Saturday, February 17, 2024

Anyone have any good millet recipes?

The Eighth day of the Lunar New Year is believed to be the birthday of millet, an important crop in ancient China. According to the folk proverbs, if this day is bright and clear, then this whole year will be a harvest year; however, if this day is cloudy or even rainy, then the whole year will suffer from poor harvest. (It sounds more poetic in the original language.)

The eighth day of Lunar New Year is the the birthday of Yen-Lo King, who is 5th king of Legendary Hell in fifth palace. The fifth palace of the hell is under the northern-east side of the big scorching and burning stone in the sea. (Location, location, location.)

The palace has 64,000 square miles long. It contains 16 divisions of the small hells. (Be thankful you don't have to clean it. That's what all those idle hands are for.)

Yen-Lo King was originally in charge of the first palace of the hell. He sent the dead who died of injustice back to the human world to have a chance to clear up the false charge many times. Then he was demoted to the fifth palace of the hell. (At least he didn't have to test rectal thermometers.)

The day is also referred to as The Completion Day - people should return from the holiday vacation and go back to work. All the meat and cake prepared for Chinese New Year should finish on this day. Everything should back to normal.

On the eighth day of the Lunar New Year, some people release pet fish of birds into the wild to show respect for nature.

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world by localities or organizations, or nationwide, in order to encourage acts of kindness.

All you need to do is something a simple as hold the door open for someone or say 'good morning' to the counter person giving you your morning cup of coffee.

Then immediately go back to your usually ornery self.

February 17, 1965 -
You are going to be a star.

Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson on NBC-TV on this date.

February 17, 1967 -
The Beatles released Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever on this date.

These songs were intended for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, but Capitol Records decided to release the two songs as a single, partly to regain popularity from John Lennon's "The Beatles are bigger than Jesus" comment.

February 17, 1971 -
On this day, Boston native James Taylor made his primetime television debut on the Johnny Cash Show.

Other guest on the show that evening included Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt.

February 17, 1984 -
The Herb Ross musical drama Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon (the guy everyone is six degrees separated from,) Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, and John Lithgow, premiered in the US on this date.

During the filming of 3rd Rock from the Sun: Dr. Solomon's Traveling Alien Show, one of the characters playing a circus strongman took John Lithgow aside to share a personal story with him. He confided that he was from a small town in Louisiana where his own father, a Baptist minister, would not allow the kids dance or listen to rock 'n' roll music. When he saw Footloose he explained that Lithgow's 'reverend' was the epitome of his own father. After he brought his father to see the film, without any warning of its plot, his father was so touched by Lithgow's performance, the man said that he was the first of 6 children that were permitted to attend their high school prom.

February 17, 1989 -
The cinematic masterpiece Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter opened in theaters on this date.

Alex Winter claimed that he gets two types of letters from teachers; positive ones from history teachers for encouraging students to learn about history, and negative ones from English teachers for affecting the way students speak.

February 17, 1990 -
Try to get it together and not hurl - Aerosmith appeared on Saturday Night Live on this date.

They performed the Wayne's World theme song while appearing in the skit as themselves.

February 17, 1995 -
Paramount Pictures heard America cry out that they needed to see The Brady Bunch Movie, directed by Betty Thomas and starring Shelley Long, Gary Cole and Michael McKean and released it in the US on this date.

Florence Henderson initially turned down her cameo, as she didn't like the scene she was to appear in. After test screenings criticized the absence of Henderson, the producers convinced her to appear under the condition that she would have some certain control over her scene. At that point, Henderson accepted. Henderson also wanted more money, which she got.

February 17, 2011 -
Welcome our new computer overlords - IBM's Watson computer beats Jeopardy's best contestants ever, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, on this date.

The researchers acknowledged that Watson had benefited from something they called the “buzzer factor.” Both Mr. Jennings and Mr. Rutter are accomplished at anticipating the light that signals it is possible to “buzz in,” and can sometimes get in with virtually zero lag time. The danger is to buzz too early, in which case the contestant is penalized and “locked out” for roughly a quarter of a second. Watson, on the other hand, does not anticipate the light, but has a weighted scheme that allows it, when it is highly confident, to hit the buzzer in as little as 10 milliseconds, making it very hard for humans to beat. When it was less confident, it took longer to buzz in. In the second round, Watson beat the others to the buzzer in 24 out of 30 Double Jeopardy questions.

February 17, 1997 -
Mike Nesmith directed himself and the other original Monkees in Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees, a one-hour comedy special which premiered on ABC, on this date.

The special assumes the Monkees have been living in their beach house all the years since the series ended and have continued having adventures. This one is episode number 781 - A Lizard Sunning Itself On A Rock.

Don't forget to tune in to a special Lunar New Year themed ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour today

Today in History:
February 17, 1600 -
Roman philosopher and mathematician Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake at Campo di Fiore in Rome, likely because of his advocating the theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun.

His death at the hands of Roman Inquisition is thought to have convinced Galileo to recant his own theory of a moving Earth. The people living around the Palatine Hills always expected the Roman Inquisition.

Celebrated French dramatist and comedian Moliere collapsed on stage and died on February 17, 1673. It is said that he was wearing green, and because of that, there is a superstition that green brings bad luck to actors. As an actor, he was not allowed by the laws of the time to be buried in the sacred ground of a cemetery.

His wife Armande asked the King Louis XIV to allow a "normal" funeral celebrated at night. The king agreed, and Moliere was buried in a part of the cemetery reserved for unbaptized infants. In some accounts of his death, it is said that over 800 people attended his "secret" funeral.

February 17, 1869
The dream that changed the world - Dmitri Mendeleev began creating what we now call The Periodic Table.

On the night of February 16, 1869, it is said, Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian Chemist and owner of the wildest beard east of Vienna, had a dream in which he saw almost all of the 65 known elements arrayed in a grand table. The following morning, he set to work organizing the elements on blank cards.

He carried on for three days and nights, continually arranging and rearranging the cards in various sequences until he noticed a pattern in the elements in order of increasing atomic mass; their properties were repeated. Because the properties repeated themselves regularly, or periodically, on his chart, the system became known as the periodic table.

A bomb exploded in the dining room of St. Petersburg's Winter Palace on February 17, 1880. Tsar Alexander II survived. Being late for supper, the Tsar was not harmed, although 67 other people were killed or wounded. The dining room floor was also heavily damaged.

While it is often said that promptness is the politeness of kings; sometimes being a tad tardy can save you.

February 17, 1904 -
The original two-act version Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, premiered on this date.

It did not go so well, lasting just one performance. One critic refereed to the performance as a "diabetic opera, the result of an automobile accident." Puccini revised the opera, splitting the second act into two acts and making other changes. On May 28, 1904, the new version was performed in Brescia and was a huge success.

February 17, 1933 -
The first issue of the weekly news magazine, Newsweek, was published on this date.

The issue, all 32 pages of it, could be purchased for a dime, but you could get it discounted for a year's subscription at $4.

February 17, 1958 -
Pope Pius XII declared Saint Clare of Assisi (1193 - 1253), the patron saint of television, on this date.

Given that the meager pittance I have called a salary that has come from my work in television, having a saint to intervene for you comes in handy.

February 17, 1994 -
The decomposing corpse of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first president of the Republic of Georgia, was exhumed from a temporary grave in Djikhaskari on this date. His wife refused an autopsy, but western journalists noted a bullet wound in the side of Zviad's head. Officially listed as suicide, the wife also claims he was murdered. Another government minister oddly states the death was by cancer with the head shot administered post-mortem.

Note to self: don't seek cancer treatment in the Republic of Georgia or the state of Georgia, for that matter.

Avoid getting cancer, if at all possible.

And so it goes

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