Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 11, 2013: It's Slurpee Day!

Today is Bowdler’s Day. On this date in 1754, Thomas Bowdler was born. Bowdler, a physician and philanthropist is best known for publishing an expurgated edition of William Shakespeare’s work, The Family Shakspeare (sic). This was a cleaned up version of Shakespeare with phrases like, “Out, crimson spot,” and “Heavens!” replacing “God!” Bowdler’s name has become synonymous with censorship as in, “Don’t Bowdlerize me.” Disney is certainly family friendly but I think they’d let “Out, damn spot” through.

Today’s date is 7/11 and it is Slurpee Day for obvious reasons. 7/11 normally gives away millions of free Slurpees on this date. All I can say is, "if you are at Walt Disney World, you can get the Slurpee’s superior cousin, the Dole Whip." Enjoy.

On this date in 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. John Quincy is one of only two presidents whose father signed the Declaration of Independence; the other was William Henry Harrison. Adams was fond of skinny dipping in the Potomac, kept silkworms and an alligator as pets, was the first president to be photographed and was the first president to install a billiards table in the White House. Get to the Hall of Presidents and be glad that John Quincy Adams has his clothes on there.

1899: E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan was born in Mount Vernon, New York. Goofy’s Barnstormer might be a good tribute. I still remember the farm theme before Goofy became a daredevil.

1915: Yul Brynner was born in Japan.  Yul starred in The Ten Commandments, The King and I  and Westworld. Westworld was a strange amusement park that went wrong, like a twisted Frontierland. So go to Frontierland but look out for bald men with side arms.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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