Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…
- As if ever-shrinking airline seats and no more peanuts weren’t bad enough… now the crappers, too? Talk about flying the UN-friendly skies…
- We’ve all heard of Bait Cars… but Bait BIKES?
- Pennsylvania town sees budget surplus… and GIVES IT BACK to taxpayers.
- There are good reasons we don’t let kids drive, folks…
- This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will see the first attempt at the famous Hillclimb course by a self-driving car. The contender? A ’65 Mustang. Shoulda been an ’82 Firebird…
- Latest contender to put stuff on the Moon? Israel.
- As if saving lives weren’t enough… after delivering a heart-attack patient to the hospital, firefighters pick up his yard-work where he left off.
Weird News is prepared with assistance from Northwestern news-aggregator Orbusmax.
This Week In History
- Sunday, 7/8: Liberty Bell tolls, 1776; Perry sails into Tokyo Bay; 1853; MacArthur named to command in Korea, 1950
- Monday, 7/9: Fall of Port Hudson, 1863; Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech, 1896; electromagnetic pulse discovered in “Starfish Prime” nuclear test, 1962
- Tuesday, 7/10: Millard Fillmore sworn into Presidency, 1850; Scopes Monkey Trial begins, 1925; modern three-point seatbelt patented, 1962
- Wednesday, 7/11: First Quaker colonists land at Boston, 1656; Burr kills Hamilton, 1804; Babe Ruth’s first MLB game, 1914
- Thursday, 7/12: Medal of Honor authorized by Congress, 1862; striking miners thrown out of Bisbee, Az., 1917; National Personnel Records Center arson destroys most WWII records, 1973
- Friday, 7/13: New York draft riots, 1863; Hollywood sign dedicated, 1923; Butterfield reveals existence of Nixon tapes, 1973
- Saturday, 7/14: Sedition Act takes effect, 1798; Billy the Kid killed, 1881; Hughes sets round-the-world flight record, 1938
Today’s Birthdays: President John Quincy Adams, 1767; author E. B. White, 1899; actor Yul Brynner, 1920; actress Sela Ward, 1956.
Holidays Around the World: It’s Free Slurpee Day. Kiribati celebrates Gospel Day, Mongolia marks the beginning of Naadam, Northern Irelend has Eleventh Night and Flemish Belgians celebrate Day of the Flemish Community.
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
If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.–Donald Rumsfeld
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