Thursday, August 7, 2008

Planning the Revolution to the Last Micro-Detail

According to Kara Wild's DWU story, "All But Forgotten," go-getting teen tiger Helen Barksdale wrote in her diary on August 7, 1968: "In four weeks I'll be a college freshman. Prepare for the Revolution by purchasing tie-dyed clothing, taking lessons in controlled burning, and brushing up on my Bob Dylan." We know this because Amy read her older sister's diary and told everyone about it later. All that, forty years ago today.

However, as we see at left, things did not turn out the way Hippie Helen had expected, as feminism and Women's Liberation had barely gotten off the ground. Women still did all the housework and cooking while the men drank fermented spirits. (This pic is, of course, from "That Was Then, This Is Dumb.")

Today is the 80th birthday of famed magician and skeptic James ("The Amazing") Randi, whom Daria apparently likes and admires. She mentions him in one of her online essays at the MTV website.

Today is also the 105th anniversary of the birth of famed anthropologist Louis Leakey, who might have been able to explain Kevin Thompson had he lived long enough to meet Kev.



Anonymous said...

I was saddened to learn recently that Randi intends to withdraw the $1 million bounty he's had for people of supernatural talents, as it would have made an excellent windfall if I ever developed superpowers somehow.

the bug guy said...

On a related note, Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy was recently named president of the Randi Foundation.

The Angst Guy said...

That means he's got some Super-Baaad Astronomy!

Anonymous said...

"Shut yo mouth!" "But I'm jes talkin' 'bout Phil Plait"

The Angst Guy said...

"He's a complicated man, but no one can mess with his science!" Phil Plait!