Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Mom, do you think Princess Peach, from the Mario games, ever had Stockholm Syndrome?"  Bigger Girl posed that one out of the blue.

Somehow i doubt the inventors of video games put that much thought into it, i told her.

"Oh, and i've decided what i'm going to do for my psychology paper.  The teacher wants us to write about a psychological disorder of some sort, and I'm going to write about Cotard Delusion.  That's where you have the delusion that you are dead, or that you do not exist, or that you are decaying or have no blood or internal organs."

Hmm, i noted, i can see where that could be a problem.  What did your teacher think when you told her you were choosing that for your paper?

"She was amazed that i even knew about it.  She can hardly wait to see my paper."

Yes, i'll bet.

Well, i hope everyone remembered to change the clocks if you needed to, and your batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Today is:

Chicken Lady Day -- Miami, FL, US (in honor of The Chicken Lady, whose nonprofit organization helps people get over being "chicken" about public speaking)

Citizenship Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Constitution Day/National Day -- Tonga

Feast of Qudrat (Power) -- Baha'i

Flag Day -- Panama

Giorno dell'Unita Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate and Victory Day -- Italy (National Unity and Armed Forces Day; celebration of the 1918 Treaty with Austria)

Guy Fawkes Eve -- sometimes called Mischief Night in some parts of Australia, UK, New Zealand, although that is more appropriate to April 30/October 30

Honeymoon Day -- reminisce about your own special trip, on the birthday of Art Carney

King Tut Day -- his tomb was opened this day in 1922

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run -- England (a race composed of only pre-1905 vehicles)

Ludi Plebeii -- Ancient Roman Calendar (public games, through the 17th)

National Candy Day -- guess they're thinking you still have some left over from Hallowe'en
St. Charles Borromeo's Day (Patron of apple orchards, bishops, catechists, seminarians, spiritual directors/leaders, starch makers; Joliette, Quebec; Lombardy, Italy; Monterey, CA; Rocca di Papa, Italy; against abdominal pain, colic, intestinal disorders, stomach diseases, ulcers)
     a Bank Holiday in Andorra

Unity Day -- Russia

Will Roger's Day -- especially in OK, US; related observance
     Use Your Common Sense Day -- because "Common sense ain't all that common."

Waiting for the Barbarians Day -- internet generated, and i thought they came and took over a long time ago!

Zero Tasking Day -- spend the extra hour gained when turning the clocks back doing nothing, just practice being

Anniversaries Today:

Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange, 1677 (ruled jointly as William and Mary)
Abraham Lincoln weds Mary Todd, 1842
Discovery of King Tut's Tomb -- 1922
Taking of the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran -- 1979

Birthdays Today:

Sean "Diddy" Combs, 1970
Matthew McConaughey, 1969
Ralph Macchio, 1962
Jeff Probst, 1962
Kathy Griffin, 1960
Markie Post, 1950
Laura W. Bush, 1946
Loretta Swit, 1937
Doris Roberts, 1930
Martin Balsam, 1919
Art Carney, 1918
Walter Cronkite, 1916
Will Rogers, 1879
Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740 (wrote the hymn "Rock of Ages")

Today in History:

The Flood of the Arno River causes massive damage in Florence, Italy, 1333
Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier, 1429
Thomas Wolsey, English cardinal, arrested, 1529
Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria, 1783
The Erie Canal is completed with Governor DeWitt Clinton performing the Wedding of The Waters ceremony in New York Harbour, 1825
Benjamin Palmer patents an artificial leg, 1846
Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown, 1873
Tonga adopts a constitution, 1875
James Ritty patents the cash register, to combat the pilfering of the till by the bartenders in his Ohio saloon, 1879
London's first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell, 1890
The Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome, 1921
Nellie Tayloe Ross is elected the first female US State governor, in Wyoming, 1924
The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, 1955
Two-thirds of Florence, Italy is submerged as the River Arno floods; together with the contemporaneous flood of the Po River in northern Italy, this leads to 113 deaths, 30,000 made homeless, and the destruction of numerous Renaissance artworks and books, 1966
Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life, 1970
The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the oil crisis, as the highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters, 1973
First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web, in San Francisco, 1994
Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli, 1995
Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress, 2002
Barak Obama is elected President of the United States, 2008


  1. I smiled at your daughter's comments. I had to look up Stockholm Syndrome though. Ah, maybe you won't be smiling when she's a famous forensic psychologist :D

  2. Miss Mimi, thanks for mentioning Cotard Delusion. I was not familiar with it and found it fasinating.

  3. Jenny, she's actually aiming for famous zoologist, but either way, as long as she's happy and content with what she's doing in life, i'm happy.

    John, you are welcome. There are tons of odd fears and delusions people can have, it could take up half the day to read around on the internet about them if someone has the time to spare (or is procrastinating something more important!).