Monthly Archives: August 2012
”Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer, poet, and pioneering aviator, who died on 31 July 1944. After having little … Continue reading
According to various polls and surveys, of American adults: 42% cannot locate Japan on a world map; 15% cannot locate the United States; 33% cannot locate the Pacific Ocean. Only 15% know the name of the Vice-President of the United … Continue reading
All the lonely heroes Where do they all come from? – With thanks to “Eleanor Rigby” and the Beatles To some extent, lonely heroes “come from” a poem published in 1751 by English poet, classical scholar, and Cambridge professor Thomas … Continue reading
“Ours is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.” Don Marquis, American novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, playwright, cartoonist, folk philosopher, and creator of archy and mehitabel, who was … Continue reading
28 July 1866 – The metric system becomes a legal measurement system in the United States. Happily, this transparent attempt to impose One World Government on our Republic failed, and the metric system has remained merely “a” legal measurement system … Continue reading
27 July 1930 – French cyclist Andre Leducq wins the Tour de France. Below – Andre’s more famous but far less athletic brother, Donald Leducq.