Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 12, 2015
May 12, 2015
No winner in Friday night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $140 million ($87 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 258.9 million.
The folks at Olive Garden are trying something new to suck you in.
The company is taking its "unlimited breadsticks" promotion and using the breadsticks to make chicken Parmesan sandwiches.
The company's new Breadstick Sandwiches --which look to be a couple of breadsticks along with a chicken cutlet, marinara sauce and melted cheese-- will be available later this summer.
If you've been amused by Hans and Franz (DANA CARVEY and KEVIN NEALON) doing commercials for State Farm Insurance, you'll no doubt be interested to find out DAN AYKROYD, JANE CURTIN and LARRAINE NEWMAN will be bringing back the Coneheads to do the next one.
Variety reports Broadway Video, the company owned by "SNL" creator LORNE MICHAELS, which also produces the show for NBC, has sold the commercial rights to the State Farm.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
That's Dr. KANYE WEST to you! The rapper got an honorary doctorate yesterday from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which is Kanye's hometown. Before he started to speak, Kanye removed all the empty water bottles on the podium!
In his speech to the Class of 2015, he said (quote), "This honor is gonna make your lives easier. Two reasons: You don't have to defend me as much [laughs] and, I'm gonna make all of our lives easier. And it's these Floyd Mayweather belts that are needed to prove what I've been saying my entire life. Where there's the co-sign of Paul McCartney grabbing me, and saying, 'It's OK, he doesn't bite white people,' or the New York Times cover, or the Time most influential cover, and now a doctorate at The Art institute of Chicago. When I was giving a lecture at Oxford, I brought up this school because when I went on that mission to create in other spaces --apparel, film, performance-- it would have been easier if I could have said that I had a degree at the Art Institute of Chicago."
FYI: So, now Kanye is officially no longer a college dropout. (Marino)
An Ohio man claims he was discriminated against because he has dreadlocks.
20-year-old CHARLES CRADDOCK interviewed via Skype for his job at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky. Craddock claims he asked the employer if his hair would be a problem, and was told it wouldn't be. After the interview, he was offered the position so he packed up his belongings and moved 60-miles from Cleveland to the park's dormitory. A day later, at orientation, he says he was told to cut his hair.
Since Craddock has been growing his hair for four years, he felt cutting it would be like "losing a part" of himself. So, he packed his bags and headed back home.
A Cedar Point spokesman explains, "the personal appearance of our associates is a very important part" of the park's image. But, he says he'd be willing to discuss the matter with Craddock to see if a compromise can be reached. (Still)
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