Friday, May 17, 2013

Watch the video, then I have a question

This is a wonderful explanation of a physics principle -

But what's troubling me is that Mr. Sadaghdar uses his sub-woofer as a vibrator - I'm left with so many questions and none of them good.  And the unibrow is very troubling.

Today is Rubber Band Day, honoring Inventor Stephen Perry's receiving a patent for the rubber band on this date in 1845.

The U.S. Post Office is the largest consumer of rubber bands in the world – they order millions of pounds per year.

Here's another reason to legalize marijuana - think of the savings if USPS switched to hemp rope (and the number of very mellow postal employees - Please save your e-mails, I know you can't get high from smoking hemp. )

May 17, 1940 -
Garson Kanin's screwball comedy, My Favorite Wife, opened on this date.

Leo McCarey was supposed to direct the film, but shortly before the filming began he was injured in an automobile accident, and had to hand over the direction to Garson Kanin.

Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, who play rivals in this film, lived together for twelve years from 1932 to 1944 (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

May 17, 1950 -
Nicholas Ray's excellent film noir, In a Lonely Place, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame premiered on this date.

Lauren Bacall and Ginger Rogers were considered for the role of Laurel Gray. Bogart naturally wanted his wife to play opposite him, but Warner Bros. refused to release her from her contract. Rogers was reportedly the producers' first choice, but Nicholas Ray convinced them that his estranged wife, Gloria Grahame, would be the right choice for the role.

May 17, 1955 -
Paramount Pictures released, The Country Girl, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and William Holden, based on the Clifford Odets play, on this date.

During filming Grace Kelly managed to have affairs with Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and William Holden, simultaneously but not on the same date (well maybe the same day but not all together.)

May 17, 1980 -
Call Me by Blondie reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts on this date.

Impress some friends you know: Here's Lea DeLaria (and not Patton Oswald - smarty pants) covering the song this past January at Joe's Pub.

Today in History:
May 17, 1673 -
Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette first set out to explore the course of the Mississippi, which they believed would lead them to paradise on this date.

Unfortunately it only took them to New Orleans, and they were out of beads. (And as a faithful reader pointed out, one mostly thinks of a prison when they think of Joliet.)

May 17, 1792 -
24 drunken stock brokers got together outside of 68 Wall Street in New York under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street which earlier was the site of a stockade fence and signed an agreement with two provisions:

1) the brokers were to deal only with each other. Thereby eliminating the auctioneers, and
2) the commissions were to be .25%.

Thus the New York Stock Exchange was born (and none of it involved a $2 billion dollar loss.)

May 17, 1899 -
Thomas Alva Edison copyrighted the first western film, The Cripple Creek Bar Room, which he had shot at his Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey, on this date.

Although there was little, if any, plot to this short film (please note, the role of a barmaid was played by a man,) it was the first with a setting in the west.

May 17, 1954 -
The U.S. Supreme Court on this date, in an unanimous decision ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.

The Brown v. Board of Education decision serves to greatly motivate the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and ultimately led to the abolishment of racial segregation in all public facilities and accommodations.

May 17, 1974 -
During a gun battle with members of the Symbionese Liberation Army on this date, the LAPD fired tear gas into their Watts hideout. The canisters ignited a fire which soon consumed the house.

Three other SLA members, including kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, watched the events unfold on TV in their motel room down the street from Disneyland.

Proving once again, it is the happiest place on earth.

May 17, 1992 -
The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses on this date.

You go over there and play the accordion. I'll stay here and beat off the band.

The same day, Bandleader, accordion player, and soap bubble aficionado Lawrence Welk died of pneumonia in his beachfront condo in Santa Monica, California (not that there's any connection between the two events.)

May 17,  2004 -
Marcia Kadish and Tanya McCloskey were married at Cambridge City Hall in Massachusetts on this day as the first legally married same-sex couple in the US.

Over 70 other same-sex couples were married on this day as well, sparking a few protests but many more celebrations.

And so it goes

Before I let you go - here's a great mash-up of Hamlet in under 15 minutes with almost 200 film and TV references. (Bravo Mr. Klock!)

Not too shabby when you consider that everyone from Richard Burton to the Animaniacs were included (even Lindsey Lohan makes an appearance.)

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