Monday, February 12, 2024

Why not just call in sick

It's the third day of The Lunar New Year and Chigou literally means "red dog", an epithet of "the God of Blazing Wrath". It is considered an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting.

So people don't like to go out on this day, otherwise they might lose their temper easily and become argumentative. Actually, After a 2-day binge of, eating, drinking, playing, gambling, many people are tired and would probably want to sleep in. They said that if people want to work on this day, they won't get much accomplished. Therefore, the Red Dog day is a good excuse for people who need a rest.

Today is also known as the Mice Wedding Day.

They said that people should turn off the light and go to bed early, because the night is the Mice's Wedding and one shouldn't disturb them. The other reason people should turn out the lights, so the mice can’t see their wedding, which would slow down mice breeding.  In the old farmer society,  people would leave a few grains of rice or cake crumbs in the corner of a room for the mice at night.

February 12, 1914 -
The first feature length film shot in Hollywood, The Squaw Man, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, premiered in the US, on this date.

The original studio facilities for Paramount Pictures grew out of a barn on the corner of Selma and Vine streets. When Paramount moved to its current site in 1926 (further east, off of Melrose Avenue), it brought the barn with them.

February 12, 1924 -
100 years ago today, George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York on this date.

It has become one of the most popular American concert works.

On this day in 1940, Superman appeared on a radio station (a Mutual Radio station WOR in New York City) for the first time, the first time in a non-print medium. It was the debut of the radio show called The Adventures of Superman and the episode was called The Baby From Krypton.

We don't get to hear Superman speak though until the second episode: Clark Kent, Reporter (February 14, 1940.)

February 12, 1943 -
Much of the cast of Citizen Kane/ The Magnificent Ambersons was reunited for the Action/ Thriller, Journey Into Fear, directed by Norman Foster and starring Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, and Orson Welles, opened in NYC on this date.

When production on Journey Into Fear began, co-stars Orson Welles and Dolores del Rio had been having an affair for several years. Del Rio ended the relationship shortly after the film's release.

February 12, 1955 -
Another in the series of Westerns director Anthony Mann collaborated with Jimmy Stewart, The Far Country, opened in NYC on this date.

The Athabasca Glacier seen early on the start of the trip to Dawson is actually in Jasper National Park near Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.

February 12, 1970 -
The BBC program Top of the Pops aired a performance clip of John Lennon's single Instant Karma! on this date, which was taped just the day before.

John Lennon wrote and recorded this song in one day, which was either January 26 or 27, 1970, depending on the source. It was unusual in the Beatles era for a song to be written and put into tape the same day. Lennon told Rolling Stone in January 1971 about the recording of this song and its quick turnaround: "I wrote it in the morning on the piano. I went to the office and sang it many times. So I said 'Hell, let's do it,' and we booked the studio, and Phil came in, and said, 'How do you want it?' I said, 'You know, 1950's.' He said, 'right,' and boom, I did it in about three goes or something like that. I went in and he played it back and there it was. The only argument was that I said a bit more bass, that's all; and off we went."

February 12, 1972 -
The Rev. Al Green's song, Let's Stay Together, hit no. 1 on this date.

You do not have to place your hands upon the screen when listening to the good reverend; just hearing his voice will send the healing power directly to your nether regions.

Today's Word of the Day

Today In History:
February 12, 1294 -
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea....

Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, died at the age of 80, on this date.

On February 12, 1554, The sixteen year old Lady Jane Grey, puppet Queen of England for nine days, was beheaded in the Tower of London, on this date.

Questions arose as to where to bury this semi-queen, until it was decided to place her the garden of the beheaded former wives of Henry VIII.

Adolf Frederick was King of Sweden until he died of digestion problems on February 12, 1771 after having consumed a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sour cabbage, smoked herring and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of his favorite dessert: semla (a hot cross bun filled with cream) served in a bowl of hot milk.

He is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as the king who ate himself to death.

Kids remember - push away from the dessert tray.

February 12, 1789 -
Ethan Allen died in a drunken sleigh accident while crossing the frozen Lake Champlain, reminiscing with friends and rye. Much of the circumstance remains a mystery.

The Spirit of Ethan Allen is Lake Champlain's largest cruise ship.

So kids remember, if you're lucky and you die while drunkenly crossing a frozen lake, you too can get a cruise ship or a line of furniture named after you.

Immanuel Kant, a real pissant, died on February 12, 1804. His last words were reportedly "It is good."

This is hard to believe, since Kant did not speak English.

It's the 215th birthday of both Abraham Lincoln, a man with only a years' worth of formal education and still became our 16th President

and Charles Darwin, the man who tried to ride a dog to the tropics and the uncle of most monkeys.

Go try preserving a union and question people's fundamental religious beliefs in their honor.

On February 12, 1894, Hans von Bulow died, (yes, Klaus is related to him).

He was a popular pianist and composer, and the husband of composer Franz Liszt's daughter, Cosima, who screwed around behind Hans' back and ultimately left him for Richard Wagner, (more about him tomorrow)

Emperor Pu Yi of China's Manchu dynasty abdicated on February 12, 1912, allowing the establishment of a provisional republic under Sun Yat-sen, eventually causing Red China.

And the makings of a fine movie.

February 12, 1912 -
With pilot Frank Coffyn flying the plane, American Press Association photographer Adrian C. Duff, shot the first ever film of New York City from overhead on this date.

By doing so, this made Duff the very first airplane passenger over New York Harbor. Mr Duff spent the next 10 years getting a full body cavity search from the TSA.

February 12, 1935 -
The 785-foot USS Macon, the last US Navy dirigible (ZRS-5), crashed on its 55th flight off the coast of California. After takeoff from Point Sur, California, a gust of wind tore off the ship's upper fin, deflating its gas cells and causing the ship to fall into the sea. Two of Macon's 83 crewmen died in the accident.

The U.S. Navy lost the airships Shenandoah in 1925 and Akron in 1933. Some considered airships too dangerous for the program to continue at that point, and work on them in the United States was halted temporarily.

February 12, 1967 -
Police in London arrested Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull on this date, after they discover amphetamine pills, cannabis resin, and Marianne scandalously naked but for a fur rug. (There has been rumors for years that either Paul McCarthy or George Harrison were at the party and were allowed to leave before the arrest were made - they were MBE's and it would have been awkward to arrest them at the time.)

The two Rolling Stones received jail sentences which were successfully appealed.

False rumours still persist - where exactly was that Mars Bar anyway?

February 12, 1976 -
Sal Mineo, film and theater actor, was stabbed to death in Los Angeles while coming home from a play rehearsal on this date.

A pizza deliveryman, Lionel Ray Williams, was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 57 years in prison for killing Mineo and for committing 10 robberies in the same area.

February 12, 2004 -
After 43 years together, Barbie and Ken, shocked the nation when they announced that they were breaking up on this date.

The couple had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961.

Don't worry, those crazy kids have patched things up and they're still going strong. But Bunkies, unless you live under a rock, Greta Gerwig would have you believe differently

And so it goes

No comments: