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The Daily F Bomb, Thursday 4/4/13

Interrogatories

Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime? Do we really want them? Sports fans, who are your teams (any sport)? Are or were you athletic? What athletics or sports were you best at? Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination?

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On This Day

In 1818, Congress ruled that the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, adding a new star every time they added a new state.

In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

In 1887, Argonia, Kansas, elected the first woman mayor in the United States, Susanna Medora Salter.

In 1949, the United States and 11 other nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty.

In 1974, the Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s career home run record when he hit number 714 in Cincinnati.  

In 1981, San Antonio, Texas elected the nation’s first Hispanic Mayor, Henry Cisneros.

In 1988, the Arizona Senate convicted Gov. Evan Mecham of two charges of official misconduct which the current Arizona Senate would probably reward him for, and removed him from office.

In 2003, the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa became the 18th major league baseball player to hit 500 career home runs.

In 2011, giving in to political opposition, the Obama administration gave up on trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators in civilian federal courts and decided to prosecute them before military commissions instead (even though military commissions in these cases have thus far proved more lenient that civil courts).

Born on This Day

1648 – Grinling Gibbons, Dutch woodcarver (d. 1721)

1758 – John Hoppner, English painter (d. 1810)

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1758 – Pierre Paul Prud’hon, French painter (d. 1823)

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1780 – Edward Hicks, American folk painter (d. 1849)

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1802 – Dorothea Dix, American social activist (d. 1887)

1818 – Jean-François Portaels, Belgian painter (d. 1895)

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1821 – Linus Yale, Jr., American inventor and manufacturer (d. 1868)

1843 – William Henry Jackson, American photographer (d. 1942)

1853 – Tad Lincoln, American son of president Abraham Lincoln (d. 1871)

1876 – Maurice de Vlaminck, French painter (d. 1958)

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1878 – Henri Liénard de Saint-Délis, French painter (d. 1949)

1895 – Arthur Murray, American dance teacher (d. 1991)

1898 – Agnes Ayres, American actress (d. 1940)

1906 – Bea Benaderet, American actress (d. 1968)

1906 – John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (d. 1995)

1913 – Frances Langford, American actress (d. 2005)

1913 – Muddy Waters, American Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader (d. 1983)

1920 – Éric Rohmer, French director (d. 2010)

1928 – Maya Angelou, American poet

1932 – Clive Davis, American record producer

1932 – Anthony Perkins, American actor (d. 1992)

1939 – Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)

1939 – Hugh Masekela, South African singer, musician, and composer

1946 – Dave Hill, English guitarist (Slade)

1948 – Berry Oakley, American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band) (d. 1972)

1948 – Pick Withers, British drummer (Dire Straits and Magna Carta)

1949 – Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican singer (The Wailers) (d. 1999)

1950 – Christine Lahti, American actress

1952 – Gary Moore, Northern Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, and Bruce-Baker-Moore) (d. 2011)

1956 – David E. Kelley, American writer and producer

1960 – Hugo Weaving, English-Australian actor

1962 – Craig Adams, English bass guitarist and songwriter (The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission)

1963 – Graham Norton, Irish actor, comedian, and talk show host

1965 – Robert Downey, Jr., American actor

1966 – Mike Starr, American musician (Alice In Chains)

1971 – Josh Todd, American singer (Buckcherry)

1973 – David Blaine, American illusionist

1979 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (d. 2008)

1980 – Johnny Borrell, English guitarist and singer (Razorlight and The Libertines)

Died on This Day

896 – Pope Formosus (b. 816)

1292 – Pope Nicholas IV (b. 1227)

1566 – Daniele da Volterra, Italian painter (b. 1509)

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1633 – Pieter Lastman, Dutch painter (b. 1583)

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1661 – Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven, Scottish soldier (b. c. 1580)

1664 – Adam Willaerts, Dutch seascape painter (b. 1577)

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1697 – Jan de Bray, Dutch Golden Age painter. (b. ca.1627)

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1774 – Oliver Goldsmith, English writer (b. 1728)

1841 – William Henry Harrison, American politician, 9th President of the United States (b. 1773)

1871 – Peter von Hess, German painter (b. 1792)

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1890 – Edmond Hébert, French geologist (b. 1812)

1902 – Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer, Dutch painter (b. 1839)

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1923 – John Venn, British mathematician (b. 1834)

1931 – André Michelin, French industrialist (b. 1853)

1958 – Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1929)

1972 – Adam Clayton Powell Jr., American politician (b. 1908)

1976 – Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)

1983 – Gloria Swanson, American actress (b. 1899)

1995 – Priscilla Lane, American singer and actress (b. 1915)

1999 – Faith Domergue, American actor (b. 1924)

2001 – Ed Roth, American artist and car designer (b. 1932)

Today is

National Cordon Bleu Day

Tell A Lie Day

School Librarian Day

Tell a Lie Day

Hug a Newsman Day

Walk Around Things Day

International Day for Landmine Awareness and Assistance


22 comments

  1. Okay it doesn’t rhyme as well as Georgia. 😉

    Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime? I think so.

    Do we really want them? I do!

    Sports fans, who are your teams (any sport)? San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, Oakland As and of course my Chicago Cubs

    Are or were you athletic? Very until the arthritis got too bad

    What athletics or sports were you best at? Football, baseball, volleyball, skiing

    Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination? No

  2. Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime? No

    Do we really want them?

    No

    Are or were you athletic?

    Bwahahaha! No.

    What athletics or sports were you best at?

    Not TOO bad at swimming.

    Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination?

    “abomination” is FAR too strong a word to use about anything related to baseball. It’s a SPORT!  Hitler was an abomination. Stalin. Slavery. Those are abominations. The DH rule (whatever it is) would be at the very most an annoyance. And, if you like the DH rule, it is at very most “a nice thing”.

  3. Jk2003

    Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime? Do we really want them? Sports fans, who are your teams (any sport)? Are or were you athletic? What athletics or sports were you best at? Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination?

    Flying cars in my lifetime:  no

    Do we really want them:  no

    Teams:  sooners, white sox, bears, bulls, Blackhawks

    Athletic:  I played field hockey in high school before we moved to a state that didn’t have field hockey.  I am coordinated.

    DH:  though my baseball team is American League, I am not a fan of the DH.  I enjoy the managerial chess that must be played in the national league.  

  4. JG in MD

    Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime? No

    Do we really want them? Yes

    Your team? The Nationals

    Are or were you athletic? No. They gave me a mercy grade in tennis so I could graduate from college

    What athletics or sports were you best at? Anything where the target stands still and waits for me to hit it: Bocce ball, horseshoes, bowling, archery

    Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. There are degrees of abomination.

  5. JG in MD

    Iriti, you were right. My little brown bird is turning to gold. The Alchemist Bird, you might say.

  6. zenor

    And, in New York, when they have alternate side of the sky parking, how you gonna find it?

    Will there be flying recharging stations?

    If you get pulled over by a flying patrol car,

    What the Hell am I talking about?

    Is it is or is it is not national tell a lie day or not?

    Who made it national cordon bleu day? Seems kinda Frenchish, no?

    Thank You.

    PS: *In Phila, we don’t have any sports teams. We do have fans, tho.

  7. Gee

    Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime? Do we really want them? Sports fans, who are your teams (any sport)? Are or were you athletic? What athletics or sports were you best at? Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination?

    I don’t know about the flying cars.  

    They had flying cars in Blade Runner, and driving in three dimensions looked quite horrifying to me.

    Football: Redskins.  (Alt: Niners)  Baseball: Orioles. (Alt: Giants)  I don’t think I follow any other team sports.

    Not very athletic at all, in mind or body.  The single thing I could do in all sports combined is to hit a baseball.  Couldn’t catch, and if I did I could never figure out where to throw it.

    Baseball/softball.

    I’m an American League fan, and I like the DH.  I understand the other point of view, though.  If your baseball purism extends to every little thing that makes the game quirky, you probably love it when your team has the bases loaded with two outs and the pitcher is up.  Do you let him hit?

  8. princesspat

    flying cars…..airplanes are like flying cattle cars, the thought of a solo flying car makes me ::shudder::

    Sports….shmorts

    athletic… I’m very coordinated. Does going the PT pool certify me as athletic?

    Designated Hitter…..hmmmm, is the DH sorta like MOD (mom on demand) If so, I guess it’s a necessary annoyance!  

  9. Gee

    1906 – Bea Benaderet, American actress (d. 1968)

    I had no idea she’d died, let alone that long ago.

    1906 – John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (d. 1995)

    He died in 1995, and his Timex watch is still ticking!

  10. Gee

    1939 – Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)

    Huh huh.  Major Lance.  Best name since Peter O’Toole.  Huh huh.

  11. Gee

    896 – Pope Formosus (b. 816)

    Formosus?  Was he Chinese?  If I’m ever pope, I wanna be Formosus II.

  12. slksfca

    …in my lifetime. And that doesn’t bother me a bit.

    I cannot cope with the rest of today’s questions, not being a sports guy.

  13. mikidee

    Hearing her speak – about pretty much anything – makes me believe all is right with the world. (Did you know she didn’t speak at all from age 8 to about 13? Heartbreaking story – she was sexually abused by her mother’s bf, told her brother, man was jailed for one day then released and was found kicked to death four days later. Maya blamed herself – “I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone.”)

    Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime? Gawd I hope not ….

    Do we really want them? Not me – I don’t like to drive or fly (although I do) because I am constantly worried about crashing (slippery roads, bridges falling, drunk drivers, etc.). Worrying about “falling out of the sky as I drive to work” would probably do me in.

    Sports fans, who are your teams (any sport)? The Twins, of course. But this weekend it’s gonna be Wichita and Michigan.

    Are or were you athletic? Um, not really, unless being able to tread water for a very long time is considered athletic.

    What athletics or sports were you best at? The treading water part of swimming, I guess.

    Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination? Sort of – o h heck – yes, it is.

  14. Avilyn

    Getting there.  Been a long week.

    Q&A:

    Do you think we’ll get flying cars in your lifetime?  No.

    Do we really want them?  Well, I’d like one.  Dunno if I want everyone else to have one though.  The main reason I want one is to be able to get away from all the other crazy drivers out there 😉

    Sports fans, who are your teams (any sport)?  49ers for NFL.  Orioles/Phillies for nostalgia (I don’t like/follow Baseball anymore).  Kansas Jayhawks for College BasketBall.

    Are or were you athletic?  When I was younger, yes.

    What athletics or sports were you best at?  Swimming.

    Is the Designated Hitter really an abomination?  Uhh, is it the same as the Designated Driver?

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