ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1784, the very first U.S. newspaper began publishing in Pennsylvania.
On this date in 1897, the New York Sun ran it's editorial that says, "Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus."
In 1937, "The Hobbit" was first published.
Nicole Richie turns 28 today. Faith Hill turns 42, and Author Stephen King turns 62 today.
St. Matthew's Day -- Legend says if there's a strong wind today, it means a warm fall. I
THIS WEEK IS
National Dog Week -- September 21-27. A celebration is to bring attention to man's best friend and to educate all dog owners. Part of man's education is to know the top dog breeds to help men attract women According to pet columnist Dr. Jeff Nichol of the Albuquerque Journal:
- Mini pincher -- chicks love mini versions of big dogs. They are little so they don't cost a lot to feed, and they look really tough especially with a studded collar.
- Beagle -- Charlie Brown was the sensitive underdog. You too can be the sensitive guy with a Beagle.
- Dalmatian -- any dog who hangs out with firemen is a sure bet with the ladies. This dog is a born hero.
- English Pointer -- Cute enough for a lady to swoon over; tough enough so you won't look like a wimp.
- Dachshund -- This little guy is a wonder with the ladies. They are cute and are begging to be cared for.
- Greyhound -- Sleek and aerodynamic plus many Greyhounds need rescuing so you'll score some serious points with the ladies. So, cook some linguini and introduce her to Vincenzo the Italian Greyhound.
- Golden Retriever -- Goldens are easy to train and strong, but their most outstanding trait is character. They are outgoing and devoted companions to all sorts of people, happy and trusting. But they can also be protective. Every woman's dream.
- Labrador Retriever -- Labs are playful, loving to people and hardworking. Put a bandanna on him and he's an instant chick magnet. The Lab can be counted on as a true friend anytime, anyplace.
- Border Collie -- These dogs are brilliant, you can train them to do anything from catching Frisbees to delivering roses to lovely ladies on the street. They are clean, cute and wonderful herders. They are not too big to scare the lady off and their soft coat is irresistible to the touch. A woman just has to pet this dog.
- Mutt -- Most mutts are found as strays, rescued from shelters. The Mutt is a natural conversation starter. "What kind of dog is that?" is the usual question the proud owner may hear. A guy with a mutt shows the world that substance matters. His dog may not have the cachet and price tag of a pure breed but, like a rare priceless work of art, the mutt owner knows the dog is unique and one of a kind.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- After four years of dating and three years of marriage, Avril Lavigne and her husband Deryck have separated.
- Oaks Christian High School came to the northwest Friday night to play another prep team. Nicknamed "Hollywood High School", the quarterback is the son of Joe Montana, the running back is the son of Will Smith and Wayne Getsky's kid is on the team, too.
- Katherine Heigl is showing off her new daughter, Naleigh, adopted last week from South Korea.
- Of course Patrick Swayze is on the cover of this week's People. He's been cremated and his ashes are stored at the office of his lawyer. Yesterday, a memorial service was held at Lake Lure, the small North Carolina town where much of "Dirty Dancing" was filmed.
- Oprah's new book pick is Uwem Akpan's "ay You're One of Them."
- Darrell Hammond is close to a deal to return to "Saturday Night Live" this season. Darrell and the show have been at odds over his new contract.
- Michelle Obama led the charge and the first "White House Farmer's Market" took place last Friday.
- Volkswagen says their "E-Up!" electric car won't be available for another three years.
- Dan Aykroyd is going to be in Seattle later this month, autographing bottles of his new Crystal Skull Vodka... a vodka that comes in a bottle shaped like a skull.
- A man from Turkey has been declared the world's tallest man, clocking in at 8-feet, 1-inch tall.
- Former Vice-President Dick Cheney underwent back surgery last Thursday.
- It happened last week. Ryan Seacrest had visited a Children's Hospital in Orange County and was walking back to his car when a guy asked for an autograph. As Ryan signed, the guy got between Ryan and his car and wouldn't let him leave. A security guard was called in, they scuffled and eventually, police showed up. The autograph-seeker did have a switchblade on him.
The best job in the U.S. is a mathematician. The worst job is also one of the most dangerous: lumberjack. That's the word from CareerCast.com, a job web site that evaluated 200 professions to determine the best and worst using five criteria: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. The top 10 best jobs in the U.S.:
- Software engineer
- Computer systems analyst
- Industrial designer
The top 10 worst jobs in the U.S.A.:
- Dairy farmer
- Taxi driver
- Garbage collector
When it comes to giving our pets names, about half of us choose human-like names, such as Jack or Sophie instead of Fido or Fluffy, according to a Petside.com poll. While 49% of respondents, including 51% of dog owners and 50% of cat owners, had given at least one of their pets a human-like name, the other half did not. Some of the more unusual names: Hollywood and Chichi Mittens, both cats; Vegas, the Labrador Retriever; Jibber Jack the dog; the Beagle named Talulublue, and Louis XIV, the Yorkie. The most popular name in the poll was Max, which also came in No. 1 in the database of pet names that is maintained by Veterinary Pet Insurance.
A Men's Health online poll asked, "Foods she likes to see in your fridge?"
- 58% said fresh produce
- 16% said homemade soup
- 9% said gourmet cheese
- 7% said homemade pie
- 5% said yogurt
- 4% said leftover wings