Saturday, February 26, 2011

Don't be afraid

I know it's been a while but the bright light in the sky this weekend is actually the sun.

February 26, 1908 -
Frederick Bean (Tex) Avery, animator, cartoonist, and another member of the legendary Termite Terrace was born on this date.

His work proved that, 'In a cartoon you can do anything...'

February 26, 1916 -
John Herbert Gleason, (The Great One) comedian, actor and musician was born on this day.

Thin people are beautiful, but fat people are adorable.

February 26, 1988 -
John Water's great, albeit more mainstream feature (Water's first PG-rated film), Hairspray, opened on this date.

Ricki Lake began rapidly losing weight due to the intense dance lessons she had to take for the film. She reportedly had to "eat like crazy" in order to stay plump.

February 26, 1994 -
Bill Hicks, writer and comedian, died of pancreatic cancer on this date. In the years after his death, Hicks' work has achieved significant admiration and acclaim.

A documentary entitled American: The Bill Hicks Story, based on interviews with his family and friends is available on DVD (unfortunately, currently only in PAL.)

If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib and if you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die

and if you keep your eyes open by force they can pop out

Have a nice day.

Today in History:
February 26, 1815 -
Able was I ere I saw Elba.

Napoleon left his exile on the Island of Elba, intending to return to France on this date.

On this date in 1936, Some junior officers in the Japanese Army mistook Japan for a foreign country and tried to conquered it. This disrupted the Japanese automotive industry, giving Adolf Hitler the opportunity to preside over the official opening of the first Volkswagen factory.

(The good people at Volkswagen seem to overlook this anniversary every year.)

February 26, 1918 -
Grandstands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604 spectators on this date. It is the worst disaster in sports history.

Even though mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun - they apparently will not leave a burning stadium.

February 26, 1974 -
A U.S. Senate report reveals Ford Motor's involvement in Nazi Germany's war efforts, for which CEO Henry Ford received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler himself. After the war, the car company was paid nearly $1M reparation by the U.S. government to compensate for one of its plants that was bombed within the Reich.

And some people worry about buying a BMW.

February 26, 1993 -
A bomb explodes on level B2 of the World Trade Center, creating a five story crater and leaving six dead and over 1,042 injured.

Mohammed A. Salameh is later arrested in connection with the bombing as he tries to claim a refund on a rented van believed to have carried the explosion.

Genius, sheer genius.

Don't forget the Oscars are on tomorrow night on ABC-TV.

In case you need some help with your betting sheet, here's Oscar the Grouch

So remember - go with Colin Filth.

And so it goes.

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