On this day, in 1983, one of the greatest TV series of all-time ended its 11 year run.
The M*A*S*H finale was seen by 125 million viewers–the most of any U.S. TV show.
On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.
Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies.
But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.
Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.
Oh, the simple joys of childhood.
This was one of the albums I had as a kid–and it was so much fun.
Wow. Really unhappy with 2016–where so many of iconic figures have died.
Now, we have lost Gene Wilder.
Those who remember him probably have a particular place in their heart for him. For some, it might be as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein. Others likely laughed at his portrayal of Jim, The Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles. Still others will remember him co-starring with Richard Pryor in 4 movies–including Stir Crazy.
But, for me, it was his portrayal as the brilliantly lunatic chocolatier in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. It has been one of my favorite films since childhood–and still makes me smile when I watch it now.
His genius will be missed.
My humor book–The Little Things DO Suck!–is now available in a new edition. If you are annoyed by some of the things people do, then you will find many things in this book they you can relate to–and maybe even some you’re guilty of.
A great bathroom reader, or if you just need to waste some time.
You can find it on multiple formats:
My attempt at humor–The Little Things DO Suck!
A collection of the little things that annoy, frustrate, irritate, aggravate, confuse, nauseate, disturb, and inconvenience us. They’re often petty and unimportant, but they drive us crazy anyway.
Things like: someone not returning your text, loud chewing, talking over someone, sitting on a wet toilet seat, an itch you can’t reach, or cars in the passing lane that don’t pass you.
How many are you guilty of?