ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was executed.
In 1911, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston, SC.
On this date inn 1923, the republic of Turkey was founded.
In 1945, the first ball point pens were introduced.
"Dracula" co-star Winona Ryder turns 38, and Kate Jackson, one of the original Charlie's Angels, turns 61 today.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- A former David Letterman show writer is talking about the "hostile work environment" of the show in the latest "Vanity Fair."
- Beyonce and Jay-Z went out to lunch the other day and the bill came to $1200! They left a tip of $500.
- Nick Jonas is working on a solo project, but insists the Brother Act is still solid.
- Kate Gosselin says with the reality show bubble having burst, she may go back to work as a nurse.
- Corey Feldman's wife, Susannah, has filed for divorce after seven years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were married in October, 2002, and have a 5-year-old son.
- Andre Aggasi is writing his memoirs and among the things you'll learn: that during his playing days, he did abuse crystal meth.
- Among those on hand for last night's World Series game in New York: First Lady Michelle Obama.
- "Lilith Faire" -- the girl power concert series from the 90s -- is going to return next year. No performers lined up yet besides organizer Sarah McLachlan.
- The D.C. sniper is set to die from lethal injection November 10.
- Melissa Joan Hart and snowboarder Louie Vito were booted off "Dancing with the Stars" this week.
- "Family Feud" and host John O'Hurley is getting a makeover for the game show's new season, with a faster-paced opening, a new look and new prizes. In the new, fast-paced bull's-eye round that opens the show, contestants have a chance to bank up to $30,000 before the main round of play begins.
- Lisa Kudrow will join the cast of Courteney Cox's new TV series "Cougar Town" for an episode in 2010.
- Big winds in California on Tuesday. CBS studios lost power and Craig Ferguson had to finish taping his late night show by flashlight.
- Microsoft was going to be the lone sponsor of a one-hour Family Guy special on November 8, but have changed their mind and pulled out.
AirTran is the #1 airline for safety when The Daily Beast analyzed data from airlinesafetyrecords.com, which compiles information from the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The safest airlines, from best to worst, are AirTran, JetBlue, Southwest, US Airways, American, Alaska, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United. Want more?
- There are fewer pilot errors now than in years past.
- The accident rate is consistently lower now than it was in the 1990s.
- Flying in a private jet is greater than four times more dangerous than flying on a big carrier.
- The most dangerous airlines are regional carriers in poor countries where maintenance and training are quite possibly substandard.
- The most dangerous time in the flight is the landing.
- If there is an accident, your chances of dying are far greater during the takeoff and climb. You're more likely to survive an accident during the landing.
If you really want a scary thrill this Halloween, watch classic horror movies like "Psycho" or "Jaws." A cinematic studies expert at the University of New Hampshire says these films are scarier than blood-and-gore flicks because they engage your imagination. Delia Konzett, assistant professor of English at UNH, says more modern horror films have lost their edge because they show too much gore. We're far more frightened when the scariest moments take place partially off-screen, leaving what happens to the viewer's imagination.
According to a recent BIGreseach survey, the average person will spend $66.54 on the holiday. Here's the breakdwon for the average person:
- $24.17 on costumes
- $20.39 on candy
- $18.25 on decorations
- $3.73 on greeting cards
Here's what else the survey found:
- 64.5% plan to celebrate or participate in Halloween
- 73.7% hand out candy
- 50.3% will decorate their home and/or yard
- 44.6% will carve a pumpkin
- 35.3% will dress in costume
- 33.6% will take children trick-or-treating
- 31.3% will throw or attend a party
- 18.1% will visit a haunted house
A survey shows that 30% of all guys in the U.S. believe that sex is better after their sports team wins. Even more remarkable, a quarter of them would be willing to give up sex for a month if guaranteed their football team would win the Super Bowl and 11% offered to abstain "for however long it takes." In the survey, conducted by AreYouRomantic.com, 40% of the men believe their mates would also give up lovemaking for a big Super Bowl win.
Wanna lose weight? Strip off your duds and eat in the nude. That's the suggestion of some experts who believe that folks who eat naked in front of a full length mirror may lose their appetite by looking at their flab. Or course, the idea is to try the naked diet at home alone not at a dinner party. Personal trainer Matt Roberts, who helps trim and shape up stars like Madonna and Sting, believes the naked lunch can work. "While it's probably best not to try this with hot soup," he notes, "I should think that everyone should take an occasional, honest look at themselves naked to assess what shape they're really in." (National Examiner)