Jokes and Trivia for June 6, 2012

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” – Dalai Lama


158th day of 2012 with 208 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*National Applesauce Cake Day

*National Gardening Exercise Day- Get out and exercise with your plants.

*National Yo-Yo Day (in honor of the birthday of Donald F. Duncan Sr.)

*Woodmen of the World Founders Day (founded in 1890, 122 years in 2012)

*D-Day Anniversary   (D-Day Memorial)



  • 1755 Nathan Hale, Coventry, Connecticut, hanged patriot (America’s 1st spy), “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
  • 1756 John Trumbull, Lebanon, Connecticut, painter (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1850 Karl Ferdinand Braun, Fulda, Hessen-Kassel, physicist ( known for Cathode ray tube, Cat’s whisker diode)
  • 1867 David Abercrombie, Baltimore, Maryland, entrepreneur (Abercrombie & Fitch founder)
  • 1868 Robert Falcon Scott, English explorer, leader of ill-fated south polar expedition
  • 1892 Donald F. Duncan, Sr., American entrepreneur and inventor (founder of Duncan Toys Company)
  • 1906 Max August Zorn, Krefeld, Germany, mathematician , best known for Zorn’s lemma, a powerful tool in set theory
  • 1918 Edwin G. Krebs, Lansing, Iowa, biochemist (Nobel / reversible protein phosphorylation as a biological regulatory mechanism)
  • 1932 David R Scott, San Antonio, Texas, Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 8; Apollo 9, 15)
  • 1933 Heinrich Rohrer, St. Gallen,  physicist, Nobel laureate, for the design of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
  • 1943 Richard Smalley, Akron, Ohio, chemist (Nobel / discovery of a new form of carbon, buckminsterfullerene)
  • 1944 Phillip Allen Sharp, Falmouth, Kentucky,  scientist (Nobel / co-discovered gene splicing)
  • 1945 David Dukes, San Francisco, California, actor (The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, The Josephine Baker Story, Sisters, Dawson’s Creek)
  • 1947 Robert Englund, Glendale, California,actor (Nightmare on Elm Street film series )
  • 1952 Harvey Fierstein, Brooklyn, New York, actor (Torch Song Trilogy )
  • 1954 Cynthia Rylant, American author of children’s books (A Fine White Dust, Missing May, The Relatives Came)
  • 1955 Sandra Bernhard, Flint, Michigan, actress and comedian
  • 1974 Danny Strong, Manhattan Beach, California, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Paris Geller’s boyfriend Doyle McMasters on Gilmore Girls, but he has also appeared in films such as Pleasantville, Dangerous Minds )


Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that. But if you’re over age twenty-one, your life is what you’re making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities. – John C. Maxwell



  • 1813 War of 1812: Battle of Stoney Creek – A British force of 700 under John Vincent defeats an American force three times its size under William Winder and John Chandler.
  • 1832 The June Rebellion of Paris is put down by the National Guard.
  • 1833 U.S. President Andrew Jackson becomes the first President to ride on a train.
  • 1844 The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London.
  • 1857 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1889 The Great Seattle Fire destroys the entirety of downtown Seattle, Washington.
  • 1892 Chicago El begins operation
  • 1894 Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners’ strike.
  • 1912 Eruption of Novarupta (meaning “new eruption”) in Alaska begins. (10X more powerful than 980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and led to the formation of this 841 m (2759 ft) volcano)
  • 1932 The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold.
  • 1933 The first drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States.
  • 1934 New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Act of 1933 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • 1944 D-Day of World War II, code named Operation Overlord, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history.
  • 1944 Alaska Airlines commences operations.
  • 1946 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 2002 Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
  • 2005 The Supreme Court ruled 6-to-3 that people who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws.


A man went to the cinema. As he sat down to watch the film and his eyes got accustomed to the dark, he noticed a dog sitting on the seat beside him. He was somewhat bemused but decided to try and ignore the dog.

As the film progressed he noticed that the dog was reacting appropriately to the scenes. For laughter the dog wagged his tail and barked, for sadness he dropped his ears and whimpered, for violence he growled and bared his teeth. At the end of the film the audience applauded and the dog got up on all paws and barked and wagged his tail.

The man turned to another who appeared to be the dog’s owner and said, “Wow, that was a great film, and what an intelligent dog you have there. Frankly, I’m amazed.”

“So am I,” replied the owner. “He thought the book was terrible.”


ONE-LINERS: Sometimes I want to be a kid again. I want to go back to the time when:

~ Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo.”

~ Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming “do over!”

~ Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in “Monopoly.”

~ Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.

~ Being old referred to anyone over 20.

~ The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.


pic of the day: U.S. Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach on D-Day




— from Wikipedia commons


A guy gets shipwrecked. When he wakes up, he’s on a beach. The sand is purple. He can’t believe it. The sky is purple. He walks around a bit and sees that there is purple grass, purple birds and purple fruit on the purple trees. He’s shocked when he finds that his skin is starting to turn purple too.

 “Oh no!” he says. “I think I’ve been marooned!”


I was helping a buddy of mine, who was an orthopedic surgeon, move to his new office, and using my car to help transport some of his office equipment.

I had decided to position his somewhat fragile display skeleton strapped into the back seat of my car, his bony arm across the back of my seat…

At one traffic light, the stares of the people in the car beside me became quite obvious. I looked across and explained, “I’m delivering him to a doctor’s office.”

The other driver leaned out of his window. and commented, “I hate to tell you, but I looks like you may be a bit too late!”


The difference between Knowledge and Wisdom:

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.

Wisdom is not putting tomatoes in a fruit salad.


TODAY IN TRIVIA: Want some bit of gardening trivia?

~Wheat is the most widely grown plant in the world.  It has been cultivated for more than 7,000 years in every continent except Antarctica.

~ Do you plant pumpkins? Botanically, there is no such thing as a pumpkin. Pumpkins are certain varieties of squash, which through local traditions and use, have come to be called pumpkins. Squash and pumpkins belong to the family ‘Cucurbitaceae’, which also contains cucumbers, melons and gourds.

~ Did you know that the eggplant is a member of the potato family, and is also known as a garden egg, melanzana or aubergine?

~The biggest tomato on record weighed in at a hefty 7 pounds 12 ounces.  It was grown by Gordon Graham of Oklahoma.

~This veggie must not be absent in American garden!  Potatoes are the most popular vegetable among Americans. Second and third place go to head lettuce and onions.

~ Gardening is medicine that does not need a prescription … and with no limit on dosage.


QUIP OF THE DAY: All that glitters is not gold. – Chaucer


Thought for the day. . .

Whatever advice you give, be brief. – Horace