ON THIS DAY
The great Indian warrior "Crazy Horse" was born on this date in 1842.
On this date in 1903, the first payment to a Christmas Club account was paid.
The very first gas station in the United States opened up its pumps on this date back in 1913. It was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and gas sold for 3 cents a gallon.
On this date in 1929, Bingo was invented. I wonder what the dog's name was before that?
In 1939, Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer made his first appearance in a Montgomery Ward catalog.
Bette Midler turns 64, and Woody Allen hits birthday #74.
Soup Month -- Ladies, the soup you slurp does more than take the chill off a cold day. Psychologists have discovered an astonishing link between what you ladle into a bowl and what kind of man will really bring your passion to a boil. "A recent study shows that a woman's choice of soup reveals her ideal fantasy man," says psychiatric researcher Miriam Douglas of Cincinnati, OH.
- French onion -- You have a daring, adventurous personality, and you're always ready for a challenge. Chances are you're attracted to men with similar tastes, and you can best bond with them by sharing some electrifying experiences.
- Chicken noodle -- You're a warm-hearted, nurturing woman who places your sweetheart at the center of your world. Smart men are a real turn-on for you, and you show your love by thoroughly pampering your honey.
- Vegetable -- You're a responsible person who looks for a man who's a true partner, sharing in all decisions. And if your sweetie gives you the high degree of devotion you crave, you'll shower him with affection in return.
- Clam chowder -- You have a habit of falling in love with love, and your taste for novelty may keep you changing partners on a regular basis. Don't be so quick to rush from man to man because you could miss your soul mate in the shuffle.
- Cream of Tomato -- You yearn for the good life, and an ambitious man with a lot on the ball is right down your alley. You're willing to work right alongside him to achieve the financial security you must have to be happy.
- Baked potato -- You're a straight shooter who demands a matching honesty from your mate. Most importantly, if a man shares your strong sense of community and volunteerism, he's sure to win your heart.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Hopefully, the fourth time will be the charm for Tom Arnold. He was married last weekend in Maui.
- David Hasselhoff is back home after being hospitalized for two days for something his agent won't discuss. We have our guesses.
- Meanwhile, the ex-Mrs. Hasselhoff, Pamela Bach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI Saturday night.
- In 2007, 63% of college students said they would move back in with their parents after graduation until they found work. This year 69 percent of college students said they would move back.
- Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have split. Unless you believe their reps, who insist they are still together.
- Chelsea Clinton is engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky.
- Chris Brown will go into details on "20/20" December 11th.
- That little 5-year-old North Carolina girl that was kidnapped and killed: basketball's Shaquille O'Neal is picking up the tab for the funeral.
- Saturday Night Live is going to do three live December shows: Blake Lively will host with musical guest Rihanna on December 5, Taylor Lautner and Bon Jovi on December 12th and James Franco as host with musical guest Muse on December 19.
James Cameron changed the original name of two of his films. "Avatar" has been a decade in the making, but for much of that time it was referred to by its working title, "Project 880." Doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "Avatar," right? It's not unusual for filmmakers to do a last minute title switch:
- "Snakes on a Plane" was supposed to be called "Pacific Air Flight 121" until Samuel L. Jackson put his foot down.
- "Titanic"'s working title was "The Ship of Dreams"
- "Annie Hall" working title was "It Had To Be Jew"
- "Casablanca" working title was "Everyone Comes To Rick's"
- "Pretty Woman" working title was "$3,000"
- "E.T." working title was "A Boy's Life"
- "Unforgiven" working title was "The Cut Whore Killings"
- "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" working title was "Dead Toons Don't Pay The Bills"
- "Dogma" working title was "God"
- "Scream" working title was "Scary Movie"
- "Pulp Fiction" working title was "Black Mask"
- "Psycho" working title was "Wimpy"
- "Million Dollar Baby" working title was "Rope Burns"
- "Some Like It Hot" working title was "Not Tonight, Josephine!"
- "The Departed" working title was "Infernal Affairs"
- "It's A Wonderful Life" working title was "The Greatest Gift"
- "2001: A Space Odyssey" working title was "How The Solar System Was Won"
Feeling cranky? Well, here's some news to cheer you up. A new study says that being grouchy boosts your brain. Scientists in Australia have found that ill tempered folks tend to concentrate more on what's going on around them, and are more questioning of others giving them better memories and sharper minds. In comparison, happy people are more likely to take mental shortcuts and be gullible, resulting in less brainpower. (Globe)
Men, if you marry a woman who is well-educated, you'll boost your chances of living a long life. The higher a woman's education, the better the chance both she and her partner will have a long life, according to research from the Swedish Institute for Social Research in Stockholm, Sweden. Oddly, the level of a wife's education was a stronger factor in lowering her husband's risk of dying over the next 10 years than the man's own level of education.
With the decade ending this month, who is the hottest big screen actress of the 2000s? Here's what Playboy magazine readers said:
- Megan Fox
- Scarlett Johansson
- Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Naomi Watts
- Charlize Theron
- Halle Berry
- Keira Knightley
- Natalie Portman
- Cameron Diaz
- Angelina Jolie
- Jennifer Aniston
In Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez has asked citizens to conserve resources by not singing in the shower. "Three minutes is more than enough," Chavez declared in a television cabinet meeting. After a major drought, the country is suffering from a chronic shortage of fresh water and hydroelectric power. (Sun) You better be hygienic if you want to borrow books from Chicago's Schaumberg Township District Library. Director Stephanie Sarnoff has just banned all those with body odor from the premises. The decision was prompted by complaints concerning a homeless person. Advocate for the homeless Todd Stull says homeless folks in cases like this are "victims of circumstance." "It really is a fact of not enough money and not enough places willing to help them stay clean." (Sun)