Monday Open Thread; April 23 is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, yep also World Book Day
April 23 is the 113rd day of the year, there are 252 days left
Pungenday, Discord 40, 3184 YOLD
(for the discordians amongst us)
Today's number is 23
The 9th prime and the sum of 3 consecutive primes; 5, 7 and 11
The atomic number of Vanadium
The number of chromosomes in a human sperm or ova (haploid)
The number of times that Julius Caesar was stabbed.
The 23 enigma is the belief that most incidents and accidents, events and happenstances, and stuff, are somehow directly connected to the number 23. Robert Anton Wilson, William S. Burroughs, The Illuminatus! Trilogy (fnord), Principia discordia, etc. Like this open thread, for example.
The exponent in 6.02 x 10^23
Title 23 of the US Code is Highways Coincidence??
was the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Varro
Herod the Great allegedly built a palace in Jerusalem.
23 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Pollio and Vetus
Tthe Greek geographer Strabo finally published his "Geography", a work describing the world known to the Romans and Greeks in Emperor Augustus' day. No similar works of similar antiquity exist.
Pliny the Elder, a Roman scientist and writer, was born.
Liu Xuan, a descendant of the Han Dynasty overthrew Wang Mang and ended the Xin Dynasty. Restored the Han Dynasty, he did.
On this day in:
0711 -- Dagobert III was crowned King of the Franks *
1014 -- Battle of Clontarf (Brian Boru whupped Viking invaders)
1016 -- Edmund Ironside succeeded father Aethelred the Unready **
1635 -- The first known public school in the US was founded
1920 -- The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was founded
1949 -- The People's Liberation Army and Navy were established
1961 -- The Algiers putsch
1972 -- Nothing much happened in Cucamonga ***
1967 -- Soyuz 1 was launched
1985 -- Coca-Cola brought out New Coke, and this passed for news
2005 -- The first ever YouTube video was published
* Over the objections of Oscar Meyer
** More properly, Aethelred the Illiterate
*** Nor in Altoona, either
Born this day in:
1564 -- William Shakespeare, whoever the hell he was
1598 -- Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral who put an end to Spain as a naval power
1744 -- Princess Charlotte Amalie Wilhelmine of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plon, princess
1818 -- James Anthony Froude, historian, biographer and novelisst
1856 -- Granville Woods, engineer and inventor
1861 -- Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, T. E. Lawrence's boss. *
1919 -- Oleg Penkovsky, spook
1921 -- Warren Spahn, half of Spahn and Sain and pray for rain
1924 -- Bobby Rosengarden, drummer
1926 -- J.P. Donleavy, author
1936 -- Roy Orbison, singer and songwriter
1939 -- Ray Peterson, singer
1940 -- Dale Houston, singer and songwriter
1947 -- Glenn Cornick, bass player
1947 -- Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, activist
1954 -- Michael Moore, director and activist
1968 -- Timothy McVeigh, terrorist
* It is said that he made Sykes-Picot possible. It is said as if that were somehow a good thing.
Died this day in:
0303 -- Saint George, dragonslayer
1616 -- William Shakespeare, see above
1616 -- Miguel de Cervantes, author. AHA!
1850 -- William Wordsworth, poet
1907 -- Alferd Packer, prospector and gourmand
1965 -- George Adamski, ufo freak
1984 -- Red Garland, pianist
1993 -- Cesar Chavez, activist
1998 -- James Earl Ray, proof that highly improbable series of events happen
2007 -- David Halberstam, journalist and historian
2007 -- Boris Yeltsin, politician
2011 -- Tom King, guitarist and songwriter
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
World Book Day
St George's Day (England)
Equal Time for Dragons Day (Unofficial)
picture Alex Liivet's Book shop
It's an open thread, so do your thing
It is seriously unlikely that I will be here to interact when this posts. Should I fail to respond to comments, please just assume that I am out somewhere under an open sky with no signal and no regrets as to that state of affairs. Either that, or I am in some tasting room studiously focusing upon my researches. In any event, everybody have a great day.