officer and telling him to mind his own business. One witness said, "From what I saw, it was Spiderman's fault."
The arrest was caught on video. Police have been cracking down on Times Square costumed characters after several recent incidents. (Still)
Computers, and other techno-geek-a-zoid crap:
Coolness Alert! Google is giving away free 3-D printed bracelets. As part of an effort to get girls interested in technology and coding, Google just launched a site called "Made With Code" (www.madewithcode.com). SheFinds.com says the site lets girls design their own bangle bracelet, which will then be 3-D printed and mailed free of charge. They can also create avatars, decorate their selfies and animate gifs. The program is geared toward teens and young adults, but the coolness factor of this project is for everyone. (Bartha)
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