Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Things never seem to change

Last year on this date, we were all talking about how the Polar Vortex had frozen most of the country

The same thing is pretty much happening today.

Please start putting your Christmas trees curbside (remember that most of a pine tree is actually edible.)

And yet, do you really want wood chips stuck in your colon for most of the year?

This year, the Parks Department sponsors its annual citywide drop-off site from Saturday, January 3 to Sunday, January 11, 2015. Or, if you prefer to watch your tree get chopped up at one of the designated MulchFest chipping locations on Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11 (in NYC.)

Today in History:
January 7, 1325 -
King Alfonso IV
ascended the Portuguese throne on this date.

So now you know.

January 7, 1789 -

January 7, 1800 -

Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States, was born on this date. (Often cited as one of the 10 worse Presidents because he backed the Compromise of 1850 that delayed the Southern secession by allowing slavery to spread.

And no, he didn't install the first bathtub in the White House, that was a hoax by Henry Louis Mencken.

January 7, 1894 -
William Kennedy Dickson
receives a patent for the first practical celluloid film and decided on 35 mm for the size, a standard still used.

The earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture, the Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze is a short film made by W. K. L. Dickson on January 7th, 1894 for advertising purposes. Often referred to as Fred Ott's Sneeze, this is is one of the world's earliest motion pictures and America's best known early film production. The star is Fred Ott, an Edison employee known to his fellow workers in the laboratory for his comic sneezing and other gags.

January 7, 1912 -
It's hard to say. Sometimes people have had terrible childhoods. And sometimes they just haven't found their special place in life. And sometimes they're dogs from hell and must be destroyed

Charles Addams, cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters, was spawned on this date.

January 7, 1943 -
The world's greatest inventor, Nikola Tesla, died alone in room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, of heart failure on this date in history.

Despite having sold his AC electricity patents, Tesla died with significant debts on the books.

January 7, 1953 -
Lame duck President Truman, rattling around the White House, packing up empty liquor bottles and other assorted crap, announced that the US had detonated the first hydrogen bomb months earlier.

The development of the bomb came almost in direct response to the news that the USSR had exploded an atomic bomb three years earlier. It was one of the first instances of the technological and military one-upmanship that characterized the Cold War.

January 7, 1957 -
I feel like a human pinata. The disappointing thing is, no candy is going to spill out.

Katherine Anne Couric, TV news host and colonoscopy spokes model, was born on this date.

January 7, 1967 -
The Newlywed Game
premiered on ABC TV on this date (the show began airing in 1966 as a local afternoon show in some areas.)

I know your thinking about it - where was the most unusual place you and your husband made whoppee?

January 7, 1999
This is not a great day for Bubba - The impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton began on this date.

It was only the second impeachment of a President in American history, following the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in 1868.

And so it goes.

Before you go - The video you are about to see is from an actual attorney in California, who apparently was recently inducted into the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He posted this on you tube, (He even posted his phone number.)

I'm not really sure what you are supposed to think (except, I didn't make this up, once again I must admit, I'm just not that clever.)

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