Saturday, August 4, 2012

This may surprise you.

The Wall Street Journal has a sense of humor

I believe this could really catch on.

(I forgot to post this the other day) The first Saturday in August is National Mustard Day (in my home it is National Moutarde Day, we leave the 's' off for savings,) So please have some mustard today.

Don't put all those people out of work.

St. Sithney is the patron saint of mad dogs.

Make of this what you wish.

A Breton folk story, states that God asked Sithney to be the patron saint of girls seeking husbands, but Sithney said he would rather be the patron saint of mad dogs and get some rest.

Barack Obama is 51 old today. Dear Mr. President, even if it was in haste, I'm glad your parents had unprotected sex around nine months prior to your birth date (where ever you were born.).

Hopefully, you'll get a good half hour pick-up game with the Secret Service this weekend, Mr. President - you deserve it.

August 4, 1930 -
Michael Cullen was a grocer's grocer. He started working for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A & P) at 18 and worked there for 17 years. He then went to work for Kroger Stores for 11 years but he had a dream.

Cullen leased a vacant garage at the corner of 171st Street and Jamaica Avenue in Queens, just a few blocks from a busy shopping district. On August 4, 1930, King Kullen Grocery Company opened the doors to the world's first supermarket.

I wonder if they're celebrating Founder's Day at the store?

August 4, 1901 -
Louis Armstrong (medicinal marijuana and laxative enthusist) always stated that his birthday was on the Fourth of July, a date that has been noted in many biographies.

During the 1980's, Louis Armstrong's baptismal certificate was discovered in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in New Orleans, showing his actual birth date was August 4th, 1901.

Today in History:
August 4, 1693 -
Oh, great day in the morning (this day should be a great religious and national holiday), Blind Benedictine Dom Perignon invents champagne on this date.

He has been quoted as saying, "Come quickly, brothers, I'm drinking stars!" upon tasting his accidental brew.

August 4, 1792 -

Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of England's greatest Romantic poets was born on this date. He died in a tragic boating accident (along with two others) before the age of 30, but he gave us many masterpieces, including Ozymandias, Music, When Soft Voices Die and Ode To The West Wind.

The fish eaten bodies were washed ashore at Viareggio, where, in the presence of his friend Lord Byron, he was burned on the beach - his heart was given to his wife, Mary Shelley, who carried it with her in a silken shroud everywhere she went for the rest of her life.

All I can say is that I'm glad it was just his heart.

August 4, 1892 -
Someone took an axe and killed Lizzie Borden's millionaire parents; Andrew receives 10 whacks and Abby 14.  Based on strong circumstantial evidence, Sunday school teacher Lizzie is later tried for the murders.

She was acquitted of the murders by an all-male jury.

August 4, 1954 -
Douglas Sirk's first Technicolor gift for film goers, Magnificent Obsession, was released on this date.

Forget the silly plot, this film was Rock Hudson's breakthrough film (the first of eight studio pictures he would make with Sirk) and Sirk began to realize his masterful visual language skills

August 4, 1964 -
Vietcong torpedo boats launch an unprovoked attack against the U.S.S. Maddox, while the destroyer is patrolling the Gulf of Tonkin. The only problem is - it may all have been a hoax.

Regardless, the Congress responds by passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson "to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression."

And so it goes.

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