Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap not so great

Do not count me among those who rejoice every time there's a leap year. Seems to me it adds one more day before GIGC and myself can get to Pottahawk and that sucks.

Over the years many have anguished over this day every four years for different reasons. Not to mention the birthday children born in 1988 who are waking up to the familiar Natal Day chorus and blowing out 5 candles.

Here are some other dastardly things that have happened on this date throughout history.

1288 - Scotland established this day as one when a woman could
propose marriage to a man! If he refused, he was required to pay a fine.

Let me get my wallet out.

1704 - The town of Deerfield, MA was raided on this date by French
Canadians and Indians who were trying to retrieve their church bell that
had been shipped from France. The bell was to hang in the Canadian
Indian's village church. Neither the raiders nor the residents of Deerfield
were aware that the bell had been stolen from the ship. The Deerfield
folks had purchased the bell from a privateer, unaware that it belonged to
the Indian congregation. Although 47 people were killed in the incident,
we could say that the 120 captured were saved by the bell.

Finally! Someone whos jokes are worse than mine.

1860 - The first electric tabulating machine -- the forerunner of the
calculator -- was invented by Herman Hollerith. We think it was
unfortunate that Mr. Hollerith chose to make his invention on Leap Day,
causing the machine to only calculate numbers divisible by four.

I think my Son had that calculator in Math. No wonder he failed.

1932 - Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers teamed up to record "Shine"
for Brunswick Records.

Hold on. Let me look through Dad's desert island record collection.

1944 - The invasion of the Admiralty Islands began on this date as U.S.
General Douglas MacArthur led his forces in "Operation Brewer".
Troops surged onto Los Negros, following a month of Allied advances in
the Pacific.

No wonder the Japanese hate the number 29 or did I dream it?

1960 - A report from the White House stated that America's kids were
getting too fat!

I see that report did a lot of good.

1964 - A shuttlecock
drive record was set by Frank Rugani this day. Mr. Rugani slammed the
birdie 79-feet, 8-1/2 inches in a test at San Jose, CA. A giant leap for
badminton. A little leap for all mankind.

I always wondered why badminton was so popular?

1988 - "Day by Day", a situation comedy, premiered on this date on
NBC-TV. It was one of the "yuppie sitcoms" that were all over the TV
dial in the late '80s. This particular one was about a suburban
overachieving couple who dropped out and opened up a day-care center
in their home to spend more quality time with their children. The quality
time lasted just under five months.

Never fear; Disney is in production to bring it to the big screen.

1992 - Mr. Big hit it big this day, moving to #1 with, "To Be with You".
It would be the biggest hit in the U.S. for three big weeks.

I told you; disastrous. Could it get any worse?

yes it could. The Worldwide Leap year Festival

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