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Before we get into our list, we provide this UTube Clip for a trailer for “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” only edited to resemble Brokeback Mountain. Sometimes, when taking a break from all the porn, I realize that the interent is a great place for all the lonely, bored and idle hands of the world. Thanks internet nerds! This two and a half minute clip may be funnier than the entire 90 minute movie…You  be the judge.

 

Now onto our list…  (in no particular order)

A Christmas Story. It’s probably on everyone’s list by now and the fact of the matter is that no one really has to watch it anymore. Back when the powers that be retired “It’s a Wonderful Life” only to let it out of it’s cage once a year, they needed something to replay ad infinitum  in its stead. They chose A Christmas Story. And they ran that into the ground. Don’t let that sully its reputation. Still, a classic.  Recommended for: Todays kids who’s parents would never ever allow them to have a Red Rider B-B Gun, even if they knew what a B-B gun was (or where ever allowed to play out of doors unattended.)

The Ref. One that flew under the radar a bit. But any movie that makes your own family’s dysfunction pale by comparison (or at least remind you that it’s okay to laugh at that dysfunction) redeems itself in my eyes. Recommended for: Everyone in my family.

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Another Day, another celebration of a special someone’s birth.

On This Day in History:

  •  1581 – Sir Francis Drake completes his circumnavigation of the world and is knighted by Elizabeth I
  • 1814 – Napoleon abdicates for the first time
  • 1818 – The United States Congress adopts the flag of the US with 13 red and white stripes and a star for each state (then 20).
  • 1841 – William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first president to die in office and the president to have the shortest term at 31 days
  • 1850 – Los Angeles, Ca is incorporated as a city
  • 1960 – Senegal Independence Day
  • 1964 – The Beatles occupy the top 5  positions on Billboards pop chart
  • 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr assassinated in Memphis
  • 1968 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 6
  • 1975 – Microsoft is founded by a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen
  • 1983 – Space shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage
  • 1994 – Netscape founded by Marc Andreessen and Jim Clarke
  • 2008 – iTunes overtakes Wal-Mart as leader in music distribution

Born on This Day:

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742 – Charlemagne 

1725 – Giacomo Casanova

1743 – Thomas Jefferson

1805 – Hans Christian Andersen

1840 – Emile Zola

1875 – Walter Chrysler

1891 – Max Ernst

1908 – Buddy Ebsen

1914 – Sir Alec Guiness

1920 – Jack Webb

1927 – Kenneth Tynan

1928 – Serge Gainsbourg

1939 – Marvin Gaye

1941 – Dr. Demento

1947 – Emmylou Harris

1961 – Christopher Meloni

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Jefferson Starship and Chewbacca’s family?

Bring it on.

Thank you for taking the time to edit the two hour Christmastime (excuse me, I mean ‘Life Day’) craptacular down to 5 minutes (and includes 3 musical numbers)!

“Why the long hairy face?” (Oooof).

Hamill may not have been an amazing thesp but Bea Arthur singing and jiving at the bar is pretty delish!

1978 was one very special year.

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Didn’t we all grow up with a solid background in classical languages and literature? I think that’s a safe assumption. We all had to translate the Iliad and the Odyssey, we all read every major work of Shakespeare (and some of his piddling sonnets), we all played “Simona Dicit” every Wednesday and what do we have to show for it?

Ummmm…..

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It’s like the Olympics of holidays!

(That is, back when all the Olympics were held in a year and they actually occurred once every four years but, well, you get the gist).

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In the English speaking world, on a leap day it was permitted for women to propose marriage to men.

Supposedly there was a 1288 law that required a fine be levied if a man refused a woman’s proposal. Because men felt they were at risk, women were then only allowed to propose once in a blue moon (Leap Day).

Although Greeks traditionally saw it a a bad omen to get married on any day in a leap year.

So, women seize the opportunity to propose to your man, or any man at all for that matter because if he says no, you can at least get some cash or a new dress out of it!

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On this Day in History

February 28. That date seems familiar but, I can’t think of why…

  • 1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church
  • 1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad formed, becoming first commercial transportation
  • 1854 – The Republican Party is organized
  • 1861 – Colorado is organized as a territory
  • 1883 – The first vaudeville theater is opened in Boston, Mass
  • 1922 – The United Kingdom accepts Egypt’s independence
  • 1940 – The first basketball game is televised
  • 1952 – Watson and Crick make informal announcement about discovering the chemical structure of DNA
  • 1983 – Final episode of MASH aired (Still the most watched on television)

Some February 28 birthdays include:

  • Linus Pauling (1901)
  • Bugsy Siegel (1906)
  • Charles Durning (1923)
  • Frank Gehry (1929)
  • Gavin MacLeod (1930)
  • Dean Smith (1931)
  • Tommy Tune (1939)
  • Mario Andretti (1940)
  • Bernadette Peters (1948)
  • Mercedes Ruehl (1948)
  • Gilbert Gottfried (1955)
  • Ivo Karlovic (1979)

I just can’t seem to figure why this date rings a bell. Any thoughts?

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