Friday, February 26, 2016

Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been on the International Space Station for nearly a year now, and may be getting just a little stir crazy.

Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are scheduled to come back to earth next Tuesday, March First, after their record-breaking year in space.  Perhaps they've developed Space Madness!

February 26, 1908 -
He wasn't Bugs without the gags we gave him.

Frederick Bean (Tex) Avery, animator, cartoonist, and another member of the legendary Termite Terrace was born on this date.

February 26, 1916 -
Thin people are beautiful, but fat people are adorable.

John Herbert Gleason, (The Great One) comedian, actor and musician was born on this day.

February 26, 1966 -
While Nancy Sinatra was on the same record label (Reprise) as her famous father, her record label was going to drop her because her first few singles flopped. Things changed when they teamed her with producer Lee Hazlewood. These Boots Are Made for Walkin' topped the charts on this date.

It was her first hit. In 1996, Nancy Sinatra gave a pair of white go-go boots she wore to promote this song to the Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills.

February 26, 1988 -
John Water's
great, albeit more mainstream feature (Water's first PG-rated film), Hairspray, opened on this date.

The role of Edna Turnblad was originally written for famed transsexual Christine Jorgensen. However, when the role of Tracy had to be rewritten, John Waters also rewrote the role of Edna in order to keep his friend and muse Divine in the production.

February 26, 1988 -
The science fiction film Alien from L.A., directed by Albert Pyun and starring Kathy Ireland was released in US theaters, on this date.

And the only reason to note it is because the MST3K guys spoofed it.

February 26, 1994 -
Bill Hicks, writer and comedian, died of pancreatic cancer on this date.

In the years after his death, Hicks' work has achieved significant admiration and acclaim.

Today in History:
February 26, 1815
One of the Top 10 prison breaks of all time

Napoleon managed to sneak past his guards and somehow escape from Elba, slip past interception by a British ship, and start on his return to France.

February 26, 1829 -
Levi Strauss, inventor and manufacturer of blue jeans was born, on this date.

He originally planned to make canvas tents for miners in the California gold rush, but soon found that durable pants sold better.

February 26, 1870 -
The Beach Pneumatic Transit, the first pneumatic-powered subway line in New York City was opened to the public on this date.

Propulsion was provided by a giant fan, nicknamed The Western Tornado, operated by a steam engine, drawing air in through a valve, and blowing it forcefully into the tunnel.

The tunnel was only a block long, and the line had only one car. Rush hour must have been a bitch.

February 26, 1918 -
The Grandstands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapsed and burnt, killing 604 spectators on this date. It was the worst disaster in sports history.

Even though mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun - they apparently will not leave a burning stadium.

The good people at Volkswagen seem to overlook this anniversary every year.

On this date in 1936, Some junior officers in the Japanese Army mistook Japan for a foreign country and tried to conquered it.

This disrupted the Japanese automotive industry, giving Adolf Hitler the opportunity to preside over the official opening of the first Volkswagen factory on this date. (More about Hitler and cars in a moment.)

February 26, 1970 -
National Public Radio (NPR) was created by Congressional mandate, along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on this date.

Its programs "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" rank among the most popular radio programs in America.

February 26, 1974 -
A U.S. Senate report reveals Ford Motor's involvement in Nazi Germany's war efforts, for which CEO Henry Ford received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler himself.

After the war, the car company was paid nearly $1M reparation by the U.S. government to compensate for one of its plants that was bombed within the Reich.

And some people worry about buying a BMW.

February 26, 1993 -
A bomb explodes on level B2 of the World Trade Center, creating a five story crater and leaving six dead and over 1,042 injured.

Mohammed A. Salameh was later arrested in connection with the bombing as he tries to claim a refund on a rented van believed to have carried the explosion.

Genius, sheer genius.

And so it goes.

Before you go - You know you've wanted to hear this - Stephen Colbert joins the Violet Femmes to sing an acoustic version of their biggest hit, Blister in the Sun -

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