Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 31, 2014
July 31, 2014
Top-10 ice cream flavors for scooping:
Today's the last day of July --which is National Ice Cream Month. The top ten flavors for scooping:
10. Praline Pecan
9. Vanilla Fudge Ripple
8. Cookies and Cream
7. French Vanilla
6. Chocolate Chip
3. Butter Pecan
Source: Int'l Ice Cream Association.
Idiots or Insane:
A lady in England who changed her name to SKYWALKER is getting flack from the government.
29-year-old LAURA MATTHEWS assumed LUKE SKYWALKER's last name back in 2008 because she thought it would be funny. She's been signing her name as "L. Skywalker" ever since. But, officials have now rejected her passport application because they say she's using a copyrighted name. A government spokesperson says "We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the U.K. passport is not called into question or disrepute." Matthews says it's the first time she's had a problem using the name. She says, "It's on my driving license, my bank cards, everything."
Editor's note: Of course, a real Jedi wouldn't need a passport. She could just wave her hand and say "You don't need to see my identification." (Still)
A new hotel will go up on the grounds of ELVIS PRESLEY's Memphis home, Graceland. The Commercial Appeal newspaper says PRISCILLA PRESLEY will be at the groundbreaking ceremony during Elvis Week on August 14th. The 450-room hotel will be called The Guest House, featuring two restaurants, space for meetings and events, along with a 500-seat live performance theater.
Elvis Week will also introduce a multimedia iPad tour of Graceland, narrated by actor JOHN STAMOS. The first-ever "Auction at Graceland" happens that week too, on August 14th. Some of the items for sale include The King's 1977 Cadillac Seville, a Martin D-28 acoustic guitar owned by Elvis, and his original copy of the script for his first movie, "Love Me Tender." Elvis Week runs from August 8th through the 17th. Elvis died at Graceland on August 16th, 1977, and he's buried in the backyard. (Marino)
On the Beat:
Cops in Kent, Washington are on the lookout for a man they say robbed a pharmacy using only his iPhone.
According to police, the suspect walked into a Rite Aid pharmacy, said his name was MICHAEL EDWARDS, and handed his iPhone to the pharmacy tech. The employee says the phone had a message on the screen "stating he was robbing the pharmacy and he had a gun, which he was prepared to use." The nervous worker handed the robber 23 bottles of Oxycodone and the suspect fled.
A police spokesperson says "Our concern is that this guy got away with it once, so he will likely try again." The investigation is ongoing and so far no arrests have been made. (Still)
If you're feeling nostalgic, stay away from stores. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that we spend more money when we're reminded of something from childhood or being surrounded by our loved ones. (Bartha)
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