Saturday, March 13, 2010

I'm not going to make it through these things

My kids had a sleep over last night. Hours were spent in deep discussions about Justin Bieber. I don't think I'm going to make it through puberty.

It's going to be an abbreviated posting today.

All this excitement for a mere 10 rupees

Imagine if they were Toyota's

Donald Duck's birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day his debut film was released, but in The Three Caballeros, his birthday is given as simply Friday the 13th. In Donald's Happy Birthday, the cartonn gives his birthday as March 13.

According to Disney canon, (particularly in the 1942 short, Donald Gets Drafted) , Donald's full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck.

March 13, 1954 -
It's Rocky's third appearance in a Bugs Bunny cartoon (and the funniest) - Bugs and Thugs, premiered on this date.

...I must be dreaming. It couldn't be this easy. Okay, quick. Hide in here....

Today in History -
March 13, 1881,
An anarchist Nikolai Rysakov, from the radical group People's Will throws a bomb which disrupts Czar Alexander II's motorcade. Startled but unharmed, Alexander thanks God for his deliverance, another anarchist Ignacy Hryniewiecki, yells "It is too early to thank God" and throws a second bomb, causing severe injuries from which Alexander bleeds to death several hours later.

(Nicholas II, Alexander grandson, was one of the unfortunate witnesses to Czar's gruesome death.)

March 13 is the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (the "L" is for Lafayette.) Mr. Hubbard invented Dianetics, which eventually led to Scientology, causing Scientologists and Personality Tests.

Scientologists are easily distinguished from Jehovah's Witnesses in that they don't ask you subscribe to The Watchtower and they can often be seen in major motion pictures.

March 13, 1917 -
Today on Oh That Wacky Russian Revolution:
The imperial guard, acting on the orders of the dissolved Duma, which had not been dissolved, took the Tsarina and her children (who had measles) into custody. A day later, England and France acknowledged the Executive Committee of the Duma as the official government of Russia.

Meanwhile, Nicholas II had taken a train to Pskov. He knew the revolutionaries would be unlikely to pursue him somewhere so difficult to pronounce.

That evening in St. Petersburg, the Executive Committee of the Duma met with the Petrograd Soviet and agreed that the Russian Cabinet should be dissolved, and also the Tsar.

They established a joint government, with Prince Grigori Lvov at its head, nicely countering the Czar's difficult pronunciation ploy. They put the Russian Cabinet in prison, next to the Russian Credenza.

Remember to start your drinking early today, so you can get all of it done before you set the clocks ahead tomorrow morning.

And so it goes.

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