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.
Pop Up Video: Romney's 47 Percent Problem
Mitt Romney may have needed a box of Just for Men hair dye to cover that extra grey sprouting from his head after a video leaked of him saying some eyebrow raising stuff at a political fundraiser. In it the presidential candidate brashly stated that 47 percent of Americans (which he referred to as "President Obama supporters") were government-dependent victims who didn't pay any income taxes and felt entitled to getting handouts. If that weren't enough for Democrats to laugh like a bunch of Pillsbury Doughboys, Romney also implied that he didn't have much faith in a Palestinian-Israeli reconciliation since, according to him, Palestinians had no interest in peace with their neighbors. Not only did fact checkers break down his 47 percent assertion—which in reality consists of a mix of retired seniors, young people and students, the poor, and millionaires—but most of these so-called "Obama supporters" come from red states. A recent poll shows that due to Romney's remarks in the video, 36 percent of voters will probably not vote for him, while 20 percent say they probably would. Source: US News & World Report, The Daily Beast
Smartwater for a Smart Gal: Jennifer Aniston Amuses in New Ad In a new Smartwater commercial, Jennifer Aniston proves she's still kinda funny, still kinda boringly stiff—yet inexplicably likeable at the same time. How the heck? If only Gwenyth Paltrow could acquire those skills. Watch her shrug off a car crash, reveal her about-to-pop belly, pretend she already has two sons in the form of Jimmy Kimmel and a space alien, and show off her wig collection.
Doubly Tenacious: The Winklevoss Twins Are Starting Things Up Again
They're baaack! Even though their nemesis Mark Zuckerberg won the Facebook legal battle, the Winklevoss Twins still ended up walking away with a settlement of $65 million. Reuniting with their fellow FB ally and Harvard alum Divya Narendra, the brothers have started a new venture, SumZero.com, which caters exclusively to investors who are on the buying end of the financial world and allows for members to share trading ideas. Since its launch four years ago, SumZero.com has accrued 7500 members, which have been carefully handpicked by Narendra, who claims he rejects about 75% of applicants. If this becomes a boon for the Winklevoss Twins, we guess they won't be doing any Pistachio commercials anymore. Source: Wall Street Journal Peaceful Politics: Aung San Suu Kyi Awarded Congressional Gold Medal
Burmese Democracy fighter Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal this week...it was also the first time in a long time where Democrats and Republicans refrained from giving each other the legislative stinkeye. Suu Kyi was awarded the medal in 2008 but was still finishing her 15-year house arrest sentence for her peaceful political protests. Being able to come in person to receive her award, she said, was "one of the most moving days of my life." Although Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Nancy Pelosi seemed to have kept it together when the 67-year-old freedom fighter accepted her award, John McCain was moved to tears, while John Boehner took things a step further and reverted to the ugly cry. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to civilians "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement." Source: The Guardian Sexual Revelations? New Evidence Found on Papyrus Claims Jesus Had a Wife
Offering his/her discovery to Harvard Divinity School, an unidentified person relinquished a fragment of fourth-century papyrus written in Coptic language that states Jesus Christ not only had a wife but also a female disciple. “This fragment suggests that some early Christians had a tradition that Jesus was married,” religious historian Dr. Karen L. King said of the finding. “There was, we already know, a controversy in the second century over whether Jesus was married, caught up with a debate about whether Christians should marry and have sex.” Still, Dr. King cautions that the statements on the papyrus should not be considered proof that the historical Jesus was married but also adds the fact this is the first known written statement of him having a wife and females in his ministry is still pretty mindblowing. The repercussions of this estrogenic finding makes you wonder what the Catholic priesthood is thinking, along with various Christian denominations that don't allow women to lead in their ministries. Source: The NY Times