Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – April 24, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) The first written mention of the city of Zagreb, Croatia was published today (1134). Also, China’s Ming Dynasty ended with the suicide of the Chongzhen Emperor during a peasant uprising (1644), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed Le Marseillaise (1792), a Rio Grande scouting party led by Seth Thornton was ambushed and captured, sparking the Mexican-American War (1846), Canada’s Governor General James Bruce signed the Rebellion Losses Bill, and protesters burned the Parliament Building in Montréal (1849), British and French engineers broke ground on the Suez Canal (1856), Congress declared...

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Campus Question – April 23, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today on This Sunday Meet Union Face, the Klanmaster General said Mexico would pay for the border wall “one way or another” and dismissed criticism of his “island in the Pacific” comment about the State of Hawaii, saying “Nobody has a sense of humor anymore.” Also, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra rejected the Klanmaster General’s demands that state and local police act as the God-King’s deportation force: We have been abiding by federal law for quite some time before Jeff Sessions became the attorney general. We’re going to continue to abide by...

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“Come On, Hit Me?”

“We need to update our customer service practice,” Professor Plum said as he entered the mail room. “We should start with yelling and escalate from there.” He read the mail…. (More) Professor Plum then left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”). In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor tried a new betting practice. Rather than sliding his chips into the middle and quietly saying “Call” or “Raise,” he decided to...

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Campus Chatter – April 23, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Æthelred the Unready died and his son Edmund Ironside succeeded him as England’s king, today (1016). Also, Estonians protested the Teutonic Order in the St. George’s Night Uprising (1343), Edward III founded England’s Order of the Garter (1348), the Boston Latin School was founded as the first public school in the U.S. (1635), Sweden and Poland signed the Treaty of Oliva, ending the Second Northern War (1660), the Second Serbian Uprising erupted after their annexation by the Ottoman Empire (1815), President Theodore Roosevelt gave his “Man in the Arena” speech...

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Campus Question – April 22, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) This week a Vienna bartender won an appeal on his conviction for disturbing the peace by belching near a police officer. Also, a rat shut down a Sacramento high school classroom and a New Orleans burglar got a nighttime snack and a nap in a preschool. Meanwhile, the town of Tiller, Oregon is for sale at $3.5 million and a coin flip decided the Colp, Illinois presidential election. And an Alaska dentist charged with Medicaid fraud pulled a patient’s tooth while riding a hoverboard, while someone shipped 10 pounds of California marijuana...

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