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The Daily F Bomb, Thursday 1/31

Thursday already! Good morning, everyone! It’s National Popcorn Day, where is the Republican entertainment?

Today’s questions are: What is your favorite National Park? You don’t need to have been there, just want to go there, or simply love the idea of it. What is your favorite State Park? What is your favorite City park? Stealing a bit from Inside the Actor’s Studio, what is your least favorite word? What is your favorite word? What do you think is the most misused word today? What is your Pet Punctuation Peeve?

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On This Day

In 1601, Guy Fawkes, convicted for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.

In 1801, John Marshall was appointed the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

In 1865, Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate armies.

In 1865, Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, wish abolished slavery, and submitted it to the states for ratification.

In 1945, Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.

In 1971, astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on the third successful manned mission to the moon.

In 2006, Samuel Alito was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, and I put up stickers all over with his picture and the words “We’re fucked.”

In 2006, the Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Born on This Day

1601 – Pieter de Bloot, Dutch painter (d. 1658)


1872 – Zane Grey, American novelist (d. 1939)

1892 – Eddie Cantor, American actor and singer (d. 1964)

Eddie Cantor_Real Photogravure Portrait. Editorial Sign

1894 – Isham Jones, American bandleader and musician (d. 1956)

1902 – Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)

Tallulah Bankhead

1905 – John O’Hara, American writer (d. 1970)

1905 – Diana Napier, British actress (d. 1982)

164 Diana Napier_Bünte Filmbilder 7; 164

1915 – William Crosbie, Scottish artist (d. 1999)


1915 – Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)

1919 – Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (d. 1972)

1921 – John Agar, American actor (d. 2002)


1921 – Carol Channing, American actress and singer


1922 – Joanne Dru, American actress (d. 1996)


1923 – Norman Mailer, American writer and journalist (d. 2007)

1925 – Benjamin Hooks, American civil rights activist (d. 2010)

1929 – Jean Simmons, English American actress (d. 2010)

1934 – James Franciscus, American actor (d. 1991)

1937 – Philip Glass, American composer

1937 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)

1938 – James G. Watt, American politician and 43rd United States Secretary of the Interior

1944 – Charlie Musselwhite, American musician

1946 – Terry Kath, American musician (Chicago) (d. 1978)

1947 – Nolan Ryan, American baseball player

1951 – Phil Manzanera, English guitarist (Roxy Music, Quiet Sun, 801)

1956 – John Lydon, English singer (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.)

1959 – Kelly Lynch, American actress

1961 – Lloyd Cole, British singer (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions)

1970 – Minnie Driver, British actress

1973 – Portia de Rossi, Australian actress

1981 – Justin Timberlake, American singer (‘N Sync)

Died on This Day

1788 – Charles Edward Stuart (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie), the exiled Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland (b. 1720)

1891 – Ernest Meissonier, French painter/etcher/sculptor (b. 1815)

Meissonier, Ernest (1815-1891) - 1859 A Poet (Louvre, Paris)

1933 – John Galsworthy, English writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)

1956 – A. A. Milne, English author (b. 1882)

1969 – Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)

1970 – Slim Harpo, American singer (b. 1924)

1974 – Samuel Goldwyn, Polish-born film studio executive (b. 1882)

1976 – Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (b. 1941)

2007 – Lee Bergere, American actor (b. 1924)

2007 – Molly Ivins, brilliant and much-missed American political columnist and author (b. 1944)

2012 – Dorothea Tanning, American visual artist (b. 1910)

Today is

National Popcorn Day

Brandy Alexander Day (yes, please!)

Backward Day (do everything backwards)

Child Labor Day

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day



  1. blue jersey mom

    Here are a few answers:

    What is your favorite National Park? I love Valley Forge because I was a part of a big archaeological project there about 10 years ago.

    What is your favorite State Park? I love the Florida state park system–lots of great parks.

    What is your favorite City park? Central Park–I am a native New Yorker.

    What is your Pet Punctuation Peeve? So many errors, so little time. Probably the misuse of the apostrophe, especially the difference between its and it’s.

  2. NOW you tell me it is Child Labor Day … I just sent my daughter to the school bus stop to go get Child Education. I could have had the day off!!!

    :::walks away muttering:::

  3. raina

    Grand Canyon

    Blue Spring State Park

    Park on Park. It was a park on Park Avenue where I used to live.

    Vagina. I wish they would call it something else, in clinical terms, I mean. I prefer the P word, to tell the truth.



    Don’t really notice.  

  4. LabWitch

    not coherent enough to actually post anything that would suggest my brain has retained any intelligence since yesterday.  hopefully that will happen later today.  🙂

  5. lulu57

    but I think I can answer these…

    What is your favorite National Park?

    Yosemite. I love the history of it, the beauty of it, and the idea of it. Never been there…yet!

    What is your favorite State Park?

    Any of the parks in northern California that feature redwoods. Double-bonus if there is coastline involved 🙂

    What is your favorite City park?

    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Lots of great memories there, plus it’s a beautiful park.

    Stealing a bit from Inside the Actor’s Studio, what is your least favorite word?

    I’m gonna go with smegma. It sounds awful and it is awful. Also? Santorum.

    What is your favorite word?

    That changes depending on my mood. “Frolic” is always a favorite, though.

    What do you think is the most misused word today?

    Misused and overused: “utilize.” It’s also misutilized and overutilized 😉

    What is your Pet Punctuation Peeve?

    Probably the apostrophe thing…English is a strange language and mighty capricious. “Rules” don’t always apply to every situation, leading to much confusion. I blame Hedwig.

  6. bill d

    Carol Channing was quite a looker in the day.

    I still have the Playbill from when my parents saw her do Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Broadway.

    Have a wonderful day Floja Roja and all.

  7. princesspat

    It’s still dark and very rainy in Bellingham this morning, but the car is packed with the party goods, I have room left for a suitcase which I need to still pack, and then we’re off to celebrate a 95th Birthday for Ron’s mom. We’ll be back home Sunday in time for Downton Abbey or else!

    I’m only awake enough for one answer today….

    As I’ve mentioned before, Boulevard Park is my favorite neighborhood park. Lucky me!  

  8. LeftOverFlowerChild

    I haz a sad… Molly Ivins…Miss her wisdom and wit so much!

    What is your favorite National Park? Grand Canyon, and Big Bend National Park.. love the all of it…beauty, open space, history..

    What is your favorite State Park? Toss up between three: Palo Duro Canyon in West Texas, beautiful landscape and Dinosaur Park in Glen Rose Texas.

    What is your favorite City park? Fort Worth Japanese Gardens.

    Stealing a bit from Inside the Actor’s Studio, what is your least favorite word? “whatever”, just sends me over the edge!

    What is your favorite word? quintessential

    What do you think is the most misused word today? Basically or Literally

    What is your Pet Punctuation Peeve? I am more often than not a careless writer, hence I am a repeat punctuation abuse offender. The Grammer Nazi’s have me on their top ten list of most likely to traumatize an apostrophe. So, I’ll refrain from pointing out my peevishness. Also.

  9. ceriboo

    He was too busy last season watching underwear models in the stands to actually play ball.

    Also, I love that little Wesley Crusher grew up to be the funniest, dreamiest geek ever (after my husband, of course).  He’s my definition of a hot liberal (again, after my husband).

  10. amzo

    some punk tuations are irritating

    yet, trying to isolate them is near

    equally unhappity forme

    having a borderline purpleorange new pschizofrenetic impression of seeing 4:32+am as the posting time for this split infinite Ffort

    z even more percomplexing than the previous context time continue, um. hello. it only took me a year and 9 tries to get this Far here.

    really diFFFFicult it was; which might lend a good nickname, come to think:  the diFFiCult or dimFiCult or diMFBiCult!

    X.  O.  -amzo (kinda obvious,no?) hi lulu. nice u and JaJa are both 57 now. heh. out.  

  11. Lorinda Pike

    What is your favorite National Park? Oh, I think there is a tie between Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. I love both, and just couldn’t decide.

    What is your favorite State Park? Roosevelt State Park. It has neat little cabins on the lake, with fireplaces. The best time to go is in the winter. (Hey, it’s Mississippi – we don’t have many nice state parks…)

    What is your favorite City park? See above – Mississippi doesn’t have many nice city parks either, so I guess it would be Werner Von Braun Park in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s nice, and has lots of duckies…)

    What is your Pet Punctuation Peeve? Oh, like bjm, the misused apostrophe. And (not really punctuation) the misuse of among and between, and less and fewer. There is a difference, people!

  12. JG in MD

    I’m not really a Grammar Nazi. After 30 years of reattaching split infinitives and cutting down dangling participles, one hardly cares any more.

    But my pet peeve is prior to. Before. Before. Before, everybody. Prior to: Just stop it. You hear me? Stop it.

  13. slksfca

    Here I am, hiking high above Jenny Lake back in the late ’70s:

    More locally, I have Golden Gate Park just two blocks from home. But I think on the whole that Portland, Oregon has the best (and prettiest) city parks.

  14. LabWitch

    and i can hook it up all by my lonesome.  i love being able to do the stuff i learned in med school.  thanks Floja!

  15. kirbybruno

    In a bit of a cleaning and cooking frenzy the last two days. I want to make a small chocolate cake for the kids after school snack, I think I will try this one – it’s sounds inneresting! I will substitute coffee for the water and sprinkle it with powdered sugar.

    I am also going to to super bowl party on Sunday, not to watch the game of course, but to eat and drink too much! I am going to make these individual 7 layer dips , but I’ll use a peach salsa in them and add more veggies like corn and bell peppers. I am going to make a peach sangria to go with it with this delicious looking sparkling peach wine I got at Trader Joe’s this morning, yum!

    Also, I want to marry whoever discovered the bracket for links things, it has changed my moose life!!! If you’re a girl, there are several states we can choose from. 😉

    Back to work…

  16. Gee

    Today’s questions are: What is your favorite National Park? You don’t need to have been there, just want to go there, or simply love the idea of it. What is your favorite State Park? What is your favorite City park? Stealing a bit from Inside the Actor’s Studio, what is your least favorite word? What is your favorite word? What do you think is the most misused word today? What is your Pet Punctuation Peeve?

    Yosemite.  Haven’t been to Glacier, but I think I’d like it, too.

    Assateague, MD, if that’s a state park.

    Golden Gate Park, SF, CA!

    Awesome.  For the moment, anyway.


    Comprise.  But its meaning has shifted, so its misuse is becoming OK.

    Punctuation pet peeve:  The period and the comma look too much alike, and sometimes I can’t tell which one I typed.  Not a good thing if you’re a computer programmer.

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