Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Best Line of the Day

Even if it was quoted and not original.

Deliveries started yesterday by 7am and i didn't wind up until almost 8pm. So i was very worn out when i got home and Bigger Girl blurted out, "Mom, is there really any such thing as happily ever after, or should I just realize every guy is really a knight in shattered armor?"

Heaven help me, i was so tired, it struck me as so funny. Then i told her that part of the happily ever after is accepting each other's flaws, we all have shattered armor or something about us that doesn't hit on all 8 cylinders.

She seemed content with that.

Still think it's a funny line, she got it from a Taylor Mali poem.

Today is:

Candlemas -- on the Julian Calendar, and in the Orthodox Churches

Decimal Day -- UK

Flag Day -- Canada

John Frum Day -- Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Kamakura Matsuri -- Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Japan (Snow Cave Festival; through tomorrow)

Kuromori Kabuki -- Kuromori, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (through the 17th)

Liberation Day -- Afghanistan

National Day -- Serbia

National Gum Drop Day

Nirvana Day -- Buddhism, Jain

Remember the Maine Day -- US (remembrance of the Spanish War)

Singles Awareness Day -- although some celebrate on the 14th as an anti-Valentine's Day

Stop and Smell Your Compost Pile Day -- snort away the winter blues and think about spring (but i think this one is just plain weird)

St. Sigfrid's Day (Patron of Sweden)

Susan B. Anthony Day -- US

Total Defense Day -- Singapore

Birthdays Today:

Renee O'Connor, 1971
Jane Child, 1967
Chris Farley, 1964
Matt Groening, 1954
Melissa Manchester, 1951
Jane Seymour, 1951
Claire Bloom, 1931
Harvey Korman, 1927
Miep Gees, 1909
Cesar Romero, 1907
John Barrymore, 1882
Elihu Root, 1824
Susan B. Anthony, 1820
Cyrus McCormick, 1809
Henry Engelhard Steinway, 1797
Galileo Galilei, 1564
Babur, 1483 (founder of Mughal dynasty in India)
Claudius Drusus Germanicus Caesar Nero, 37

Today in History:

Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death, BC399
Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia, 590
Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher, disputes the founder of Northern Ch'an line, 732
The city of St. Louis, Missouri, is founded by Pierre Laclade Ligue as a French trading post, 1764
The first US printed ballots are authorized, in Philadelphia, 1799
Sarah Roberts is barred from attending a white school in Boston, 1848
Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient, 1852
A fire in Rotterdam, Netherlands, damages the Museum Boymans, 1864
American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1879
Nine inches (23cm) of snow falls on New Orleans, Louisiana, 1898
The USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die, 1898
The first Teddy Bear is introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom, 1903
Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls, 1949
The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty, 1950
Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska, 1954
A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner, 1965
The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day, 1971
The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by the national referendum, 1976
The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers, 1982
The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan, 1989
At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing an unannounced number of people, 1996
First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature, 2001
YouTube, the Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States, 2005


  1. Hey, even if it's shattered armor, if you work it right, you can both shield each other! (And yes, it's a good reference, made me chuckle, too.)


  2. Cute. :)

    (I'm not happy with this new word verification format... grrrr.)

  3. National Gum Drop Day? Who celebrates this? Love your comment to your daughter.

  4. The trick, of course, is to find the guy who shattered the armor. MY WIFE did (if I may be so unhumble...)

    9 inches of snow fell in New Orleans on this date? Damn. I didn't think they ever got more than a dusting, if that. You learn something old every day!

  5. Cat, you are right, you can still get each other's backs.

    Hilary, i'm sorry about the word verification, and i'm not sure what to do about it.

    Stephen, someone does, and i give everyone else the opportunity to do so, as well.

    Suldog, that's a good line. As for snow in NOLA, it usually is a dusting, which is why this was so remarkable.


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