Monday, August 27, 2007

AUGUST 27, 2007


Did you see this on the Miss Teen USA pageant Friday night? Miss South Carolina is asked why she thinks 1 out of 5 Americans cannot find the country on a map. Witness the horror.

Early tomorrow morning... starting at 1:51 AM... there's going to be a total eclipse of... the Moon. (Be honest, you were thinking heart...)

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth passes directly between the sun and the Moon, which blocks the sun's light. It's rare, because the Moon is usually above or below the Earth. The eclipse will last about three-and-a-half hours... as the Earth moves, it will look like it's taking bigger and bigger chunks out of the Moon, before, eventually, Earth's shadow eclipses the Moon completely. The eclipse will give the Moon an orange-red glow, which will last about 90 minutes.

If you miss this eclipse, the next total lunar eclipse will happen on February 21st of next year. Tomorrow's eclipse should be visible everywhere in North and South America, with the best views in the West. People in Europe, the Middle East and Africa won't be able to see it at all.

Maybe this explains Miss South Carolina's answer above...

This isn't a very good sign for where our country's collective intelligence level is headed. According to a new Associated Press-Ipsos poll, last year, more than ONE out of every FOUR Americans say they didn't read a single book.

73% of people say they read a book last year; 27% say they didn't.

The most popular type of book that people read last year were... The Bible and religious works. The rest of the most popular list, in order: Popular fiction, historical books, biographies, mysteries, romance novels, political books, poetry and classical literature.

The Mega Millions multistate lottery jackpot rose to $250 million as none of the tickets sold for Friday night's draw matched all five numbers, the Associated Press reported, citing the lottery.
Twelve tickets won the second prize of $250,000, the news agency said. The next draw will be on Tuesday.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in the states of California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, according to the lottery's Web site.

Regina Barreca is a professor at the University of Connecticut, and she's spent her entire career studying men and women and humor. And, according to Barreca, there are three MAJOR differences in what men and women find funny:

1) WOMEN DON'T LIKE CRUDE HUMOR. That's "Three Stooges" types of humor with eye-poking and head slamming...

2) WOMEN DON'T TELL JOKES, THEY TELL STORIES. Women's humor takes longer to develop, it's not just a quick setup and punch line.

3) WOMEN DON'T LIKE HUMOR MAKING FUN OF EACH OTHER'S PHYSICAL SHORTCOMINGS. Groups of female friends don't sit around making fun of each other like groups of male friends.

She also surveyed tons of people to figure out the movies that men find funniest and that women find funniest.

The men's top five: "Blazing Saddles", "Caddyshack", "Office Space", "Trading Places" and "Meet the Parents".

The women's top five: "When Harry Met Sally", "9 to 5", "Annie Hall", "Clueless" and "Tootsie".