Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 8, 2015
October 8, 2015
Senate Minority Leader HARRY REID and his wife are suing the makers of an exercise band that blinded one of Reid's eyes earlier this year. The Las Vegas Review-Journal says the couple filed a suit Tuesday against Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Co., The Hygenic Corporation and Performance Health LLC.
The suit claims that the companies "combined to create, manufacture and market a defective product called TheraBand or Thera-Band exercise band." In describing Reid's injuries, the complaint reads that "the TheraBand was mounted to a sturdy object in his bathroom. While in use, the TheraBand broke or slipped out of Mr. Reid's hand, causing him to spin around and strike his face on a cabinet... (Reid suffered) loss of vision in his right eye, a concussion, broken orbital bones, severe disfigurement and bruising to his face, hand injuries, facial lacerations, scarring, and broken ribs." (Pacelli)
Filling a need:
If you're pining for something more colorful than pine trees this fall, the company ShipFoliage.com will send you a painstakingly selected bunch of brightly hued autumn leaves from the more deciduous dells of New England.
"Each leaf is carefully picked and color balanced in a bundle of three," per the website, and "undergo a unique preservation process" so "your leaves will last for years to come."
Twenty bucks, silly. (And bookmark ShipSnowYo.com for the winter ahead --that's a thing, too --Kaye)
The 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out and the prize for this year's most-over-the-top fantasy Christmas present goes to... KEANU REEVES! (Whoa!) And his motorcycles! (Double-whoa!) For $150-thousand dollars, you can buy one of only three custom-made motorcycles from Keanu's Arch Motorcycle company. For that price, Racked.com says you'll also get a weekend motorcycle road trip with Neo himself and Keanu's Arch Motorcycle co-owner GARD HOLLINGER.
But wait! That's not all... some other crazy things you can buy from this year's Neiman Marcus catalogue:
--A $400-thousand dollar trip to India.
--A $95-thousand dollar Neiman Marcus Mustang,
--A $90-thousand dollar balloon ride 100-thousand feet up for you and five friends.
--For $80-thousand, a five-foot tall chest full of IRIS APFEL jewels and a personal styling session with the fashion icon herself. (Bartha)
Looking for love in all the wrong places:
A woman in Saudi Arabia faces a year in prison for secretly shooting video of her husband making out with the housekeeper.
The unidentified wife reportedly caught her hubby groping the maid, so she recorded the incident. She then uploaded the scandalous 40-second clip to the internet. Now, she faces up to a year in prison for allegedly breaking Saudi laws. She's accused of defamation, which carries a fine of up to $133-thousand dollars. (Still)
Sports Illustrated reports that Russian president, VLADIMIR PUTIN, celebrated his 63rd birthday yesterday by playing in a hockey match with a few former NHL players against representatives from the Russian government and big-business. Putin scored seven goals as he led his team to victory 15-10. No word on how many shots he took. (...at the goal or other players! --Lane)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
BOB DYLAN stars in a new commercial for IBM. He's having a chat with a computer to show off the tech giant's new question-and-answer system, Watson. The computer claims it has read all of Dylan's lyrics and says (quote), "I know that your major themes are that time passes and love fades." Bob says (quote), "That sounds about right..." Dylan has done TV ads before, but this one is actually about his music. (Marino)
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