Sunday, September 13, 2020

Today -100: September 13, 1920: Of ballot slackers, Fiume Day, and asymmetricity

Phrase of the Day -100: 

Some random pastor says some shit. My interest here is the phrase “ballot slacker,” which I haven’t come across before.

Fiume’s poet-aviator-duce d’Annunzio is holding an American steamer ransom for a “loan” from the Italian government of 200 million lire, which is the equivalent of some money. By the way, “duce,” which the NYT is translating as “commander,” is indeed the title he has given himself.

There’s a “Fiume Day” celebration for the anniversary of d’Annunzio’s occupation of the city at the City College Stadium in New York. Caruso sings.

A committee on recreation and rural health finds that farm kids are asymmetrical. 

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