ON THIS DAY
The very first police force was formed on this date in 1658, in the area now known as New York City.
On this date in 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent for the sewing machine.
In 1865, Dr. Joseph Lister became the first surgeon to use disinfectant during surgery.
Today's a big day for inventions. It was also on this date in 1877 that Thomas Edison received a patent for his recording invention, the Edisonphone.
On this date in 1898, Hawaii was annexed to the United States.
Actor George Hamilton turns 70 today.
Middle Children's Day -- Where a guy falls in his family order can have a huge effect on his personality and his role in your relationship, says Meri Wallace, author of "Birth Order Blues." If he's:
- A firstborn -- Bravo. You scored a dependable conscientious, and caring guy, one you can rely on for logical advice and support. But beware: If you don't speak up, this confident cutie can become a control freak.
- A middle child -- No doubt your dude has a way of getting along with anyone, thanks to his loyal, social, and sensitive nature. He's also really attuned to your feelings and super thoughtful. But as laid-back as he may be, he can demand lots of TLC and major reassurance.
- A baby -- The last of the litter tends to be a loving, outgoing, freethinking charmer. Your guy is likely a fabulous storyteller and great at cocktail parties. One caveat: He can be flaky, leaving you to make all the weekend plans.
- An only child -- You're dating a responsible and driven dude who'll be totally devoted to you. The downside? Since he never had to share his parents' love and attention or any possessions with siblings, he may be self-centered and possessive of belongings.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Simon Cowell is said to be close to signing a 3-year-deal with Fox, so you'll have him around for several more seasons of "American Idol."
- "King of the Hill" will say goodbye forever with a one-hour series finale on Sunday night, September 13.
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver -- JFK's sister and Maria Shriver's mom -- passed away early Tuesday at age 88.
- Google has introduced a new version of it's search engine called "Caffeine," that they say is much faster than it's current version.
- Over 350 new species of animals from a flying frog to the world's tiniest deer have been discovered in the Himalayas over the past decade.
- It's all systems go for a 3-D "Final Days" video of Michael Jackson. It's scheduled to hit theaters October 30.
- Brooks and Dunn are calling it quits... but not before one more greatest hits CD and a 2010 farewell tour.
- Paul Reubens will star in The Pee-wee Herman Show for a limited engagement beginning November 8th at The Music Box @ Fonda in L.A.
- Tobey Maguire has been spotted around Seattle lately, filming his latest movie.
- It was a family affair in New York on Saturday, where Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell all sat together at Yankee stadium to watch Kate's sweetie play: Alex Rodriguez.
- Meanwhile, Jermaine Jackson was at the Dodger game in LA Friday night, sitting behind the dugout... and caught a foul ball!
- Michael Douglas' son, Cameron, is facing such massive drug charges that he faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
- Ellen DeGeneres is going to give away $1,000 to someone that follows her on Twitter.
- Elizabeth Mitchell plays Juliette on "Lost," but you'll also see her this fall starring in the new ABC series, "V."
- Brad Pitt took his 8 and 5 year old with him to a Green Day concert Friday night.
- Fox is going to show a 2-hour special on the Octomom, August 19th.
- Victoria Beckham will appear as a judge on "American Idol" for the Denver auditions.
- After 28 years with Chicago, keyboardist Bill Champlin is leaving the group to pursue a solo career.
- GM says it has to be verified by the EPA, but THEIR tests show the new Chevy Volt (mostly electric car) would get over 230 miles per gallon!
Our greatest fear of all is being in a plane crash, according to a new survey conducted by Harris for the American Diabetes Association. The top five things we fear the most:
- Being in a plane crash, 16%
- Snake bites, 13%
- Being hit by lightning, 5%
- Getting a disease, 5%
- A shark attack, 4%
When further asked about their fear of disease, 49% of the respondents said they have a fear of cancer, while just 3% said they fear diabetes.
In just a 10-minute conversation, most of us tell three lies, as well as a range of minor omissions, exaggerations and bluffs. But the average listener only spots a fib 54% of the time. When it comes to law enforcement, that may soon change. British researchers from the University of Southampton have figured out how to spot a liar, and the test is so accurate it could someday replace the traditional polygraph. The test is called Tara, short for antagonistic response alethiometer, and it took volunteers 1.2 seconds to speak the truth, but 1.8 seconds to tell a lie. 85% of the time, the volunteer liars were slower when they prevaricated. Tara could soon replace more traditional lie detector methods.
If you found a money less wallet on the street, what would you do? Keep it? Chuck it? Or return it to its owner? Well, if the wallet holds a baby picture, it will be returned 88% of the time, says a new study. "The baby kicked off a caring feeling in people, which is not surprising from an evolutionary perspective," says noted psychologist Richard Wiseman, who conducted the experiment. Researchers planed 240 bogus wallets on well traveled streets. Finders gave back 53% of billfolds with a puppy photo, 48% of those with a family snap, 28% with the elderly couple, 20% with the charity card and 15% of the wallets without any special stuff inside. (National Examiner)
The syndicated TV show "The Doctors" recently revealed five medical reasons you should have sex tonight:
- Sex reduces chronic pain
- Sex strengthens muscles
- Sex helps you to lose weight
- Sex helps you to sleep better
- Sex boosts your immunity
Never read his e-mail, but a glance at his in box can give you some insight into the kind of person he is. A guy with a tidy in box probably manages his life well, while a guy who has lots of e-mails open may have trouble prioritizing. And no matter how neat a guy is, if he never deletes a singe e-mail, he will probably be emotional and sentimental in his relationships. (Cosmopolitan)