Author Archives: Joel Byers

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.

February 9, 1891

On February 9, 1891, the very first shipment of asparagus arrived in San Francisco from Sacramento. Now native San Franciscoers’ pee will smell bad because of them eating asparagus and no longer just because of the rampant syphilis and gonorrhea. … Continue reading

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February 8, 1802

On February 8, 1802, American clock inventor, Simon Willard, patented the ‘Banjo Clock’. When his family, friends, and close neighbors and their cats learned about it, they eagerly lined up at his house and took turns bitch-slapping him. When he … Continue reading

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February 7, 2013

On February 7, 2013, the state of Mississippi finally, officially certified the Thirteenth Amendment, only a short 18 years after it had formally ratified it, and became the last state in the United States to do so. When the government … Continue reading

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February 6, 1959

On February 6, 1959, Jack St. Clair Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit, thereby setting the world on the path of electronic realization, making computers and the other wonders of the 21st Century possible. … Continue reading

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February 5, 1953

On February 5, 1953, in Great Britain, the sweet and sugar rationing that started in World War II, ended, just eight short years after the end of the war. Candy shop and confectionaries nationwide in England braced for the onslaught … Continue reading

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February 4, 1866

On February 4, 1866, the future founder of the Church of Christ, Scientists, Mary Baker Eddy, believed her injured back was healed by opening her Bible and reading scripture. This is the watershed moment that put Mary Baker Eddy onto … Continue reading

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February 3, 2008

On February 3, 2008, Grace Saenz-Lopez, the mayor of the Texas town of Alice, resigned after she was caught lying about her neighbor’s Shih Tzu. She had been asked to pet-sit the dog, Puddles, while they were on vacation. When … Continue reading

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February 2, 1349

On February 2, 1349, the Bubonic Plague was ravaging through Europe and England, and in London, there were at least 200 human bodies a day being buried. While most everyone in London considered this to be a horrible, apocalyptic time, … Continue reading

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February 1, 1964

On February 1, 1964, Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tried to get the rock song by the Kingsmen, “Louie, Louie” banned for obscenity. He went so far as to ‘ban’ the song from the airwaves in Indiana. He claimed that just … Continue reading

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January 31, 1971

On January 31, 1971, Apollo 14 lifted off on its 239,000 mile journey to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the moon. Before lift-off, Astronaut Stuart Roosa received a secret message from Ham the Chimp, who was the first non-human primate … Continue reading

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