The Skinny: Friday, February 27th, 2015

And just like that, the short month of February is almost over. Next time we’re getting Skinny, it’ll be March. March is basically April, which is the spring. So it’s spring time. Congrats, everyone. We made it.

This is the last February Skinny. Let’s hit it.



Jihadi John

Two U.S. officials and two Congressional sources confirmed the identity of ISIS’ Jihadi John, who appears in the beheading videos of western hostages. He is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born London man who fled to Syria in 2012.


ISIS posted a five-minute video yesterday showing the destruction of countless artifacts at the Mosul museum. Statues were defaced with drills and sledgehammers because, as the militants say in the video, “These antiquities and idols behind me were from people in past centuries and were worshiped instead of God.”

One statue was from 900 BC; the estimated worth of the museum’s treasures was billions of dollars.

Picasso Painting

Here’s an interesting story. A shipper was carrying what he said was a $37 painting as a Christmas gift from Belgium to the United States. In reality, the painting was a 1911 Picasso that’s been missing for over a decade; it’s worth millions of dollars.

The painting was seized by U.S. customs and returned to France, who owns it.

Net Neutrality

The FCC voted 3-2 yesterday to more strictly regulate the web. This is good, as it will not allow giant internet providers to discriminate internet usage, charging premiums for the normal-like internet access that we enjoy today. They will battle this ruling, however, where it will play out in the courts.

South Korean Adultery

In South Korea, a law has been in place for 60 years that put cheaters in prison. That’s right, if you cheated on your spouse, you could do up to 2 years in jail. Now, however, South Korea’s Constitutional Court has overturned that law.

The Dress

The color of this dress has the internet in a pretzel. Half see black and blue (the actual color of the dress), half see white and gold. I obviously see black and blue because I have eyes and am not an idiot.

The Llamas

Two llamas that escaped a local zoo captured national attention yesterday. Their adventures on the streets were captured by helicopter TV crews for several hours, sending Twitter into a frenzy.

Missing Plane

Still missing. 356 days.



Dow: 18,214, -10 (-0.06%)  S&P 500: 2,111, -3 (-0.15%)

A bunch of corporate earnings made everyone a litte woozy yesterday, dipping the Dow down 10 points.

SeaWorld stock dropped again on poor earnings. Ever since the 2013 documentary BlackfishSeaWorld has steadily declined in earnings and attendance. Maybe you shouldn’t torture whales then take no action when they kill your trainers. Just a thought.

AB InBev, the Belgian owner of Anheuser-Busch, reported below expectations quarterly profits. The company’s CEO, however, promised to return acclimated profits to investors, so the stock was up 2.5%.

Today we’ve got America’s GDP report.

Market Snacks


NFL – A judge ruled to reinstate Adrian Peterson. The RB was serving an indefinite suspension from the NFL for a child abuse incident.

NHL – The Florida Panthers made moves in preparation for their playoff push yesterday, including swapping for Jaromir Jagr.

Golf – PGA National played extremely difficult in the opening round of the Honda Classic yesterday. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy struggled to a 3-over par 73. The afternoon wave battled heavy winds on an already tricky, trouble-laced course.


‘House Of Cards’ Season 3 hit Netflix today! So, this weekend is a binge-watching weekend. Enjoy.


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Super Important Fact

The official color of the universe, our universe, is “Cosmic Latte.”

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Go ahead and grab yourself a cosmic latte then have a day. Then have a weekend. You’ve earned it.


Barry; Cover Photo

PS – It’s not spring. At all. It’s still really, really cold and there’s snow everywhere. Sorry.

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