Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 12, 2014
August 12, 2014
Halloween pet costumes:
Petsmart released their Halloween pet costume collection yesterday. Racked.com says the pet costume collection runs the gamut from dogs to cats to guinea pigs and reptiles. Expected hot pet costumes include a surfing Dracula fish tank attachment and a tutu-ed Superman dog costume. New for this season is an expanded selection of "rider costumes," which sits things like stuffed horse jockies and banana splits on your dogs' back. They're for "pets that may not like a full costume." Other highlights include:
--MARTHA STEWART Pets goes "classic" with animal costumes ranging from $13 to $22 dollars. They include a pumpkin skirt and home accents like orange dog beds for $30.
--POISON frontman and "Rock of Love" star BRET MICHAELS is offering cat hats for $8 dollars as part of his Pets Rock line.
--Disney, Muppet, D-C, and Marvel characters round out the selection for cats and dogs.
Phone starter: Have you started thinking about what you --or your pet-- will be for Halloween yet? (Bartha)
Aunt Jemima was actually Aunt Anna! The great-grandson of the woman who became "Aunt Jemima," has filed a class-action suit against PepsiCo, The Quaker Oats Company, Pinnacle Foods Group and Hillshire Brands on behalf of all of her great-grandkids. D.W. HUNTER says the companies conspired to deny that Harrington had been an employee of Quaker Oats, while exploiting her image and recipes for profit. He wants $2 billion-with-a-B bucks plus punitive damages.
The Chicago Tribune explains that in 1935, ANNA SHORT HARRINGTON took on the role of the pre-existing character of Aunt Jemima, allegedly selected for her pancake recipe that Quaker recreated for the mass market.
The suit claims Quaker used Harrington's image for years, and licensed it out to other companies for mugs and clothing, while neither Harrington nor her heirs ever got a cent. When the family found out last year that Quaker Oats had trademarked Harrington's likeness and picture in 1937, they figured they were owed royalties. Lots and lots o' royalties. (Kaye)
Sucks to be you:
TYRA BANKS has made a fortune by modeling, producing and hosting, but has no plans to pursue a music career. The beauty attempted to crack the charts with a song called "Shake Ya Body" back in 2004 and the ditty was a miserable failure. Tyra gave a brilliant piece of advice on "Watch What Happens Live" that "you may have a dream," something that "burns inside of your heart and desire," but if you don't have the talent just let it go!
Phone starter: Some of the finest artists on earth make singing look easy; unfortunately, it's not! Do you have a friend or family member that truly believes they're destined for stardom? Have you ever been embarrassed for them? Or do you just grin and bear it at karaoke night because they're having so much fun? (Lee)
Warning: note sexual content:
LADY GAGA's second fragrance will soon be unleashed upon the masses. And unlike her first fragrance, this one will not smell like a combination of men's and women's bodily fluids and "an expensive hooker." Women's Wear Daily says "Eau de Gaga" --yes, it's really called Eau de Gaga-- will be "for the adventurous woman and the man who loves her." It is said to be a woody-floral-citrus scent, "built around a heart of white violet and containing hints of leather and lime." It will be released worldwide later this year. (Bartha)
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