Thursday Thirteen

I literally drove into my drive way at 7:30 pm EST last night. There are so many things I want to tell you about my 10 day trip out to Romanticon in Richfield, Ohio (which is absolutely beautiful by the way). But as I sit here realizing I didn’t pre-load a blog for today the only thing I can come up with is all the reasons I’m NOT doing a Thursday Thirteen this week.

1. Even though I shut down about 80% of my emails before I left, my inbox is overflowing and I just don’t do well when I can’t finish answering all the messages.

2. I am tired beyond belief. Even though I slept in the most amazing beds, they were kingsize which meant I couldn’t find Mr. Nina and without him close by I just don’t sleep well.

3. I needed to unpack. Mr. Nina likes to take care of the suitcases so that means my clothes got piled on the bed. I still need to take care of them before I fall into bed.

4. I didn’t want to mess with uploading pictures. And since all my 13’s involve pictures it means I couldn’t do any of the fun ones I have planned.

5. I’m doing laundry. Suffice it to say Mr. Nina had no clean unmentionables.

6. I didn’t get online very often during our trip and I had to check out facebook and twitter and see everything I’ve been missing.

7. Did I mention I’m really, really, really tired?

8. My brain is fried and I couldn’t think of anything funny.

9. My animals require my attention. I have a cat sitting in my lap and the dog is at my feet. No matter how many people live in this house for some reason they all think I’m the only one who can take care of them.

10. There’s a STACK of mail that requires my attention. I hate going through the mail.

11. I’m hungry and my brain doesn’t function when my stomach is growling.

12. I have to balance the checkbook. And after the hit it took … this could take awhile.

13. Did I mention I’m walking on empty? I am so tired, my eyes are crossed!

 

Next Monday Mr. Nina and I leave on a 10 day driving trip. So what could I do this week but honor 13 of my favorite roadtrip movies. Yes it’s true, most of them I saw in their original version at the theater. But I refuse to think I’m old … though did I mention Mr. Nina and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary while on the road? Really, I’m not old. (My new mantra.) Oh, and the pictures have nothing to do with the movies. I just thought it was time to post some man candy.

1. National Lampoons Family Vacation (1983)
Think this group would adopt me?

2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Now this is one group I’d happily follow down the yellow brick road.

3. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Oh Mama, this is one bandit who speaks for himself!

4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
And here’s some pilots that can take me anywhere.

5. Easy Rider (1967)
Ummm … yeah, he would be.

6. Into the Wild (2007)
The country doesn’t look so lonely from this perspective.

7. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
I don’t know about a missing bike, but I’d like to know what’s missing under this guy’s kilt.

8. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (remake 1970)
(But a drink with him could make it alllll better.)

9. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
That’s MR. Sunshine to you!

10. Cannonball Run (1981)
A race with this guy in the car … count me in!

11. Thelma and Louise (1991)
No woman in her right mind would leave this guy behind!

12. Paper Moon (1973)
This guy could talk me into any con.

13. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) 
And yes, I would go to the ends of the earth with these three!

This is the last of my author thirteens. I want to thank all the authors who stopped by the Block this summer to visit and share pictures and bios. I hope you all found some new authors to check out and new books to read. This week I didn’t have enough authors to fill out the thirteen, so some of my guys agreed to hang out and keep these wonderful women company…

1. Pam Champagne
Pam Champagne writes in a variety of genres, all spicy to hot. She lives in Maine with her husband, two dogs and two cats. She’s led a colorful life and incorporates her experiences into her stories.

2. Shelia Goss
Sheila is the national best-selling author of His Invisible Wife (July 2009), My Invisible HusbandRoses are thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum and the three book teen series: The Lip Gloss Chronicles.

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3. The guys and I don’t hang around the block alllll the time. We do take time for a little play…

4. Cris Anson
Cris writes really HOT contemporary stories about strong women and the sexy men who interrupt their lives. Her DANCE series for Ellora’s Cave keeps racking up 5-star reviews.

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5. I just love my guys. Here’s one of them helping me do some brainstorming on a particularly difficult plot line …

6. Kelly Fitzpatrick
Kelly Fitzpatrick is a 2009 Golden Heart finalist and winner of the 2008 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Mainstream catagory for her manuscript Pleasant Lake P.D. Writing for four years, she has recently contracted with Cerridwen for her 2008 Golden Rose contest winner in the Romantic Mystery Suspense category, Lily in Wonderland, due out as an eBook in the fall of 2009.

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7. I’m doing a little research for a new book and I’m looking at setting it in the west. How nice of him to do the whole “cowboy” routine for a little inspiration … 

8. Katriena Knights
Katriena has been writing since before she could read, and as a result has a difficult time differentiating between reality and fantasy. This makes her remarkably amusing at parties. Her latest paperback is My Cyber Valentine, the story of a boy, a girl, the Internet and a ferret.

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9. Just some quiet time in the pool house in between scenes …

10. Francesca Hawley
Francesca is a single forty-something lady who lives in central Iowa. She works as a librarian by day and writes erotic romance by night. Her Ellora’s Cave release, Protect and Defend, received a 4 1/2 star rating from Romantic Times Magazine and is available in both electronic and print formats. Her second EC e-book, Seeking Truth released in May 2009.

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11. Here’s one of the guys trying to cool off during the dog days of summer. I don’t know about you, but it sure isn’t cooling me off any …

12. Marcia James
Marcia writes hot, humorous romances and finaled in 11 contests before selling her comic romantic suspense, At Her Command, to Cerridwen Press.  In June 2009, her short story, “Rescue Me”, appeared in Tails of Love, a Berkley benefit anthology.  Marcia is an advertising copywriter/PR consultant, and she presents author promotion workshops.

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13. I don’t mean to work the guys so hard, but sometimes when I’m trying to find inspiration for writing I just plum tucker them out. Poor baby …

This week, I’m pleased to have 13 authors hanging out on the Block. I hope you’re getting to see the “real” writer behind some of your favorite books and perhaps meet a couple of wonderful new authors!

1. Judi Phillips
Judi Phillips has had stories playing in her head for as long as she can remember and finally began writing them down.  Her spicy alter-ego, Pepper Goodrich, is much newer at the writing game.

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2. Rebecca Royce
Rebecca Royce is the mother of two little boys, with a third one set to join them in the fall. Relatively new to writing, she has sold a few novels, with her debut novel, Her Wolf released earlier this month from Liquid Silver Books. A believer that anything is possible, the truly unexpected usually occurs in her work.

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3. Liena Ferror
Liena was born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania by parents who instilled a love of reading into her and her brother. After a comment from her husband regarding the fact she reads so much that she could probably write a book, Liena embarked on her writing career. Her first release is scheduled for November 20, 2009 titled The Risen: Queen of the Ghost Drakon from Eirelander Publishing.

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4. Jasmine Aherne
Jasmine is studying for masters degree in creative writing. She lives in Cardiff with her partner Alex, a python called Fish, and a mountain of books.

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5. Nancy O’Berry
Nancy O’Berry has been writing stories since junior high. She is a published author with Red Rose Publishing where her love of American History is transfered into her sensual westerns. She lives in southeast Virginia with her husband and a wild array of animals from cats to bovines. She loves hearing from readers.

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6. Lisabet Sarai
Born into a family of readers and story tellers, Lisabet began writing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She has been publishing erotica and erotic romance for nearly a decade. Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

7. Sandy Marshall
Sandy worked for Trans World Airlines for thirty-six years before she retired to write full time. She has a trilogy set in the mid-west amongst the riverboat gambling industry. The second book, Addiction, will be released November 6, 2009 at Eirelander Publishing.

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8. Diana Castilleja
Diana currently resides in central Texas with her husband and son. When not focusing her energy on her family and her writing, she loves to travel and haunt bookstores. The freedom to read about anything and everything has fueled her adult imagination. She is most likely currently sitting at her desk, having it out with her keyboard writing her next book.

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9. Linda Style
In 2000, after five years of writing and four nominations for the RWA Golden Heart Award, Linda’s last GH entry was bought by the senior editor at Harlequin Superromance. Linda’s second book won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award, and now, 13 novels later, Linda’s award-winning books are sold worldwide and translated in many language. Linda says she has the best job in the world. “I still can’t believe someone wants to pay me to make up stories.”

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10. Joan Maze
Joan Maze loves all things mysterious and romantic. Her background in music, art and writing often appears in her manuscripts. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Kiss Of Death chapter, ChicklitwritersRWA, HHRW, and Outreach. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading.

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11.Susan Lyons
Susan Lyons writes sexy romance that’s passionate, heartwarming, and fun. RT BookReviews says, “Look to be turned on from start to finish.” This award-winning author is published by Kensington, Berkley, Harlequin Spice Briefs, and The Wild Rose Press.

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12. Nancy J. Cohen
Nancy J. Cohen is author of the popular Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. KILLER KNOTS and PERISH BY PEDICURE are the latest titles in this humorous series. Several of Nancy’s books have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list.

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13. Beth Caudill
Beth Caudill resides in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her home is lined with bookcases and filled with books. Although she does not claim the computer manuals, those belong to her husband. In her life prior to becoming a stay-at-home-mom, she worked as a technical support analyst and quality assurance software tester. Now she plays chauffeur and cook for her family and fits in writing when she can.

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And this bevy of beauties can’t be left without a couple of wet men to cool them down … now could they???


I don’t know what inspired it, but this week is all about babies! Enjoy these 13 facts about various baby animals and the pictures that make you go “awwww”.

1. Baby pandas weigh only 4 ounces (130 grams) which is 1/900th of their parents’ weight of about 350 pounds (135 kgs).

2. Kangaroos are born reeeeeally tiny. They crawl from the birth canal into their mother’s pouch where it nurses. It will use the mother’s pouch for up to 18 months.

3. Aardvarks are typically clumsy with poor eyesight so this little bundle was watched closely so his mother wouldn’t inadvertantly injure him. And yes … they are born hairless.

4.  Grizzly bears are born blind and without fur. They have between one and 4 siblings at birth. They stay with their mothers approximately 2 years though they aren’t considered full grown until they are 11.

5. Giraffes are born live and this poor little thing had to survive a 6 foot drop at birth … ouch!

6. I couldn’t resist this picture. But there’s nothing really interesting to mention about chickens. Perhaps that you can hypnotize a chicken by drawing lines in the dirt… no? How about castrated male chickens are called capons… still nothing? I know … a female chicken can lay up to 265 table eggs a year… that didn’t do it? Well, I got nothin’. Let’s hope the picture makes you smile …

7. Elephants are pregnant for 22 months and they give birth to babies that weigh 200 pounds. Female babies stay in the herd for their whole lives, but males strike out on their own around 12 years of age. Baby elephants have been known to suck their trunks like babies suck their thumbs.

8. Koalas are marsupials which means their little babies (called Joeys) are born the size of a jelly bean and must make their way to the mother’s pouch where it attaches to one of her two teats and lives for up to 6 months. During the weaning process the mother produces special poop which the baby eats like soft baby food until it is ready to eat eucalyptus leaves … oh yummy!  

9. These little white tigers are not very common. They are born to white tiger parents only about 25% of the time. These little things weighed only 4 pounds at birth. All white tigers born in captivity come from a tiger names Mohan.

10. Polar bears are born after 9 months of pregnancy where they have between 1 and 4 babies. The babies will remain with their mothers for 2 years. Since the mother doesn’t feed during gestation she can loose up to 700 pounds… that’s a heck of a diet program!  

11. Bunnies are pregnant for only 36 days. A cat’s is closer to 65. A rabbit stands to nurse her young while a cat lies down. Baby bunnies only nurse once or twice a day whereas kittens nurse numerous times throughout the day.

12. I have no idea what species of monkeys these are, but they were just so darn cute I couldn’t resist! All I know about monkeys is that they’re born alive to mothers who give birth to one baby every 2 years. Babies are weaned at about 10 weeks, but remain close to their mothers for up to a year.

13. Raccoon babies are born in litters of 2 to 7 babies and are called “kits”. After they are weaned from their mother’s milk, they will eat almost anything … including your trash. So keep those lids tight on your garbage containers!

And of course … what would a Thursday be if I didn’t show some male babies all grown up?

I don’t do this very often, but I just finished edits on my newest book with Ellora’s Cave. So I thought I’d share with you thirteen reasons you might like to read my debut novella with them, Divine Deception.

1. It takes place in a vineyard in western NY. And to add credibility to the story a had to suffer through a whole bunch of hands-on wine research. 😉

2. There’s a really sexy, naughty boy hero, Nicholas Gradin IV who drives a motorcycle.

3. It’s a Nina Pierce novella, need you ask if there’s hawt monkey sex? Ummm. only like every time you turn around. *g*

4. Everyone’s got a secret.

5. Francesca Santerre is one kick-ass heroine who has an agenda all her own!

6. It’s my first story with a new publisher and that always makes a book special! (Yeeeeaahhh … this guy has nothing to do with that, I just wanted to add in some eye candy.)

7. Did I mention there’s some crazy outdoor loving in this story? (Oh, I did? Well, it bears repeating.)

8. Nicholas wants to sell the vineyard …

9. Frankie wants to make sure it stays in the family …

10. Both of them will do anything to get their way!

11. There’s a whole cast of other characters that get in the way of Frankie and Nick’s goals. (Okay, not exactly these guys, but take my word for it … there are other people in this novella.)

12. It’s a romance … of course there’s a happy ending!

13. I couldn’t do a Shameless Thursday without including this cute little trailer … now could I?

BUY THE BOOK

Summer is a lazy time for me. It shouldn’t be, goodness knows I have enough books to write, but it is. Especially this week with the holiday! So I begged, cajoled, misled, imposed on a few authors to send me their images and a little bio so I could be lazy and not think about lists of 13 things throughout the summer. And they came through! All they needed to do was provide me with a bio and a picture. And the picture was key! I wanted to SEE who they were. Well, there’s some pretty creative SHY authors out there. I love these pictures! So here’s my first list (in no particular order) of 13 authors I know …

1. Mima

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Mima rearranges her perennial garden in a small village on the Erie Canal. She is a teacher-librarian to one thousand delightful children, and string partner to a wee black cat. Visit her website (MimaWithin.com) for excerpts of her 10 erotic romances. 

2. Ashlyn Chase

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Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her reader’s a scrumptious reading experience. She writes hot romantic comedy and lives in beautiful NH with her real-life hero and a spoiled brat cat.

3. Pat Brown

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Born in one of the coldest cities in Canada Pat escaped at 22, fleeing to Los Angeles. Her adventures there led to L.A. Heat (2006) which Mark Richard Zubro said “This is the best gay mystery I have read in years. It is a first-rate thriller with heart-stopping action.

4. Michelle Pillow

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Ever since she can remember, Michelle had a strange fascination with anything historical or supernatural–ghosts, magical powers, and oh! vampires. What could be more alluring than being immortal, all-powerful, and eternally beautiful? Michelle M Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres.

5. Dorothy McFalls

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Dorothy McFalls resides in an artsy beach community in South Carolina with her sexy sculptor husband and their cat-like dog (Abu) and not so new puppy (Iona) and new kitten (Suki). An environmental urban planner by profession and wildlife biologist by education, she gave up her day job to devote her time to writing in 2001. When not boogie boarding or walking her dogs on the beach, she writes romantic adventure fiction, Regency romances, and short stories.

6. Kate George

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Having worked at a number of jobs ranging from Senior Assistant to the Dean of a Medical School to Actor/Booking Agent in outdoor theatre troop, Ms George has plenty of experience to give authenticity to her characters. In fact, the idea for Moonlighting began formulating while she was working as a evening turndown maid at an exclusive resort for people with more money than sense. The layout was perfect for a crime of passion, but as she didn’t want to spend life in prison, she decided writing about murder would be a wiser choice than committing one.

7. Susan Vaughan
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Award-winning author Susan Vaughan loves writing romantic suspense because it throws the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pits them against a clever villain. Reviewers have called her books fast-paced, thrilling, action-packed, sizzling, and highly emotional. She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and dog.

8. Robie Madison
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Award-winning author Robie Madison pursues her own adventures traveling around the world. When at home, she writes about men and women who aren’t afraid to take risks for love. When she’s not traveling or writing, she can be found teaching writing courses online.

9. Kris Eton
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Kris lives in the middle of nowhere with 2 kids, 1 dog, and 1 cat. In order to combat the isolation, she must create hot sexy books. Her other interests include baking and eating her baking, watching movies & tv, and reading too much historical romance.

10. Sandra Sookoo
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Sandra Sookoo is an author of romance.  Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance. 

11. Margay Leah Justice
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Margay Leah Justice is the author of Nora’s Soul, the first in a series of books called The Dante Chronicles. She lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters and two cats – five females under one roof! 

12. Shelley Munro
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Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a bossy dog. She writes hot and spicy adventures, usually set in her home country of New Zealand.

13. Kelley Heckart
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Kelley writes Celtic romances for Awe-Struck and Freya’s Bower. Her lifelong passion for Celtic mythology and storytelling inspired her to write novels with fierce warriors, bold women and otherworldly creatures.

And what would a Thursday Thirteen be at Around the Writer’s Block without a couple of wet men to keep these authors company?

This week’s 13 is a list of things you just might not know.

1. The word “listen” contains the same letters as the word “silent”.

2. A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.


3. “Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order. (These are pictures of letters and numbers found on butterfly wings.)

4. A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.

5. A snail can sleep for 3 years.

6. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on.

7. A zebra is white with black stripes.

8. The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs covering a meter a second.

9. Hummingbirds are the only animal that can also fly backwards.

10. All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

11. The whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

12. In 1883 the explosion of the volcano Krakatau put so much dust into the earth’s atmosphere that sunsets appeared green and the moon appeared blue around the world for almost two years.

13. ‘Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’ is the fear of long words. (Yeah, this picture has nothing to do with that, I just wanted to look at something drool-worthy.)

This week I am desperately typing away on the end of a book. Huddled in the writing cave ignoring laundry and dishes … oh, that’s every day. Well, I’m also not sleeping. Anyway, this is a simple, pictoral 13. This gentleman carves these eggs with a special instrument. They’re so beautiful I just wanted to share them with you. Please forgive me that I didn’t scour the internet to include any fun little facts. Lets hope everything is back on schedule by next week. Thanks for stopping by.

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Okay, so I know April Fool’s Day passed, hopefully with a couple of chuckles. I’ve played my fair share of jokes. Last year I went to pick up pizza and told the man at the counter that I was there picking up 30 large pizzas for a charity event. He told me they were right out back and it would be $250. When my jaw dropped open he laughed and told me my husband had called and told him to play the joke on me. 

Anyway, after some research, I found 13 of my favorite jokes of all times.

1. 1985: Sports Illustrated published a story about a new rookie pitcher who planned to play for the Mets. His name was Sidd Finch, and he could reportedly throw a baseball at 168 mph with pinpoint accuracy. This was 65 mph faster than the previous record. Surprisingly, Sidd Finch had never even played the game before. Instead, he had mastered the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the “great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa.” (Turned out to be straight out the imagination of sports writer, George Plimpton.)

2. 1996: The Taco Bell Corporation announced it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell was housed to express their anger. Later that day, White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale and responded that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold. It would now be known, he said, as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

3. 1976: The British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth’s own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 arrived, one woman reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

4. 1975: Australia’s This Day Tonight news program revealed that the country would soon be converting to “metric time.” Under the new system there would be 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour, and 20-hour days. Furthermore, seconds would become millidays, minutes become centidays, and hours become decidays.

5. 1915: On April 1, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, “April Fool!”

6. 1994: An article by John Dvorak in PC Computing magazine described a bill going through Congress that would make it illegal to use the internet while drunk, or to discuss sexual matters over a public network. The bill was supposedly numbered 040194 (i.e. 04/01/94), and the contact person was listed as Lirpa Sloof (April Fools backwards).

7. 1933: The Madison Capital-Times solemnly announced that the Wisconsin state capitol building lay in ruins following a series of mysterious explosions. The explosions were attributed to “large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers.” Accompanying the article was a picture showing the capitol building collapsing.

8. 1980: The BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement received a huge response from listeners shocked and angered by the proposed change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.

9. 1973: Westward Television, a British TV studio, produced a documentary feature about the village of Spiggot. As the documentary explained, the stubborn residents of this small town were refusing to accept the new decimal currency recently adopted by the British government, preferring instead to stick with the traditional denominations they had grown up with. As soon as the documentary was over, the studio received hundreds of calls expressing support for the brave stand taken by the villagers. In fact, many of the callers voiced their intention to join in the anti-decimal crusade. Unfortunately for this burgeoning rebellion, the village of Spiggot did not exist.

10. 1965: Politiken, a Copenhagen newspaper, reported that the Danish parliament had passed a new law requiring all dogs to be painted white. The purpose of this, it explained, was to increase road safety by allowing dogs to be seen more easily at night.

11. 1980: Soldier magazine revealed that the fur on the bearskin helmets worn by the Irish guards while on duty at Buckingham Palace keeps growing and needs to be regularly trimmed:

The most hair-raising fact about the bearskins has been discovered by scientists recently. The skins retain an original hormone, which lives on after the animal has been skinned. Scientists call it otiose and it is hoped it can be put to use in medical research – especially into baldness.

The article quoted Maj. Ursa who noted, “Bears hibernate in the winter and the amazing thing is that in the spring the skins really start to sprout.” An accompanying photo showed Guardsmen sitting in an army barbershop having their helmets trimmed. The story was picked up by the London Daily Express and run as a straight story.

12. 1997: An email message spread throughout the world announcing that the internet would be shut down for cleaning for twenty-four hours from March 31 until April 2. This cleaning was said to be necessary to clear out the “electronic flotsam and jetsam” that had accumulated in the network. Dead email and inactive ftp, www, and gopher sites would be purged. The cleaning would be done by “five very powerful Japanese-built multi-lingual Internet-crawling robots (Toshiba ML-2274) situated around the world.” During this period, users were warned to disconnect all devices from the internet.

13. 1993: Westdeutsche Rundfunk, a German radio station, announced that officials in Cologne had just passed an unusual new city regulation. Joggers going through the park would be required to pace themselves to go no faster than six mph. Any faster, it was felt, would unnecessarily disturb the squirrels who were in the middle of their mating season.

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