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Ben Franklin's bifocals Tuesday, August 20, 2013

General Bernardo O'Higgins
1778 - Bernardo O'Higgins, general, Chilean
independence leader, born in Chillan, Chile]

Reporter & Poet Edgar Guest
[1881 - Edgar Albert Guest, reporter, poet,
born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England]

Writer H.P. Lovecraft    Writer of wierd fiction H.P. Lovecraft    Writer H.P. Lovecraft
[1890 - H.P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft, writer, born in Providence, Rhode Island]

Jazzman Jack Teagarden    Jazzman Jack Teagarden close up    Jack Teagarden
[1905 - Jack (Weldon Leo) Teagarden, jazz trombonist, singer, born in Vernon, Texas]

Singer Gentleman Jim Reeves    Singer Velvet Jim Reeves    Country Singer Jim Reeves    Singer Gentleman Jim Reeves
[1923 - "Gentleman" Jim (James Travis) Reeves, country velvet singer, born in Galloway, Texas]

ainley-anthony5    Actor Anthony Ainley as Dr. Who
[1932 - Anthony Ainley, actor, born in London]

Revolutionary Leon Trotsky    Revolutionary Leon Trotsky    Leon Trotsky
[1940 - Leon Trotsky, revolutionary, murdered in Mexico City by Stalin]

Composer Isaac Hayes    Singer, Composer Isaac Hayes
[1942 - Isaac Hayes, Grammy & Academy Award-winning singer, song-writer, born in Covington, Tennessee]

[1953 - Russia acknowledges its test of a hydrogen bomb]

String Us Along

Einstein playing with atom

Prince Albert (who once was mighty),
Now taken down by bits of fluff?
It seems sub-atomic particles.
Weren't nearly esoteric enough.

Einstein thinking

Uncle Albert could not conceive why
God would play dice with our universe.
Almighty might deign to make his point,
But wouldn't crap out just to be perverse.

Einstein thinking dice rotating

Perhaps quarks touched off some sparks,
And the strangeness lost its charm.
Chances are we'll never know,
What caused so much alarm.

Einstein gets an idea

When four dimensions proved mundane,
They could have settled for seven.
Instead by mathematical legerdemain,
Physicists saddled us with eleven.

Einstein shaking head

If you thought you had some branes,
And understood this weighty matter,
Matter's not found in boats & trains,
Nor captured by this idle chatter.

curved fabric of space

Strings that vibrate in their place,
Sometimes they loop, or whatever,
Take up so very little space,
You won't see them - now or ever.

Einstein with angry face smileyface

If you find the physicks of string,
Way beyond your understanding,
Join the club; you're not a ding,
Press on with life, notwithstanding.

smart donkey at chalkboard man dancing

William's Whimsical Words:

cellphone ringing

So find a little bit of string,
And tie it round your middle finger.
Next time you hear a cell phone ring,
Hold it up, and salute the ringer.

Cellphone freeway alert sign


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