#VirtualRD Seany-Sean Mcauley
October 31st History Highlights
Halloween is the oldest holiday still celebrated.
1517 – Martin Luthor nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church, according to tradition.
1950 – Earl Lloyd became the first black player in the NBA
October 31st Is…
Books for Treats Day, Caramel Apple Day, Halloween/All Hallows’ Eve, Knock Knock Jokes Day, Magic Day and UNICEF Day
October 31st Birthday Quotes
“To stay youthful, stay useful.” – John Keats
Q: What were you thinking when your colleagues were out there making cosmic history?
A: “I just kept reminding myself that every single component in this spacecraft was provided by the guy who submitted the cheapest tender.”
– Michael Collins
“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” – Dale Evans
“There are a lot of things in this world that are more important than being popular. Being true to yourself is one of them.” – Michael Landon
October 31st Birthdays
1795 – John Keats, English poet (died in 1821)
1930 – Michael Collins, American general, pilot, and astronaut
1936 – Michael Landon, American actor, director, and producer (died in 1991)
1950 – John Candy, Canadian comedic actor (died in 1994)
1961 – Peter Jackson, New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter
1967 – Vanilla Ice, American rapper, television personality, and real estate investor
October 31st History
October 31, 1492 (fiction) Sir Nicholas Mimsy-Porpington was beheaded, Harry Potter
1517 – Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
October 31, 1693 (fiction) The Sanderon Sisters, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, were found guilty of witchcraft and hanged, Hocus Pocus, Film
1926 – Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured (after an unexpected punch to the stomach a few days earlier).
1941 – Mount Rushmore was completed, featuring the sculpted head of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
1964 – #1 Hit October 31: The Supremes – Baby Love
October 31, 1981 (fiction) RIP Lily and James Potter, killed by Voldemort, Harry Potter
2011 – Today is the date that there were 7 billion people living on Earth.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
April 1st and October 31st must be the worst two days of the year to have a serious workplace accident.
Teller (of the magic act Penn & Teller) legally changed his full name to just “Teller” and has a passport in that name.
The 2nd richest man in history was Augustus Caesar, with an estimated net worth of about $4.6 Trillion (today’s dollars, after inflation), about 25% of the world’s economic output then.
“You had me at ‘hello.'” – Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) #moviequotes
There should be an ER style medical drama about Umpa-Lumpas always saving the children Willy Wonka has ‘accidentally’ mutilated.
Blond hair in humans developed only 11,000 years ago as an evolutionary response to the lack of sunlight in Northern Europe to enable more Vitamin D synthesis.
A group of people who perform in a variety of shows or plays is called a Company.
The blinking light atop the Capitol Records Building spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code, and has done so since the building’s opening in 1956.
Useless Pronunciation: G as in gee
COMPLETELY USELESS RANDOM STAT (shamelessly stolen from parkrun HQ)
The current world record for the long jump is 8.95 metres. So this means if you jumped 8.95 metres a grand total of 559 times, you would have successfully completed a parkrun!
And so, on with today
It was great to see that our friend Stephen Thompson came home this week – as always Stephen, your friends at Kettering parkrun are all thinking of you and wishing you well in your recovery.
Today was all about avoiding Storm Aiden (and the ghosties and ghoulies!). Some managed it, some didn’t. Being over in Fenland, while I avoided the torrential rain on my run, I seemed to run into a wind whichever way I turned. Still managing to run sub 30, which, for the girl who couldn’t run sub 40 when I started parkrunning, so I’ll take that! Sarah Pyne set out on a wet and windy solo run today and she didn’t miss the rain. Welcome back and happy new shoes day to Julie Gallagher who completed her second virtual parkrun with us today. Liz Smith didn’t get out for her 5k today – she had birthday cake making duties instead. For anyone in need of oven updates, reports indicate that it’s not great after Mark’s pizza incident! Rach Cousen reports that she saw lots of witches, zombies and skeletons all carrying buckets, maybe carrying spells and magic things while she was out with John on her 5k run tonight. Luckily they both escaped being turned into frogs! Either way, Rach scored a magical PB! Good work! Fiona Jolley’s 5k today was a blustery multi-terrain run and she says that flippers would have been more useful than trainers in places. 100 extra Halloween parkrun points to the Odell family who all dressed up for their 5k today. Two members of #club23 got themselves a virtual PB today. A MAHOOSIVE well done to superstar Leanne Niven who got herself an incredible PB on the track and great work from Rebecca Wigfield who got her PB trying a new route! A good news story (for all those who have their soaked trainers on the radiator at the moment!) It seems that Storm Aiden wasn’t all bad afterall. Tracy Linger went out with her son Aiden who wanted to run as the storm was named after him! Great work both!
Welcome along to our first timers this week Aiden Linger, Jacob Brigden and Claire Wilson.
Well done to #club23 members Carol Brotherton-Lloyd, Andrea Crellin, Mel Gosliga, Jim McAlwane, Rebecca Murphy, Leanne Niven, Leanne Odell, Scott Odell, Mark Smith, Denise Tenney, Richard Vater and Rebecca Wigfield
Well, if like me you’ve just finished watching the news, you’ll know that we all face another period of different and for some, worry. If you find that running is helping you, then keep going. If you have a friend who usually runs, and you haven’t seen them out running recently, drop them a message and ask how they are. We will get through this, together. Meanwhile, at least we have a virtual #notaparkrun.
Be safe, be happy, and see you all next week – bring a friend?
Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun #23
This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked a #Virtual #notaparkrun, of whom 3 were first timers and 6 recorded new #Virtual Personal Bests
The female record is held by Natasha Martin who recorded a time of 19.10 on 17th October 2020 (#Virtual event number 21)
The male record is held by David Hudson who recorded a time of 15.28 on 13th June 2020 (#Virtual event number #3)
Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun started on Saturday 30th May 2020. 285 participants have completed total 1767 #virtual #notaparkruns covering a total distance of 8835 km, including 405 new #Virtual Personal Bests