Civil Rights Dream, Racing Mice and Radio Commercials

Wednesday August 28, 2013

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Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
― 
Mark Twain

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Happy Wednesday to you. We have made it through the first 240 days of 2013 which means we only have 125 days left until this year is over. Speaking of being over…our giveaway will be over in just a few days! Everyone who enters will receive a small consolation prize and one person will win $10 Amazon gift card and an autographed copy of Jim Grayson‘s new novel Trailer Vamp – Love Bites.

This day in history

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The first issue of Scientific American magazine was published on this day in 1845.

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The longest fillibuster ever conducted by a single senator started on August 28, 1957. U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond attempted to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957 by speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

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Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech.


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Some of the writers born August 28th include:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), Vance Palmer (1885), István Kühár (1887), Firaq Gorakhpuri (1896), Andrei Platonov (1899), John Betjeman (1906), Roger Tory Peterson (1908), Robertson Davies (1913), Boris Pahor (1913), Terence Reese (1913), Tasha Tudor (1915), Jack Vance (1916), Jack Kirby (1917), Fernando Fernán Gómez (1921), Janet Frame (1924),, Maruizio Contanzo (1938), William Cohen (1940), Kay Parker (1944), Vonda McIntyre (1948), Rita Dove (1952), and Jen Kirkman (1974).

Today is

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Race Your Mouse Around the Icons day is one of the zany holidays created by Wellcat.com. Computer owners are encouraged to race their mouse around their desktop icons while waiting for their computers to do whatever it is they’re doing today.

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While you are at your computer today, eat some crackers. Why? Today is Crackers Over Your Keyboard Day. Celebrate those who always eat at their keyboards, you know the ones. The people who accumulate enough crumbs in their keyboard for another meal and their office is frequently visited by armies of ants.

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Today is Radio Commercials Day, in honor of the first radio commercial ever which was broadcast on this day in 1922 by Queensboro Realty. It lasted 10 entire minutes and cost a mere $100. Even though radio commercials are now much shorter, they’re by no means cheaper. More than $17 billion was spend on radio advertising in the U.S. during 2011.


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In honor of Radio Commercials Day we have a book about someone who has spent quite a bit of time on the radio. Vin Scully I Saw It on the Radio (A Tribute Book) is a Hardcover book about Vin Scully who is best known as the long-time announcer for Dodgers baseball. It was recently announced that Vin Scully will be returning in the 2014 season for his 65th year as announcer. Yes, I said 65 years as announcer! Scully is 85 and has made many friends in his years. I Saw It on the Radio is full of stories from a long list of those friends. Get yourself a copy, and this book makes a great gift for any Dodger fan.

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