ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1587, Virginia Dare was born. She was the very first baby to born in America to the early settlers.
In 1848, gold was discovered in California.
On this date in 1856, condensed milk was patented.
In 1950, ABC began the tradition of showing cartoons on Saturday morning.
On this date in 1984, the world record for crawling was set at 27 miles.
In 1993, the last episode of "Cheers" was on the air.
Former "Friend" Matthew Perry hits the big 4-0 today.
Tipper Gore, Al's wife, is 61, and former President Bill Clinton turns 63 today
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Shania Twain is also going to be a celebrity judge at the end of the month, when American Idol holds auditions in Chicago.
- "Big Brother 11" removed 33-year-old freelance journalist Chima Simone from the CBS reality series for breaking the rules and bad behavior.
- Former CNN "Crossfire" co-host Robert Novak died Tuesday at age 78 after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
- They had Walter Conkite's funeral in July. Now, get ready for the star-studded memorial service in New York on September 9th. Among the speakers: President Obama and former president Bill Clinton. Among the performers: Jimmy Buffett.
- Something big has smashed into Jupiter, leaving a scar the size of Earth on our solar system's largest planet. What is it? Astronomers aren't sure.
- Want to buy the spot in the mausoleum above Marilyn Monroe? The widow of the man who is currently there is auctioning off his spot. She plans to move him over one and use the money to pay off her mortgage. So far, the bidding is up to $2.5 million.
- Celine Dion says she's pregnant with her second child.
- Jessica Simpson's dad is said to be pestering the producers of "American Idol," saying that she is the perfect replacement for Paula Abdul. I still say Paula is going to come back and take their paltry $10 million a year offer.
- Brad Pitt says he quit smoking pot once he became a father because he wanted to be able to take care of his kids.
- We though he was already in the ground, but now Joe Jackson says that his son Michael will be buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles at 10am on August 29th on what would have been his 51st birthday.
- Prince William is said to be planning to marry Kate Middleton in two years.
- Comedian Steve Harvey has joined the cast of "Good Morning, America" to offer reports on family and relationship topics.
- A study made by University of Massachusetts researchers showed that about 85% of Canadian currency contains trace amounts of cocaine.
- John Cleese has been told to pay $20 million to his ex-wife in his divorce settlement.
- Celine Dion is pregnant with her second child.
Guy's Men's Health finds out how you've been earning your daily bread:
- 43 hours is the time the Average Guy spends toiling on the job each week.
- 6 hours are "sacrificed"" to the Man on weekends.
- $41,496 is the salary the average guy brought home last year.
- 33% of Americans still don't trust direct deposit.
- Business management is the career where men out earn women by the largest margin.
- $21,112 is the amount of money between the gender gap.
- Fast food worker was the average guy's first job.
- 13% of men say they've been fired for poor performance.
- 26% of men have "resigned" by simply not showing up.
- 50% of working stiffs think they have the opportunities to be promoted.
- 20% of employers think there's no chance their staff will see promotions this year.
- 60% of employers think there's no chance their staff will see a salary increase this year.
- 7 million people have lost their jobs since the economy soured.
- 7% of men say "their" job is the worst in the world.
- Lumberjack is the actual worst job in the world, thanks to lousy pay, long hours, and falling trees.
- Mathematician is supposed best job in the world, with a great salary, low stress, and no falling trees.
- Telemarketing is the most loathed livelihood.
- Military officer is the most respected profession in the United States.
- 6 jobs is the number of jobs the average guy can expect to have in his lifetime.
- Rock star is the job he'd most love to have.
- 18% of men admit to lying on a resume or in a job interview.
- 83% said their lie helped them land the job.
- 23% of men have embellished their employment history to impress a woman.
- 27% of company men expect to ride their current employer straight to retirement.
What to feel happier? Flirt with someone else's spouse. Want to feel healthier? Call in sick to play hooky from work. Want to feel younger? Buy yourself a posh treat especially if it's completely unnecessary. Breaking tiny taboos is good for the health apparently pumping up our mind and body while relieving stress, according to a survey of people of all ages. The responses revealed that a whopping 94% confessed to committing devilish deeds because the bite of forbidden fruit made them feel healthier, happier or younger and often all three. "Despite the widely held belief that people become more reserved as they age, it's actually the reverse," says the study's leader, clinical psychologist Louise Adams. "Our survey shows we're most naughty in our mid-30s, not our teens." When the going gets tough, 43% of those polled committed the most popular dirty deed shopping for luxurious treats. And almost 40% committed the second most popular naughty no-no taking a sick day off work just for the fun of it. Nearly 30% of men confessed feeling no guilt about flirting with a friend's girl while 11% of women had no qualms about romancing a gal pal's guy. Other sinfully fun stuff to do, according to the Weight Watchers study conducted in Australia, included skipping housework with 35%, Internet joy rides on the work computer with 34%, sneaking a fattening treat at a fast food restaurant with 28% and parking illegally at 14%. Adds Adams: "It's great to see people showing their playful side." (National Examiner)
Overworking your brain may cause overeating. The stress of thinking drove folks into feeding frenzies, says a study reported in the journal, Psychosomatic Medicine. Researchers compared the hunger drives of students who performed three tasks sitting and relaxing, reading and summarizing text and taking a complex computer test. After each task, the scholars were unleashed on a buffet. Compared to the resters, the readers wolfed down 203 more calories, a 23.6% increase, and the computer gamers gobbled 253 more calories, a 29.4% increase. "Overeating after intellectual work could contribute to the obesity epidemic," says study leader Jean Philippe Chaput of Canada's Universite Laval. "We can't ignore this factor because more and more people hold jobs of an intellectual nature." (National Examiner)