Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Oh. Yes, well.

"Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work." ~ Robert Orben

Well, and then there is Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.  It seems he is miffed with the Forbes list people.  He claims they don't put him high enough on the list. 

They claim he exaggerates his wealth and is always trying to get himself listed higher up than he actually deserves.

Really?  Seriously?  In a world where millions will go to bed hungry tonight, not to mention those who will die of starvation or exposure today, or will die for lack of sanitation or medical care, he is going to fuss about being higher on the richest list?

It seems he is.

Yes.  Well.  Um, i guess i had better go get back to seeing what we have in the freezer for dinner tonight, since i'm not on that list.

Today is:

Alamo Day -- Texas, US

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Wednesday:  Learn What Your Name Means Day, go look it up, it's probably very interesting

Feast of Excited Insects -- China; Korea (sometimes called Chinese Groundhog Day, the day insects are supposed to awaken for spring; date approximate)

Foundation Day -- Norfolk Island, Commonwealth of Australia

Global Marathon For, By, and About Women in Engineering and Technology -- two days of Global "Town Meetings" to connect girls and women and support them in the fields of engineering and technology

Headache Relief Day -- aspirin was patented today in 1899

Independence Day -- Ghana(1957)

Kirishima Jingu Otaue-sai -- Kirishima Jingu Shrine, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan (rice planting festival)

March Goblins' Galumphing Gala and Display -- Fairy Calendar

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

National Frozen Food Day

Oreo Cookie Day -- no history found on why this day, but if you like Oreos, do you need a reason?

Stoneware Pottery Appreciation Day -- internet generated by those who love stoneware

St. Colette's Day (Patron of Corbie, France; against the death of parents)

St. Rose of Viterbo's Day (Patron of exiles, people rejected by religious orders, tertiaries; Viterbo, Italy)

Birthdays Today:

Shaquille O'Neal, 1972
D.L. Hughley, 1963
Tom Arnold, 1959
David Gilmour, 1946
Rob Reiner, 1945
Kiri Te Kanawa, 1944
Willie Stargell, 1941
Lorin Maazel, 1930
Alan Greenspan, 1926
Ed McMahon, 1923
Lou Costello, 1906
Ring Lardner, 1885
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806
Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619
Michelangelo Bounarroti, 1475

Today in History:

Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam, 1521
The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island (an external territory of Australia) in order to found a convict settlement, 1788
York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto, 1834
After a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated and the fort is captured, 1836
Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata receives its premiere performance in Venice, 1853
Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society, 1869
Bayer registers "aspirin" as a trademark, 1899
The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins, 1951
United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the independent Republic of Ghana, 1957
After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time, 1981
Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers, 1992
A referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania, 1994
Picasso's painting TĂȘte de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later, 1997


  1. we will never do that when we be super rich, right??

  2. Yeah, that's rather obscene.

  3. I haven't seen that Forbes list. Am I on it? Please e-mail me if I am.

  4. Carla, i know you won't, and i will emulate you.

    Hilary, it's scary to me.

    Stephen, i haven't seen the whole thing, but i will check. ;)

  5. geez....damn I am not on the Forbes list...poo
    I love your blog!

  6. I'm very much a Capitalist and a Libertarian. I don't believe in Socialism or Communism as being actual workable ways to make the world a better place. In his case, however, I'm willing to make an exception. I say we all go over there, take every friggin' penny he has, and redistribute it to about ten thousand of the poorest folks available. Just on general principles, the greedy c***sucker.