ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1892, the very first basketball game was played.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated and made his famous "Ask not" speech.
In 1965, the Wisconsin Cheese Foundation started making "the world's largest cheese": a block weighing 34,591 pounds.
Melissa Rivers turns 42, Bill Maher turns 54, and Director David Lynch turns 64. He gave us "Twin Peaks".
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Among the famous helping out in Haiti: John Travolta sent down a plane with missionaries, supplies and medics; John Mayer recorded a special song for CNN to use in their reports.
- "Avatar" has been pulled from 1600 screens in China because the government felt it was taking away too much from Chinese-made movies.
- Conan's leaving NBC deal is said to be worth $32.5 million. Nice going-away present.
- Jennifer Lopez is getting closer and could show up soon as a guest star on "Glee."
- Chris Pine and TV host Olivia Munn WERE a couple. It's past-tense now.
- Every year since 1949, someone has left cognac and roses on Edgar Allan Poe's grave on his birthday, until this year.
- Brooke Shields has been told by the IRS that she owes some $10,000 in back taxes. Ouch!
- Jeff Conaway, famous for his roles in "Grease" and the TV show "Taxi," was injured on Monday when he fell down some stairs at his home... which resulted in a brain hemorrhage, a broken hip and arm and a fractured neck.
- Tiger Woods is approaching the end of his 6-week Sex Addiction Rehab and is said to be planning to resume golf and getting his life back on track in the spring.
- Those Valentine's Day candy hearts with the messages on them? This year, they'll have one that says, "Tweet me."
- January 27th is the date Apple will make their next announcement. Most likely, the tablet computer release date.
- Dennis Hopper has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 14 years, citing irreconcilable differences. He's battling prostate cancer as well.
- The Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul the 2nd in 1981 has been released from prison after serving 29 years.
Honesty may be the best policy, but like the proverbial tree in the forest, if no one knows you're stretching the truth, does it really matter? It depends on whom you ask, Woman's Day and AOL Living surveyed more than 2,000 people to find out whether they'd rather stick to the truth or suffer the consequences:
- 50% said they're somewhat honest
- 48% said they're very honest
- 2% said they're not very honest
- 76% said they've never cheated on their husband
- 24% said they've cheated on their husband
- 46% said if they knew a friend's husband was having an affair they would tell her
- 29% said if they knew a friend's husband was having an affair they would confront her husband
- 25% said if they knew a friend's husband was having an affair they would keep quiet
- 67% said they would snoop through their husband's e-mail or cell phone
- 33% said they would not snoop through their husband's e-mail or cell phone
- 56% said they would not hid purchases or receipts from their husband
- 44% said they would hid purchases or receipts from their husband
- 68% said if their child committed a nonviolent crime they would not alert the police
- 32% said if their child committed a nonviolent crime they would alert the police
- 58% would lecture their child if they heard him tell a friend he cheated on a test
- 33% would make their child tell their teacher if they heard him tell a friend he cheated on a test
- 9% would say nothing if they heard a child tell a friend he cheated on a test
- 75% said they would snoop through their kid's e-mail or cell phone
- 25% said they would not snoop through their kid's e-mail or cell phone
- 76% said they do no consider it dishonest to talk their way out of a speeding ticket
- 24% said they do consider it dishonest to talk their way out of a speeding ticket
- 62% said they would leave a note if they dinged someone's car and no one saw them do it
- 38% said they would not leave a note if they dinged someone's car and no one saw them do it
- 40% said if they could cheat on their taxes without getting caught they would do it
- 60% said if they could cheat on their taxes without getting caught they would not do it
- 13% said yes they have "borrowed" the newspaper from their neighbor's front step
- 87% said no they have not "borrowed" the newspaper from their neighbor's front step
- 68% said they have taken pens, paper or other office supplies from their job
- 32% said they have not taken pens, paper or other office supplies from their job
- 69% said they have called in "sick" to work when they really were not sick
- 31% said they have not called in "sick" to work when they really were not sick
- 74% said they do not consider it dishonest to re-gift a present
- 26% said they do consider it dishonest to re-gift a present
- 40% said the celebrity they trust most to do the right thing is Tom Hanks
- 37% said the celebrity they trust most to do the right thing is Oprah Winfrey
- 14% said the celebrity they trust most to do the right thing is Bono
- 9% said the celebrity they trust most to do the right thing is Angelina Jolie
Used to be when a woman would marry the man she loved that put her on a sure route to a lifetime of financial security. Now it is men -- not women -- who get the biggest financial boost from saying "I do," according to the Pew Research Center. In the period beginning in 1970, women have outpaced men in both education and earnings growth. And a far larger proportion of men now, compared with men in 1970, are married to women whose education and income exceed their own. In addition, a larger number of women are married to men who have less education and income.
It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have been only 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world. Everyday an average 868 Americans join the armed forces, while only 8 Americans join the Peace Corps.
The truth is, guys are right about plenty of things, and if we listened, really listened, to some of their insights, we could have a happier, healthier love life. How? It turns out men have at least eight things Glamour Magazine says men are right about:
- When it comes to sex, what's done is done
- Abandon a sinking (relation)ship.
- More sex does lead to better sex
- You don't need to talk everything to death
- And sometimes it's fine to be completely quiet
- It's OK (and dare we say it, a good thing) to check out other people
- Video games can bring you closer
- It's sex, not the Psychic Network
People who habitually read magazines and newspapers may have better critical reasoning skills, according to a study from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. Researchers believe that's because these readers learn to rely on hard facts to draw their conclusions.
Dating in dark venues in the latest way to meet potential mates. Proponents say the benefit is that when you don't obsess about looks, you can focus on someone's personality.
The more we become connected through e-mail, the Internet, cell phones and other technologies, the more we become disconnected in our personal relationships. That's the conclusion of a recent Duke University study that found Americans have fewer good friends than they had 20 years ago, dropping dramatically from an average of three to two. Sociologists at Duke and the University of Arizona believe the results of their research show that Americans are becoming more and more socially isolated. Surprisingly, one out of four of the people surveyed said they have no close friends at all.