Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 3, 2015
September 3, 2015
Happy 50th birthday to CHARLIE SHEEN. Ahem.
Men in Uniform:
Your chances of getting a picture of the Pope when he visits Philadelphia at the end of the month just got more remote.
The US Secret Service, which is in charge of security for the Papal visit --just as they would be for any head of state-- says no "selfie sticks" will be permitted during the weekend.
In addition, just like going to an Eagles game, you won't be able to fly a drone, carry balloons, use a laser pointer or carry a cooler, either. Small bags or backpacks will be allowed, however.
Here's our Dumb-Ass of the Day: NBC Chicago reports a 23-year-old Chicago man sent two naked photos of himself to the director of human resources at a company right after they offered him a job.
Oops. It was late at night and he insists the pics were meant for someone else. But after contacting police, the company rescinded the man's job offer and told him not to contact the HR director ever again. (Kaye)
Most stolen vehicles, 2014:
Congratulations to Honda, once again the favorite car-theft target for thieves for another year. The National Insurance Crime Bureau says the Honda Accord was the number one most stolen car (or truck) this past year, with the Honda Civic not far behind.
Full size pickup trucks made three of the top-six positions, with nearly 63-thousand combined thefts. The top-10:
10. Nissan Maxima, 6,586 total thefts
9. Acura Integra, 6,902 total thefts
8. Nissan Altima, 9,109 total thefts
7. Dodge Caravan, 10,483 total thefts
6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size), 11,075 total thefts
5. Toyota Camry, 14,605 total thefts
4. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size), 23,196 total thefts
3. Ford Pickup (Full Size), 28,680 total thefts
2. Honda Civic, 43,936 total thefts
1. Honda Accord, 51,290 total thefts
Today's police blotter:
A Texas teen reportedly shot himself in the face with a gun while taking selfies.
Houston police say 19-year-old father of two DELEON ALONSO SMITH was messing with the loaded weapon and a cell phone Tuesday afternoon when the pistol went off unexpectedly. Smith was later pronounced dead. A family member told police Smith had found the gun earlier that day. Police are still investigating the incident. (Still)
Uber-Nerd alert: A couple of scientists have calculated the number of real-world calories every member of the Fellowship of the Ring would have needed to eat every day to make the walk to Mordor.
Popular Science says for all nine members of the Lord of the Rings Fellowship to make the 92 day walk --including four hobbits, one elf, one dwarf, and three humans-- they would have needed to consume exactly 1,780,214.59 calories. Fans of J.R.R. TOLKEIN series may also be interested to know that Hobbits require a daily diet of about 18-hundred calories, while elves can survive on just 14-hundred.
By the way, the study's authors purposely omitted Gandalf the Grey from their fictional caloric intake study because of a major plot twist in the Middle Earth saga... That, and he's a wizard, so he could just whip something up. (Bartha)
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