Skimm for December 19th
Skimm'd while listening to Mariah belt it out on repeat.
"If this is your first time tuning into 'The Colbert Report,' I have some terrible news" -- Stephen Colbert. Nation, yesterday was his last night on "The Colbert Report." You can now pronounce the 't.'
The US is trying to figure out how to say 'Winter is coming' to the people responsible for the Sony hack.
The White House is chatting options. While it's called the hack a "serious national security matter," it hasn't actually blamed North Korea or made a move. If it turns out North Korea's behind the cyber attack for real, it would mean that the isolated nation has more sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities than previously imagined. Given that the US and North Korea already have next to no relationship, it's unclear what exactly the US's response might be.
What started out as Hollywood gossip about Angie's talent and Michael Fassbender's you-know-what has escalated to the desks of national security leaders.
Boko Haram. The terror group -- the same one that kidnapped all those schoolgirls -- is allegedly at it again. The group is believed to have raided another Nigerian village last Sunday, kidnapping at least 100 people. At least 30 people were killed in the raid. Boko Haram has increasingly become a big issue for Nigeria, Africa's largest economy. The group -- which is REALLY anti-Western education -- would love to create an Islamic state and has been working to capture different towns and villages. It's been such a problem for the country, that this week, Nigeria decided it would be a good idea to sentence 54 of its soldiers to death by firing squad for refusing to fight against the group.
A lot. Amid a tanking currency and falling oil prices, Russian President Putin used his annual (very long) news conference to get sassy, accusing the West of trying to defang and declaw Russia. "Do they want our bear to become a stuffed animal?" asked Putin. Only if they can mount it. Putin blamed the country's economic issues on "external factors" (or things like that time Russia was sanctioned after it said 'mine' to Crimea). He did say that economic issues linked to Crimea shouldn't be seen as a bad thing, but rather the price you pay for independence. Smiles all around. Putin does think that the economy will bounce back, although he didn't go into specifics on how that'll happen. A high? He used nicer language when it came to the Ukraine mess. Baby steps.
Today, eight children -- whose ages range from 18 months to 15-years-old -- were found dead inside an Australia home in the northern city of Cairns. A woman who's believed to be the mother of seven of the children was also found inside the home, suffering severe stab wounds. An official said this is believed to be an isolated incident, and an investigation is underway. Australian PM Tony Abbott called it "an unspeakable crime" and said, "these are trying days for our country." This comes just days after a gunman took people hostage inside a Sydney cafe. Three people including the gunman were killed after police stormed in 16 hours later.
If only I could pay someone to wake me up and watch me get dressed and take me to the gym. Ding ding ding. There's an app for that. Or a service. Meet SIN Workouts, a fitness concierge-business that will supposedly do all the above, book your exercise classes, and help you with life's scariest moments like "[figuring] out how the lockers work and where the weights are" at your exercise class. In other news, scientists at Harvard Stem Cell Institute have apparently figured out how to trick your fat. As in fooling your bad fat cells into thinking they're the good fat cells. Muahahaha. What does that mean? Many believe it could be an important step in the fight against obesity. And that there could be a pill that could potentially help you lose weight without having to exercise. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
So, so much. But we won't say it here because we'd rather not sleep with one eye open. You're welcome.
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
Angelina Jolie directed the movie and got chickenpox. But you'll just get goosebumps from the book. From Olympian, to WWII airman, to plane crash survivor, to prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini went through it all. This will have you double-checking that it's actually a true story. It is.
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