Something about Felix Baumgartner’s jump from near outer space seemed a bit off. To me, he just seemed a bit too calm and collected. I think there should have been some screaming. Indeed, as he surpassed Mach 1, there should have been a whole lot of screaming. I know I would have been screaming.
On the other hand, based on the fact that he didn’t hold up a can of Red Bull and take a sip before making the jump, it probably was all real. Goodness knows that if it all was just a P.R. stunt to pump up a product, Felix would have been shown drinking the beverage.
What was Joe Biden laughing about during the debate with Paul Ryan?
In my P.R. work, I occasionally coach people who are appearing on television for one reason or another. Sometimes, people who don’t have much experience with the media get very nervous about the way they’ll come across. Frequently, they feel like they don’t have the necessary expertise to speak well on a subject.
Generally, I tell them not to worry about it. Sure you want to have your ducks in a row before you go on. It’s good to know what you plan to say. However, the fact of the matter is that most viewers will remember more about the way you look and whether or not you seem likeable than anything you say. If you’re smiling and upbeat, that’s what people will remember, even if you make a mistake or two in your comments.
Last week’s debate between the candidates for Vice President was a case in point. Since the debate, there has been much more buzz about the way Joe Biden acted than there has been about anything he said. If you laugh and grin in a very smug superior way, that’s what people are going to remember. Mr. Biden just wasn’t likeable during the debate.
Jokes of the Week
Astronomers have discovered a planet that is twice the size of earth and made of diamonds. President Obama says the planet may be inhabited by aliens not paying their fair share. Jay Leno
One-fifth of Americans now claim to have no religious affiliation. No one’s exactly sure why this is happening. I think a lot of people stopped believing in God when they turned on the TV and saw Honey Boo Boo. Jimmy Kimmel
A new survey found that atheists are the fastest-growing religious group in the U.S. And if you find that hard to believe — well, you’re probably one of them. Jimmy Fallon
A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein suggesting that there is no God went on sale on eBay starting at $3 million. When the owner heard how much the letter was worth, he said, “Thank you, Lord.” Jay Leno