Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reunited, Anti-social Networking, -and- Blue Light Special

Reunited - adopted siblings together after 80 years
Anti-social Networking - five students suspended over Facebook threat
Blue Light Special - mystery spiral light hovers over Norway

On this day in history: December 10, 1993 - Adolf Hitler is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in a ceremony performed inside their London temple.
Mormons use this strange retroactive baptismal ritual to ensure ancestors or other relatives may join them in heaven.

Born on this day in history: December 10, 1830 - Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, poet Emily Dickinson published only two poems during her lifetime. After her death, sister Lavinia Dickinson published several more collections.
Dickinson has now gained a cult-like following.

Scripture of the Day: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16

Video of the Day: Emily Dickinson's Secret

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Warmer Proving the adage that "all things are relative," this morning seems positively tropical at 25° when compared with yesterday's 16° weather! It took only a few seconds for me to realize that it is still cold, and my longing for summer has not diminished perceptibly.

Mr. Nitro Laura is taking Mr. Nitro to Chico this morning. A warning light is glowing—indicating that his emissions-control system requires maintenance. We are great pals, and it is difficult for me being removed from him, but it is reassuring knowing that Laura will give him the care and attention he requires.

Laura took this photograph of a Toyota Yaris (a sibling of her own Yaris!) in the showroom at Patterson's Auto World while awaiting the shuttle.

Laura just redeemed Mr. Nitro from Patterson's Auto World. They thoroughly cleaned him. Is he not beautiful? If only the weatherpeople are incorrect. Mr. Nitro would enjoy another sunny day like today instead of the rain that is predicted to begin tomorrow!

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