DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Feb. 24 - Eighty-three years ago today, the spokesman of a radical political group in Germany announced that it would change its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
The group had previously been called the East Munich Crips.
Rejected names had included "The Genocidal Maniacs Party," "The World Conquest Party," and "The Party of Smiley People Who'll Make Life a Happy Little Picnic for Everyone."
(The party spokesman who had announced the change was of course Adolf Hitler, who did not change his name and is therefore known to history as Adolf Hitler.)
This name change resulted in Evil Nazi Bastards, who seized control of Germany and teamed up with the Evil Fascist Bastards of Italy to become a Significant Problem. They did not kill quite as many people as the Evil Communist Bastards of the Soviet Union, however, and were therefore unable to scare posterity into producing apologists.
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On February 24, 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued a proclamation that made everyone change their calendars from the Julian calendar to his own new and improved "Gregorian" calendar. (Obviously he was in cahoots with the calendar printing people, or he would have waited until November or December.) This shameless act of self-promotion led to subsequent Vatican proclamations being called "Papal Bull."
Steven Jobs turns 48 today. He shares his birthday with Abe Vigoda (1921) and Enrico Caruso (1873).
It's Independence Day in Estonia and Flag Day in Mexico.
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