Today marks the birth anniversary of French physician Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566). Why do we care? Because young Michel grew up to be Nostradamus, the famed seer whose astrological predictions — written in rhymed quatrains — are deemed spot-on by some true believers. Among the correct prognostications attributed to him: the Great Fire of London, the reign of Napoleon, the rise of Hitler and the 9/11 attacks.
We’re not sure about the veracity of those claims, but we do know this: Nostradamus was 100 percent accurate on the evening of July 1, 1566. Suffering from gout and edema, he reportedly told his secretary, “You will not find me alive at sunrise.” The next morning, he was found dead on the floor next to his bed.
Move along, little Tiger! Let’s head on out, Maxie! Get movin’, Miss Kitty! Come around, Fluffy! Tuesday is Cat Herders Day. Good luck. And remember: Never try to herd black cats on a moonless night.
Wednesday is the birth anniversary of science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008). Clarke was a true visionary, and his short story “The Sentinel” was the inspiration for the classic 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Minehead, England, native also achieved knighthood in 2000. In Clarke’s honor, here are some of his observations:
“Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.”
“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”
“Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.”
“I don’t believe in God, but I’m very interested in her.”
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On Friday, the birth annniversary of Ty Cobb (1886-1961), eat a peach or wipe out an infielder with a cleats-high slide into second base. Either would be a fitting tribute to “The Georgia Peach,” one of the greatest baseball players — and fiercest competitors — in history. Cobb compiled an astounding .367 lifetime batting average during his 24-year career (mostly with the Detroit Tigers). Here’s what the man had to say about the game that he loved:
“Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.” Grrr.
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The holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” premiered 69 years ago Sunday. Although a box-office bust at the time, it has since become a Christmastime standard. The movie ends with a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne,” but when it was originally filmed, it ended with a different song. Do you know what it was?
A. “My Blue Heaven”
B. “Happy Days are Here Again”
C. “Buffalo Gals”
D. “Ode to Joy”
E. “Joy to the World”
The correct answer is D.
Today — Dee Wallace Stone (67)
Tuesday — Don Johnson (66)
Wednesday — Benjamin Bratt (52)
Thursday — Pope Francis (79)
Friday — Katie Holmes (37)
Saturday — Jake Gyllenhaal (35)
Sunday — Jonah Hill (32)