Friday, July 15, 2005

Karim absent

Ainsi, toujours poussés vers de nouveaux rivages,
Dans la nuit éternelle emportés sans retour,
Ne pourrons-nous jamais sur l'océan des âges
Jeter l'ancre un seul jour?

Lamartine, Le Lac

Out of respect for the readers of this blog, I wanted to mention that I will be away for a few weeks. I expect to have only sporadic web access, so I probably won't be able to make any new posts for a while.

Je vous laisse en companie de Jallal. Happy blogging everybody!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Explain this

A friend sent me this. I thought it was a somehow curious compilation of coincidental historical facts, and certainly worth having a glance at... Have a nice week-end! :)

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Have a history teacher explain this -- if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Wives of both presidents lost pregnancies while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford.'

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Both Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker...

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Creepy huh? Send this to as many people as you can, cause: Hey, this is one history lesson people don't mind reading!

A seventh title for Lance?

In today's issue of the International Herald Tribune, an article about Lance Armstrong's prospects for winning a seventh (consecutive) Tour de France. Although the guy has been really phenomenal in past editions of the tour, I have like a feeling that he won't be able to do it this time. We'll talk again about it in a few weeks!