ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1605, the plot by Guy Falkes to blow up the English Parliament failed.
In 1875, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for trying to vote in a presidential election.
Legendary cowboy star Roy Rogers was born way, way back in 1911. He appeared in more than 100 films, starring in 87 of them. He also starred in his own NBC-TV series for six years from 1951 to 1957, with his wife Dale Evans. Here are some Roy Rogers facts and trivia from TVcrazy.net:
- He was the only man voted in the Country Music Hall of Fame twice. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 as a member of the Original Sons Of The Pioneers and in 1988 as an individual artist.
- The first movie Roy appeared in was "Way up Thar" in 1935.
- Through the 40's and 50's Roy Rogers was the number one western star at the box office for 12 straight years.
- At one time Roy Rogers was second only to Walt Disney in souvenir sales and licensing. Roy's estate was once valued at over 100 million dollars.
- It was while making the 1944 film "The Cowboy and the Senorita" that Roy first met Dale Evans. They would marry three years later, 14 months after the death of Roy's first wife, Arlene.
- Roy wasn't allowed to kiss Dale in the movies.
- His horse Trigger appeared in all the films and TVv shows Roy Rogers starred in. In 1965 when Trigger died at 33, Roy had him stuffed and put in Roy and Dale's museum.
- Roy died at age 86 in 1998, and Dale recently passed on at age 88. Roy and Dale appeared in 35 movies together, plus their TV show and were together for 51 years.
On this date in 1955, the very first stereo broadcast was heard.
Tatum O'Neal turns 46, Singer Bryan Adams hits the big 5-0, Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton is 57. Peter Noone of "Herman's Hermits" turns 62. and Art Garfunkle turns 68 today.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have agreed to co-host the next Academy Awards show.
- Thomas Dekker, the star of the now-defunct "Terminator" TV series "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," has been charged with two DUI's.
- Michael Irvin and "Iron Chef America" chairman were sent home this week on "Dancing with the Stars."
- Carrie Underwood is pretty nutso over her hockey player boyfriend, Mike Fisher. Even wrote him a really mooshy love note in the pamphlet of her new CD.
- Now available: a Snuggy featuring the rock band Weezer. Can life get any better than that?
- Eat curry. It may well be the new wonder food. An extract that is found in the bright yellow curry spice turmeric actually kills cancer cells, The BBC News reports of a study from the Cork Cancer Research Centre in Ireland.
- Kirstie Alley in another reality show based on her weight challenges? A and E have signed her for a 10-episode thing next year.
- Supermodel and mommy-to-be Gisele Bundchen (Mrs. Tom Brady) has passed her written test for acquiring her helicopter license.
- Sesame Street starts it's 40th season on November 10th.
- The coat rack reality star Ryan Jenkins used to hang himself earlier this year... was put on display at a Halloween party, where guests could take their picture with it. A little too macabre, don't you think?
- Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will debate -- I'm not kidding -- in New York's Radio City Music Hall February 25th of next year. Part of a speakers series being put on there.
- Brad Pitt is blaming the paparazzi for his recent motorcycle accident and is currently shopping for a new bike.
- An Atlanta stripper claims she had a one-night stand with Fergie's husband, Josh Duhamel. But both Fergie and Josh are denying it. The stripper says she has text messages to back up her claims.
Traffic jams delay holiday reunions and frazzle commuters. According to the 2009 Urban Mobility Report, we spend 4.2 billion hours sitting in traffic each year, burning through the equivalent of 370,000 tanker trucks of fuel. Men's Health magazine polled its male readers to get the answers to these questions:
- 53% of men said traffic is not a major stressor in their life.
- 47% of men said traffic is a major stressor in their life.
- 34% of men spend 30 to 60 minutes a day commuting.
- 27% of men spend 0 to 30 minutes a day commuting.
- 26% of men spend more than 1 and a half hours a day commuting.
- 13% of men spend 1 to 1 and a half hours a day commuting.
- 84% said they do not carpool to work.
- 71% said commuting with their significant other would not improve their relationship.
- 76% say the root cause of congestion is drivers.
- 78% say they would support legislation that encouraged employers to vary work schedules like weekend workdays and 4 day work weeks, to ease congestion.
- 56% of men do not think road construction projects designed to improve traffic flow ever work.
- 70% of men said they never get impatient and try to jump ahead in long lines of traffic.
- 68% of men said they think "line cutters" are thoughtless, selfish jerks.
- 52% said distracted drivers pose the greatest threat on the road.
- 25% said divers under the influence pose the greatest threat on the road.
- 65% said they have never been a victim of road rage.
- 56% of men said they'd been in one or two traffic accidents.
- 22% of men said they'd been in no traffic accidents.
- 22% of men said they'd been in more than three traffic accidents.
- 60% of men said if they could triple their salary but would have to commute three times as far, they would do it.
- 71% of men said they rarely use public transportation.
- 41% of men said if gas prices doubled permanently tomorrow, they'd deal with it.
- 41% of men said if gas prices doubled permanently tomorrow, they'd drive less.
- 86% of men said they would prefer to travel by high speed rail if the prices were reasonable.
Another Men's Health poll asked, "What commuter driving habits annoy you most?"
- 24% said driving too slowly
- 19% said chatting on the phone
- 15% said tailgating
- 13% said not letting me merge
- 12% said swerving between lanes
- 8% said texting
- 3% said applying makeup
- 2% said driving too fast
- 2% said reading
- 2% said driving outside the lanes
A poll by the financial web site YouGov.com found that nearly 70% of Internet users admit having the habit of "wilfing." What? It's the term that's short for "What Was I Looking For?" For instance, you're reading e-mail when you think about researching vacation spots, which reminds you that you need to check out gym prices, so you surf from one site to another until you forget what you started out looking for. One expert said the Internet is so full of distractions, it's easy to fall into this. Internet users over 55 are three times more likely to be wilfers than those under 25. People over 60 find themselves surfing the Internet when they really came into the room to look for their car keys.
Another survey found that adults waste around two full working days each and every month surfing around on non-work-related web sites. People admitted that they were constantly checking out shopping, news and travel web sites. How much time do you spend on the Internet at work on no work related sites?
A pretty face can land a better salary, a study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences reports. We assume beautiful people are intelligent, friendly, and competent, says study co-author Carl Senior, Ph.D. But if an attractive manager fails to perform, she'll find it harder to climb the career ladder, Senior adds.
A British study of 1000 men found that who had sex at least twice a week had half the death rate of those who indulged less than once a month. According to neuropsychologist David Weeks, who found that men and women reported having sex an average of four times per week looked 10 years younger than they really were.