Sunday, February 2, 2020

Today is the Ninth day of the Lunar New Year.

It's the birthday of the Jade Emperor, the King of Heaven on this day, as well.

The Jade Emperor is also known as the Yù Huáng or Yù Dì, the Ruler of all Heavens (of which the Chinese have over 30), Earth and the Underworld/ Hell, Creator of the Universe, later the Emperor of the Universe, and Lord of the Imperial Court.

According to Taoist legend, all the deities of the heaven and the earth will celebrate this day. And there will be grand ceremonies in Taoist temples on this day.

The Jade Emperor is one busy guy. I'd be very tired if I had to follow a holiday this long

Some of you may actually be watching the Super Bowl later today. According to the Hass Avocado Board, more than 66 million pounds of avocados were shipped into the U.S. last week. Out of this amount of avocados, 93 percent were sourced from Mexico, 3.6 percent originated from California, 2.7 percent came from the Dominican Republic while Chile supplied 0.7 percent. To shovel that guac into gaping maws, approximately 14,500 tons of chips are used to scoop it up.

This year, the National Chicken Council predicts that folks will wolf down more than 1.4 billion wings during this year's Super Bowl, which is up 1.4%, or 20 million wings, from last year. To put that in visual terms — 1.4 billion wings laid end to end would stretch an astonishing 28 times from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Americans will be washing down those snacks by spending $1.3 billion dollars on beer.

Super Bowl LIII  played on February 3, 2019 and broadcast by CBS in the U.S., was watched by more than 98.2 million viewers in the United States, down from Super Bowl LII numbers (Nielson rating were down even lower during the halftime show with Maroon 5.)  Approximately 17 million people called in 'sick' to work the day after the Super Bowl.

This year, please don't call in sick with the coronavirus because you drank beer.

Enjoy the game

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives.

It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

February 2, 1973 -
The regular run of the musical series, Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special premiered on NBC-TV on this date.

Among the acts that appears on that first show were The Byrds, Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Rare Earth and George Carlin.

February 2, 2001 -
Touchstone Pictures
released the comedy film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, into general release in the US on this date. The film loosely follows the story of Homer’s Odyssey.

Although Homer is given a co-writing credit on the film, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen claim never to have read The Odyssey and are familiar with it only through cultural osmosis and film adaptations.

Happy Groundhog's Day

Today in History:
Congestion Advisory:

In 1626, it is said that, Dutchman Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan for $24. People often joke about that, but twenty-four bucks wasn't such an unreasonable price. It was a lot of money back then, and it's not like Mr. Minuit just turned around and built Times Square. Manhattan was a big rock in the middle of cold rushing waters and the weather was awful, even for a Dutchman. It wasn't even a city until February 2, 1653, when it became New Amsterdam. It had a population of 800 at the time.

Eventually it was renamed New York, which, according to the 2010 census, has a population of more than 8.3 million. This represents an increase of more than one million percent. At this rate, by the year 2319 New York will have a population of over 80 billion.

Anticipate more traffic.

February 2, 1793 -
Czech composer Franz Kotzwara, who penned The Battle of Prague, visited a prostitute in Vine Street, Westminster named Susannah Hill. After dinner with her in her lodgings, Kotzwara paid her two shillings and requested that she cut off his testicles. Hill refused to do so. Kotzwara then proceeded to tie a rope around the doorknob and then his neck and proceeded to have vigorous sexual intercourse with Hill. After it was over, Kotzwara was dead.

His is most likely the first recorded death from erotic asphyxiation.

Kids, don't do this at home, unless you have adult supervision.

February 2, 1826 -
Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (b.1755), French lawyer and epicure, died on this date.

His famous work, Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste), was published in December 1825, two months before his death.

James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882. Mr. Joyce was one of many drunken Irish geniuses who got the hell out of Ireland as soon as he could afford a passport.

Mr. Joyce wrote Ulysses, a famous book perhaps most notable for the fact that few people ever actually read it, was published on this date in 1922.

Gertrude Stein was born a day later, eight years earlier, than Mr. Joyce, in 1874.

She wrote books that were much easier to read than Mr. Joyce's yet made even less sense.

February 2, 1901 -
Following a custom she maintained throughout her widowhood, Queen Victoria spent Christmas at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. She died there from a cerebral hemorrhage on January 22, 1901, at the age of 81. At her deathbed she was attended by her son, the future King, and her oldest grandson, German Emperor William II. As she had wished, her own sons lifted her into the coffin. She was dressed in a white dress and her wedding veil. Her funeral was held on this date and after two days of lying-in-state, she was interred beside Prince Albert in the Frogmore Mausoleum at Windsor Great Park. Since Victoria disliked black funerals, London was instead festooned in purple and white.

When she was laid to rest at Frogmore Mausoleum, it began to snow. Victoria had reigned for a total of 63 years, seven months and two days - at the time, the longest of any British monarch.

February 2, 1913 -
The new Beaux-Arts style Grand Central Terminal in New York City opened on this date.

The cost to construct Grand Central Terminal was a staggering $43 million. The price was offset by the sale of "air rights" over the enclosed facility.

Many majestic buildings were constructed including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. For many years, the elevators in these buildings would be powered by third rail current provided by the New York Central.

The railroad needed to invest in electrifying its rails, and carve deep into Manhattan's bedrock (workers would ultimately excavate 2.8 million cubic yards of earth and rock).

And if you're lucky, my brother might have just driven your train into the station.

February 2, 1964 -
The GI Joe doll made its debut on the market as a popular American toy on this date.

It would be several years before GI Joe would be released with his Kung Fu grip. Even though GI Joe is 12" of fighting machine - Joe is genital-less - so the grip is useless.

February 2, 1971 -
Idi Amin
assumed power in Uganda on this date, taking the government from President Milton Obote. One of his favorite pastimes seems to have been eating the brains of live prisoners. Also while in office, he reportedly ate one of his own sons.

How charming.

February 2, 1979 -
John Simon Ritchie
, better known as Sid Vicious, bassist for the Sex Pistols, died in his sleep of a heroin overdose on this date.

He was waiting to stand trial for the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

And so it goes.


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