Countdown’s Top Five

  1. A baby thought to have died in a house fire six years ago was found alive and well at a family birthday party living with a woman who police are now seeking.
  2. At the Oscars, the real show was what was going on backstage. While hobbits grabbed all the rings, no less than 21 people were grabbed by the cops, fans who got busted trying to sneak into the Oscars. But for the stars who had to actually sit through the entire ceremony with fake smiles frozen on their faces, there were some consolations -- goody bags just for showing up.
  3. Tomorrow is Super Tuesday
  4. Closing arguments at the Martha Stewart trial
  5. Missing family in Mississippi found dead.

Today’s Top Three Newsmakers

Let's Play 'Oddball'!

  1. And, in case you‘re already suffering from award ceremony withdrawal, we bring you the awards ceremony to honor all awards ceremonies. The first-ever Awards will be held this Friday in London honoring the thousands of award ceremonies that take place in England annually. Trophies will be handed out to the award ceremony organizer of the year, the personality of the year, the sponsor of the year and, yes, once again, it is life imitating “Monty Python‘s Flying Circus.” The British comedy troop did a sketch about the award for the most awards award in 1974. 
  2. Awards in a small Italian town too, not for presentation, but for procreation.  In Compania, parents who get impregnated get another bundle of joy -- thousands of dollars in cash from the mayor. The mayor hopes the sizable baby bonus will stop the steady decline in the town‘s birthrate or, at minimum, lead to a rise in the number of rich babies.
  3. A Berlin woman has taken her neighbor to court for disturbing the peace after she was kept awake nights by the noises coming through the walls. She told a judge quote, “Four hours of sex noises. What was I supposed to think? It was nothing but groaning and banging.” The case was dropped after magistrates learned the noisy neighbor had moved away. 
  4. And the strip club trip that helped keep Ben Affleck a bachelor may become a major motion picture.More likely a very minor motion picture.

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