"Public enemy number 1" John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents outside a Chicago theater (1934)
Premiere magazine and the Writers Guild of America West and East named the "101 Greatest Screenplays of All Time" in the magazine's May 2006 issue. Their top 10:
Casablanca (1942)--Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein & Howard Koch The Godfather (1972)--Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola Chinatown (1974)--Robert Towne Citizen Kane (1941)--Herman Mankiewicz & Orson Welles All About Eve (1950)--Joseph L. Mankiewicz Annie Hall (1977)--Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman Sunset Boulevard (1950)--Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, & D.M. Marshman Jr. Network (1976)--Paddy Chayefsky Some Like It Hot (1959)--Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond The Godfather Part II (1974)--Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo
Childhood is Last Chance Gulch for happiness. After that, you know too much. Tom Stoppard (1937-)
Forty-three people died in the 12th Street Riot in Detroi (1967)
The navel, umbilicus, omphalodium, or belly button is the round cicatrix (scar tissue) protuberance located on the abdomen where the umbilical cord was originally attached. Since the dawn of time, the navel has been the focus of a reflective form of philosophical contemplation known as omphalopsychism. This might be because the navel literally represents the location of birth, or perhaps because it is where the eye lazily falls when one is reclining naked. A number of omphalopsychite groups have existed through history--perhaps the most famous of which were the Hesychasts, a sect of quietists who (from c.1050 CE) practiced gazing at the navel to induce a hypnotic reverie. The Hesychasts believed that through a rigorous regime of asceticism, devotion, and deep contemplation of the body, a mystic light--no less than the uncreated divine light of God--could be seen. The question of whether Adam and Eve had navels (given that they were created by God) is one that has vexed theologians for some times. Incidentally, a number of artists, not least Albrecht Dürer and William Blake, have chosen to depict Adam and Eve with omphalodia.
The color of my soul is iron gray and sad bats wheel about the steeple of my dreams. Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
South American revolutionary Simón Bolivar born (1783)
ON PARDONING BULLS
In bullfighting, an indulto is a pardon granted toa bull by the presidente of the fight for demonstrating extraordinary bravery. Some of the toros célebres (famous bulls) granted the indulto include: Algareño, Civilón, Gordito (who killed 21 horses during a fight in 1869), and Jaquéton--whose name is given as a nickname to other bulls considered to be brave.
Progress was all right; only it went on too long. James Thurber (1894-1961)
English inventor George Stephenson first demonstrated the steam engine (1814)
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
The origin of the classic game of rock, paper, scissors has been the subject of much debate. It is possible that a version of the game was played by Roman soldiers using water, fire, wood (water extinguishes fire, which burns wood, which floats on water). However, no record of the hand signals has been discovered. The Japanese call the game jan-ken-poh or janken, and they use it as a method to choose the dealer in card games, who will serve first at tennis, and so on. (Hasami is scissors; kami is paper; ishi is stone.) Some version of the game employ four possible hand shapes. For example, French schoolchildren nowadays play with rock (caillou), well (puits), paper (feuille), and scissors (sciseaux). Here, scissors fall down the well, which is covered by apper, which is cut by scissors, which are smashed by rock, which also falls down the well. And there is an ancient Abyssinian variation with eight signs: needle, sword, scissors, hammer, imperial razor, sea, altar, and the sky.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. Hector Berlioz (1803-69)
Literary website lulu.com undertook research into what makes a successful book title. By analyzing 700 titles from The New York Times bestseller lists over 50 years, Dr. Atai Winkler, the statistician who led the project, was able to pinpoint the common attributes of top-selling titles. According to Winkler's model, metaphorical titles are more popular than literal ones, and the length of title seems not to affect sales. The survey concluded that the following books had the most successful titles:
Sleeping Murder--Agatha Christie Something of Value--Robert Ruark Looking for Mr. Goodbar--J. Rossner Presumed Innocent--Scott Turow Everything's Eventual--Stephen King Rising Sun--Michael Crichton
Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor? Frank More Colby (1865-1925)
"Put the Oak Ridge Boys in the Slammer" by the Austin Lounge Lizards
A pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Park during the Atlanta Olympics, killing one person (1996)
THE WHITE HOUSE
Construction of the White House, designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban, was started in 1792 and completed in 1800, when President John Adams moved in. Until Theodore Roosevelt officially named the building in 1901, the White House was known variously as the President's Palace, the President's House, and the Executive Mansion. According to White House records, the building has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the residence; 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. And President Nixon would no doubt have been interested to learn that it takes about 570 gallons of paint to whitewash the White House.
AMBILÆVOUS--left-handed on both sides; clumsy "Peter the painter was clearly ambilævous."
For the second year in a row, I will be joining my fellow karateka to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk in Central Park to be held on Sunday 13 September 2009 to help raise money for breast cancer research to, as they put it, run breast cancer out of town.