>> THE HISTORY OF HISTORY: Did you ever wonder how “we” came to be “us?” No? Well, someone over at The History Channel did, and they came up with a sweeping documentary about the history of the human race. “Mankind: The Story of All of Us” airs at 9 p.m. this Tuesday, and tells our tale from caveman days through Egypt, Sumer, Rome, Europe and the United States, all the way until we all became pawn shop owners in Vegas and scraggly swamp loggers in Louisiana. At least that’s what you’d think if you watch The History Channel the rest of the time.
>> KICK BACK, MAN: Dude. Has anyone ever told you you need to relax? Chill out? Take a load off? If you are stressed out tighter than a bomb disposal technician in a bouncy house, then you might want to heed some advice this Wednesday. It’s “Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day,” and it’s just what you’d think it is. It’s a time to sit back, take a deep breath and de-stress. Whew! There. Feel better?
>> ABE AND VAMPIRES, PART 2: The summer movie season brought us an Abraham Lincoln who went around hunting and killing vampires. The fall season brings us a Lincoln who did something even better: He kept the Union together and freed the slaves. Sounds like the sure-fire No. 1 movie this week? Think again. Because like the summer’s Lincoln, this Lincoln has to battle vampires, and this time he’s going to lose. That because there’s a little film called “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2” opening Friday -- the same day “Lincoln,” hits theaters.
>> LET’S BE UNFRIENDS: Remember when Facebook was brand new, and you loved the idea of reconnecting with old friends you hadn’t seen in years? Now, you can’t even see your own “wall” because they keep posting kitty photos with unfunny sayings and inviting you to play “Bubble Valley Slot Poker Heist City on a Farm.” If this is you, then you can thank comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for your salvation. Kimmel came up with the idea to make Nov. 17 “National Unfriend Day,” and give us all an excuse to give those old, annoying friends a quick and painless social media heave-ho.
>> TOUGH GUYS: It’s no secret the NFL is a rough sport. Some of the fastest, strongest athletes on our planet run full tilt and crash into each other with violent results that test the “irresistible force-immovable object” theory. And few matchups take that smash-mouth attitude as seriously as when the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers get together. The tough-as-nails rivals have their first “date” of the season this Sunday in a prime-time matchup on NBC. Someone’s gonna get a boo-boo.