Sunday, January 12, 2014

Silly Sunday: More stuff heard around here

"Mom, I'm going to Google 'how to cause a catastrophe,'  And do you know why?"  

Bigger Girl had been drawn into the kitchen where #2 Son was frying "donuts," his own recipe, of course.  They have chocolate and are calorie bombs, like most of his dessert and snack creations.

Surprise me, i said.

"Because in the state of Utah, it is against the law to cause a catastrophe.  So I'm going to find out the exact definition of 'catastrophe' and how one goes about causing one!"

"It's easy," #2 Son said.  "It's a huge event that causes loss of life."

"Loss of life!" she exclaimed.  "That's not a catastrophe, that's just Darwinism!  Oh, and why is a raven like a writing desk?"

"I heard the answer to that one the other day," Little Girl came in and said.  "A raven is like a writing desk because Poe wrote on both!"

"Correct!" Bigger Girl said.  "Unless, of course, Poe wrote on a pad held on his lap while sitting on the loo.  Wouldn't that be embarrassing?"

"Donuts!" #2 Son said, and Festus came running in.  The four of them crowded around the plate of hot treats and made short work of several of them.

"This is so good, it'll cause diabetes!" Festus said.

"That's my goal!" #2 Son said.  "To make stuff that good, and yet that bad!"

#2 Sons' version of donuts.  Chocolaty goodness.

Today is:

Ati-Atihan Festival -- Aklan, Kalibo, Panay Island, Philippines (vivid religious carnival/feast dating back to the 13th century to honor Santo Nino [Baby Jesus]; through the 19th)

Baptism of the Lord Jesus -- Christian

Blessing of the Sea -- Margate, UK (ceremony with the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateria and Great Britain)

Compitalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (slave festival to the Lares and Manes, household gods)

Curried Chicken Day

Eat Crackers and Try to Whistle Day -- just to see if it's as much fun as it was when you were young

Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day -- an internet generated holiday with whatever purpose you decide to give it

Goblin Gala -- Fairy Calendar (Fairies not invited)

Hen Galan -- Gwaun Valley, Dyfed, Wales (New Year Celebration begins -- yes, they still use the old calendar)

Jackson Day Race -- New Orleans, LA, US (106th annual, a 9k run through historic areas of New Orleans; the oldest street race in the South and 5th oldest in the nation.)

Little League Girls Baseball Day -- girls were finally allowed to play this date in 1974

Mawlid an Nabi -- Islam/Muslim (Prophet's Birthday, celebration begins at sunset)

Meitlisunntag -- Meisterschwanden and Fahrwangen, Switzerland (procession and festival celebrating the role of women in the victory of a battle in 1712)

Memorial Day -- Turkmenistan

National Marzipan Day

National Pharmacist Day -- US

Rubber Band Veteran Day -- to commemorate the warriors and heroes of rubber band fights around the globe and in your very own school or office

Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Day -- because it's too soon to give up

St. Benedict Biscop's Day (Founder and Patron of English Benedictines, and Patron of musicians, painters; Sunderland, England)

Zanzibar Revolution Day -- Tanzania

Birthdays Today:

HAL, 1997 (according to A. C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey)
Jeff Bezos, 1964
Oliver Platt, 1960
Kirstie Alley, 1955
Howard Stern, 1954
Rush Limbaugh, 1951
Joe Frazier, 1944
Glenn Yarborough, 1930
Ray Price, 1926
Ira Hamilton Hayes, 1922
James Farmer, 1920
Luise Rainer, 1910
Tex Ritter, 1905
Joe E. Lewis, 1902
Jack London, 1876
John Singer-Sargent, 1856
Edmund Burke, 1729
Charles Perrault, 1628
John Winthrop, 1588 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Dynasty"(TV) 1981
"All in the Family"(TV), 1971
"Batman"(TV), 1966
"Arthur Godfrey and His Friends"(TV) 1949
"Ottone, re di Germania"(Handel's Opera, HWV 15). 1723

Today in History:

Tsarina Elizabeth establishes the first university in Russia, 1755
The first US public museum is established, in Charlestown, South Carolina, 1773
Mission Santa Clara de Asis is founded in California, 1777
The first cargo arrives in New Orleans by steamship, from Natchez, 1812
Anthracite coal is first used to smelt iron, in Mauch Chunk,Pennsylvania, 1839
The Royal Aeronautical Society is founded in England, 1866
The Dow-Jones closes above 100 for the first time, 1906
A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time, 1908
The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees, 1911
The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote, 1915
Finland's "Mosaic Confessors" law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens, 1918
Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate, 1932
Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation, 1967
An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait, 1991
A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali, 1992
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning, 1998
The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage, 2004
Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket, 2006
The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal, 2006
Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years, 2007
An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 230,000 and destroys most of Port-au-Prince, 2010


  1. you are raising a wild, yet intelligent, bunch! :)

  2. What TexWisGirl said. I love your kids.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. :)

  3. I love coconut macaroons. They're terrible for me.

  4. Those donuts don't look that appealing but I bet they tasted good.

  5. I so want one of those doughnuts LOL

  6. Maybe he can cause a health catastrophe in the family with his cooking! :)
    I guess Lewis Carroll never realised that Poe would contribute to answering his famous riddle. I might put that on my Carroll blog. It's awhile since I posted anything there.