Sunday, March 10, 2013

There ought to be a Moonlight Saving Time

In case you forgot to set the clocks ahead, we'll wait. Here's a short film explaining Daylight Savings Time -

Do you need some more time (did you get the clock on the stove? Do you still have a VCR?) Here's another short film -

Alright, you can either continue reading or go back to bed for an hour.

you'll have one less hour for drinking today - start earlier.

Ah, to be young and dumb -

Remember, the last kid wasn't grounded.

March 10, 1938 -
Bette Davis won her second Academy Award and re-ignited her sagging career when Jezebel, premiered in New York City on this date.

An old rumor is that the role of Julie was offered as compensation to Bette Davis when she lost the opportunity to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. This rumor is completely false, since the role of Scarlett had not yet been cast until long after Jezebel had been filmed.

March 10, 1940 -
Carlos Ray Norris, the world's greatest living human being was born on this date.

Chuck Norris can blow bubbles with beef jerky.

March 10, 1972 -
Universal Pictures released the science fiction film Silent Running, directed by Douglas Trumbull and starring Bruce Dern, on this date.

The haunting music for the film was written by Peter Schickele, who is known primarily for his classical music parodies under the name of P.D.Q. Bach.

Today in History:
March 10, 1876 -
It was on this date in 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell conducted the first successful experiment on a radical new technology. He put a "transmitter" in one room of his home and a "receiver" in another. He connected them with wire. He then shouted into the mouthpiece of the transmitter, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

A moment later, his assistant, who had been waiting in the room with the receiver, came into Bell's room and said he had heard and understood everything.

When Alexander Graham Bell finished his invention of the telephone, he noticed he had two missed calls from Chuck Norris.

The invention didn't enjoy much commercial success because the market for persons with out-of-earshot assistants named Watson was not as large as Bell had hoped, but it did serve as a major stepping-stone to one of Bell's most significant inventions, the Watson Detonator.

March 10, 1948 -
The State owned Communist newspaper reports that the Czech foreign minister Jan Masaryk was thrown from a window at his apartment in Prague under mysterious circumstances on this date.

Authorities rule his death was a "suicide" and then decide to rule the death as accidentally because he seems to have "fallen while sitting in a yoga position on a window sill to combat insomnia". But most likely he was suffocated first, judging from the fact that he had lost control of his bowels and the deep nail marks on the window sill.

I hate when that happens.

March 10, 1948 -
...I don't want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.....

Author and artist, Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at Highland Hospital, NC, along with eight other inmates on this date.

She was locked in on the 3rd floor while undergoing insulin-induced coma therapy.

I really hate when that happens.

March 10, 1974 -
Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army surrenders to Philippine authorities on this date. He believed World War II was still underway and continued a 30 year guerrilla battle with other islanders. His final capitulation came when his senior officer, Maj. Taniguchi, ordered his surrender.

Upon return to the Japanese homeland, Onoda was treated as a hero, but had difficulty coping with his "postwar" life.

March 10, 1977 -
Roman Polanski gave a 13 year old girl Quaaludes and has sex with her during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson's home on this date. He later fled the country to avoid statutory rape charges.

He would currently be living in Los Angeles (and probably having more fun) if he just went into the bathroom and auditioned his hand puppet alone.

March 10, 1977 -
Astronomers James L. Elliot, Edward W. Dunham and Douglas J. Mink discover rings around Uranus on this date.

Allow yourself to giggle like a school girl.

March 10, 1980 -
Jean Harris shot and killed her unfaithful lover, cardiologist Herman Tarnower, co-author of The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet in his Purchase N.Y. home on this date.

She was granted clemency on December 31, 1992 by Governor Mario Cuomo after she served 12 years of a 15 year sentence. Harris was released in January 1993. Mrs Harris died this past December.

Sometimes, diets make you a little cranky

And so it goes.

Before I let you go - here's a great supercut of films that break the 'fourth wall' by Leigh Singer.

The montage includes 54 different films.  See how many you can name before the end credits?

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