Pearl Harbor

Skip on A♠On days of mark I post pictures of historical events, used a Pearl harbor picture today

At 7:58 AM, the Ford Island command center finally sent a radio alert: “AIR RAID PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NOT DRILL.” Upon reaching Pearl Harbor, the Japanese torpedo bombers skillfully maneuvered themselves into the harbor in groups of twos and threes in a sudden and forceful attack lasting only minutes. In another hour, a second fleet of 167 additional Japanese aircraft bombarded the site.

American residents who watched the attack from afar observed in horror as the screams of men on the sunken battleships ripped through the air, smoke rose from the sea, and the injured and dead swam in bloody waters slick with burning oil. When the effects of the attack subsided, the grim casualties became known: 2,403 American civilians and military personnel had been killed, and 1,178 wounded. Two battleships and 188 aircraft were destroyed.

American Heritage Foundation

Gahan Wilson, Macabre Genius, RIP

The Beautifully Macabre Cartoons of Gahan Wilson

Michael Maslin, New Yorker

November 22, 2019

Wilson, who died on Thursday [Nov 21], at the age of eighty-nine, excelled at depicting the extraordinary. Although he habitually delved into that dark funny corner that we associate with Charles Addams, his style was singular. He liked to depict ordinary folks encountering some kind of anxious terror, or experiencing the unthinkable in mundane places.

Good selection of his cartoons at the link.


“You’ve been fooling around with alternative medicines, haven’t you?”

Gahan Allen Wilson
February 18, 1930 – November 21, 2019

Unexpectedly, December, 2019!

One year ago was the first “First of the Month” post. I’ve now come full-circle ’round the sun. Re-posting last year’s, with some updates and improvements.

Happy New Month!

December Month of

also National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

When and Where Was the First Car Accident? | Mental Floss

New editorial 2019:
December the Tenth Month?

Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec; Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten. Which made no sense after they added two months… at the beginning. They couldn’t have added them at the end? Guess they didn’t want to have Eleventober and Twelvthember. Still, if January were the eleventh month, swiftly-passing little February would be the last month. Then March 1 would be New Year’s Day again. That might be a nice change. (Sure, it sounds simple at first, but in implementation, this could get more confusing than Daylight Saving Time!)

The Zoodiac signs
for the month of December are
Sohilarious (until December 21)

Catchacold (December 22 onwards).

Click here to see the complete set of Zoodiac signs.

December has the solstice, when daylight begins to grow and hope is renewed at last, at least in my hemisphere. Your hemisphere may vary.

2019: Christmas on Wednesday this year. Strangely enough, New Year’s Eve is exactly one week later. So, with two mid-week holidays, expect the holiday world to be useless from 5pm Friday Dec 21 through 9am Monday Jan 6. Perhaps useless is too strong a term. Of limited productivity, then.

This is from, 2017:

Christmas Cheesecake

Repeating this warning from 2018:

Note to websearchers: If you image-search on the term “December,” be sure to have your safe-search setting to “Safe,” unless you want to see multiple images of “Miss December.”

Followed my own advice on this when searching this year for “December Girl 2019.” Mostly came up with “December Girl” t-shirts and mugs and merch. Should’ve guessed it’d be a thing. So I kept this gal. 

Then I ran across this classic Varga work, so I couldn’t resist including it, too.

December is a lovely month
when cynics stop and pause
And after they have looked at me
Believe in Santy Claus!

Cross-posted at Mindful Webworks

Before and After Rescue Dogs

25 Before And After Photos Shows The Amazing Difference A Loving Family Can Make On An Abandoned Animal


Many of the “before” pictures are hard to look at.


h/t Misanthropic Humanitarian on

A♠ Saturday Pet Thread

“Theo was one day away from being euthanized, but luckily the wonderful people at Mercer Animal Rescue received $1000 in donations for his treatment just in time!”

before and after dog rescue

Saturday Critters

Bird Snowshoes

Highly recommended:

Bluebird of Bitterness:
Caturday funnies — double takes edition

Some new to me, some classics, like this odd bird:

The A♠ Saturday Pet Thread

Pet pix, tips, and talk


Original Gerber Baby Turns 93

Ann Turner Cook

Ann Turner Cook, poses at her Tampa home with a copy of her photo that is used on all Gerber baby food products in 2004

Wikipedia: Cook is the daughter of syndicated cartoonist Leslie Turner, who drew the comic strip Captain Easy for decades. Their neighbor was the artist Dorothy Hope Smith, who did a charcoal drawing of Ann when she was a baby. In 1928, when Gerber announced it was looking for baby images for its upcoming line of baby food, Smith’s drawing was submitted and subsequently chosen. It was trademarked in 1931. The drawing of Ann Turner Cook has been used on virtually all Gerber baby food packaging since.…

After retiring from teaching, Cook became a novelist. A member of the Mystery Writers of America, she is the author of the Brandy O’Bannon series of mystery novels set on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The adventures of Florida reporter and amateur sleuth O’Bannon are detailed in Trace Their Shadows (2001) and Shadow over Cedar Key (2003).

The original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, meets last year's Gerber baby, Lucas.
The original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, meets last year’s Gerber baby, Lucas.

The original Gerber baby is not so little anymore. She’s now a 93-year-old mystery novelist by Faith Karimi, CNN

The original Gerber baby with sparkling eyes and a cherubic face is all grown up — with a full head of white hair and the same contagious smile.

And that iconic baby, Ann Turner Cook, just turned 93 on Wednesday.…

The neighbor, Dorothy Hope Smith, offered to add more details to the sketch if it was accepted. But when the executives at Gerber saw it, they wanted it as-is.…

Before the name behind the angelic face was revealed in 1978, popular guesses of the baby’s identity included Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, Sen. Bob Dole and Jane Seymour.…

Ann Turner Cook, above, didn't get paid until the 1950s, when she received a lump sum for contributing her face to make Gerber one of the most well-known companies in the world

Ann Turner Cook didn’t get paid until the 1950s, when she received a lump sum for contributing her face to make Gerber one of the most well-known companies in the world.

h/t Tami on A♠