ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1887, Notre Dame lost its first game to Michigan, 8-0. I thought you'd wanna know.
John Lee Love of Fall River, MA, patented his "Love Sharpener" or the Pencil Sharpener way, way back in 1897
On this day in 1936, the very first issue of Life magazine hit the newsstands.
In 1945, the rationing of food because of the war finally ended.
On this date in 1948, the zoom lens was invented.
Bruce Hornsby turns 55 and that's just the way it is...
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- A new United Nations study claims that Afghanistan is the most dangerous place in the world for a child to be born.
- James Van Der Beek has filed for divorce from wife Heather McComb.
- Jim Carrey walked his 22-year-old daughter Jane down the aisle last weekend as she married musician Alex Santana. Imagine Jim as your father-in-law.
- "Lost" will return for it's final season February 2.
- Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are in Austria this week to continue shooting their new movie, "Knight and Day."
- The National Enquirer reports that Penny Marshall is battling liver cancer.
- John Kerry's daughter, Alexandra, was arrested last week on suspicion of DUI.
- Assault and harassment charges against singer John Rich (Big and Rich) were dismissed on Friday. Rich and other witnesses testified that he did not punch singer Jared Ashley at a private nightclub in March, 2008.
- "CSI Miami" co-star Eddie Cibrian is suing Life & Style Weekly for defamation over a recent story claiming he was cheating on girlfriend LeAnn Rimes. He wants the court to award him $1 million.
- Tonight is the final new episode of "Jon and Kate Plus Eight"... forever.
- James Caan has filed for divorce from wife #4 after 14 years of trying to make it work.
- Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib was sentenced to jail for 45 days for leaving the scene of an accident. He pleaded no contest last month to leaving the scene of an accident that injured a man who was trying to serve him with a restraining order.
- Google's new Chrome operation system will out a year from now.
The number one most ticketed car is a Hummer H2. According to a survey conducted by ISO Quality Planning, the massive vehicle is more likely than any other vehicle to get a traffic ticket. The Hummer H2 was followed by the Scion tC and the Scion xB. The least ticketed car in the U.S. is the Jaguar XJ, followed by the Chevrolet Suburban and the Chevrolet Tahoe. The survey was done to help insurance companies identify and manage risks when insuring automobiles. Top 10 most ticketed cars in the U.S.
- Hummer H2
- Scion tC
- Scion xB
- Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG
- Toyota Solara Coupe
- Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG
- Scion xA
- Subaru Outback
- Audi A4
- Toyota Matrix
Scientists have figured out another telltale sign women can use to tell if a man is ready, willing and able. His sweat activates the female brain. LiveScience.com reports that researchers from Rice University in Houston have concluded that while men give off clear signs they are in the "mood," they also give off a scent of sweat and that is picked up by women, at least subconsciously.
Another study shows that women looking for a one-night stand are attracted to a hot body above all else just as men are according to a study from the University of Texas. Runner-up: a good smile, which says you're outgoing, honest, and smart. Men and women listed up to four things they would find attractive in a good one-night stand partner:
- 34% said body
- 14% said smile
- 9% said face
- 9% said hair
- 7% said height
- 7% said eyes
- 1% said skin
- 48% said body
- 13% said face
- 9% said hair
- 7% said height
- 6.5% said smile
- 5% said eyes
One if four men admit they'd give up sex for a month if it guaranteed their favorite football team winning the Super Bowl. And 11% say they'd quit sex "for however long it takes" if their team could be crowned champion. The poll by Are You Romantic.com found that 30% of U.S. guys say sex is better when their team wins but one in 10 confesses it's worse after a loss.
If you're eating way too much, blame it on "Law and Order" or "CSI." Television shows that focus on crime appear to make viewers eat and shop more, according to researchers at Arizona State University. It's all about death, blood and gore. When viewers are reminded about their own impending mortality, they not only spend more on groceries, but also eat more of those groceries. Naomi Mandel, co-author of the study and an associate professor of marketing at Arizona State University, told MSNBC, "We find this with snacks and drinks but also all kinds of different foods: frozen foods, meats, vegetables, everything."
According to a recent survey by Shop.com and Russell Omnibus, one in four (25%) of Americans say they are most likely to act like Scrooge on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). In fact, heading out for holiday shopping seems to be the most trying holiday activity. While nearly all Americans can name at least one holiday irritation, shopping activities are the worst, with waiting in line (79%) and dealing with crowds (74%) topping the list. Other irritations include parking at the stores or mall (66%), traffic on the way to the stores or mall (65%), the time it takes to get your shopping done across multiple stores (41%) and having a limited selection of items to choose from (40%).
Watching too medical dramas like "House" and "Grey's Anatomy" can actually contribute to making you ill. Researchers surveyed kids between the ages of 12 and 18 and found that those who watched more medical shows on TV were more likely to be afraid of catching all those typically nasty and exotic bugs that afflict the characters. "Exposure to TV images of medical characters was strongly associated with fear of illness," says researcher Dr. Jan Van Mierlo of Hasselt University in Belgium. "Specifically, fear of illness increased with age and girls were more afraid of illness than boys." Along with educating viewers about medicine and disease, the shows apparently frighten them, too.