Thursday, December 17, 2009
Seriously, isn't Hanukkah over yet.
That oil is starting to get a tad rancid.
Christmas video countdown -
Today in History:
December 17, 1903 -
Orville Wright made the first recorded flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in a plane he built with his brother. The flight lasted a mere twelve seconds and covered only 120 feet, but a short flight had been expected: after all, two Wrights don't make it long.
Their checked luggage still hasn't gotten to the terminal.
December 17, 1927 -
U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg suggested a worldwide pact renouncing war as an instrument of national policy. Virtually all of the major powers of the world signed the Kellogg-Briand pact in Paris on August 27, 1928.
The pact went into force on July 24, 1929. War was finally outlawed and the people of the earth were filled with joy.
The peace achieved by the Kellogg-Briand Pact was an idyll like none other. It is still referred to as the happiest seven minutes in human history.
Ah, 1929, that sweet summer of human happiness!
But perhaps we do not give sufficient credit to the authors and signers of that ill-fated pact for their ironic sense. It was thought up on the 229th birthday of Humphrey Davy, the inventor of laughing gas.
December 17, 1969 -
The United States Air Force closed its Project 'Blue Book' by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
Our Alien Overlords were briefly satified and decide not to detroy the Earth - for now.
December 17, 1977 -
Elvis Costello and The Attractions made a rare United States television debut on 'Saturday Night Live' when Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols failed to show up for the gig.
(here's the place I would have put the clip but SNL has pulled the clip again.)
Producer Lorne Michaels refused to allow Costello to perform 'Radio, Radio' because of the song's criticism of the broadcasting industry, but a few measures into 'Less than Zero,' Costello halted his group and played the forbidden song .
Naughty, naughty Elvis
William Safire would have probably been able to explain why he would have been "turning" 80 today, rather than flipping, busting, or tripping that milestone, if he wasn't dead. He shares his birthday with Bob Guccione (1930), Arthur Fiedler (1894), and John Greenleaf Whittier (1807).
Continue to shop til you drop, 7 more shopping days until Christmas.
And so it goes.