ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1610, Galileo discovered Callisto, the fourth satellite of Jupiter.
In 1794, Congress agreed to add more stars to the U.S. flag.
On tghis date in 1854, Anthony Foss received a patent for his invention: the accordion.
On this date in 1972, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that a woman may become a professional umpire.
The YMCA filed a suit against the Village People in 1979.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrates her 49th birthday today.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Conan O'Brien says he's rejecting NBC's attempt to move "The Tonight Show" to a post-midnight slot.
- "Modern Family," "Cougar Town" and "The Middle" have been renewed by ABC.
- Who says Saturday night TV is dead? The Philadelphia vs. Dallas game last Saturday pulled 32.12 million. That's substanially more than "NCIS" the number one show on TV.
- A new study says that every hour of TV that you watch actually shortens our lives.
- Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi are out and so the "Spider-Man 4" project is dead. Marvel hopes to relaunch the franchise with a new star at a future date.
- Someone broke into Usher's car December 14 and made off with over a million dollars worth of jewelry, furs and electronics while he was inside a store.
- George Clooney's bombshell girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, may be an Italian TV host, but she will be showing off a bit more of her body as the new star of the Roberto Cavalli Underwear advertising campaign.
- Two of the three Dixie Chicks (No Natalie) are planning to release an album together this year.
- A new Jimi Hendrix Album is coming out March 9th, featuring a dozen previously unreleased tracks.
- Art Clokey has died at the age of 86. His legacy: "Gumby."
- Sarah Palin is now a commentator for the Fox News Channel.
- Watch out Snuggie, here comes Toasty: it looks like a Snuggie, but it's an electric blanket with adjustable temperature.
- Fox has ordered a second season of "Glee." Why wouldn't it?
- Jessica Biel is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on behalf of global clean water.
- Adam Lambert tweeted that he has not been signed to be on "Glee" yet.
(Women's Health) There is some truth to the age old cliche that people pack on the pounds after saying "I do." A study conducted at the University of North Carolina found that married couples are about twice as likely to be obese as those who are dating. "People who are in a legal relationship may feel less pressure to stay in shape because they're no longer trying to attract a partner," says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., author of "Because It Feels Good." But obesity has an unpleasant sexual side effect. "If you're worried about how your thighs or stomach looks, it's more difficult to relax and let go during sex." Studies show that people who work out together lose more weight, so grab your guy and hit the gym. Here's the obesity rates for men and women by relationship status:
- 19% of men who are dating are obese
- 14% of women who are dating are obese
- 24% of men who are cohabitating are obese
- 23% of women who are cohabitating are obese
- 35% of men who are married are obese
- 32% of women who are married are obese
Angry words and gestures are not the only way to get a sense of someone's temperament. Your facial structure can also predict your tendency to be aggressive. Whether your face is oval, round or square doesn't matter. What does matter is the facial width-to-height ratio (WHR), which is determined by measuring the distance between the right and left cheeks and the distance from the upper lip to the mid-brow. Previous research has suggested that males who have a larger WHR act more aggressively than those with a smaller WHR. For example, studies have shown that hockey players with greater WHR earn more penalty minutes per game than players with a lower WHR.
Scientists in Australia are on a mission of worldwide importance to stop sheep from burping. Turns out that about 12 percent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming are produced by ruminant livestock that is, cows and sheep. The scientists Down Under hope to create a new breed of sheep with lower, er, emissions. (Sun)
Has dull routine taken all the romance out of your marriage? New research says there's an easy way to get the sexy back in your love life do more housework. That's right. Researchers at Montclair State University in New Jersey conducted a survey and discovered that both men and women who did more cleaning received more loving in return. A caller to a Washington, D.C. radio show gave her opinion on the study results. "Maybe it's a form of tit-for-tat," said Alyssa from Rockville, Maryland. "Like, 'You do this for me, I'll do this for you.' Kind of a bargaining chip."