A cow caused the great fire of Chicago by kicking over a kerosene lamp while she was being milked (1871)
Never move cats from one house to another.
If you wish to move a cat from one house to another take it out through the window. You will have very bad luck if you take it out any other way.
You will have bad luck if you move a cat. The bad luck may be averted, however, if you first measure the cat's tail with a stick and cut the stick off so that it is exactly the length of the cat's tail. The stick must then be buried.
You will have bad luck if you move a cat unless you first cut off a piece of the cat's fur and bury it.
To make a cat stay at a new home cut off a piece of its fur and bury it there.
---Hilda Roberts, "Louisiana Superstitions," The Journal of American Folklore, 1927
A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. J.B. Priestley (1894-1984)
Feast day of St. Denis, patron saint of France & possessed people
The national motto, "In God We Trust," was established by the 84th Congress and approved by President Eisenhower in 1956. It seems the motto dates from a popular movement during the Civil War to recognize God on U.S. coinage. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase declared in 1861, "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in mGod should be declared on our national coins." "In God We Trust," which first appeared on U.S. notes in 1957, may be based on "In God is our trust" from the fourth verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Her voice was ever soft, Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
"Take Your Partner by the Hand" by Robbie Robertson
The tuxedo dinner jacket was born when G. Lorillard wore it to the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo, New York (1886)
IDLE ROYAL AMUSEMENTS
For the birthday of the Duchess of Würtemberg in 1798, the British royal family assembled in Maiden Castle, in Dorchester, to watch these sports:
To be played for at cricket: a round of beef. A pound of tobacco to be grinned for. A barrel of beer to be rolled down the hill: a prize to whoever stops it. A goose to be dived for. A good hat to be cudgelled for. Half a guinea to the rider of the ass who wins the best of three heats by coming in last. A pig: prize to whoever catches him by the tail.
There is nothing I love so much as a good fight. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
The first in-flight meals were served on a flight from London to Paris, at the cost of 15 pence (1919)
POUSSIN ON PAINTING
No visible object can be presented without light. No visible object can be presented without a transparent medium. No visible object can be presented without a boundary. No visible object can be presented without color. No visible object can be presented without distance. No visible object can be presented without an instrument. What follows cannot be learnt, it is born with the painter.
---Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665)
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Spent 3.5 hours at the dojo last night. First was the regular class. Then the fighting class -- in which I was pushed hard, but which I did well in, I think. Then me and the other two adult black-belt candidates -- Senpai Gustavo, who is going for his third-degree belt, and Senpai Natasha, a junior black belt going for her adult black belt -- did a kata review with Shihan.
Starting tonight, I am a white belt until the promotion is done a week from Monday. This is part of the process, remembering your beginnings and being humbled. I will be the junior-most student in the dojo for the next two weeks.
This is really only the second step of the journey -- the first was committing to karate in the first place -- but I'm really looking forward to it.
At FenCon in Dallas last month, I sat down and interviewed author/screenwriter/comics scripter Paul Cornell, who talked about turning Doctor Who: Human Nature into the Doctor Who episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood," his upcoming comics projects, and other cool stuff on the latest Chronic Rift Spotlight podcast.
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