Daily Post : 17th December, 2013

Quote of the day :

I’m normally not a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me, Superman.
~ Homer Simpson

Picture of the day :

Thought I’d just drop in a winter street scene today.


Youtube video of the day :

I would have liked to have found you a clip of the very first episode of the Simpsons which aired for the first time today, in 1989, but you know what they are like, the minute it goes it, IP lawyers are on the case, pulling it down again. Guess you’ll just have to get the Series 1 dvd on Amazon, I’m afraid.

At the minute Youtube is being awful, but I did manage to find this cute video :

A Cat’s Guide to Christmas!

On this day…

Born today :

  • Actress, Milla Jovovich
  • Inventor and chemist, Sir Humphrey Davy (1778)
    (Best known as the inventor of the miners safety lamp, he also discovered several alkali and other elementals )
  • Singer and actor, Tommy Steele
  • Scientist, Joseph Henry (1797)
    (Discovered the electromagnetic self-inductance)
  • Computer scientist, Kenneth E. Iverson
    (Developed the APL programming language in the 60’s)
  • Biochemist, Edwin Joseph Cohn
    (Famous for his ‘blood fractionation (separation) project’, that helped to saved thousands of lives in World War II and since by the use of serum and blood donation.)
  • Author, Ford Madox Ford
  • Author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson
  • Author, J M Dillard (real name Jeanne M Kalogridis)
  • Author, Jack L. Chalker
  • Actress, Jacqueline Hill
    (Appeared in the first Dr Who as a companion)
  • Businessman, Kerry Packer
    (Founded the World Series in Cricket)
  • Actor, Bernard Hill
  • Actor and producer, Wesley ‘Wes’ Studi
  • Actor, Giovanni Ribisi
  • Actor, Bill Pullman
  • Actress, Laurie Holden
  • Multi-talented actor, writer, commedian… Eugene Levy

Also on this day in history

The Aztec calendar stone, the Stone of the Sun was excavated in 1790 after being discovered in the main square of Mexico City during repairs to the cathedral. The massive carving is roughly 12 foot wide and weighs in around 24 tons. It is now housed in the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City.

Charles Dickens’ novella "A Christmas Carol" was first published in 1843 by Chapman and Hall, though the actual release date was two days later, on the 19th of December.

Yesterday is was Variety magazine, today is the anniversary of the first publication in 1892 of Vogue magazine. It remains extremely popular and, at the present time, boasts over 11 million monthly sales of the glossy magazine, 1.6 million visitors a month to their website and over a million likes and followers on Facebook.

Sometimes given for the first time the Wright brothers succeeded in powered flight, lasting 12 seconds and 120 feet before coming to an abrupt stop. It should be noted they had also flown a few days earlier, though the crashed after a mere 3 seconds that try.

In 1969, given man had already walk on the moon by now and found no cheese, the USAF shelved Project Blue Book, its study of UFOs. Relieved at being left to their probing, the aliens returned to buzzing humans on lonely highways and in return gave us CE3K, Star Wars, Paul and, of course, Wallace and Gromit eating the moon cheese NASA failed to find. (No MiB were involved in the writing of this post!)

Homer first graced our TV screens in 1989, when "Simpsons roasting on an open fire" aired for the first time in the States on the Fox network. The episode was nominated for two Emmy Awards the following year.

Trending at this moment:

#Stonehenge is trending at the moment on Twitter, concerning a new Heritage center for the monument, diverting people from the actual stones and offering an immersive view via a shop, cafe, education center and exhibition – for a price. The Telegraph has a write up about it.

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