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May 4

Lots of Saints celebrate feast days today. Some of them are Florian (patron of Austria, brewers, chimney sweeps, fire fighters, Poland, and soap boilers; invoked against fire, flood, and drowning), Pelagia of Tarsus, Robert Lawrence, Augustine Webster, Gothard (or Godehard), John Houghton, Venerius of Milan, Cyriacus (or Judas Quiricus), Richard Reynolds, Monica, and Ethelred.

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Birthdays on May 4 include John Speke (discoverer of the source of the Nile, 1827), Alice Liddell (for whom Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland), and Pia Zadora (1956).

Where is Pia nowadays? Here's an interesting site: Pia Zadora: The Mystery.

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On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesting students at Kent State University, killing four. It was as much a defining moment in my life as was the assassination of Kennedy. "They must have done something. They must have done something." I couldn't believe it; I was in denial for days.

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On May 4, 1626, Manhattan Island was purchased for $24.00 worth of cloth and buttons.

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Indiana Meets Mary's Little Lamb

It had to happen...there was an Indiana connection with Smoky Hale's Barbecue'n on the Internet. This was brought to my attention by the ever vigilant Eva Whitley, who writes in response to my observation that there were many links on Smoky's web page, "Does it have a link to Dr. George Goble's website, which recounts how he used charcoal, a lit cigarette, and several gallons of liquid oxygen to make the charcoal ready for grilling in only three seconds?"

Why no, Smoky must have missed that one. However, Dave Barry did not and neither did the Ig Nobel Prize Committee, who awarded Dr. Goble (of Purdue - Indiana, natch - University) the 1996 Ig Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The Ig Nobels, if you are not aware already, honor people whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced." I have not delved so deeply as to find what the actual prizes are, but since Archie McPhee (the store that elevated plastic vomit to an art form) is a major contributor, I could probably guess.

 

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Marilyn Jones 2000-2008