Sunday, September 27, 2015

In case this comes up in conversation.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. 

Use that piece of information, as you see fit.

I nearly forgot -
Folk, although some observers are viewing the upcoming lunar eclipse with fear - calling the event a "blood moon" (a sure sign of the oncoming apocalypse)

 - for astronomers and stargazers, the event is to be welcomed with celebration.  For those fearful souls believing the end time is nigh, please contact me privately, you don't have much time, I will be happy to accept all of your filthy lucre to help you secure a better place in the next world.

September 27, 1947 -
Delmer Daves stylish noir-thriller, Dark Passage, opened on this date.

Humphrey Bogart's complete uncovered face is not seen clearly until 62 minutes into the movie, when his character finally removes his bandages and looks into a mirror. All previous scenes with the character are either shown from his point of view or have his face obscured with shadows or bandages.

September 27, 1951 -
Marvin Lee Aday, singer songwriter was born on this date.

Despite his famous moniker, Marvin doesn't like to eat meatloaf.

September 27, 1964
The Beach Boys appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time on this date.

(sorry, the Sullivan clip is no longer available.)

They performed  the song I Get Around that evening. The song was released as a double A-side single in May 1964 with Don't Worry Baby.  It is considered one of the best ever single releases along with Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles and Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog by Elvis Presley.

September 27, 1975 -
The documentary film by Albert and David Maysles, Grey Gardens, premiered in the New York Film Festival on this date.

Drew Barrymore played Little Edie in the TV movie Grey Gardens but, ironically, in the original Grey Gardens, David Maysles asked Little Edie who she would like to portray Big Edie if a movie based on Grey Gardens were made, suggesting Ethel Barrymore (Drew's great-aunt), despite the fact that Ethel Barrymore had been dead since 1959.

Today in History:
September 27, 1854
The first great disaster involving an ocean liner in the Atlantic occurred when the steamship Arctic sank in foggy weather after colliding with the iron bow of the Vesta on this date. When Captain Luce of the Arctic orders women and children into the lifeboats, the crewmen rebel and take the boats for themselves.

Of 435 on board, only 85 survived -- and none of them women or children. It is the first major ocean liner disaster in the Atlantic. The "Arctic" disaster shattered high Victorian notions of how men were supposed to respond under duress.

Today is the 109th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" in the Annalen der Physik, introducing the equation E=MC2.

Before this, E equaled just about anything you wanted it to equal. Just think what the atomic bomb would have been like if E = banana peels or dog turds.

September 27, 1938 -
RMS Queen Elizabeth was launched by Queen Elizabeth (after a couple of G & T's) at the John Brown and Company yard in Clydebank, Scotland.

She (the ship and not her majesty) was the largest passenger liner ever built and named to honor Queen Elizabeth, wife of King George VI of England and mother to Queen Elizabeth II.

September 27, 1940 -
Japan, Germany and Italy, signed the Tripartite Pact in Berlin on this date. The pact saw the formation of the World War II Axis powers, an opponent group against the Allies.

The Axis alliance bizarrely hoped to persuade the US against joining the Allies during the war, but failed. In 1940, Hungary was forced by Germany to became the fourth country to sign the Pact, allying themselves with the Axis powers.

September 27, 1959 -
Typhoon Vera, otherwise known as the Isewan Typhoon, killed 4,464 people on the Japanese island of Honshu and injured 40,000 more. 1.5 million were made homeless.

The severe storm conditions of Typhoon Vera caused the most of destruction and loss of life of any tropical cyclone in Japanese history.

September 27,  2008 -
Chinese astronaut, Zhai Zhigang, aboard Shenzhou 7, became the first person from China to walk in space on this date.

Mr. Zhiagang
would immediately return to his space craft when he realized that he could not get delivery in space.

And so it goes

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