Friday, August 30, 2013

U R Not the Boss of Me!

A little bird told me that humans aren't as influential as they would like to think.

And the really surprising thing to me is that the sign isn't streaked with white "paint" to boot.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Almost the News XX

Man Found Fatally Shot On North Side
At was his north side when they found him. He may have been facing the other way when he got shot.

Jay Cooke Bridge To Be Replaced By Fall
Why use a bridge when you can, instead, get to know the St. Louis River up close and personal? 

Emmer Says He'll Run For Congress
"They're too old and fat to run themselves...without a high risk for a heart attack."

Cleric Says Protests Against Morsi OK
Eygpt's top Muslim cleric declared, "The chants could have been more rhythmic, and the turnout was a little weak, but all-in-all, I'd give them 3 out of 4 stars."

Kurds Vow to Fight Rebels After Car Bomb
"As soon as we finish kicking this car bomb's patootie, we're going to open a can of Whole-Lotta-Hurt on those rebels."

Lost Civilization Scholars Re-Create 4,000-Year-Old-Brew
College professors of the Sumerian Tsuangzii tribe describe the ancient-styled beer: " is just as flat and dusty as you would expect from a centuries-old bottle of Bud."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Famous-ish Last Words

Probably too much weight has been placed upon what a person's final words on Planet Earth are...were...have been, but that won't stop me from quoting a few that I've found to be particularly fitting...funny...ironic (with thanks to the site, Brain Candy, for most of these).

P. T. Barnum: How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?

John Barrymore: Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.

Lou Costello: That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.

Bing Crosby: That was a great game of golf, fellers.

Humphrey Bogart: I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.

Jack Daniels: One last drink, please.

Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian: I am about to - or I am going to - die: either expression is correct.

Oscar Wilde: Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.

Pancho Villa: Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.

General John Sedgwick, Union Commander, killed in battle during U.S. Civil War: They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--

Friday, August 9, 2013

Utrechtse Vroedschap

In last week's post, as part of a listing of historic events that have happened on my birthday, the name Utrechtse Vroedschap was mentioned. At the time, I didn't know anything about the person, other than the fact that he "fled" on the second day of August, 1786.

With my curiosity piqued, I turned to the World Wide Wackfest to educate me on this fleet-footed individual.

The first shocking discovery was that The Seat of All Knowledge, Wikipedia, has no entry for Utrechtse Vroedschap.

The second discovery is that, except for the same one-line notice of the date of his "fleeing" on different history-list sites, all mention of good ol' Utrechtse are in Dutch.

So, with thanks to mechanical translator Babelfish, here's what I've learned:

1. Utrechtse Vroedschap isn't a person at all, but is the council of a city named Utrechtse.

2. From the website for the University of Utrecht: The name or the Utrecht University had in Amersfoort. In the seventeenth century wanted to both Utrecht and Amersfoort a University. The provincial government supported Amersfoort, Utrecht afleyding because "too many youth would provide to the line supervisor won't." In 1634 the Utrecht City Council decided therefore itself a Illustre School for higher education. This illustrious School of Utrecht had three faculties – theology, law, and philosophy – and four professors.

3. Yeah, I know...still nothing about any August 2, 1786 fleeing.

4. According to, Quint Ondaatje was one of the founders and leaders of the Civil Pro Patria et Libertate which amply offset the increasing power of the Utrecht city council, the town council. In 1785, came the patriots, supported by the Utrecht inhabitants rebelled against the corruption of the Utrecht city fathers. The regents admitted.

However, once the danger had passed, the Utrecht directors blah, blah, blah....

In 1786, it came to a new uprising. After several months the militia sent the town council home, and was a Patriot board to power.

So, it wasn't so much fleeing as it was being chased out of town. And I am still left with the burning question...

Why has this local skirmish in the 18th century made it onto lists of Important Events on This Date??!?!?

The world may never know...and probably doesn't care.

Friday, August 2, 2013

If I Was Jesus, Today Would Be Christmas

During my growing-up years, I was always slightly bummed by the lack of any universally-celebrated holidays in August. It seemed like my birthday was the only event in the month, and THAT certainly wasn't anything for most people to commemorate. But with a little research at History Orb, I have found that even just my date of birth has plenty of memorable events to brag about. Look at what all has happened on August 2nd...

1542 - French troops leave Flanders
1610 - Henry Hudson enters Hudson wasn't called that at the understand
1776 - Formal signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence by 56 people
1786 - Utrechtse Vroedschap flees (I don't have any idea what that's all about. I just like the thought of all you readers trying to pronounce Utrechtse Vroedschap in your heads.)
1819 - First parachute jump in U.S.
1865 - Lewis Carroll publishes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
1875 - First roller skating rink opens in London
1876 - Wild Bill Hickok shot dead (from behind) while playing poker (He held a pair of aces and a pair of eights)
1909 - First Lincoln head pennies minted
1922 - Alexander Graham Bell dies
1924 - Actor Carroll O'Connor born (All in the Family, Heat of the Night)
1943 - Lt. John F. Kennedy's PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon Islands
1954 - Darlene Gay Double (nee Roth) was born two minutes too late to be exactly three years older than this blog's author
1957 - "World, meet Dewey. Dewey, meet world."
1961 - Beatles' first gig as the house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
1991 - Mike Jeffcoat is first American League pitcher to get an RBI since 1972