ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1642, Harvard held it's first commencement.
On this date in 1779, Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones uttered those immortal words, "I have not yet begun to fight!"
In 1780, Benedict Arnold was exposed as a traitor.
The Jetsons -- the first ABC program to be broadcast in color -- premiered way back in 1962. How about a little Jetsons trivia:
- The Jetsons' phone number is VENUS-1234.
- They live in the Skypad apartments.
- George and Jane's wedding day is June 2.
- The Jetsons' neighbor is miss Gyro and her dog Jazzibel (with which Astro has six puppies).
- They live above a psychiatrist with a safety net outside his window.
- The robot maid is Rosie.
- Judy's sign is Libra.
Jason Alexander, part of the old "Seinfeld" gang, turns 50 today!
Julio Igelsias turns 66, and Bruce Springsteen -- the Boss -- turns the big 6-0 today!
It's time to play "Name That Boss."
- He was the boss on the "Duke's of Hazard?" (Boss Hogg)
- Famous for its staplers? (Bostich)
- He was Jane Hathaway's boss? (Mr. Drysdale)
- Blame it on this dance? (Bossonova)
- He was Lucy Carmichael's boss? (Mr. Mooney)
- He's the military's big boss? (George W. Bush)
- A 2000 pound city? (Boston)
- Tony Danza was the boss of this show? ("Who's the Boss?")
- A fine line of tools? (Bosch)
- He was the boss on "McHale's Navy." (Captain Binghampton)
- Republic of Yugoslavia? (Bosnia)
- He owns and runs the nuclear power plant on "The Simpsons." (Mr. Burns)
- He was one of George Castanza's bosses on "Seinfeld?" (George Steinbrenner)
Proposal Day -- Over 50% of proposals today are initiated by the woman. That means that women are getting more aggressive about moving the relationship along. That is not a natural tendency for men. For them, "moving the relationship along" means getting the phone bill in both their names. Fred Cuellar is the author of "How To Buy A Diamond" and "The World's Greatest Proposals" He and Korbel Champagne teamed up to research proposal stories and he compiled the following list of mistakes to avoid:
- Proposing on a holiday or birthday. Consider picking a day meaningful to your relationship, such as the anniversary of your first date. Your girlfriend wants her day to shine - don't propose on a holiday that can't be yours as a couple.
- Allowing other women to try on the ring. It's smart to get a second opinion, but don't use your fiancee's friends as guinea pigs. She doesn't want to find out they all saw it before her. She wants to show it off for the first time.
- Leaking the news. When you're ready to pop the question, don't spill the beans to too many "confidants." Sharing the news with friends and family is more exciting if you do it together.
- Forgetting her family. Pull your manners out of the closet and call the appropriate member of her family for "the talk." According to a recent survey conducted by Korbel, 42 percent of Americans feel the act of asking a woman's family for her hand - whether it be her father, mother or even a sibling - is still a time-honored tradition.
- Playing hide and seek with the ring. Imagine this: you're about to propose to your girlfriend when she swallows the ring because you "cleverly" hid it in an ice cream cone or cocktail. Sending your fiancee to the emergency room might not be the best way to start your future.
- Staging a practical joke. Minutes before the proposal, throwing your girlfriend off by convincing her that you're in jail or that you won't be ready for marriage for years could have unintended consequences.
- Missing the VIP treatment. Do your research and you'll find that many venues are happy to create a special setting for your proposal. For example, many theaters will schedule private screenings, restaurants can provide champagne toasts and amusement parks can offer private rides.
- Exhibiting suspicious behavior. As proposal time approaches, make sure your behavior remains consistent with how you act on a daily basis. Repeatedly touching your pocket to make sure the ring is secure and coming up with off-the-wall excuses for your whereabouts can both be giveaways to the bride-to-be.
- Acting like you settled. A surefire way to ruin any proposal is to start with any of the following statements: "You win." "We're not getting any younger..." "In spite of what my mother says..." "I've sowed my wild oats."
- Losing sight of what the proposal is all about: Your proposal will be perfect if it is honest, heartfelt and passionate.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- On the set of the second "Sex and the City" movie, the buzz is all about the feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Catrell. Neither is speaking to the other.
- Make that this weekend that Kloe Kardashian and LA Laker Greg Odum are getting married... after having dated for just one month!
- According to Cosmopolitan magazine if a man closes his eyes for a full second or two while talking to you, chances are, he's not telling the truth.
- Friends say that following the Tony Romo breakup and the loss of her dog to a coyote attack, Jessica Simpson is not doing very well these days. Tony didn't do that well himself last Sunday against the Giants.
- Harrison Ford hasn't ruled out a 5th Indiana Jones movie, but he says, "We're waiting on a script."
- David Hasselhoff's people are saying that Sunday's incident had nothing to do with David being drunk... but instead, he was suffering from "an ear infection." Right.
- A Los Angeles pharmacist told Anna Nicole Smith's internist that the drugs the internist prescribed to the model after her son died were "pharmaceutical suicide," according to unsealed documents written by state officials. Smith's doctors were warned about prescription drugs by three pharmacists.
- If you like the new Fox show "Glee," good news: the network has ordered a full season's worth of shows. If you haven't seen it yet, you must.
- 13.3 million people watched the Emmy's on Sunday, that's more than last year.
Cosmopolitan got guys to give them their uncensored opinions on love and money and they had a lot on their minds. Check out the surprising things they had to say:
- 28% of men earn less than their girlfriend. Of those, one third say they still pay for most things.
- 39% of men confess that they've hidden an expensive purchase like a new accessory for their car from their girlfriend.
- 77% of men say they won't talk about money on a first or second date.
- 84% of men say they'd date a girl who moved back in with her parents because of financial problems.
- 70% of men are more willing to go out with a woman who is unemployed now that layoffs are the norm.
- 42% of men admit that if they were dating a girl with a low income job, they wouldn't willing explain what she does for a living to other people.
How can you tell if someone's rich? More than designer clothing or other outward signs of wealth, people's body language reveals more about the state of their checking account than anything else. Those of higher socioeconomic status are more rude when conversing with others, reports LiveScience.com of a study from the University of California, Berkeley. The study found that students whose parents had a higher socioeconomic status were more impolite than students from the other end of the socioeconomic scale. The rich kids doodled, fidgeted and even groomed themselves during the interview, giving distinct and hard-to-miss nonverbal cues of "I'm not interested." Meanwhile, the poor kids did just the opposite, showing more "I'm interested" nonverbal behavior, including nodding their heads, laughing and raising their eyebrows. They almost never fidgeted.
A geophysicist at Tel Aviv University in Israel says those UFOs aren't aliens from another planet. They are actually "sprites," which are flashes of light high in the atmosphere triggered by thunderstorms. Space.com reports that this puzzling natural phenomenon appears as dancing lights. They occur above almost every thunderstorm and scientists only began studying them after one was accidentally recorded on a camera in 1989.
A recent study found that cursing eases pain by triggering the part of the brain associated with aggressiveness, when we're on the warpath, we block out aches. So next time you stub you toe, feel free to swear yourself better, unless you stub your toe on a church pew.
Men are actually happiest from ages 60 to 69, according to a Pew Research Center study, while they are least happy in their 20s. Why? Older adults are better able to avoid stressful situations, which could mean they experience less negative emotions. They also appear to spend less time dwelling on the negative aspects of a situation, which leads to a greater feeling of happiness. Yes, folks, we mellow as we age.