OJ Simpson to be set free, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington dead at 41, and moon bag sells for millions.
TGIF, 21 July 2017
“it’s much more fun to take a bullet between the eyes while playing Lawrence of Arabia than dying of cirrhosis at Bercy”
Evidence suggests that an influential Gupta associate and a future Eskom acting chief executive colluded in a deal that fleeced the trade union federation of millions.
OJ Simpson to be released
Murder-acquitted OJ Simpson will be released from prison after serving nine years for armed robbery. Speaking to a five-member parole board and streamed live online, OJ channelled the ghosts of the 90s media frenzy, eventually expressing remorse for his actions that led to his arrest in 2008. Expect more movies, documentaries, and general press attention upon his release, which could be as early as October.
Linkin Park vocalist hangs himself
Chester Bennington, the throated lead vocalist in Linkin Park, has killed himself. Bennington, 41, had been a close friend and admirer of the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who also recently committed suicide. Bennington helped forge a new genre of metal, creating some of the highest-selling nu-metal albums of all time.
Dark web hubs shut down
US and EU police announced late on Thursday that two major dark web marketplaces have been shut down. Alphabay and Hansa Market had been a hub of activity for those wishing to anonymously purchase drugs, weapons and hacking software. Alphabay’s owner, a 25-year-old Canadian, was arrested two weeks ago, with the website running “hijacked” since then. Best to close that Tor browser for now, then.
Major moon bag sold for millions
Neil Armstrong’s moon bag sold at auction late on Thursday for $1.8-million. Used to collect moon rock samples and at one point almost thrown away, the Apollo 11 bag was sold to an anonymous telephone buyer by Sotheby’s. Although it may seem a lot for a bag, Sotheby’s had initially estimated it would sell for over twice as much.
The average number of people killed per year in the United States by the flu.
FACTS OF THE DAY
Today in 1969 Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon.
Cate Blanchett is the only actor to win an Oscar playing an Oscar-winning actor (Katherine Hepburn in “The Aviator”).
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