WHEN Martin Frankel fled his Connecticut mansion four months ago, among the charred papers left behind was an astrological chart designed to answer the question, "Will I go to prison?"
By the time German police caught up with the 44-year-old money manager on Sept. 4, the stars had an ominous answer. Mars, the planet of war, pointed to trouble for Scorpios like Frankel.
"This was the end of the road," said Alphee Lavoie, who runs the Astrological Institute of Research in West Hartford, Conn.
Frankel, the man the FBI says embezzled as much as $335 million from several insurance companies, was known to use astrology to buy his house, pick investments and plan his escape.
What do the stars hold now for Martin Frankel? Born on Nov. 21, 1954, Frankel is governed by Neptune, the planet of deception, and Uranus, which symbolizes creativity, said the astrologer.
Venus, which governs money as well as love, also figures in Frankel's astrological charts, she said. "Based on the planets, it is make or break for this guy."
I'm stupidly pretty
MIRROR, MIRROR on the wall, who's the fairest one of all? According to most 30- to 50-year-olds, the answer is "me."
Nearly 70 percent of people in that age group think they look younger than their actual age and about two-thirds say they have fewer signs of facial aging than others their age, according to the fourth annual Wrinkle Report survey (no kidding, there is such a survey) from RENOVA, a skin cream.
"This age group is clearly in denial about their aging physical appearance," said Robert Leitman, president and CEO of Harris Interactive Inc., which conducted the survey for RENOVA. "It is statistically impossible for two in three people to look younger than their actual age to others.'
More than 1,400 men and women participated in survey, which was conducted on the Internet.
Guys are getting thrifty
SEVENTY-FIVE percent of men use coupons at the supermarket, and 24 percent use them every time they shop, according to NCH/NuWorld Marketing Limited.
That's a big change from the days when the only man at the grocery store was the manager.