Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 11, 2014
August 11, 2014
Minnesota's Mall of America opened its doors for the first time in 1992. Inside, there's a Lego Imagination Center, a wedding chapel, an Aquarium, a 14-screen movie theatre and much more. In terms of square feet of retail space, King of Prussia Mall outside Philadelphia is bigger... by about 10-thousand square feet. Southern California's South Coast Plaza is third. But in total numbers of stores, the Mall of America is way larger, with 522 stores. Houston's Galleria is second in that category, with 375 stores. K-of-P pulls in a distant third with 372 stores.
But all the malls in the U-S are far smaller than the South China Mall and the Golden Resources Mall in Beijing, China, which are more than twice as large. Canada's West Edmonton Mall is the biggest in North America, about a million square feet bigger that the Mall of America. And there are two malls in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which are under construction and expected to be the biggest in the world, each over five times bigger that the Mall of America.
Going Geek-dot-com /Caught in the Web:
Wanna change the color of your Facebook page? Don't do it.
Turns out one of the apps you can get to change the color is actually a portal which will give you a virus. According to the Cheetah Mobile CM Security Researcher lab, the Facebook Color Changer app has already affected 10-thousand users in several countries.
Some people feel like a nut. And sometimes, they just smell like one. There's a new perfume called Demeter's Pistachio Ice Cream. New York magazine's The Cut says that's exactly what it is... smelling like "vanilla with a hint of sweet nuttiness." If you love smelling like ice cream, the cost ranges from $2.50 for a sampler vial all the way up to $40 dollars for a four-ounce cologne spray. It's available at DemeterFragrance.com. (Bartha)
At the local Cop Shop:
Cops in North Carolina got their revenge on a guy who beat them in a donut-eating contest.
24-year-old BRADLEY HERBERT polished off eight doughnuts in two minutes to win the eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime. The next day officers saw a story about the donut contest in the local paper, along with a picture of Herbert. That's when they recognized him as a suspect they'd been hunting for months in connection with burglaries at local grocery stores. Police Lieutenant MAX ROBESON says, "He had the audacity to do something like that knowing that he had broken into these places... it's like throwing it in our face."
Herbert was arrested on breaking and entering charges. Cops admit they also took a moment to congratulate him on winning the contest. (Still)
Was MICHAEL JACKSON also the King of Poop? The New York Post says three maids who worked at his Neverland Ranch claim Michael would walk into his house with animal dung all over his shoes and track it through the house. If any of the maids made a comment, they say Michael threatened to throw "poop snowballs" at them. He also allegedly pulled his pants down whenever he wanted and took a whizz indoors. Naturally, whenever OPRAH or LIZ TAYLOR would visit, the floors and walls would be spotless. Michael's bedroom was also reportedly a total mess with old chicken, junk food wrappers and empty whiskey bottles everywhere. He also would not allow the maids to clean his room or change his sheets. One of the maids claimed the room was so filthy that there were bedbugs everywhere. (Marino)
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