Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 8: Doing creative things with zucchini -- and more

Watch out for clandestine zucchini placements tonight.
Usual Suspect is among those telling us that Thursday, August 8 is designated The Date to Create, presumably because "create" rhymes with "eight" (cre-ate on eight-eight). If you're the creative type, perhaps you can do something with this.

Nearly all of the Usual Suspects proclaim Thursday to be National Zucchini Day and several of them add that Thursday night will be Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night.

Why would anyone want to do that?

On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon announced that he was resigning as President of the United States. The resignation was effective at noon on August 9.

The Secret Society of Happy People has proclaimed August 8 as Happiness Happens Day. And it probably does.


But more power to them if they're happy. Maybe on Thursday you can find an excuse to be happy too, at least for a little while.

Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)
Maybe Dustin Hoffman will be happy on August 8. The actor turns 76 Thursday (born August 8, 1937).

Paul Hogan, the Australian actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee, was born on August 8, 1939.

African American explorer Matthew Henson, the man who may have been the first to set foot at the Geographic North Pole (on Admiral Peary's 1909 expedition) was born on August 8, 1866.

Astronaut James Irwin, the eighth man to walk on the Moon (the Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 15 mission) died on August 8, 1991.

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