Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy 420

If you or your kid cuts work or school today, he just might have a chemical dependency.

Or celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Klara Hitler's bouncing baby little evil bastard named Adolf on this date in 1889

Or the anniversary of the Columbine attack.

That's all we're gonna say.

April 20, 1977 -
Annie Hall, at 93 minutes, the shortest color film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar, premiered on this date (Marty, in glorious B & W was 91 minutes.)

The film's working title was Anhedonia - the inability to feel pleasure. United Artists fought against it (among other things, they were unable to come up with an ad campaign that explained the meaning of the word) and Woody Allen compromised on naming the film after the central character three weeks before the film's premiere.

Other titles suggested were It Had to Be Jew, A Rollercoaster Named Desire, and Me and My Goy.

Today in History:
April 20, 1233 -
Pope Gregory IX places the Inquisition, in existence since 1227, under the aegis of the Dominican Order. Torture is apparently sometimes necessary to save souls, and the office continues to exist today as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

And until a few years ago, the congregation was headed by Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

April 20, 1979 -
President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a Killer Swamp Rabbit, while on vacation in Plains GA. The rabbit swam menacingly towards him, and he had to repel the ferocious creature with a paddle. There were no injuries.

Press Secretary Jody Powell leaked the story to the press, and the White House had a lot of explaining to do.

April 20, 1992 -
Alone in his apartment watching TV, British comedic legend Benny Hill suffers a fatal heart attack.

His bloated toupee less body with his underwear around this ankles are found four days later

April 20, 2010 -
While drilling at the Macondo Prospect, an explosion on the rig, Deepwater Horizon, caused by a blowout killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 35 miles away. The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on April 22, 2010, Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the sea floor and causing the largest offshore oil spill in United States history.

At the point, the Deepwater Horizon accident has likely cost BP more than $40 billion

And so it goes

1 comment:

zoe said...


i'm glad i'd already gotten out of bed before reading this....
...or am i?