Tuesday, 16 October 2012
The Daily: October 16
We scour the news so you don't have to.
By Jasmin PrichardKing of the Daredevils – what else fearless Felix has got up to in the past
The whole world watched in shock on Sunday as the Austrian skydiver plummeted through the stratosphere out of a capsule 24 miles above the Earth. Although many had never heard of Felix before, the dive was not the first fearless experience of his career. He has untaken more than 2,600 jumps in terrifying places, such as jumping off the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the 101-storey Taipei Tower in Taiwan.
Ferrari that starred in Disney’s The Love Bug goes up for sale for £4.7 million
A vintage Ferrari used in Disney movie The Love Bug is on sale for an unbelievable £4.7 million. The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour De France was one of many sports cars, which could not compete with Herbie the Beetle in the children’s classic film about the loveable VW. However, in real life the Ferrari was one of the world’s most sought after vehicles with only nine made by the Italian company. Packing an incredible 240bhp the motor is powerful even by today’s standards with a top speed of 145 mph.
The Great British Bake-Off’s all-male final
More than five million of the population will turn on their televisions tonight for The Great British Bake Off final with the three finalists being men this year, lending a new dynamic to the competition. It could perhaps be the moment that the stereotypical woman baker is deemed a thing of the past with women leading more complex lives and men emasculating themselves and becoming interested in traditional ‘girls’ hobbies’. Tonight the three boys will bake to their best abilities with the support of the country behind them, giving the population an indulgent and enjoyable break from their busy day.
Twitter takes over romantic dates
It seems that the social media site, Twitter, is no longer taking over just ordinary mealtimes but now even the romantic restaurant meal for two is being threatened by the distractions of social media sites. Over 65 per cent state that they cannot resist checking their phone for social updates when out for a meal with the most popular actions including posting photos, checking in and updating their status. Even on a first date around 20 per cent of people would use Facebook or Twitter, with a quarter using such sites as an icebreaker.
Hollywood’s women come out in support for Obama’s second term
While Mitt Romney has cancelled a planned appearance on The View, Hollywood’s women have been making endorsement videos supporting Barack Obama. The videos range in quality from highly produced to very basic with celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson saying how Romney is no friend to women, and stars such as Beyonce focusing on the theme of Obama being the only choice for women.
Daily tip from the lady archive
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Q: The Queen has received a £5m boost in the funds she receives from the taxpayer to carry out her official duties. Do you approve?
Yes - the Queen does a great job and is well worth it - 59.5%
No - the UK economy is struggling and this is unfair - 40.5%