Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 27, 2014
August 27, 2014
Fast food chain Arby's published a poster showing all their different meats stacked on top of each other, giving customers a great idea.
So many customers wrote to Arby's asking, "Can I get one of those?", that the restaurant chain said, "yes!"
Now, the company is debuting something called "Meat Mountain," which utilizes every type of meat they have. It's piled with three-quarters of a pound of sliced meat, two chicken tenders, bacon, and multiple cheese slices on a bread roll. That's 12-hundred calories for $10 bucks.
You won't find it printed on the menu --it's a 'secret menu' item-- but you can ask for it by name. (Still)
Warning: mentions DAN PATRICK.
Want your business to take off within seconds? Piece of cake --just get an endorsement from MARK CUBAN! The entrepreneur revealed on DAN PATRICK's radio show that he's a huge fan of Allyssa's Bakery, which offers gluten-free, high-fiber cookies that "taste amazing." The mogul fessed up that their confections are "all I will eat anymore" and the compliment may have been too good --thousands of people rushed to their website, which promptly crashed. (Lee)
TV Land will be doing a 12 hour "Saturday Night Live" marathon for Labor Day.
Daily Variety says the network will be featuring episodes hosted by fan favorites JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, TINA FEY, MELISSA McCARTHY, JENNIFER ANISTON, JERRY SEINFELD and TV Land's own BETTY WHITE, along with some "Best of" specials featuring some of "SNL's" stars, including JIMMY FALLON, AMY POEHLER and ALEC BALDWIN, who's hosted the show 16-times.
The marathon begins at 11 am on Sat, Aug 30.
Computers, and other techno-geek-a-zoid crap:
People with multiple sclerosis may benefit from playing on the Wii gaming system.
A small study out of Italy found that men and women with mild-to-moderate M-S symptoms who exercised at home for 12 weeks with a Nintendo Wii balance board showed more positive-changes in the parts of their brains responsible for balance and movement.
LiveScience.com says the study showed "improvements in myelin sheaths of nerves connecting areas of the brain involved in balance and movement." M-S causes the immune system to attack the myelin. That's the protective coating around your nerve fibers. Damaged nerve fibers can disrupt signals traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord. The result is muscle weakness, difficulty walking and loss of balance.
Tampering with Mother Nature:
A program at University of California Berkeley managed to predict the Napa earthquake by ten seconds.
While this doesn't seem like much, even a few seconds notice of an impending earthquake could be crucial, allowing utilities to shut off gas lines, stop elevators at a floor, and slow down trains. With a bit more funding and research, the US Geological Survey believes they could have warnings up to a minute in advance of an earthquake.
The current system, called Shake Alert, "leapfrogs" the earthquake by measuring the rapid P-waves of a quake, which can give a good measure of how destructive the slower but damaging S-waves will be. While Napa wouldn't have gotten any warning, the Bay Areas may have gotten a few more seconds in.
California Governor JERRY BROWN signed a law that was supposed to turn Shake Alert into a state-wide program, but so far, they've only gotten ten million dollars of the necessary eighty it needs for new infrastructure. (AB)
Remember the homeless guy who accepted the Best Music Video award for MILEY CYRUS at the MTV VMA's Sunday night? TMZ says the police are looking for JESSE HELT. The 22-year-old from Salem, Oregon, is wanted for a whole bunch of things including several parole violations going all the way back to 2010.
He's been arrested in the past for burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. No word on whether or not Miley knew all of this about Jesse when she got him a suit and had him accept her Moon Man for the "Wrecking Ball" video. (Marino)
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