(part 1) ...For Wings...
(part 2) ...That Work
(part 3). The only Christmas Special you'll see this year with hairballs, a cross-dressing cockroach, Ronald Coleman and a 22-second warning. The apex for Berkeley Breathed and Opus (for Bill, notsomuch). via.
posted by oneswellfoop
on Dec 12, 2009 -
He was elected at the nadir of the worst depression in history; 25% of the workforce was unemployed, two million were homeless. Yet in the face of this, he made us an optimistic and far-reaching New Deal, creating among other programs a federal minimum wage, social security, and the FDIC. He pulled us out of dire financial straits and, when our country was called upon to fight in World War II, he brought us to the cusp of victory. In his unprecedented thirteen years in office, he cemented his undisputed legacy as one of the greatest presidents in American history. But before he could achieve any of this, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a promise to keep — a promise to the "wet vote," whose indispensable support he had called upon
in 1932 during his first presidential campaign when he promised to repeal the 18th Amendment
and end Prohibition
. And thus, as legend has it, immediately after his first fireside chat
from the White House in March 1933, Roosevelt turned to his two top aides and said, "I think it's time for a beer.
" And yes, indeed
, it was
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posted by churl
on Dec 5, 2009 -
"This day may be celebrated in a variety of ways. Pause and give thought to the role that the number pi has played in your life. Imagine a world without pi. Attempt to memorise pi to as many decimal places as you can. If you're feeling creative, devise alternative values for pi. Go to a party (I will). Or just celebrate in the time-honoured fashion of ignoring Pi Approximation Day altogether."Happy Pi Approximation Day
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posted by swift
on Jul 23, 2009 -
April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of the year. April 1 is most notable in the Western world for being April Fools
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posted by jbickers
on Mar 31, 2009 -
Looking for a reason to celebrate today, or just a reason to skip out on your obligations? You could look through Religious seasonal days of celebration and holy days
, check if today is covered by Holiday for Every Day
yet, or keep things simple and rely on a Calendar of the Saints
like the Catholic feast days
or Greek Saints Days from the Orthodox Ministry Access Calendar
. If you like to be more traditional, you could go with the Medievalist's On-line Calendar of Saints
, which only lists people recognized as saints in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Or, if you feel lucky, check for special Google logos
(designed by Dennis Hwang
). For instance, today is the first day of Spring
, and the 40th anniversary
of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 20, 2009 -
I know a man who once went to Sioux City, not one of the world’s leading destinations, precisely because he had never been there before. More than a decade later he still talks about the experience, from the Sergeant Floyd obelisk to the dog track of North Sioux and the meat packing plant converted to a shopping mall. The same impulse explains a non-specialist’s reading a history of Byzantine iconography or a survey of Australian wildlife. Both offer a break in daily life and an enlargement of our sense of wonder and possibility. That awareness can provide a sense of transcendence, and connection, or even the spark of divine discontent that leads people to change their lives.Reading as Vacation
, an essay by J. D. Smith and Subway Reader
, pictures of people who read while using public transportation.
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 6, 2008 -
It has now been several years since Jacquie Lawson, an English artist living in the picturesque village of Lurgashall in Southern England, created an animated Christmas card in 2000. The e-card, featuring her dog, Chudleigh, her cats, and her 15th-century cottage, was sent to a few friends for their amusement. Those friends sent the e-card to others, and within weeks Jacquie was inundated with requests from all over the world to design more e-cards. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Dec 20, 2007 -
Park your carcass in front of the TV for the next six weeks. Here
is the upcoming broadcast schedule for every show that has even the tiniest connection to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
posted by Kibbutz
on Nov 21, 2007 -
Last Wednesday, residents of the Ulyanovsk province of Russia took the day off work in celebration of their newest holiday, Sex Day
posted by Afroblanco
on Sep 18, 2007 -
Blog Against Theocracy
--a blogswarm dedicated to the separation of church and state, ... Easter Weekend, April 6-8, 2007.
Also see the non-profit joint venture between The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, First Freedom First.
posted by amberglow
on Apr 6, 2007 -
Mission Accomplished? Then why is there even more outrage? Last year, celebration and theatre
dominated the day.. This year it's different.
This is also the 120th anniversary of the Haymarket Riots
resulting in four anarchists being hanged. Interestingly enough, the riots happened because of workers rights being unfair. Is this a case of history repeating itself?
posted by wheelieman
on May 1, 2006 -
Of all the Christmas cards I received this year from political action committees, this one
from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep & Bear arms best summed up the holiday spirit to me.
posted by jonson
on Dec 29, 2005 -
Holiday boots for your stockings. Mash-ups of decades of Christmas records just in time for the holidays. The quality varies throughout, but it makes for some fun manic listening if you've grown tired of the same perennial chestnuts. Merry Christmash to all, and to all a boot night.
posted by Robot Johnny
on Dec 3, 2005 -
Thanksgiving Dinner Buzzword Bingo
helps make tonight's dinner with family a little more palatable. Print out cards for you and your other cool relative (spouse, sibling) and check off a box every time one of these situations happens. First to get 5 in a row wins. Remember to shout "Bingo!" at the table.
posted by FeldBum
on Nov 24, 2005 -