(Because of the possible snow storm Wednesday, I have to reconfigure my Thanksgiving plans, so an abbreviated posting today.)
November 25, 1940 -
Walter Lantz's introduced Woody Woodpecker with the release of Knock Knock on this date.
Although Woody made his first appearance in this film, he doesn't have a name until his next film, Woody Woodpecker.
Today in History:
November 25, 2348 BC -
According to Biblical scholars, a powerful rain storm began on this date. It rained an inch every ten seconds. Imagine that. An inch every ten seconds. The sheer volume and velocity of the deluge, comparable to rapid-fire artillery, ought to have been enough to kill every living thing on the planet in seconds, and yet it reportedly continued at this rate for a full 960 hours.
It may not sound like much, put like that, but considering the far-flung distribution of all the various creatures of the earth, and the difficulty of tracking down, say, all the varieties of paramecium without the benefit of a microscope, or sustaining desert flora on a water-logged ship, it was a considerable accomplishment.
I applaud the foresight, initiative, and ambition displayed by Noah and his family, but remain a little wary of the person or persons behind all that rain.
November 25, 1867 -
I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize - George Bernard Shaw
A patent was granted to Alfred Nobel for dynamite on this date.
To quote Big Jim McBob and Billy Sol Hurok, "May the Lord take a liking to you and blow you up real good!!!"
November 25, 1914 -
Joe DiMaggio was born on this date. In addition to leading the New York Yankee to ten World Series championships, Joe DiMaggio also got to marry Marilyn Monroe.
Be grateful for role models.
November 25, 1963 -
The flag draped coffin containing the purported remains of the man, many Americans believed to have been John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. And on November 29, President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren the head of a commission to investigate the alleged assassination of the person believed to have been John F. Kennedy.
Be grateful the CIA, the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians, extraterrestrials, and the Children's Television Workshop don't give a damn about you.
November 25, 1970 -
Japanese playwright, poet, novelist, nationalism and patron of transvestite bars, Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (self disembowelment) after an aborted coup attempt in Japan on this date.
One has to ask themselves - why is perfect purity only possible when you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.
On November 25, 1977, Greece announced the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great.
November 25, 1987 -
Fawn Hall, Oliver North's assistant, removes documents from sealed National Security Council offices inside the White House by hiding them inside her skirt, causing President Ronald Reagan to form a task force which eventually put both North and Hall on trial.
And so it goes
There are 2 days until Thanksgiving
There are 21 days until the start of Hanukkah.
There are 30 days until Christmas.
If for some reason you've been put in charge of appetizers for Thanksgiving this year and the thought fills you with terror - fear no more, help is here.
(Don't forget to offer to clear the table and wash dishes if you didn't cook!)