Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sinking of the RMS Titanic

The sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912, with the loss of over 1,500 lives, was one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, Titanic – at the time the world's largest ship – struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. Five of her watertight compartments were holed, causing the ship to flood deck by deck. She carried too few lifeboats for her 2,223 passengers and crew, and many seats were left empty due to a poorly managed evacuation. Titanic's officers loaded the lifeboats "women and children first", leaving most of the men aboard the ship. Two hours and forty minutes after the collision, Titanic sank with over a thousand people still aboard. Almost all those who jumped or fell into the freezing water soon died of hypothermia or drowned. The RMS Carpathia rescued the survivors from the lifeboats a few hours later. Public outrage at the loss of life led to tougher maritime safety regulations. Titanic's wreck was not found until 1985. The disaster has inspired a wealth of popular culture including many films, most notably James Cameron's Titanic in 1997.

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Ronald Reagan Quotes

 "Socialism only works

in two places:
Heaven where they don't
need it and hell where they already have it."
-Ronald Reagan
'Here's my strategy on
the Cold War:
We win, they lose.'
- Ronald Reagan
'The most terrifying words
In the English language are:
I'm from the government
and I'm here to help.'
-Ronald Reagan
'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
-Ronald Reagan
'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the  U.S.  was too strong.
- Ronald Reagan
'I have wondered at
times about what the
Ten Commandments would
have looked like if Moses
had run them through
the  U.S.  Congress..
-Ronald Reagan
'The taxpayer:
That's someone who works
For the federal government
but doesn't have to take the
civil service examination.'
- Ronald Reagan
'Government is like a baby:
An alimentary canal with a
big appetite at one end and
no sense of responsibility
at the other'
- Ronald Reagan
'The nearest thing to eternal
life we will ever see on
this earth is a
government program.'
- Ronald Reagan
'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.
I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first'
- Ronald Reagan
'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
subsidize it'
- Ronald Reagan
'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed,
there are many rewards;
if you disgrace yourself,
you can always write a book.'
- Ronald Reagan
'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
- Ronald Reagan
'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
-Ronald Reagan

Sunday, April 14, 2024

irriguous \ih-RIG-yoo-uhs\, adjective:
  • Well-watered, as land.
irriguous comes from the Latin word irrigāre meaning "to wet" and the suffix -ous which turns a verb into an adjective, like nervous.
Speaker Phony
Someone who uses a speaker phone to feel like they’re important or doing some sort of important business even thought it’s for something stupid.
Mike hated talking to speaker phony customers. He couldn’t hear half the shit they said and, because they were only ordering pizza, he thought they could just pick up the phone instead of trying to shout at it from half way across the room.
“That guy was such a speaker phony. He called in to talk about his late fee and was 'too busy' to use the regular phone because he was playing x-box 360.”
  • Noah Webster: published his American Dictionary of the English Language, insisting on American spelling (1828)
  • Abraham Lincoln: was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC; the president died of his wounds the following day (1865)
  • J.C. Penney: opened his first store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming, earning a first-year profit of $8,514.36 on sales of $28,898.11 (1902)
  • first pitch: President William H. Taft threw the ceremonial first baseball, on the Washington Senators' opening day; every president since has thrown out at least one (1910)
  • Titanic: the supposedly unsinkable luxury liner hit an iceberg; it sank a few hours later (1912)
    IRON MAIDEN: the band's self titled album was released (1980)

  • Christian Huygens 1629
  • Antole France 1844
  • Anne Mansfield Sullivan 1866 - "The Miracle Worker", famous for teaching Helen Keller to read, write and speak
  • Arnold (Joseph) Toynbee 1889 - Historian, author
  • Harold Stephen Black 1898
  • John Gielgud 1904 - Actor (Movies: "Arthur")
  • Mary Healy 1918
  • Robert DeVicenzo 1923 - Golfer
  • Shorty Rogers (Milton Rajonsky) 1924 - Musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, arranger
  • Rod Steiger (Rodney Stephen Steiger) 1925 - Actor ("Dr. Zhivago", "The Longest Day")
  • Gloria Jean (Schoonover) 1926 - Actress ("Copacabana", "The Ladies Man")
  • Jay Robinson 1930 - Actor
  • Bradford Dillman 1930 - Actor ("Compulsion", "Falcon Crest")
  • Buddy Knox 1933
  • Frank Serpico 1934
  • Loretta Lynn 1935 - Country singer, first woman to earn the CMA's Entertainer of the Year award
  • Joan Darling 1935 - Actress
  • Marty Keough 1935 - Baseball player
  • Bobby Nichols 1936 - Golfer
  • Julie Christie 1941 - Actress ("Dr. Zhivago", "Shampoo")
  • Pete Rose (Peter Edward Rose) 1941 - Baseball player
  • Dick Brooks 1942 - Auto racer
  • Ritchie Blackmore 1945 - Musician (Deep Purple)
  • Larry Ferguson 1948 - Musician (Hot Chocolate)
  • John Shea 1949 - Actor ("Lois & Clark", "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid")
  • Dennis Bryon 1949 - Musician (Amen Corner)

  • Matimaa Kinuani Mpiosso 1951
  • Brad Garrett 1960 - Actor ("Everybody Loves Raymond")
  • Robert Carlyle 1961 - Actor
  • John Bell 1962 - Musician (Widespread Panic)
  • Greg Maddux 1966 - Baseball player
  • Barrett Martin 1967 - Musician (Screaming Trees)
  • Anthony Michael Hall 1968 - Actor (Movies:"Sixteen Candles", "The Breakfast Club", TV: "The Dead Zone")
  • Brad Ausmus 1969 - Baseball player
  • DaBrat 1974 - Rapper
  • Adrien Brody 1973 - Actor (Predators)
    Veronica Zemanova 1975 - t3h pr0n
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar 1977 - Actress ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
  • Vivien Cardone 1993 - Actress ("Everwood")
  • Abigail Breslin 1996 - Actress ("Abigail Breslin")

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

WTF Friday: Tater

Saturday, April 13, 2024

approbate \AP-ruh-beyt\, verb:
  • To approve officially.
Approbate stems from the Latin word approbāre, from the root ap- which is a variation of ad-, meaning "towards," and probātus meaning "proved."
Practical Friday
The result of a shortened school week, such as a four day or three day week. The day before the end of the short week is practical Friday. If the week ends Wednesday, Wednesday is practical Friday.
Guy: Wanna hang out tonight?
Girl: I can't, it's Wednesday
Guy: yeah we can! It's practical Friday!
Girl: Ohh... um I had plans.

What is the only snake known to build a nest for its eggs?
The king cobra, the largest venomous snake in the world.
  • Edict of Nantes: Henry IV granted freedom of religion to the Huguenots of France (1598); the edict was repealed by Louis XIV in 1685
  • Messiah: Handel oratorio premiered in Dublin's New Musick Hall; proceeds went to local hospitals for the mentally ill (1742)
  • MoMA: founded in NYC (1870)
  • Jefferson Memorial: was dedicated in Washington, DC, on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth (1943)
  • Sidney Poitier: became first African American to win an Oscar for Best Actor, for Lilies of the Field (1964)
  • "Houston, we've had a problem": a liquid oxygen tank burst during the Apollo 13 flight to the moon; the crew turned the ship around and made a safe, though harrowing, return (1970)
  • Tiger Woods: won his first major golf tournament, the Masters, by a record 12 strokes, at age 21 (1997)
  • John Hanson 1721
  • Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 3rd U.S. President
  • Frank W. Woolworth 1852 - Merchant, created the five and ten cent store, head of F.W. Woolworth & Co.
  • Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker) 1866
  • Olga Rudge 1895
  • Alfred Butts 1899 - Architect, game inventor (Scrabble)
  • Bud Freeman 1906 - Jazz musician, tenor sax player
  • Samuel Beckett 1906 - Author, critic, playwright
  • Eudora Welty 1909 - Poet
  • Howard Keel 1919 - Actor ("Dallas"), singer
  • Madalyn Murray O’Hair 1919 - Author ("Why I Am an Atheist")
  • Stanley Donen 1924
  • Jules Irving 1925 - Actor
  • Don Adams (Donald James Yarmy) 1926 - Actor ("Get Smart")
  • Teddy Charles (Theodore Charles Cohen) 1928 - Vibraphonist, songwriter, composer, arranger
  • Marilynn Smith 1929 - Golfer
  • Dan Gurney 1931 - Auto racer
  • Lyle Waggoner 1935 - Actor ("The Carol Burnett Show", "Wonder Woman")
  • Edward Fox 1937 - Actor ("The Big Sleep", "Portrait of a Lady")
  • Lanford Wilson 1937 - Playwright
  • Paul Sorvino 1939 - Actor ("Law and Order", "Dick Tracy")
  • Seamus Heaney 1939 - Poet
  • Lester Chambers 1940 - Singer, musician (The Chambers Brothers)
  • Jose Napoles 1940 - Boxer
  • Bill Conti 1942 - Composer
  • Brian Pendleton 1944 - Musician (The Pretty Things)
  • Jack Casady 1944 - Musician (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
  • Lowell George 1945 - Musician (Little Feat)
  • Tony Dow 1945 - Actor ("Leave it to Beaver")
  • Al Green 1946 - Singer, songwriter
  • Roy Loney 1946 - Musician (Flamin' Groovies)
  • Ron Perlman 1950 - Actor ("Beauty and the Beast" series)
  • Peabo Bryson 1951 - Singer
  • Max Weinberg 1951 - Musician (E Street Band)
  • Jimmy Destri 1954 - Musician (Blondie)
  • Sam Bush 1957
  • Gary Kroeger 1957
  • Saundra Santiago 1957 - Actress ("Miami Vice")
  • Joey Mazzola 1961 - Musician (Sponge)
  • Hillel Slovak 1962 - Musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Jane Leeves 1963
  • Garry Kasparov 1963 - Chess champion
  • Page Hannah 1964
  • Caroline Rhea 1964 - Actress, comedian
  • Davis Love III 1964 - Golfer
  • Lisa Unbarger 1965 - Musician (Toadies)
  • Rick Schroder 1970 - Actor ("Silver Spoons", "NYPD Blue")
  • Aaron Lewis 1971 - Musician (Staind)
  • Jonathan Brandis 1976
  • Courtney Peldon 1981


Friday, April 12, 2024

WTF Friday: It's the weekend? ORLY?

Coulda fooled me since I work 7 days a week this time of year!

Rock out with your ringfinger out!

I remember the first time I heard this, oh, so long ago. Loved it then. Love it now. Haunting.

Nine Inch Nails

Well you've got me working so hard lately.
Working my hands until they bleed.
If I was twice the man I could be.
I'd still be half of what you need
Still you lead me and I follow
Anything you ask you know I'll do.
But this one act of consecration is what I ask of you


Promise carved in stone.
Deeper than the sea.
Sever flesh and bone
And offer it to me.

You just left me nailed here.
Hanging like Jesus on the cross.
I'll be dying for your sins.
And aiding to the cause.


Wrap my eyes in bandages.
Confessions I see through.
I get everything I want.
When I get part of you.


Promise carved in stone.
Deeper than the sea.
Devil's flesh and bone
Do something for me.

Have a nice weekend!