ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1701, Yale was founded.
It was on this date in 1793, during the French revolution, that Marie Antoinette had more than just a little taken off the top.
On this date in 1869, a hotel in Boston became the first to offer hotel plumbing.
It was on this date in 1899 that Marconi demonstrated radio for the very first time.
On this date in 1941, the penalty flag was introduced for football
National Boss Day -- (Isn't everyday?)
John Mayer turns 32 today. Wendy Wilson of Wilson-Phillips is 40. Pamela Bach, the ex-Mrs. David Hasselhoff, is 46, Suzanne Somers turns 63 today.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Coke is going to introduce 90-calorie mini cans of their soft drink by next March.
- "Jon & Kate Plus 8" will stop filming new episodes next month, according to the New York Post.
- A Ralph Lauren model says she was fired because wasn't slender enough and didn't fit into their clothes.
- Michael Buble's new album, "Crazy Love" is at the top of the sales charts.
- And you wonder why stars seem so jaded. Leona Lewis was happily signing copies of her new book "Dreams" at a bookstore in London when a man just walked up and punched her in the head.
- "So You Think You Can Dance" judge Mary Murphy talks about her 9-year abusive marriage in the latest US magazine.
- Katie Lee discusses her divorce from Billy Joel with Rachel Ray on Monday's show.
- Garth Brooks doing a Las Vegas show? That's the rumor.
- Fergie has become a minor owner of the Miami Dolphins.
- The next actor to play Jack Ryan in the movies? Chris Pine.
- Avril Lavigne has filed for divorce from her husband of three years.
- "101 Dalmatians: the musical" begins its 24-city tour next week.
- Taylor Swift picked up 6 American Music Award nominations.
- October 22 -- next week -- is when Windows 7 is released.
- Times are changing. The U.S. dollar is now within three cents of the U.S. dollar. $1 U.S. is now worth $1.03 Canadian
- For what it's worth, a chemical in red grapes is showing that it lowers the possibility of developing diabetes.
What are your two or three favorite TV shows of all time? When The Harris Poll asked, the number one answer was "CSI." Here's the top 15 favorite TV shows of all time:
- "Two and a Half Men"
- "Family Guy"
- "Law and Order"
- "Star Trek"
- "The Simpsons"
- "Grey's Anatomy"
Researchers from DePauw University in Indiana have concluded that you can guess the chances your marriage will last based on what you and your spouse looked like in old photographs. People who are pictured smiling in old photos are more likely to be in a successful marriage than the grim and sour-faced. The researchers examined the college yearbook photos of a group of people and rated their smile intensity from one to 10. To judge this, they looked specifically at the stretch of two muscles: the one that pulls up on the mouth and the one that creates wrinkles around the eyes. Of this group, no one who fell in the top 10 percent of smile intensity had divorced, while almost 25 percent of those in the bottom 10 percent of smile intensity had ended their marriage.
Red meat, the staple of the American diet, could send you to an early grave. The study concluded that Americans 50 and older who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats, including cold cuts, bacon and hot dogs, face a greater risk of early death from heart disease and cancer. How much is a "large amount" of red meat? It's not that much at all: one-quarter pound a day or the equivalent of a hamburger.
- Men who ate the equivalent of a quarter-pound hamburger daily had a 22% higher risk of dying of cancer and a 27% higher risk of dying of heart disease.
- Women who ate a quarter pound of red meat daily had a 20% higher risk of dying of cancer and a 50% higher risk of dying of heart disease than women who ate less.
- People who eat more white meat, such as chicken, turkey and fish, actually had a slightly decreased risk of death.
- Pork may be advertised as the "other white meat," but it can increase the risk of cancer, too, because it's high in iron.
The most dangerous state in the U.S. is Nevada, a notoriety it has held for six consecutive years as it has topped the CQ Press Crime State Rankings list from 2004 to 2009. Following right behind Nevada are Louisiana and South Carolina. The top three safest states are all in New England: New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. New Hampshire reported only 15 murders out of a population of 1.3 million -- the lowest rate in the country. New Hampshire was also below the national average for rape and had the second lowest rate for aggravated assault with only 78 cases per 100,000 citizens in 2007. Nevada's murder rate was nearly seven times higher than New Hampshire's.