Watercooler 12/21 Open Thread: Weekly Weird, a Shameless Plug and a Stroll Down Memory Lane

#NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got… well, we’ve got a little less “me” and hopefully a lot more “you” in this slow Week Before Christmas.


The Week in Weird


Shameless Plug

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This Week In History

  • Sunday, 12/18: Mayflower drops anchor at Plymouth, 1620; Chicago Bears first NFL Champions, 1932; Linebacker II raids on North Vietnam commence, 1972
  • Monday, 12/19: Continental Army makes camp at Valley Forge, 1777; Battle of the Bulge starts, 1944; Clinton impeached, 1998
  • Tuesday, 12/20: Louisiana Purchase completed, 1803; first production Boeing 707 flies and Elvis drafted, 1957; Noriega deposed, 1989
  • Wednesday, 12/21: First newspaper crossword, 1913; Apollo 8 launched on first Moon-bound light, 1968; Pan Am 103 bombing, 1988
  • Thursday, 12/22: Sherman takes Savannah, 1864; McAuliffe’s “NUTS!” at Bastogne, 1944; SR-71 Blackbird first flies, 1964
  • Friday, 12/23: Washington resigns as C-in-C of Continental Army, 1783; Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act, 1913; Rutan & Yeager complete first unrefueled air circumnavigation, 1986
  • Saturday, 12/24: Treaty of Ghent ends War of 1812, 1814; WWI Christmas Truce, 1914; Apollo 8 enters lunar orbit, 1968

Today’s Birthdays: Chemist George Fuller, 1868; Singer Frank Zappa, 1940; actor Samuel L. Jackson, 1948

Holidays Around the World: Plymouth, Mass. has Forefathers’ Day and the Philippines observe their Armed Forces Day today.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com 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

Just a little food for thought this holiday season…

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.–Charles Dickens

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. That’s All The Snooze Unfit To Print from here on the Left Coast, and now the floor is yours for whatever you may have up your sleeves.

On the absence of the Jolly Roger this week: I’m not striking battle-colors, just temporarily furling them for the holiday like the WWI Christmas Truce. It seems to this humble scribe that the holidays should be a time to  set differences aside, however temporarily…