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Ronan Farrow probably never had much of a chance of being “a typical twenty-something.” After all, Farrow graduated Bard College at age 15. While many at age 16 study for their learner’s permit, the New York City-born scholar was entering in to Yale Law School. Farrow was appointed in 2011 as a Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. When he left in 2012, Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.

That alone is enough to raise one’s eyebrows. Then you realize who his parents are… or allegedly are. Until this month, everyone believed that Ronan was the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. But then in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, the mother left open the possibility that his biological father may in fact be Frank Sinatra, whom Mia was first married to. While their divorce was finalized in 1968, the actress told Vanity Fair that she and the singer “never really split up.”

Naturally, there has been a lot more attention that normal around the 25 year-old Ronan this month.

“It’s distracting to have a lot of attention, but it’s a great luxury in a lot of ways,” Farrow told me at the unveiling of Madison Square Garden’s new renovations last week. “If it gets an extra set of people to watch then I’m all for it.”

He’s obviously no fool: Farrow hopes that the publicity will translate in to ratings when he debuts a new show this January on MSNBC.

“The new gig is incredibly exciting,” he said of the job. “You better watch! We’ve got some exciting new ideas about how you can get involved with news stories.”

Certainly this past month has opened Ronan’s eyes to ways that can happen he never thought imaginable.

Some of these tips are obvious, others – not so much.

– Know the topic & audience
– Make sure the sound is clear
– Make sure you’re well-lit
– Clear the background of anything distracting
– Have a good idea of what you’re going to say before recording
– Keep it to :60 sec or less if possible

When you’re ready to cut me a royality check, just give a shout. Thanks.

A new study from Tempur-Pedic reveals some interesting napping habits by Americans.

A disturbing 22 percent of the 1,000 surveyed admitted to falling asleep at the wheel, sometimes while driving. Other strange nap spots included while battling in the military, the bathroom, and the church. Check out the full read here.


The Daily Affair’s Stacy Nelkin weighed in with her thoughts on this new study, which reveals that inviting other couples out with you on dates could actually help your own relationship.

Check out Stacy’s website here.

It’s official: The Guinness World Records has named as the most expensive domain name in history.

Selling price last year? A sexy $13 million.

Single guys are dirtier. No, that’s not a female conclusion from Sex and the City, that’s the result of a scientific study.

More of the filthy low-down can be read about here. The study was sponsored by Clorox.

Ironic that I post this at 6 a.m. – when according to the article I’d be best at snoozing. It also says that holiday shopping and other tasks are best completed between the hours of 6-8 p.m.

Full story here.

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IMHO, it wasn’t a good look on Lady GaGa’s part to enter the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium last Friday, after the Yankees lost the opening game of the Subway Series to the cross-rival Mets. The three main reasons:

– GaGa wouldn’t approve if someone simply talked their way in to the backstage area of her concert.
– Media access is much more broad and not as controlled at a sporting event as opposed to most concerts.
– The players aren’t singers or musicians with seperate, closed off dressing rooms. Everyone is in the same room – you also have family and children there.

I love the Yankees, I love GaGa, but the simply put, the singer is in the wrong on this one. For my full opinion, download the segment at the top of the thread.

40 is the new 30, not the new 28. According to this report on MSNBC, you should probably be mindful of:

– Smoking tobacco
– Not eating enough fruits and vegtables
– Drinking too much alcohol (men: more than 3 per day; women: more than 2)
– Getting less than two hours of physical activity per week

I asked myself this question all the time, and now I have multiple answers – click through for more.