Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 9, 2016
May 9, 2016
A pub in London features canine bartenders.
Last week, the Kronenbourg 1664 Bar unveiled a pack of German shepherds that are trained to serve beer. The pub is billing itself as "the world's first bar staffed by dogs." The pooches use special lightweight beer barrels attached to their collars. They made their debut for a special sold out event Friday night. It's unclear if the (ahem) bark-tenders will be making a regular appearance. (Still)
Editor's note: I'll have some 'hair of the dog'...
It's all fun and games until someone loses a chunk of their scalp! A woman in China thought it looked fun to take part in the corn drill challenge. She videoed herself eating a piece of corn on the cob while it spun on a drill. What she didn't expect was her long hair to get caught in the drill while she was eating the corn. It ended up ripping a huge chuck of her hair out of her head. A doctor told her that it will grown back but it will take a very long time. See the video HERE. (Myers)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
Hello woodwork! The New York Post says around 700 people have now claimed to be related to PRINCE to get a share of his estate! HARVEY MORSE of Morse Genealogical Services told the UK's Daily Mail that he's gotten close to a thousand calls from people who say Prince was at their cousins' reunion, or that since they lived in the same neighborhood where Prince grew up that they must be related. But, Harvey says he's only looking at official documents like birth and death certificates, as well as marriage licenses and census reports. Last week, a probate judge gave Prince's administrators the OK to get a blood sample from the medical examiner for DNA tests. (Marino)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Some opioid addicts are turning to an over-the-counter alternative to get high --one that's normally used to stem a common digestive problem. CBS News says the National Poison Center has recorded a 71 percent increase from 2011 to 2014 in overdoses of loperamide. That's the active ingredient in Imodium A-D and other anti-diarrheal medications. Loperamide causes the intestines to slow down, which helps stop diarrhea. But opioid addicts are taking anywhere from 50 to 300 pills per day. At that level, loperamide can cause a similar high to opioids. In addition to intestinal problems, excessive doses can lead to heart problems, kidney and liver failure and even death. (Bartha)
Business as usual (again):
They're baa-a-a-ck! WalMart is bringing back those ever-present greeters who say hello to you at the entrance to their stores.
The company blog said last week the stores expect to hire around nine-thousand hourly employees to post at the entrance to stores with their job being to direct people to the proper section of the store and also to check receipts of customers leaving the store to cut down on shop-lifting. The staffers will wear yellow vests to make it easier for WalMart customers to spot.
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