Sunday, February 7, 2016

North Korea may be ready to launch a rocket sometime today

Some of you may actually be watching the Super Bowl later today

According to the Hass Avocado Board, over Super Bowl weekend, approximately 129 million pounds of guacamole will be eaten. To shovel that guac into gaping maws, approximately 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips are chomped on.

This year, the National Chicken Council predicts that folks will wolf down on 1.3 billion chicken wings – (that's a 3% increase in the number of wings consumed last year.)

Americans will be washing down those snacks with over 325 million gallons of beer.

enjoy the game

February 7, 1908 -
Buster Crabbe
, Olympic athlete, actor and swimming pool sales man, was born on this date.

Crabbe is the only actor who played Tarzan, Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers - the top three comic strip heroes of the 1930s.

February 7, 1914 -
Charlie Chaplin
first appeared as The Tramp, in his first film Kid Auto Races at Venice which was released by Keystone Studios, on this date. The Tramp, as portrayed by Chaplin, was a bumbling but usually good-hearted character who was most famously presented as a vagrant who endeavors to behave with the manners and dignity of a gentleman despite his actual social status.

With only a small number of exceptions, Chaplin would play only The Tramp (or slight variations on the character) on film until The Great Dictator.

February 7, 1940 -
Walt Disney's
second feature-length movie, Pinocchio, premiered at the Center Theatre in Manhattan on this date.

Figaro was Walt Disney's favorite character. Disney pushed for the kitten to appear in the film as much as possible. After the film, Disney swapped Minnie Mouse's little cocker spaniel with Figaro.

February 7, 1962 -
Edward John "Eddie" Izzard, stand-up comedian, dramatic actor and until recently an executive transvestite, was born on this date.

Long time readers of this silliness may have realized that I am very partial to Mr Izzard, Executive Transvestite.

February 7, 1965 -
... Every now and then I'm in a situation where someone doesn't recognize me, and I experience racism. Things like not being buzzed into a store or sitting in first class on a plane and having someone ask to see my ticket four times....

Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III, comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, director and not an executive transvestite was born on this date.

February 7, 1974 -
Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles
opened on this date. Fart jokes gain a certain cache afterwards.

When the film was first screened for Warner Brothers executives, almost none of them laughed and the movie looked to be a disaster that the studio would not release. However, Mel Brooks quickly set up a subsequent screening for the studio's employees. When these regular folks laughed uproariously throughout the movie, Warners finally agreed to take a chance on releasing it.

Today in History:
February 7, 1812 -
Charles Dickens
, English novelist, was born in Portsmouth, England on this date.

He was the quintessential Victorian author.

February 7, 1845 -
An 'intemperate' vandal, William Lloyd, entered the British Museum and smashed the irreplaceable Portland Vase into over 200 pieces on this date. The elaborate glass amphora was created when Augustus was Caesar and was about ten inches high (the vase, not the emperor.)

It took a lot of crazy glue and months to repair.

On February 7, 1898, the trial of Emile Zola began in Paris. He lost, but then eventually he won. He accused someone of something. Somehow, the actor Paul Muni was involved. Or vice-versa. Long story.

It all began in the backwoods of Illinois... no, that was Lincoln. Never mind

February 7, 1964 -
It was 52 years ago today, The Beatles arrived at JFK International Airport to begin their first tour of the United States. They helped bring about a social revolution whose effects can be felt to this day. They had nothing to declare but their genius.

The Beatles came from Britain, sometimes known as England, a little island in the North Atlantic from which many people have come to the United States over the years, some of them without guitars.

The British (or English), like so many other Europeans, have a long and storied history. Although it took the French to perfect the guillotine, the English (or British) made up for in zeal what they lacked in technological savvy, and next week is the anniversary of three British (or English) queens having their heads hewn from their shoulders.

On February 8, 1587, after nineteen years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.

On February 12, 1554, Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days in 1553, was beheaded.

On February 13, 1542, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's Vth wife, was beheaded.

If you can get to an English (or British) pub next week, order a beer with extra head and see if they get the joke. Be prudent, however, as people will sometimes react in unexpected ways when asked for any kind of head at all.)

February 7, 1968 -
It became necessary to destroy the town to save it. -

This was a quote attributed by Peter Arnett (written on this date.) to an anonymous American major speaking about the town of Ben Tre, the main town in Ben Tre province, Vietnam, after the Americans had heavily bombarded it.

February 7, 1990 -
The Soviet Union's Communist Party agreed to let opposition political parties compete for control of the country, thereby giving up its monopoly on power.

They were forced to sell of most of their properties on Baltic Avenue to the Russian mob.

And so it goes.

Before you go - Valentine's Day is in a week - play it safe

Even though it's cold, start shopping now.

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