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February 29, 2012

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Flannista

I would like all Super PACS -- from both parties -- to take a flying leap

Flannista

Women supposedly are allowed to propose to men today. "This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar."

Gee. Thanks so much.

Flannista

I would like cancer to take a flying leap.

PEACEsista

I don't know ANYTHING about Leap Day. I first heard the term last week while watching "30 Rock" with my mother. Then, I noticed a sign listing Leap Day specials at a restaurant. I received an on-line coupon today, too. Where did this come from? Who created this "holiday"?

I would like to leap forward to November and skip the rest of the campaign season!

Flannista

PEACEsista -- I love your idea of leaping forward!

In case you are interested, here are famous events that happened on Leap Day:

1504 – Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.

1644 – Abel Tasman's second Pacific voyage began.

1704 – Queen Anne's War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive.

1712 – February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.

1720 – Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I.

1768 – Polish nobles formed Bar Confederation.

1796 – The Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain comes into force, facilitating ten years of peaceful trade between the two nations.

1864 – American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails – plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.

1892 – St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.

1916 – Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.

1920 – Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution.

1932 – Time magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.

1936 – Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.

1936 – February 26 Incident in Tokyo ends.

1940 – For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.
1940 – Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
1940 – In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco.

1944 – World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur.

1952 – The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.

1956 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces to the nation that he is running for a second term.

1960 – An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.

1960 – Family Circus makes its debut.

1964 – In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).

1972 – Vietnam War: Vietnamization – South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.
1972 – Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.

1980 – Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.

1984 – Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he will retire as soon as the Liberals can elect another leader.

1988 – South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town.
1988 – Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.

1992 – First day of Bosnia and Herzegovina independence referendum.

1996 – Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.

2004 – Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti following a coup.

2012 - Flannista showers and washes her hair.

Matissta

The Google doodle celebrates the birthday of Gioachino Rossini. The Italian composer would have turned 220 on today.

The Christian Science Monitor did an article on this. Apparently, they write articles on all the Google doodles. Anyway, here's a link to the article, if nothing else play the video because Gioachini had more of an impact on my life than I realized!

http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2012/0229/You-ve-heard-Gioachino-Rossini-s-music-even-if-you-ve-never-heard-of-him/Rossini-in-the-morning

treesta

According to the Post:

Before ‘The Help,’ there was ‘The Wind’

On Leap Day night in 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar. She took the best supporting actress award for her role in “Gone With the Wind.’’ The epic also took best picture, best director and best actress (Vivien Leigh).

Matissta

Um treesta, I think you might have hit a sore point with Flann. 'The Wind' won over 'The Wizard' that year. Flann just can't let go.

Flannista

Yeah, "The Wind" can take a flying monkey leap.

treesta

Wizard has it all over Wind, I agree. Dorothy and the Munchkins were robbed.

Sista C

'Wind' is sacrosanct. Back off.

Flannista

The "Wind" is sacrosanct?

Like The White, Sista C, that we haven't heard from for a couple of years now.

Matissta

Sista C, I'm with you on 'The Wind'. I'm also going to get a flying monkey hurled at my face when I get home.

Flannista

You and your big dog, too, Matiss.

Matissta

OK, that's funny. Damn!

Sista C

Thanks for takin' a monkey for me and the Wind, Matiss.

Sista C

Flann: The White took a vacation this year.

Matissta

Third warmest February for us on record. Must admit, it was nice not to have to shovel... sorry White.

treesta

Sista C, this is the only thing sacrosanct about the 'Wind':

Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH6TBEbP77Q
Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nt0yi4wbro&feature=related

Flannista

Damn, treesta -- those two links were worth the nearly 20 minutes it took to watch them. HysTERical. Thanks for posting them.

Sistac

Funny.....yes. Funny. But at least they didn't case Viviian Leigh like a bratwurst in order for her to play a character half her age.

Great picture, babesis!

Flannista

babysis -- I saw that photo on Facebook yesterday. Thanks for posting a link here.

The Sassistas! post on Oscar Fashion will be up tomorrow. Let's just say that between Matissta's schoolin' and me having to lay low, it's just taking us a while. We kinda ran out of sass. We're hoping that you all can help us with a few one liners once we publish the thing; after all, Matissta put a lot of time into sizing and arranging the photos. Thank you.

babysis

And on a more serious note, heh,heh, my favorite Rossini:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJVdLBAhTkg

Don't bother if you don't like opera!

Flannista

Them's fighin' words, Sista C (or is it Sistac? I'm SO confused).

Okay -- but there are NO swear words in "Wizard'. "Supposin' you met an elephant/I'd wrap him up in cellophant" TRUMPS, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Big time.

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