Wednesday, April 25, 2007

i think i'm in the wrong business

I've been tagged for the Wikihistory meme. Contrary to popular belief, I love memes. Thanks, Jam!

1. Go to Wikipedia and enter your birthday without the year: August 14

2. List three events that occurred that day:

  • 1908 - First beauty contest held in Folkestone, England.
  • 1936 - Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.
  • 2004 - Sales tax holiday in Massachusetts. All sales taxes are suspended on purchases of $2500 or less.

3. List two important birthdays:

  • 1945 - Steve Martin, American comedian and cousin of my math teacher
  • 1959 - Magic Johnson, American basketball player and all-around nice guy (so I've heard)

4. List one death:

  • 1951 -William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper magnate (b. 1863) and a guy who built one hell of a castle.

5. List one holiday or observance:

  • Pakistan - Independence Day (From the Indian Empire and from the British colonialist and imperialists under the foreign control of the United Kingdom, 1947) It's too bad people are still fighting today.

Ok, I know it's not really part of the rules, but I have to say that the list of people born on August 14 seems to follow a pattern. They're mostly entertainers. I'm talking actors, musicians, athletes. Even back in the day it was painters and novelists. If you don't believe me, take a gander at the list. And several other athletes and actors didn't even make Wikipedia, such as Halle Berry and oldschool Chicago Bear Vestee Jackson. (even though I'm pretty sure only my brother knows that one). Hey, maybe if the traditional job doesn't work out for me, I should get together some kind of show and hit the road. At least then I'd be staying true to the legacy of my birthday.

Even though I hate putting pressure on anyone, I'm a stickler for playing by the rules. So I tag Ale, Beenzzz and Jazz (however, if being tagged makes you not want to do it, jas, then consider yourself un-tagged.)


cadiz12 said...

i just realized that i preceded the paragraph that includes the sentence: "i'm a stickler for playing by the rules" with a paragraph that starts, "Ok, I know it's not really part of the rules."

love me as i am.

Jon said...

So really, you’re just a stickler for the rules that you like…

jazz said...

since i'd already decided i wanted to do it, the pressure of being tagged has not repulsed me enough to not do it anymore.

so, you'll see mine up tomorrow ;)

Lia said...

Cadiz, you already are a media celebrity. And anyone who doesn't know that is missing something important.

Also, I also love Hearst Castle. I could so totally live there, except that I wonder if the mailman would ever come. Or the supermarket delivery person. Because I would definitely not carry home the groceries.

Radioactive Jam said...

Must... resist... temptation to edit Wiki page...
"Cadiz12 - blogging entertainer extraordinaire."

Syar said...

Your birthday is *counts on fingers* 5 days away from mine! That is awesome. Did I just forget this, cause blogger birthdays blur in my mind.

I think there was a pattern on my page too. Or maybe I'm just thinking about how many people were murdered on that day. EEEP!

Beenzzz said...

Independence Day! Wow! I will consider myself tagged and try to get this meme put up tomorrow! :)

omar said...

Hey, I think your blog is getting revenge on me. I swear I commented on this post earlier this afternoon.

I don't even remember what I said, so I'll just close with:

Mmmm, Halle Berry...

One Food Guy said...

That same pattern of actors, musicians, athletes and literary types existed for my birthday, March 24.

Apparently Wikipedia thinks they are the only important people to note!

I just found your blog, linked from Jinius, so I'm missing the celebrity, Wikipedia references, but I'll find them! ;) I can find anything in Google, oh wait, this is blogger!

Jen said...

Why would you want to wear shoes if you didnt have to? I agree about the ice thing. I hate it. LOL

Viking said...

Nobody cool was born on my birthday, but hundreds of cool people were born in the week before my birthday, including you :p