Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 3, 2016
March 3, 2016
What's the Buzz:
Just in time for his birthday on Tuesday, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas unveiled a new, topless wax statue of JUSTIN BIEBER.
Last month, the New York City location had to remove their statue of Justin due to an excessive amount of groping, fondling and grabbing by excited fans --but that was an old statue which had been around since 2011 and still had Justin's old bowl cut.
The new wax statue in Vegas is ripped, and features his more than 50 tattoos, including that one of his ex-girlfriend, SELENA GOMEZ, that he had altered following their break up. It's also got replicas of his Calvin Klein boxers on and his favorite Day-Date gold Rolex watch as well.
It took 20 artists three months to carve the wax, which is now reportedly worth around $350-thousand dollars.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
ADELE may be the busiest gal on the planet with a white-hot career, tour and little one at home, but still has time for the important things in life. The Belfast Telegraph reports the super star made a special trip to see a 12-year-old girl named REBECCA GIBNEY, who is terminally ill, blind and has cerebral palsy. Her mother, TRACY, says the "Hello" singer played with her hair, held her hand, called it an "amazing" experience and knows that when her little girl passes on, her dream came true. (Lee)
ARIANA GRANDE is already selling merchandise in advance of the release of her new album next week. The t-shirts are going for $30. Crewnecked sweaters are going for $60. Styles feature the album name "Dangerous Woman" printed on them. The Hollywood Reporter says the sale of merchandise before music "is a move straight from BEYONCE's playbook." (Bartha)
Cops in Alaska figured out what caused an elementary school fire Tuesday night.
Thousands of dollars in playground equipment was destroyed by flames at Bowman Elementary School in Anchorage. Cops watched surveillance video and spotted a pair of 18-year-olds on the playground just before the blaze broke out. It turns out, the teens allegedly decided to set fire to a love letter from one of their ex-girlfriends. The flames from the note spread to the rubber mulch on the ground and quickly got out of control. Nobody was injured.
Damage is estimated at $20-thousand dollars. Investigators are planning to press charges. (Still)
Gotta love MISCHO ERBAN, who just set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on an electric skateboard.
Mischo was born in Canada and grew up in the Czech Republic, and at one point held the world record for the fastest skateboard speed downhill (standing) --going 80.74 mph outside Quebec along an 18-percent grade. That was back in 2012.
Then, this past October, Mischo used a modified NEXTBoard --powered by four motors and two batteries-- to zoom down a runway at the Portorož Airport in Slovenia, reaching almost 60 mph before falling off the board, but setting a new world's record in the process.
The old record was 52 mph, but as Mischo put it, "I am attracted by speed --and have learned to master the danger." See the video of his run HERE.
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