Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ON THIS DAY

The famous astronomer Galileo was born way back in 1564. Actually, he was a shoe salesman, but he suddenly declared himself an astronomer one night after getting caught looking at the neighbor's through a telescope. On this day in 1768, the very first mustard manufactured in America is advertised in Philadelphia. At first, people weren't sure they were going to cut it. Until then, all people would say is, "Pardon me, but do you have... uh... I can't think of anything. Nevermind."

On this date in 1768, the very first mustard manufactured in America is advertised in Philadelphia. Of course, most people's reaction: "Hot dog!"

In 1842, adhesive postage stamps were sold for the very first time. Yep, for a change, the postal service was telling us to stick it!

On this date in 1878, Thomas Alva Edison received a patent for his invention of the phonograph. His colleagues were excited for him, but mostly because they thought he said "pornograph."

In 1925, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible sold for $106,000, plus of course, shipping and handling. They did it like one of those book clubs, where the first book was a penny and then it was $5,000 for each additional book.

On this date in 1936, North Dakota hit their all-time low-temperature record of minus 60-degrees.
It was so cold, several bonfires froze.
It was so cold that day, all the cows gave milkshakes.
It was so cold, people couldn't even have warm thoughts.
It was so cold if you gave someone an icy stare, it warmed them up.

In 1950, Disney's "Cinderella" debuted. Well, if the shoe fits... You could tell which theater by the pumpkin coach parked outside.

On this date in 1981, George Harrison was ordered to pay $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism," after his song "My Sweet Lord" was judged a little too similar to "She's So Fine." George's only comment: "Isn't it a pity?" (Which was the flip side of "My Sweet Lord." Man, what a stretch!)

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