Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 8, 2014
October 8, 2014
Trash talk and satellite dish:
GWYNETH PALTROW is having a big fundraiser tomorrow night and a few of her neighbors ain't happy. RadarOnline.com reports signs have popped up in her 'hood that features the A-lister's face with the words: "Obama Drone" underneath. The actress isn't popular around town --Gwynnie and her estranged husband CHRIS MARTIN broke zoning laws by installing a nine-foot fence, locals say the home is always under construction and make some guy named OLIVER handle all the complaints.
If you're interested, seats at tomorrow night's shindig with President BARACK OBAMA will set you back anywhere from a thousand dollars to $32,400. (Lee)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
ABC is reportedly working on a TV version of the 1989 JOHN CANDY movie, "Uncle Buck."
This is not the first time it's been attempted, either. CBS had tried to remake the show in 1990 with KEVIN MEANEY playing the title role as a bachelor who suddenly has to take care of his brother's unruly kids. Daily Variety says the brief run was memorable for what was then seen as coarse language --the phrase "you suck"-- delivered by a kid to an adult.
The most brilliant man in the world, theoretical physicist DR. STEPHEN HAWKING is making his second appearance on a PINK FLOYD album. He's featured on "Keep Talking" from 1994's "The Division Bell," and Consequence of Sound says the good doctor is also on a track from the new Floyd album, "The Endless River," called "Talkin' Hawkin'" Now, it's entirely possible that like the rest of the new album, Hawking's "vocal" may come from the sessions for "The Division Bell" and not something he just recorded. "The Endless River" is 90-percent instrumental, but guitarist DAVID GILMOUR does sing on one track, "Louder Than Words." You'll be able to hear all of that when "The Endless River" is released on November 11th. (Marino)
Look what I found:
Warning: Note disgusting content.
A man in India went to the doctor complaining of a "tickling sensation" in his ear. You'll never guess what they found.
Doctors examining the unidentified guy immediately figured out the problem: a giant cricket was living in there. The insect had burrowed head first into the man's ear canal. The insect had to be pulled out with a pair of tweezers while it fought "desperately" to hang on to the man's earlobe. The entire procedure was caught on video. The guy is recovering and expected to be okay. (Still)
Global warming update:
An enormous storm in the Western Pacific rapidly strengthened yesterday to become this year's most powerful super typhoon. According to the U-S Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Super Typhoon Vongfong reached sustained winds of 155 M-P-H yesterday morning, with gusts of up to 190 M-P-H. Estimates from the Japan Meteorological Agency suggest the massive storm's central pressure dropped to 905 millibars. And LiveScience.com says that makes it the most intense storm of any kind this year.
Super Typhoon Vongfong is currently a Category 4 tropical cyclone with the potential to become an even more powerful Category 5 storm by today. Super typhoons are equivalent to Category 4 or 5 hurricanes. Current forecasts have Vongfong making a sharp northward turn by tomorrow (Thursday), weakening before it nears Japan.
Editor's note: A millibar, in case you were wondering, is defined by Merriam Webster's dictionary as "a unit of atmospheric pressure equal to one-one-thousandth (1/1000) bar or 100 pascals." Which means... absolutely nothing to me. But big storm. Very scary. (Bartha)
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