Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 15, 2016
March 15, 2016
Today is the anniversary of the dot-com domain name. The first .com was registered on Mar 15, 1985 by Symbolics computers of Cambridge, MA. Only four other companies registered a .com that year. The one millionth .com wasn't registered until 1997. Today, there are over 190 million of them active.
Other fun facts about domains:
--The .com domain was originally managed by the U-S Department of Defense
--81 percent of Americans visit at least five .com sites a day
--Less than a third of the planet uses the internet --but that's still about 1.6 billion people
To put it all in perspective, consider the big pop culture items we got in 1985:
--The "Miami Vice" theme, New Coke, and the marriage of BILLY JOEL and CHRISTIE BRINKLEY.
Editor's note: So you could argue that 1985's most lasting contribution turned out to be three letters and a punctuation mark.
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
"Mama" JUNE SHANNON is fed up with being a big girl. Sources tell TMZ.com the reality "star" will be having gastric sleeve surgery later this month and hopes to drop a whopping 80-pounds. June is splurging on a big-time doctor in Beverly Hills for the operation and it may be a wise choice --speculation is she was hospitalized two-weeks ago for following a dangerous diet. (Lee)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
The cast of Broadway's "Hamilton" spent their day off yesterday at The White House. They did a few songs from the show after a day of working with high school students from the Washington, D.C. area. President OBAMA made a few opening remarks before the performance. The whole thing was web streamed live and you can see it now on YouTube. (Marino)
Taking everything much too seriously:
Pole dancing isn't just for strip clubs anymore --it's for swimming pools.
Los Angeles photographer BRETT STANLEY has created a new art form, shooting photos and video of pole dancers performing underwater. The 40-year-old says he wants to showcase pole dancing as "a beautiful sport, not just an erotic performance." One of his underwater models, 42-year-old APRIL STANLEY says, "I do it because I want to get rid of that stigma that everybody has about pole dancing... it's beautiful and athletic and artistic." (Still)
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