Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 28, 2016
January 28, 2016
Earlier this week it was Ben and Jerry's ice cream for BERNIE SANDERS. Today, it's a burger named for DONALD TRUMP.
WALTER JAHNCK, chef and owner of the Northside Cafe in Winterset, Iowa, is pushing his Donald Trump burger in an attempt to "make hamburgers great again."
His menu says "like Trump --this burger is all business. For the man who likes to ham it up for the cameras it's stacked with half a pound of ham, but don't worry --it's piled on top of our famous no nonsense all-beef all-American monument third-pound burger. We've added shredded cheese as Trump continues to shred the competition in the polls. Grilled onions for all the tears from political pundits who can't figure Trump out."
But he says the burger does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate --"That's not why we did this," he told People magazine. "He's in the news so much. His personality is larger than life and it seemed fun to play on."
It may be too late to see him on the commercials in the Super Bowl, but Budweiser announced yesterday the famous Clydesdales have a new baby foal to add to the group --a boy named "Mac." The company says Mac was given his name because the Clydesdales are the most "macro" of icons. He'll live on Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Missouri, along with the more than 160 other members of the famous team.
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Another day, another reason to be worried sick about your teenage children. This time, the latest internet stunt is called the "duct tape challenge" where kids duct tape one another and the victim tries their best to get loose. Unfortunately, it's a dangerous game that left SKYLAR FISH with 48 staples in his head and a crushed eye socket after he slammed face-first into the concrete. The 14-year-old admits he's "really lucky to be alive." Doctors don't know if he'll regain vision in one eye and his mother wants parents to know the popular stunt is extremely risky. (Lee)
Sucks to be you:
FX will be debuting "The People v. O.J. SIMPSON: American Crime Story" next month, but the real star of the show won't get to see it on the air. TMZ.com reports "The Juice" only gets basic cable in his cell at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada and will have to check it out on DVD when he's finally released. That might take a while --he could wind up serving 33 years, but is eligible for parole next year. (Lee)
Taking everything much too seriously:
If you weren't in Brisbane, Australia this week then you missed out on the annual Cockroach Races.
Hundreds of enthusiastic revelers gathered Tuesday in honor of the 35th Annual Australia Day. The Cockroach Races were held as part of the festivities at the Story Bridge Hotel. Some contestants brought their own roaches, while others paid $3.50 each to race cockroaches provided by the venue. The race has some pretty strict rules, too. For example, cockroaches aren't allowed to fly. MARK ALCORN won the first race of the day and he says, "It's possibly the best day of my life." (Still)
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