Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 31, 2014
October 31, 2014
The Ebola Mess:
Experts tell the New York Post that the Ebola virus is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted, and can be contracted by simple contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before. Dr. MERYL NASS, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC, said, "If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be (infected)."
She added, "The (Centers for Disease Control) said it doesn't spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster (saying it could) ...They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way." (Pacelli)
Some candy facts:
Some candy fun facts from Parade magazine:
--The Three Musketeers candy bars actually started out as 3 flavors in 1932 --individual bars filled with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry nougat. World War II sugar rationing prompted Mars, Inc, to pick one flavor to produce, so they settled on the most popular (chocolate).
--Legend has it that George Williamson's famous confection got its moniker from the dude who visited his store so much the shop girls called him by name: Oh, Henry!
--Hershey bars, Reese's cups and Heath bars are all named after company founders: Milton Hershey, H.B. Reese and L.S. Heath.
--200: the number of Snickers bars that equals 25 pounds, the amount of candy the average American eats per year.
--68 percent of trick-or-treaters say chocolate is their loot of choice.
--5 cents: the cost of a Hershey bar for 69 years --from 1900 to 1969, when the price was raised to a dime.
--364: Number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, according to a Purdue University study. (Kaye)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
In Touch magazine reports that KANYE WEST is threatening to take baby NORTH WEST to Paris without KIM KARDASHIAN, but the truth may be much more juicy. TheStir.com claims the bootylicious brunette may have accidentally revealed she's pregnant in a recent interview!
While discussing maternity fashion, K-squared revealed that she bought a bigger size in regular clothes with her daughter, but "I don't know if I would necessarily do that this time around." (Lee)
JADA PINKETT SMITH has advice for how to deal with a teenage daughter. The actress and wife of WILL SMITH tells Us Weekly magazine of daughter WILLOW, "If she needs a ride from the mall, you go pick her up. You don't say a word. You don't ask her anything. Don't talk to your daughter when she's 14."
Phone starter: Is that good advice or do you do the complete opposite? (Myers)
Hot off the release of their "Cheek to Cheek" album, LADY GAGA and TONY BENNETT are teaming up again for H&M stores' holiday campaign. Her Gaga-ness released two photos of the dueting duo on Twitter Wednesday. The pictures feature Tony in a tux and Gaga wearing a giant black-curly wig that's a throwback CHER from her "Turn Back Time" days. The Hollywood Reporter says H&M's holiday commercial, featuring the twosome's take on "It Don'T Mean A Thing" debuts November 25th. (Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
This Sunday you'll be able to catch NIK WALLENDA's tightrope walk across Chicago.
The Discovery Channel is televising the two live walks --one up an incline rising eight stories between two skyscrapers, and another, shorter walk between two buildings while wearing a blindfold. He could break two world records in the process: steepest incline walk and highest walk while blindfolded... if he doesn't fall.
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