ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1797, a French balloonist became the first person to jump out of a hot air balloon with a parachute.
In 1934, gangster Pretty Boy Floyd was shot to death by the FBI.
On this date in 1939, an NFL game was televised for the very first time.
In 1981, the U.S. national debt reached the one Trillion dollar mark.
Jeff Goldblum celebrates his 57th today and Christopher Lloyd turns 71 today.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Kate Gosselin will spend an hour answering viewers questions Monday before TLC pulls the plug on "Jon and Kate Plus 8."
- Meanwhile, Jon Gosselin is asking for $10,000-$12,000 for appearances.
- 20-year-old Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is estimated to be worth more than $100 million and just bought a $5.65 million, five-bedroom house in New York City.
- Rihanna is exposing her fans to more than her music with her new single, "Russian Roulette." The singer is featured nearly topless on artwork for the song, covered only by what looks to be barbed wire.
- Former President Bush will be part of a motivational speakers gathering in San Antonio on December 2nd that will also feature Gen. Colin Powell, NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, Dr. Robert Schuller and Tony Parker.
- This Sunday's U2 concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena will be streamed live on YouTube for free.
- Joseph Wiseman has died at age 91. The actor is best known for playing "Dr. No" in the very first James Bond movie.
- Those following "The Real Housewives of New York City" will be interested to know that Bethany Frankel is pregnant.
- A flu bug is making the rounds of the Dancing with the Stars contestants.
- The show "Wife Swap" have announced that they will NOT be rerunning the episode that featured the Balloon Boy family.
The big thing nowadays is too send a nude photograph via e-mail or cell phone. Who's doing it?
- 41% of women have sent a nude photo
- 38% of women have had cybersex
- 22% of women have sexted (sent a sexy text message)
- 18% of women have stripped for a webcam
We all have our habits flossing, napping, e-mailing a naked photo. You wouldn't think the last would be especially common, yet 41% of the women Self magazine polled have emailed or used their cell to send nude images of themselves. Why are so many of us giving up our privacy? "These are sent in the heat of the moment, with no thought of the consequences. Technology makes it almost too easy," says Juile Albright, Ph.D., a sociologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. But easy doesn't mean without risks. "I sent a photo of my chest to my boyfriend's cell when he was visiting his parents," said one participate. "Unfortunately, his dad picked up the phone and began scrolling through the photos. He figured out who sent it, and I haven't been able to look him in the eye ever since."
31% of women say they've tested a mate's commitment by purposely trying to make him jealous for instance, by talking about an ex notes David Buss, Ph.D., co-author of the new book "Why Women Have Sex." (Self)
If you want to snag the most popular Halloween costume of the year, look no further than the tabloid headlines: Amy Winehouse, Kate Gosselin, Bernie Maddoff, Britney Spears and Sarah Palin. And the obituaries: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. "Inspiration for Halloween costumes comes from the media, the movies, current events and pop culture," Steven Silverstein, CEO and president of Spirit Halloween. This year vampires are everywhere. You will see lots of tributes to Michael Jackson, from 'Thriller' to sequined gloves. And you may even see a Mr. Ponzi mask."
- Babies: Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Tinker Bell costumes are all available in infant sizes. Also popular are hooded furry animals, including monkeys, lambs, pigs, tigers and bumblebees.
- Girls: It's all the rage to be a princess, but not any old princess. The "it" costumes for girls are Disney princesses, especially the new Tiana Deluxe Costume, an exact replica of what Princess Tiana wears in the upcoming film "The Princess and the Frog." Also popular are Mulan, a Japanese princess, and Pocahontas. What about Hannah Montana? That's so last year!
- Boys: The hottest Halloween costumes for boys are "Transformers," "G.I. Joe," and anything from "Star Wars," as well as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from "Toy Story." The surprise hit is SpongeBob Squarepants. Also popular are Batman, athletes and ninjas.
- Adults: The Kate Gosselin wig with eight babies to the hip is a huge seller, as well as a Sarah Palin mask with glasses and wig, Lady Gaga with a long platinum blonde wig and a Bernie Madoff-like mask. Also popular is an Amy Winehouse mask with a wig, tattoo and rehab form, as well as baseball player Manny Ramirez. The Michael Jackson costume, complete with a sequined glove and red leather jacket and fedora, is expected to be the best seller.
- Pets: Yes, your dog wants to go out trick-or-treating, too. Top dog costumes are Yoda, a bumblebee, a horse, Batman and Super Dog.
If you're sick and tired of pushing a noisy, smelly, gas powered mower around your lawn, the Swedish company Husqvarna has good news for you. They're about to launch Automower, a robotic grounds crew that will do all the work and will run largely on power generated by solar panels. The rest of the energy it needs is supplied by a battery so you can simply sit back and enjoy being part of the green revolution. The robot can cut 900 square feet of grass on a single charge and when it needs more juice, it uses its wire antenna to find its way back to its charging station. You won't have to lift a finger. It can handle slopes of 35 degrees and uses as much electricity as a 40-watt light bulb. The only drawback is the initial cost is $4,000. Ouch!