Thursday, July 11, 2013

Addicted To Curiosity



I read somewhere recently (perhaps at The Writer's Almanac) about a writer named Edmund Clerihew Bentley, a popular English novelist and humorist of the early twentieth century who invented a new form of poetry. He called it a clerihew.

A clerihew is an irregular form of humorous verse on biographical topics. It is made up of two rhyming couplets, the first rhyme provided by the name of a famous person.

For example:

George the Third
Ought never to have occurred.
One can only wonder
At so grotesque a blunder.

One of the best known is this:

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, "I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's."

So, after leaning about this, I attempted to compose a clerihew.

Barack Hussein Obama
Changed all he beheld into drama.
Gosh darn it!
This is the second rhyming couplet.

Trying for a better second one gave me a headache.

I am definitely not a poet.



A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.



Launched in 1973, Skylab was the world's first successful space station. The first manned Skylab mission came two years after the Soviet Union launched Salynut 1, the world's first space station, into orbit around the earth.

However, unlike the ill-fated Salynut, which was plagued with problems, the American space station was a great success, safely housing three separate three-man crews for extended periods of time.

On July 11 in 1979, Skylab made a spectacular return to earth, breaking up in the atmosphere and showering burning debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.



ballistics [bal-lis-tics]
-  The science of projectiles and firearms.
-  The study of the effects (on a bullet, cartridge, or gun) of being fired.

Ballistics is the science of mechanics that deals with the flight, behavior, and effects of projectiles, especially bullets, gravity bombs, rockets, or the like; the science or art of designing and accelerating projectiles so as to achieve a desired performance.

A ballistic body is a body which is free to move, behave, and be modified in appearance, contour, or texture by ambient conditions, substances, or forces, as by the pressure of gases in a gun or propulsive nozzle, by rifling in a barrel, by gravity, by temperature, or by air particles.



(born July 11, 1970)
Justin Chambers is an American actor and former Calvin Klein male fashion model. Since 2005, he has starred in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Alex Karev. He is also known for his role in the first season of the CBS crime drama series Cold Case.

(born July 11, 1931)
Tab Hunter is an American actor, singer and author who has starred in over forty films. His good looks landed him a role in the film Island of Desire opposite Linda Darnell. However, it was his co-starring role as young Marine Danny in 1955's World War II drama Battle Cry that cemented his position as one of Hollywood's top young romantic leads.

His other hit films include The Burning Hills with Natalie Wood, That Kind of Woman with Sophia Loren, Gunman's Walk with Van Heflin and The Pleasure of His Company with Debbie Reynolds. He went on to star in over forty major films and became a cult star in the 1980s appearing in Lust in the Dust, Polyester and Grease 2.

(July 11, 1920 - Oct 10, 1985)
Yul Brynner was a Russian-born United States-based actor of stage and film. He was best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award.

He is also remembered as Rameses II in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster The Ten Commandments, General Bounine in the 1956 film Anastasia and Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven.

(born July 11, 1967)
Jeff Corwin is an American animal and nature conservationist, best known as host and executive producer of the Animal Planet cable channel television programs The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin's Quest.


One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.
--Ronald Reagan


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