Wednesday, December 2, 2009

And in Other News

A few tidbits for a weird Wednesday:

In Springfield, Massachusetts, yesterday, two cows escaped from the trailer in which they were being transported when the latch broke. Traffic was slow, and they, of course, slowed it to a standstill. Luckily for the cows, the police, and everyone else, a man in traditional cowboy garb got out of one of the cars caught in the debacle, pulled out his lasso, and expertly roped the critters, getting them back into the trailer. Talk about being in the right place at the right time...

A Panama City Beach, Florida, man was so scared to tell his wife that he had spent some money, that he instead lied and told her he had been robbed. She insisted he file a police report, which he did, but now that he has admitted he made it up, he is charged for making the false report. I wonder if he would rather face the judge than his wife...

A Clendenin, West Virginia hunter found a huge egg in the woods that had local wildlife experts rather flummoxed. Turns out it was planted there by another hunter, who had gotten the egg from a nearby ostrich farm and set it out as a practical joke on his brother. The hunter who found it has given it to his wife, who emptied it, bleached it, and has it on her counter. Talk about a hunting trophy...

Enjoy tonight's Full Cold Moon, everyone!

Today is:

Feast of Shiva -- Hindu

Full Cold Moon

Independence Day, United Arab Emirates

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

National Fritters Day

National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

Pan American Health Day

Republic Day, Laos

Special Education Day

St. Bibiana's Day (patron against hangovers)

Sugarplum Festival

Walter Plinge Day, UK

Birthdays Today:

Monica Seles, 1973
Lucy Liu, 1968
Cathy Lee Crosby, 1948
Gianni Versace, 1946
Maria Callas, 1923
Randolph Hearst, 1915
Charles Ringling, 1863
Georges Seurat, 1859

Today in History:

The University of Leipzig opens, 1409
Napoleon defeats the Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz, 1805
The first Savings bank in the US opens, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, 1816
US President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", 1823
US President James K. Polk declares it is the "Manifest Destiny" of the US to expand into the West, 1845
Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the US, in NYC, 1867
Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) became China's Last Emperor at age 2, 1908

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