Countdown’s Top Five

  1. The two men vying for the nation`s top job share the same name, Bonesman .
  2. Obesity now soon to edge out smoking as the most preventable cause of death in the United States.
  3. In other deadly sin news... Greed
  4. Back home for the first time in six years and seemingly most happy to be there.
  5. According to her entertainment lawyer, here are the top three offers to Aliyah and her family. 
  6. Could her life story be the next selection in the Oprah book club?  The 6-year-old has two offers for a book deal.
  7. Her story could be made into a motion picture, 10 movie offers.
  8. Her lawyer says there are a dozen bidders who want the whole package, movie rights, book deals, coloring books, whatever.
  9. $700,000 worth of body parts taken from cadavers and sold over a six-year period.
  10. Top four prices for all of your various body parts, as research and published by Wired magazine, with the caveat that experts are saying, these are among the extreme top prices they've ever heard
  11. The ever popular sperm donation can get you 75 bucks per, um -- specimen.
  12. Those with more hearty constitutions can choose to sell a kidney.  High-end rate here, $45,700, claims "Wired."
  13. Got oxygen?  Donating a lung would get you $58,200.
  14. DNA going for $1,290,000 per gram.  
  15. The president goes after his rival`s record.  John Kerry continues to score in the polls.  Last week's Bush ads don`t seem to have made any difference.
  16. The approval ratings of the last five presidents with eight months to go until re-election:
  17. The sitting president, Mr. Bush getting 47 percent according to the "Washington Post/ABC" estimate.
  18. Bill Clinton, in March of `96 was polling at 52 percent and obviously gained re-election. 
  19. The president's father was only at 41 percent this time in 1992 and was not re-elected. 
  20. 1984, Ronald Reagan was at 52 percent.
  21. Jimmy Carter, eight months from defeat, was at just 39 percent approval
  22. One man who may be thankful he`s not facing approval ratings of any kind, George Tenet.

Five numbers that shape this day

  1. $1.74, the average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S.
  2. 8.7 million, the number of plastic surgeries performed in the U.S. in 2003
  3. Fourteen, the new proposed voting age in California. 
  4. Four, the number itself considered to be extremely unlucky in South China, because it sounds too much like their word for death, the government had today ordered it banned from all citizens' license plates. 
  5. $998,328.45, the change Miss Alice Pike was waiting for from a Wal-Mart cashier in Covington, Georgia.

Today’s Top Three Newsmakers

  1. O.J. Simpson is accused by DirecTV of using illegal electronic devices to steal its signal.
  2. A judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the daughter of Orson Welles in fact does have the right to sell the Oscar her father received for the screenplay for "Citizen Kane."
  3. Tom Brokaw has had to deny rumors and speculation that when he leaves his "NBC Nightly News" chair, it will be to go into politics, specifically, says the latest rumor, as the vice president of the United States.

Let's Play 'Oddball'!

  1. This is a " Happy Family" exhibit at a Thailand zoo where dogs and pigs and tiger cubs all live together in one big sinful exhibition of interspecies getting along.
  2. It`s the classic story people buying pets, then losing interest in them and ultimately trying to lose the pets themselves.  Inhuman and unfair, if you`re talking cats and dogs, a disaster of Noah`s Arc proportion, if you`re talking emus and iguanas

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