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Reality Check Recap: August 4th, 2014

Posted August 4th, 2014 @ 9:46am

There's encouraging news about an American doctor infected with Ebola. Dr. Kent Brantly's condition is said to be improving – he’s the aid worker who contracted the deadly virus while working in Liberia. He’s being treated in an isolation ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The director of the CDC said that while the news about Brantly is encouraging, it's too soon to predict if he'll survive. 50 CDC staff are being sent to countries in West Africa to educate communities on safe burial practices to prevent further spread of the disease.


500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio are without drinking water. A toxin was discovered in a treatment plant early Saturday, and authorities say it’s from algae on Lake Erie. The water is unsafe for drinking or cooking and parents have been warned not to let their kids bathe or swim in it. Meanwhile, the Ohio National Guard and state workers have been trucking in safe drinking water.


There was a gruesome basketball injury over the weekend. Indiana Pacer Paul George was trying to block a shot when his leg hit the base of the net and bent in very much the wrong way. He had surgery and is recovering; it could be a year before he plays again.


And congratulations to The Cheesecake Factory! They won the top award for fattiest menu item at this year’s Xtreme Eating Awards. That menu item? The Bruleed French Toast. It has 2,780 calories, 93 grams of saturated fat, and 2,230 mg of sodium. It would take seven hours of swimming laps to burn that breakfast off.


And a North Dakota mother was so upset with her daughter's bratty behavior that she sold her Katy Perry tickets on Facebook. Cindy Bjerke posted her daughter's concert tickets on the Fargo Moorhead Online Garage Sale Facebook page to teach her a lesson. Referring to her daughter as a "spoiled brat" who "doesn't deserve these tickets,” Cindy took $90 for the $110 tickets. Of course, there are some people upset with Cindy's very public parenting style, but she’s sticking to her guns and blowing off criticism saying, "I think a lot of parents are like me and feel they are being bullied over how they should parent their own children.”


And here’s a gentle reminder: call 911 when your house is on fire; DON’T call 911 when Facebook is down. It was down for about an hour over the weekend and police in Los Angeles county were flooded with morons calling 911 to report it. There were so many calls that cops had to go on Twitter and tweet, “#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue. Please don't call us about it being down, we don't know when FB will be back up!"


And a little girl showed up in the background of a little boy’s photo…11 years before they got married. Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler were hitched over the weekend but before they said "I do," the couple was looking at old picture at Nick's grandparent's house. When they stumbled upon a picture of Nick, his sister, and his cousins playing on the beach they noticed another important person in the background...his future bride. Aimee was also at the beach with her family that day in 1994 in Cornwall, England, the town area she grew up in. Nick, however, was from Kent, a full 300 miles away.


And put together an interesting ranking of the best ages to be, 40 and under. In order, here’s a rundown of the top five ages to be:

1. 34

2. 7

3. (tie) 10, 30

4. 17

As for the bottom five:

36. 38

37. 12

38. 21

39. 14

40. 13


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