Things U Need 2 Know- Mon 2/4/13

  • CBS has signed Mark Harmon to a new multi-year contract and announced that "NCIS" has been officially renewed for next season. The show is the number one program on television.
  • Roseanne Barr is going to make another run at a sitcom, this time on NBC.
  • New York City's former mayor, Ed Koch, passed away Friday at the age of 88.
  • According to a new survey, 53% of Americans believe that God rewards athletes who believe in him and 27% believe that God actually has a hand in determining which team wins.
  • Rumor has it that Sony is going to announce the Playstation 4 on February 20th.
  • Congrats to Christini Ricci, who confirmed she is engaged to a camera technician she met on the set of that short-lived TV series, "Pan Am."
  • Former "American Idol" judge Kara Dioguardi is a new mother after welcoming her first child via surrogate. The songwriter and her husband Mike McCuddy are now the parents of Greyson James Carroll McCuddy.
  • Hugh Hefner's new wife is auctioning off her wedding dress for charity.
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visits David Letterman tonight.
  • Geraldo Rivera is considering a run for a New Jersey senate seat.
  • Katie Couric says that back when she was 30, she went on one very awkward date with Larry King. Ew.
  • I guess I always figured that Dr. John wasn't his real name, but I wasn't expecting Mac Rebennack.
  • Steven Tyler showed up in front of the American Idol judges Thursday night, in drag, pretending to be a contestant.
  • As "30 Rock" wraps it up, Tracy Morgan announces his 4th child is on the way.
  • A change is coming to Costco's hot dog and a soda deal. Right now, it's a cheap $1.50 lunch -- a dog or Polish and a Coke. But come April, Costco is switching to Pepsi. Will the $1.50 price remain? We'll see...
  • Will Smith was going to have his daughter, Willow, star in a remake of "Annie," but the project has taken so long to get off the ground, that "She's outgrown the role!"
  • Americans consumed 79 million pounds of avocados yesterday during the Super Bowl festivities. For those keeping score, that's roughly 158 million avocados.
  • About 60 Harvard students have been forced to leave school after being caught cheating on the final exam of the class Introduction to Congress. [They now actually qualify to run for congress.]
  • ETCH A SKETCH INVENTOR DIES- The inventor of the Etch A Sketch has died. It was revealed over the weekend that Andre Cassagne had died in France on January 16.
  • VALENTINE'S DAY SPENDING UP _ Is it the improving economy or just a desire to stay out of the doghouse that is making us spend more on our sweetie this Valentine's Day? Valentine's Day, believe it or not, is the second largest consumer spending holiday, second only to Christmas. This year the average guy will spend $168.74, and the average women will dish out $85.76.
  • SCOTTISH MAN CALLS POLICE ON MCDONALD'S _ A Scottish man called police after he said workers at a McDonald's were ignoring him. The man called 911 (999), telling a dispatcher he'd had a disagreement with the staff. After they refused to address the man's concerns inside the restaurant he got in his car and went into the drive-thru -- and was still ignored. The dispatcher scolded the man for wasting what could be valuable resources.
  • The color of your cup can make the drink inside it more -- or less -- enticing. That is, the color of a plate or cup can actually influence how your senses perceive the food or beverage, enhancing the taste and aroma. The study participants agreed that the hot chocolate in the cream cup was slightly sweeter and more aromatic than the hot chocolate in the other colored cups.
  • Bad news fluoride fans! A new report published by Harvard University and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas
  • Saturday was Groundhog Day, and PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL did NOT see his shadow, which means an EARLY SPRING.  That's only the 15th time in 116 YEARS that he didn't see his it.  Unfortunately, he's only accurate about 39% of the time.
  • Here's the latest from the overprotective parents of America.  The new trend is banning kids from HIDE-AND-SEEK . . . because it makes kids anti-social and vulnerable.  In hide-and-seek, kids are encouraged to be secretive, ignore people calling their name looking for them, and find secluded places.  And some parents think all that sets them up for BAD THINGS to happen. 
  • In mid-December, a 10-year-old fifth grader in Omaha, Nebraska found out she had cancer.  She started treatment immediately, and is currently in the hospital getting treatment.  Last Wednesday, her school had a snow day . . . and her classmates spent it at the hospital, making snow angels outside her window to cheer her up.
  • According to a new poll by Huffington Post and YouGov.com, 45% of Americans say they believe in GHOSTS . . . or that spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations.  The survey also found 64% of people believe there's an afterlife.
  • WARM BODIES HAS BOX OFFICE HEAT _ Warm Bodies, the zombie romantic comedy, topped the box office on Super Bowl weekend with $20 million in ticket sales. Last week's winner Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came in second with $9.2 million.
  • ... In theaters Friday: Identity Thief, Side Effects and Top Gun IMAX 3D