Random anniversaries (that are interesting)


My first car was a maroon '76 Pacer. It had a straight 6 and 3 on-the-tree. It more swooned than turned. I got it up to 90 mph once and thing shook like it was going to fall apart. The front and back had white vinyl bench seats. You could fold down the back seat and damn near fit a twin mattress.
I took soooooo much shit because of that car. One time a friend of mine and I were at a stop light and two girls pulled up along side. The were looking and giggling. When the light turned green they yelled, “ARE YOU GUYS GAY”? My buddy Jeff, who was even nerdier than I was/am, never rode in that car again. My buddy Doug wanted to put a flame job on it, but I was to insecure at the time to let him.


It’s incredible to think this is now the way many people user their “phone”.


“Watson, text me, I need you!”


Have a drink to celebrate!



I usually try to do a bit of a repeal-day celebration, and make some kind of clever cocktail. I missed it this year (and really, several of the last couple years, since we’ve had children), but I still enjoy it as a tradition. It’s a constitutional right!


We hereby impose a 1-clever-cocktail-per-day penalty on you for missing the deadline.



On 12 December 1901, Guglielmo Marconi and his assistant, George Kemp, heard the faint clicks of Morse code for the letter “s” transmitted without wires across the Atlantic Ocean. This achievement, the first reception of transatlantic radio signals, led to considerable advances in both science and technology. It demonstrated that radio transmission was not bounded by the horizon, thus prompting Arthur Kennelly and Oliver Heaviside to suggest, shortly thereafter, the existence of a layer of ionized air in the upper atmosphere (the Kennelly-Heaviside layer, now called the ionosphere).


The birth of quantum physics:

Planck presented this latest formulation at a meeting of the German Physical Society on October 19, 1900, which was hailed as indisputably correct. But to Planck, it was simply a “lucky guess,” and he set about deriving the formulation from first principles. By December 14, 1900, he had succeeded in doing so, but only by introducing what was to prove a revolutionary concept in physics: the oscillators comprising the black body and re-emitting the radiant energy incident upon them could not absorb this energy continuously, but only in discrete amounts, or quanta of energy.


On this date in 1972, the last manned lunar mission ended when Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific. To date, Eugene Cernan, who died in January of this year, and Harrison Schmitt, who is now 82, remain the last humans to have walked on the Moon.


A day early, but this way you’ll be prepared and can celebrate all day - 50th of

The really scary/amazing part about it being 50 years since 1967? (to those of us who can remember 1967, anyway) - in 1967 it was only 50 years since the state of the art in film was:


On Dec. 23, 1888, Vincent Van Gogh gave himself a bit too close of a shave.


December 24, 1968:


It’s Christmas Eve! There was that nice Bible reading that Jason posted, and the first national Christmas tree lighting back in 1923. Unfortunately, the KKK was also founded on this day back in 1865.


December 28, 1895 is a date that should be near and dear to Tom Chick’s heart. On that date in Paris, Louis and Auguste Lumiere screened the first commercial movie in history. The untitled film – a series of scenes of everyday French life – was shot and shown by means of the brothers’ invention called the Cinematographe, a combination camera and projector. Unlike Edison’s Kinetoscope, which required viewing the moving images through a peephole, the Cinematographe could project the images onto a screen. Although the Cinematographe was a commercial success, the brothers soon left the movie business, thinking it had no future.



First, Rasputin’s would-be killers gave the monk food and wine laced with cyanide. When he failed to react to the poison, they shot him at close range, leaving him for dead. A short time later, however, Rasputin revived and attempted to escape from the palace grounds, whereupon his assailants shot him again and beat him viciously. Finally, they bound Rasputin, still miraculously alive, and tossed him into a freezing river.

Dude was badass.


The HBO movie was pretty good, if you have the time and can find it.


Alan Rickman. Sold!


Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of The Trouble with Tribbles