Friday, October 21, 2011

Prepared for Armageddon?

My kids have read the Zombie Survival Guide, and seen the movies.

In spare time, they sometimes discuss strategies to survive a zombie infestation, including how to gather supplies, destroy zombies, and survive until all of them have rotted away and it's safe to come out again.

Well, i thought it was just a movie and book kid thing.

Apparently i was wrong.

Starting tomorrow, there is a conference/convention/whathaveyou in Seattle, Washington, called ZomBCon, which runs through Sunday.

There is also, for those who can't make it to the actual festival of all
Link things undead, a place online where you can vote on this year's best design for a zombie safe house.

There are 200 entries, from 12 countries.

Playing zombie isn't just for kids any more, apparently.

Gee, i hope i don't end up having to live in one of those places, most of them look really weird.

Today is:

Apple Day -- U.K. (to inspire local orchard revival and celebrate local varieties)

Antillean Day -- Bonaire; Curacao; Saba; St. Eustatius

Armed Forces Day -- Honduras

Babbling Day -- an internet generated day for Blatherskites

Caramel Apple Day -- US (leave it to the US to add sugar!)

Count Your Buttons Day -- whoever came up with this one needs to count his marbles maybe?

Egyptian Naval Day -- Egypt

Fantasy Fest -- Key West, FL, US (a ten day costume party for grown ups)

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day

Humble Yourself By Having Your Picture Made Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Day -- no comment

Independence Day -- Marshall Islands

International Day of the Nacho -- Mexico; U.S.

Jailhouse Rock Day -- Elvis' song hit #1 today in 1957

National Mammography Day

National Nurses Day -- Thailand

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Overseas Chinese Day -- Taiwan (Republic of China)

Reptile Awareness Day -- hooray for snakes and turtles! and lizards, don't forget lizards, and gators, and...

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

Simchat Torah -- Jewish

St. John of Bridlington's Day (Patron against complications in childbirth)

St. Ursula's Day (Patron of teachers, schoolgirls, orphans, tailors, universities; against the plague)

Trafalgar Day -- British Empire (no longer officially celebrated)

Anniversaries Today:

Juan Peron marries actress Evita (María Eva Duarte), 1945

Birthdays Today:

Jeremy Miller, 1976
Carrie Fisher, 1956
Benjamin Netanyahu, 1949
Judge Judy Sheindlin, 1942
Celia Cruz, 1925
Joyce Randolph, 1925
Dizzy Gillespie, 1917
Alfred Nobel, 1833
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772

Today in History:

Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeats 1st Crusaders, 1096
Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg., 1512
Ferdinand Magellen arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean), 1520
Sea battle at Dunes, Lt Admiral Maarten Tromp defeats Spanish Armada under De Oquendo, 1639
First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America, 1774
US Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston, 1797
Battle of Trafalgar, Adm Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet & dies, 1805
The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia, 1816
Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire England), 1824
Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb, 1879
First transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris, 1915
Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time, 1945
Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun, 1965
The European Patent Institute is founded, 1977
The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second, 1983
Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz, 2003


  1. The world is supposed to end today. I thought that meant Armageddon had already come. Wasn't there supposed to be trumpets sounding? Dang. I really need to go back and re-read Revelations.
    For that matter, I don't recall a single mention of zombies in that book. Must have missed them.

  2. Merry, i thought the Maya said sometime in December of next year.

    Be careful about reading Revelation. All i ever got out of any of the end time prophecies in the Bible is that the world will end for each of us, as individuals or collectively, and we should be ready.


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