Sunday, March 02, 2014
This is last months book at the start of this month on account of the end of the month sneaking up on me. Eric John written by Edward Fenton. Eric John appears as though he may be a big cat.
Although nothing to do with lions, tigers or books, February is short. I blame Sacrobosco. When Julius Cesar created the Julian Calendar, months were formed by adding ten days to a regular pre-Julian Roman Republican year of 355 days, creating a regular Julian year of 365 days. The 13th-century scholar Sacrobosco thought that Julius Caesars calendar had 29 regular days in February and 30 on leap years. He then said Augustus changed this, by taking one day from February to add it to the month of Sextilis, so that the length of Augustus (August) would not be shorter than (and therefore inferior to) the length of Iulius (July).
This story of Augustus and February is still widely repeated but completely wrong.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Elektronik Supersonik, according to Zladko "Zlad!" Vladcik, "is a melodic fusion combining hot disco rhythms with cold war rhetoric."
Created by Australian comedian Santo Cilauro, Zladko "Zlad!" Vladcik is the unofficial mascot of Molvania.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
He already knows she's bad for him. Six months time she'll be saying stuff like "Why do you always have ti rush off and go save people?"; "When are you going to stop flying around and focus on your career at the newspaper?"; "I don't want you rescuing other women from burning buildings anymore. Think about my feelings for a change." The End indeed.
Friday, February 14, 2014
On average, men shell out more than double the money than women do on valentines gifts. Men buy most of the millions of boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine's Day. Women purchase approximately 85% of all valentines cards, men purchase 73% of Valentines Day flowers and around 15% of women send themselves valentines flowers. In order of popularity, Valentine's Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets. About 3% of pet owners will give valentines gifts to their pets.
For some reason the Italian city of Verona receives about 1,000 letters each year addressed to Juliet from William Shakespeare's play. Her admirers seem to have forgotten she dies at the end of the play.
Valentine's Day is banned in Saudi Arabia. The nation has a religious police force that uphold the annual ban with support from the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Everything related to the holiday is prohibited - chocolates, flowers, gifts, even the colour red. Nothing red can be worn or sold on Valentine’s Day in Saudi Arabia, florists put away their red roses and store owners take down anything that’s red, heart–shaped, or vaguely Valentine’s Dayish. The penalty for defying these orders is the store being shut down. Individuals are also not supposed to wear anything red on Valentine’s Day. If they do, they will be denied entry into school, work, stores wherever they go. The ban is based on Islamic legal ruling against pagan holidays, under order of the religious police.