On this date in 1698, Russia's Czar Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
  • He told taxpayers not to worry about it -- it would grow on them. It was the rare situation that made shaving a tax deduction. 
  • Had Duck Dynasty been around back then, he would have been filthy rich. 
  • Those concerned about paying too much taxes went to H and R Barber. 
  • The measure passed by a whisker. 
  • Peasants re-named him, "Peter the not as great as we originally thought." 

In 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas. Of course, the city of Sam, Texas, was named after him, if I'm not mistaken. I used to have a t-shirt from the Sam Houston Institute of Technology... but their initials always got me in trouble.

On this date in 1882, thousands of people marched through the streets of New York in the very first-ever Labor Day parade. Yep, they gave up their day off to honor the days they don't have off, so they could work towards better conditions for workers and give them more days to be non-working workers. Yeah, we're confused, too.

In 1885, the very first gasoline pump was delivered to a gas station. Now, the only thing needed was... someone to invent a car.

It was on this date in 1982, The "Texan" set the speed boat record at 229 mph. Yeah, while that's impressive... I still think the person water-skiing behind them deserved some kind of recognition.


Rose McGowan from "Scream" and "Charmed" is 44. She pretty much sticks to one word projects. Murder sprees and witchcraft. Her parents must be proud. If they're alive.

Dweezil Zappa turns 48 today. His father was always Frank with him. Give him credit for the TV series, "Duckman," but that's about it.

Michael Keaton turns 66 today. He went from Beetlejuice to Batman to running McDonald's.

Al Stewart turns 72 today. Back in the 70s, he had a huge hit with "The Year of the Cat." It was the follow-up to his first hit, "The Year of the Kitten."

Raquel Welch, who was a sex symbol back in the 60s, is now well into her 70s. She's 77 today.

Bob Newhart turns 88 today and is still funny.

Be Late for Something Day -- *20% of us are late for work at least once a week. In addition, 10% admitted they are late at least twice a week. According to a recent Harris Poll for CareerBuilder.com, here are the most common excuses for being late:
Lack of sleep
Getting the children ready for school or day care
Problems with public transportation
Wardrobe issues
Dealing with pets

Cheese Pizza Day -- 37 percent of all pizza orders include a plain cheese pizza.


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