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January 11th, 2008 Friday
January 11th, 2008

Quiz: What is meant when someone employs Fabian tactics?

Yesterday’s question answered below. What is a Triffid?
History for 1/11/2008
Birthdays: Roman Emperor Theodosius 1st, Alexander Hamilton, Gliere, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Mr. Selfridge the London department store guy, Rod Taylor, David Wolper, Lyle Lovett, Ben Crenshaw, Naomi Judd, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Peet is 34

Roman festival Carmentalia, or the Feast of the Nine Muses

1025-Byzantine Emperor John Tzimisces poisoned. He had become Emperor after seducing the previous emperors wife and assassinating him. John was succeeded by Basil II "the Bulgar Slayer". Basil was known for cute stuff like having an entire Bulgar army blinded, leaving every hundredth man with one eye to lead the rest home. The Bulgar Khan Samuel supposedly dropped dead of grief when he saw them.

1874- Gail Borden, the inventor of condensed milk, died and was buried beneath a tombstone made to look like one of his milk cans.

1892- French impressionist painter Paul Gaughin, aged 46, married a 13 year old Tahitian girl named Tehura.

1908- President Teddy Roosevelt, possible the only Republican enviornmentalist, declared the entire Grand Canyon a National Monument. “The Ages have been at work at it and Man can only mar it.” He knew the Congress would never do it, so he declared it a monument by Executive decree.

1949- First recorded snowfall in Los Angeles.

1958- the TV show Seahunt permiered. It made a star out of Lloyd Bridges.

1964- U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry gave the first warnings against smoking. Which government agency was the first to declare smoking caused lung cancer? The Nazi Government in 1939.

1965- Whiskey-A-Go-Go, the first Disco opened on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Discotecque is French for record library.

1995- Warner Bros purchased a dozen metromedia television stations around the US and this day started them off as the WB Network.

2000- America On Line announced its takeover of the worlds largest media conglomerate Time Warner Inc who had earlier merged with Ted Turner. The Walt Disney Company, who had just purchased ABC/Cap Cities, ESPN and Jim Henson, complained to the US Government that Time Warner was creating a monopoly. Uh- huh. After three years of plunging stock prices, Time Warner regained control of itself and reduced AOL to a subsidiary, and will probably sell it off.
Yesterday’ Question: Sometimes when people joke about plants growing out of control, they call them Triffids. What is a triffid?

Answer: Based on a 1951 novel, Day of the Triffids was a 1962 low budget British horror movie that gained a cult status. A meteor shower blinds everyone on Earth so they become prey to a horde of giant mobile carnivorous plants. The one guy who can save us(Howard Keel) was having an eye operation so didn't see the meteors.