ON THIS DAY
It was on this date in 1709 that Robin Crusoe was rescued.
The U.S. Supreme Court teamed up for the first time way back in 1790.
On this date in 1893, Thomas Edison finished the first-ever movie production studio.
In 1914, Pennsylvania created the movie censorship board.
On this date in 1920, the world's first armored car hit the streets.
On this day in 1951, the explosion of an atomic bomb was shown on TV for the first time.
Skippy Peanut Butter was first sold in 1933 -- Doctors at Tufts University have come up with a low-cost way to keep yourself free of coughs and sniffles this winter. A study shows you can slash your risk of colds and flu by 30 percent by eating peanut butter for breakfast. Peanut butter is loaded with Vitamin E, which has a proven track record in fending off viruses like the ones responsible for colds and flu.
Wow, we've already blasted through January!
Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis' little girl, turns 42, and Pauley Shore is also 42 today
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- What-a-Bank Robber. Rip Torn, 78, has been charged with breaking into a bank, while drunk, with a loaded gun.
- The queen of bitter, Joan Rivers, said in an interview at the Sundance Festival that Jay Leno "ain't funny" and that Conan O'Brien "ain't that funny."
- NBC says there were 10.3 million viewers tuned in for Conan O'Brien's final "Tonight Show."
- By the way, Jay Leno has moved up his exit. His final "Jay Leno Show" will be Monday night, February 8.
- Carrie Underwood will sing the national anthem this Sunday at the Super Bowl. Queen Latifah will sing "American the Beautiful" prior to the game.
- Victoria Beckham will co-host "The View" next month.
- Speaking of Queen Latifah... she, Sean Puffy Combs and Wycleff Jean will host another Haiti Relief concert this Friday on BET and MTV.
- Samantha Harris says she's done with "Dancing with the Stars" and won't be there when the 10th season begins on March 22.
- "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," a new amusement park, opens up in Orlando this spring.
- George Stephanopoulos has learned that he may be genetically linked to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The #1 indicator that he is about to dump you is when you realize he's avoiding you. More than 62% who are about to break up with their partner told a Yahoo! Personals dating study that they are very likely to or would definitely avoid the other person. Want more?
- Monday is the favorite day of the week to break up with 27% preferring it. Sunday is a close second at 21%.
- 32% agreed that the worst way to break up is with an e-mail sent to work, while 27% said the worst way was to deliver the news secondhand through a friend or family member.
- 18% said breaking up on Valentine's Day is the worst, while 23% said choosing to do the deed on his or her birthday is the lowest you can go.
What do jilted lovers do once they've stopped crying?
- 76% say they immerse themselves in their work.
- 72% go online to check out new dating partners.
- 50% go on a vacation.
- 23% try to rewrite history and cut their former partner out of all their photographs.
So how do we avoid those nasty breakups? Partners who tell each other the high points of their day report more positive feelings, a study from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City finds.
Here's something to howl about some people actually are more violent and display werewolf tendencies during a full moon, researchers reveal. For years, many police officers and emergency services workers have claimed there's a direct link between the moon and behavior only to have it dismissed as coincidence. But the new study of patients confirms instances of "violent and acute behavior disturbances" during full moons were double those of any other lunar phase. "Some of these patients attacked staff like wild animals by biting, spitting and scratching," says Leonie Calver, clinical research nurse in toxicology at Australia's Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. "One might compare them with werewolves of past who are said to have also appeared during the full moon." In the study published in Australia Medical Journal, Calver says: "It has been reported that the practice of rubbing magic ointment on the skin or inhaling vapor form a magic potion by an alleged werewolf induces metamorphosis. Not surprising, the main ingredients were belladonna and nightshade, both of which can produce delirium, hallucinations and delusion of bodily metamorphosis." (National Examiner)
A recent study reveals that among those celebrating Valentine's Day, men are more likely to be giving a gift versus women (81% vs. 68%) and over one third (36%) of men who are celebrating Valentine's Day plan to take their Valentine out to dinner. Want more?
- 51% of Americans are looking forward to Valentines Day.
- A large majority of those planning to give a gift are purchasing in store (85%) versus online (4%).
- The majority of those planning to give a gift plan to spend under $50.
- Approximately one in four Americans (27%) who are celebrating Valentine's Day want to be taken out to dinner.
- 30% of Americans plan to celebrate on a day other than February 14th.
Ladies, wow him in red. He'll think you're flaunting the color of love for Valentine's month, but actually, you're secretly seducing him. Research from the University of Rochester found that men were more turned on by a crimson shade than by any other hue. (Cosmopolitan)
We've all seen the beer commericals on Sunday tauting gadgets for tailgating at Sunday afternoon football games. Now, two clever guys have invented a way to make "man's best friend" even better dog collars with built in beer bottle openers. Adam Harris and John Hornbeak, both of San Diego, California, had a foaming burst of inspiration during an outing when they couldn't crack a cold one. "We had a whole bucket of beers," says John. "I remember a couple of dogs and no openers and we said: "I think that's a good idea.'" Six prototypes and 18 months later, the entrepreneurs started selling the Bark 4 Beer collar. "If it's a guy, they love it and if it's a girl, they think it's ridiculous," says Adam. John explains: "You call your dog over, you grab this thing on the collar, and it retracts out, and you open up the bottle." Adam raves: "It basically creates a four legged bottle opener for the party animal." (National Examiner)