Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 21, 2015
January 21, 2015
Ready for red velvet Oreos?
Yep, it's gonna happen. Pictures of the new cookie (which might have been photoshopped, but looked awesome) were released yesterday, and will mark the first time the company has introduced a new version of the classic Oreo cookie since the debut of their Golden Oreo back in 2004.
Word is the new cookies will be made with red-colored chocolate cookies and cream cheese-flavored creme and available nationwide beginning on Groundhog's Day for a limited time only.
PS: You can win a free sample by visiting the Nabisco website before Thursday.
A British dad pranked his family by filling the entire house with plastic balls.
ROMAN ATWOOD basically converted the home into a giant ball pit while his wife was gone for the day. He set up a video camera to film her reaction when she came home. The clip shows Roman jumping off a balcony into the balls while his kids jump on a ball-filled trampoline. His wife appears to be a good sport about the whole thing. The video has gone viral with millions of views. (Still)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Teens with poor sleep habits may be more likely to engage in risky behavior when they get older. A new study out of Idaho State University analyzed sleep patterns, alcohol and drug use of 65-hundred teens nationwide. They found that teens who had trouble going to sleep at least once a week were more likely to binge drink, engage in sexual behavior that they later regretted when drunk or take illicit drugs in the years to come. HealthCentral.com adds the worse the sleep problem, the stronger the link seemed to be. Teens who had trouble sleeping almost every day were almost every day were 33 percent more likely to engage in risky behavior than teenagers who found it easy to go to sleep. (Bartha)
Officials in some U.S. cities have confronted Uber and Lyft over their business models, but a group of Boston taxi owners is suing the officials --namely, the City of Boston-- over the ride-sharing services. The Boston Globe reports the taxi drivers claim city officials violated their constitutional rights by allowing ride-hailing services to unfairly and illegally operate within the city. Two drivers and the Boston Taxi Owners Association accuse the city of destroying the value of their taxi medallions, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They want the court to force drivers with the ride-hailing services to be subject to the same regulations their operations face, and pay monetary damages.
The stateside lawsuit comes as Uber execs announce a plan to create 50 thousand jobs across Europe and forge partnerships with European cities this year. Addressing a conference in Munich this week, Uber chief executive TRAVIS KALANICK claimed the expansion would take 400 thousand cars off the roads and reduce emissions, too. Marketing magazine notes European critics have accused Uber of breaking competition rules and failing to sufficiently vet many of its drivers. The firm has faced legal action in Belgium, France and Germany. (Kaye)
Warning: note language.
AMBER ROSE is willing to sacrifice comfort for the right look. The attention-loving model is making a splash on social media after she was spotted wearing a teeny, tiny thong bikini while riding a Waverunner off the coast of Miami.
While some folks believe she should show a bit more modesty, the estranged wife of WIZ KHALIFA Tweeted that haters can: "Kiss my MILFY ass!"
Phone starter: Do you know anyone that insists on showing off their assets like they're a reality star --constantly? Is it embarrassing? (Lee)
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