1 Mark Zuckerberg marries: The 28-year-old multi-billionaire Facebook founder went and got hitched on the weekend, tying the knot with Priscilla Chan in the backyard of his Palo Alto, Calif., home. Naturally, he changed his status to married on his FB page, and a picture from the ceremony he posted has garnered more than a million “likes.”
2 Elton John: The iconic singer is coming to Peterborough, of all places, on Saturday, Sept. 8. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the concert at MemorialCentre.ca. Now I live in Peterborough and can tell you we haven’t seen anything like this. Ever. It will take a rocket man to land tix.
3 Niagara Falls fall: A man survived a 57-metre fall from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls on Victoria Day, becoming only the third person to have gone over without a safety device and lived. The dramatic rescue involving a crane comes three weeks before daredevil Nik Wallenda’s highly anticipated high-wire walk over Horseshoe Falls.
4 HuffPo turns one: A year ago this week, the news-aggregation blog Huffington Post kicked off its international expansion with the launch of its Canadian edition. A who’s who of guests including Conrad Black, Jim Flaherty, Olivia Chow, Erica Ehm and Arianna Huffington herself were at a birthday shindig at their T.O. headquarters Wednesday night. I was there too but I was a who-dat.
5 Charles & Camilla: It was no Will and Kate visit in terms of hoopla and number of fans, but Canadians welcomed Charles and Camilla here this week as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee tour marking her 60th year on the throne. In Toronto, they even took a ride on a TTC bus, getting a glimpse into what us commoners deal with.
6 Celebrity Apprentice finale: Crooner Clay Aiken was runner-up on American Idol in 2003 so it was fitting he would be runner-up in the Celebrity Apprentice finale, which comedian Arsenio Hall won when Donald Trump picked him. Arsenio not only won $250,000 for his Magic Johnson Foundation charity, but paved the way for his comeback to the late talk-show world. Bring it.
7 Paul O’Sullivan: The veteran Canadian actor, who died in a car crash last Friday, was a comic genius — having been a longtime performer with the Second City improv troupe and appearing in many TV comedies. He also taught improv classes, and I had the pleasure of taking one. He was funny, humble and encouraging all at once — teaching us that laughter really is the best medicine.
8 Build the Enterprise: The USS Enterprise is a fictional ship, but is it possible that some day it could become non-fiction? Buildtheenterprise.org details how it could actually be built, and the man behind it says a fully functional Enterprise is only 20 years away if we put in the effort. Oh, and $1 trillion.
9 Howard Stern: Stern made a seven-year-old boy rapper cry on America’s Got Talent when he hit the X-buzzer as judge after only a few seconds. But then the shock jock climbed the stairs to hug the boy and give him a pep talk, saying, “No one likes hitting the X on a seven-year-old. You’re very brave to get up there.” A softer side of Stern, at least for a few seconds.