Thursday, August 9, 2007

AH, Hah!

On this day May 25th

1895 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite

No ?

1935 Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in one hour

Or maybe.

1953 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat NV

Better yet.

1961 JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

But probably this one.

1787 Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding

Edit: ths post is in response to a comment by the queen of obscure references. I heart LabRat.


  1. I'm afraid the answer is: I am a giant festering geek.

    My absolute favorite fantasy author picked the twenty-fifth of May as the date for the establishment of the very short-lived People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road. One of his books (arguably the best) revolves around the episode. The reason it sprang to mind first is that the participants involved wore sprigs of lilac to mark the date.

    Looks like the author chose the date mindfully, though, which doesn't surprise me. And next time I'll check my Runaway Reference Disease.

  2. lab, that may be the all time RRD record - not that I would know anything comparable.

    I send a bemused grin.

  3. LR,
    What author? What series?
    Surely, RRD sufferers can share the joy.

  4. Terry Pratchett, the Discworld series.

    *slavering fan*
    He's written so many and gotten so much better at it that it's not necessarily a good idea to start at the beginning if you want to try and get into it; if you want recommendations for where to start, I have several.
    *end slavering fan*

    The collaboration with Neil Gaiman ("Good Omens") he did is also excellent if you don't feel like trying on a universe.

  5. I know I've read some Pratchett. It just doesn't jump off the bookshelf right now.
    Where to start?
    Off to Half-Priced Books.
    I love Half-Priced Books.

  6. Recommended starting points:
    Small Gods
    Interesting Times
    Reaper Man
    Guards! Guards!
    Monstrous Regiment
    The Truth
    Going Postal
    Wyrd Sisters

    Some of them come in earlier or later, but they're all good and all easy enough to get into with a little patience.


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