Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas. The figure of Santa Claus comes from St. Nick, who in turn comes from the real-life St. Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop from Myra, in what is now Turkey. In many parts of the world, today is the day that children get gifts — on the evening of December 5th, they might put out shoes and get small gifts like fruit, coins, or toys.
Not sure I'd be snacking on anything I found in my shoes....
gonna be a long night.....
It was on this day in 1938 that a cylindrical Martian spaceship landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey, and began incinerating onlookers with an alien heat ray, an event that was covered by the Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations, and that caused widespread alarm and mass hysteria. News of the attack interrupted a program of live dance music, the reports growing more frequent and ominous as the hour wore on, until the New Jersey state militia had been obliterated and three Martian tripod battle machines began ravaging the landscape.
Of course, the broadcast was a hoax, a cleverly crafted Halloween prank composed of simulated on-the-spot news bulletins based on the H.G. Wells novel, The War of the Worlds. The broadcast had been prefaced with the announcement that what would follow was a dramatic presentation by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air, but many listeners missed the introduction and panic ensued. People in New Jersey fled the area convinced they could smell poison gas and see fiery flashes from the tripods in the distance.
It has been estimated that of the 6 million people who heard the original broadcast, more than 1.5 million believed it to be true and more than a million others were genuinely terrified, and contemporary accounts tell of police stations swamped with calls. Within a month there were more than 12,000 newspaper articles on the broadcast and its impact, and as far away as Germany Adolf Hitler is said to have cited it as "evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of democracy." Many listeners sued the network for mental anguish, claims that were all denied save one for a pair of size nine black shoes, by a man from Massachusetts who complained he'd had to spend what he'd saved for new shoes to escape the invading Martians. Welles insisted that that claim be reimbursed.
Welles and the Mercury Theatre were censured, but the broadcast secured Welles an instant, notorious fame. In 1988, Grover's Mills, New Jersey, celebrated its hour of fame by installing a Martian Landing Site monument near Grover's Mill Pond, not far from the remains of a water tower shot to pieces by its frightened residents 50 years before.
Woke up to the sound of rain on the roof. Good way to start a day off... :)
supposed to be under 100. can't not like that!
Just realised that May 7th was my 10 Year Blurty Anniversary!!!!!!!!!! TEN WHOLE YEARS of pounding away at the keyboard & spilling my guts into this journal thingy....wow. I am belatedly impressed. If this site (and I) are still at it 10 years from now, I'll try to have a bigger celebration.
- Mister Owl.
It was on this day in 1937 that SPAM came onto the market. The canned meat product from Hormel Foods Corporation was given its name by a contest winner; the prize for his ingenuity was $100. On one occasion, a Hormel spokesperson said the name was short for "Shoulder of Pork and Ham"; on another, a company official said it was a conflation of the words "spice and ham." All sorts of parodic acronyms have circulated over the years, including "Something Posing As Meat."
Got up to 102 degrees yesterday. I guess Spring is here!!!
Crown was replaced without too much difficulty. Yay!
Day off today & I'm not planning to do much of anything. Thinking about a movie - will have to check the listings & see what's out there.
Otherwise, it's a slow, relaxing day for me.
Yeah....still here. Just not much to say at the moment.
March the First.
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
--- Mary Wilson Little
First month of the year is about gone. Maybe things will start to settle down a bit now...
You Are Complex and Deep
You are a bit of a contradiction. It's hard to label you or sum you up easily.
You have many interesting layers to your personality... and some of them you keep completely to yourself.
You are open to change, and it's likely that your life has gone through many phases already.
You don't expect anyone else to understand you. You're still trying to understand yourself!
Today is Flag Day here in the United States. On this day in 1777, the government officially adopted the Stars and Stripes as our national flag. No one knows for sure, but it was most likely designed by Congressman Francis Hopkinson and sewn by a seamstress in Philadelphia named Betsy Ross.
London's Westminster Abbey was consecrated on this date in 1065. There has been a church on the site since the late 8th century, when a small community of monks formed a monastery there; it's possible the site dates back as far as the early seventh century, to the time of the first Christian king of the Saxons, Saberht. King Edward I (later known as Edward the Confessor) decided to expand the Benedictine monastery around 1040, and ordered construction of a new stone church in honor of Saint Peter. The church became known as "west minster" to distinguish it from Saint Paul's Cathedral, which was the "east minster." By the time the church was consecrated 25 years later, Edward was too ill to attend, and he died a few weeks later. He was buried in front of the high altar.
Most of the original abbey was lost when Henry III decided to remodel it in the new Gothic style during the 13th century.
Beginning with William the Conqueror in 1066, Westminster Abbey has witnessed all but two coronations. It has hosted 16 royal weddings, and houses the remains of 17 monarchs. It is also the final resting place of many notable writers, poets, scientists, and politicians.
You Are Charming and Unique
You are attracted to the counter culture. Mainstream culture doesn't have a lot to offer you.
If people want to think you're flakey, that's fine. You're getting more done than they are.
You don't need much in life. You just want to be seen and appreciated for who you are.
You can be a bit too honest at times. And most people find that refreshing.
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