ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1630, popcorn was introduced to the colonists by Indians.
In 1732 George Washington, the first U.S. president, was born. All those who remember the days when we got both Lincoln's birthday and Washington's birthday off as separate holidays... keep it to yourself.
On this date in 1819, Spain gave Florida to the United States for a chunk of cash.
In 1856, the very first meeting of the Republican Party took place.
Golf was first demonstrated in America way, way back in 1888 -- Men's Health asks, "Are you the Bogey Man? Or just teed off?" See how you're fairing on the fairway.
- Age at which the average guy starts playing golf: 29.
- Age at which Tiger Woods turned pro: 20.
- The average guy's 18-hole handicap: 16 over par. What he'd settle for: 13 over.
- Distance the average guy can drive the ball: 200 yards.
- Total amount of golf related expenses the average executive charges to his company annually: $1,485.
- Number of execs would let a client beat them if they thought it would help them get business: 1 in 5.
- Number of Fortune 500 CEOs who chat at golf: 1 in 3.
- Golf balls he'll lose in the water, the woods, or thin air: 4,735.
- Number-one golf-course related injury: Hit by a golf ball.
- Odds the average guy will hit a hole in one: 1 in 26,500.
- Percentage of male golfers who'd rather get a whole in one than see their child hit a home run: 10.
- The average guy's most common complaint about course conditions: Greens are too slow.
- The average guy's favorite golf movie: "Caddyshack." Runner-up: "Happy Gilmore."
- Number who have crashed a golf cart: 1 in 3.
- Percentage of men who admit that they've teed off from the women's tee: 6.
- Percentage who think they could beat a female pro golfer (playing from the women's tee): 12.
- Number of men who'd rather have a great round of golf than a great night of sex: 3 in 10.
- Percentage of men who fantasize about having sex on the golf course: 75.
On this date in 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House, except for paper ones.
Drew Barrymore turns 35 today.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- You know you're in trouble when Oprah doesn't want you on her show. All fallout from John Mayer's Playboy interview, in which he probably revealed a little bit too much.
- While his old NBC deal requires him to stay off television until September, Conan O'Brien is said to be planning a series of stage shows... performing in halls, just without the TV cameras.
- Lil Wayne wasn't just using a trip to the dentist as an excuse to delay his prison sentence. He actually had 8 root canals last Tuesday.
- Morgan Freeman says his left hand has been paralyzed since his August 2008 car accident. Can't move it at all... keeps it in a glove.
- Maggie Grace is returning for the final season of "Lost." Yes, her character, Shannon, was killed off in the second season... but she's coming back anyway.
- Jennifer Lopez will be the host and musical guest on the February 27th edition of "Saturday Night Live."
- Simon Cowell's spokesman has dismissed reports that he is engaged to wed "American Idol" make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy.
- OK, there were women waiting outside of Tiger Woods' press conference Friday, holding signs that said, "Pick me!"
The number one TV Personality is Oprah Winfrey, topping the 2010 Harris Poll. Surprisingly, Fox News personality Glenn Beck has debuted on the list in the number two spot. The top 10 for 2010 are:
- Oprah Winfrey
- Glenn Beck
- Jay Leno
- Ellen DeGeneres (tie)
- Hugh Laurie (tie)
- Jon Stewart
- Charlie Sheen
- Mark Harmon
- David Letterman
- Bill O'Reilly
Of the 10 on the list, seven of them are talk show personalities and only two are women. Men say Jay Leno is their favorite TV personality, while women choose Oprah Winfrey.
The web site, PleaseRobMe.com, wasn't meant to be a resource for criminals looking to break into houses. Nope, it was meant to alert hapless users of Twitter that they are giving away far too much personal information. But, instead it's both. Developed by Boy Van Amstel, Frank Groeneveld and Barry Borsboom, all of whom are Dutch, the site was created to prove a point: It's dangerous to share precise location information on the Internet. PleaseRobMe.com extracts information from players who have chosen to post their whereabouts automatically onto Twitter.
When a woman looks at a man's face, it's not the square jaw or rugged complexion that creates sparks and sets her heart aflutter. Instead, women who are looking for a long-term relationship or marriage prefer feminine features and full lips. That's the word from researchers at Durham University in England and St. Andrews in Scotland who found that men who had masculine features, such as larger noses, smaller eyes and thicker eyebrows, were perceived by both men and women to be more dominant, less faithful, less affectionate and a worse parent. But men who had finer and more feminine facial features, such as full lips, wide eyes and thinner, more curved eyebrows, were viewed by women as better potential long-term mates.
What do "sexting," "tweet" and "bromance" have in common? They should all be banned. The folks at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, annually takes on the role of word police by collecting a list of words and phrases that we have used so much they have become annoying. Here are the ten of the banned words and phrases on the 2010 list:
- Shovel-ready: Stick a shovel in it. It's done.
- Czar: We have appointed a czar of such-and-such; clearly that's better than a leader, coordinator or director!
- Tweet (and all of its variations: tweetaholic, retweet, twitterhea, twitterature, twittersphere): People tweet and retweet, and it's used so many times, it's lost its meaning.
- App: Is there an app for making this annoying word go away? Why can't we just call them programs again?
- Sexting: Any dangerous new trend that also happens to have a clever mash-up of words, involves teens and gets television talk show hosts interested, must be banished.
- Teachable moment: This phrase is used to describe everything from potty-training to politics. It's time to vote it out!
- Toxic assets: Whatever happened to simply saying bad stocks, debts or loans?
- Too big to fail: Does such a thing exist? We'll never know if a company is too big to fail, unless somehow it does fail and then it will no longer be too big to fail.
- Bromance: We're sick of combined words the media create to make them sound catchier, including frenemies, bromances and blogorrhea?
- Chillaxin': Heard everywhere from MTV to ESPN to CNN, this bothersome term seeks to combine chillin' with relaxin' -- and it should get an axin'.
Okay guys, did you know that dancing makes you smarter? Just as performing a mentally stimulating task, like completing a crossword puzzle, can boost mental acuity, shaking your groove thing can ward off Alzheimer's and dementia. You no longer have an excuse to shun "Dancing with the Stars."
Volunteering to take out the trash may keep your relationship out of the dumps. Partners who make considerate gestures feel happier with their bond than less thoughtful types do, experts at the University of Rochester in New York say. It's tough to tell which comes first, courtesy or contentment but the process is probably reciprocal.
Rich people are more likely to hide their income so they don't have to pay as much in taxes, according to a survey of Internal Revenue Service data. Taxpayers whose true 2001 income was between $500,000 and $1 million understate their adjusted gross incomes by a whopping 21% compared to an 8% "fudge" on income reported by those who made from $50,000 to $100,000 in the same year.