Your eyes are glued shut from weeping in your sleep (because MONDAY was coming). Your head throbs from the barometric changes. Rain is pouring down outside and that drop of water thudding on your head was either a leak or the damned cat drooling on you. Suddenly a loud buzz sounds in your ears. The alarm! Yes, it's MONDAY!
oh never mind
Let me rifle through my Tweet file and see if I have any eye openers. Coffee should be ready soon.
My dad used to say, "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar." Ok, but who wants more flies?— Darcy Burner (@DarcyBurner) November 25, 2012
(if the pic here doesn't show, click the link - I may do this this year!)
Wondering why Rite-Aid is a drug store instead of an occult supply shop.— Matt Staggs (@mattstaggs) December 3, 2012
It's surely too soon for something.— David Waldman (@KagroX) December 3, 2012
RT @kagrox: It's surely too soon for something. | STOP TRYING TO POLITICIZE SOMETHING! Wait, what?— Dave (@D_v_E) December 3, 2012
Now, on to the history lesson! Hey! I thought I told you to get UP!
On This Day
In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
In 1901, Teddy Roosevelt gave a lengthy speech asking the House to curb the power of trusts "within reasonable limits".
In 1960, the musical Camelot premiered at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. It later became associated with the Kennedy administration (though most of them couldn’t sing).
In 1964, police arrested more than 800 students at UC Berkeley, who had taken over and were conducting a sit-in at the administration building to protest the UC Regents' decision to ban protests on UC property.
In 1967, in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).
In 1984, at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, a methyl isocyanate leak killed more than 3,800 people immediately and injured between 150,000–600,000 others. (An estimated 6,000 of them later died from their injuries.) It was one of the worst industrial disasters in history. (But of course we don’t need regulations.)
In 1997, in Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia, the three that most needed to, did not sign the treaty.
Born on This Day
1755 – Gilbert Stuart, American painter (d. 1828)
1826 – George B. McClellan, American Civil War general (d. 1885)
1830 - Frederic Leighton, painter (d. 1896)
1842 – Ellen Swallow Richards, American scientist. She was the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its first female instructor, the first woman in America accepted to any school of science and technology, and the first American woman to earn a degree in chemistry (d. 1911)
1875 – Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (d. 1955)
1895 – Anna Freud, Austrian-born British psychoanalyst (d. 1982)
1908 - Anna Sten, Ukrainian actress (d. 1993)
1911 – Nino Rota, Italian composer (d. 1979)
1922 – Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer, who worked extensively with Ingmar Bergman. (d. 2006)
1930 – Jean-Luc Godard, French film director
1947 – Patricia Krenwinkel, American murderess
1948 – Ozzy Osbourne, English singer
1960 – Julianne Moore, American actress
1963 – Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
1963 – Terri Schiavo, American right to die figure (d. 2005)
1968 – Brendan Fraser, Canadian-American actor
Died on This Day
1789 – Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (b. 1714)
1888 – Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (b. 1816)
1910 – Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist (b. 1821)
1919 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French impressionist painter (b. 1841)
1941 – Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
1949 – Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-American actress (b. 1876)
1972 – Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
1994 – Elizabeth Glaser, AIDS activist (b. 1947)
1999 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
1999 – Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
2003 – David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
2006 – Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
2009 – Richard Todd, British actor (b. 1919)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
National Apple Pie Day
National Peppermint Latte Day
National Roof over Your Head Day
Make a Gift Day
This Week is
Cookie Cutter Week
Deaf Heritage Week
National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week
National Hand Washing Awareness Week