And We Wonder Why?
Oct 13, 54 AD - Roman Emperor Claudius I consumes a favorite mushroom dish prepared by his fourth wife, Agrippina. What he does not know is that the meal is laced with the toxin of the Amanita phalloides mushroom. Feeling ill the next morning, Claudius summons his personal physician. Unfortunately, the doctor happens to be a co-conspirator in the scheme, administering a colocynth enema which kills Claudius instantly.
Oct 13, 1972 - Due to poor visibility, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying the Montevideo Old Christians Rugby Club crashes high in the Chilean Andes. Of the 45 people aboard the flight, only 27 survive the crash, and just 16 make it to their rescue 72 days later. Their secret? Cannibalism. According to one survivor, "the slight browning of the flesh gave it an immeasurably better flavor, softer than beef but with much the same taste." In 1993, director Frank Marshal (The Sixth Sense, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future) decided to make a movie about the incident.
And, We Wonder Why?
As some of you readers may already know, I am a collector of quotes. I believe that quotes allow us to understand the kind of person we're dealing with in any given situation. With this in mind, I think it's fair to say that George W. Bush has given us all more than ample warning. The following quotes are just a few examples:
"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country." - George W. Bush
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." - George W. Bush
"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'." - George W. Bush
"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future." - George W. Bush
"The future will be better tomorrow." - George W. Bush
"We're going to have the best educated American people in the world." - George W. Bush
"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made." - George W. Bush
"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe, we are a part of Europe." - George W. Bush
"Public speaking is very easy." - George W. Bush
"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls." - George W. Bush
"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur." - George W. Bush
"For NASA, space is still a high priority." - George W. Bush
"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children." - George W. Bush
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." - George W. Bush
And, my all time favorite:
"It's time for the human race to enter the solar system." - George W. Bush