Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mark this date in your calendar

This could be a red letter day for a more 'green' environment. Farting cows produce about 20 per cent of global methane emissions (insert all jokes here.) An Australian nutritionist, Dr. Tony Parker, thinks that changing the bovine's feed to
seaweed could change that problem. The sea grass contains less cellulose and therefore is more digestible.

Now if we could work on the diners at Taco Bell.

Today in History:
September 5, 1638 -
King Louis XIV of France was born on this date.

Like Elizabeth I in England, Louis inherited a struggling kingdom and built it into a major power. Unlike Elizabeth, Louis did not remain a virgin. On the contrary, he produced so many little bastards that he came to be known as the "Son King," which led him to conclude famously "L'etat, c'est moi." ("Kid, I'm your father.")

September 5 1921 -
Undiscovered actress Virginia Rappe somehow ruptures her bladder during actor-comedian Fatty Arbuckle's party at the Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

Three days later, the feverish woman is checked into a maternity hospital, where she dies from peritonitis. Arbuckle is eventually tried for murder, but acquitted. The surrounding scandal virtually destroys Arbuckle's career.

September 5 1972 -
Five Palestinians armed with machine guns sneak into the Olympic Village in Munich. There they take nine Israeli athletes hostage, killing two others in the process. Later, they demand safe passage out of the country and the release of 200
Palestinians from prison in Israel. Ultimately, none of the athletes makes it out alive.

September 5 1975 -
Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme almost assassinates President Gerald Ford with a .45 automatic in Sacramento, California.

But Fromme is tackled by a Secret Service agent before she can remember to rack a round into the firing chamber.

September 5 1990 -
In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, LAPD chief Daryl Gates opines: "Casual drug users should be taken out and shot."

Note to self: remember not to invite Mr. Gates to any social events.

September 5 1991 -
Disgraced children's television star Pee-wee Herman returns to the public eye for the first time after his masturbation arrest, appearing on the MTV Video Music Awards.

He opens with the line: "Heard any good jokes lately?"

September 5 2003 -
It wasn't so happy at the happiest place in the world when one Disneyland guest is killed and 10 others injured when the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad coaster jumps the tracks in Frontierland.

Did they get their money back?

And so it goes.

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