Wednesday, March 29, 2006

cadee49: From The Writer's Almanac

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It's the birthday of Eric Idle, (books by this author) born in South Shields, Durham, England (1943). He's one of the six founding members of the British comedy group Monty Python, famous for its movies and its long-running television show, Monty Python's Flying Circus. Idle often played old ornery women, as well as creepy old men and annoying talk show hosts. Monty Python's first movie was Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), in which Idle plays Sir Robin the Not-So-Brave, who wets his armor at the first sign of danger. (Run away! Run away!)

On this day in 1886, John Pemberton perfected a headache and hangover remedy he had cooked up over a fire in his backyard. It contained coca leaves and extract of kola nut, and he advertised it as an "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage." He had been making something called "Pemberton's French Wine Coca," but Atlanta had just passed a prohibition law, and he had to come up with an alcohol-free formula. He sweetened the new elixir with sugar instead of wine, and his bookkeeper suggested he name the beverage "Coca-Cola." (Thank you, Mr. Pemberton, for the foundation of the life-saving elixer...DIET COKE!)

American Idol

We were up at Ang's babysitting...then Matt got home with Julian. He wanted to play our new Harry Potter game, so I was slightly distracted. But no so distracted that I didn't notice how BAD most of the performances are. Just really weird song choices. But, on a night when the songs are plucked fresh from the radio, the Idols are pretty much at a disadvantage. The current models are way too fresh on everyone's minds....

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