Monday, October 17, 2011


The kids are home. It's parent teacher conference time again.

The teacher wants the kids to come along and take notes.

This should be fun, but not until Wednesday. Meanwhile, they get to lounge around and bug their mother.

Yes, i'm looking forward to it.

Today is:

Boss' Day -- work date, since the actual day was on a Sunday; either celebrate, or roll your eyes, both are acceptable responses

Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day -- actually a good idea

Dessalines Day -- Haiti

Doburoku Festival -- Oita Prefecture, Japan (one of the few sake festivals at a shrine; through tomorrow)

Four Prunes Day (Only if you dare!)

Gaudy Day a/k/a Wear Something Gaudy Day

Hurricane Thanksgiving Day -- US Virgin Islands (only celebrated if no major hurricanes have struck that year)

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Large Fairies Come First Day -- Fairy Calendar

Loyalty Day -- Argentina

Mulligan Day -- internet generated, give yourself or someone else a free do-over today

National Cake Decorating Day

National Heroes Day -- Jamaica

National Pasta Day

St. Ignatius of Antioch's Day

St. John the Dwarf's Day

Anniversaries Today:

Crown Prince Fernando of Aragon marries Princess Isabella of Castile, 1469
Composer Johann S. Bach marries his niece Maria Bach, 1707

Birthdays Today:

Norm MacDonald, 1963
Alan Jackson, 1958
Howard Rollins, 1950
Margot Kidder, 1948
George Wendt, 1948
Ronn Owens, 1945
Evel Knievel, 1938
Jimmy Breslin, 1930
Tom Poston, 1921
Montgomery Clift, 1920
Rita Hayworth, 1918
Arthur Miller, 1915
Jean Arthur, 1905
Spring Byington, 1893

Today in History:

King Cyrus the Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon and releases the Jews from their 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration, BC539
Battle of Neville's Cross, the defeat of King David II of Scotland by Edward III of England, 1346
German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus, 1604
Boston blacks petition the legislature for equal school facilities, 1787
The political rights of Jews are suspended in the Duchy of Warsaw, 1808
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie), 1888
Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Clifden, Ireland, 1907
Albert Einstein arrives in the US as a refugee from Nazi Germany, 1933
The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England, 1956
Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra, 1964
Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations, 1966
Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria, 1973
Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979
The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, making it the World's tallest highrise, 2003


  1. Large Fairies come first day? Living in a gay town, this sounds like what we call "bear week." (Hordes of overweight bearded gay guys come visit, calling themselves "bears"--it's one of the biggest weeks of summer.)

    Love all the stuff you find. And might as well enjoy the kids being in your hair, they won't stay kids for long!


  2. The fairy holidays are off of what claims to be the actual calendar of the fairy/pixie/elf/brownie/etc. folk, so in this case it's more like actual Tinkerbell type critters, but "bear week" must be interesting.

    That's exactly what i'm thinking about the kids, too!