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    Towel Day – May 25th

    Posted By on May 25, 2012

    In honor of Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, devoted fans carry a towel with them every May 25th.  Why?  Because, A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.

    Douglas Adams died on May 11th 2001. Two weeks after his death, fans organized a memorial for him on May 25th.  Every year since, fans have celebrated Towel Day on May 25th.  A few radical factions want to switch the day of recognition to a date with more meaning, but the meaningless of May 25th fits in with the absurdity and randomness that influenced the universe created by Douglas Adams.

    Solar Eclipse 2012

    Posted By on May 20, 2012

    On Sunday, May 20, 2012, the Central Valley experienced a rare solar eclipse.  We didn’t see the “Ring of fire” present with an annular eclipse, but the effect was still spectacular.

    The eclipse reached its apex at 6:38 pm.  The daylight became visibly dimmer and the air became noticeably cooler; however, the sun was still impossibly bright to look at with the naked eye.

    The sunlight shining through the trees produced small crescent shapes on the ground.

    Strange Laws

    Posted By on May 7, 2012

    According to the internet, Fresno has some strange laws that regulate the daily lives of its citizens. Take a moment to compare the sensationalized version of the law as found on the internet to the actual ordinance/section where the law can be found.

    • In Fresno – No one may annoy a lizard in a city park.
    SECTION 8-410. DISTURBING ANIMALS IN PARKS. No person shall hunt, pursue, annoy, throw stones or missiles at, or molest or disturb in any way, any animal, bird or reptile within the confines of any park. (Orig. Ord. 1076)

    • In Fresno – Skipping rocks in a city park is not allowed.
    SECTION 8-401. PROHIBITED ACTS IN PARKS. (10) Indulge in riotous, boisterous, threatening, indecent or immoral conduct, or abusive, threatening, profane language or throw stones or missiles. (Orig. Ord. 1076, 3244, and 3356; Am. Ord. 5311, 1958; Am. Ord. 6007, 1961; Am. Ord. 6915, 1966; Am. Ord. 67-138, 1968; Am. Ord. 72-41)

    • In Fresno – It is against the law to hold a private bingo game.
    SECTION 8-1016. CONDITIONS OF OPERATION. It is unlawful for any bingo game to be operated in violation of any of the following conditions: (b) All bingo games shall be open to the public, not just to members of the nonprofit organization.
    The same SECTION makes it illegal to let drunk people play bingo.
    (g) No person who is obviously intoxicated shall be allowed to participate in a bingo game.

    • In Fresno – Permanent markers may not be sold in the city limits.
    SECTION 8-133.2. DISPLAY OF AEROSOL SPRAY PAINT CONTAINERS AND MARKER PENS. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation doing business within the City of Fresno to store, stock, keep or display for sale or transfer any aerosol spray paint container, or any indelible ink marker pen with a tip exceeding four millimeters in width, in an area other than a place that is locked and secure or is otherwise made unavailable to the public and which is accessible only to employees of such businesses. (Added Ord. 93-13, § 1, 3-26-93)

    • In Fresno – It is illegal to sell gasoline to a drunken person.
    SECTION 8-124. SALE OF GASOLINE TO INTOXICATED PERSON. No person shall sell, loan, give or deliver gasoline to any person under the influence of intoxicating liquor. (Orig. Ord. 2202)

    • In Fresno – Elementary schools may not host poker tournaments.
    SECTION 8-121. GAMBLING ON OR ABOUT SCHOOL PROPERTY. No person shall play, participate in, or bet for or against any game not mentioned in Section 330 (faro, monte, roulette, lansquenet, rougeet noire, rondo, tan, fan-tan, seven-and-a-half, twenty-one,hokey-pokey, or any banking or percentage game played with cards, dice, or any device,) or 330a (any slot or card machine; any card dice, or any dice having more than six faces or bases each) of the Penal Code of the State of California, in any public place or in any place exposed to the public view located within three hundred feet of any school if said game is played, conducted, dealt, or carried on with cards, dice, or other device, for money, checks, chips, credits, or any other thing which has or represents value. (Added Ord. 72-30, 1972)

    • In Fresno – Getting drunk on a playground is against the law.
    SECTION 8-120. DRINKING ON STREET OR PLAYGROUND. (a) No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any street, sidewalk, pedestrian mall, alley, highway, playground, parking lot open to the general public or other lot open to the general public.

    Obscura Day

    Posted By on April 25, 2012

    Saturday, April 28th is Obscura Day. Thousands of people, all over the world, go out and explore interesting and unusual places.  It is a day of expeditions, back room tours, and exploring hidden wonders in your own hometown.

    Visit for more information.

    Statue of Festus

    Posted By on April 24, 2012

    Ken Curtis
    July 2, 1916 - April 28th, 1991

    A life sized statue of Ken Curtis, as the beloved character Deputy Festus Haggen from the televison series “Gunsmoke,” greets people as they walk past the Educational Employees Credit Union on the West side of Pollasky Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets.

    Ken Curtis, a singer and actor was best known for playing the scruffy deputy Festus on the television series “Gunsmoke.”

    Ken Curtis, whose real name was Curtis Gates, was born in Lamar, Colorado.  He made his debut in show business in the 1930’s as a singer with swing bands.  After he recorded “Tumbling Tumbleweed,” Columbia Pictures signed him as a singing cowboy.  He then joined the western singing group Sons of the Pioneers, which included Roy Rogers.

    Mr. Curtis appeared in “The Searchers” and “The Quite Man,” both films stared John Wayne.  Other films in which Mr. Curtis appeared include “The Alamo,” “How the West Was Won,” “Mr. Roberts,”  “Cheyenne Autumn,” and many more.  Ken Curtis appeared the television series “Rawhide,” “Perry Mason,” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” and other popular programs. Ken Curtis will be best remembered as the seedy, unwashed, squinty-eyed Festus Haggen on the western television series Gunsmoke.

    In 1980, Ken Curtis and his wife Torrie moved to the Clovis area. He passed away on April 28, 1991 of natural causes. On the Saturday before his death, Mr. Curtis attended the Clovis Rodeo. The body of Ken Curtis was cremated and the ashes were scattered in the Colorado flatlands.

    Visit The Ken Curtis Appreciation Site for more information.

    Strange Fresno

    Posted By on April 20, 2012

    Exploring the strange, unusual places and people in Fresno, California and the surrounding areas.