Friday, March 29, 2013

More Trivia

Filed under: History, Easter

The date of Easter is determined as the first Sunday after the full moon following the first day of Spring.  This nails it to between March 21, and April 25, and it has been so since 325 AD.  I'll bet some jackass is working on getting it moved to Monday so Federal employees can get another paid holiday.

This one is filed as: History, Law

Teddy Roosevelt had the good sense to sign into law an act excluding "idiots, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons" from being admitted to the United States.  So, who repealed it?

This is filed as: Mythology, Greek; and is attributed to Norman Davies' "History of Europe"

The Minotaur, the primogeniture of bullheadedness, was said to be the product of a strange infatuation that Pasiphae, the queen of Minos, developed for a certain bull.  She enlisted the aid of Daedalus, that Minoan Tom Edison who later became famous for flying away on wings made of wax and seagull feathers.  Daedalus built the queen a hollow cow within which she assumed the position.  Apparently the bull was unable to resist.

Finally: History, Notable Quotations

That Greek sage, Botheious (c. 400 BC) said, "The most unfortunate misfortune is to have once been happy."

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