Wednesday, May 08, 2013

How many years ago?

Newton was born in 1648. Sir Thomas More was born in 1478. And Oscar Wilde? Practically a modern man, at 1854-1900. None of the qualify for having a 200th anniversary in 2009.

On the eve of his 200th birthday in 2009 the Church of England offered him "an apology for misunderstanding you."

More and Newton way predate the C of E - I'm startled any of them thought More was only 200 years ago, in fact. And I rather doubt the church is going to apologize to Wilde - unlike the Episcopal Church of the USA, they're still pretty anti gay (just last month they ruled out even blessing same-sex marriage even as the UK moves toward marriage equality). So even though he was closest time-wise, he's probably the worst choice.

I'm kind of surprised these college students didn't remember - though it was four years ago now, and they'd have all still been in high school.

It was Darwin, of course.

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At 8:59 PM, May 08, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

At the time I told husband I just BET you'd have a comment re this, especially since you're a FCD! (BTW, did you know that the final stop of the "Beagle" before returning to England after 5+ years was on the island of Terceira in the Azores?):
http://arteeoficios.blogspot.com/2009/02/200-anos.html
It's also an interesting coincidence that Darwin and Abe Lincoln were born on the same date, and both wound up changing the world, each in his own way.

Did you also catch "Wheel of Fortune" tonight? At one juncture a puzzle consisted of:
M_R__N THE MAGICIAN
One contestant guessed "Marvin the Magician," prompting a wry retort from Pat with reference to the Catskills (Oy vay!). Then another contestant spun the wheel, chose "L," and guessed "Marlon the Magician." At this point I nearly wept.

 
At 11:15 PM, May 08, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Oops! It was something more like:
M_R__N THE M_G_C__N
(Must learn to proofread before hitting "Publish"!)

 

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