This Week in Weird
- Yes, we all know we get screwed at tax time… but writing about it in the memo line of the check is probably not a good idea.
- Detroit Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert’s been sent to the Penalty Box one last time… as his Final Resting Place.
- Six New Hampshire family members all get degrees from the same college… five posthumously.
- Vice squad looking to bust a brothel? Look for the condom-clogged sewer pipes.
- Tannery worker takes a temporary side job delivering newspapers… doesn’t leave for almost six decades, delivering over five million fishwrappers.
- Boeing closes the books for new 767 orders… UPS buys used airliners instead. Nice Own-Goal, Chicago!
This Week In History
- Sunday, 4/9: LaSalle claims Louisiana, 1682; Lee surrenders, 1865; Mercury Seven announced, 1959
- Monday, 4/10: Second Bank of the U.S. approved, 1816; first Arbor Day, 1872; PGA established, 1916
- Tuesday, 4/11: Elks founded, 1857; MacArthur sacked, 1951; Civil Rights Act signed, 1968
- Wednesday, 4/12: NC votes for independence, 1776; “Great Locomotive Chase,” 1862; first Shuttle launch, 1981
- Thursday, 4/13: Ft. Sumter falls, 1861; J.C. Penney opens first store, 1902; “Houston, We Have A Problem,” 1970
- Friday, 4/14: Franklin & Rush organize first abolition society, 1775; Lincoln assassinated, 1865; The Grapes of Wrath published, 1939
- Saturday, 4/15: Preliminary peace articles for Revolutionary War signed, 1783; G.E. formed, 1892; Teapot Dome investigation begins, 1922; B-52 bomber first flies, 1952
Today’s Birthdays: Statesman Henry Clay, 1777; aviator Robert L. Scott, 1908; authors Beverly Cleary, 1916, Tom Clancy, 1947 and Scott Turow, 1949;
Holidays Around the World: It’s Halifax Day in North Carolina, National Redemption Day in Liberia and Children’s Day in Bolivia. Also, the aerospace community has a number of commemorations of Gagarin’s first spaceflight, including International Day of Human Space Flight and Yuri’s Night.
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.
Gratuitous Gun Giveaways
- *American Handgunner magazine, for a Carolina Arms TC-45 .45 or EAA Witness Pavona .380 pistol package: http://americanhandgunner.com/giveaway/
- *Guns Magazine, for for a Glock 41 Gen 4 pistol package, SRM Arms 1216 shotgun or Franklin Armory M4: http://gunsmagazine.com/giveaway/
- Davidson’s Gallery of Guns, for a .45ACP Ruger American Pistol or Ruger AR-556 rifle: https://ggg.galleryofguns.com/
- Aero Precision, for a custom AR15 (ends Apr 17!): http://gvwy.io/vulqloz
- GrabAGun, for a Heckler & Koch VP9 9mm pistol: http://grabagun.com/giveaway
- Primary Arms, for $3000 of AR15 upgrade parts: https://wn.nr/njftDY
*Note: FMG Publishing giveaways require you to provide an FFL dealer’s info at entry. Aero Precision and Primary Arms giveaways give me one entry each per person who uses my referral link.
Quote of the Day
“I prefer my coffee BLACK and my tea in the HARBOR!”–seen on a sign by gun-culture merchandiser Ranger Up
As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Now that I’ve spoken my piece, it’s your turn to sound off on whatever grabbed your eye today… Don’t forget, with the 15th this weekend, Tax Day is Monday, so if you haven’t already filed or arranged an extension get it done–I don’t wanna read about the Infernal Revenue Scumbags coming for any of you anytime soon.