Saturday, August 22, 2009

The problem with a kitten is not that
someday it will grow into a cat,
for indeed it should do just that.

But the problem then with said cat,
is at just the wrong time, kersplat,
it will hack a hair ball on the mat!

(Or the bed, the chair, etc. Can you tell that right now I am so happy to be kept on staff by a herd of cats that I could just barf? Oh, wait, never mind, one of them just thoughtfully did it for me, right on the new carpet, too.)


Today is:

America's Cup Day

Be an Angel Day

Feast of the Queenship of Mary

Hoodie Hoo Day, Southern Hemisphere

Hug Your Boss Day (Be careful with this one!)

Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival

Kermesse, Antwerp, Belgium

National Pecan Torte Day

National Tooth Fairy Day

Old Thresherman's Reunion

Ramadan Begins -- Islam

Rumpleskunkskin's Wedding (Goblin celebration)

St. Symphorian's Day

Tunamint, Natural Chimneys, VA


Birthdays Today:

Cindy Williams, 1947
Valerie Harper, 1940
Carl Yastrzemski, 1939
Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934
Ray Bradbury, 1920
John Lee Hooker, 1917
Dorothy Parker, 1893
Claude Debussy, 1862
Samuel Pierpont Langley, 1834


Today in History:

St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, 565
The Battle of Bosworth Field, in which King Richard III is killed and his forces defeated by Henry VII, 1485
Madras, India (now called Chennai) is founded by the British East India company on land purchased from the local Nayak rulers, 1639
Jacob Barsimon, the first Jewish immigrant to what would become US territory, arrives in New Amsterdam/Manhattan, 1654
The Newport, RI newspaper, Mercury, becomes the first in the US to hire a female editor, Ann Franklin, 1762
Austria laundches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice, thus staging the first air raid in history, 1849
Gold discovered in Australia, 1851
William Shepphard patents the first liquid soap, 1885
Founding of the Cadillac Motor Company, 1901
President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US chief executive to ride in and automobile, 1902
The first Victor Victrola is manufactured, 1906
Mona Lisa stolen, 1911 (recovered 2 years later)

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