Wednesday, June 20, 2007

odds & ends IV

As it turns out, it's not just women who are crazy in Texas. Yesterday, in the midst of a Juneteenth celebration in Austin, an angry mob actually beat a man to death. Read more on this story here and here.

On a side note, Juneteenth, also known as June 19th, commemorates the day in 1865 that the slaves of Galveston, Texas, were first told of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on January 1st, 1863. In other words, it took two and a half years for freedom from slavery to be enforced in the great state of Texas. Make of that what you will.

On a more mundane note, tomorrow, being the summer solstice here on the northern side of the Equator, will be the longest day of the year. Sunrise at 5:24am, sunset at 8:31pm, at least in grand old New York City.

Lastly, classic Sesame Street for the inner library geek, I mean child, in you.

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