ON THIS DAY . . .
- . . . in 1830, "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale was published.
- . . . in 1844, Samuel Morse sent the message, "What hath God wrought" (from the Old Testament -- Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate the first telegraph line.
- . . . the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
- . . . in 1935, the first night game in Major League Baseball history was played in Cincinnati, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crowley Field.
- . . . in 1974, Duke Ellington, American pianist and composer, died.
- . . . in 2016, Sharon J. Anderson will consume her daily four packs of Smarties. (Simple joy, people.)
"I'M SUCH A HAPPY CHEWBACCA!"
You know who I'm talking about. If you don't, you are among a half a dozen Americans who don't.
Last Friday, a Texas mother of two, Candace Payne, did a live video on Facebook of her opening and trying on a Chewbacca mask. The video, embedded in this article* from the New York Times has garnered nearly 138 million views since it was posted. A social media star was born. [If the link in the article doesn't play, try the link included in the comment Judy posted at 6:43 a.m. in the sass stream.]
Candace has been interviewed on the Today Show and by the BBC and NPR. She has had to hire a publicist to handle her calls. I confess that I've watched the video at least three times a day since Friday evening, and it's done wonders for my depression and the hopelessness I've felt about this political season. The pain of this country needed the Payne of Texas.
Come on . . . admit it. You want to watch it again. So go ahead, click on the "this article" link in the second paragraph above and get ready to laugh until you cry.
Thank you, Candace! The force is clearly with you and now with us.
What brings you simple joy or
makes you laugh until you cry?