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Tradition holds that Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae today (79). Also, the Visigoths pillaged Rome (410), the Vandals pillaged Rome (455), the Normans pillaged Thessalonica (1185), Pope Innocent III declared the Magna Carta invalid (1215), the first Gutenberg Bible was printed (1456), the first official English representative arrived in India (1608), the British pillaged Washington, D.C. (1814), the Treaty of Córdoba ended the Mexican War of Independence (1821), Matthew Webb swam the English Channel (1875), Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera (1891), workers began pouring concrete for the Panama Canal (1909), Amelia Earhart flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark (1932), the North Atlantic Treaty took effect (1949), Edith Sampson became the first black American delegate to the United Nations (1950), the Communist Control Act outlawed the American Communist Party (1954), the Youth International Party disrupted trading at the New York Stock Exchange by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery (1967), Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling (1989), Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on the same day Ukraine declared independence (1991), and Hurricane Andrew struck Florida (1992). And the International Astronomical Union redesignated Pluto a “dwarf planet” (2006).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology notes that no pillaging was involved in the research of this week’s Bippiescopes….

Virgo: Others may notice a spark in your eye this weekend. Please avoid Rome.

Libra: Take a mental adventure this weekend. Imagine swimming to Pluto.

Scorpio: Chores may lighten up this weekend. Consider sacking your pillow.

Sagittarius: Remember to smile this weekend. Let them try to guess why.

Capricorn: This is a good weekend to explore. Just not Thessalonica, please.

Aquarius: Others may misunderstand you this weekend. Try swallowing first.

Pisces: You may feel full of energy this weekend. Or you may turn green.

Aries: Plan to make spontaneous decisions this weekend. Start in the cookie aisle.

Taurus: You may feel you’ve hit a brick wall this weekend. Don’t pillage it.

Gemini: Get in tune with your emotions this weekend. They’re in B-flat.

Cancer: This is your weekend to seize the day. You’ll have to guess which day.

Leo: Things may not as planned this weekend. Unless you have no plan.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::