How i spend my Tuesday evenings (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by Delores at Mumblings.    
As of the time i am preparing this, the words are not up yet.  As soon as they are, and i am done with work, i will update.
Today is:
Aizu Higan Shishi/Sanbiki Shishimai — Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan (lion dances to mark the end of winter)
Back Badge Day — Gloucestershire Regiment, British Army
Birth of Benito Juarez, a Fiestas Patrias — Mexico (trad.)
Common Courtesy Day — commonly listed on this day on many sites, with no origin given, but it’s not a bad idea!
Fragrance Day and Flower Day — the first full day of spring
Harmony Day — Australia (managed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship)
Human Rights Day — South Africa
Independence Day — Namibia(1990)
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — UN
Memory Day — internet based, to examine the use of memory aids throughout history
Mother’s Day — most Arabic nations
National Common Courtesy Day — guess it’s not so common any more, someone had to declare a holiday to try to foster some
National French Bread Day
National Single Parent Day — US (by Presidential designation in 1984)
National Tree Planting Day — Lesotho
Paper Dress Day — the paper dress was introduced as part of an ad campaign by the Scott Paper Co. on this day in 1966
Shunki-Korei-Sai — Shinto (rite to honor ancestral spirits, around the vernal equinox)
Single Parents’ Day — sponsored by Parents Without Parners, on the date of their inception in 1957
Spring Fairy Fun Day — Fairy Calendar
St. Nicholas of Flue’s Day (Patron of councilmen, difficult marriages, large families, magistrates, parents of large families, Pontifical Swiss Guards, separated spouses, Switzerland)
World Down Syndrome Day — UN
World Forest Day/International Day of Forests and the Trees — UN
World Poetry Day — UNESCO
Youth Day — Tunisia
Birthdays Today:
James T. Kirk, 2233
Ronaldinho, 1980
Kevin Federline, 1978
Matthew Broderick, 1962
Rosie O’Donnell, 1962
Ayrton Senna da Silva, 1960
Gary Oldman, 1958
Eddie Money, 1949
Timothy Dalton, 1944
Peter Brook, 1925
Julio Gallo, 1910
John D Rockefeller III, 1906
Bascom Lamar Lunsford, 1882
Florenz Ziegfeld, 1867
Modest Mussorgsky, 1839
James Jesse “King Strang” Strang, 1813
Benito Juarez, 1806
Francis Lewis, 1713
Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Annie(Film), 1982
“Stop the Music”(Radio show), 1948
Today in History:
The Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the “True Cross” to Jerusalem, 630
Accession to the throne of Japan by emperor Antoku, 1188
3,000 Jews are killed in the Black Death riots in Efurt, Germany, 1349
n Oxford, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake, 1556
Czar Peter the Great begins his tour through West, 1697
Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1788
With the church leadership driven out of Rome during an armed conflict, Pius VII is crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché, 1800
Code Napoléon is adopted as French civil law, 1804
The Bahá’í calendar begins, 1844
An earthquake in Tokyo, Japan kills over 100,000, 1857
The Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the first in the US, is incorporated, 1859
Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone, 1871
Loretta Walsh becomes the first female US Navy Petty Officer, 1917
Charles Lindbergh is presented the Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight, 1928
Shah Reza Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran, which means ‘Land of the Aryans,’ 1935
Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1952
Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 1965
The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, 1970
Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research, 1985
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon, 1999
The first full face transplant is performed by surgeons at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, 2011
Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard formally apologizes to people affected by forced adoptions during the 1950s through 1970s, 2013



Really Random Tuesday

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Stacy Uncorked

It is once again time for random musings and linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.    
We had frost last week, and i think that was the last of it.  This week is muggy and spring has popped back out, even the pet geranium is happy.
The pet geranium that has somehow managed to survive in spite of having me as an owner.
The sago palm, however, is looking rather drab. 
It is recommended to cut back all of the brown branches, and a friend lent me a clipper so i could do that.  The following weird picture was taken at night, and shows how i’ve been working away at it.
Someone i do not know in our neighborhood, who lives around the corner and up the street a ways, is having something odd going on at the house.  There is always an unmarked police car there from dusk to dawn keeping watch.  It’s a bit eerie, and also interesting to wonder what’s up.  Is that where the new member of the local council lives (he moved into our neighborhood late last year) and this is just a normal security detail?  Did they win the lottery and are hiring off duty officers for protection?  Is someone threatening to kidnap a family member there?  If i ever find out, i will post it, and meanwhile, i simply pray for their protection whatever the situation.
This coming Sunday is the Palm Sunday processional at church, with the picnic after.  The powers that be at church have finally heard our cries and are serving Tex-Mex this time.  Don’t get me wrong, we love our jambalaya and gumbo and other Louisiana staples, but sometimes you crave something different, and this time we are getting it.
#1 Son has a friend at work with skills.  Driving past there, if the young man is loading a delivery car, you can watch him skateboard while carrying the pizzas.    If someone at a nearby workplace has ordered pizza, he just skates it over to them, no need to load it in the car.  At night, the wheels on the skateboard light up, too.  If someone delivered a pizza to me by skateboard, i would probably give him an extra tip!
It’s getting very close to the time for A to Z.  Because i meander, i don’t do any theme, but i participate because it’s just fun.
Today is:
American Diabetes Association Alert Day — a day to remind people about how serious the illness is, and what the risk factors are    
Ann Arbor Film Festival — Ann Arbor, MI, US (independent digital, 16mm and 35mm films, including experimental film; through Sunday)
Big Bird Day — it’s his birthday, and he’s still only 6 years old!  (wish i could figure out that trick)
Bockbier/Bock Beer Day — bock is the German word for strong, so a day to honor very strong, very dark, sweet, heavy beer
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Day — birth anniversary of children’s author Bill Martin
Einmanudur Month Begins — Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Lone Month, the month dedicated to young men)
    Yngismannadagur — Young Men’s Day
Equinox — related celebrations (16:15 UTC)
    Akitu Festival begins — Ancient Sumerian Calendar
    Chunfen — China
    Festival of Dumuzi — Ancient Sumerian Calendar (return of the god of life and death to be with the goddess of life and bring the spring)
    Festival of Iduna — Ancient Norse Calendar (goddess of spring, keeper of the apples of youth for the gods)
    Haru-no-Higan — Japanese Buddhist
    Harvest Festival and Coming Forth of the Great Ones from the House of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar
    Jare — Old Slavic Calendar
    Kukulcan Snake God in Chichen Itza — Yucatan (the snake shadow appears only at the equinox, and celebrations are held before and after)
    Maslenitsa — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar
    Ostara/Mabon — Wicca/Pagan, Ancient Norse Calendar, Old Anglo-Teutonic Calendar
    Pacha Pucuy — Ancient Inca Calendar (“Earth Ripening”)
    Shunbun no Hi — Japan
    Taoist festival of Shen — Deities of water, East, and Spring
Extraterrestrial Abductions Day — another silly made up one, but try telling that to the people who believe in it!
Great American Meat Out Day — go vegetarian today!    
Independence Day — Tunisia
International Day of the Francophonie /  Journée internationale de la Francophonie
International Day of Happiness — UN
International Earth Day — the traditional date, still observed in many countries
Kiss Your Fiance Day — do you really need to be reminded to do this? a wedding planner thinks so, that you should stop today and focus on each other, not the wedding
Lajos Kossuth Day — Hungary
Martyrdom of Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi — Pakistan
National Agriculture Day — US (if you eat, thank a farmer!)   
National Cherry Blossom Festival — Washington, DC, US (through April 14; Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival and parade on April 13)
National Jump Out! Day — sponsored by Discovery Girls Magazine and Fundex Games; encouraging kids to get out and get active
National Ravioli Day
Nowruz/Nauruz/Novruz Bairam/Norooz (begins at sunset) — Iranian diaspora, Kurdish diaspora, Zoroastrians; Afghanistan; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Iran (Persian New Year); Iraq; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    celebrations go on for up to seven days or more
    Naw Ruz — Baha’i (New Year, and an end of the time of fasting; begins sunset)
Proposal Day® — a day for singles to propose to their true love; on the equinox, equal night and day symbolizing equal commitment    
Smile Rejuvenation Day — another one from the ecard companies, make someone smile today
Snowman Burning Day  — Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, US (celebration of the start of spring)
St. Cuthbert of Lindisfane’s Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors, shepherds; England; Durham, England; Lancaster, England; Northumbria, England; against plague and plague epidemics)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day — in honor of Mr. Rogers’ birth anniversary
World Frog Day — an initiative, on the first day of spring, to remind people of our fragile ecosystems and the disappearance of our amphibian friends    
World Storytelling Day — to celebrate the tradition of oral storytelling
Zipper Day — the ‘Separable Fastener’ by Gideon Sundback was patented this day in 1917
Birthdays Today:
Louis “Louie” Vito, 1988
Fernando Torres, 1984
Kathy Ireland, 1963
David Thewlis, 1963
Holly Hunter, 1958
Spike Lee, 1957
Theresa Russel, 1957
Jimmie Vaughan, 1951
William Hurt, 1950
Bobby Orr, 1948
Pat Riley, 1945
Paul Junger Witt, 1943
Brian Mulroney, 1939
Lois Lowry, 1937
Hal Linden, 1931
Fred “Mr.” Rogers, 1928
Carl Reiner, 1922
Marian McPartland, 1920
Bill Martin, Jr., 1916
Ozzie Nelson, 1906
B.F. Skinner, 1904
Frederick Winslow Taylor, 1856
Henrik Ibsen, 1828
Ovid, BC43
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin(Publication date), 1852
Today in History:
Sixth recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet, 141
Maximus Thrax, who never set foot in Rome, becomes the first of the Foreign or Barracks Emperors of the Roman Empire, 235
A Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction is thought to be the “cause of plague epidemic,” 1345
Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment, 1616
France and Spain sign an accord for fighting protestantism, 1627
Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne, 1739
The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings, 1760
After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule, 1815
US and Siam sign commercial treaty, 1833
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is published in Boston, 1852
An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina, 1861
The first AC power plant in the US begins commercial operation, in Massachusetts, 1886
In the first known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10, 1897
The first international figure skating championship takes place, in New Haven, Connecticut, 1914
Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity, 1916
The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso’s first United States showing, 1923
A test of a practical radar apparatus is made by Rudolf Kuhnold in Germany, 1934
The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established, 1964
Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 1985
Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering, 1990
Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party’s first leader, 2004
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years, 2005
Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop, 2006
In Morocco, thousands rally to demand and end to corruption and more civil rights for the Moroccan people, 2011


Who’s In Charge? (Awww Monday) and Sparks!

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
One of the advantages of working at a veterinarian’s office is you get to take your dog with you to work.  Our vet’s secretary has Rico:
The vet tech has Hank the Tank:
The best part is, Rico is the boss and Hank the Tank is afraid of his Chihuahua attitude!
McGuffy's Reader

The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
My “Spark” for the day was inspired by a concert at church yesterday by the local concert band:
Today is:
Act Happy Week begins — acting happy releases the body chemicals that aid health, mental and physical
Birthday of Wenchang Wang, the God of Literature — China
Commemoration of the Victory over Kadhafi — Libya
Corn Dog Day — some sites say the 20th; #2 Son will celebrate both days, if i can afford that many corn dogs
Dia de Benito Juarez — Mexico (a Fiestas Patrias)
Greater Dionysia — Ancient Greek Calendar (largest festival to Dionysos, lasting five days; date approximate
Kashubians’ Unity Day — among Kashubians in northern Poland
Let’s Laugh Day — a holiday spread by ecard companies, because any day is a good day for a laugh
Mojoday — Discordianism
National Chocolate Caramel Day
Oil Nationalization Day — Iran
Pet Passport Day — today in 2000, the UK passed the pet passport law, allowing pets into Great Britian without quarrantine if they met certain criteria
Poultry Day — a day to honor the role poultry plays in our lives
Quinquatria — Roman Empirical Calendar (celebration of Minerva and Mars, especially the birthday of Minerva today; through the 23rd)
See If You Can Find Someone Who Remembers Honey West Day — internet generated trivia question
Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day — despite what you think, the bird you saw there yesterday was not a swallow, the natives will tell you
St. Joseph’s Day (Patron of bursars, cabinetmakers, carpenters, civil engineers, confectioners, craftsmen, dying people, emigrants, expectant mothers, families, fathers, happy death, holy death, house hunters, immigrants, interior souls, laborers, married people, Oblates of St. Joseph, people in doubt, people who fight communism, pioneers, protection of the church, social justice, travellers, unborn children, wheelwrights, workers; Universal Church; over 50 cities, diocese, and countries; against doubt and hesitation)
    As Patron of fathers, his day is also Father’s Day in Belgium, Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
    Valencia, Spain has it’s biggest day of the Las Fallas Festival today, with the fireworks.
Time Zone Day — US Congress passed the Standard Time Act to sort out the fact that different states and cities used different times, with no rhyme or reason
Wellderly Day — and the start of Wellderly Week, focusing on the health of the elderly
Zimbor-Quattor’s Revenge Week begins — Fairy Calendar
Birthdays Today:
Michael Bergin, 1969
Bruce Willis, 1955
Glenn Close, 1947
Clarence “Frogman” Henry, 1937
Ursula Andress, 1936
Phyllis Newman, 1935
Renee Taylor, 1935
Phillip Roth, 1933
Ornette Coleman, 1930
Patrick McGoohan, 1928
Brent Scowcroft, 1925
John Joseph Sirica, 1904
Earl Warren, 1891
Edith Nourse Rogers, 1881
Charles M. Russell, 1864
William Jennings Bryan, 1860
Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1847
Wyatt Earp, 1848
Sir Richard Burton, 1821
David Livingstone, 1813
Thomas Mckean, 1734
William Bradford, 1590
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Kate and Allie”(TV), 1984
“A Child of Our Time”(Oratorio), 1944
“Amos and Andy”(Radio), 1928
“Faust”(Opera), 1859
“Die Braut von Messina”(Schiller Play), 1803
Today in History:
A Mongolian victory in the Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China, 1279
Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men, 1687
The SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000, 1863
Pluto is photographed for the first time but is not recognized as a planet, 1915
Eight American planes take off in pursuit of Pancho Villa, the first United States air-combat mission in history, 1916
The U.S. Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time, 1918
Willie Mosconi sets a world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio. The record still stands today, 1954
Gumby makes his debut, 1957
The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction, 1965
Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the Final Four with an all-black starting lineup, 1966
India and Bangladesh sign a friendship treaty, 1972
The United States House of Representatives begins broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable television network C-SPAN, 1979
Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating the Falklands War with the United Kingdom, 1982
Zimbabwe is suspended from the Commonwealth on charges of human rights abuses and of electoral fraud, following a turbulent presidential election, 2002
A cosmic burst, GRB 080319B, that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed, 2008
After two decades of being closed due to civil war, the Somali National Theater reopens in Mogadishu, 2012
The papal inauguration ceremony for Pope Francis is held in St. Peter’s Square, 2013


Baiting Us Along (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting Silly Sunday does not mean i am going to quit telling Cajun jokes.
Only this time i have to slip in a military joke first.  Little Girl now works for her military Unit, and was on orders for this weekend.  When she came by and i wished her a happy St. Patrick’s Day, she said, “Oh, yeah, no wonder everyone was wearing green today.  Wait, they wear green every day!”  She and i giggled over that.
Sweetie was yelling at the headlines again, fussing about politicians and their ways.  He reminded me of Boudreaux.
Boudreaux be takin’ Tee out to go fish one day.  Dey done dug up dey bait, an’ dey stop at de store by de pier an’ Boudreaux done sen’ Tee in to get dem some snacks.
Tee come out de store a few minute later wit’ de snack an’ he be shakin’ his head.  Boudreaux ax, “What be wrong?”
An’ Tee say, “You know dat politics guy you allus be yellin’ ’bout when you read de paper in de mornin’?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais yah. what ’bout him?”
An’ tee say, “He be in de store, an’ he be axin’ what bait to get so he can go fish today!  He don’ even know what bait to use to get him de catfish!”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, dat don’ surprise me none.  He be de politico, de only bait he know be de ol’ bait an’ switch!”
Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
While i only bottle raise kittens once in so often now, i have plenty of pictures from back in those days:




Today is:
Awkward Moments Day — harness the power of humor in life’s more uncomfortable situations
Asklepieia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Asklepios; date approximate)
Bindus Diena — Ancient Latvain Calendar (believed to be the day bears woke from hibernation)
Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog — can’t confirm the exact date, but Sparky became an official fire prevention mascot in Mar. 1951
Buzzard Day — Hinckley, OH, US (a day to celebrate the returning buzzards)
Camp Fire USA Birthday Week
Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) begins
Cheikh Al Maarouf Day — Comoros
Electric Razor Day — Schick, Inc., marketed the first one today in 1931
Feast of Tou Tei — Macau (earth god; celebrated on the second day of the second lunar month, so if i’ve mixed up the date in Gregorian, i’m sorry, i tried)
Forgive Mom and Dad Day — because we all make mistakes; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Goddess of Fertility Day — a modern celebration of all goddesses of fertility
Grandparents’ and Grandchildren’s Day — Michigan, US
Jacques de Molay’s Day — death anniversary of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar
Men’s and Soldiers Day — Mongolia
National Anthem and Flag Day — Aruba
National Biodiesel Day — birth anniversary of Rudolph Diesel, who unveiled his engine at the World Fair in 1900
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
Oide Matsuri — Hakui, Japan (horse-back archery; through the 23rd)
Ramayana Week — Hindu (through March 26th; local customs/celebratory dates may vary)
Sheelah’s Day — Ireland (probably Sheela Na Gig, goddess of fertility; celebrated the day after St. Patrick’s Day by those who say she was either his wife or his mother)
Sheep and Goats (Separation) Day — Fairy Calendar
St. Anselm of Lucca’s Day (Patron of Mantua, Italy)
St. Edward the Martyr’s Day
Supreme Sacrifice Day — an internet generated holiday now used to honor those who have made a supreme sacrifice, all who have given their lives for others
Usajingu Reitaisai — Japan (offerings to the Kami from the Imperial Household are shared in this very important festival)
Zhonghe/Longtaitou — China (Double Second Festival and Blue Dragon Festival, the time to wake the dragons that control the rains; celebrate the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month the modern way now by cleaning the house, getting a hair cut, and eating popcorn, pancakes, and noodles)
Anniversary Today:
Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell, 1993
Birthdays Today:
Alexei Yagudin, 1980
Dane Cook, 1972
Queen Latifah, 1970
Bonnie Blair, 1964
Vanessa Williams, 1963
Irene Cara, 1959
Brad Dourif, 1950
Kevin Dobson, 1944
Wilson Pickett, 1941
Charlie Pride, 1938
Sashi Kapoor, 1938
F.W. deKlerk, 1936
John Updike, 1932
George Plimpton, 1927
John Kander, 1927
Peter Graves, 1926
William H. Johnson, 1901
Edward Everett Horton, 1886
Rudolph Diesel, 1858
Grover Cleveland, 1837
John Caldwell Calhoun, 1782
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Do I Hear a Waltz?”(Musical), 1965
“Tovarich”(Musical), 1963
“Tales of Wells Fargo”(TV), 1957
The New Babylon(Silent Film), 1929
“Verklarte Nacht”(Schonberg, Op. 4), 1902
Today in History:
Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England, 1190
German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem, 1229
Kraków is ravaged by Mongols, 1241
According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date, 1325
John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, 1673
Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo, NY, 1850
Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada, 1893
Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only 2 years), 1922
The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City, 1922
The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern US states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people, 1925
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes, 1944
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space, 1965
The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency, 1968
In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops, 1989
White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid, 1992
Bosnia’s Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1994
British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language, 2003
For the first time, a woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum’ah prayer and delivering the sermon, 2005
The Messenger spacecraft enters orbit around Mercury, 2011
Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation, 2014


Saints Alive! (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Ten Things of Thankful
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
While i am not a Roman Catholic (in fact, i’m a Presbyterian with strong conservative Quaker leanings, go figure that if you can), there are several saints i admire greatly.  So here are saints (and an almost saint) for whom i am thankful because they set such a good example.
First is, of course, St. Patrick himself.  He is an excellent example of forgiving your enemies and then turning around and doing them a great kindness, serving them with love.
St. Francis of Assisi was not just kind to animals and someone who loved to tend this beautiful garden planet of ours.  It is said he was once tending his beloved roses and was asked by a brother, “What would you do if you knew the Lord was coming back in ten minutes?”  He responded, “I would finish tending my roses.”  That’s a man who knows that you should always being doing what is right and good, what you are supposed to be doing, so there is no rushing around at the end of life trying to cram in all that was missed.
St, Maria Gorretti’s story fascinated me from the first time i heard it.  She died at age 12 defending herself from the unwanted sexual advances of a young man, which taught me that you are never too young, or too old, to stand by your convictions and not back down or give in.
St. Monica of Hippo prayed constantly and continuously for her husband, mother-in-law, and son, eventually seeing all of them come to faith.  She is my reminder to never give up praying for the ones i love who are the furthest away from G-d.
St. Augustine, the son for whom St. Monica prayed, was a prodigal if ever there was one.  I am grateful for his example that no one is ever too far away to turn around.  He also reminds me that there is hope for those who are “too smart.”
St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, has a scant record in the Scripture, but reading between the lines, i see a man who was willing to stand up for his wife and be the best husband and father he could be under very difficult circumstances.  
St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) is the most beautiful example of how to serve the desperately poor that i believe the world will ever see.
St. Damien of Molokai (Father Damien) is the example that there is no one who is “beneath” us, spending his life with lepers and outcasts.
St. Martha, whose brother Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus, was also the center of a controversy when her sister Mary chose to sit and listen to Jesus teach instead of helping with the housework and cooking.  She is my reminder to not get so caught up in the doing that i forget the time i need to spend being.
Blessed Oscar Romero is an example of an outspoken activist who never deviated from his spiritual beliefs to serve his activism.
Ten revered Catholics whom i admire and see as fabulous examples, and for whom i am thankful.
Ms. Josie Two Shoes is the very special hostess of Ten Things of Thankful.  If you have some thankful things (it doesn’t have to be ten, no one will fuss), list them and join in.  It lifts all of our days when we get to see your list, too.
Finally, you can’t let St. Patrick’s Day get past you without a traditional Irish blessing:
Here’s to your coffin!
May your coffin have six handles of finest silver!
May your coffin be carried by six fair young maids!
And may your coffin be make of finest wood
from a 100-year-old tree,
that I’ll go plant tomorrow! 
Today is:
Birkebeinerrennet — Rena to Lillehammer, Norway (54km ski marathon commemorating the 1205 rescue of infant prince Hakon Hakonsson by ski over this route) 
Ennensai — Kyoto, Japan (festival and traditional performances)
Evacuation Day — Suffolk County, Massachusetts, US (day the British troops left the city in 1776)
Festival of King Amenhotep I — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (rituals dramatizing his death and burial, held in the Valley; date approximate)
Girl Scout Sabbath — US (encouraging Girl Scouts to wear their uniforms to synagogue services and represent their troop to their congregations; the final day of Girl Scout Week in the US)
Ghode Jatra — Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (Horse Festival)
Hindu New Year — Hindu (local custom/date may vary)
    Hari Raya Nyepi Tahun Baru — Indonesia (New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar)
    Nyepi Day — Bali, Indonesia (Day of Silence, Balinese New Year/Saka New Year celebration on which everything is closed, even the international airport)
    Ougadi — Mauritius and some regions of India (the Telugu New Year)
Kustonu Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (no planting today, to ward off insects)
Liberalia — Ancient Roman Empire (fertility festival in rural areas)
Natchez Spring Pilgrimage — Natchez, MS, US (tour of 25 antebellum mansions, some of which are private homes; through Apr. 17)
National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day 
National Quilting Day — US, sponsored by the Quilt Alliance   
Rubber Band Day — patented in England this date in 1845 by Stephen Perry
Saint Patrick’s Day (Patron of engineers, excluded people, ophidiophobics; Ireland; Nigeria; over 20 other towns/dioceses around the world; against fear of snakes, snakes and snake bite)
    a public holiday in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Montserrat, and Ireland, and widely celebrated throughout the world, especially with parades
    Trefuilnid Treochair (Feast of Triple Bearer of the Triple Key) — Ireland (Ireland’s National Day)
    Saint Patrick’s Day Parades — various cities around the English speaking world hold their celebrations on the Saturday or Sunday nearest the Saint’s day
Save the Florida Panther Day — FL, US
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Anniversary — Bangladesh
St. Gertrude’s Day (Patron of cats, for accomodations and lodging while traveling, gardeners, mentally ill people, pilgrims, poor people, sick people, suriphobics, travellers, widows; Nivelles, Belgium; against fear of mice and rats, fever, insanity and mental disorders, mice and rats)
St. Joseph of Arimathea’s Day (Patron of funeral directors, morticians/undertakers, pallbearers, tin miners, tin smiths; Glastonbury Cathedral)
Submarine Day — the sandwich or the submersible, your choice
Wild Azalea Festival — White Springs, FL, US 
Anniversaries Today:
Wellesley Female Seminary is established, 1870
Franklin D. Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt, 1905
Birthdays Today:
Caroline Corr, 1973
Mia Hamm, 1972
Rob Lowe, 1964
Arye Gross, 1960
Vicky Lewis, 1960
Gary Sinise, 1955
Lesley-Anne Down, 1954
Kurt Russell, 1951
Patrick Duffy, 1949
John Sebastian, 1944
Paul Kantner, 1941
Rudolf Nureyev, 1938
Paul Horn, 1930
Nat “King” Cole, 1919
Bayard Rustin, 1910
Bobby Jones, 1902
Shemp Howard, 1895
Jim Bridger, 1804
Roger B. Taney, 1777
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Camino Real”(Play), 1953
“Kiss and Tell”(Play), 1943
“Welded”(Play), 1928
“The Girl Friend”(Musical), 1926
“Wilhelm Tell”(Play), 1804
Today in History:
In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda, BC45
Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire, 180
Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr, 624
Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England, 1337
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern), 1756
George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence,” 1780
The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King, 1805
Henry Jones of Bristol patents “self-raising” flour, 1845
Stephen Perry of London patents the rubber band, 1845
John Joseph Montgomery makes the first glider flight, in Otay, California, 1884
The first practical submarine leaves the dock at NYC and submerges for one hour forty minutes, 1898
A showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation, 1901
Luther Gulick and his wife Charlotte found Camp Fire Girls (now Camp Fire USA), 1910
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”, 1950
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India, 1959
Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel, 1969
A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%, 1992
President Bush delivers an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack, 2003
Scientists discover that a large number of bacterial life forms live in the deepest part of the world’s oceans, the Mariana Trench, which is about 6.831 miles, 2013


Peeking At Tripod SissyCat (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
Tripod SissyCat dearly loves to be outdoors.  Sometimes she boldly lies in the grass, and sometimes she sits in the shade of the column on the porch.
Tripod SissyCat peeks from behind the column.
McGuffy's Reader

Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy’s Reader. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts! 
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:
Week 97: March 16, 2018
1. When I am nervous, I                           .
2. When I am angry, I                           .
3. Today, I know for sure                        .
4. For St. Patrick’s day, I                         .
1. When i am nervous, i pray, and get to scrubbing something.
2. When i am angry, i take a deep breath and ask for the strength to pray instead of get angry.
3. Today i know for sure that every moment of life is a gift and i am not guaranteed another.
4. For St. Patrick’s Day, i make sure Sweetie gets a corned beef sandwich from the synagogue corned beef sandwich sale fundraiser.  This year i will be working on St. Patrick’s Day, and so avoiding the area where the parade is held so i can get to work on time.
Today is:
Charleston International Antiques Show — Charleston, SC, US (world class show with museum quality objects in every category; through Sunday)
Cherry Blossom Festivals — Japan (from now through mid-April, every city will welcome spring at some point with a Sakura Matsuri or Hanami, where people sit under the trees and enjoy beer or sake; scheduling in each place depends on weather and the blossoms themselves)
Cumbre Tajin — Veracruz, Mexico (Tajin Summit, alternative therapies, art, music, and dance; through the 20th)
Curlew Day — Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, OR, US (traditional date the long-billed curlew arrives, with up to 500 reported during their nesting season)
Day of the Book Smugglers — Lithuania (recognizing the brave people who smuggled Lithuanian language books in the Latin alphabet into the country from 1866-1904, when the Russian Empire had banned such books)
Day After Dumbstruck Day — Fairy Calendar
Elaphebolia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Artemis; date approximate)
Everything You Do is Right Day — another internet generated holiday designed to get you into trouble if you aren’t careful
Feast of Heru and His Companions — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Festival of Bacchus / Bacchanalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (through tomorrow)
Freedom of Information Day — on the birthday of James Madison, Father of the US Constitution and an advocate for openness in government
Jonquil Festival — Washington State Park, Arkansas, US (through Sunday)
Latvian Legion Day — Latvia (no longer a formal national holiday, still celebrated by many in the region)
Lips Appreciation Day — after all, where would you be without them, and how would you give kisses?  sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Macon, Georgia International Cherry Blossom Festival — Macon, Georgia (“The Pinkest Party on the Planet”; through the 25th)
National Artichoke Hearts Day
Schmeckfest — Freeman, SD, US (two weekends full of sausage and sauerkraut, kuchen, musical entertainment, and more, celebrating the German, Russian, and Mennonite heritage of the area)
Sherlock Holmes Weekend — Cape May, NJ, US (a weekend of mystery for amateur sleuths and fans of A.C. Doyle)   
St. Heribert of Cologne’s Day (Patron against drought)
St. Urho’s Day — Finnish communities in Canada and the US (a made up saint, the Finns answer to St. Patrick, who supposedly drove the grasshoppers out of Finland)
World Sleep Day — sponsored by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, aiming to lessen the burdens of sleep problems on society; this year’s theme is “Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life”    
Anniversary Today:
The United States Military Academy at West Point is established, 1802
Birthdays Today:
Judah Friedlander, 1969
Lauren Graham, 1969
Kevin Tod Smith, 1963
Isabel Huppert, 1955
Alice Hoffman, 1952
Kate Nelligan, 1951
Erik Estrada, 1949
Victor Garber, 1949
Chuck Woolery, 1942
Bernardo Bertolucci, 1940
Jerry Lewis, 1926
Mercedes McCambridge, 1916
Patricia Nixon, 1912
Henny Youngman, 1906
Rosa Bonheur, 1822
Georg Simon Ohm, 1787
James Madison, 1751
George Clymer, 1739
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Gumby Show”(TV), 1957
“1776”(Musical), 1969
“Der Unbestechliche”(Comedy), 1923
“In the South / Alassio”(Elgar, Op. 50), 1904
“Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”(Mahler Song cycle), 1896
“Thaïs”(Opera), 1894
Freedom’s Journal(first African American newspaper in the US, in New York), 1827
Today in History:
The Babylonians capture Jerusalem and replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king, BC597
Caligula becomes Roman Emperor after the death of his great uncle, Tiberius, 37
The Jews of York England commit mass suicide rather than submit to baptism, 1190
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines, 1521
Samoset, a Mohegan, visits the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset,” 1621
The US Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point, 1802
Prince Willem of the House of Orange-Nassau proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in The Netherlands, 1815
New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded), 1830
Susan Hayhurst becomes the first woman to graduate from a pharmacollogy college, 1830
Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy, 1861
Joseph Lister’s article outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery is published in The Lancet, 1867
Hiram R Revels makes the first official speech by an African American in the US Senate, 1869
The Barnum and Bailey Circus debuts, 1881
Sir Arthur Evans discovers the ancient city of Knossus, 1900
Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts, 1926
The Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company’s founding, 1958
Gemini 8 is launched, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle, 1968
General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado, 1968
Demolition of the radio tower Ismaning, the last wooden radio tower in Germany, 1983
Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut; he will be held for 6 1/2 years, 1985
Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust, 1998
Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control, 2005
The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council, 2006
Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design, 2014


Caught (Six Sentence Story) and Saint Patrick’s Day Decor (Good Fences)

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Her hand was frozen on the edge, grasping the seam.
The one thing she wanted to do most in the world was pull back that curtain.
The one thing she wanted to do least in the world was pull back that curtain.
She knew, just as she had known he was lying, what she would find.
He was on the other side when he was supposed to be at work, on the other side with the woman she had, until she figured it out, most admired in the world.
That admiration for her, along with any love for him, melted into a cold, hard block that sat in her chest the moment she startled them, the moment she pulled back that curtain.
Linking up with Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Curtain.
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.   
St. Patrick’s Day decor:


Today is:
1848 Revolution Day — Hungary
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day — Camp Fire USA encourages everyone to send a note or letter to a young person today, telling him/her exactly what an incredible kid s/he is!
Ag Day, Celebrating Our Bountiful Food Supply — according to a foodie website
Brutus Day — for obvious reasons; watch for backstabbers today, because they are as numerous now as they were in ancient Rome
Companies That Care Day — national event that encourages employers to highlight and expand their employee and community initiatives, and recognize the people who make their companies successful   
Constitution Day — Belarus
Dumbstruck Day — Fairy Calendar
Everything You Think is Wrong Day — begun by someone who wants you to keep an open mind, apparently
Fallas de Valencia — Valencia, Spain (a five day carnival/fiesta of partying that ends with turning off all the city lights and setting fire to hundreds of massive papier-mache statues stuffed with fireworks to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day; sometimes called Fallas de San Jose)
Festival of Houses and Gardens — Charleston, SC, US (a rare opportunity to explore the private homes and gardens of historic Charleston; through Apr. 21)
Honen Matsuri — Tagata-jinja Shrine, Inuyama, Japan (festival for a good harvest and fertility)
Ides of March — Ancient Roman Calendar; other observances
    Day Sacred to Anna Parenna and River Nymphs — goddess of the returning year
    Day You Don’t Want to Go Out if Your Name is Julius Caesar
    Festival of Attis and Cybele
    Guild Festival — for guilds practicing the arts of Minerva, with weapons purified at her temple on this day
International Day Against Police Brutality
Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ Birthday — Liberia
Kashiram Jayanti — UP, India (birth anniversary of politician Kashi Ram)
Louisiana Sportsman Show and Festival — Gonzales, LA, US (boat show for NOLA, BR, and the Gulf Coast, and includes a jambalaya cook off; through Sunday)
National Pears Helene with Chocolate Sauce and Brandy Day
Offerings to Ra, Osiris, Horus, Ptah, Sokar, and Atum — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Quebec City Hunting, Fishing, and Boat Show — Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (through Sunday)
St. Clement Mary Hofbauer’s Day (Patron of Vienna, Austria)
St. Louise de Marillac’s Day (Patron of disappointing children, loss of parents, people rejected by religious orders, sick people, social workers, widows; Vincentian Service Corps)
Tagata Honen-Sai/Honen Matsuri — Inuyama, Japan (fertility festival)
True Confessions Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, because confession is good for the soul; if you are afraid to confess to the world, there’s always your mirror
Turkey Buzzards Day — Hinckley, OH, US (Two theories about why the turkey buzzards return on this date each year have to do with either witchcraft of a hunting story; festival in honor of them will be held this coming Sunday)
Ultimate Sport Show — Grand Rapids, MI, US (sports enthusiasts from around the US and Canada gather for buying and selling equipment, seminars, demonstrations, and displays; through Sunday)
World Consumer Rights Day — International   
Youth Day — Palau
Anniversaries Today:
Richard Burton marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1964
The University of Toronto is chartered, 1827
Maine becomes the 23rd US state, 1820
Birthdays Today:
Kellan Lutz, 1985
Sean Biggerstaff, 1983
Eva Longoria, 1975
Kim Raver, 1969
Mark McGrath, 1968
Bret Michaels, 1963
Fabio, 1961
Mary Carillo, 1957
Park Overall, 1957
Dee Snyder, 1955
Craig Wilson, 1954
Sly Stone, 1944
Mike Love, 1941
Phil Lesh, 1940
Judd Hirsch, 1935
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933
Alan Bean, 1932
Norm Van Brocklin, 1926
Harry James, 1916
Joe E. Ross, 1914
Macdonald Carey, 1913
Samuel “Lightnin” Hopkins, 1912
Andrew Jackson, 1767
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Wonder Years”(TV), 1988
“Eight is Enough”(TV), 1977
“Three’s Company”(TV), 1977
“The Godfather”(Film), 1972
“Purlie”(Musical), 1970
“Lady Madonna”(Music single), 1968
“My Fair Lady”(Musical), 1956
“Rapsodie Espagnole”(Ravel’s Orchestral rapsody), 1908
“Caesar and Cleopatra,”(Play), 1899
“She Stoops to Conquer”(Comedy), 1773
Today in History:
Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March, BC44
Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty, 221
A Jew hating Monk in Seville, Spain stirs up people in that city to attack Jews, 1391
Christopher Columbus arrives back in Spain after his first trip to the New World, 1493
The first meeting of the Council of Trent, 1545
South Carolina becomes the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government, 1776
In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy; the plea is successful and the threatened coup d’état never takes place, 1783
A revolution breaks out in Hungary, and the Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party, 1848
Jesse W. Reno patents an “inclined elevator” (escalator), 1892*
Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated, 1906
Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne and his brother the Grand Duke becomes Tsar, 1917 registers the very first Internet domain name, 1985
Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union, 1990
French President Jacques Chirac signs the law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, commonly known as the “headscarf ban”, 2004
Lazarus Project scientists reveal that they successfully recovered frozen tissue from the 1970’s and rejuvenated the cells of Rheobatrachus silus, a species of frog that has been extinct since 1983, 2013


*The first actual working model, at Coney Island, was built four years later.