Friday, January 12, 2018

News for Week Ending Friday, Jan 12, 2018

1.   First Lady Melania Trump has just announced three new additions to her White House staff, including a communications coordinator.  ***  Hey, what marriage couldn’t use one of those?

2.   Yesterday there was a two hour power outage and blackout at the big Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  ***  All the Millennials there hadn’t seen anything like that since their parents shut off power to the basement.

3.   Yesterday a small fire broke out on the roof of Trump Tower.  ***   That’s a shame. Trump staffers had been specifically instructed to extinguish all cigarettes before jumping.

4.   Dunkin’ Donuts has announced it will no longer use artificial food coloring.  ***  From now on, the colorful donut icing will be made from melted crayons.  

5.   McDonald’s has announced it may re-introduce the “Archburger,” an upscale hamburger made from fresh beef.  ***  In fact, it’s so exclusive McDonald’s will provide valet service for the drive-thru.

6.   On this date in history:  Jan 12, 1820 – The Royal Astronomical Society is founded in England.  ***   It was for people who love to use superlatives. 

7.   On this date in history:  Jan 11, 1892 – Artist Paul Gauguin marries a 13-year-old Tahitian girl.   ***   Well, maybe he needed help with his computer.

8.   On this date in history:  Jan 10, 1949 – RCA introduces the 45 RPM record.   ***  I believe they reduced the speed from 78 RPM so you could read the label while it was spinning.

9.   On this date in history:  Jan 9, 1879 – Cheyenne prisoners revolt at Fort Robinson, led by an Indian known as “Dull Knife.”  ***   Actually, a lot of leaders aren’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, but usually they keep it secret.

10.  On this date in history:  Jan 8, 1993 – The Elvis Presley commemorative postage stamp goes on sale.  ***  It was the first stamp ever printed on black velvet.

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