Tuesday, October 6, 2009

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

The Save the Words site seems to be back up.

So, today's word is Aquabib:
noun, water drinker. Hello my name is Joe - aquabib by day, tobacco chawer by night.

The Four Borough Economic Recovery Plan

Charles Montgomery Burns proposes a simple and effective plan to turn New York's current deficit into a hefty surplus.

New Yorkers dont usually see eye to eye but if there is one thing the residents of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx can agree on is that they can do without Staten Island.

Real New Yorkers know that Staten Island is the dead weight of the city, more akin to New Jersey than to the Empire State.

It takes the great vision of Charles Montgomery Burns to turn this self evident truth into hard cash for real New Yorkers. Staten Island has been appraised at over $10 billion.

That's enough to plug up the current budget deficit, with plenty left to spend on schools, affordable housing, and construction of the proposed state-of the-art Wlliamsburg Nuclear Power Plant.

Burns. There to fix our problems.

Today is Armed Forces Day in Egypt and Ivy Day in Ireland. (Ivy Day is not a horticultural celebration. The date marks the anniversary of the 1891 death of Irish nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell;

Irish favoring home rule traditionally pin a bit of ivy to their lapels in his honor. Ivy Day should not be confused with I.V. Day,

celebrated only by drips.)

Here's your Today in History -

October 6, 1014 -
Czar Samuil of Bulgaria dies of a heart attach after an army of 15,000 of his men is returned, blinded by his enemy Emperor Basil of the Byzantine Empire. One out of every hundred of his men was permitted to keep one eye, such that they were able to return home.

For this victory Basil earned the title Bulgaroctonus, slayer of Bulgars. I guess we shouldn't complain.

October 6 is the anniversary of one of the greatest moments in the history of literary criticism. It was on that date in 1536 that William Tyndale was recognized for his important contribution to world literature—the first translation of the New Testament into English—by being tied to the stake, strangled, and his dead body then burnt.

Ah, when men were men, women were women, and critics were murderous, torch-wielding fanatics!

October 6, 1976 -
During a televised debate, President and candidate Gerald Ford asserts that there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.

Ford loses the election. (I wonder if He and Dan Quayle ever had lunch.)

October 6, 1927 -
Good, bad or indifferent to it, The Jazz Singer (the first feature-length movie with audible dialogue), premiered in NYC on this date (you know Monty Burns was there.)

The movie's line "Wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet!" was voted as the #57 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.

October 6, 1963 -
The wonderful adaption of the classic 18th Century novel, Tom Jones premieres in NYC on this date.

It's interesting to note that three of the films actresses, Edith Evans, Diane Cilento & Joyce Redman were nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the film. Margaret Rutherford won the award for her performance in the film The V.I.P.s.

October 6, 1981 -
During a commemoration of the Yom Kippur War, armed gunmen leap from a truck and begin shooting into the reviewing stand at Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Along with Sadat, the assassins kill eight others.

And so it goes.

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