Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 5, 2016
May 5, 2016
In China, a baby in the rural Hunan province was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes.
The kid, named HONGHONG by his parents, has an extreme case of polydactyly, inherited from his mother, who has 12 fingers and 12 toes.
During her pregnancy, the People's Daily reports she went to get numerous pre-natal scans, but none of them caught the deformity. Now the family is looking to get surgery for their son, which will cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
FYI: Polydactyly is not considered to be a rare genetic disorder --medical journals say it affects two in 1,000 kids. In 2010, another boy in China had 31 toes and fingers, but had a successful operation to remove the extra digits when he was six years old.
Most people cringe when they see a baby board a plane, but it worked out quite well for the passengers who were traveling on a JetBlue flight from New York to Long Beach, California. Us Weekly reports travelers were promised 25-percent off a future trip every time a little one cried, so fellow fliers began clapping every time they heard a wail and --as luck would have it-- there were four cries during the six-hour trip and everyone received a free round trip ticket!
Turns out it was a Mother's Day promotion and a friendly reminder to show compassion to mommies and daddies traveling with children. (Lee)
KFC Edible Nail Polish exists --in hot-and-spicy and original flavor varieties. Yes, really.
Racked.com says the Hong Kong branch of the finger-lickin' good fast food chicken giant announced it has created a nail polish "carefully formulated from natural ingredients." Simply apply, dry... then lick. AdWeek says KFC worked with McCormick to infuse KFC's secret spice blend recipe into the nail polish. There's going to be a vote in Hong Kong to determine which flavor will go into mass production. (Bartha)
Washington state police say a reckless driver they arrested had a monkey on his back --literally!
Seattle-area officers patrolling say the 30-year-old Burien man was clocked going 112-miles-per-hour before crashing into a rock in someone's yard. Witnesses say the man ran from the scene of the accident, but came back to the car to grab his pet monkey. Police say they didn't have much trouble tracking the guy down, since he still had the monkey on his back when they found him. He's charged with fleeing the scene of an accident.
The monkey is now in the custody of the suspect's mother. (Still)
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