Daily Almanac for Saturday, November 12, 2022

On this date in 1992, First episode of Absolutely Fabulous aired. This is the Absolutely Fabulous title card via wikipedia commons


Absolutely Fabulous (also known as Ab Fab) is a British television sitcom based on the French and Saunders sketch, “Modern Mother and Daughter“, created by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. The show was created and written by Saunders, who also stars as one of the main characters with Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha.

The series features Edina Monsoon, a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent who spends her time failing to lose weight and chasing bizarre fads in a desperate attempt to stay young and “hip”. Edina is joined by magazine fashion director Patsy Stone, whose drug abuse, alcohol consumption and desperate promiscuity far eclipse Edina’s. Edina is reliant upon the support of her daughter Saffron, a student and aspiring writer whose constant care of her immature mother has left her a bitter cynic. The series also stars June Whitfield in a supporting role as Edina’s dotty, sarcastic, and often thieving mother who appears in nearly every episode. Jane Horrocks as Edina’s utterly brainless personal assistant Bubble also features frequently.

The first three series of Absolutely Fabulous were broadcast on the BBC from 1992 to 1995, followed by a series finale in the form of a two-part special entitled The Last Shout, in 1996. In 2000, the show was ranked number 17 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the British Film Institute. It was revived for two more series and two one-hour specials, airing from 2001 to 2004. Three new episodes, collectively titled Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary, were released in 2011-2012. Two sketches for charity specials were also released, for Comic Relief in 2005, and Sport Relief in 2012. A film version of the show, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, was released to theaters in 2016. On 29 November 2016 Saunders confirmed that she is “not doing anything more with Ab Fab“, as she wanted to focus on new projects.


Question of the Day

If a recipe calls for one pound of eggs, how many would that be?

Approximately nine eggs equals one pound.

Advice of the Day

The time to harvest parsnips or turnips is after a hard frost.

Home Hint of the Day

When burning a kerosene lamp, make sure you have at least 18 inches of air space above the chimney. Otherwise, the heat rising from the chimney can be enough to catch something on fire.

Word of the Day


A post on a dock or shore, around which a rope is thrown to check the motion of a vessel.

Puzzle of the Day

Why are teeth like verbs?

Because they are regular, irregular, and defective.


  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (poet) – 1651
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (reformer) – 1815
  • Auguste Rodin (sculptor) – 1840
  • Harry Andrew Blackmun (lawyer) – 1908
  • Joseph Coors (brewer) – 1917
  • Kim Hunter (actress) – 1922
  • Grace Kelly (actress and later known as Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco) – 1929
  • Neil Young (musician) – 1945
  • Megan Mullally (actress) – 1958
  • Nadia Comaneci (gymnast) – 1961
  • Ryan Gosling (actor) – 1980
  • Anne Hathaway (actress) – 1982


  • Eve Arden (actress) – 1990
  • Bill Dickey (baseball player) – 1993
  • Billy Guy (singer) – 2002
  • Jonathan Brandis (actor) – 2003
  • Ira Levin (author) – 2007


  • San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened– 1936
  • Ellis Island federal immigration station closed in N.Y./N.J.– 1954
  • Largest iceberg on record (208 miles long, 60 miles wide) discovered by U.S.S. Glacier– 1956
  • First episode of Absolutely Fabulous aired– 1992
  • Voters OK‘d creation of Nunavut territory– 1992


  • A heavy snowstorm hit all of New England– 1820

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