Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yes, it's 12/12/12

That's really cute and all, but listen (you may want to sent the kids into another room)

but with the Mayan calendar ending in 9 days, the North Korean have finally successfully launched a satellite and a stray asteroid has just entered the earths orbit.  I believe I've seen this movie before and it stars Bruce Willis (or Mike Myers.)

December 12, 1915 -
It's Francis Albert Sinatra's birthday today.

Once again I've been visited by an Italian Benevolent Organization this past weekend and was asked (more like threatened by a large group of business men of Italian ancestry from Philadelphia ) not to bring up his mafia connections, so today we will not be resorting to that cheap gimmick to slander the Chairman of the Board, greatest singer of the 20th century.

Today's holiday special:  He wishes you the merriest.

December 12, 1972 -
Irwin Allen's ocean disaster movie, The Poseidon Adventure, premiered in NYC on this date.

Most of the external shots of the Poseidon were shot using a model built from the original blueprints of the Queen Mary. Some of the pre-capsize sequences were shot aboard the Queen Mary, including the opening storm sequence, the pre-disaster scenes in the staterooms and hallways, the scenes above decks, and an early scene in the engine room.

Today in History:
December 12, 1531-
It's the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an indigenous peasant, had visions of the Virgin Mary. Legend held that the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego outside Mexico City and left an imprint on his cactus-fiber poncho. The poncho became an icon for the Virgin of Guadalupe.

So now you know.

December 12, 1917 -
With a rent payment of $90 borrowed from a friend, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, NE in an old Victorian mansion on this date.

Flanagan's archbishop allowed Flanagan to focus on the boy's home and assigned nuns to help him.

December 12, 1937 -
Japanese aircraft shell and sink US gunboat Panay on the Yangtze River in China. Japan apologized, disciplining those involved and paying $2.2M reparations.

You think we might have seen something coming up.

December 12, 1968 -
(On seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.

After a long and well enjoyed life, Tallulah Bankhead died in St. Luke's Hospital in New York City of double pneumonia, complicated by emphysema and malnutrition, on this date.

Her last coherent words reportedly were "Codeine... bourbon." (I must remember that, except substitute gin for bourbon.)

December 12, 1980 -
Well, whip it good!

Whip It earns Devo a gold record on this date. It is the first distinction of its kind for any song about masturbation.

13 more shopping days until Christmas and the world may just be over in 9 days.

And so it goes.

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