Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What's Up Doc?, Never Too Young, -and- License to Drive

What's Up Doc? - surgeons find fir tree growing in man's lung
Never Too Young - 13-year-old boy accused of robbing Illinois bank
License to Drive - Chico man hits gas inside his garage, plows through wall

On this day in history: April 15, 1955 - The first McDonald's franchise opens in Des Plains, a suburb of Chicago. Because it is the first one launched by Ray Kroc, he names it "McDonald's #1" despite the fact that the McDonald brothers had already opened eight of their chain restaurants before they began accepting licensees. Kroc's unfortunate numbering system guarantees perpetual confusion for amateur fast food historians the world over.

Born on this day in history: April 15, 1959 - Emma Thompson (1959- ) Born in London, actress Emma Thompson made her stage debut while still a student. In 1989, she appeared in "Henry V," directed by Kenneth Branagh, whom she married and later divorced (1996). With Branagh, Thompson made several films, including "Dead Again" (1991) and "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993). Other notable films include "Primary Colors" (1998), "Love Actually" (2003) and "Howard's End" (1992), for which she won an Oscar and a BAFTA.

Scripture of the Day: But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. - 1 Corinthians 15:20

Video of the Day: Rodenator - Burrowing Pest Control - submitted by Frank

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while driving to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

The Wind that plagued us severely yesterday has abated! This is a wonderful relief. The wind yesterday was fierce and unrelenting. It howled throughout the day and night and made what otherwise have been a beautiful day miserable.

Corning Wind Makes National News! Corning, CA, was reported as having the most severe wind of anywhere in the U.S., with winds reported at 48 MPH and gusts up to 56 MPH!

Grilling outdoors was impossible last evening, so I grilled indoors! We enjoyed Johnsonville Brats, Jalapeños, mushrooms, and squash, cooked on the indoor grill. Click to enlarge.