Monday, April 1, 2013

A little April Fools folly- A Suitable Thought For The Day and some foolish history myspace graphic comments

Welcome to the April Fools edition of The Reading Frenzy

Here's a timely Thought for today

“A common mistake that people make
when trying to design something completely foolproof
is to underestimate
the ingenuity of complete fools. “
~ Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold over 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film.    Source

And some foolish history courtesy of Wikipedia

286 – Emperor Diocletian elevates his general Maximian to co-emperor with the rank of Augustus and gives him control over the Western regions of theRoman Empire.
527  Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.
1293  Robert Winchelsey leaves England for Rome, to be consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.
1318  Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by the Scottish from England.
1789 – In New York City, the United States House of Representatives holds its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first House Speaker.
1833 – The Convention of 1833, a political gathering of settlers in Mexican Texas to help draft a series of petitions to the Mexican government, begins in San Felipe de Austin
1854  Charles Dickens' Hard Times begins serialisation in his magazine, Household Words.
1867  Singapore becomes a British crown colony.
1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1893 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is established.
1922 – Six Irish Catholic civilians are shot and beaten-to-death by a gang of policemen in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1924  Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch". However, he spends only nine months in jail, during which he writes Mein Kampf.
1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
1933 – The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organize a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in a series of anti-Semitic acts.
1941 – In Fantana Alba massacre between 200 and 2,000 Romanian civilians were killed by Soviet Border Guards.
1941 – A military coup in Iraq overthrows the regime of 'Abd al-Ilah and installs Rashid Ali as Prime Minister.
1944 – Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
1945  World War II: Operation Iceberg  United States troops land on Okinawa in the last campaign of the war.
1946  Aleutian Island earthquake: A 8.6 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami that strikes the Hawaiian Islands killing 159, mostly in Hilo.
1946 – Formation of the Malayan Union.
1947  Paul becomes king of Greece, on the death of his childless elder brother, George II.
1948  Cold War: Berlin Airlift – Military forces, under direction of the Russian-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin.
1949 – The 26 counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland.
1954  President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.
1960 – The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
1967 – The United States Department of Transportation begins operation.
1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1, 1971.
1976 – Apple Inc. is formed by Steve JobsSteve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne
1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.
2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it.

The unofficial beginning of April Fools Day-

The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392).

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