History Schmistory: August 12th: Ahoy there!

1851: The Isle of Wight, England.

It’s the first America’s cup! Victory goes the the US schooner America who beat the British entry. Queen Victoria watches on, no doubt with her head in her hands.

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ludicrous Latin: Ut si!

As if!

History Schmistory: August 11. Welcome to the 500 club! Someone will be with you shortly.

1929. Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 career home runs. Though most agree it’s because he was all hopped-up on hot dogs.

 

By National Photo Company [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ludicrous Latin: Iterum in rubrum

Back in the red
 

History Schmistory: August 10. A Voyage to Reminder

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships set sail from Spain to circumnavigate the globe. Though Magellan was killed just before the final leg of the journey, the expedition was a success. Not only were they the first to encircle the globe, they were also the first to travel from the Atlantic into the Pacific Ocean, as well as the first to cross the Pacific.

And yet it’s this guy gets a holiday?!…

Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

All New Music Video: The Foggy London Strut!

Foggy London Strut Lyrics:

Humming through skyway
In coach 57a
That foggy town of London
Is only an hour away

Getting so excited
I’m ready to get down
Gonna press go on the kook-ay
In that foggy London town

(Pilot’s voice)
“Ladies and Gentleman, this is your captain speaking
We are beginning our descent into the city of London
Please take your seats and fasten your seatbelts
We hope you enjoyed your flight today, and if you feel the need to strut
Please wait until you exit the aircraft so as not to harm the people around you…”

Come and do the Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut…Yeah!

Now I’m struttin in the UK
Got the kooky down in my feet
Greetin’ all the guv’nuhs, chaps and birds
As I’m Struttin’ down Victoria Street
Should we strut to the palace or a museum
Perhaps a pub would be the best
Get a little bitty taste of a kidney pie
And maybe give that little dog the rest

(Tour Guide voice)
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
Buckingham Palace
St. Paul’s cathedral
Trafalgar Square
Piccadilly Circus
The Globe theater
The Tower of London
Out of place futuristic building (Gherkin)
The Tower Bridge
The Castle of Greyskull

Wait…what was that last one?

Do the Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut…Yeah!

(Tour Guide voice)
The Thames River
Marble Arch
Oxford Street
Cleopatra’s Needle
London Eye
Covent Garden
Hyde Park
Downing Street
Nelson’s Column
Millennium Dome
The Royal Observatory
Wellington Arch
The Water Closet
St. James Palace
Eros Statue
Carnaby Street
Saville Row
Madame Tussauds
Abbey Road

Ludicrous Latin: frangere ripam

Break the bank
 

History Schmistory: August 9. No more Richard jokes!

1974: President Richard M. Nixon becomes the only US president in history to resign. He does, however, retain the rights to all merchandising.
By Edmund S. Valtman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Edmund S. Valtman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ludicrous Latin: Nulli Secundus

Second to none


… … Don’t tell this guy
 

History Schmistory: August 8. Riiiiiicolaaaa!

1786: The first successful ascent of the highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe, Mont Blanc. Sadly, both climbers forgot to bring their Alphorns.

© Hans Hillewaert / , via Wikimedia Commons

© Hans Hillewaert / , via Wikimedia Commons

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