ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1885, special delivery mail was started by the U.S. Postal Service.
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T.
On this date in 1962, Johnny Carson took over the "Tonight Show."
On this date in 1971, Walt Disney World opened for the first time in Florida.
Oh, my, it's already October! Too early to put the Christmas lights up yet?
Former baseball player Mark McGwire hits birthday #46 out of the park today.
Randy Quaid is 59, and Tom Bosley turns 82.
THIS MONTH IS
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pizza Month and it's National Toilet Tank Repair Month -- Believe it or not, a whole month is being dedicated to the value and benefits of a properly tuned toilet with special emphasis on do-it-yourself repairs and water conservation.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- A study commissioned by the NFL shows that memory-related diseases have been diagnosed in the league's former players much more often than in the national population. Former players are 19 times as likely to have those kind of issues as the general population, in men 30-49.
- Patrick Swayze's family will hold a private memorial service for him this Sunday in Culver City, California.
- Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against CBS has been thrown out. Dan's out $5 million in legal fees.
- In case you were wondering, none of the cast or crew of the current "Survivor: Samoa" were injured in that 8-point earthquake they had there this week.
- Cosmopolitan magazine reports women are inclined to compare themselves to their sisters and subconsciously try to outdo them.
- Kathy Ireland was this week's casualty on "Dancing with the Stars!" proving that just because you're a knockout doesn't mean you can dance.
- If you want to pre-order the soundtrack album from the next "Twilight" movie, iTunes is standing by to take your order.
- Simon Cowell and 400 of his nearest and dearest friends -- including Paula Abdul, Kevin Spacey and Kate Moss -- will gather in London this weekend to celebrate his 50th birthday. It's a black-tie affair, put on by Simon's billionaire buddy, Phillip Green.
- The man who was home school teaching Wynonna Judd's children has been arrested on federal child pornography charges.
- Benjamin Bratt's drama 'The Cleaner' has been canceled after two seasons.
- The city of Cleveland has beat out Washington, DC, and Boston, and has been chosen as the site for the 2014 International Gay Games. The announcement was made from Cologne, Germany, site of the 2010 games.
October ushers in National Breast Cancer Month. How about some bra statistics from Redbook:
- 9 bras are how many the average woman owns.
- 6 bras are the number of bras the average woman actually wears.
- 1907 was the first year Vogue magazine first used the word brassiere in print.
- 27 percent of women say they have decided against buying a clothing item because they didn't have the right bra to wear under it.
- $16 billion is the amount spend on bras annually worldwide.
- 36C is the average bust size, which has increased from a 34B over the past 15 years.
The best way to take the cranky out of your day? Grab a little nap time. In a study from the University of California at Berkeley, participants who took a 60- to 90-minute naps were more receptive to happy facial expressions than people who didn't nap. Furthermore, non-nappers were more reactive to negative emotions, suggesting that being well rested helps us modulate our feeling.
Woman's Day says that 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces of candy corn enough to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end to end. And when it comes to candy, 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kid's trick or treat bags.
Tufts University in Boston has banned sex in their dorm rooms, but only if their roommate is also present. So what are the consequences for violating the rule? None is given.