The Moron's Daily Briefing

Feb. 11 - Today's briefing will cover Tuesday and Wednesday, February 11th and 12th, with exceptional brevity.

First, however, I'd like to point out that it's been a year since the FBI issued a terror alert on the evening of February 11, 2002, warning that Yemeni national Fawaz Yahya Rabeei might be plotting an act of terror against the United States on or around February 12.

The FBI alert stated that Rabeei's whereabouts were unknown and that he may have been deceased.

No specific instructions were issued for dealing with deceased would-be terrorists but the FBI encouraged Americans to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity by dead Yemeni nationals to local law enforcement authorities.

I mention this only because the FBI never specified a year, and here it is February 12 all over again. Keep an eye peeled.

Your brief briefs:

On February 11, 1573, Francis Drake discovered the Pacific Ocean, which had been missing since being misplaced during the Roman Empire.

On February 12, 1894, Hans von Bulow died. He was a popular pianist and composer, and the husband of composer Franz Liszt's daughter, Cosima, who screwed around behind Hans's back and ultimately left him for Richard Wagner, who died on February 13, 1883. (Wagner is widely celebrated for having written the theme to Apocalypse Now.)

Jennifer Aniston turns 34 on the 11th, and shares her birthday with foreign policy wonk Sheryl Crow (1963), Burt Reynolds (1936), Tina Louise (1934), Leslie Nielsen (1926), Eva Gabor (1921), Sidney Sheldon (1917), and Thomas Alva Edison (1847).

The 11th is Youth Day in Cameroon, Victory of the Islamic Revolution Day in Iran, National Foundation Day in Japan, Armed Forces Day in Liberia, and Independence Day in Vatican City.

Christina Ricci turns 23 on the 12th, and shares her birthday with Arsenio Hall (1955), Ray Manzarek (1939), Judy Blume (1938), Bill Russell (1934), Joe Garagiola (1926), Franco Zeffirelli (1923), Lorne Greene (1915), Charles Darwin (1809), and Abraham Lincoln (1809).

February 12 is Union Day in Myanmar or Burma, possibly both, and used to be celebrated as Lincoln's Birthday in the United States.

2002, The Moron's Almanac™

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