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Things U Need 2 Know- Tues 1/15/13

  • By the way, the Kate and William have officially announced that their due date is sometime in July. Really nice timing would be July 1, the birthday of William's late mom, Princess Diana.
  • Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Sunday's Golden Globes had its best night with viewers since the 2007's broadcast, garnering a 6.4 rating and nearly 20 million viewers.
  • Apple has reportedly ordered a drastic cut in orders for iPhone 5 components. According to the Wall Street Journal, the move comes in response to "weaker-than-expected demand."
  • Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have officially called off their divorce.
  • You might have seen her on stage Monday night, but Francesca Eastwood was 2013's Miss Golden Globe, escorting people off stage, etc. Yep, Clint's 19-year-old daughter.
  • If you weren't paying attention, Kelly Osbourne and Lady Gaga have been feuding... for several years now.
  • The creators of "South Park," Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are starting up their own production company, Important Studios.
  • Snow was trucked in from the mountains Saturday night in Seattle and 5,834 people set the new record for the world's biggest snowball fight!
  • Justin Timberlake has released a new song that he did with Jay-Z, called "Suit and Tie."
  • Jodie Foster gave quite a speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, confirming that she is gay (did anyone not know?) and almost sounding like she was retiring from acting.
  • Samsung is bragging that it's sold over 100-million of its Galaxy S Smartphones.
  • The Cadillac ATS has been named North American Car of The Year. [Lots of people are upset that Ben Affleck wasn't even nominated.]
  • HOSPITALS TURN AWAY VISITORS WITH FLU SYMPTOMS _ From the New York Times: People who wish to visit loved ones in the hospital take heed: At some medical centers, a cough or a sneeze will probably get you turned away. As public health officials struggle to contain the spread of influenza, pertussis and norovirus, a growing number of hospitals around the country are placing restrictions on visitors to protect their patients from infection. Hospitals in at least 10 states have asked visitors with flulike symptoms not to visit patients.
  • SPACE STATION MIGHT ADD REDNECK EXPANSION _ NASA has awarded a contract to explore ways to potentially expand the International Space Station. The agency says Bigelow Aerospace has been awarded a $17.8 million contract to deliver to the agency an inflatable extension for the space station.
  • MAN STOLE TRUCK, SOLD IT FOR CRACK _ In Austin, Texas, Carlos Sergio Valdes took a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe on a test drive. Valdes called police about 2 hours later and told officers he had become lost about 2 miles from the dealership and the vehicle had been stolen. But police later pulled over a woman who told them Valdes had sold her the $40,000 Tahoe in exchange for two crack rocks.
  • Get a tape measure and wrap it around your waist at the navel. Men whose waistlines are 47 inches and larger and women whose waistlines are 42 inches and bigger, have a far greater risk of dying from any cause, according to researchers from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. Belly fat, which is stored behind the abdominal wall, is particularly insidious, far worse than fat stored on the hips and thighs.
  • ZACK SNYDER SHOOTS DOWN REPORT HE'S DEVELOPING STAR WARS FILM _ Director Zack Snyder denies a report claiming he's going to direct a Star Wars film. A story surfaced Monday that Snyder, the director behind 300, Watchmen and the upcoming Man of Steel, is developing a Star Wars movie. But in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder's spokesperson says: "While he is super-flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars."
  • According to experts, this is the most depressing week of the year.  And you may not have realized it at the time, but yesterday was the most depressing DAY of the year.  The reasons why are obvious:  The "holiday glow" is over, the weather sucks, night starts early, you don't have a vacation to look forward to, and you've flopped on your New Year's resolutions. 
  • If you get a cough, pounding cough syrup and annoying your doctor isn't going to make it go away any faster.  A new study found that a cough lasts 18 days no matter WHAT you do.  More than 90% of coughs are viral, not bacterial, so they can't be treated . . . they just go away on their own.
  • A new study figured out the basic skills that are disappearing the fastest because of modern technology.  The top five are handwriting, using a dictionary or encyclopedia, mental math, reading a map, and finding something at the library.
  • A British newspaper just finished a year-long challenge where a housecat picked stocks for a year, in competition with three investment professionals.  And the cat did better.

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