Oct 30 2012

War of the Worlds!

Listening to: Coconut – Harry Nilsson

Today in 1938 Orson Welles panicked a nation with the broadcast of “War of the Worlds”.  To celebrate the fictious invasion by aliens, I’d like to hear:

Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm

War – Edwin Starr (no relation to Ringo)

The Final Countdown – Europe

Across the Universe – the Beatles

Space Oddity – David Bowie

Men in Black – Will Smith

Everything was so much simpler back then.  If you wanted to fake an alien invasion now, it would require Industrial Light and magic, Pixar, and coordinating feeds on the internet including Twitter and Facebook posts and some how getting Red Bull to sponsor it.  Even then, we’d want  to see Jeff Probst walk into their lasers and get burned up just to prove it’s true.  You have been warned, Jeff Probst. 

If I were an alien invading Earth, I wouldn’t invade directly, instead, I would create a series of boy bands that I would send down to get established, get huge fan bases, and then announce “One Direction New Kid Sync Menudo palooza” where all the boy bands would perform for 72 straight hours, at the end of which all the attendees would be barely alive from screaming and dehydration.  Then it would be pretty simple to take over

Oct 29 2012

Ball Point pen

Listening to: Henry Rollins – Provoked

Today in 1945 the 1st ball point pen goes on sale, 57 years after it was patented.  To celebrate, I’d like to hear:

I Love you Period – Dan Baird

Paperback Writer – The Beatles

Everyday I Write the Book – Elvis Costello

The Gypsy – The Inkspots

My question is why did it take so long between when it was patented to when it was made available for sale?  Upon further research (quick search on Wikipedia), I found my answer.  I won’t go into verbose detail here, but what it stems from is the contraction of siphalis by key patent holders thus causing the ball point pen to become a magic wand used for castrating sheep.  I could be wrongly interpreting this since I kinda skimmed the article and I have a penchance to make stuff up.