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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


On this date in 1606, England adopted as its flag the original version of the Union Jack. To make sure it was an authentic English flag, you were supposed to look for the Union Jack label.

In 1862, Union volunteers stole a Confederate train near Marietta, Georgia, but were later caught. Well, duh -- like it would be hard to follow the tracks.

On this date in 1877, a catcher's mask was used for the very first time by Tom "Flat Nose" McCutchen.

In 1894, a 3-day snowstorm dumped 30 inches on Pennsylvania and New York. I'm just curious how they got a three day snowstorm in only one day. Talk about efficient snow.

On this date in 1892, a patent was issued for the very first portable typewriter. However, the 2-mile extension cord seemed problematic.

In 1921, Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax. Those who felt their tax money just went up in smoke... were right!

On this date in 1985, scientists said they had measured the exact distance between the earth and the sun to within a couple of inches. And we needed to have that exact measurement because?


Claire Danes celebrates birthday number 38 today. We've watched her go from "My So-Called Life" to "My so-called Homeland." These days, she helps us realize everything that could possibly go wrong with terrorism in "Homeland."

Jennifer Morrison celebrates birthday number 38. You may know her as Snow White on "Once Upon A Time"... or not.

Shannon Doherty is 46 today and it hasn't been easy. She's still battling cancer. She's got a reputation for being a bit of head case in Hollywood. She's worked hard to get that.

David Cassidy of the Partridge Family turns 67 today. Back in the 70s, he was a heart throb. Now that's a condition he watches out for.

David Letterman turns the big 7-0 today. He once had a great line on his former "Late Night" show, when Eva Longoria almost popped out of her skimpy outfit -- "Well, there goes our liquor license!"

Ed O'Neill turns 71 today. Going from Peg to Sofia Vergara... the guy is living right! Since Sophia Vergara is his TV wife, no presents are necessary.

My Other Thoughts For The Day..

Willie Nelson says he's going to write his memoirs. At least the parts of his life he remembers. It should be an interesting pamphlet.

Alaska Airlines was rated the number one airline among U.S. carriers. While United was named top carrier of passengers among U.S. airlines.

Can the phrase, "Going all United on them" be far behind?

United Airlines now offers four levels of service on their flights--First class, Business, Coach and Fight Club.

From Facebook:

Southwest has a new slogan--We beat the competition, not our passengers.

United Airlines has a new service--ordering Chinese to go.

Ellen DeGeneres says United doesn't like passengers wearing yoga pants because there's nothing to grab onto.

United is now offering red eye and black eye service.

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