Wikipedia – Snooty

Snooty’s birthday is a popular event at the South Florida Museum, the highlight of which is the presentation of a cake made of vegetables and fruits for Snooty while the visitors all sing Happy Birthday for him. Due to his known date of birth, Snooty is evidence for how long manatees are able to live.

Hey! Here’s the world’s oldest manatee! What an excellent nightcap.

Wikipedia – Big Nickel

BIG NICKEL

The Big Nickel is a nine-metre (30 ft) replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel, located at the grounds of Dynamic Earth in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The twelve-sided nickel is located on a small hill overlooking the intersection of Municipal Road 55 and Big Nickel Drive at the westernmost end of the Gatchell neighbourhood.

The park was always expanding and adding new features. Some of these features included helicopter rides, a train which ran around the circumference of the park carrying 55 passengers, a carousel, the famous “jail,” moon module, and informative film. Articles and pictures featuring the Big Nickel appear in hundreds of books, and it is recognized as an international landmark.

If you’re a Sudburian I could see why “the jail at Nickel Park” might not need further elaboration, but given that most coin-based theme parks don’t have their own holding cells and this is the only mention on the wiki, I’d appreciate a little more detail about the famous jail at the coin place

Classification of demons – Wikipedia

In 1589, a German bishop/Buffy named Peter Binsfeld decided to come up with a classification system for demons. John Constantine meets Linnaeus, minus any sort of verifiable data. What I appreciated was that he listed the seven princes of Hell, each one associated with a sin. I knew a number of these names as different guises the devil went by, but had no idea that Leviathan was even related to the Great Satan, and I’ve never heard of Belphegor before (but i’m definitely stealing it for Mike and I’s screenplay).

Classification of demons – Wikipedia

At 8:46 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 struck World Trade Center Tower 1. Rescorla heard the explosion and saw the Tower burning from his office window. When a Port Authority announcement came over the P.A. system urging people to stay at their desks, Rescorla ignored the announcement, grabbed his bullhorn, walk-talkie and cell phone, and began systematically ordering Morgan Stanley employees evacuate, including the 1,000 employees in WTC 5. He directed people down a stairwell from the 44th floor, continuing to calm employees after the building lurched violently following the crash of the second plane 38 floors above. Morgan Stanley executive Bill McMahon stated that even a group of 250 people visiting the offices for a stockbroker training class knew what to do because they had been shown the nearest hallway. Having calmed his men in Vietnam by singing Cornish songs from his youth, Rescorla did the same in the stairwell, singing, “Men of Cornwall stand ye steady. It cannot be ever said ye for the battle were not ready. Stand and never yield!” Between songs, Rescorla called his wife, telling her, “Stop crying. I have to get these people out safely. If something should happen to me, I want you to know I’ve never been happier. You made my life.” After successfully evacuating the majority of Morgan Stanley’s 2,687 employees, he went back inside the building. When one of his colleagues told him he too had to evacuate the World Trade Center, Rescorla replied, “As soon as I make sure everyone else is out”. He was last seen on the 10th floor, heading upward, shortly before the tower collapsed. His remains were never found.

Wikipedia: Rick Rescorla

After seeing conspiracy theories and debates on the merit of 9/11 humor all morning, I got to discover this and remember there are things worth remembering about 9/11 that don’t make me feel horrible.