Sunday, November 3, 2013

Does anybody really know what time it is??

Did you remember to set all of the clocks back - the VCR, the microwave, the automatic coffee pot in the kitchen?  Watch this, we'll wait.

Alright, now that you're back, Happy Diwali everybody -

Remember to save me some Karanji.

Do you have friend running the Marathon today?

Don't forget to remind them that the first guy who ran one died at the finish line.

It's National Housewife Day.

 So go ahead - put your feet up and take a break. You deserve it!

It's also National Sandwich Day - observed on the birthday of John Montague, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, creator of the sandwich.

To celebrate, begin gambling heavily, don't get up from the table for several hours and call for your manservant to bring you a slab of beef and two pieces of bread (and a piss pot.)

November 3, 1939 -
One of the crown jewels of the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood, Ninotchka opened in New York on this date.

Ernst Lubitsch only signed on as director after George Cukor left the picture to direct Gone with the Wind. As part of his deal for directing, MGM agreed to make The Shop Around the Corner for Lubitsch afterwards.

Gojira premiered in Japan on this date in 1954.

In our house, this is reason enough to break out the hats and hooters. (if you must see Raymond Burr, check him out here )

November 3, 1955 -
Another highlight from the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals, Guys and Dolls, premiered in NYC on this date.

After filming repeated takes of the scene where Sky (Marlon Brando) and Nathan (Frank Sinatra) first meet, they had to quit for the day when Sinatra had too much cheesecake. He said he could not take one more bite. Practical joker (some would say jerk) Brando, knowing how much Sinatra hated cheesecake, purposely flubbed each take so that Sinatra would have to eat piece after piece of cheesecake. The next day, they came back and shot the scene perfectly on the first take.

November 3, 1971 -
Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, Play Misty For Me premiered in NYC on this date.

Universal Pictures originally wanted Lee Remick cast in the role of Evelyn, but director Clint Eastwood had been impressed with Jessica Walter's performance in Sidney Lumet's film The Group, and cast her instead.

November 3, 1978 -
Diff'rent Strokes premiered on NBC on this date.

The cast's child actors have gone on to bigger and better things: Todd Bridges (arrests: drug possession, 1983; attempted murder, 1989; knife stabbing in self defense, no arrest, 1993; assault with a deadly weapon, 1997); Dana Plato (armed robbery, 1992, then a porno centerfold; dead of a drug overdose in 1999); Gary Coleman (a short, pudgy gun nut who plays Nintendo games; 2003 gubernatorial candidate; died in 2010 after an accidental fall in his home).

Today in History:
November 3, 1956 -
It looks like we're not in Kansas anymore.

The Wizard of Oz was first televised (CBS-TV) on this date. Since most TV's at the time are black and white the technicolor part of the film is lost on the audience.

You don't really need to listen to Pink Floyd and take a massive amount of drugs to realize how truly weird this movie really is.

November 3, 1957 -
Laika the dog becomes the first living creature in space on this date. She asphyxiated when oxygen in the Soviet Sputnik 2 ran out. However, some western researchers speculate that Laika roasted when the satellite's heat shields were detached.

I wonder if the Explorer's club served Hot Dogs in her honor that year.

And so it goes.

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