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Tidbits and Pieces – The year 2008 (a leap year)
A carry-over from 2007, property prices continue to fall in the US and Europe, resulting in a credit crisis for homeowners and financial institutions; the collapse of the US Housing Bubble most likely a major cause of the 2007-2009 recession in the US; the US allocates a $900 million bailout for loans related to the crisis. The financial crisis impact created turmoil felt around the world.
Apple debuts their ultra-thin MacBook Air notebook (less than one inch thick); Microsoft attempts to buy Yahoo; the Honda FCX Clarity debuts, which is Honda’s zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle; YouTube hosts their largest live broadcast, YouTube Live.
After almost 50 years, Fidel Castro steps down as Cuba’s president due to poor health; the UN announces actor George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace; Vladimir Putin appointed as Russian Prime Minister; Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the US; Danica Patrick is the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race (Indy Japan 300).
US – “A Year of Extremes” – Hurricane Ike; Hurricane Gustav; severe flooding in the Midwest; Tropical Storm Fay making 4 Florida landfalls causes flooding and destruction; a parade of winter storms-an extreme snowy effect in Iowa, Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin; there are 1,692 tornadoes in the US; there is more snow taking aim at Houston and New Orleans.
Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar causing over 130,000 fatalities and leaving millions of people homeless
Music and Culture
2008 is the year of the Writers Guild of America strike affecting a large number of TV shows, which lasts almost 3 months.
Word of the week: persnickety (adjective)-placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy. requiring a particularly precise or careful approach.
Origin: early 19th century (originally Scots)
Synonyms: anal, choosy, fastidious, fusspot, fussy, fussbudget, pettifogging, stickler.
Words that rhyme or nearly rhyme: dignity, rickety, hickory, tyranny, thickety, lickety, snippety, biggety.
Tuesday, December 5th is Repeal Day. If you enjoy a cocktail or two, then raise your glass in a toast with your favorite alcoholic beverage.
During the time between January 5th, 1919 and December 5th, 1933, alcohol was banned in America. The reasoning was to not promote drunkenness and put an end to crime. However, due to the demand for alcohol, bootlegging became big business creating more of a problem than attempting to keep people from enjoying their libations.
Finally, the 18th Amendment was lifted therefore we celebrate repeal day! Clink!
Wazzzz up with being persnickety
Perhaps confused with your dignity
Current events make you snippety
But the paper dolls want credit to fix
And be part of the wannabe mix
Quite obviously a nix nix
Can’t be accused of being two-faced
No character lines to erase
Flimsy personality in typeface
Oh twiddle sticks and pick up sticks
Let the hoi polloi scold the lazy susan
For wantonly rotate mass confusion
Offered options even though unproven
It’s time we raised the bar
Oh no, not by buying a new car
Or raising your glass in har de har
Keep in mind those in despair
Give a hand with intent to share
It’s only fair you show you care
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