I have a theory that certain dates attract misfortune, calamity and woe. Of course, it's a theory that is only visible in hindsight, rendering it completely useless or at least only good for personal entertainment.
For instance, look at today's date: May 19.
May 19 is not that kind to women, or at least not these three women.
Recognize the top portrait? An attractive woman, with a long, lovely neck. She would be the much maligned Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII. Someone should have told her if he cheats on his first wife, he'll cheat on his second wife. Anne lost her head, on........yep, May 19, 1536.
Definitely should have stayed in bed.
And this famous lady is our beloved Marilyn Monroe, singing to President John F. Kennedy. She had to memorize and rehearse "Happy Birthday", and then be literally sewn into this dress. So on top of having to sing to her famous (I'm suppose to say alleged here) secret married boyfriend in front of thousands, having to wear a dress a size too small (her assistant screwed up the order), and being so nervous she couldn't remember the words to Happy Birthday, she also had the flu that night and a temp of 102.
Again, should have stayed in bed on May 19, 1962.
Stumped here? This is Mary Jo Buttafuoco who got out of bed on May 19, 1992, to answer the door. At this point, her husband's teenage girlfriend decided to announce their affair by shooting Mary Jo in the head.
Of the three ladies, Mary Jo is the only one who managed to make lemonade out of lemons: Anne Boleyn lost her head, Marilyn died later that summer (which is a whole 'nother post), but Mary Jo's husband and girlfriend went to jail while Mary Jo survived and is engaged to someone who is *not* a sociopath. She also has a book coming out in August 2009 called
GETTING IT THROUGH MY THICK SKULL (http://www.maryjobuttafuoco.com/index.html). I love that title.
Nevertheless, staying in bed is looking better all the time, particularily on May 19.