четверг, 14 мая 2009 г.

[Wikipedia] May 15: Ramblin' Wreck

The Ramblin' Wreck is the official mascot of the student body at the
Georgia Institute of Technology. The Ramblin' Wreck is a 1930 Ford
Model A Sports coupe and it embodies the spirit, tradition, and passion
of the Tech student body. The Wreck is present at all major sporting
events and student body functions. Its most noticeable role is leading
the football team onto Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, a
duty which the Wreck has performed since 1961. The Ramblin' Wreck is
mechanically and financially maintained on campus by students in the
Ramblin' Reck Club. The first mechanical Wreck was a 1914 Ford Model T
owned by Dean Floyd Field. Until the current Wreck was donated to the
school in 1961, most of the early Ramblin' Wrecks were owned by
students, faculty or alumni. The modern Wreck has donned a number of
different paint jobs and has had several restorations and modifications
made to it. These changes were done by various individuals and
organizations over the years, including Bobby Dodd and a Georgia Tech
alum at the Ford plant in Hapeville, Georgia. The upkeep of the Wreck
has been the sole responsibility of the Ramblin' Reck Club and the
Wreck driver since 1987. The Ramblin' Wreck has been the target of a
number of pranks perpetrated by rival schools; the University of
Tennessee once provided the Wreck with an unsolicited new paint job,
and the University of Georgia has kidnapped the Wreck on at least two

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Today's selected anniversaries:


Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull ad exstirpanda, authorizing the
use of torture on heretics during the Medieval Inquisition.


English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold became the first known European to
discover Cape Cod.


English astronomer Francis Baily first observed "Baily's beads", a
phenomenon during a solar eclipse in which the rugged lunar limb
topography allows beads of sunlight to shine through .


Mickey and Minnie Mouse made their film debut in the animated cartoon
Plane Crazy.


Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi was assassinated in an
attempted coup d'état by radical elements of the Imperial Japanese


The Austrian State Treaty was signed in Vienna, re-establishing an
independent Austria.

Wiktionary's word of the day:

repechage (n):
(sports) A heat in which competitors who have lost in a previous round
compete for a place in a semifinal

Wikiquote quote of the day:

Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret
messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my
existence on this earth, and not a title to glory.
--Irena Sendler

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