Friday, January 20, 2006

1943 Revisited Everyday

I supposedly know everything about this number, and I like to brag about that fact to my friends. Ask me anything, I say. So Joe does. He says, what was the best picture from 1943. I didn't know. Damn my bragging self. So in this post, I will remark on all the pop culture bests from everyone's favorite year. If you click on the links, you will be taken to Wikipedia for more information.

FILM
Academy Award for Best Picture: Casablanca
Academy Award for Best Actor: Paul Lukas - Watch on the Rhine
Academy Award for Best Actress: Jennifer Jones - The Song of Bernadette
Top Grossing Films: (1) For Whom the Bell Tolls (2) The Song of Bernadette (3) This is the Army

LITERATURE
Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Upton Sinclair - Dragon's Teeth
Mentionable Books Written in 1943: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith; Being and Nothingness - Jean-Paul Sartre; The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand; Gremlins - Roald Dahl; The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

MUSIC
Academy Award for Best Song: "You'll Never Know" by Dick Haymes
"Oklahoma!" by Oscar Hammerstein II opens

TELEVISION
Debut: The Voice of Firestone Televues (1943-1947; renamed The Voice of Firestone, running from 1949 to 1963).
The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is formed.

ART
Piet Mondrian's masterpiece, Broadway Boogie-Woogie was completed.




















ARCHITECTURE
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., United States is completed.
The Pentagon in Washington D.C., United States is completed.

SIDE NOTE
The book I am reading Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins in part circles around a Matisse painting entitled Blue Nude 1943.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

We will rise up

It's not just me. There are many other people out there in the world who have this same numerical obsession, and luckily I have (somewhat) created a place for us to all convene and talk about our sundry 43 experiences.

One such person, Shaun, has a fascinating photobucket full of 43 pictures with their associated html/img/url codes. He wrote me an email saying that he has about 100 such found 43's, and he is working on uploading them all into photobucket. So far, so good, if I do say so myself. Which I do.

Other than the obvious, Shaun and I also have another strange coincidence in common: both of our 43 obsessions began at the wee age of 15. It is pretty pretty freaky, Shaun. Yep.

Now when you send me a comment on myspace, I fully expect that one of Shaun's pictures be incorporated.

Here are my favorites thus far:


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Fun with the periodic table

What was the first man made element on the periodic table? You guessed it, Technetium. You guessed it.

We were watching "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" late night, and the guy got this question for $250,000, and I told my husband that I would lose all the money just so I could pick Technetium.... and then I knew I missed my "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" calling after my 43rd element turned out to be the correct answer. My luck would never been that good.