Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Just a Maybe Wet Wednesday

What is it about Wednesday?

There is the possibility of rain, but no guarantee. Meanwhile, the sun teases us with a heavenly game of peekaboo.

There is the possibility of getting a good bit done today, but a general malaise about the idea.

Bigger Girl keeps pointing out that people are more likely to commit suicide on Wednesday than on any other day of the week.

The squirrel has chewed up yet another wire -- this time, a pair of headphones. (Have I mentioned before that under no circumstances should anyone ever have a pet squirrel in the house? If not, consider yourself warned.)

#2 Son, the 14 year boy, is interested in nothing but having more cake, so his attention keeps wandering from his work.

We have once again run out of pens, pencils, scissors, and can't find the thread. They all grew legs and walked off by themselves, of course, because no one took them.

I will wander off and tend to something, and hope that tomorrow's promised sunshine inspires me to get back into gear.

Today is:

Decoration Day, Liberia

Festival of Life in the Cracks Day

Harriet Tubman Day

International Day of Awesomeness

Learn What Your Name Means Day

Marathon For, By, and About Women in Engineering and Technology

Mario Day

National Blueberry Popover Day

Registered Dietitian Day

Salvation Army Day

St. Kessog's Day (patron of Scotland)

Whoopsical Day -- Fairy Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Emily Osment, 1992
Carrie Underwood, 1983
Shannon Miller, 1977
Prince Edward, 1964
Jasmine Guy, 1964
Rick Rubin, 1963
Sharon Stone, 1958
Kim Campbell, 1947
Bob Greene, 1947
Tom Scholz, 1947
Chuck Norris, 1940
James Earl Ray, 1928
Pamela Mason, 1918
Bix Beiderbecke, 1903

Today in History:

The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end, BC241
Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire, 418
King Charles I dissolves Parliament; he calls it back 11 years later, 1629
English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania, 1681
French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform, 1762
John Stone, of Concord, Massachusetts, patents a pile driver, 1791
England begins its first modern census, 1801
In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States, 1804
The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria, 1831
Abraham Lincoln patents a device to help free ships in rivers from shallow water; he built a small scale model, but no full-size device was ever built, and makes him the only US president to hold a patent, 1849
Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you," 1876
Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching, 1891
The Courrières mine disaster, Europe's worst ever, kills 1099 miners in Northern France, 1906
After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall," 1896
China ends slavery, 1910

1 comment:

  1. Must celebrate the end of the First Punic War. But how? How?


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