Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pants are for suckers

Today is the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride.  The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere every January in New York City  (It is also a global event.)

If you are so inclined, please check out the No Pants site for official rules

As you start your morning, here's a brief musical interlude

Remember folks, the truth is out there!

January 10 1927
The film Metropolis premiered in Berlin on this date. It was the most expensive silent film of the time, costing approximately 7 million Reichsmark to make.

Much to Fritz Lang's dismay, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were big fans of the film. Goebbels met with Lang and told him that he could be made an honorary Aryan despite his Jewish background. Goebbels told him "Mr Lang, we decide who is Jewish and who is not". Lang left for Paris that very night.

January 10, 1949 (This date is under much debate) -
45 RPM's - the term for the record format introduced by RCA on this date. This soon became the standard format used for vinyl “singles” for several decades. (Kids, RPM stands for “revolutions per minute.”)

Just think, all that pleasure with 7".

January 10, 1952 -
Cecil B. DeMille's
circus extravaganza, The Greatest Show on Earth, opened on this date.

The movie is often cited as the least deserved Best Picture winner ever. It is widely believed the film only won because many members of the Academy were reluctant to vote for the anti-Joseph McCarthy western High Noon, whose screenwriter Carl Foreman had just been blacklisted from Hollywood.

January 10, 1964 -
The American version of the British program That Was The Week That Was (TW3), a weekly show of topical political satire, premiered on NBC-TV on this date.

Singer Nancy Ames, Buck Henry, Pat Englund and Alan Alda were among the regulars. The show proved equally groundbreaking in the United States and, like the British version, was no stranger to controversy.

January 10, 1984 -
The "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's with Clara Peller was first aired on this date.

Clara Peller was 81 when she came out of retirement to star in the Wendy's spot.  Peller died on August 11, 1987, one week after her 84th birthday.

Today in History:
Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously (not that Tom didn't know his name - it was theoretically punishable by death to denounce the crown and Tom wasn't quick looking for death at that time) on January 10, 1776, before the American Revolution. Paine wrote it with editorial feedback from Benjamin Rush, who came up with the title.

The document denounced British rule, and through its immense popularity contributed to fomenting the American Revolution. The second edition was published soon thereafter. A third edition, with an accounting of the worth of the British navy, an expanded appendix, and a response to criticism by the Quakers, was published on February 14, 1776.

January 10, 1810 -
, unable to to produce an heir wife his wife, the Empress Josephine, divorced her on this date.

The divorce was unpopular with the people, and also strained Napoleon's relationship with church officials; especially after he quickly remarried an Austrian duchess.

January 10, 1870 -
Victor Noir
, French journalist, was killed by Prince Pierre Bonaparte. Noir had called on him with a companion to present his editor's challenge to a duel because of a journalistic dispute concerning Corsican politics. Bonaparte was so insulted to have been approached by mere "menials" (his phrase, apparently) that he slapped the hapless 22-year-old in the face, pulled out a pistol and shot him on the spot.

Over 10,000 people attended his funeral and public sentiment over Noir's death forces Napoleon III to abdicate. A statue of Noir s prostrate figure became a magnet for anorgasmic women rubbing themselves against him as a sexual charm.

Once again, the French, they are a funny race.

January 10, 1863 -
The London Underground (the Tube) opened to the public on this date. The Underground, a symbol of British culture, was the world's first underground railroad.

Passengers can still ride the original line, which ran between the London Paddington station and the Farringdon station.

January 10 1883 -
A fire at the six-story Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee killed more than 71 people on this date. For years this was considered one of the worst single structure fires in the United States.

Two famous midgets residing there, General Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) and his brother-in-law Commodore Nut, were rescued by firefighters.

January 10 1948 -
Donald Fagen, singer and front man of the rock band Steely Dan, was born on this date.

Hopefully, Mr Fagen and his wife can resolve their issues and put them in the past.

January 10 1982 -
You could no longer go to Paul Lynde to block on this date. Mr. Lynde was found dead of a heart attack, (it has been rumored that he was also naked and clucking a bottle of poppers in his West Hollywood home at the time.)

Mr. Lynde's bed companion, it appears, neglected to call 911 to report the emergency.

Kids, remember - don't count on that hustler to call the paramedics for you (that's always extra.)

January 10 1984 -
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry (1967) to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year on this date.

She may be unusual but Cyndi is still going strong more than 30 years later.

And so it goes.

Before you go - Outside it was raining cats and dogs.

I saw this Tex Avery cartoon that I wasn't familiar with - Symphony in Slang.  I thought you would enjoy it.

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