When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie

Jennifer Van OrmanJust now·2 min read

The Man in the Moon is struck by a spacecraft in the 1902 fantasy film Le Voyage dans la Lune

August 22nd is the Full Sturgeon Moon. It’s also a blue moon. The Old Farmers Almanac says that this month’s moon was named as such because it was observed that the fish in the Great Lakes were more plentiful this time of year. It is also noted to be a good day to make jams or jellies.

Read some superstitions about the number 22.

Tomorrow the sun enters Virgo.

Lucky numbers: 9 and 17

Magic 8 ball answer: Ask again later.

For today: Have an apple.

Hyères, France Henri Cartier-Bresson

Astronomer and inventor Samuel Langley was born on August 22, 1834.

French composer Claude Debussy was born in Paris on August 22, 1862.

Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz was born on August 22, 1891.

Poet Dorothy Parker was born on August 22, 1893. One of my most favorite quotes, though there is some debate on the actual phrasing, as recalled in the book The Improbable Life and Times of Charles MacArthur by Ben Hecht:

At a subsequent Halloween party, Miss Parker spoke one of her wryest sentences. Asked to join a group of merrymakers who were “ducking for apples,” Dorothy said, “Change one letter in that phrase and you have my life story.”

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was born on August 22, 1903.

Dorothy Parker, circa 1920
Samuel Pierpont Langley, circa 1900
Langley’s steam-powered Aërodrome №5 in flight, May 6, 1896. Photo by Alexander Graham Bell.
Postcard from c. 1920 showing the street and house in Saint-Gemain-en-Laye where Claude Debussy was born (in the house on the right, topped with skylights and chimneys.)
Claude Debussy, 1908
Portrait of Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz by Amedeo Modigliani, 1916,

Rue au Pain, Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Postcard from c. 1920 showing the street and house in Saint-Gemain-en-Laye where Claude Debussy was born (in house on the right, topped with skylights and chimneys.)