Monday, February 14, 2011

On this Day in History - 14th of February

Call me a romantic.

Yeah, go ahead - but quickly - it might be the first and last time you think that.

Some days (Sundays mostly) my kids are looking for things to do... recently we've done card games... which quickly deteriorates into card houses... which quickly takes a bad turn when a sibling-who-shall-not-be-named turns on the fan.
yes, they cheat with the lego boards between levels...  don't judge.

Needless to say we were in need of something different. Don't ask me how it happened because I can't tell you (okay, I CAN... but it's convoluted and boring) but we ended up looking up everyone's birth dates on Wikipedia and seeing who we shared our special days with...    Trust me... LOTS of fun... 

Warning:  be sure an adult is the one reading aloud from the Wikipedia page... because the younger ones may innocently ask if a "porn star" is anything like a "shooting star"...  to which the answer, regrettably, is no.  The former will not under any circumstances burn up in the atmosphere before causing harm

Actresses (and actors) of questionable moral character aside - the kids enjoyed this activity immensely - comparing who shared a birthday with the most kings...  seeing who shared talents with their famous cake counterparts... and trying to outdo each other with the coolest "connections"...  I'm pretty sure that in the end the kids agreed that while Popes and Kings were all well and good...  and Einstein WAS pretty cool...  Fred Rogers just couldn't be beat.

Cool Segue into Valentine's Day...  because that's the date we looked up next...  you know, that day devoted to paper hearts, chocolate candies, overpriced flowers and gluttonous sugar consumption.
okay, technically those were our new year's treats...  add some pink and you get the gist.

a brief overview of Valentines Days in the Past:

  • 1349 -  About 2,000 killed - mostly burned to death - in Strasbourg 
  • 1929 - Seven murdered in Chicago...  later to be known as the St. Valentine's Massacre
  • 1945 - World War II:  a mistaken bombing of Prague...  "oops, wrong place guys... my bad"
  • 1948 - Teller (of Penn and Teller) born... damage yet to be determined.
  • 1981 - A nightclub fire in Dublin kills 48.  
  • 1990 - 92 people are killed while their plane attempts a landing in India.
  • 1996 - Chinese rocket goes astray - crashing into a small village shortly after liftoff (6 killed, 57 injured)
  • 1998 -Oil tanker/Freight train collission and a dropped cigarette leads to the death of 120.
  • 2002 - Irish fishing boat sink killing a man, his son, and grandson... all named Michael Green.
  • 2004 - the roof of a popular Water park in Moscow collapses - 28 dead, many injured.
  • 2005 - 22 killed in a bombing targeted at a Lebanese millionaire.
  • 2008 - 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injuries when a gunman opens fire at an Illinois University.
 Buzz. Kill.  (just know that I omitted at least 1/2 of the depressing entries... and all of the questionable good/bad ones... like Arizona's statehood)
(yes, I do start to think drowning my sorrows in candy and flowers is a great idea)

(yes, I was a good mom and stopped reading that to my kids...)

(yes, I am a horrible awful cynical person)

(yes, I DO realize it's probably this bad ANY day of the year... I'm not going to try to find out)

(yes, I do plan to credit Wikipedia with all my new-found and depressing knowledge)

(in fact - make me laugh... head over there and tell me who "cool" shares YOUR birthday?)

(really, can you beat Farrah Fawcett, Brent Spiner, Shakira and Pope Benedict XIII?)


Chelsi said...

I should SOOOO be doing my homework right now, but this was a nice diversion. Stopping after the first 200 results, how about Curtis Stone (love him!), Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy), Laura Bush, Matthew McConaughey, Kathy Griffin, Jeff Probst (also love him), and the current president of Romania. There would be more, I think, if I followed sports... But, I don't. Kind of a fun list!

Kristina P. said...

What a romantic post! Haha.

Barbaloot said...

Oh yeah? Well, Flander's Field was written on my birthday. And the first ever SPAM email was sent, and Bing Crosby shares my birthday, and James Brown and Franki Valli (starting to wonder what happened to my singing talent...).
And I used to think Valentine's was such a happy day. Look at all the rotten things that have occured on it!

Joni RT said...

My Birthday is just not that cool. Lady Jane Grey took the throne of England -- How long did that last? Death Valley hit 134 degrees (1913) that was the highest temp ever recorded in the US. The Scopes Trial began (stupid monkeys) Proust was born. Jean Kerr was born (both authors)

John Simm was born. OK that's cool. Cause he's a little bit of a hottie (even when he played the "Master" on Doctor Who) Unfortunately Jessica Simpson was also born on my birthday which takes the cool factor back to 0.

Garden of Egan said...

That is

I love the house of cards.
I would totally let them build me a house......especially if it was one that was located in a place that you had to turn on a fan in the middle of February!

Kazzy said...

First, what great people to share your birthday with. Awesome!

Second, that's a lot of death.

Sher said...

Something good probably happened on those Valentine's Days too.

My birthday is shared with Confucius, Nicolas Flamel, Ed Sullivan, and Thomas Crapper. I added him because I thought his name was funny. He was an English Inventor.

Lisa said...

Okay, first of all, you freaking slay me with your humor. Shooting and porn stars? Hysterical! But beyond that, I think the grim reaper was given the name Michael Green, and didn't want to ask a few qualifying questions, so just took them all in one fell swoop. Lazy ass Grim Reaper. And the reason I use my middle name in my postings, is because there IS a porn star with my name. That's right. Good times being Lisa Bingham. Jealous?

T said...

hmmm... Sher - just wondering, do you know what Thomas Crapper invented? because I totally do :)

MommyJ said...

On April 27, 1981, which is my birthday, The monster truck Bigfoot made it's first trial run. :)

Cheeseboy said...

Hey Debbie Downer, this post was hilarious from beginning to end.

Interesting about the Porn Star. I'll have to tell my sons.

Charlotte said...

Marco Polo, Agatha Christi, and- I am not kidding- Respect for the Aged Day in Japan.

The Sports Mama said...

Actually....I HAVE checked into other cool happenings on the day I was born... :)

Although, also? George Burns passed away on that day. :(