Saturday, October 08, 2005

On this day in history

According to Dave Barry, everything that happened in history happens on October 8. In Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, he explains that keeping your facts straight is made simpler by assigning the same date to everything that has ever happened. On that note, he chose October 8 because it is a date he remembers (his son's birthday). To cite one example, Dave explains that the Pearl Harbor attack happened on "the December morning of October 8." Simple and snappy.

My 11th-grade American History teacher read this book aloud to us in class. My grades slipped when I realized that he wasn't accepting October 8 as an answer. Damn you, educational double standards!

Anyway, have a great day. It's a busy one, you know.

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