The Moron's Daily Briefing

Jul. 15 - Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden, Holland, on this date in 1606. His father was a miller and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. He is best known for his mastery of chiaroscuro and impasto, but his calamari was nothing to sneeze at.

Frenchman Hippolyte Mège-Mouriez patented margarine on this date in 1869. He called it margarine because the French word for pearl was "margarite" and he apparently had difficulty distinguishing butter from pearls--a handicap that goes a long way toward explaining his many divorces.

Rembrandt and margarine. Who could ask more of a single day? And yet, there's more: today Jesse Ventura turns 50 and Linda Ronstadt turns 55.

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