Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In case this has been keeping you up at night

Is Pluto a Planet?

Now that we've solved that issue, next up: Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor on the bed post overnight?

Today is National Yo-Yo Day. Go into the desk drawer, dig around and pull your old yo-yo out - I'll give you a moment.

Please celebrate safely

June 6, 1972 -
... He took it all too far, but boy could he play guitar ...

David Bowie released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars on this date.

June 6, 1935 -
Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Dondrub), the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet's Lamaistic Buddhists was born on this date.

Once again, I'm pissing off the Chinese gov't. At this rate, I'm probably going to be trading in when the Chinese gov't coming calling for repayment of the debt.

June 6, 1955 -
Sandra Bernhard, comedian/actress was also born on this day.

Please take a moment to recover from having to contemplate Sandra and Jay doing the horizontal boogie.

Today in History:
June 6, 1755 -
A boy was born in Coventry, Connecticut on this date. He grew up, went to Yale, and became a teacher. He never distinguished himself in any way. He never wrote or said anything of note, never committed any famous or infamous deeds, never married or had children. He seemed destined to be swallowed whole by the omnivorous mouth of obscurity. He was therefore recruited by the United States Military as an intelligence agent, dispatched behind enemy lines in British-occupied Manhattan, and captured.

He was hanged by the British on September 22, 1776.

Moments before his execution, he expressed regret that he couldn't be hanged more than once. This remark catapulted him to posthumous fame (but only after his death), and Nathan Hale is revered to this day.

June 6, 1844 -
" ...Young man, there's a place you can go. I said, young man, when you're short on your dough. You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find Many ways to have a good time...."

That 'fun' place to stay, The Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London, England by George Williams and a group of Evangelical Christians on this date. (If you find yourself dancing around while watching the video clip above, maybe you may swam in the nude at the Y as a child.)

June 6, 1944 -
68 years ago today, the largest seaborne invasion in history began - the allied invasion of Normandy (Operation Overlord.) The date is also commonly known as D-Day. The military calls the date of every major operation D-Day, probably to confuse the enemy.

This would have been especially confusing in Normandy, which is in France, where Day begins with a J. German spies were probably waiting to hear something about J-Jour.

June 6, 1968 -
Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles on this date.

The Democratic lawmaker had been campaigning for his party's Presidential nomination when he was shot three times by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan a day earlier.

Jun 6 1976 -
American expatriate J. Paul Getty, named the richest man in the world in 1957, died in London at age 83.

According to the oil baron, "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."

June 6, 1985 -
Authorities in Embu, Brazil exhume the grave of one Wolfgang Gerhard in order to determine its true identity. The remains are later proven to be those of Dr. Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's notorious Angel of Death.

Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in the ocean in February 1979.

June 6, 1989 -
During the Tehran funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini, frenzied mourners accidentally tip his corpse out of its coffin and onto the ground.

Three million horrified followers bear witness to the desecration.


June 6, 1990 -
US district court judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the rap album As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew violated Florida's obscenity law.

Gonzalez declares that the predominant subject matter of the record is "directed to the 'dirty' thoughts and the loins, not to the intellect and the mind."

When I was a freshman at Columbia, they were not offering 'Interpreting dirty thoughts and the loins' that year.

Before I let you go - here's a performance by a prim and proper subject of her Majesty at the Queen's Jubilee Concert -

(Yeah folks, look at those legs; Grace is 64!  Not to start any rumors but this could be the real reason Prince Philip is in the hospital.  You know how randy those old Greek sailors are.)

Happy Birthday Joe.

And so it goes.

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