Friday, July 19, 2013

All, or mostly all, will be revealed

The wonderful folks at Mental Floss have a fun new video: 44 (or more) Fictional Character Names revealed

Those loyal readers of this blog know that we have already discussed many of these facts before.

Every year on this day, since about 1104, any married couple who could prove they had been faithful and loving to one another for one year was awarded half a pig, known as a flitch of bacon.

However, very few couples would actually "bring home the bacon!"

It's both National Ice Cream Day and National Daiquiri Day.

It's been very hot the past few days, so either one of these are appropriate to celebrate (although, I have to believe Hemingway never knowingly had a slice of Cookie Puss cake.)

We're testing out our new home security system this weekend

We bought Mr. Teeny a preditor drone.  Fair warning:  Mr. Teeny has had his pilot's license for only two weeks and he's a tad grouchy: he's recently given up cigar smoking and is on the nicotine patch.

(This is a travel day for us, so it's an abbreviated) Today in history:
July 19, 1692 -
Five Salem witches were hanged for the crime of witchcraft on this date, based primarily on the accusations of little girls who were bewitched.

Eventually, the village executes a total of 20 witches.

July 19, 1870 -
France attempted to declare war on Russia. Due to a typographical error, however, France inadvertently declared war on Prussia on this date and caused the Franco-Prussian War. This eventually led to the creation of Germany, which led to World War I, World War II, and the Volkswagen.

Moral: always proofread.

July 19, 1937 -
The Nazis opened Entartete Kunst, the Degenerate Art show, in Munich on this date. The traveling exhibition offers up Expressionism for ridicule, carefully arranged by (offensive) subject.

The German youth were not admitted, lest they become tainted.

July 19, 1952 -
During a series of UFO sightings in Washington, D.C. occurring over July 13-29, unidentified objects are picked up on D.C.'s National Airport radar system. Sightings in the region are so extensive the Air Force is prompted to hold a press conference. Conveniently, these are all "radar mirages" resulting from "temperature inversions."

Keep watching the skies.

July 19, 1966 -
Frank Sinatra married Mia Farrow in Las Vegas on this date.

Ava Gardner's famous comment on the union: Hah! I always knew Frank would end up in bed with a little boy!


And so it goes.

Before I let you go - Please mark your calendars - a new documentary about the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes - Dear Mr. Watterson

Opens November 15th.  Reason enough to live.

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