Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 8, 2016
January 8, 2016
Those Powerball Odds:
You're more likely to get stuck on an airport tarmac for two hours or more than to win the Powerball lottery. Try 1 in 964. At least that's according to a report from the Bureau of Transportation stats. Other odds for comparison:
--Winning Powerball: 1 in 292.2 million
--Dying in an amusement park accident: 1 in 72 million
--Struck by lightning: 1 in 700-thousand
--Being audited by the IRS: 1 in 175
From the Motley Fool (who sez --"don't buy a Lottery Ticket"):
--Getting pregnant from a one-night stand: 1 in 20
--Dating a Supermodel: 1 in 7,000
--Getting struck by lightning: 1 in 10,000
--Dying in an airplane crash: 1 in 355,318
--Being dealt a royal flush in a given hand of poker: 1 in 655,750
--Dying from a flesh-eating bacteria: 1 in 1 million.
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
A stage version of the AL PACINO movie "Dog Day Afternoon" is in the works. The play will be written by STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS, based on the screenplay for the 1975 film, directed by SIDNEY LUMET. The project is in development so there's no casting info or opening dates, yet. (Marino)
At the local Cop Shop:
A suspicious package sent to Pennsylvania's Beaver County Courthouse turned out to be a "gag gift."
Beaver County Sheriff TONY GUY ordered the courthouse evacuated after x-rays showed he'd received a grenade in the mail. The box turned out to contain an authentic World War Two grenade, mounted to a plaque. Luckily, it had been disarmed.
Detectives tracked down the sender, who says he's a fan of the newly elected sheriff and just wanted to do something nice for him. Prosecutors won't charge the sender with a crime, but a spokesman says, "Just because (the gift) is legal does not mean it's smart." (Still)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
The Golden Globe Awards are coming up Sunday night, emceed by RICKY GERVAIS again live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Presenters will include a bunch of Hollywood stars, including (in no particular order) VIOLA DAVIS, MICHAEL KEATON, GRANT GUSTIN, TARAJI P. HENSON and TERRENCE HOWARD from "Empire," LADY GAGA, EVA LONGORIA, JENNIFER LOPEZ, EDDIE REDMAYNE, OLIVIA WILDE, J.K. SIMMONS, CHANNING TATUM, JULIANNE MOORE and MEL GIBSON.
That also means the return of "Fashion Police" on Monday night.
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