Monday, February 26, 2018
Impress your friends and neighbors
Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been over mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float.
Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since. (It floats in gasoline, too. I'm not sure but this might come up)
February 26, 1908 -
Let's make some funny pictures.
Frederick Bean (Tex) Avery, animator, cartoonist, and another member of the legendary Termite Terrace was born on this date.
February 26, 1916 -
If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it. If you have it and don't know you have it, you don't have it. If you don't have it but you think you have it, then you have it.
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.
Ricki Lake began rapidly losing weight due to the intense dance lessons she had to take for the film. She reportedly had to "eat like crazy" in order to stay plump.
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.
Feb 26, 1995-
A short called Changes which was the pilot for Dexter’s Laboratory aired on Cartoon Network.
It was a huge success and is credited with helping launch the animation careers of Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken and Seth McFarlane.
Word of the day
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.
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.
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 was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler himself.
And some people worry about buying a BMW.
February 26, 1993 -
25 years ago on this date, 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.
February 26, 2012 –
Trayvon Martin, a teen walking home from a trip to a convenience store, was fatally shot in an altercation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer patrolling the townhouse community of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida.
And so it goes.
Before you go - Here's an interesting discussion about the acting nominees for the 2018 Oscars:
One more thing - Puddles didn't get a chance to upload a new video last week but made up for it with a vengeance with a Smooch up of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On and Metllica's Enter Sandman and One
All of that and a theremin too!