There is a series of commercials for Birds Eye frozen foods running in Great Britain that I love, featuring a Polar Bear (in vaguely sexual situations - what's not to love.)
Don't cheat - who's doing Clarence the Bear's voice?
Huzzah, it's Melba Toast Day. The toast so named for the the Australian Opera singer Nellie Melba by her great admirer (and world famous French chef Auguste Escoffier.)
but folks, get a grip, it's just toast.
March 23, 1910 -
Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film director (Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Ran), was born in Tokyo, Japan on this date.
One his closest friends was Ishirô Honda, the writer-director behind Godzilla. Unbeknownst to many people, Kurosawa had always wanted to make a Godzilla film of his own, but the executives at Toho Co., Ltd. (the Japanese studio that produces all the Godzilla films) wouldn't let him because they feared it would cost too much.
Today in History:
March 23, 1369 -
Pedro the Cruel, King and tyrant of Castile and Leon, was murdered on this date. Enrique, the illegitimate son of Alfonso XI of Castile, killed his half brother Pedro I in the Castilian civil war and became King Enrique I the Bastard of Castile.
Once again, I must ask, what the hell were people thinking when they named their children.
March 23, 1534 -
Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage between Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon was still valid, even though they'd been divorced the previous year and Henry had already married Anne Boleyn.
Henry decides to trump Clement with his extra I and invents his own religion and appoints a more agreeable pope.
March 23, 1912 -
Wernher von Braun, German - born rocket pioneer who led the development of the V-2 rocket during World War II was born on this date.
He was deemed one of the The Good Germans we collected as a bonus prize at the end of the war. Von Braun was said to be the preeminent rocket engineer of the 20th century.
March 23, 1919 -
Benito Mussolini founded his own party in Italy. He had tried all the other parties, but he was an awkward young man and had a hard time getting to know people. His Fasci di Combattimento ("Evil Fascist Bastards Party") was extremely popular, however, and even the cool kids came.
It got so crowded that the neighbors started complaining, which ended up starting a big fight, and the rest is history.
March 23, 1925 -
Tennessee lawmakers passed a law against teaching in public school "any theory that denies the story of divine creation of man as taught in the Bible", on this date.
Teacher John Scopes couldn't think of anywhere else to teach evolution, so he ignored the ban and was later prosecuted in what became known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, which resulted in an Oscar for Spencer Tracy.
It's Willem Dafoe
I understand that they are giving away a free stuffed bears. I have to see who I know in England.
March 23, 1989 -
A 1000-foot diameter asteroid misses the Earth by only 500,000 miles.
(Astronomers did not see it until it passed.)
March 23, 1997 -
Five dead bodies are found arranged in a cross formation at the burned Quebec home of Didier Queze. They were members of the Solar Temple cult who in 1994 to 1996 had totaled 69 suicides in Europe and North America.
Interestingly, in San Diego, The Heaven's gate suicides (completely different set of nuts) leave 39 dead, all wearing NIKE shoes and many of the male members of the pact had previously voluntarily removed their members.
I believe this is the corollary to Thoreau's 'beware of all enterprises that require new clothes' - NEVER join a cult that requires you to remove your genitals.
And so it goes.
BTW - The Death of the Czars:
So how did you do? We will be grading on a curve.
And one more thing - Charlie Sheen is a very busy boy, a very busy bad boy. Here he is hawking a crappy looking Fiat:
Do you think that dust is the loose cocaine that was left around his house? Nay, there would be no leftover cocaine at Charlie's house.
And finally speaking of cocaine, if you plan on bathing after snorting cocaine, taking a Xanax, Benadryl and a double vodka, please make sure there is a lifeguard on duty.
Please check the flags.