Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Born to Die

In reading the events for the day, I did see one that puzzled me.

Born February 22, 1440 Ladislaus the Posthumous.  I didn’t really understand this entry, since the only time I’ve heard “posthumous” used was after the person died. After a little clicking I found the person has a facebook page, not unusual for a dead person but Ladislaus was called this while he was living.  I wound up going to the dictionary to find out what’s going on. Apparently, posthumous, used as an adjective, would describe a child born after the death of its father or delivered from its dead mother.

Btw – Ladislaus died young.

Today is Ash Wednesday. If you received ashes today you heard the words

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we come from dust and to dust we shall return”.

   The Historical Inebriant:  Rebel Yell

  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 egg white 

Combine bourbon, cointreau, lemon juice, and egg white in a shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and pour into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange slice, and serve.


In the midnight hour she cried- "more, more, more"
With a rebel yell she cried- "more, more, more"
Rebel Yell – Billy Idol

In my interpretation - upon realizing death is imminent, there’s always a pleading
for more time.


Also on this day in 1892 Edna St. Vincent Millay is born

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.

Off today’s theme:
On this day in 1632 Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
was published.

“People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it. 1,500 years ago,
everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago,
everybody knew the Earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago, you knew that people
were alone on this planet…Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

– Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K in Men In Black.

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