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.
First Presidential Debate Gets the (Big) Bird…and a Mumbler
The result of Wednesday night’s presidential debate has proven to be an uptick for Mitt Romney‘s image, and a “What the?!” response from liberals who wanted to see more fight in the sometimes grimacing, debate-rusty President Obama.
But the two other stars of the night was Big Bird, whom Romney had mentioned he’d nix as a broader reference to cutting off federal fund-age to PBS, and moderator Jim Lehrer, who did a poor job at controlling the candidates’ timed rebuttals, which resulted in him sounding like the anxiety-filled mumbler Milton from Office Space.
Tall Order: Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits to Affair With Brigitte Nielson in Tell-All
In his new tell-all autobiography Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, Schwarzenegger reveals that his
steroids deep emotional denial prompted him to keep all kinds of secrets from those closest to him, namely wife Maria Shriver.
The most explosive secrets, of course, were the former governor of California’s appetite for the ladies. Besides his biggest and most conspicuous mea culpa—having a love child with his housekeeper—The Expendables star confesses in his book that he started fooling around with actress and model Brigitte Nielsen while he and Maria were living together. For you 80s freaks, we’re talking about the godzilla blonde who was in Rocky IV, Cobra, and Beverly Hills Cop II.
Later on in her less chemically balanced days, Nielsen became famous for loving men half her height with gold teeth (she was Flava Flav’s love interest in VH1′s reality show Flavor of Love).
You pick ‘em good, Auh-nold.
Lift Off? Not in Kenny Rogers’ New Memoir
This month is apparently the month for releasing books on philandering: Country crooner Kenny Rogers has just come out with his memoir Luck or Something Like It, which delves into his skirt-chasing drama, as well as his past financial issues. However, don’t expect him to discuss how his Oompa Loompa-tinged face stretched out further than a pregnant woman’s waistline.
Apparently, Rogers’ publishers felt any mention of his botched plastic surgery would draw too much attention and take away from the other significant moments in his life.
“Yeah I regret the results of the eye job but quite honestly I don’t know what I’d look like if I hadn’t done it, and it may have been way worse,” he recently told Fox News. “I actually had written a whole segment on it but the publishers said, ‘Let’s not do that, that’s all people will talk about,’ and this book is about my journey and my musical connections. It was a phase I went through. I improved myself. I didn’t like the way he did my eyes but I see all these other guys who have had it done and theirs are worse than mine. I’m not going to complain anymore.”
What’s In a Name? J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ Soars to #1 on Bestsellers List
While Schwarzenegger and Rogers may get some attention for their lecherous confessions, J.K. Rowling proves that putting her name on anything can trump men behaving badly.
Pushing out E.L. James‘ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, Rowling took the top spot of the bestsellers list with the release of her much anticipated fiction-for-adults The Casual Vacancy, which centers around the death of an English townsman and the social and class tensions that arise from it.
Despite its mixed reviews, the book has grown ups extremely curious, and thus far, has sold 375,000 copies in less than a week.
Feeling the Need for Speed: President Ulysses S. Grant Got Speeding Tickets?
Yup, turns out even commanders in chief can get speeding tickets.
According to D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who shared some quirky historical facts to dcist this week, President Ulysses S. Grant got cited for getting Fast and Furious in his horse-drawn coach.
Reportedly, this wasn’t the first speeding ticket the 18th president had received; in this case, Grant was going so fast down M Street NW that it took the police half a block to slow the horse down. Once the officer realized whom he had stopped, he was mortified, but Grant insisted he be fined.
“The story goes that Grant says, ‘I was speeding, you caught me and I’ll pay the ticket,’ ” John F. Marszalek, director of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection at Mississippi State University, said.
President Grant was known for being a skilled horseman and preferred getting around town on his own. Apparently, riding buck wild down the streets of D.C. helped him blow off some Oval Office steam.