It’s October 22, 2016, and National Nut Day, which I’ll following by having a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. It’s also International CAPS LOCK DAY. Finally, this is the day in 4004 BC on which, according to Archbishop James Ussher’s famous calculation, the world was created!
On October 22, 1879, Thomas Edison tested the first long-lasting incandescent light bulb, using carbonized thread as a filament. It lasted all of 13.5 hours before going dark. In 1895, an express train failed to stop at the Gare Montparnasse, producing this result:
Amazingly, only one person was killed: a woman outside the station hit by falling masonry. In 1962, John F. Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba, bringing on the Cuban Missile Crisis, the closest American has come to nuclear war. Two years later, Jean-Paul Sartre received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and refused it. (Do you think Bob Dylan will?).
Notables born on this day include Daniel Boone (1734), Sarah Bernhardt (1844), Curly Howard of the Three Stooges (1903), Timothy Leary (1920), Annette Funicello (1942♥), the first love of many young boys, including me, Deepak Chopra (1946; he turns 70 today, but of course he will never die because of his health regimen), and Jeff Goldblum (1952; surprisingly, several women have told me they find him very sexy). Those who died on this day include Pretty Boy Floyd (1934), Jane Dornacker (1986), Albert Szent-Györgyi (1986), and Soupy Sales (2009). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus have apparently joined the ambulatory school of philosophy:
Cyrus: Everything is very complicated.Hili: Yes, but sometimes you have to disregard what’s not essential.
Cyrus: To wszystko jest ogromnie skomplikowane.
Hili: Tak, ale czasem trzeba abstrahować od tego, co nieistotne.
And out on the wind-swept prairies of Winnipeg, Gus has been nomming his box (note the license plate on the far end, as well as the Canadian flag), as well as playing with tissue paper: