This Afternoon's Odd News 8/17/18

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I always assumed the reason I'm constantly smelling something nasty is because I have overpowering B.O. So it would be AWESOME if that wasn't true, and the real reason is that I have a rare and incurable disorder! According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 6.5% of Americans over 40 have a rare disorder called Phantom Odor Perception. That's when you almost constantly smell something bad . . . even though those smells aren't real. And even if you don't have it now, you could develop it. The NIH says it could be caused by where you live, and usually starts to kick in after 40. Also, women are twice as likely to have it as men . . . and unfortunately, right now, there's no cure. (Medical Daily News)

As I'm sure you heard, we lost the great Aretha Franklin at 9:50 A.M. yesterday morning. Well . . . apparently, two guys in a barbershop in Suffolk, Virginia heard about Aretha's passing right after it happened, and they got into an argument about whether Halle Berry should play her in a movie about her life. The argument got physical . . . and at 10:45 A.M. -- less than one hour after Aretha died -- one of the guys SHOT the other one! We're not sure who did the shooting . . . the "yes, Halle Berry should play her in a movie" guy or the "no, Halle Berry shouldn't play her in a movie" guy. The guy who got shot was taken to the hospital in serious condition, and the other guy was arrested. As for the debate . . . back in 2011, Aretha said she wanted Halle to play her in a movie about her life, but Halle said she couldn't sing well enough. And when the movie went into development . . . where it's still stuck . . . Jennifer Hudson got the role. (CBS 3 - Norfolk / Entertainment Weekly)

Have your Facebook friends been hitting you up for cash lately by creating "birthday fundraisers" for their favorite charities? Facebook added a feature about a year ago that lets you ask for donations in lieu of presents . . . even though literally NO ONE was buying presents for their Facebook friends before this. And some people think they're a little annoying, just because of how CONSTANT they are. Like, multiple times a week if you've got a lot of friends on there. But the good news is they ARE actually doing a lot of good. A woman named Asha Sharma heads up Facebook's "Social Good" initiative. And on Wednesday, she revealed that all those fundraisers brought in $300 MILLION for charity in their first year. The charities that have gotten the most money so far include St. Jude's Children's Hospital . . . the Alzheimer's Association . . . the American Cancer Society . . . No Kid Hungry . . . and the ASPCA. (Facebook)

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