Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 19, 2016
January 19, 2016
Chocolate, Caffeine, Alcohol:
Two new scientific studies have concluded that smoking marijuana does not make you stupid. The Washington Post says these new studies contradict a major 2012 Duke University study that tied heavy marijuana use to cognitive decline. The new research includes a British study that found "cannabis use by the age of 15 did not predict either lower teenage IQ scores or poorer educational performance." The second study followed twins where one used marijuana while the other did not. There too, the researchers concluded that the marijuana-using twin did not experience a greater decline in cognition than their non-using siblings. (Bartha)
No one drank more Jack Daniel's than LEMMY. To honor the late MOTORHEAD singer and bass player, the whiskey maker has come up with a limited-edition Motorhead bottle. There was a petition to rename the metal master's favorite drink: a Jack and Coke, to the "Lemmy," and 45-thousand people signed up, but the Jack Daniel's folks chose to pay tribute to the man with his own bottle instead. (Marino)
Look what I found:
A live shark was discovered in a Florida swimming pool.
The five-foot black tip was found swimming in the pool at Mariner's Cay condominiums in Lake Worth. The female resident who made the discovery told authorities she saw two men fleeing from the scene. The shark was removed from the pool and released into the Intracoastal Waterway. Police are studying surveillance footage and looking for those responsible. (Still)
TAYLOR SWIFT's clothing line made its Hong Kong Fashion Week debut yesterday. For everyone who's all, "Taylor Swift has a clothing line?" --don't get lined up at the stores just yet. The collection was made specifically for the Chinese/East Asian market. When it debuted to coincide with her Beijing concert last year, reviewers said it seemed less like "fashion" and more like fan merchandise with Taylor's face or name on almost every item. Fashionista says Taylor "isn't too involved" with the clothing line -she didn't even make an appearance for the show. (Bartha)
We told 'ya last week (RBR 1.4.16) that WWE Diva TAMMY SYTCH was selling her Hall of Fame ring, but one kind soul from Vivid Entertainment is giving her the opportunity to make a lot more money. Yep, TMZ.com reports porn king STEVE HIRSCH has offered the wrestler $100-grand for the bauble if she'll get freaky for the cameras in a triple-X film. This is a serious deal and he's given her just two-weeks to wrap it up. (Lee)
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