Sunday, November 6, 2011

Back to Standard Time

Did you remember to set all of the clocks back - the VCR, the microwave, the automatic coffee pot in the kitchen?

Go ahead and check - you can come back to this later.

Do you have friend running the Marathon today?

Don't forget to remind them that the first guy who ran one died at the finish line.

For those of you who haven't drop acid lately: Welcome to Kitty City -

The world's most famous Mexican drunken twitterer tells Coco why he hates twitter

Louis C. K. is the funniest working comedian today

November 6, 1948 -
Sylvester in his prime - Kit for Cat, premiered on this date.

The actors in the radio drama, Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet, call each other by their real first names, Melvin and Beatrice.

November 6, 1981 -
One of Terry Gilliam's critically acclaimed features, Time Bandits, premiered on this date.

In the original script, King Agamemnon was introduced as: "The warrior took off his helmet, revealing someone that looks exactly like Sean Connery, or an actor of equal but cheaper stature." To Terry Gilliam's surprise, the script ended up in Connery's hands. He expressed interest in the part and his agent approached them for the role.

Today in History (There will be a quiz at the end) -
November 6, 1893 -
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the greatest Russian composer of all time, was having the worst month in his life. Rumors of his homosexuality had become so well known that a coterie of his former classmates got together and forced him to drink choleria tainted (arsenic) water. Shortly after meeting with his 'old friends', Tchaikovsky suffered from acute diarrhea and stomach pains.

Tchaikovsky refused to call a doctor, and tried to carry on with his day, taking cod liver oil in an attempt to ease his stomach. Within days he was much worse, and a doctor diagnosed him with cholera. The mortality rate for cholera at that time was more than 40%, but he seemed to get better, then he would get worse again with more pains and cramps. Eventually his kidneys failed, a priest was called, and he died on this date.

The take away lesson from this is: avoid reunions with 'old friends'.

On November 6, 1911, Maine became a dry state.

How a state with 3500 miles of shoreline could dry out in a single day is beyond me, but I can't always expect to understand the historical information I gather. It may just have been a really low tide.

November 6, 1917 -
Hey kids here another episode of the wacky Russian Revolution:

For some reason, Lenin and Trotsky take control of Petrograd direct the October Revolution (even though it's November in most of the world.)

On November 6, 1923, the price of a loaf of bread in Berlin was reported to be about 140 billion German marks.

And yet when we think of fine baking, we tend to think of France—clearly, we have done the Germans wrong.

With 88 days between the equinox on September 23 and the solstice on December 21, we are considered halfway through the relevant seasons

(autumn or fall in the northern hemisphere; spring in the southern hemisphere) on this day.

And so it goes

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