ON THIS DAY
The Indian emperor who built the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan, was born on this date in 1592.
In 1778, the colonists set explosives afloat on the Delaware River to destroy the British fleet, but not one exploded.
In 1914, Henry Ford announced a minimum wage of $5 an hour.
On this date in 1948, Alfred Kinsey's "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was published.
In 1972, President Nixon signed a bill into law that committed America to a reusable space ship.
Happy Cinco de Januario. Former NFL player Mercury Morris turns 63.
Diane Keaton turns 64, Robert Duvall is 79, Former Vice President Walter Mondale turns 82, and It's George and Barbara Bush's anniversary today. They've been reading each other's lips and staying the course for 64 years.
Sherlock Holmes Day -- how about some Sherlock Holmes trivia:
- What musical instrument did Sherlock Holmes play? (the violin)
- Who does Holmes fear the most? (Professor Moriarty)
- Who was Holmes's roommate as well as his sidekick? (Dr. Watson)
- Which city does Holmes live in? (221B Baker Street in London)
- What are Holmes's hired street Arab children called? (The Baker Street Irregulars)
- How many different types of cigar ashes can Holmes distinguish from one another? (140)
- How many Sherlock Holmes novels did Arthur Conan Doyle write? (4)
- Famous Holmes saying: "You see but you do not _____?" (observe)
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves now have the complete set. Camila gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, giving a baby sister to Levi who they had 17 months ago.
- Former American Idol contestant Jason Castro married his long-time girlfriend last Saturday in Texas.
- John Mayer will be back online this Thursday... but for now, he's enjoying a one-week "digital cleanse." E-mails only from computers... no cell phone texts, Twitter or any social media.
- Tiger Woods' wife Elin has been enjoying the holiday season in the Swiss Alps with her twin sister and other family members.
- 2010 means a new decade and that means time for a new government census. A $340 million ad campaign kicks off this week to make sure you know it's happening.
- Simon Cowell's brother, Tony, says the next season of "American Idol" will be the judge's last.
- Among those being honored with U.S. postage stamps this year: Katharine Hepburn, Gene Autry, Mother Teresa, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, the 2010 Olympic games and the Negro baseball leagues.
- California super-church pastor Rick Warren said the church needed $900,000 due to a budget shortfall and the flock donated $2.4 million.
- Garlic prices are soaring in China, because of the rumor that it will help prevent the Swine flu... which, as far as science knows, isn't true.
- CBS says the Super Bowl is 95% sold out. Coke and Budweiser are back, Pepsi chose not to join in the party. First half of the February 7th game is completely sold out.
- Leona Lewis is nursing a horse-riding injury after she fell off during a ride.
- Look for a "Friends" reunion tomorrow night on "Cougartown" when Lisa Kudrow guest stars on Courtney Cox's series.
- There's a leaked video making its rounds on the Internet that purports to be a new Michael Jackson song, the one he was working on with Lenny Kravitz.
- A new study claims that women's feet are getting bigger. That the average woman's shoe size has gone up by one size over the past five years.
- Elton John says he's been helping Eminem fight off drugs for over a year.
(TotalBeauty.com) Bad hair days can also mean bad mood days. Frizzy, flyaway hair or limp hair without body not only makes you look bad, but also can make you feel bad. If it's any consolation, bad hair days might not be your fault. Just blame the place you live -- of course, if it's one of these 10 U.S. cities: Top 10 worst cities for bad hair days:
- Corpus Christi, TX -- Why? It's hot, humid, has hard water and is home to only a few salons.
- Olympia, WA -- Why? The days are rainy and the air is humid. And you'll have a hard time finding anyone to even cut your hair since there are only 25 listed hairstylists in the city.
- Pittsburgh -- Why? It's polluted. Very, very polluted. And pollution has been known to cause premature balding, graying and dullness.
- Las Vegas -- Why? That desert climate--dry and sunny--will scorch your hair.
- Phoenix -- Why? It has the nation's most extreme climate and very hard water.
- Pensacola, Florida -- Why? It's one of the wettest cities. Even worse, the salons cater to the retirement crowd--wash, curl, comb-out and lots of hair spray.
- Fresno, CA -- Why? It's sunny and polluted.
- Houston -- Why? It's hot, humid and has very hard water.
- Tucson, AZ -- Why? Too much sun and hard water.
- New Orleans -- Why? It's humid and wet.
The absolutely best age to be is 46. Why? It's considered the gateway to a golden age when you have everything you want. Check it off: a loving spouse, a beautiful home, a great career and wonderful children. While most people dread turning 40, that milestone is actually on the cusp of the best part of life, according to researchers from the British insurance company More Than. In late 40s also mark the time when people have acquired the most stuff, such as household gadgets and valued personal possessions. And that's because they have the most money. The average wealth for this age group is 40 percent higher than that of 20-year-olds and 35 percent higher than those in their 70s, who have retired and are living on savings.
Comedian/actor Will Ferrell is Hollywood's Most Overpaid Star, according to a new Forbes poll. His recent box office bombs have put him at the top of the annual list that estimates his films earn just $3.29 for every dollar he takes home. Ewan McGregor is second as his films earn $3.75 for every dollar in his pocket. Billy Bob Thornton, Eddie Murphy and Ice Cube round out the top five overpaid stars, while Tom Cruise, Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Jim Carrey are in the bottom half of the top 10. On the other end of the scale, Shia LaBeouf has been named Forbes' Best Actor for the Buck, for every dollar he pockets for a film, his movies earn an average of $160.