Countdown’s Top Five

  1. The profit of Jesus.  Urban Outfitters cashing in on the trend with its very own, very controversial dress-up magnetic Jesus doll.
  2. A survey for the Institute For Jewish and Community Research shows most people familiar with "The Passion" weren't made to blame Jews for Jesus's death as a result of the move.
  3. James Caviezel, the actor who plays Christ in the film, got to meet the Pope.  
  4. It`s been quite a role for the man who once played "Slov" Slovnik in the film "G.I. Jane."
  5. Newsweek interviews Caviezel
  6. While shooting the film, Caviezel was hit by lightning... twice
  7. Speaking of that magnetic Jesus doll, the earliest possible date Jesus could have worn briefs would have been 1935
  8. Vapors from the butter flavoring at a microwave popcorn factory leaving ex-worker Eric Peoples with permanent damage to his lungs
  9. The top two products that also use one of the chemicals that gives microwave popcorn its butter flavoring, diacetyl:
  10. Beer
  11. Cigarettes
  12. Horrors of the highways.  Police name Charles McCoy Jr. as the suspect in the sniper shootings around Columbus, Ohio, after his father gives authorities one of his alleged weapons. 
  13. A motorist has died because, police allege, a man bought a clothes dryer, tried to drive it home.  It fell off the back of his truck, and rather than retrieve it or tell anybody about it, he simply left it there in the middle of the road.
  14. Amanda Young was catapulted through the window of her family's SUV as it crashed on a highway overpass in Tampa.
  15. Miami Herald follow-up 
  16. Article with pre-accident photo
  17. Jackson and the grand jury, a request for Michael Jackson to testify voluntarily. Sources say he will decline.  His ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, could be next, after an interview on Australian television.
  18. The footage of Osama bin Laden, caught on camera by an unmanned CIA drone the year before 9/11, obtained exclusively by NBC News. 
  19. The more/foreign leaders for Kerry debate
  20. Bush's fake Medicare ads 
  21. The ads aired 53 times 

Five numbers that shape this day

  1. Six million -- dollars spent this week on political ads by the Bush campaign. 
  2. Two million -- dollars spent this week on ads by the Kerry campaign. 
  3. 8 million -- dollars spent over the last two weeks by Democratic groups supporting Senator Kerry. 
  4. Five million?  Also dollars, the amount for which Master Card sued Ralph Nader for ripping off their "priceless" idea in his 2000 campaign ad.  The judge threw the case out this week. 
  5. And $20 million.  Well, that would be the amount spent on the pets.com ad campaign featuring the sock puppet which led that company quickly into bankruptcy. 

Today’s Top Three Newsmakers

  1. Ignacio Cabrera of the Dominican Republic who is described as having become a, quote: "tourist attraction" after having checked himself into a local hospital.  He was suffering from -- um, male excitement for the last six days. 
  2. Sam Sheen, the daughter of actor Charlie Sheen and his wife Denise.  Not to be confused with Sam Shane.
  3. Jessica Simpson on Sunday on a visit to the White House, was introduced to the secretary of the interior Gail Norton, and told the secretary of the interior, "You've done a nice job decorating the White House."

Let's Play 'Oddball'!

  1. Nothing revs up the crowd at those monster truck shows more than when the monster truck of all monster trucks destroys a junked car, like at the Calgary Saddle Dome in Alberta, Canada, earlier in the month.  One unnamed fan was especially delighted at first when the truck "Gravedigger" squashed a 1992 Buick Regal, until he realized it was his 1992 Buick Regal. 
  2. A young Afghan, a soldier, unable to come up with a dowry for a human bride, went out on a date with a donkey instead.
  3. And from the ever burgeoning file of evidence of imminent end of civilization as we know it, it's Girl Scout cookies on eBay

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