Thursday, April 27, 2006

Wake Island

Last night, as I was watching TMC, they did a preview for the 1942 movie called Wake Island, which tells the story of the 443 military personnel who were stationed at Wake Island when it was attacked by the Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the trailer, which you can view here, "443" was repeated numerous times and made me want to research the whole shebang.

Then I go to Wikipedia, and what did I find, but the following excerpt:

"On October 5, 1943, carrier planes from USS Yorktown, Essex and Lexington conducted an extremely successful raid. Two days later, fearing an imminent invasion and a possible revolt, Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara ordered the murder of 98 captured American contract workers remaining on the island who had been doing forced labour for the Japanese. They were taken to the northern end of the island, blindfolded and machine-gunned. One of the prisoners (whose name has never been discovered) escaped the massacre, apparently returning to the site to carve the message 98 US PW 5-10-43 on a large coral rock near where the murdered Americans had been hastily buried in a mass grave. This unknown American was re-captured within a few weeks, after which Sakaibara personally beheaded him with a sword. The inscription on the rock can still be seen and is a Wake Island landmark."

Wake Island is the most 43 island there is.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

43 X 43 by Dakota

On 43 things, there is a number of goals with 43 in them, go figure. One of the long standing ones that many people have played with is "Photograph 43 things with the number 43 on them" for obvious reasons. Some of these photos are better than others, but more importantly, they are all of the number 43. There is a flickr page that used to be dedicated to collecting the photos of 43, but now its a more general 43 things site. Whatever.

The whole point of this discussion is that I frequently search 43 things and flickr to look at pictures I like of 43. Sometimes, if I really like something, I attempt to contact the photographer to get their permission to blog it. Dakota, a 43 thinger, is one of these people. View her sites here: flickr; 43 things.

But more importantly, look at this collage at all 43 of her pictures of 43. It is fantastic.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Thru the Window of the Dollar Store

Oh The Comments I Get

If you read the comments on the post right before this one, you will get the link to the article called: "The Dirty Word in 43 Down: A New York Times crossword gaffe" by Jesse Sheidlower. Love the article, thanks Treespotter.

Just in case the article goes away anytime soon, here is the highlights:

"If you finished Monday's crossword puzzle in the New York Times, your answer for 43 Down, clued as "Scoundrel," was SCUMBAG..."

"The original meaning of scumbag is 'condom.' The Oxford English Dictionary dates the term to 1967, with 1971 as the first example of the 'despicable person' sense, but current research has pushed the dates back to 1935 (based on the still earlier scum, 'semen,' and bag, 'a condom') and 1950 respectively... "

hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha. ha.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Damn it, on the original page, it has an arrow pointing to the peak and reads:

Your time: 9 minutes, 5 seconds

Rank: Top 43%

Medium average time: 9 minutes, 57 seconds - more details.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Monday, April 03, 2006

Happy 43 Day!

Well, today is not going to be the most exciting 43 day for me, but I hope it is for everyone else. The whole idea behind 43 day is to do something you have never done before but always wanted to do. So far today, all I have managed to do differently is buy Nutro dog food for my puppies - no more Pedigree or Purina for those two. Hopefully tonight I can find something to get into that really expresses how I feel about 43 day.

If anyone out there has a happy 43 day experience, let me know.