Biography.com’s “Week in Review” highlights interesting people who’ve made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Logic Under Fire: ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ Blasts Creationism
Don’t let that calm demeanor and those subdued vocal chords fool you: If PBS TV personality “Bill Nye the Science Guy” had his way, he’d banish biblical ideas about the origins of life straight to…the cosmos!
Nye’s been on a mission this week to implore parents who don’t believe in evolution to stop teaching biblical beliefs of creationism to their children.
“I say to the grownups, ‘If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we’ve observed in the universe that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it,’” Nye said in a video sponsored by the knowledge forum Big Think.
He added that when a substantial part of the population rejects evolution, which he calls the “fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology,” it pulls back the country as a whole from innovating and moving forward.
“We need [our children]. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future,” he said.
A recent Gallup poll revealed that 46 percent of Americans believe in creationism, which is defined by the idea that God created humans within the last 10,000 years.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Promises He Can’t Veep: Chris Christie Reportedly Told Insiders Romney Would Lose
Was there unspoken tension between Chris Christie and Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention (RNC) this week?
Not only was there much hoopla over the fact that it took the New Jersey state governor 16 minutes into his 24-minute keynote speech to even mention Romney, (notice cameras catching the constipated look on Mitt’s face?), but to make matters even more Imodium AD-worthy, reports surfaced that Christie rejected running as his VP because he didn’t believe Romney could win.
“[Christie] felt, at one point, that [President] Obama could lose this. And, look, there still is that chance. But he knows, right now, you have to say it’s unlikely,” a source told the New York Post.
According to insiders, Christie believed Romney made serious errors along his campaign trail, including his gaffes during his international tour and his decision to limit the release of his tax returns.
If only Romney had just reacted to those situations with an angry “Shut-up, you stupid idiots!” maybe Christie would’ve reconsidered being his veep.
Oprah Winfrey: Highest Paid Celebrity on Forbes List
You can’t keep a good woman down—especially if her name is Oprah Winfrey.
Despite her recent ratings struggles on her cable network OWN (we forgive her just this once for interviewing the Kardashians), the talk show host is still the celebrity to beat at the bank. According to Forbes, Winfrey topped its list for the fourth year in a row, raking in $165 million from May 2011 to May 2012.
But Miss O may not hold onto the #1 spot much longer. Transformers director Michael Bay came in a close second with only a $5 million deficit.
Another interesting (rather surprising) celeb to note who made it into the top 10 was Dr. Dre, coming in at 5th place. Aside from making records, the rapper made some extra pocket change, thanks in large part to his partnership with HTC to sell a line of headphones called Beats by Dr. Dre.
Ann Romney, We Like You, We Really Like You
Taking partisanship out of the equation, Ann Romney deserved the Miss Congeniality award this week when she introduced herself at the RNC. Despite the obvious pandering of the women’s vote, Miss Romney’s exuberant, heartfelt speech to American women everywhere and especially to stay-at-home moms was a win for Republicans.
She seemed so relatable and down to earth you almost forgot about the Romney’s four-car garage elevator! (As for trying to convince us that Mitt actually digs Kirkland shirts from Costco—sorry, kind lady, now that’s where you’ve gone too far.)
Mmm-Mmm Chic: Campbell’s to Sell Andy Warhol’s Pop Art Soup Cans at Target
Warhol with actress Jane Forth, 1971.
If you’re worried that your kids aren’t consuming enough lycopenes, fear no more—at least for the next few weeks. Starting Sept. 2nd, Campbell’s will be introducing a limited edition of Andy Warhol-designed condensed tomato soup cans on Target shelves at 75 cents a pop. The vibrant colors will surely hypnotize your kids into slurping up their nutrients!
Courtesy of Campbell’s.
Campbell’s is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s famous pop art display of its cans, which the artist originally put on exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1962.
So what exactly inspired Warhol to use Campbell’s tomato soup cans in his art?
“I had Campbell’s soup every day for lunch for about 20 years,” he told a magazine reporter back in 1977.
Source: LA Times
Dirty Chairy: Clint Eastwood Talks to an Empty Chair at RNC, Chair Gets Twitter Account
Considering guest speaker Clint Eastwood was mumbling and having a heart to heart with an empty chair at Thursday night’s RNC, we feared that the 82-year-old actor had surely lost his geriatric marbles.
But alas, regardless of your politics, Eastwood was as sharp as a tack and as hilarious as can be as he pretended to have a conversation with President Obama using an empty chair as a prop.
Republicans roared with laughter as the actor quipped about Obama’s negative political ads and weak economy—and at the urging of the crowd, he even managed to mutter an impromptu of his famous line: “Go ahead, make my day.”
Thanks to the Hollywood star’s lively imagination, the chair has now gotten legs of its own via its Twitter account @InvisibleObama.
Neil Armstrong Memorial Service Gets a Blue Moon Send Off
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died last Saturday at the age of 82, will get a fitting send off on Friday for his memorial service: The first man to walk on the moon will be honored with a rare blue moon.
Blue moons only appear when a second full moon is present in a single calendar month. The next blue moon won’t be seen until July 2015.
Source: CBS News