Monday OT: May 25 is Towel Day

April 27 is day 146 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, Discord 72, 3186 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.7.9.12 by the Mayan Long Count

always know where your towel is
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This is something of a Red-Letter day for Christians. Toledo fell to Alfonso VI of Castile on this day in 1085. The reconquista paved the way for Toledo's infamous inquisition as well as the multiple persecutions, stake burnings, forced conversions, expulsins and mass murders of Jews which preceded it. Then, on this day in 1521, Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Fifth closed out the Diet of Worms by issuing the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther to be an outlaw for wrong thinking and criticising some church practices. Lastly, on 5/25/1895, Oscar Wilde was thrown in the slammer for two years for having a relationship that was frowned upon by the religionistas.

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On this day in history:

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240 BCE –  Was the first known recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1085 – Alfonso VI of Castile took Toledo, Spain, back from the Moors.
1521 – The Diet of Worms ended when Charles V declared Martin Luther to be an outlaw. This specific instance of religion's war on free thought was called the Edict of Worms.

1659 – Richard Cromwell resigned as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, but see below.
1660 – Charles II landed at Dover with the blessings of the Convention Parliament marking the end of Cromwell's Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland This is considered to be the beginning of the Restoration. 

1787 – The United States Constitutional Convention formally convened in Philadelphia 
1809 – A revolt in Chuquisaca against the Spanish Empire, sparked the Latin American wars of independence.
1810 – Citizens of Buenos Aires expelled the Spanish Viceroy during the May week, starting the Argentine War of Independence.
1819 – The Argentine Constitution of 1819 wa promulgated.
1833 – The Chilean Constitution of 1833 was promulgated.
1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opened 
1895 – Oscar Wilde was convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison. AS a result, Wilde wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

1914 – The "Liberal" UK House of Commons  passed the Home Rule Bill for Ireland, to replace direct rule with some sort of satellite rule. It never came into force because of WW I.  That was probably just as well.

1925 – John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching evolution in Tennessee, perhaps appropriately.
1938 – The bombing of Alicante during the Spanish Civil War killed 313 people.
1953 – The first public TV station in the US officially began broadcasting as KUHT
1961 – JFK announced his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade to a special joint session of Congress

1963 – The Organisation of African Unity was established Addis Ababa
1968 – Saint Louis' Gateway Arch was dedicated, half of a Mickey D's logo supersized
1977 – Star Wars was released in theaters.
2000 –Israel withdrew its army from Lebanese territory after 22 years of occupation
2018 – The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable.
2018 – Ireland voted to repeal the Irish Constitutional Amendment prohibiting abortion. 

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Born this day in:

 "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
 
~~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton

1803 – Edward Bulwer-Lytton, author, playwright, and politician,

1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet and philosopher

1818 – Louise de Broglie, Countess d'Haussonville, essayist and biographer

1865 – Pieter Zeeman,  physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

1889 – Igor Sikorsky,  aircraft designer,

1893 – Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, musician

1898 – Bennett Cerf, publisher and television game show panelist; co-founded Random House

1908 – Theodore Roethke, poet

1921 – Hal David,  songwriter and composer (

1921 – Kitty Kallen, singer

1921 – Jack Steinberger, physicist and academic,

1927 – Norman Petty, singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer, also rip-off artist

1929 – Beverly Sills,  soprano and actress

1935 – W. P. Kinsella, novelist and short story writer

1936 – Tom T. Hall, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

1939 – Dixie Carter, actress and singer

1943 – Jessi Colter, singer, songwriter, and pianist

1943 – John Palmer, keyboard player

1943 – Leslie Uggams, actress and singer

1944 – Pierre Bachelet, singer, songwriter

1944 – Charlie Harper, singer, songwriter and producer

1950 – Robby Steinhardt, rock violinist and singer

1951 – Bob Gale,  director, producer, and screenwriter

1958 – Paul Weller, singer, songwriter, and musician

1974 – Frank Klepacki, drummer and composer

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Died this day in:

1555 – Gemma Frisius, Dutch physician, mathematician, and cartographer

1899 – Rosa Bonheur, French painter and sculptor

1939 – Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer and academic

2004 – Roger Williams Straus, Jr., American publisher, co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishing Company

2014 – Herb Jeffries, American singer and actor

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Africa Day (African Union)

African Liberation Day (African Union, Rastafari)

First National Government / National Day (Argentina)

Geek Pride Day (OTOH, beware of Geeks bearing Grifts)

Independence Day, (Jordan)

Last bell (Russia, post-Soviet countries)

Liberation Day (Lebanon)

International Missing Children's Day and its related observances:

National Missing Children's Day (United States),

National Tap Dance Day (United States, probably in honor of its politicians)

Towel Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

Halley's Comet

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Irish Home Rule Bill

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Africa Day

Hal David

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Kitty Kallen

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Beverly Sills

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Tom T. Hall

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Jessi Colter

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Leslie Uggams

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Robby Steinhardt

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Herb Jeffries

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lotlizard's picture

… I knew Zaph Beeblebrox. Zaph Beeblebrox was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Zaph Beeblebrox.”

Biden boasts about billion dollar Ukraine Burisma blackmail to the Council on Foreign Relations . . .

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@lotlizard
see. Good!

be wwell and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@lotlizard

between Joe Biden and ex-Ukraine President Poroshenko leaked' | New York Post

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Lookout's picture

This one came up on my youtube feed. I found it amusing. Hope you do too.

My compost pile is a "diet for worms"...at least they think so.

Thanks for the OT and tunes. All the best and have a good day!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

with this sublime tune playing in my head. for you in AL:

so...it's throw in the towel day, eh sea otter?

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@wendy davis
that video.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@wendy davis

Though this is Kate Wolf's song, I learned it from Nanci

Didn't know the one you posted so I appreciate the exposure.

Have a good one!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

story apartment complex, separate from our regular compost which is in turn separate from our green-waste pick up bin from the waste removal service. We spend an undue amount of time processing garbage, as is appropriate for a politically aware family.

Thanks for the clip.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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Don't throw in the proverbial towel today!

Have a good one, folks! Pleasantry

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"When will our conscience's grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" Eleanor Roosevelt

"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates (469-399 BC)

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@Raggedy Ann
my towels and have, on occasion, used them for the purposes described in Dougs guide, warding off certain predatory avian marauders.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@jbob

appropriate combo. Thanks.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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of Worms will come up with next year, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the famous diet where minions of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter the pope and the emperor tried to shut down Martin Luther for spreading disinformation and stirring up trouble.

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@lotlizard

maybe a comfy pillow fight in the town square. We'll just have to see.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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All the gold in California
is in a bank in the middle of Beverly Sills in somebody else's name ...

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@Azazello

one in a good long while.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@Azazello

philosopher:

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

dystopian's picture

Hi EL!

bunch of cool stuff... Ralph Waldo is a hero to me...

Dont' know if urban legend, but I heard at one time that this song was loosely based on (or inspired by) Adams' Hitchikers Guide...

have a great one!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

group absolutely anything is possible.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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a man who knew the importance of traveling with a Towel. Happy Towel day fellow hitch hikers!

Drinks

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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@RantingRooster

of the importance of one's towel.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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Et al

Had a fight with my bamboo and it won. Old Hamai clump bamboo, 30 years old and needed a trim. I am a lot older than I was when I planted it. Six hours of work later, I was down and I have been wasted for two days. Just back up and running. What fun. It needs another six hours of trimming. Some culms are 3 to 4 inches in diameter. She’s 40 feet high.

Thanks for the ot. Take good care and have a good one.

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@magiamma
about the various bamboo cultivars, but I know that some are seemingly indestructible. I hae fought the stuff and lost more than once, and once had to resort to paving it over. Good luck.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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Wounds need air to heal, most of the time, band aides don't help. Anyways, the thought of this afternoon along with one shared when this covid started building global stress, predictably, that truth will boil and unveil previously hidden motives, tartar and all and in reading history, a very expected outcome, sad to know, but, have known; so, best to be safe in community and being.

A shout out to those who perished in wars conscripted to by wills beyond their own.

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@smiley7

finger continues to write rhymes that we've heard before.

be well and take care.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Like, people sometimes own a home in that place.
Nudity in all public commons is mandatory.
You must bring a towel, or else you can't sit on any public bench.
The place is always full in summer.
I bet towels are sold everywhere in that camp.

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@on the cusp
though not some place I'd opt to live. Mandatory nudity would get to be a drag at times I'm certain.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris who hired me to obtain her divorce was telling me about this place. Seems her husband really loved it.
It would make me nuts, and I would have to exercise a lot.
I have better uses for my towels!

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