ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1909, the "SOS" signal was sent out for the first time by an American ship.
The Green Bay Packers football team was born on this date in 1919. Proudly celebrating 90 years of being cheeseheads.
On this date in 1951, a baseball game was broadcast in color for the very first time.
Joe Jackson, who had the hit "Steppin' Out" turns 54, and Eric Carmen, who sang "Hungry Eyes" and at one time was the leader of "The Raspberries," turns the big 6-0 today.
Play In The Sand Day -- FHM asked 100 women about their sand-combing goings-on.
- 96% consider it a crime when men stroll the sands wearing a thong.
- 93% would never wear a thong to the beach themselves.
- 93% think lifeguards are hot.
- 82% cried during the movie Beaches.
- 73% buy a new swimsuit every summer.
- 71% enjoy swimming naked in the ocean.
- 65% wax their bikini line.
- 64% claim they can swim 10 laps in an Olympic-size pool.
- 55% claim not to check out guys' packages at the beach.
- 52% pick up men at the beach.
- 50% use fake tanner.
- 43% have been to a nude beach.
- 40% enjoy sunbathing topless.
- 36% think guys who play football on the beach are tools.
- 25% find sand annoying.
- 19% have woken up on a beach not knowing how they got there.
- 12% prefer men in Speedos to shorts.
- 11% admit to combing the sand with a metal detector.
- 7% think Aquaman is hot.
- 0% have been attacked by a shark.
THIS WEEK IS
Resurrect Romance Week -- August 10-16. Here are some simple tips for men to become more romantic, according to the book "Living Romantically Everyday."
- Make a list -- Make a list of the special days on the calendar that you celebrate together, such as the day you met, your yearly anniversary, or even the anniversary of your first kiss.
- Toast to her -- Toast each other when you sit down to dinner. It doesn't need to be over bubbly or wine, but even a glass of water or iced tea. Tell her something you love about her and then drink to it!
- Reach out and touch her -- Use the power of touch to make a lasting impression throughout the day.
- Create a photo album -- Take pictures often; don't save the camera for holidays and special occasions. Create a visual scrapbook of your everyday life together.
- Take note of significant things -- Set something aside for her every day. It might be a newspaper article you read during your commute, a link to a web site you came across, or even a story you heard by the office water cooler.
- Be thoughtful -- Do something thoughtful for her every day. Whether it's making her a cup of coffee in the morning, sticking a surprise note in her bag, or leaving her a chocolate "kiss" on her pillow before bedtime.
- Keep up your appearance -- Let her see you at your best. It's ironic that we dress up to meet total strangers but let ourselves go around our nearest and dearest. Most women love to see their men clean-shaven, in great clothes and perhaps wearing a hint of her favorite cologne.
- Tell her about your moods -- Be honest if you are feeling stressed or under the weather. Your woman will appreciate your honesty and will know not to take it personally when you come home in a bad mood.
- Discuss your day -- Sit down together when you get home and relate your daily experiences. The best thing about spending time apart is that it makes you appreciate each other more.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- It's not your imagination: the price of gas has gone up 16 cents a gallon in the U.S. over the past two weeks.
- Daniel Baldwin and his wife welcomed their fifth child into the world last Friday, a girl.
- Hugh Hefner has scrapped plans to feature 75-year-old TV star Shirley Jones because the "Partridge Family" actress "wouldn't show enough" skin, and refused to pose nude.
- Michael Jackson was quietly buried last Thursday at Forrest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
- Kiefer Sutherland is America's highest paid TV actor, getting $500,000 per episode of "24."
- British actor Mark Lester says he's the real father of Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris... and is willing to take a blood test to prove it.
- Australia has a camel over-population. There are now over a million of them in the deserts of Australia and the population is doubling ever 9 years.
- People who consumed a diet rich in calcium and dairy products as children live longer lives as adults, according to a 65-year study from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia.
- Edward Williams of Wichita won $75,000 in the state lottery last September... and has now won $900,000... the second time he's won the lottery in the past year!
- The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck has given birth to her third child with former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, a son: Isaiah Timothy.
- A Kenya man offered Hillary Clinton 40 goats and 20 cows if he could marry her daughter, Chelsea, and asked her to convey the offer.
- Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth announced their breakup last Friday on Twitter.
- Kara DioGuardi says she hopes Paula Abdul will reconsider and return to "American Idol" next season. Oh, the drama.
- The family of the late TV pitchman Billy Mays said they were never aware that he used cocaine or other non-prescription drugs before his death and they were considering whether to have an independent review of an official autopsy.
- By the way, there will be a Jim and Pam wedding on the Office this fall.
- A new research study shows that dogs are as smart as 2-year-old human children.
- On the 40th anniversary of the Manson murders in Los Angeles, Debra Tate (who was just 16 at the time) remembers calling her older sister, Sharon, and asking if she and a friend could spend the night at their house... and Sharon told them "no."
- Tracy Morgan and his wife Sabina are getting divorced. They've been married 23 years, but living apart for the past 8.
The germiest place in a public restroom is not the toilet. It's the floor. And while a Columbia University study concluded that you can't catch a disease from a toilet seat, you won't want to place your purse or diaper bag on the restroom floor, since it is swimming in a stew of germs that can include strep, staph, E-coli, coliform, rotavirus and the potentially deadly MRSA virus. If your purse picks up those germs and then you touch your purse and then your mouth, nose or eyes, you could get sick. Want more?
- Use the first stall; it tends to be the cleanest. The middle stall tends to have the most bacteria.
- If the toilet doesn't flush automatically, use your foot instead of your hand to flush it.
- You are more likely to pick up germs on your hands than on your behind. So wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 30 seconds.
- Make sure your children also wash their hands thoroughly. Little kids typically put their hands on the toilet seat to steady themselves, and these germs could lead to an infection once those hands touch the nose, mouth or eyes.
- After you dry your hands, use a clean, dry paper towel on the door knob. Other people who didn't wash their hands have touched that knob, leaving it coated in bacteria.
- Hang your purse and diaper bag. Don't ever place them on the restroom floor. In a study in which Gerba examined women's purses, he found that fully one-third of them had fecal bacteria on the bottom. If there isn't a hook in the stall, hang your purse around your neck!
- As a rule, the cleanest toilets are in hospitals and the worst are in airports and airplanes.
If you want to marry a man with financial potential, just look glance at his ring finger. Men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers appear to be more successful at the frantic, high-frequency trading in London's financial district, according to research from the University of Cambridge in England. Just having a longer ring finger was equal to years of experience on the job. This same ring-to-index finger ratio has also been associated with success in competitive sports, such as soccer and basketball. The length of one's fingers is determined during fetal development; when the ring finger is longer, it generally indicates a greater exposure to the male hormone androgen.
- Those whose ring fingers were longer than their index fingers made 11 times more money than those with the shortest ring fingers.
- When only experience was compared, the most experienced traders made about nine times more than the least experienced ones during the same time period.
- When the team examined the results of only the experienced traders, those with longer ring fingers earned five times as much as those with shorter ring fingers. In other words, finger length counted more than experience.
The most dangerous city in the U.S. is New Orleans with 19,034 incidences of reported crime, 209 murders and a percent change in the violent crime rate of 199.1 percent from 2006 to 2007. And the safest? Ramapo, New York, according to the latest annual City Crime Rankings from CQ Press compiled by criminologist Rachel Boba of Florida Atlantic University.
The top 5 most dangerous U.S. cities:
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Camden, New Jersey
- Detroit, Michigan
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Oakland, California
The top 5 safest U.S. cities:
- Ramapo, New York
- Mission Viejo, California
- Lake Forest, California
- Chino Hills, California
- Thousand Oaks, California