Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 18 - Bad Poetry Day and Serendipity Day

Bad Poetry Day is always on August 18th, was created by and described as a day to gather some old friends and write some truly bad poetry and send it off to your high school teachers. Try your hand at writing some awful poetry, if your brave share it with friends, family and our comments section below. Or if your in the mood to check out some good poetry, stop on by and check out our poetry section, maybe you'll find some inspiration of your own.

Today is also Serendipity Day ( Serendipity can be defined as

an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident, and can be enjoyed by:
  • doing something unexpected like...
  • something anonymously philanthropic
  • taking a big step toward liberating a dream
  • helping someone take a step towards their own dream
  • acting silly
  • stepping out of your comfort zone
  • telling everyone you love, that you love them
  • contacting a long lost friend or acquaintance
  • making a new friend  
Let see if anything serendipitous happened on this day in history
-293 BC The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica. 
-1227 Genghis Khan, Mongol conqueror, dies.
-1587 1st English child born in New World (Virginia Dare).
-1634 Champlain wrote to Richelieu, his last words on record, reporting that he had rebuilt the ruins of Québec and had built an armed trading post at Trois-Rivières. He also noted that several new families had arrived in the area, giving him renewed hope for the survival of settlement in the area.
-1774 Meriwether Lewis, Charlottsville VA, solider and public administrator (Lewis & Clark Expedition), (d. 1809) is born. 
-1782 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher, 5 years his junior, in St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London. 
-1834 Mt Vesuvius erupts. 
-1893 Conductor Sir Ernest MacMillan, who was internationally known as a conductor of symphonic and choral music and a leading figure in Canadian musical organizations, was born at Mimico, Ont. 
-1936 Robert Redford, Santa Monica California, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby) born.
-1990 B F Skinner, psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86.
-1992 Christopher McCandless, subject of the book Into the Wild (b. 1968) dies.
-1922 Joseph Shoctor, founder of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, was born at Edmonton.
-1952 Patrick Swayze, Houston Texas, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost) born.
-1956 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1.
-1979 The Dempster Highway officially opened, the first all-weather road across the Arctic Circle. 

Word of the Day
Time for another new addition to the blog. Something that will increase your knowledge and make you seem super smart to all your friends, the word of the day from Merriam-Webster online.

Today's word is:

Redound: to have an effect or to become transferred or added. 

Books and Movies: The Goods.

This great site found it's way into my mailbox the other day (thanks Mrs. Gates) it highlights all the great summer reading lists check it out for some must reads to get in before school starts back up.

If your looking for some good reads, the New York Times Best Sellers list ending August 18th. Publishers weekly also has a weekly best sellers list.

Check out the Kirkus book review for Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik.

Movies that have been released in theaters recently are: JOBS, Kick-Ass 2, Lee Daniels' The Butler and Paranoia
Check out the movie listings for Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Joke of the Day

lol = Drowning Man. 
*lol* = Drowning Cheerleader. 
What kind of bird sticks to sweaters? 
A Vel-Crow.

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

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