It's National Fortune Cookie Day. What's the best fortune you ever got? Give an example of the sort of fortunes you would put inside fortune cookies for your friends and family.
Do you think you could get a song stuck in other people's heads? What song?
How far have you ever walked in one day?
Did you ever train an animal to do anything?
The Twitter Emitter
If we evolved from apes, why are there still creationists?— Chris Dashiell (@cdashiell) July 19, 2013
"When was Obama profiled?" -- People who three years ago were demanding Obama show his papers— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) July 19, 2013
Hey everybody, a little space for GZim in this difficult time. After all, there's nothing more unnerving than being watched and followed.— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 20, 2013
Your daily reminder: people of color did not create racism, so ending it is not their job.— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) July 21, 2013
Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899. He would have composed some fantastic tweets.— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) July 21, 2013
Nice guys don't confuse life with a contest.— Chris Dashiell (@cdashiell) July 21, 2013
.@KenCuccinelli maybe if you tweeted a Geraldo-style selfie, you could end oral sex without involving the courts— Gen JC Christian (@JC_Christian) July 21, 2013
On This Day
In 1796, the City of Cleveland, Ohio was founded.
In 1894, what is considered the first car race took place between Paris and Rouen, with the winner achieving speeds as high as 12 mph!
In 1916, a large suitcase bomb went off during a Preparedness Day Parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. The parade was held in anticipation of the US eventually entering WWI. Two labor leaders were eventually convicted (Labor was against entering the war), but the evidence was unclear. Their sentences were eventually commuted, and they were later pardoned.
In 1934, famed criminal John Dillinger was shot to death outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago after having watched Manhattan Melodrama, starring Myrna Loy.
In 1937, the Senate flatly rejected FDR's attempt to add more Supreme Court Justices to the court.
In 1942, wartime gas rationing began in the United States.
In 2011, a pair of horrendous terror attacks took place in Norway (the worst being the massacre of an entire youth camp on a little island called Utøya. The perpetrator turned out to be a right wing nutjob, of course (which had Fox News in major denial).
Born on This Day
1621 – Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician (d. 1683)
1803 – Eugène Isabey, French painter and printmaker (d. 1886)
1823 – Godfried Guffens, Belgian painter (d. 1901)
1844 – William Archibald Spooner, English priest and scholar (d. 1930), known for his spoonerisms.
1849 – Emma Lazarus, American poet (d. 1887)
1856 – Asai Chū, Japanese painter (d. 1907)
1860 – Paul Gustave Fischer, Danish painter (d. 1934)
1876 – Walter Ufer, U.S. painter (d. 1936)
1882 – Edward Hopper, American painter (d. 1967)
1889 – James Whale, English director (d. 1957) (Frankenstein)
1890 – Rose Kennedy, American philanthropist, wife of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (d. 1995)
1898 – Alexander Calder, American sculptor (d. 1976)
1908 – Amy Vanderbilt, American author (d. 1974)
1920 – Francisco Domingo Marqués, Spanish painter (b. 1842)
1923 – Bob Dole, American attorney and former Republican Presidential candidate
1928 – Keter Betts, American bassist (d. 2005)
1932 – Oscar de la Renta, Dominican fashion designer
1936 – Tom Robbins, American novelist
1940 – Alex Trebek, Canadian-American game show host
1941 – Estelle Bennett, American singer (The Ronettes) (d. 2009)
1941 – George Clinton, American singer-songwriter and producer (Parliament and Funkadelic)
1943 – Kay Bailey Hutchison, American Republican ex-Senator from Texas
1943 – Bobby Sherman, American singer-songwriter and actor and lunchbox decoration
1944 – Rick Davies, English singer-songwriter and keyboardist (Supertramp)
1946 – Danny Glover, American actor
1947 – Albert Brooks, American comedian, actor, and director
1947 – Don Henley, American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Eagles)
1948 – S. E. Hinton, American author
1949 – Alan Menken, American pianist and composer
1954 – Al Di Meola, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Return to Forever)
1954 – Lonette McKee, American actress
1955 – Willem Dafoe, American actor
1962 – Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac)
1963 – Emily Saliers, American singer-songwriter and musician (Indigo Girls)
1964 – John Leguizamo, Colombian actor
1964 – David Spade, American actor and comedian
1973 – Rufus Wainwright, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer
1992 – Selena Gomez, American actress and singer
Died on This Day
1497 – Francesco Botticini, Italian painter (b. ca 1446)
1639 – Rutilio Manetti, Italian painter (b. 1571)
1684 – Josefa de Óbidos, Portuguese born Spanish painter (b. 1630)
1676 – Pope Clement X (b. 1590)
1696 – Hendrik van Minderhout, Dutch painter (b. 1632)
1719 – Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole, Italian painter (b. 1654)
1826 – Giuseppe Piazzi, Italian astronomer (b. 1746)
1832 – Napoleon II, French emperor (b. 1811)
1853 – Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Danish painter (b. 1783)
1869 – John A. Roebling, German-American engineer, designed the Brooklyn Bridge (b. 1806)
1903 – Cassius Marcellus Clay, American politician (b. 1810)
1904 – Wilson Barrett, English actor (b. 1846)
1914 – Charles Maurin, French painter and printmaker (b. 1856)
1915 – Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer and inventor, developed Standard time (b. 1827)
1916 – James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (b. 1849)
1932 – Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., American actor and producer (b. 1867)
1967 – Carl Sandburg, American poet (b. 1878) (See Tipple Jar)
1990 – Manuel Puig, Argentinian writer (b. 1932)
1996 – Rob Collins, English keyboardist (The Charlatans) (b. 1956)
2005 – Eugene Record, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
2008 – Estelle Getty, American actress (b. 1923)
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