Redstate's Watercooler, 4/18 Open Thread: "You Want Spider On That?"


Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

Weird News


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 4/15: Congress ratifies peace with Britain, 1783; General Electric formed, 1892; Robinson breaks MLB color barrier, 1947
  • Monday, 4/16: Rush-Bagot Treaty fixes US-Canada border, 1818; Porter runs Vicksburg gauntlet, 1863; Texas City disaster, 1947
  • Tuesday, 4/17: Battle of Plymouth, NC, 1864; Ford Mustang rolled out, 1964; Apollo 13 splashdown, 1970
  • Wednesday, 4/18: Revere’s Midnight Ride, 1775; Great SFO Quake, 1906; Doolittle Raid, 1942
  • Thursday, 4/19: Battles of Lexington and Concord, 1775; USS Iowa gun-turret explosion kills 47, 1989; OKC bombing, 1995
  • Friday, 4/20: Lee resigns from Army, 1861; war declared on Spain, 1898; Detroit Tiger Stadium and Boston Fenway Park open, 1912
  • Saturday, 4/21: Battle of San Jacinto, 1836; first observance of Secretary’s Day, 1952; Seattle World’s Fair opens, 1962

Today’s Birthdays: “Cliffs Notes” creator Clifton Hillegass, 1918; politician Henry Hyde, 1924; actor James Woods, 1947.

Holidays Around the World: Japan celebrates Invention Day and Poland observes Coma Patients’ Day. It’s also InternationalDay For Monuments and Sites.

In Memoriam: War correspondent Ernie Pyle, killed in action on Ie Shima today in 1945.

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A Request To The Readership

Since the Watercooler is your Open Thread, what kinds of stories would you like to see more of? I have a Gear Review or two coming, but they can’t be finished for press until I can get out to the range.


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Quote of the Day

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.–Pythagoras


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