Are there wonderful weirdos in your life? Who are they?
If you could change places with your boss, what changes would you make in the workplace?
Did you have plush toys that you loved as a child? Were you as close to yours as Calvin was to Hobbes? (Was there ever a better comic strip?)
It's "I Love Food Day." Is there any food that you never, ever tire of?
What bad habit do you have that you wish you didn't?
The Twitter Emitter
Ah, humanity. I give you rainbows, but you prefer Fifty Shades of Grey.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) September 2, 2013
America, we may have finally found a way to keep Congress from voting for wars: always have a black, Democratic president.— Ethan Peretz (@MperiousRex) September 4, 2013
Donald Rumsfeld: "If I were Commander-in-Chief, I'd invade Syria, chase Assad into a cave, then let him escape. Then give Halliburton $85B"— Janet (@janet_sistare) September 5, 2013
If your feminism promotes bodily autonomy and abortion rights but ignores the reproductive rights of trans* people, it will fail.— Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) September 5, 2013
If your feminism defends Miley Cyrus' right to be sexual but doesn't criticize her for her racist use of black women as props, it will fail.— Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) September 5, 2013
I'm introducing my LinkedIn to my Klout so that they can go off together and leave me alone.— Chris Dashiell (@cdashiell) September 5, 2013
Are conservatives going to raise money to help George ZImmerman pay his divorce legal bills? I mean, we can assume he's not at fault.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 5, 2013
Taking action doesn't make us the world's police, it makes us not Kitty Genovese's neighbors.— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) September 6, 2013
BREAKING: U.S. Capitol Building throws John Kerry's war medals back at him.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 6, 2013
I thought it was impressive when Obama turned Republicans against golf. But now he's even turned them against war.— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) September 6, 2013
Obamacare may extend the life of even your most annoying family members, warn Republicans— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 8, 2013
On This Day
In 337, Constantine I was succeeded as emperor by his sons, Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans I. Such imagination! I wonder if he had a daughter named Constance?
In 1739, a slave rebellion in South Carolina (then a British Colony) erupted. Called the Stono Rebellion, or Cato's Conspiracy, it was eventually put down by white militias, and led to laws that further oppressed slaves, like restricting their right to assemble, their right to education, and their right to move about freely. They also made it so owners needed legislative approval to free any slave.
In 1850, California became the 31st state.
In 1924, striking Filipino sugar workers and police in Hawaii battled, resulting in the deaths of 16 strikers and 4 policemen. This was called the Hanapēpē Massacre. It was not unusual for labor disputes to turn violent (usually caused by the management side) in those days.
In 1926, NBC was formed.
In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
In 1965, Hurricane Betsy made landfall near New Orleans, causing widespread damage that exceeded $1 billion in damages.
In 1971, rioting broke out at Attica Prison in New York, lasting 4 days and resulting in 39 deaths.
In 2011, a PG&E-owned pipeline in San Bruno, CA exploded, killing 8 people, injuring 58, and destroying 35 houses (plus 3, if you count the ones that had to be demolished afterward). The fire burned well into the following day.
Born on This Day
1585 – Cardinal Richelieu, French clergyman and statesman (d. 1642)
1700 – Princess Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (d. 1780)
1711 – Thomas Hutchinson, American historian and politician (d. 1780)
1735 - Charles Lepeintre, French painter (d. 1803)
1737 – Luigi Galvani, Italian physician and physicist (d. 1798)
1758 - Alexander Nasmyth, British painter (d. 1840)
1767 - Thomas Bardwell, English painter and writer (b. 1704)
1828 – Leo Tolstoy, Russian author (d. 1910)
1839 – Devil Anse Hatfield, Patriarch of Hatfield Family (d. 1921)
1890 – Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC (d. 1980)
1894 – Arthur Freed, American film producer and composer (d. 1973)
1899 – Neil Hamilton, American actor (d. 1984)
1901 – James Blades, English percussionist (d. 1999)
1923 – Cliff Robertson, American actor (d. 2011)
1924 – Jane Greer, American actress (d. 2001)
1927 – Elvin Jones, American drummer (d. 2004)
1928 – Sol LeWitt, American painter and photographer (d. 2007)
1932 – Sylvia Miles, American actress
1941 – Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1967)
1942 – Danny Kalb, American guitarist (Blues Project)
1945 – Dee Dee Sharp, American singer
1946 – Doug Ingle, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Iron Butterfly)
1946 – Bruce Palmer, Canadian bass player (Buffalo Springfield and The Mynah Birds) (d. 2004)
1948 – Pamela Des Barres, famous groupie and author
1950 – John McFee, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Doobie Brothers and Southern Pacific)
1952 – Angela Cartwright, American actress
1952 – David A. Stewart, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Eurythmics, The Tourists)
1960 – Hugh Grant, English actor and producer
1963 – Chris Coons, American politician
1972 – Goran Višnjić, Croatian actor
1975 – Michael Bublé, Canadian singer-songwriter and actor
1980 – Michelle Williams, American actress
Died on This Day
1087 – William the Conqueror, King of England and Duke of Normandy (b. 1028)
1569 – Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1525)
1596 – Anna Jagiellon, Polish queen (b. 1523)
1626 - Abraham Govaerts, Flemish painter (b. 1589)
1688 - Claude Mellan, French draftsman, engraver, and painter, born on 23 May 1598
1815 – John Singleton Copley, American painter (b. 1738)
1901 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter (b. 1864) See Tipple Jar
1934 – Roger Fry, English artist and critic (b. 1866)
1966 - Leon de Smet, Belgian painter (b. 1881)
1976 – Mao Zedong, Chinese politician (b. 1893)
1997 – Burgess Meredith, American actor (b. 1907)
1999 – Ruth Roman, American actress (b. 1922)
Chrysanthemum Day or Kiku no Sekku (Japan)
Teddy Bear Day
Wonderful Weirdos Day
National “I Love Food” Day
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day