Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First Day Of 2014





I have only one New Year's resolution, and that is to clean up this here messy, cluttered apartment, especially picking up and re-shelving all these unsightly books and discarding all these printed notes and foolish half-finished scraps of senseless stories scattered all over the place.

 And do it today.


Did You Know . . .?

The royal baby could inherit 1,000,000,000 dollars ($1 billion) some day. The wealthiest person in Britain’s royal family is the royal baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Her assets have an estimated worth of $600 million.



In 45 B.C., New Year's Day was celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar took effect. Celebration of New Year's Day in January fell out of practice during the Middle Ages, and even those who strictly adhered to the Julian calendar did not observe the New Year exactly on January 1. The reason for the latter was that Caesar failed to calculate the correct value for the solar year as 365.242199 days, not 365.25 days. Thus, an 11-minute-a-year error added seven days by the year 1000, and 10 days by the mid-15th century.

The Roman church became aware of this problem, and in the 1570s Jesuit astronomer Christopher Clavius came up with a new calendar. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was implemented, omitting 10 days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every four centennial years should be a leap year. Since then, people around the world have gathered en masse on January 1 to celebrate the precise arrival of the New Year.



1.  A small blister or swelling.
2.  A bubble.



(born January 1, 1938)
Frank Langella is an American stage and film actor. He has won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon and was later nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the same role in the film, Frost/Nixon (2008).

(born January 1, 1968)
Sophie Okonedo is a British actress, who has starred in UK and US productions. In 1991, she made her acting debut in the British coming-of-age drama, Young Soul Rebels. She has received an Academy Award nomination for her critically acclaimed role in Hotel Rwanda, a Golden Globe nomination for Tsunami: The Aftermath, and BAFTA nominations for Criminal Justice and Mrs. Mandela. Her other film roles included Aeon Flux, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Things, Skin and The Secret Life of Bees.

(born January 1, 1969)
Verne Troyer is an American actor and stunt performer. Troyer is notable for his height of 2 ft 8 in, the result of cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism, making him one of the shortest men in the world. He is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films.

(born June 1, 1977)
Sarah Wayne Callies is an American actress who is best known for her roles as Sara Tancredi in the Fox television series Prison Break and Lori Grimes in AMC's The Walking Dead.

Today is also the birthday of J.D. Salinger and The Writer's Almanac has a nice salute to the man.


The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
--Friedrich Nietzsche



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