May 8

Today again. Today, in 1886, a “pharmacist” named John Pemberton developed what he claimed to be a cure for headaches, morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia and impotence which he called Coca-Cola. The drink, surprisingly, was not a cure for any of those expect for morphine addiction which it cured by allowing the drinker to become addicted instead to the copious amounts of cocaine in the drink. Next time you trust your pharmacist, remember there was a time in which it was accepted that you take cocaine to cure impotency. Paramount Pictures was founded today in 1912, the proud creator of some of the greatest movies of all time The Lady Eve (1941), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), The Godfather (1971), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Pain & Gain (2013). Today in 1933, Gandhi began a 21-day fast, mainly to protest against British rule in India but also because swimsuit season was approaching. 

Today is Truman Day in the great state of Missouri, celebrating the birth of the greatest god-damned President there ever was.

Roberto Rossellini, one of the greatest directors of all time and a generous 5 who was able to land a certified 10, was born today. Mike D’Antoni, the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers who is having a great year, was born today.

Gustave Flaubert died today.

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