09/13 is Fortune Cookie Day
Sweetmorn, Bureaucracy 37, 3187 YOLD
And let us not forget 188.8.131.52.8 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
~~ Fortune Cookiess
Today is Fortune Cookie Day celebrating that quintessential "American" food, the Fortune Cookie, widely served in Chinese restaurants throughout the country. It is not nearly so common in China because it isn't remotely Chinese, but is strictly an "American" thing. It is disputed whether it was invented in San Francisco, California, or Los Angeles, California, but it is definitely not Chinese. With the strong California connection, it arguably might possibly be Mexican, but nope. It seems to be vaguely based on an old Japanese cookie, and the "fortunes" seemingly derive from an unrelated old Japanese practice of selling slips of paper with fortunes on them at temples and shrines. Post invention, they were initially made by hand in various California locations until eventually a fortune cookie machine to mass produce them was invented by Shuck Yee of Oakland, California. By then, however, they had long been associated with Chinese restaurants.
The marketing spiel, tactics and such that led to their successful introduction into the Chinese restaurant after dinner niche isn't at all known. Possibly they might also once have been routine fare at Japanese restaurants too. Whatever the case they eventually became particularly the provenance of "American" Chinese restaurants, very likely in part because of the unconscionable and unwarranted
internment imprisonment of persons with Japanese ancestry living in the west during WWII. Perhaps we should really think of them as "misfortune cookies"?
The little slips of paper in fortune cookies often contain mere aphorisms, but often instead have statements which purport to fortell, to some degree, one's future. In some traditions, these are read aloud, followed by the phrase "in bed". (Try it some time). They also often contain some "lucky numbers." Were one to take that at all seriously, it would arguably constitute a type of superstition, or at least divination. In keeping with that possible helping of woo, it is also Supernatural Day as well as Positive Thinking Day. In order to counter balance that, and keep the universe humming along on an even keel, it is also Defy Superstition Day Since fortune cookies are an "American" thing, it is only proper to to invoke one of "America's" greatest sages to address all the woo and counter-woo.
Today is also Programmer's Day which is celebrated either by writing a searchable personal address book in C++ or
WRITE BROKEN ENGLISH
ON GRAPH PAPER
IN ALL CAPS
SAY IT IS COBOL
On this day in history:
379 – Yax Nuun Ahiin I was crowned as 15th Ajaw of Tikal
1501 – Michelangelo started work on his statue of David.
1541 – John Calvin returned to Geneva to reform the church
1609 – Henry Hudson reached the Hudson River.
1743 – Great Britain, Austria and the Kingdom of Sardinia signed the Treaty of Worms.
1788 – The Philadelphia Convention set the date for the first presidential election in the United States
1814 – The British failed to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composed his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry",
1847 – Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes died defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec.
1848 – Phineas Gage survived an iron rod 1+1/4 inches in diameter being driven through his brain
1898 – Hannibal Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film.
1899 – Henry Bliss became the first person in the US to die in an auto accident.
1906 – The Santos-Dumont 14-bis made the first flight of a fixed-wing aircraft in Europe.
1923 – After a military coup in Spain, Miguel Primo de Rivera became dictator
1933 – Elizabeth McCombs became the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.
1948 – Margaret Chase Smith was elected United States senator, becoming the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House and Senate
1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC, the first commercial computer to use disk storage came out
1962 – The 5th Circuit ordered the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith
1971 – State police and National Guardsmen stormed Attica Prison
1985 – Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan for the NES
1987 – A radioactive object was stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, contaminating many and causing some deaths
1989 – Desmond Tutu led the largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa
1993 – Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords
2007 – The UN adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Born this day in:
“There is still plenty of good music to be written in C major.”
~~ Arnold Schoenberg
1502 – John Leland, poet and historian
1583 – Girolamo Frescobaldi, pianist and composer
1594 – Francesco Manelli, theorbo player and composer
1755 – Oliver Evans, inventor, engineer and businessman v
1818 – Lucy Goode Brooks, founder of Friends' Asylum for Colored Orphans
1819 – Clara Schumann, pianist and composer
1830 – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, author
1851 – Walter Reed, physician and biologist
1873 – Constantin Carathéodory, mathematician and author
1874 – Arnold Schoenberg, composer and painter
1876 – Sherwood Anderson, novelist and short story writer
1885 – Wilhelm Blaschke, mathematician and academic
1886 – Amelie Beese, pilot and sculptor
1886 – Robert Robinson, chemist and academic
1887 – Leopold Ružicka, biochemist and academic
1893 – Larry Shields, clarinet player
1894 – J. B. Priestley, novelist and playwright
1904 – Alberta Williams King, civil rights organizer
1908 – Chu Berry, saxophonist
1911 – Bill Monroe, singer, songwriter, and mandolin player
1914 – Leonard Feather, pianist, composer, producer, and journalist
1916 – Roald Dahl, novelist, poet, and screenwriter
1917 – Carol Kendall, historian and author
1919 – Mary Midgley, philosopher and author
1922 – Charles Brown, singer and pianist
1925 – Mel Tormé, singer, songwriter,and actor
1928 – Robert Indiana, painter and sculptor
1933 – Lewie Steinberg, bass player
1941 – David Clayton-Thomas, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1943 – Mildred D. Taylor, author
1944 – Peter Cetera, singer, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1948 – Nell Carter, actress and singer
1952 – Randy Jones, singer
1952 – Don Was, bass player and producer
1954 – Steve Kilbey, singer, songwriter, and bass player
1955 – Joe Morris, guitarist and composer
1956 – Joni Sledge, singer and songwriter
1957 – Vinny Appice,drummer
1961 – Dave Mustaine, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1965 – Zak Starkey, drummer
1967 – Tim "Ripper" Owens, singer, songwriter ,and guitarist
1967 – Stephen Perkins, drummer and songwriter
1970 – Lee Abramson, bass player and composer
1975 – Joe Don Rooney, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1977 – Fiona Apple, singer, songwriter, producer, and pianist
1982 – Colin Marston, guitarist, bassist, and producer/engineer
1983 – James Bourne, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1983 – Molly Crabapple, illustrator and journalist
1985 – David Jordan, singer and songwriter
Died this day in:
Saying is one thing and doing is another.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
~~~ Michel de Montaigne
1506 – Andrea Mantegna, painter and engraver
1592 – Michel de Montaigne, philosopher and author
1872 – Ludwig Feuerbach, anthropologist and philosopher
1929 – Jatindra Nath Das, activist
1931 – Lili Elbe, model and painter
1949 – August Krogh, physiologist and academic
1953 – Mary Brewster Hazelton, painter
2004 – Luis E. Miramontes, chemist, co-invented the birth-control pill
2019 – Eddie Money, singer and songwriter
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Day of the Programmer, during a non-leap year. (International)
Día de los Niños Héroes (Mexico)
Roald Dahl Day (Africa, United Kingdom, Latin America)
Fortune Cookie Day
I'm on Top of it Day
International Chocolate Day
National Peanut Day
National Defy Superstition Day; including
Positive Thinking Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Defy Superstition Day
Battle of Baltimore
Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?