April 15th, 2010

history

Sounds like a fun trip.

I grew up on Sumner Street, so when I ran across a copy of David Donald's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Charles Sumner and the Coming Civil War, I decided I should read it and find out more about the person in whose honor my street was named. So what have I learned? That you should never, ever, take Charles Sumner on your honeymoon:

The Longfellows, who had no intention of giving up their friends just because they were married, took pity on Sumner and invited him to accompany them on their wedding trip to the Catskills. He accepted, and, on the train, read to the newlyweds Bossuet's funeral orations. (Pg. 95)

In his defense, Sumner was suffering from depression and ill health at the time, but still.

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Ten random things: April 15

Ten people who perished when RMS Titanic sank:

  1. Johannes J. Van de Velde
  2. Jacques Futrelle
  3. Edward Smith
  4. Benjamin Guggenheim
  5. Sidney Leslie Goodwin
  6. The Rev. Thomas Byles
  7. Isidor Strauss
  8. Thomas Andrews
  9. John Jacob Astor IV
  10. Wallace Hartley

Today is the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And if you were here in front of me, I'd probably sing you the first verse and chorus of the song about the Titanic we used to sing at summer camp. Alas, alas for you.

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Some links

How I Did It: Jerry Murrell, Five Guys Burgers and Fries
I know some of you think In-N-Out is the epitome of burger restaurants, but I'll take Five Guys any day. (I did have a tasty burger the one time I went to an In-N-Out, though.)
 
The Love Life of Richie Rich
Is probably not something you want to spend much time contemplating, but this is worth checking out just for the look on Richie's face on the left side of the thought balloon.
 
Children ride 40mph ZIP WIRE a quarter of a mile high to get to classes each day
Amazing photos in this one.
 
What Is the Beast Below the UK?
Interesting analysis of the most recent Doctor Who episode, pointing out parallels between the goings-on aboard Starship UK and the current political system in the UK.
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