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The Daily F Bomb, Tuesday 4/9/13


Usually kids are taught by grown-ups, but every now and then they teach us little lessons. What have you learned from kids? Are you a good traveling companion? What was your first job? Peanut butter – creamy or crunchy?

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On This Day

In 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.

In 1867, the Senate voted (it passed by a single vote) to ratify a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Sarah Palin’s house Alaska.

In 1939, African-American singer Marian Anderson sang at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughter of the American Revolution refused to allow her to perform at Constitution Hall.

In 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.

In 1945, the United States Atomic Energy Commission was formed.

In 1947, the first interracial Freedom Ride, the Journey of Reconciliation, began traveling through the upper South in deliberate violation of Jim Crow laws. They wanted to force enforcement of the Supreme Court’s 1946 decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.

In 1961, the Pacific Electric Railway of Los Angeles (the Red Car), once the largest electric railway in the world, ended operations, done in by freeways and the auto manufacturers.

In 1965, the Houston Astrodome opened and the first indoor baseball game, between the Astros and the Yankees, was played.

In 1969, Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline album was released.

In 1992, ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was found guilty of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He served 17 years, then was extradited to France, was sentenced there and then was extradited to Panama, where he remains to this day.

Born on This Day

1634 – Countess Albertine Agnes of Nassau (d. 1696)

1649 – James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (d. 1685)

1813 – Jan Michael Ruyten, Belgian painter (d. 1881)

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1821 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet (d. 1867)

1824 – John George Naish, English painter (d. 1905)

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1656 – Francesco Trevisani, Italian painter (d. 1746)

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1879 – Gerald Kelly, British painter (d. 1972)

1888 – Sol Hurok, Russian impresario (d. 1974)

1889 – Efrem Zimbalist, Russian violinist (d. 1985)

1895 – Mance Lipscomb, American singer, guitarist and songwriter (d. 1976)

1898 – Paul Robeson, American singer, actor, and activist (d. 1976)

1903 – Ward Bond, American actor (d. 1960)

1903 – Gregory Pincus, co-inventor of the birth control pill (d. 1967)

1904 – Sharkey Bonano, American jazz trumpeter, band leader, and vocalist (d. 1972)

1908 – Victor Vasarely, Hungarian painter (d. 1997)

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1926 – Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher, founder of Playboy Enterprises

1928 – Tom Lehrer, American composer, satirist, and mathematician

1932 – Carl Perkins, American singer and guitarist (d. 1998)

1933 – Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor

1938 – Rockin’ Sidney, American singer and musician (d. 1998)

1939 – Michael Learned, American actress

1954 – Dennis Quaid, American actor

1963 – Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer

1963 – Joe Scarborough, American windbag TV host, ex-congresscritter

1966 – Cynthia Nixon, American actress

1977 – Gerard Way, American singer and writer (My Chemical Romance)

1979 – Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)

Died on This Day

715 – Pope Constantine

1024 – Pope Benedict VIII

1553 – François Rabelais, French writer

1626 – Sir Francis Bacon, English statesman (b. 1561)

1807 – John Opie, English painter (b. 1761)

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1837 – Domenico Quaglio, German born painter (b. 1787)

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1857 – Antonio María Esquivel, Spanish painter (b. 1806)

1858 – Joseph Karl Stieler, German painter (b. 1781)

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1882 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English painter and poet (b. 1828)

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1895 – Gunnar Berndtson, Finnish painter (b. 1854)

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1909 – Helena Modjeska, Polish-American actress (b. 1840)

1909 – Charles Conder, English/Australian painter (b. 1868)

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1940 – Mrs. Patrick Campbell, British actress (b. 1865)

1959 – Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (b. 1867)

1963 – Eddie Edwards, American jazz musician (Original Dixieland Jass Band) (b. 1891)

1976 – Phil Ochs, American singer-songwriter (b. 1940)

1988 – David Prater, American singer (Sam & Dave) (b. 1937)

Today is

Equal Pay Day

National Be Kind to Lawyers Day

National Cherish an Antique Day

Winston Churchill Day (he was made an honorary U.S. citizen)

Name Yourself Day

National Chinese Almond Cookie Day


  1. Usually kids are taught by grown-ups, but every now and then they teach us little lessons. What have you learned from kids?

    Oh, kids are always teaching adults.

    One time, when my older son was 6 and younger son was a baby, the baby would just NOT stop crying. I tried everything I could think of. Finally I said “Why don’t you stop CRYING?” and older son says “Daddy…. he’s a BABY”.

    Are you a good traveling companion?

    I think I am OK

    What was your first job?


    Peanut butter – creamy or crunchy?

    I am not a fan of PB.  

  2. What have you learned from kids? That there is wonder is even the smallest things.

    Are you a good traveling companion? Oh yes

    What was your first job? Babysitting all through my teens.

    Peanut butter – creamy or crunchy? Definitely crunchy.

    I use cruchy peanut butter in my cookie recipe

    My cherished antique my grandfather’s catchers mitt that he used playing semipro ball around the 1910s.

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  3. Jk2003

    Usually kids are taught by grown-ups, but every now and then they teach us little lessons. What have you learned from kids? Are you a good traveling companion? What was your first job? Peanut butter – creamy or crunchy?

    Learned from kids:  don’t try to sleep until you are tired.

    Travel:  oh yes, especially road trips

    First job:  besides babysitting, my first job was at Pacific Linen in Anchorage, Alaska.  I folded towels a lot and learned to use a cash register.  The futon truck was awesome.

    Peanut butter:  crunchy

  4. What have you learned from kids?

    Kids are sponges for new information, and it would be good to be eager like that.

    Are you a good traveling companion?

    I’m an amazingly good travel companion for Jim, but I wouldn’t try to make a blanket statement here.

    What was your first job?

    First payrolled job was with a small company in their mail room. I did other stuff, too, as needed.

    Peanut butter – creamy or crunchy?


  5. Floja Roja

    Happy birthday to botha youse!

    I’m blanking on the kid question, though I knew the answer last night.

    The key to being a good traveling companion is the word “companion.” I have a friend who sleeps through the entire “getting there” part, and only wakes up for the actual destination, which takes out half the fun. I love the actual journey (well, except flying, there is not that much you can do on a plane). I think I’m a pretty good traveling companion.

    My first job, if you skip babysitting, was an assistant position gained via nepotism at the college where my mom taught. That is where I learned that school administrators are overpaid and generally useless.

    Peanut butter: I like both, but the crunchy stuff goes too fast because it takes twice as much to spread it half as far. I choose creamy, but it’s an economic choice. 😉

  6. bubbanomics

    What have you learned from kids?

    * I don’t want a little more, I want a BIG more!

    Are you a good traveling companion?

    * depends.  I read and pretty much keep to myself.  anyone wanting a chatterbox will find me boring.

    What was your first job?

    * cleaning up dog poop in my dad’s vet clinic.

    Peanut butter – creamy or crunchy?

    * crunchy contains creamy (plus chunks)?  I want a BIG more.

    from the bubbapod


  7. raina

    I’ve always loved the beach party movies.

    No lessons come to mind, but I’m sure I’ve learned a number of things from kids.

    I think I’m a good traveling companion, on the road, that is. I’m the navigator most times. Planes, no.

    I like crunchy for PB fudge, but creamy for everything else. When I eat a PB sandwich, it has to be a half sandwich, even if I eat two halves, no cutting a whole sandwich in half. I iz odd.

    Speaking of which, this was on the local news earlier:

  8. slksfca

    I used to love kids. Now they intimidate me because I know they can see right through me. ;-p

    And I used to be an excellent travelling companion, but this last trip in October I was grumpy and petulant and no fun at all.

    Used to like my PB crunchy; now it has to be smooth.

  9. jlms qkw

    crazy pix there, will show the kids after school 😉  

    everything that matters! and about color, and playing.


    babysitting. and cleaning houses.


  10. LeftOverFlowerChild

    Lessons from children…No moment is too small to celebrate.

    Travel companion–I don’t know, I think I am but I usually travel with my husband and we can talk for hours or be quiet with just the radio for company.

    First job…Baby sitting


  11. Avilyn

    I think we’re skipping spring and going straight for summer.


    Usually kids are taught by grown-ups, but every now and then they teach us little lessons. What have you learned from kids?  That I definitely don’t want to be a mother and I’m happy to be childless.

    Are you a good traveling companion?  Depends on who I’m travelling with.  I like music in the car, don’t mind getting lost, am happy to stop and explore interesting side venues along the way, and prefer going with the flow to a set agenda.  To some, this makes me a good companion, for others, not so much.

    What was your first job?  Baby-sitting.  First Paycheck job was running the cash register at the local deli.

    Peanut butter – creamy or crunchy?  Creamy.  Preferably with Chocolate.

  12. princesspat

    A new to me musician….my early morning Grammie duties are going well, but I’m out the door at 6:30….and home and sleepy now!

  13. princesspat

    the kids……being naughty can be fun!

    traveling…..not so good. With motion sickness, food restrictions and the need to keep my leg up I’m high maintenance now.

    first job……first born on a ranch…..I worked often and early!

    peanut butter…crunchy

  14. JG in MD

    Kids? I’m another one who is childless and the world is the better for it. But I see the world as full of wonders and I laugh a lot no matter what happens, so –

    Oh look! A red house finch and accompanying pipsqueak! Kool!

    Travel companion? That’s complicated. I snore like a freight train, I was told at a rather late time in life. I’ve been both a good and a bad travel companion and house guest.

    House finch looking around and chirping. Looking for pipsqueak, who has flown away?

    First job: Office assistant at the US foreign aid mission in Ankara, Turkey, in 1960. I had caused a small international kerfuffle in March and they wanted to keep an eye on me.

    Peanut butter: Creamy, with no ingredients except peanuts and salt.

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