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.”

History Schmistory: August 3. La Scala-kazam!

1778: La Scala Opera House opens in Milan, Italy, with a show by F. Murray Abraham’s character in Amadeus.
By ungenannt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By ungenannt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of mediocre composers, here’s a Marco classic!

History Schmistory: August 2. Bay of Henry?

1610: Explorer Henry Hudson enters the bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay. Since his crew mutinied and left him for dead, an apology card was also in order. It’s in a bottle, floating out there somewhere. Sorry Hud!

By Neemster (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Neemster (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ludicrous Latin: Non est facile quod viridis

It’s not easy being green.

History Schmistory: August 1. Breathe, durn-it!

1774: Oxygen is ‘discovered’ by Britain’s Sir Joseph Priestly, and given a symbol (O), though most refer to it as “the substance formerly known as air.”
By penner (http://flickr.com/photos/penner/2450784866) [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 penner (http://flickr.com/photos/penner/2450784866) [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: Eamus navis maiore indigeret

“We’re going to need a bigger boat”

'Jaws' by Kevin Dooley, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/, CC BY

‘Jaws’ by Kevin Dooley, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/, CC BY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of sharks, anybody else excited about today?

History Schmistory: July 31. Houston, the Nina has landed.

1498: Christopher Columbus and crew arrive in Trinidad. What do they bring back? …Syphilis.
'Columbus landing at Trinidad', From Famous Voyagers and Explorers, 1893, The British Library [public domain]

‘Columbus landing at Trinidad’, From Famous Voyagers and Explorers, 1893, The British Library [public domain]

 

 

Ludicrous Latin: Duplicem Somnium Pedum

Double Dream Feet!    …never gets old 🙂

History Schmistory: July 30. “Eat it, gravity!”

1918: The first parachute jump from a perfectly good aircraft, performed with flair by Frenchmen Sarret.
Here goes nothing!  V.Leers (De prins der geillustreerde bladen) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Here goes nothing!
V.Leers (De prins der geillustreerde bladen) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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