Friday, October 22, 2010

Wrapping up another work week

- Is it actually a lucky day, or is it just an easier day for grooms to remember their anniversary? More than 32,000 couples were married on October 10 (10.10.10), which many consider a lucky day. It was the most weddings occurring on one day in the U.S. since July 7, 2007.

- This isn't a bad return on an investment: A couple in North Carolina sold their $6,000 rural house to Apple for $1.7 million. The company is building a data center near the property.

- The soft opening for the southern location of La Bodega, in Leawood, is tonight.

- There is a site called which sends men identical pairs of socks as often as he would like. That's one way to solve the problem of orphaned socks in the dresser drawer.

- In case you need further proof about the odd fascinations of the American public, Internet sensation Antoine Dodson (check him out on YouTube) has one of the hottest Halloween costumes of the season.

- The Cars have re-united with original frontman Ric Ocasek. The band is working on a new album--their first since 1987's Door to Door.

- How's this for a lineup? Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep have signed on to an as yet unnamed comedy, directed by Michael Patrick. Patrick directed Sex and the City 2.

- As a happy iPad owner, I feel the following stat to be pretty odd. A recent Nielsen survey noted that 32% of the iPad owners surveyed have not yet downloaded an app. The content most regularly accessed on the iPad are: News (44%), Music (41%), Book (39%), TV show (33%), Movie (32%) Magazines (25%) and Radio (21%.)

- News Corp has scuttled plans for a tablet-based newsstand, called Project Alesia. The project would have brought all News Corp holdings together in one app, which would have included the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, as well as several international newspapers.

- Life after Reggie Bush continues to get interesting for Kim Kardashian. The television personality with well-known physical assets has been spotted with Kanye West recently, including a dinner in Chicago and a recent yachting trip. Kardashian turned 30 yesterday.

- In other love news, tennis star Maria Sharapova is engaged to Los Angeles Laker Sasha Vujacic. Vujacic is, of course, a teammate of Lamar Odom, who is the brother-in-law to the aforementioned Kim Kardashian and husband to Khloe Kardashian. Got all that...?

- Congratulations to our friend, Jon Nesvig, who announced his retirement as head of FOX Network advertising sales.

- You go, Katie Couric! Couric spoke out recently on the racy photo shoot of Glee cast members for GQ magazine. "These very adult photos of young women who perform in a family show just seem so un-Glee-like," she said. "The program is already edgy in the right ways. These images don't--in my humble opinion--fit the Glee gestalt." Couric noted that she watches the show with her daughters.

- Speaking of this photo shoot, Glee cast member Dianna Agron--one of those photographed for GQ--offered up a "sort of" apology via her blog. Wrote Agron, "In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, and other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans...we are not the first. Now, in perpetuating the type of images that evoke these types of emotions, I am sorry. If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?"

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