February 14, 2014

“True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.” – Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle


45th day of 2014 with 320 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*Valentine’s Day

*Ferris Wheel Day

*National Organ Donor Day

*Read to Your Child Day

*National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

*Statehood Day in Arizona and Oregon


AURORAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY? Three CMEs are heading for Earth. Individually they are minor clouds. However, by striking Earth’s magnetic field in quick succession on Feb 14-15, they could cause significant geomagnetic activity around the poles. Check http://spaceweather.com for updates about possible auroras on Valentine’s Day.



  • 1468 Johann Werner, Nuremberg, Germany, mathematician, primary work was in astronomy, mathematics, and geography, although he was also considered a skilled instrument maker
  • 1793 Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, English inventor who built technically successful steam carriages a half century before the advent of the gasoline-powered automobile
  • 1819 Christopher Sholes, Mooresburg, Pennsylvania, inventor, invented the first practical typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard still in use today
  • 1838 Margaret E. Knight, York, Maine, inventor, has been called “the most famous 19th-century woman inventor” (invented machine to make brown paper shopping bags, numbering machine, window frame and sash)
  • 1859 George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., Galesburg, Illinois, engineer and inventor (most famous for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition)
  • 1869 Charles Wilson, Midlothian, Scotlandm, physicist, invented the cloud chamber
  • 1877 Greenleaf Whittier Pickard, Portland, Maine, electrical engineer whose invention of the crystal detector was one of the first devices widely used for receiving radio broadcasts (a key component, until superseded by the triode vacuum tube, and later the transistor)
  • 1894 Jack Benny, [Benjamin Kubelski], Waukegan, Illnois, actor and comedian
  • 1913 Woody Hayes, Clifton, Ohio, college football coach (3 national titles; 13 Big Ten championships in 28 years at The Ohio State University)
  • 1934 Florence Henderson, Dale, Indiana, actress/singer (Carol-Brady Bunch); on 11th season of Dancing with The Stars
  • 1942 Andrew Robinson, New York City, New York, actor (Elim Garak – ST: DS9; Scorpio – Dirty Harry)
  • 1948 Teller, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, magician (Penn and Teller)
  • 1955 James Eckhouse, Chicago, Illinois, actor (Beverly Hills, 90210 )
  • 1970 Simon Pegg, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, UK, comedian and actor (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Mission Impossible III, ‘Scotty’ in 2009 Star Trek film )
  • 1986 Tiffany Thornton, College Station, Texas, actress (Sonny with a Chance )
  • 1987 Joseph Pichler, Bremerton, Washington, actor (Children on Their Birthdays)
  • 1994 Paul Butcher, Los Angeles, California, actor (Zoey 101)

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ” – Elinor Glyn


  • 1803 Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
  • 1803 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Pennsylvania.
  • 1804 Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1835 The original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio.
  • 1849 In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.
  • 1855 Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • 1859 Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.
  • 1876 Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.
  • 1899 Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.
  • 1903 The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into Department of Commerce and Department of Labor).
  • 1912 Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
  • 1912 In Groton, Connecticut, the first diesel-powered submarine is commissioned.
  • 1920 The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1924 The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is founded by Thomas Watson.
  • 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone’s gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially starting the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship.
  • 1961 Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.
  • 1962 First lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV.
  • 1983 United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher is later convicted of fraud.
  • 2005 Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines’ Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
  • 2008 Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injuries.


Jim asked Tony if he’d gotten his wife anything for Valentine’s Day.

Tony said, “Yes I did. I bought her a bag and a belt.”

Jim was shocked, “Really? That was very kind of you. I’m sure she will appreciate those.”

Tony replied, “I hope she appreciates them too and I hope the vacuum cleaner works a lot better now.”
(this dude is sooooo in trouble….)


Shortly before our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband sent 25 long-stemmed yellow roses to me at my office. A few days later, I plucked all the petals and dried them. On the night of our anniversary, I spread the petals over the bed and lay on top of them, wearing only a negligee.

As I’d hoped, I got a reaction from my husband.

When he saw me, he shouted, “Are those potato chips?”


10. “You know you’re the only one for me!”
9. “Do you come here often?”
8. “Trust me, this was meant to be!”
7. “Look around, baby. All the other guys around here are animals!”
6. “I already feel like you’re a part of me!”
5. “Honey, you were made for me!”
4. “Why don’t you come over to my place and we can name some animals?”
3. “You’re the girl of my dreams!” (Gen. 2:21)
2. “I like a girl who doesn’t mind being ribbed!”

And the number one pick up line from Adam is:
“You’re the apple of my eye!” *

* I realize the Bible says that Adam and Eve ate of the “fruit,” not “apple,” but gee guys, apple is funnier!

A soldier in my National Guard platoon became concerned when the Army insisted that he sign up for direct deposit.
“It’s not going to work for me,” he said, panicked.
“Why not?” I asked.
“Because I use my Guard pay for spending money.”
“For the past ten years, I’ve been telling my wife that I serve for free!”


pic of the day: Happy Valentine’s Day


~ Do skunks celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Sure, they’re very scent-imental!
~ What did the paper clip say to the magnet?
“I find you very attractive.”
~What did one pickle say to the other?
“You mean a great dill to me.”
~What did the elephant say to his girlfriend?
“I love you a ton!”
~What did the bat say to his girlfriend?
“You’re fun to hang around with.”
~ What did one light bulb say to the other?
“I love you a whole watt!”
~ Why did the pig give his girlfriend a box of candy?
It was Valenswine’s Day!
~ Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank?
It was a case of guppy love.


GOLDEN OLDIE…  A man walks into a post office one day and sees a middle-aged, balding man standing at the counter methodically placing “Love” stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them. He then takes out a perfume bottle and starts spraying scent all over them.
His curiosity gets the better of him; he goes up to the balding man and asks him what he is doing.
The man says, “I’m sending out 1,000 Valentine cards signed, ‘Guess who?'”
“But why?” asks the man.
“I’m a divorce lawyer,” the man replies.


While hiking in the countryside, my friend, Eva, and I spotted a huge bed of mushrooms that we knew to be edible. We gathered a large basketful and sauteed them that night. My husband, Dick, refused to eat them, thinking they might be poisonous. Two weeks later, Eva and I gathered some more mushrooms. This time, Dick joined us.

“How is it that you’re eating the mushrooms tonight,” I asked, “when you wouldn’t touch the ones we brought home two weeks ago?”

“I thought about it,” Dick explained, seriously, “and I figured it would better to be found dead with you two than to try to explain two dead women in our home.”


The pastor told his congregation that the church needed money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates had been passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he shared his joy with the congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the altar. The pastor told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and … him!”


TODAY IN TRIVIA:About Valentine’s Day..

~Young men and women in the Middle Ages, drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

~ In the 17th century a hopeful maiden ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine’s eve. It was believed this would make her dream of her future husband.

~ Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s. Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.

~  More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

~ 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women. There is 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

~ Approximately one billion Valentines are sent out worldwide each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That’s second only to Christmas.

~ The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.

~ Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

~ The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.

~ The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red stands for strong feelings which is why a red rose is a flower of love.

~ Valentine’s Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine’s Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine.

~ Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.

Happy heart’s DAY!

QUIP OF THE DAY: “Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There’s no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.” – Groucho Marx


Thought for the day. . .
“If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay.” – Oprah Winfrey

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