OK, this one is a little random, but today is the 75th anniversary of the capture of the Enigma Machine. “What is the Enigma Machine,” you might ask? It was a special code-generating device used by the Germans in World War II. Many historians believe that the successful capture and subsequent decoding of the Enigma Machine was a critical turning point in the war.
The story of the decoding of the machine was recently told in the movie, The Imitation Game. It tells the story of how Alan Turing and a team of cryptographers broke the code. The movie doesn’t really cover the capture of the device, just all the drama that went into trying to figure it all out.
Today, Sunday May 8 is Mother’s Day. At least here in the United States. Everyone else around the world celebrates it earlier in the month.
The history of Mother’s Day in the USA is kind of interesting. It was first observed in 1907 at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA, who asked her church to hold a service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mother’s death.
In 1909, two years after her mother’s death, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother’s Day observance.
Congress passed legislation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Some say the predecessor of Mother’s Day was the ancient spring festival dedicated to mother goddesses: Rhea (Greek) and Cybele (Roman).
You know what else today is? No Socks Day. It’s an entire day dedicated to not wearing socks. Hey, save some of that laundry today and give Mom a break!
Finally, here’s a really horrible looking movie called Mother’s Day. But maybe you can suck it up and take Mom to a chick flick for her special day. It stars Jennifer Aniston so at least it has that going for it.
Hey, today (May 7) was Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s birthday. He was one of the best composers of all time. He was born on May 7, 1840. You probably know him best from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake but he also wrote a lot of different symphonies and concertos. He was a pretty accomplished composer and is one of my favorites.
Here’s a video of the 1812 Overture, which everyone knows by the cannons towards the end. Boom! Boom!
You know who else was born today? Johannes Brahms. Another classical music composer! It’s a good day to play some classical music to soothe the soul.
Brahm’s most important and famous work was Ein Deutsches Requiem. If you’re interested in hearing it, play this video from YouTube.
Yeah, I know, not as exhilarating as Tchaikovsky’s works, but still pretty amazing stuff.
Today is Free Comic Book Day. All around the world, many local comic book stores will be giving away a free comic book. How totally awesome is that?
It’s a great chance to support your local comic book stores and check out some great new (or old!) comics. Personally, I’m a fan of the classics, like Tintin, Asterix and others, but today I’m going to head into my local shop and use the free book as an excuse to try something new and different.
Maybe some Indie comics for a change.
The thing I like about the game is that it is fast. Easy to play and the battles only last a few minutes. So you can play while you’re waiting for the bus or something.
So far I haven’t spent any money on it but I feel like it is only a matter of time before I open up the wallet to get me some gems.
The newest island on Poptropica will be called Twisted Thicket Island. It’s all about a deep, dark wood somewhere in Norway and you’ll come across lots of fabled and legendary creatures of the woods. The creators posted a pretty short trailer that shows off some of the things you’ll find on the island, which include:
- a group of small weird creatures with red hair/hats.
- a bulldozer
- lots of vines to swing on
- the Nokken
- A smorgasbord!
Take a peek at the trailer right here!
This is cool. The other day the staff at Club Penguin in Canada posted a picture showing them all wearing pink shirts in support of anti-bullying day. Here is the picture.
Did you wear a pink shirt in Club Penguin to support anti-bullying?
The big even in Club Penguin right now is Rockhopper’s Quest. He arrived again and you get to help him discover Shipwreck Island. If you are a paid member on Club Penguin you can go inside a special room on Shipwreck Island. Everyone else can still do the main quest where you assemble a special beacon. It’s a fun adventure and the cool part is you get to set sail on the Migrator, which is Rockhopper’s ship!
If you play Poptropica, the big news is that the new Vampire’s Curse island just came out for paid members. In this island, you rescue some teenagers from the clutches of a vampire named Count Bram. You can get all the cheats for Vampire’s Curse Island here.
Hey there’s not one but two new pins in Club Penguin this week. The first pin is the carrot pin which you can find over in the Night Club. It’s up on the stage in the back (look in the back right corner of the room).
The second pin is the Gold Feather. This is a special pin that’s here just for the Secrets of the Bamboo Forest play. In this special play, you need to go on a small quest and finding this pin is part of it. The pin is hidden outside of the Mine near the ice sculpture of Herbert the Polar Bear.
Hi everybody. sorry it has been such a long time since I posted. I left CP for a while to play some other games because Club Penguin was getting a little boring. But I am back and playing a lot now. I have a lot of things to catch up on! The only thing I am kind of sad about is that now there is a big gap in my Club Penguin pins collection but oh well! I will make some fresh new posts about everything happening in Club Penguin again. See you all on the island. Waddle on!
The newest pin in Club Penguin is the Snowman Pin. You’ll find it in the Ski Lodge Attic. If you haven’t been there in a while, go to the Ski Village on your map and then go inside the Lodge. It’s the building on the left of the winter sport shop. Then walk to the back right corner where the ladder is and go up it.
The snowman pin is in the bottom left corner of the room, sitting on top of a cardboard box.
Seen a lot of penguins waddling around with the Santa Suit? If you’re a member, here’s how you get the different pieces.
The main part of the Santa Suit is from the new mini-game in the Night Club lounge. You must be a member to go up the stairs from the lounge (now known as the workshop for the party) and then play the sleigh ride game. Drop 15 presents into the chimney and then you’ll get the suit as a reward. It’s easy!
Everyone can get the Santa Hat. You don’t need to be a member. Go to the Ski Village and get the hat from the big green box on the ground.
The Santa Beard was given out as a free item during the 2006 and 2008 Christmas Parties so you need to have it from an earlier party to wear it. They didn’t give it away in either the 2007 or 2009 parties, so maybe it only comes out every other year.
Here’s what you look like with the full outfit. I added some black boots.