Sunday, February 17, 2013

Huddled Up

Our weather has gotten cold again, and as the kittens get bigger, they don't want to stay in the carrier.  They do want to stay warm, however.  Thus:

Two calicoes, a tortoiseshell, a tabby, and a tuxedo, all huddled in front of a space heater on a Winnie-the-Pooh blanket.  The tabby and tux are boys.  Over the course of this week, i'll try to get individual pictures.

Speaking of huddled, Bigger Girl has informed me that in football, the huddle was invented by a school for the deaf.  The players had to huddle up like that to use sign language to communicate the next play to one another without the other team being able to see the signs and read them.  Amazing what trivia she can come up with.

Today is:

Burgbrenne -- Luxembourg (traditional burning of special bonfires on the first Sunday of Lent)

Day of Cancelled Expectations -- according to William Least Heat-Moon in his autobiography, Blue Highways

Daytona 500 Pole Day -- Daytona International Speed-way, Daytona Beach, FL, US (qualifying, and eanring the right to lead the pack)

Dita e Pavaresise -- Kosovo (Independence Day)(2008)

Feast of Shezmu -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (god of the winepress; date approximate)

February 17 Revolution Day -- Libya

Hachinohe Enburi Matsuri -- Hachinohe, Japan (festival with prayers for a good harvest; through Wednesday)

Last day of Celtic Tree Month Luis (Rowan)

My Way Day -- today, determine your identity all by yourself, apart from what other people say you should be; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Cafe Au Lait Day

National Indian Pudding Day

National PTA Founders Day -- US

Practice Your Free Throws Day -- spread around the internet by someone who really loves basketball

Quirinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a/k/a Feast of Fools)

Snow Ice Cream Day -- internet generated; if you want to try it, and are sure your snow is reasonably clean, add sugar, milk, a touch of vanilla, and enjoy

St. Fortchern of Trim's Day (Patron of bell-founders)

Tanis Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar (To honor pigs)

Anniversaries Today:

Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio, 1809

Birthdays Today:

Jerry O'Connell, 1974
Bryan White, 1974
Billie Joe Armstrong, 1972
Denise Richards, 1972
Michael Jordan, 1963
Rene Russo, 1954
Jim Brown, 1936
Alan Bates, 1934
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), 1934
Hal Holbrook, 1925
Arthur Kennedy, 1914
Red Barber, 1908
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879
William Cadbury, 1867
Friedrich A Krupp, 1854
A. Montgomery Ward, 1844

Today in History:

Miles Standish is appointed the first commander of the Plymouth colony, 1621
The first volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is
published, 1776
The first ship passes through the Suez Canal, 1867
Women's suffragist Esther Morris is appointed the first female justice of the peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
Sardines are first canned, by Julius Wolff of Eastport, Maine, 1876
Madame Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan, 1904
The first minimum wage law in the US takes effect, in Oregon, 1913
Johnny Weissmuller sets the 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds), 1924
The first telecast of a sporting event in Japan, a baseball game, 1931
The first issue of "Newsweek" magazine is published, 1933
Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution, 1959
Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T, 1972
Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match, 1996
Kosovo declares independence, 2008


  1. So sweet. I have a special place in my heart for torties. One of the sweetest cats on the face of the earth was my Topaz. I still miss her fifteen years after her death.

  2. Hilary, this tortie is a runt, and i think she's going to turn out to be very special.

  3. Oh they all are but those runts.. true.

  4. awww your Bigger Girl learned all about trivia gathering from her sweet Mama! Those furpurr babies are wonderful- if I lived closer I'd be over to snag one when they are ready for a new home!