Monday, August 26, 2013

Here's an interesting one...

...with which to start the week.

There's an old joke that has three people discussing what they hope others will be saying about them at their funeral.  The third, always the wise cracker of the joke, says he hopes people will say, "Look, he's moving!"

Well, in an interesting real life twist on the joke, a woman in Philadelphia named Sharolyn Jackson has turned up alive two weeks after her funeral.  It seems the body was identified by pictures being shown to family members, and at the funeral even her mother said it looked exactly like Ms. Jackson, except for the nose.  The family apparently thought something must have happened to her nose when she died or was embalmed.

Meanwhile, officials will have to exhume the body and try to figure out who she is.  Let's hope they find out quickly, as it must be awful for that woman's family just not to know.

Around here, it's going to be a typical Monday, i hope.  Since i can't eat today in preparation for tomorrow's check on the plumbing, i've stocked up on juices, will pull out my juicer so as to add a bit of fresh veggie juice to what i have.  Also, i want to cook enough to last a couple of days for everyone else, and make my life easier after the test.

It's also a big laundry and ironing day, if the weather cooperates.  Three loads at least.  Plus feed the kittens, two of which are isolated for ringworm and two of which still don't have their eyes open.

How do i get myself into these things?  Oh, yeah, by living.  If it's not one thing, it's your mother; or the other, or something like that.

Also, Little Girl is wanting to paint my three-bladed stand fan in the three primary colors to see if it will make a rainbow when it spins.  That ought to be an interesting experiment, to say the least.  Maybe, if i'm woozy after the procedure, it will make everything seem even more surreal.

Today is:

Araw ng mga Bayahi -- Philippines (National Heroes' Day)

August / Summer Bank Holiday -- UK

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Motorist Consideration Monday

Birthday of Set -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Burning Man 2013 -- Black Rock Desert, NV, US (through Sept. 2; a radical way to celebrate the arts through desert survival and building a 50-foot statue to be burned)

First Thnork of the Year -- Fairy Calendar

Heroes Day -- Namibia

Ilmatar Day -- Finland (Water Mother, goddess of the heavens)

Liberation Day -- Hong Kong

Make Your Own Luck Day -- for those who refuse to sit around and wait for it

National Cherry Popsicle Day

National Day of Repentance -- Papua New Guinea

National Dog Day -- sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation

National Old-Time Country, Folk, and Bluegrass Music Festival -- LeMars, IA, US (largest and oldest festival devoted to rural music, arts, and crafts; through Sept. 1)

Ould Lammas Fair -- Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Ireland (claims to be Ireland's oldest festival; through tomorrow)

St. Adrian of Nicodemia's Day (Patron of butchers, prison guards, soldiers; against plague)

Women's Equality Day -- US (commemorates Women's Suffrage)

Yoshida no Hi Matsuri -- Yoshida, Japan (fest to mark the end of Mt. Fuji climbing season; through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today:

Macaulay Culkin, 1980
Branford Marsalis, 1960
Ben Bradlee, 1921
Mother Teresa, 1910
Christopher Isherwood, 1904
Peggy Guggenheim, 1898
Albert "Bertie" von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, husband of queen Victoria, 1819
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, 1743

Today in History:

Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta, 1498
The Pennsylvania Ministerium, the first Lutheran denomination in North America, is founded in Philidelphia, 1748
John Fitch is granted a US patent for his working steamboat, 1791
Charles Thurber patents a typewriter, 1843
The first news dispatch by telegraph is made, 1858
Major eruption of Krakatoa, 36,000 dead, 1883
19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the vote, takes effect, 1920
The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, 1939
The USSR announces the first successful test of an ICBM, 1957
The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec, 1977
John Paul I is elected Pope, 1978
The agreement on how to divide the Czech Republic and Slovakia is signed, 1992
Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia, 2008


  1. I immediately thought the same thing.
    before YAY she's alive I muse: THAT POOR OTHER FAMILY...

  2. I doubt you'll feel woozy after your ordeal. The new drugs they use to put you out have no after effects. I was amazed how good I felt afterwords, although not good enough to do it again for a while. Take care.

  3. You'll be fine. It will be over before you know it and you'll be home and wondering what you want to eat. I remember being hungry.

    Have a terrific day. :)