Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 16, 2016
March 16, 2016
St Patrick's Day:
With St. Patrick's Day upon us, consider the health benefits of... beer. HellaWella.com informs us that moderate beer consumption has been linked to a number of health benefits, including providing heavy amounts of B vitamins and reducing the risk of kidney stones.
Silicon is found in beer and promotes bone strength, important in preventing osteoporosis. It's highest in pale beers and those with higher levels of hops.
Dark beers contain more fiber than light beers, and are packed with iron. Fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels and iron carries oxygen in the blood and regulates cell growth. (Kaye)
While we're on the subject... Liqueur sale: The Italian group that makes Campari is buying the French company that owns Grand Marnier for around $760-million dollars. Campari issued a statement saying the move would allow the company "to further capitalize on the revival of classic cocktails, particularly in the US."
The Italian company owns around 50 brands including SKYY vodka, Cinzano, Wild Turkey and Glen Grant whisky.
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Got $8-million dollars burning a hole in your pocket? You could buy SEAN "Diddy" COMBS' place outside NYC.
Variety reports Diddy has slashed the price of his mansion in Alpine, NJ, after nearly five years on and off the market. The Colonial-style red brick mansion is on three-and-a-quarter acres estate and has nearly 17-thousand square feet with seven bedrooms, three multi-room master suites and a total of nine-and-a-half bathrooms.
He originally bought it in 2005 for around $3.8 million dollars.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG paid $100-thousand dollars to get her dog cloned. According to the New York Post's Page Six gossip column, the designer and her billionaire media mogul husband BARRY DILLER paid a Korean firm the six-figure sum to clone the couple's beloved Jack Russell terrier, named Shannon. Her DNA was implanted into another dog's egg, and has been cloned into two new puppies.
Editor's note: Basically, she made designer genes. (Bartha)
A red panda cub at a British zoo has become an unlikely internet celebrity.
A photo album has been posted to Facebook showing TEAJMUNN the panda chewing on bamboo at Paradise Wildlife Park. The faces the animal makes while eating have mesmerized the world. Teajmunn appears to be smiling and experiencing complete euphoria while snacking on the tasty treat. The photos have been shared thousands of times. (Still)
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