Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This week's prompts are:
“Why are all movies either ROMANTIC comedies that move at a GLACIAL pace or about OVERSEXED crazy people?” he said, his tone indicating that he DEPRECATEd such things.
She held back a smile, knowing he was just in a fussy mood. “You certainly sound DOGMATIC about it,” she said.
“I’m looking at all the choices for ‘latest releases,’ and I’d say they are NEBULOUS at best and INTOLERABLE at worst!” He just wasn’t going to be pleased, she knew, but she had a secret weapon.
“Quit looking at the latest and let’s look again at some movies we haven’t watched in a long while,” she suggested.
“Like what?” He sounded suspicious, but she ignored it and plowed ahead.
“Like some of the movies we loved to watch when the kids were young.”
“FODDER for the bubble GUM set?” he was incredulous.
“Now, your memory isn’t that BLURRY. You’ve never given a FIG about who is the LEADING cast of a movie, you just care if the story is entertaining, and we used to find those kid movies very entertaining. They’re great fun!”
“You speak sense, Madam. If I recall, we always did enjoy that movie where the king is turned into a llama...”
“The Emperor’s New Groove, excellent choice. I’ll go start the popcorn.”
Ashura -- Islam (optional day of fasting that ends at sundown, local observances and national holidays may vary)
Bad Poetry Day -- Wellcat Holidays suggests you get back at your high school English teacher for making you read all that "good" poetry; get together with friends, write some truly awful stuff, and mail it to him/her!
Long Tan Day a/k/a Vietnam Veterans Day -- Australia
Mail Order Catalog Day -- the first one was published by Montgomery Ward this day in 1872, and was only one page (Do yourself a favor and opt out of the doggone things, save a few trees: www.catalogchoice.org )
National Ice Cream Pie Day
National Medical Dosimetrist's Day -- American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (medical radiation safety experts)
National Science Day -- Thailand
National Soft Ice Cream Day
Serendipity Day -- and it's here serendipitously! begun by writer Madeleine Kay, it's the day to step out of routine, do something you've always wanted to do, and see what happens
St. Agapitus' Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)
St. Helena's Day (Mother of Constantine the Great; Patron of archaeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, dyers, empresses, nail smiths, needle makers; Birkirkara, Malta; Helena, MT, US; against fire and thunder)
Toge-Pogling Season begins -- Fairy Calendar (Toges are normally pogled in groups of five or six, depending upon the size and strength of the individual Toge)
Andy Samberg, 1978
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 1970
Christian Slater, 1969
Edward Norton, 1969
Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, 1962
Madeleine Stowe, 1958
Patrick Swayze, 1952
Elayne Boosler, 1952
Martin Mull, 1943
Robert Redford, 1936
Roberto Clemente Walker, 1934
Roman Polanski, 1933
Luc Montagnier, 1932
Rosalynn Carter, 1927
Shelley Winters, 1920
Greta Garbo, 1905
Max Factor, 1904
Meriwether Lewis, 1774
Virginia Dare, 1587 (first English child born in the Americas)
"Private Lives"(Play), 1930
"Iphigénie"(Racine's dramatic tragedy), 1674
Today in History:
Founding of the oldest known Roman temple to Venus, BC293
Rome is occupied and plundered by Visigoths under King Alarik I, 410
Death of Genghis Khan (fell from his horse), 1227
A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the Japanese province of Higo, 1541
The Boston, Massachusetts Evening Post begins publishing, 1735
Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1834
Pierre Janssan discovers helium, 1868
German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers, 1903.
Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River, 1909
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless, 1917
19th US Amendment ratified (gives women the vote), 1920
Premier of The Wizard of Oz, 1939
The first commercially produced oral contraceptives are marketed, 1960
James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi, 1963
Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies, 1977
Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, 2005
Columbia's Chiribiquete National Park expands to 3 million hectares from 1.2 million hectares, becoming one of the Amazon's largest protected zones, 2013
Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes, 2017
Food matter found in the 3,200 year old tomb of Ptahmes, an official of Memphis, Egypt, is confirmed to be cheese, the oldest evidence yet of cheesemaking, 2018