Tuesday, June 5, 2012

You may want to look away from your screen

Today is Dead Duck Day, an annual event celebrated at the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Do you have anything else to do today? Perhaps you should do it. I'll give you a moment -

Still interested - It's the anniversary of the first known observation of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck.

Now, go about you business

Today in History:
José Doroteo Arango Arámbula (aka Pancho Villa), one of the most famous generals of the Mexican Revolution (or notorious bandit, history is very fickle that way) was born on this date.

Pancho Villa was also responsible for a raid on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916, which was the first attack on U.S. soil since 1812.

June 5, 1956 -
Elvis Presley appeared on Milton Berle's TV show on this date. His undulating hip movements during the song Hound Dog cause quite a national controversy.

Elvis' pelvis and Uncle Miltie's 'special gift' - American virginity was never the same again.

June 5, 1961 -
Roy Orbison's record Running Scared reached the number one position on the charts, on this date.

Orbison's plaintive voice led many to believe that all his songs were based on misery (ah, the voluptuousness of despair,) but he liked to point out that this one has a happy ending.

June 5, 1967 -
The Six Day War erupted in the Middle East as Israel, convinced an Arab attack was imminent, raided Egyptian military targets on this date.

I have enough problems with the Chinese government that I don't need any trouble with the entire Middle East by commenting on this fracas.

June 5, 1968 -
Seconds after Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan in a Los Angeles hotel, witnesses wrestle the assassin to the ground and grab his smoking .22-caliber revolver.

Sirhan later claims to have been acting unconsciously, the result of hypnotic brainwashing, possibly under the orders of a dog named Harvey in Long Island.

June 5, 1975 -
... Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun...

During the Wish You Were Here recording sessions on this date, Syd Barrett just happens to wander into Abbey Road studio while Pink Floyd are mixing Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a song written about Barrett. At first, none of Syd's former bandmates recognizes the fat, bald lunatic who is compulsively brushing his teeth.

When someone tried to break the ice by asking Syd how he had put on so much weight, he maniacally replied, "I've got a very large fridge in the kitchen, and I've been eating a lot of pork chops!" That would be the last time any of the Pink Floyd members saw him.

June 5, 1998 -
Reuters and ABC News both erroneously report the death of Bob Hope, after Arizona congressman Bob Stump announces the comedian's demise on the floor of the U.S. Congress.

This is to the great surprise of Bob Hope himself, who was eating breakfast at the time.


Before I let you go - This is important; you should watch it - Neil deGrasse Tyson on this importance of space exploration

It's not quite John F. Kennedy's  We choose to go to the Moon speech, but it's damn close.

And so it goes.

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