Dad Joke of the Day: I did a theatrical performance on puns. It was a play on words.
Quote of the Day: “If your house is made out of glass then you shouldn’t go walking around in the nude.”
Today in History:
An accident at the Windscale nuclear facility in northwestern England caused a fire that burned for 16 hours and left 10 tons of radioactive fuel melted in the reactor core… The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The fire took place in Unit 1 of the two-pile Windscale facility on the northwest coast of England in Cumberland (now Sellafield, Cumbria). The two graphite-moderated reactors, referred to at the time as “piles”, had been built as part of the British post-war atomic bomb project. Windscale Pile No. 1 was operational in October 1950 followed by Pile No. 2 in June 1951.
The fire burned for three days and there was a release of radioactive contamination that spread across the UK and Europe. Of particular concern at the time was the radioactive isotope iodine-131, which may lead to cancer of the thyroid, and it has been estimated that the incident caused 240 additional cancer cases. No one was evacuated from the surrounding area, but there was a worry that milk might be dangerously contaminated. Milk from about 500 square kilometers (190 sq mi) of nearby countryside was diluted and destroyed for about a month. A 2010 study of workers involved in the cleanup of the accident found no significant long term health effects from their involvement.
Born on This Day:
1920 – Tacoma, Washington – Frank Herbert, American author of the Dune Series…
Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science-fiction author best known for the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels. Though he became famous for his novels, he also wrote short stories and worked as a newspaper journalist, photographer, book reviewer, ecological consultant, and lecturer.
Dune took over 6 years of research and writing to reach a completed manuscript. It was originally published in two parts (eight installments) in the science fiction magazine ‘Analog’ (later renamed ‘Astounding) but his full manuscript was rejected by nearly twenty publishers before excepted. Sterling E. Lanier, editor of ‘Chilton Book Company’ (known for auto-repair manuals) bought the rights to publish for $7500 + future royalties.
“A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating. You’re there now doing the thing on paper. You’re not killing the goose, you’re just producing an egg. So I don’t worry about inspiration, or anything like that. It’s a matter of just sitting down and working. I have never had the problem of a writing block. I’ve heard about it. I’ve felt reluctant to write on some days, for whole weeks, or sometimes even longer. I’d much rather go fishing, for example, or go sharpen pencils, or go swimming, or what not. But, later, coming back and reading what I have produced, I am unable to detect the difference between what came easily and when I had to sit down and say, “Well, now it’s writing time and now I’ll write.” There’s no difference on paper between the two.”
— Frank Herbert
Died on This Day:
2005 – Kashmir region in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan – 79000 people died in a 7.6 earthquake. On 8 October 2005, a devastating magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck the Kashmir region in the Himalaya. It killed nearly 80,000 people, injured more than 100,000, and left 3 million homeless. One of the worst natural disasters in South Asia, the earthquake caused thousands of landslides that buried entire villages. Muzaffarabad and Balakot were two of the hardest hit towns in Pakistan. The epicenter of the earthquake was just northeast of Muzaffarabad, which lost about half of its structures. Balakot was almost completely wiped out — the shaking and landslides destroyed 90 per cent of the town’s buildings.
Touch Tag Day – By celebrating this traditional childhood game we encourage kids of all ages to get out and play. Tag dates back to the ancient Romans but is now played by children worldwide in one form or another. So TAG, you’re it!
Fluffernutter Day – A sweet and crunchy sandwich made of Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter. In 1913, Emma and Amory Curtis published a recipe for a peanut and marshmallow mix called Snowflake Marshmallow Crème. In 1917 Archibald Query perfected the sweet marshmallow spread and called it Marshmallow Crème.In 1920, Query sold his recipe to Durkee-Mower, Inc. who renamed it Marshmallow Fluff. So go ahead, stuff your face with some peanut butter-fluff and try to say, “Sally sells seashells down by the seashore.”
Pierogi Day – Pierogi are small dumplings made from unleavened dough stuffed with a variety of savory fillings form: mashed potatoes, ground meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit etc. First, they are boiled and then either baked or fried in butter. So mix up a batch or two and invite some friends over. Have everyone bring their favorite fillings and spend an evening of, ‘Guess what’s in this pierogi?’