Monday, June 18, 2018

18 June 18

Today is INTERNATIONAL PANIC DAY! But if you have your copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you already know that you can get comfort from the cover message that says, in large, friendly letters, "Don't Panic!" Meanwhile, on this planet, I'm happily celebrating yesterday's annual observance of Eat Your Vegetables Day, with my tossed-salad tie. We will probably have panic-free chef's salads for dinner tonight!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

17 June 18

Today I'm celebrating the 120th birthday of graphic artist M. C. Escher (1898-1972). His artwork is most famous for his use of reversals, reflections and multiple perspectives. My tie's design is based on the tilted architecture in "Another World II." You can view a collection of Escher's most popular works at this site. This is also Father's Day, but we're postponing our family party until next Sunday.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

14 June 18

For "Flag Day," I've draped myself with flags from all over the world. If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory, I hope you will celebrate with some episodes of Sheldon's "Fun With Flags" blog. My centerpiece tie honors the birthday (tomorrow) of Lisa del Giocondo (1479-1542), the model for Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

13 June 18

Today I'm honoring the birthday of James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), often acclaimed as the "third greatest physicist of all time" after Newton and Einstein. His research into electricity and magnetism set the stage for understanding the entire electromagnetic spectrum and for uniting optics and mechanics. My boldly striped tie is meant to be "electrifying."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

12 June 18

On this date in 1665, England created a municipal government called New York in what had been New Amsterdam (under Dutch colonial rule).

Monday, June 11, 2018

11 June 18

Today I'm celebrating the birthday of Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997). He was "a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water." (Wikipedia)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

10 June 18

Do you get the point? Today is Ball Point Pen Day, marking 75 years since the ball point pen was patented.
Here are some fun facts about the pen:
* An average of 100 people die each year from choking on a ballpoint pen.
* In the past, ballpoint pens were bent in order to increase the pen’s capacity of ink, but they were later produced with straight rods in order to save money.
* In almost all European languages, ballpoint pens are named using the word “ball.”
* László Bíró, the inventor of the ballpoint pen, died on October 24, 1985 (aged 86).
* 125 ballpoint pens are sold every second.
* One-third of the ballpoint pens in the United States are owned by BIC.
* Since 1983, BIC has sold more than 7,000,000,000 ballpoint pens in the United States.
* An average person in the United States uses 4.3 pens annually.
* A ballpoint pen has a lifespan of about 50,000 words.
* The most expensive ballpoint pen in the world is the Mont Blanc Ball Point which costs $730,000.