Joy in Mudville!

Oct. 21 - Ah, sweet 2004!

The Patriots win the Super Bowl, my daughter is born, and the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the pennant.

You'll pardon me if I leave it at that today:

The Red Sox beat the Yankees in the pennant!

Ah. . .

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(But I'm still not letting myself get sucked in. Not just because I don't want to, but because I can't. It would practically guarantee a loss in the Series. So I remain, obviously, aloof and indifferent.)

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Thomas Edison invented the incandescent electric lamp on this date in 1879. That invention was the fruit of study, hard work, and years of persistent experimentation, rendering it entirely inappropriate for discussion here.

More worthy of our attention is Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize, born on this date in 1833.

Mr Nobel is interesting because his fortune was founded in large part on the commercial success of something he invented in 1866: dynamite.

Dynamite proved so lucrative for Mr Nobel that he was able to spend most of the rest of his life blowing things up in the interests of world peace. World peace was not achieved in his lifetime, however, so he endowed a foundation with millions of dollars to give prizes to the men and women of future generations who helped bring the world closer to peace by blowing things up.

Also born today were Jeremy Miller (1976), Carrie Fisher (1956), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Dizzy Gillespie (1917), and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772).

It's Flag Day in Costa Rica, Army Day in Honduras, Independence Day in the Marshall Islands Anniversary of Coup Day in Somalia, and Trafalgar Day in the UK.

And the Red Sox are going to the World Series.

Happy, happy, happy Thursday!

2004, The Moron's Almanac™

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