Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kids, there's a lesson here (somewhere.)

Let's be clear about this: bang cocktail waitresses, blonde bimbos and other women of a 'loose' moral standing - no fine (except for a very messy and public divorce and hefty alimony.)

Hock a loogie - End Of Civility In The Modern Golf World and a fine.

In case you didn't get enough Misery Bear yesterday, here's another episode.

Sometimes, we all have a day like Misery Bear. (BTW, The first Teddy Bear was introduced in America by Morris & Rose Michtom on this date in 1903.)

February 15, 1950 -
Walt Disney's Cinderella was premiered in Boston, Massachusetts on this date.

The transformation of Cinderella's torn dress to that of the white ball gown was considered to be Walt Disney's favorite piece of animation.

February 15, 1987 -
Broadcast over the course of seven nights, Amerika, premiered on ABC on this date.

At the time, Amerika was the most controversial television event ever broadcast by ABC.

February 15, 2005 -
You Tube, the video-sharing website, was launched on this date. The first video was uploaded on April 23.

Where else can you see cats playing piano videos (among other things.)

Today in History -
Galileo Galilei
was born on February 15, 1564. He invented a telescope with which he later discovered craters on the moon, the satellites of Jupiter, and every luscious detail of the girl next door's nubile young form. Galileo's astronomical observations seemed to confirm Copernicus's theory that the Earth went around the sun rather than the other way around. Unfortunately, Copernicus's theory was heresy and therefore not supposed to be confirmed.

The church was in a tough spot. Galileo was every bit as Bad and Heretical as Copernicus had been, but they didn't want to inspire a bunch of angry Germans to start another church, as Martin Luther's followers had not long after the church's previous brush with Astronomy.

High-ranking church officials pleaded with the astronomer: "Come on, Galileo." "Please, Galileo." "Knock it off, Galileo."

But he wouldn't stop talking about the earth spinning around the sun. He couldn't even be persuaded to talk about something else, such as sports, the weather, or the girl next door's nubile young form. So they threatened to kill him.

At this point Galileo remembered that the sun actually did revolve around the earth, and the church rewarded his improved memory by giving him free room and board for the rest of his life (a level of hospitality sometimes referred to as "house arrest".)

February 15, 1763 -
Austria and Prussia signed the Treaty of Hubertusburg on this date.

This ended the Seven Years War, and just in time: the war had lasted almost exactly seven years!

February 15, 1898

The battleship U.S.S. Maine blows up in Havana Harbor, commencing a splendid little war against Spain that ends with the United States owning a colonial empire and Cuba under martial law.

The situation is immortalized in the film Citizen Kane with the lines, "You supply the prose poetry. We'll supply the war."

February 15, 1933 -
President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami. Giuseppa Zangara, an unemployed New Jersey bricklayer from Italy, fired five pistol shots at the back of President-elect Roosevelt's head from only twenty-five feet away.

While all five rounds missed their target, each bullet found a separate victim. One of these was Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago. Gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later, on March 20.

February 15, 1936 -
At a speech in Berlin, Hitler confronts German industry with the challenge of creating the Volkswagen.

Thus Ferdinand Porsche designs the Beetle which is now widely seen as the final solution to fahrvergnugen.

February 15, 1961 -
The U.S. figure skating team is obliterated when Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium.

The crash was the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 707 in regular passenger service.

February 15, 1995 -
The most wanted computer hacker in history, Kevin Mitnick, is arrested in Raleigh North Carolina for various offenses, one of which was breaking into security specialist Tsutomu Shimomura's computer.

Mitnick now runs Mitnick Security Consulting, a computer security consultancy.

Sometimes, crimes does pay.

And so it goes.

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