I didn't really feel like complaining about anything today, so I went online to search for some non-depressing news. Instead, I found some curious headlines. Here are some of them:
Woman Ordered to Change Son's Name From Messiah
A judge ordered a Tennessee mother to change her son's name from Messiah to Martin out of respect for Jesus Christ. It's reported that Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew said,"The word Messiah is a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ."
Judges have way too much power. Whatever happened to separation of Church and State?
U.S. News & World Report
Keep your trunks tied: Testicle-biting fish caught in Denmark
The above news headlines were recent and troubling, but at least believable.
Here are a few more that are valid, but a little older and a whole lot sillier. (What ever happened to editors?)
If strike isn't settled quickly it may last a while
War dims hope for peace
Smokers are productive, but death cuts efficiency
Cold wave linked to temperatures
Child's death ruins couple's holiday
Blind woman gets new kidney from dad she hasn't seen in years
Man is fatally slain
Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say
Death causes loneliness, feeling of isolation
And finally, truly an oldie but goodie . . .
Local EMT helps dog bite victim
The sound of E.T. walking (while making the movie) was made by someone squishing their hands in jelly.
On this day, August 15 in 1969, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, "An Aquarian Exposition," opened at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in upstate New York. Promoters expected the music festival to attract up to 200,000 for the weekend, but nearly a half a million people converged on the concert site.
Promoters soon realized that they could not control access to the site and opened it up to all comers free of charge. Because of the unexpected size of the audience, volunteers were needed to help alleviate many of the logistics problems, while helicopters were used to fly in food, doctors, and medical supplies, as well as many of the musical acts that performed during the three-day festival.
Despite rain and mud, the audience enjoyed non-stop performances by singers like Richie Havens, Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, and Joan Baez, as well as the bands Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Grateful Dead; The Jefferson Airplane; Sly and the Family Stone; and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Although many different types of people attended the festival, many were members of the counterculture, often referred to as "hippies," who rejected materialism and authority, experimented with illicit drugs, and actively protested against the Vietnam War.
Jimi Hendrix closed the concert with a freeform solo guitar performance of "The Star Spangled Banner." Woodstock became a symbol of the 1960s American counterculture and a milestone in the history of rock music.
WORD FOR TODAY
voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up.
abandon - renounce - quit - waive
(born August 15, 1990)
Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on TBS's The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009). She subsequently appeared in the independent films The Burning Plain (2008) and Winter's Bone (2010). At age 22 she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards.
Lawrence is also known for playing Raven Darkhölme/Mystique in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class, a role she will reprise in X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014. In 2012, she achieved international recognition starring as the heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.
(born August 15, 1972)
Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He first came to attention for his performances in Kevin Smith's films such as Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999).
In 1997, Affleck gained recognition as a writer when he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote and in which he co-starred with actor Matt Damon. He later achieved international recognition for starring in films such as Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Daredevil (2003), Hollywoodland (2007), State of Play (2009), and The Town (2010).
(born August 15, 1968)
Debra Messing is an American actress. She is widely known for her television roles in Will & Grace, The Starter Wife and Smash. Messing had short-lived tenures on the Fox sitcom Ned & Stacey and the ABC sci-fi Prey. She also received critical acclaim for her work as Molly Kagan in the mini-series The Starter Wife. She recently played the lead role of Julia Houston in the musical-drama series Smash, before it was cancelled by NBC after two seasons.
Other film roles have included Along Came Polly, The Wedding Date and Nothing Like the Holidays. She has also voiced roles in several animated films such as Garfield and Open Season.
(born August 15, 1974)
Natasha Henstridge is a Canadian actress and former fashion model. In 1995, she came to prominence with her debut movie role as the genetically engineered human-alien hybrid Sil in the science-fiction thriller Species.
Other notable on-screen roles include The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, It Had To Be You, Ghosts of Mars, She Spies, the TV series Eli Stone, and the Canadian TV mini-series Would Be Kings, for which she won the Gemini Award for best actress. Her most recent regular role is as Dawn Chamberlain in the TV series The Secret Circle.
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward."