ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1692, the last 8 witches were hanged in Salem.
In 1776 during the Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale was executed.
On this date in 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed.
In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded their first atomic bomb.
On this date in 1950, General Omar Bradley was promoted to a five-star general.
In 1980, the 10-year-war between Iran and Iraq began.
The Ice Cream Cone was patented by Italo Marchiony way back in 1903 -- A survey commissioned by Dairy Queen reveals that regardless of how it is served, many Americans sure love ice cream. Many Americans enjoy treating themselves to ice cream: 78% eat ice cream at least once a month. On average, Americans eat ice cream about three times per month. Ice cream lovers have strong preferences when it comes to how they like to eat their ice cream. Of those adults who say they eat ice cream at least once a month:
- 65% prefer ice cream in a cup
- 28% prefer ice cream in a cone
- 7% didn't care
- Dipped coating or syrup is the topping of choice -- more than half (53 percent) enjoy adding it to their ice cream
On this date in 1987, the second NFL player's strike began.
Tom Felton, who plays Harry Potter's nemesis, Draco Malfoy, turns 22 today.
Scott Baio turns 48, Joan Jett is 49, Debby Boone, the one who gave us "You Light Up My Life" turns 53 today.
The Autumnal Equinox at 5:18 PM ET -- In the northern hemisphere, when night and day are nearly of the same length and the sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward. Translation: First full day of autumn.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- David Hasselhoff's 17-year-old daughter had to call in paramedics when one of his drinking binges got out of the control over the weekend.
- Secret tapes of Michael Jackson supposedly lashing out at his family have supposedly emerged. In them, he called his brothers lazy and a bunch of whiners. He made the comments to a ghost writer, who recorded their conversation.
- Wedding bells are expected to ring soon for Khloe Kardashian and L.A. Laker Lamar Odum.
- Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard were married last weekend near Seattle.
- Pianist Art Ferrante, who teamed with Lou Teicher to record a series of 1960s hits based on movie theme songs, has died at his South Florida home. He was 88.
- For what it's worth, Christina Applegate left the Emmy Awards early Sunday night, like around 7:15pm.
- Ryan O'Neal and Farah Fawcett's son Redmond is getting out of jail and heading for a year-long rehab program.
- Because of more summer rain than normal, Halloween pumpkins could be harder to come buy in the northeast... and, naturally, a little pricier.
- A couple of MIT students have developed a computer program that can look at your Facebook page and determine if you're a gay man.
A majority of U.S. consumers still vote with their dollars to support American businesses and workers. Overall, 59% of Americans polled said they are "more likely" to purchase a product labeled "Made in America" including 28% who declared they are "more likely" to buy something marketed as manufactured in the U.S., according to a new Adweek survey. Only 3% admitted they'd be "less likely" to buy something promoted as American made. The poll proves that true blue Americans won't sell out their patriotism to save a buck on cheaper imported goods. Here's how it breaks down by age group:
- 74% of people over 55
- 68% of people between the ages of 45 to 54
- 60% of people between the ages of 35 to 44
- 39% of people between the ages of 18 to 35
According to a recent survey by American Online, more women would rather have an extra $50 a week than a more active sex life. Researchers asked 5,300 women which they would prefer in these troubling times. The majority definitively answered money. "Two years ago, I'd have responded differently, but in these times, money is a priority," says Tracy Miller. Fay Stuart agrees. "I'd take the money hands down," she says. (Sun)
You're hired. You're fired. You're hired. Many workers are experiencing deja vu where their jobs are concerned as they get rehired by the same bosses who fired them in tough times. About 20% of the recently axed roughly 1 in 5 have been recycled into their old positions after their bosses realized they'd cut too many bodies, says a new study by the manpower agency Right Management. The old employees have an edge over new hires because they already know how to do the jobs, which saves retraining costs. (National Examiner)
Women on diets should skip sharing meals with female friends and only dine with men, according to a study. That's because a gal consumes fewer calories when she tucks up to the table with a guy regardless of whether he's her spouse, her date or just a friend. Researchers observed the eating habits of both men and women at three large university cafeterias. While sitting with males, females consistently picked less fattening fare and ate smaller portions, says psychologist Meredith Young of McMasters University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The more men, the sparser the menu. "Small food portions signal attractiveness," says Young. "And women conform, whether consciously or unconsciously, to be seen as more attractive." Meanwhile, men always wolfed down whatever their heart or stomach desired, regardless of whether they were eating with guys or gals. (National Examiner)