RedState's Watercooler, 1/2 Open Thread: New "WTF's" for the New Year


Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! We’re starting a new year, with new adventures, new aches and pains and new “WTF?!”s.



Weird News

  • Kansas teen gets two diplomas in one month, from his high school and… Harvard?
  • We all know the holidays make people do weird stuff. But Toledo, Ohio takes the cake with a Christmas Weed.
  • SWAT team member ends an armed standoff with… Christmas carols?
  • Dumb Crooks: Guess THESE losers tried to steal from the wrong hardware store!
  • Dunno which part of this one’s weirder… finding ten grand in a bag in the subway, the finder turning it in or being able to connect with its rightful owner.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 12/30: Redcoats burn Buffalo, 1813; Gadsden Purchase, 1853; Linebacker II bombing campaign ends, 1972
  • Monday, 12/31: Continental attack on Quebec turned back, 1775; West Virginia joins Union as new state, 1862; Marshall Plan expires, 1951
  • Tuesday, 1/1: Pennsylvania Line Mutiny, 1781; Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in Confederate territory, 1863; ARPANET becomes Internet, 1983
  • Wednesday, 1/2: Northwest Indian War sparked by massacre, 1791; Duquesne Spy Ring convicted, 1942; Nixon signs “Double-Nickel” speed limit, 1974
  • Thursday, 1/3: Battle of Princeton, 1777; Roebling starts building Brooklyn Bridge, 1870; last daily Peanuts comic strip, 2000
  • Friday, 1/4: Colt sells first revolver to government, 1847; NYSE opens first permanent HQ, 1865; USN Tomcats smoke Libyan MiG-23s, 1989
  • Saturday, 1/5: Traitor Arnold burns Richmond, 1781; House votes to terminate shared US/UK control of Oregon, 1846; Eisenhower Doctrine proclaimed, 1957

Today’s Birthdays: Barry Goldwater, 1909; Isaac Asimov, 1920; Dennis Hastert, 1942.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Ancestry Day in Haiti and Berchtold’s Day in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.


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Quote of the Day

He that can’t endure the bad, will not live to see the good.–Jewish Proverb


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