Sunday, March 10, 2013

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony SnicketHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

Daylight Savings Time began at 2am today. Did you reset your clocks? Do you like when the time changes? Why or why not? Are you already looking forward to getting that hour back you just lost when DST finally ends in November?

We have now reached the second week of March. The second week of March is National Bubble Week. According to,

National Bubble Week all started in the year 2000. This unique holiday was created by a company called Oddzon, manufactures of Koosh Bubbles. The main objective was to celebrate the first day of spring. Their press release stated, “The grassroots ‘bubblebration, ” to be inaugurated through events in markets around the country, was created to herald the first day of spring – the unspoken first day of the bubble-blowing season.”

It is also Girl Scout Week. Girl Scout week is always the week that includes March 12. This week commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Today, being the Sunday of that week of March 12 is Girl Scout Sunday. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore other faiths. Girl Scout week has celebrations each day. The monday is Homemaking day. Tuesday is Citizenship Day. Wednesday is Health and Safety Day. Thursday is International Friendship Day. Friday is The Arts Day. Saturday is Out-of-Doors Day.

March 10-16, 2013 is Teen Tech Week. This year’s theme encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer. According toe the Teen Tech Week Website:

Teens’ use of technology increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.

Today is Middle Name Pride Day. Middle Name Pride Day honors the seldom used middle name that often sets you apart from others. It was selected with care, so you should be proud of it.

Today is also International Day of Awesomeness. March 10th was chosen because it is Chuck Norris‘ birthday. Their tagline is No one’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome.Another wacky holiday for March 10 is Mario Day. This is a day for all persons named Mario. Using the abbreviation for the month of March (MAR) with the day (10) you get the name spelled out MAR10.

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness day. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office on Women’s Health is the sponsor for this day.

Today, being the second Sunday is March, is Check Your Batteries Day. This is a day set aside for checking the batteries in your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, HVAC themostat, audio/visual remote controls and other electronic devices. This could save your life.

Some of the writers born March 10th include:

Francisco de Paula Martinez de la Rosa (1787), Joseph von Eichendorff (1788), Samuel Ferguson (1810), Dudley Buck (1839), Boris Vian (1920), Manoranjan Das (1923), Manolis Anagnostakis (1925), David Rabe (1940), Bob Greene (1947), Tom Scholz (1947), Johanna Lindsey (1952), Didier Barbelivien (1954), Robert Llewellyn (1956), Jim White (1957), Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen (1960), Anne MacKenzie (1960), Omer Tarin (1976), Felice Arena (1968), Carrie Underwood (1983), Casey Dienel (1985),

Co-founder and Creative Director of Twitter, Inc, Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone is celebrating his 39th birthday today. He also helped to create and launch Xanga, Blogger, Odeo, and The Obvious Corporation. He is currently serving as Chief Creative Officer at Obvious.

The Battle of Aegates Islands was fought March 10, 241. The Romans sank the Carthaginian fleet which brought the First Punic War to an end.

On this day in 298 Roman Emperor Maximian concluded his campaign in North Africa against the Berbers, and made a triumphal entry into Carthage.

On March 10, 1629 Charles I of England dissolved Parliament, beginning the eleven-year period known as the Personal Rule.

French Huguenot Jean Calas died March 10, 1762 after being tortured by authorities. He had been wrongly convicted of killing his son. This event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform.

In St. Louis, Missouri on this day in 1804 a formal ceremony was conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.

The KNIL also known as the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army was created March 10, 1830.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified by the United States Senate on March 10, 1848 which ended the Mexican-American War.

The Red River Campaign began as Union troops reached Alexandria, Louisiana as part of the American Civil war on this day in 1864.

Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call on March 10, 1876 by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

On March 10, 1891 an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas named Almon Strowger patented the Strowger switch. This device led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.

The Courrières mine disaster occurred on this day in 1906. It was Europe’s worst ever and killed 1099 miners in Northern France.

On this day in 1909 the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 was signed by Thailand which relinquished its sovereignty over the Malay states of Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu, which became British protectorates.

Some provinces and cities in the Philippines were incorporated March 10, 1917 due to the ratification of Act No. 2711 or the Administrative Code of the Philippines.

On March 10, 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.

An earthquake eighty years ago today in Long Beach, California killed 115 people and caused an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.

The Political Committee of National Liberation was established in Greece on March 10, 1944 by the National Liberation Front as part of the Greek Civil War.

The U.S. Army Air Force firebombed Tokyo on this day in 1945. The resulting firestorm killed more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.

Fulgencio Batista led a successful coup in Cuba on March 10, 1952 and appointed himself as the “provisional president”.

As part of the Tibetan uprising on this day in 1959 three hundred thousand Tibetans surrounded the Dalai Lama‘s palace to prevent his removal. They were afraid of an abduction attempt by China.

The Battle of Lima Site 85 of the Vietnam War was found March 10th and 11th. It had the largest single ground combat loss of United States Air Force members during that war. Twelve died.

In Memphis, Tennessee on March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later retracted his plea.

During the Vietnam War, Captain Ernest Medina was charged on March 10, 1970 by the U.S. Military with My Lai war crimes. The My Lai Massacre was the Vietnam War mass murder of between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968, by U.S. Army soldiers of “Charlie” Company of 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the Americal Division. Most of the victims were women, children, infants, and elderly people. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies were later found to be mutilated.

On this day in 1975 North Vietnamese troops attacked Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam on their way to capturing Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Astronomers discovered rings around Uranus on March 10, 1977.

On March 10, 1980 Madeira School headmistress Jean Harris shot and killed Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower, who was her lover. Dr. Herman Tarnower was a well-known cardiologist. Harris met Tarnower in December of 1966, a year after she had divorced the father of her two sons. Harris and Tarnover began a 14 year relationship. Tarnower showered Harris with gifts and exotic vacations but had multiple relationships with other women during these years. During their long-distance relationship, Harris reluctantly tolerated his relationship with other women. He prescribed her multiple medications over the course of several years. In the 1970s he started a sexual relathions with his secretary-receptionist which lasted until his death. The students at Madeira staged a sit-in to protest Harris and the educators which troubled Harris greatly. On March 10, 1980, Harris drove to Tarnower’s home in New York with a handgun in her possession. She later said that she had planned to commit suicide after talking in person with Tarnower one last time. When she arrived she noticed lingerie belonging to his receptionist. Tarnower and Harris argued and Harris show Tarnower four times at close range, mortally wounding him. She was booked for second-degree murder. She pleaded not guilty, insisting that the shooting was an accident, the that gun had gone off while tower tried to wrestle it away from her. The jury rejected her story that the shooting had been accidental, and convicted her of second-degree murder. With the guilty verdict, Harris was not legally eligible to inherit $220,000 Tarnower had left her in his will. While serving her sentence, Harris made it her mission to improve the education of female inmates in her facility. She began programs in which women could work toward obtaining their GEDs or college degrees while imprisoned. She also taught a parenting class to inmates and developed the in-prison nursery for babies born to inmates.

In Haiti, Prosper Avril was ousted on this day in 1990, eighteen months after seizing power in a coup.

The beginning of the end of the dot-com boom was March 10, 2000. The signal was when the NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaking at 5132.52.

On this day in 2006 the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived at Mars.

Five years ago today The New York Times revealed that Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer had patronized a prostitution service.

flaming luau of death

Today’s highlighted title is The Flaming Luau of Death: A Madeline Bean Culinary Mystery  by Jerrilyn Farmer. We have New copies of this mass market paperback novel available. Amazon describes this book as follows:

When Holly Nichols sets her wedding date, trendy L.A. party-planner Madeline Bean decides to throw her top assistant the hippest and most lavish bridal shower on the planet. The guests embark on a “destination” party to a fabulous and exclusive spa/resort in Hawaii. The salt-rubs! The paraffin pedicures! The dead body in the mud bath! Ew. It doesn’t help matters when Holly confesses to Maddie that she can’t really go through with the upcoming wedding after all. In her effort to smooth the matrimonial path for her dear friend, Madeline must track down the mystery man Holly may have married ten years earlier and never actually got around to divorcing. How hard can that be? Well, with the elusive gentleman in question running from a gang of rare vegetable smugglers, the bridal shower guests imbibing in one “Bridesmaid Mojito” too many, the current fiancé developing an allergy to scandal, and a murderer on the loose, it looks like anything but clear sailing down the aisle for one of Mad Bean’s best employees.
532973_350268258384876_110195272_nDisclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.


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