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F-ing Friday, finally!  Fancy that!

There is always talk about comfort food, that food we grew up on that takes us back to a time when we felt happy and secure and loved. I hope it does not make you uncomfortable for me to ask these. Of course I will start with the food. What is your absolute favorite comfort food? What song or album takes you back to those times when you hear it, that it could be called Comfort Music? What book is your Comfort Book? This one is not necessarily relating to the past: What would your perfect Comfort Room be? A space that would suit you entirely, that you could share or not share as you please?

Was that too serious? One more: Places that have great burgers but no fries. Deal breaker or not?

Now let us go wading in the Twitter Stream:

Now open your history books to page 3,458. There will be a test afterward.

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On This Day

In 1533, England's King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.

In 1890, the intrepid Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

In 1915, the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell (who I will forever picture as Don Ameche), inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service.

In 1919, the League of Nations was founded.

In 1949, the first Emmy Awards were held at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy gave the first nationally televised Presidential news conference.

In 1971, Charles Manson and three of his female minions were found guilty of the Tate-LaBianca murders.

In 1971, Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and set himself up as Uganda's new president.

In 1993, five people were shot outside of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia (which never would have happened if those CIA people had been armed!!!)

In 2011, the first protest that marked the beginning of the Egyptian revolution began in Tahrir Square.

Born on This Day

1509 – Giovanni Morone, Italian cardinal (d. 1580)

1615 – Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (d. 1660)


1708 - Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, Italian painter (d. 1887)


1759 – Robert Burns, Scottish poet (d. 1796)

1777 – Karoline Jagemann, German actress (d. 1848)

1806 - Daniel Maclise, Irish painter (d. 1870)


1874 – W. Somerset Maugham, English writer (d. 1965)

1882 – Virginia Woolf, English writer (d. 1941)

1891 - Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (d. 1992)

1896 – Florence Mills, African-American singer, dancer and comedian, a big star whose untimely death cut short a promising career.  Duke Ellington wrote this song to commemorate her. (d. 1927)

1899 – Sleepy John Estes, American musician (d. 1977)

1913 – Luis Marden, American photojournalist (d. 2003)

1915 – Ewan MacColl, English socialist folk singer-songwriter (d. 1989)

1928 – Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia

1929 – Benny Golson, American jazz musician

1931 – Dean Jones, American actor

1935 – Conrad Burns, American wingut politician

1936 – Diana Hyland, American actress (d. 1977)

1938 – Etta James, American singer (d. 2012)

1944 – Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and Rolling Stone ex-girlfriend

1949 – John Cooper Clarke, English punk-poet

1954 – Kim Gandy, American feminist activist

1956 – Andy Cox, English musician (The Beat, Fine Young Cannibals)

Died on This Day

1578 – Mihrimah Sultana, Ottoman princess (b. 1522)

1586 – Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter (b. 1515)


1884 – Périclès Pantazis, Greek impressionist painter (b. 1849)


1896 - Frederic Leighton, English painter  (b. 1830)


1908 – Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)

1947 – Al Capone, American organized crime figure (b. 1899)

1960 – Diana Barrymore, American actress (b. 1921)


1969 – Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)


1980 – Queenie Watts, English actress (b. 1926)

1981 – Adele Astaire, American dancer (b. 1897)


1988 - Colleen Moore, American silent film star who went from demure to wild flapper in her film roles. (b. 1899)


1990 – Ava Gardner, American actress (b. 1922)


2005 – Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)

Today is

Opposite Day
National Irish Coffee Day
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Re: the poll: Just in time they are going to allow women in combat (when they have actually been in combat all along). Coincidentally, the website Suduvu.com has a Fantasy Cage Match every year, usually kicking off in March, which is really soon. It is a most hilarious exercise and I heartily recommend it to everyone, even if you aren't familiar with the characters.

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So, women in combat. For Fantasy Fans, who would kick the most butt?

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