Monday, December 5, 2011

Happiness is really yours

A new Misery Bear has come out

I should be stocking up on more gin in case a Terminator comes after me.

December 5, 1968 -
Margaret Cho, comic and actress was born on this date.

Whatever you do - don't offer to discuss sexual technique with her.

December 5, 1932 -
Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman, (Little Richard) singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the seminal influences in Rock and Roll first graced this earth.

To get the true healing powers, as with St. Elvis, strip down to your underwear, touch the screen and dance with wild abandon (it might even help if you even remove the under garments.)

December 5, 1940 -
One of film's most beautiful Technicolor fairy tale, The Thief of Bagdad, opened in NYC on this date.

Filming began in Britain, but because of the Blitz, the production relocated to Hollywood. There was such a long break in production, Sabu's early scenes had to be re-shot because he had grown several inches.

December 5, 1974 -
The last episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus was shown on BBC on this date.

Terry Gilliam had reportedly said that this was his favorite episode.

Today in History :
December 5, 1484 -
Pope Innocent VIII released a papal bull to combat the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany, on this date, leading to one of the severest witch hunts in European history.

The bull was, alas, less interested in fighting these affronts to civilization than in finding romantically-inclined heifers and was subsequently relieved of his duties.

Witchcraft and heresy therefore flourished (over the next three centuries 200,000 accused witches die under most unpleasant circumstances) and eventually caused Protestants.

December 5, 1791 -
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, child prodigy, influential composer and fart joke lover, died after a sudden (and some would say suspicious) illness on this date.

During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.

December 5, 1906 -
Every minute of life I take a risk; it's part of the enjoyment.

Otto Ludwig Preminger, Austrian-born film director, whose films included Laura, The Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder and Advise and Consent, was born on this date.

December 5, 1926 -
Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin premiered on this date.

It dramatizes the uprising on the Battleship Potemkin that occurred in 1905 when the crew of a Russian battleship rebelled against their oppressive officers of the Tsarist regime.

The film is widely regarded as one of the most influential films of all time.

December 5, 1933 -
Fourteen years of prohibition end when Utah ratifies the 21st amendment. One has to wonder if the delay in the states' ratification had anything to due with the fruits of polygamy.

Let the good times roll.

15 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 20 more shopping days until Christmas.

And so it goes.

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