Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 6, 2016
May 6, 2016
Asleep at the switch:
Food so delicious that you pass out! Krispy Kreme accidently sent an email to it's customers that was only intended for store managers about their new donut, and it's no ordinary confection. In the email, the Nutella filled donut was so good that in taste tests, some people "fainted due to the euphoria it created" while others "dribbled and squealed." It's due to be available for public consumption on May 27th. No word on whether or not they'll hand out smelling salts with the donut. (Myers)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
"Hamilton" worked, so why not another hip-hop opera? Variety says rap producer, composer and performer TIMBALAND wants to do a hip-hop musical for television, based on his soon-to-be-release memoir, "Opera Noir." Timbaland provides music for the hit FOX series "Empire" and says he already had a deal to make the live TV event happen. (Marino)
Where to go on Mother's Day:
No matter how pinched the household budget, we're still going to do our best to keep Mom out of the kitchen for Mother's Day. Restaurants still expect it will be the busiest day of the year, according to the National Restaurant Association --about 38 percent of all Americans will dine out that day. In fact, many will dine out twice, celebrating with different people: The NRA reports that 59 percent celebrate at dinner, 51 percent at lunch or brunch, and 22 percent at breakfast.
Flowers are still the most popular gift, purchased by 66.8 percent of those celebrating. (Kaye)
Your tax dollars at work:
The New York City Council has approved a five-cent fee on every bag --whether it's paper or plastic-- that's used to carry out groceries or other products. The measure would take effect in October, and is supposed to spur New Yorkers to bring their own reusable bags with them when they shop. The NYC Sanitation Department has said it collects roughly 10 billion single-use plastic bags a year, which can linger in landfills for centuries.
Those @$#%* Foreigners:
At press time, it appeared that Londoners have elected the first Muslim mayor of any major Western city. The likely winner is 45-year-old Labor Party candidate SADIQ KHAN, the London-born son of Pakistani immigrants who was locked in a bitter campaign against Conservative candidate ZAC GOLDSMITH, son of a billionaire.
About 12-percent of London residents are Muslim. (Pacelli)
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