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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014: Did Caligula have the moves like Jagger?

March 18: today in history (from Wikipedia)

37 – "The Roman Senate annulled Tiberius's will and proclaimed Caligula emperor." Bob Guccione was the only person happy with this decision.

1766 – "American Revolution: The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act." And things went swimmingly after that!

1892 – "Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledged to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada; originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams." Greatest day in history?

1968 – "Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency." Helloooo inflation!

1990 – "In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts." I don't get it; wouldn't collectors be nervous about purchasing famous but stolen property?

Notable quotes

"I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution." - Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) SOURCE

"For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much - if he lives and uses that in hand day by day - shall be full to running over." - Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945)

"Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." - John Updike (18 March 1932 – 27 January 2009) 

"The pleasure of sport was so often the chance to indulge the cessation of time itself--the pitcher dawdling on the mound, the skier poised at the top of a mountain trail, the basketball player with the rough skin of the ball against his palm preparing for a foul shot, the tennis player at set point over his opponent--all of them savoring a moment before committing themselves to action." - George Plimpton (March 18, 1927 – September 25, 2003) SOURCE

"I wouldn't wish any specific thing for any specific person - it's none of my business. But the idea that a four-year degree is the only path to worthwhile knowledge is insane. It's insane." - Mike Rowe (born March 18, 1962)

Song of the Day

Happy 35th Birthday Adam Levine!

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