Earth days, birthdays, calendars

Today is Earth Day. I plan on celebrating the same way I do every year, by setting fire to a pile of old tires. Happy Birthday, Earth!

Among tomorrow's notable birthdays: William Shakespeare (probably), and Vladimir Nabokov. Shakespeare also died on April 23, 1616, as did Cervantes. There are some calendrical details here. While Shakespeare and Cervantes died on the same date, they did not die on the same day, as the in the 17th Century the Julian calendar, which England was using, was 10 days behind the Gregorian calendar, which Spain was using. Nabokov was born on April 10, 1899 by the Julian calendar which was still in use in Russia. The Gregorian equivalent at the time, was April 22. In 1900 the Gregorian equivalent became April 23, for some reason. Since Russia did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1918, Nabokov chose to observe April 23 (I'm sure the synchronicity with Shakespeare had nothing to do with it). I suppose I should provide a bunch of links for the above, but who has time for links with all the Earth Day revelries?

Comments

  1. Sir, what is your day job?

    I am not going to come back with the idiotic "better keep it" line. I really want to know.

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  2. My professional background is mostly as an office peon in various office settings. I'm willing to relocate if you're offering employment.

    Currently my focus is increasing sales of Free Delay! thong panties available at the online store Across Difficult Products, which make a perfect Earth Day gift, now that I think about it.

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  3. You travel mucho for an office peon.

    If you find the "right woman", say you are using a helmet and then just let it go.

    If she concieves, and takes to term, just close the deal in vegas.

    Your rewards will be great, indeed.

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  4. I always wear a helmet. Like right now, as I'm, typing this, I'm wearing a Pickelhaube.

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