Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 23 is the Greatest Day Ever

 Why is February 23 the greatest day ever? Just look at the list I compiled and see if you agree.
  1. Today is February 23, 2010. 
  2. There are 305 more shopping days until Christmas. 
  3. Conspiracy of the day: On this day in 1896, the Tootsie Roll is invented. Exactly 101 years later, in 1997, scientists cloned a sheep, naming the lamb "Dolly." Rumors of the sheep eating Tootsie Rolls could not be confirmed. Coincidence or conspiracy???
  4. On February 23, 1954, Dr. Jonas Salk began kicking the ass of polio with the first mass inoculation of  children with his vaccine.
  5. On February 23, 1945, the United States takes Iwo Jima and raises the flag.
  6. On February 23, 1861, Texas secedes from the Union! (Unfortunately, it was returned to the Union later when the local sanitation department wouldn't haul it away.)
  7. It is the birthdate of W.E.B. DuBois.
  8. In ancient Rome, landowners celebrated a festival known as Terminalia on this day. While Terminalia was a festival honoring the god Terminus (the god who protected boundary markers... really? They needed a god for that?), there is a belief that it was a festival revolving around Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly would time travel to take part in the festivities.
  9. And finally, in 2010, a pickle recorded more Facebook friends than the band Nickelback.
Greatest. Day. Ever.
Until tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Mike's mom was born on February 23rd, so that adds to the happiness of that day...and I actually knew it was the birthday of W.E.B DuBois! Yes, I am ready to graduate college now...