On this day in 1966, fifty years ago, Star Trek first aired on TV. Thank you for half a century of memories!
Also, my brother reminded me that St. Augustine, Florida’s oldest city, was founded on this date in 1565. So I guess this means Happy 451st Birthday to my former home state as well!
Since the 21st century began, I have been a fan of the Red Bull Flugtag, and look forward to reading and seeing pictures about it every year. For those not familiar with the event, Flugtag is German for “Flying Day,” and it is used to promote Red Bull, the energy drink that claims to give you wings. Participating teams build contraptions that are supposed to fly or glide, and launch them off a pier; most of the time they fall thirty feet into the water underneath, but everyone has a good time watching.
I just learned that the next Flugtag is tomorrow, and it will be held in Louisville, where the contestants will fly or fall into the Ohio River. Louisville is 85 miles west of where I live, and since my home town doesn’t have a body of water big enough, this is probably the closest the event will ever come to me.
Check out the teams participating in the link below. Of course Kentucky is well represented this time. My favorites are the Flying Colonels, who plan to fly in a giant KFC bucket, and the Cardinals (of course the University of Louisville had to get in on this!).
Red Bull Flugtag Louisville
A week and a half ago, I discovered a new social network, Tsu.co, which shows promise. While it works a lot like Facebook, they don’t allow the worst nonsense, like spam and chain letters. Also, any original content you post there (messages, pictures, etc.) is yours to keep, and they pay you a little money for your postings. Check out Tsu and see if it is for you. I look forward to seeing you there!
Here is your invitation.
To all my friends who observe this day, Merry Christmas! We’ve been having weird weather this month, what with temperatures about twelve degrees above normal (50s and 60s most of the time), and heavy rain this week, with even a bit of lightning thrown in. Thus, I call the resulting combination a “grey Christmas.”
This picture was taken here in Lexington yesterday. It shows something I never expected to see in Kentucky, or even Florida – Santa Claus in a Speedo bathing suit! I shared it on Facebook, and was told this is just plain wrong, LOL.
Aha! Now if only I can find the commandment to patronize those restaurants. Perhaps it is in the Talmud . . .
I have seen this funny list posted several times this week, and since geography is related to history, I added it to the joke folder of The Xenophile Historian. You can see it here, as well as read it below:
These are actual complaints received by "Thomas Cook Vacations" from dissatisfied customers:
- "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."
- "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food."
- "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."
- "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."
- "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."
- "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."
- "It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallartato close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned."
- "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."
- "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."
- "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."
- "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."
- "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."
- "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."
- "The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."
- "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."
- "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."
- "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."
- "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."
- "My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."
I have had an account with Pinterest, the famous picture-sharing website, for a year of two, since I learned that pictures from The Xenophile Historian are being “pinned” there. It gives me an idea of what’s popular on the site. Currently it looks like the picture of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau dancing behind the Queen of England’s back is very popular indeed.
Anyway, here is a link to The Xenophile Historian board:
Earlier this month I decided to pin as many pictures from my website as possible, to increase traffic. So far I have put up 289 pins, on three boards. One board is for African history, one is for East Asian history (India, China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia), and one is for European history. And much more will be going up in the near future; I haven’t gotten to the picture collections for the Middle East, Russia or the Americas yet. Click on this link to see them for yourself:
I came across this quiz over the weekend. Just answer a few questions and it will tell you which civilization best suits your personality. Will you get along best with the Romans or the Vikings? Or someone else?
I got the Greeks. That’s a good answer, in view of how much the Greeks achieved, but I was a bit surprised. For the first question, “Where will you settle your people?” I picked the desert, because most of the earliest civilizations, like Egypt and Mesopotamia, got started there. However, I also know for a fact that the Greeks prefer living on a seacoast, because they do a lot of sailing and fishing, and the coast was another possible answer.
Anyway, check it out and have fun!
If you’re superstitious, get ready for a wild night. This is the last time we’ll have a full moon on Friday the 13th until 2049, so catch it while you can.
Superstitions Collide: Full Moon Rises on Friday the 13th