DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Feb. 6 - It was on this date in 1919 that the German constituent assembly met in Weimar for the first time to declare itself The Official German Government For The Time Being.
This "Weimar Republic," as it came to be known, should not be confused with the "Weimar Republic" fashion clothing outlet found in many American malls. The former caused an economic depression, Hitler, and the horrors of the second World War. The latter caused a slight dip in sales at Benneton and The Limited.
Today is Waitangi Day in New Zealand. This celebrates the February 6, 1840 signing of "The Treaty of Waitangi" by representatives of the British Crown and leading Maori chiefs in Waitangi. The treaty preserved many Maori rights while making New Zealand a British Colony.
Given the confused and confusing state of things, the Moron's Almanac recommends that America join her Kiwi friends in celebrating Waitangi Day. There's no particular logic to this, but it's fun to say "Happy Waitangi Day." We could all wear funny hats and buy each other Waitangi presents.
Just four days ago we were all waiting for a stupid rodent to crawl out of a hole and look for his shadow.
Today is exactly halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, which is the scientifically correct way of saying it's the middle of fucking winter. Bottoms up: it only gets better from here.
(Except, of course, in the Southern Hemisphere, where it only gets worse, which might have something to do with why it's Waitangi Day down there.)
Axl Rose turns 40 today. Bob Marley would have been 48. Other living and dead celebrants include Francois Truffaut (1932), Rip Torn (1931), Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919), Ronald Reagan (1911), Babe Ruth (1895), and Christopher Marlowe (1564).
Besides Waitangi Day, it's also Hristo Botev's Birthday in Bulgaria and Queen's Accession Day in the British Commonwealth.
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