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

History Schmistory: August 7. Otto-matic

936: Otto the Great is elected King of the Germans.
By Photographer: Ajepbah; edit: Crisco 1492 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Photographer: Ajepbah; edit: Crisco 1492 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: August 6. Rastafar-from English

1962: Jamaica becomes independent from Britain.
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Monkeys vs Apes…

As the world goes Ape-y for the new Planet of the Apes movie, it is important to know why we call them apes and not monkeys. One easy distinction is that almost all species of monkey have tails while apes do not. Also, though many apes enjoy swinging through the trees like Tarzan, they actually live on the ground, whereas monkeys are arboreal (tree dwellers) and spend most of their time jumping through the tree-tops, more like squirrels.


“Hey, I’m just a monkey!”

History Schmistory: August 5. The Original “Harry”

1100: Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey. This particular Henry was not significant enough for Shakespeare, and conveniently skipped.

Revolutionary Dayz

As we observe (or some of us anyway) the details of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s trial, many are reminded of how remarkable Egypt’s non-violent overthrow was. Really. If it was in France it would have been a bloody mess…

One more time with feeling!

Ludicrous Latin: Ventis secundis, tene cursum.

Favorable winds, stay the course. …Or, as we would put it: 

 

History Schmistory: August 4. It was good to be Queen -Mother

1900: Queen Elizabeth, ‘the Queen Mother’ is born. Not to be confused with Elizabeth II, who will most likely live forever.

By Allan warren (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Allan warren (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ludicrous Latin: Lorem sed nulla tam turpi damnata

“Alright, but you’re so darn* ugly.”

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