Daniel is an autistic savant. Which basically means that he's amazingly gifted in certain areas, but has trouble recognizing his own gifts. Daniel also has synesthesia -- which means that he combines his senses in ways that most people cannot.
'20/20' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC) examines Daniel as part of the show's "superhuman" series. During the course of the show, Daniel displays his incredible gifts in a shockingly offhand way. He is capable, for instance, of reciting the number "Pi" (an infinite number) from memory, without a mistake -- for five hours and nine minutes.
And even though Daniel already speaks eight languages fluently, he also manages to master the Icelandic language in a single week. Incredible! We are speechless. If you're not impressed, then maybe you should try learning a new language in seven days sometime -- it's hard, we promise you.
ABC World News' lead anchor Charlie Gibson has announced his retirement. He will leave the show on Dec. 18 and Diane Sawyer will take over the anchor's chair on Dec. 21.
He has only been the station's lead news anchor since May of 2006 when he stepped in for Bob Woodruff who sustained injuries from a roadside bomb in Iraq. Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas replaced World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings who left due to medical reasons.
But now that our friends at AOL have decided to compile a list of TV's 50 sexiest women of all time (starting today with Nos. 50-41), I'm going to take on an even greater challenge: making one master list of seventeen beauties over 40. It's not as easy as you think; the TV landscape has changed a bit, and a few new strong contenders have recently entered their 40s, and a few of the previous list members have left the TV landscape. To make this list, a woman has to have been a regular or significant guest on a TV series or news program in 2007. So, after the jump, a list -- in no particular order -- of fifteen beauties who combine looks, maturity and grace to make one compellingly sexy package.
Thumbnails are with the list, but you can click on the gallery below to get a much better view of these lovely women. Then add your own choices in the comments.
Vargas, who still appeared on 20/20 after she stepped down, insisted that she wasn't pushed out of WNT because of ratings slippage, but that she realized that she couldn't travel all over the place when she had two small children to take care of. So, just because she had her baby doesn't mean we'll see her increase her workload again. Even if she did try to lobby for her anchor job back, Charles Gibson would pour sugar in her gas tank on her first day back at work.
As you can see in the picture, Woodruff now has a little hair on what was once a shaved head, where doctors performed several surgeries to save his life. (His wife is the blonde woman in the background) Woodruff told his colleagues that he was unconscious for 36 days after the explosion. He spent three months in the hospital and is now receiving out-patient rehabilitation at a New York clinic. Charlie Gibson has been named anchor of World News Tonight and Woodruff's future with ABC News is still uncertain.
Vargas is said to have been surprised by her ouster from the show.
But Vargas insists that the decision to give up the WNT anchor chair was hers. In fact, as she tells Gail Shister of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "I played a crucial and active role in this decision. It's the best thing for me and my family and my career right now... . I have no complaints." She still wants to anchor a five-day-per-week show in some capacity -- maybe even in the mornings -- but she won't even attempt to do so until both her kids are a little older.
"Though I know there is still a long road ahead, it's nice to be feeling more like myself again laughing with family, reading bedtime stories and reminding my kids to do their homework," Woodruff wrote.
No indication was given as to when he'd return to WNT, who will be losing their other co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, when she goes on maternity leave later this year.
[Photo: ABC News/Ida Mae Astute via AP]
The little boy will be her second son. She and husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, have another son, Zachary, who is three.
ABC News has said that Woodruff is welcome to return to the anchor chair when he is ready. In the meantime, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson have been subbing for him. ABC will dedicate Monday's entire episode of World News Tonight to the third anniversary of the Iraq war.
And in a related story, ABC World News Tonight will now be anchored by talking robots. Well not really, but ABC has to be worried about the future repercussions that will arise when Vargas has to take maternity leave. Still reeling from the absence of Bob Woodruff (who's condition has been improving), ABC has been pulling out all the stops to keep the evening news program on it's feet. Charles Gibson and Dianne Sawyer have helped out since Woodruff was injured in Iraq.
Vargas is married to songwriter Mark Cohn and this will be the couple's second child together. Cohn has children from a previous marriage. ABC News Prez David Westin was excited for the couple in the midst of what has been some rough times for the entire ABC News family. Vargas has been co-anchoring World News Tonight since January 3, but the baby is not due until the summer.
ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff, who was injured in the same attack on Jan. 29, remains sedated. His injuries, to his upper torso, head, face, and brain, are much more serious than Vogt's. Doctors say that Woodruff is showing signs of improvement, but his road to recovery is going to be much longer and harder than Vogt's. In the meantime, ABC News chose to move Woodruff's co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, off the anchor desk and replace her, at least temporarily, with Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer.
We've already told you the news that Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will take turns filling in for the injured Bob Woodruff. But I wonder: why don't they just let regular anchor Elizabeth Vargas do the job herself? Sure, ABC does a lot with their nightly news (two live shows - one East Coast, one West), but since they picked Vargas and Woodruff to replace Peter Jennings, why not have her as the only anchor until Woodruff recovers or they pick another permanent co-anchor?
I can understand getting someone in there quickly, since they want to keep the show a two anchor newscast, but why veterans like Sawyer and Gibson? What does this say about their choice of Vargas? Why not get other anchors and correspondents in there?
Remember when Sawyer and Gibson were only going to be "temporary" hosts of Good Morning America? Look how that turned out.
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