January 21, 2014

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi


21st day of 2014 with 344 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*National Hug Day

*Squirrel Appreciation Day

*New England Clam Chowder Day



  • 1824 Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, Clarksburg, Viginia (now West Virginia), Confederate general (considered one of the best tactical commanders in U.S. history)
  • 1827 Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin, Russian mathematician (presented papers to the Russian Academy of Sciences on number theory, proved 12th & 23rd Fermat numbers are composite)
  • 1846 Pieter Hendrik Schoute, Dutch mathematician (regular polytopes and Euclidean geometry)
  • 1905 Christian Dior, French fashion designer
  • 1905 Karl Wallenda, German acrobat (founder of The Flying Wallendas, a daredevil circus act)
  • 1912 Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist (Nobel / discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism)
  • 1922 Telly Savalas, Garden City, New York, actor (Birdman of Alcatraz, Battle of the Bulge, The Dirty Dozen, On Her Majecsty’s Secret Service, Escape to Athena)
  • 1926 Steve Reeves, Glasgow, Montana, actor & bodybuilder (Athena, Hercules, The Trojan Horse, Duel of the Titans, The Avenger)
  • 1935 Ann Wedgeworth, Abilene, Texas, actress (Evening Shade )
  • 1938 Wolfman Jack, Brooklyn, New York, disk jockey and actor
  • 1940 Jack Nicklaus (The Golden Bear), Upper Arlington, Ohio, pro golfer (73 victories on PGA Tour)
  • 1941 Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor (known for strong and versatile voice, one of “The Three Tenors”)
  • 1947 Jill Eikenberry, New Haven, Connecticut, actress (Ann Kelsey in L.A. Law; Arthur, Destined to Live)
  • 1953 Paul Allen, Seattle, Washington, entrepreneur (co-founder of Microsoft)
  • 1956 Geena Davis, Wareham, Massachusetts, actress (Stuart Little, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, The Accidental Tourist, Commander in Chief)
  • 1969 M. K. Hobson, Riverside, California, author (The Native Star, The Hidden Goddess, The Warlock’s Curse)
  • 1976 Emma Bunton, Finchley, London, England, singer (Spice Girls)
  • 1985 Salvatore Giunta, Clinton, Iowa, former Army sergeant (Medal of Honor / saved lives of his squad in 2007 in Afghanistan)
  • 1990 Jacob Smith, Monrovia, California, actor (Cheaper by the Dozen, Phantom of the Megaplex)
  • 1997 Jeremy Shada, Boise, Idaho, actor (Adventure Time, Incredible Crew )
  • 2001 Jackson Brundage, Los Angeles, California, actor (One Tree Hill, See Dad Run )


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle



  • 1789 The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1793 After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.
  • 1861 Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate during the American Civil War.
  • 1908 New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.
  • 1911 The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
  • 1915 Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1948 The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Quebec Flag Day.
  • 1954 The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
  • 1968 A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.
  • 1977 President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.
  • 1997 Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
  • 1999 In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.
  • 2003 A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.
  • 2004 NASA’s MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
  • 2008 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%.


A guy goes into a florist shop that has a sign: “Say It With Flowers.”

He says, “One rose, please.”

“Just one?” asks the florist.

“Yes. I’m a man of few words.”


A retiring farmer in preparation for selling his land, needed to rid his farm of animals. So he went to every house in his town.

To the houses where the man is the boss, he gave a horse. To the houses where the woman is the boss, a chicken was given.

He got toward the end of the street and saw a couple outside gardening. “Who’s the boss around here?” he asked.

“I am.” said the man.

“I have a black horse and a brown horse,” the farmer said, “which one would you like?”

The man thought for a minute and said, “The black one.”

“No, no, no, get the brown one.” the man’s wife said.

“Here’s your chicken.” said the farmer.


These are advertisements that have appeared in papers across the country (or so we are led to believe)

– We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.

– For Sale — Eight puppies from a German Shepperd and an Alaskan Hussy.

– Great Dames for sale.

– Have several very old dresses from grandmother in beautiful condition.

– Tired of cleaning yourself? Let me do it.

– Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children.

– Vacation Special: have your home exterminated.

– If you think you’ve seen everything in Paris, visit the Pere Lachasis Cemetery. It boasts such immortals as Moliere, Jean de la Fontain, and Chopin.

A man and his wife are sitting in the living room and he says to her, “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state dependent on some machine. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”

“OK,” says his wife as she gets up and unplugs the TV.


Driving down the highway, I saw this slogan on the back of a well-known trucking company’s vehicle: “We Always Go the Extra Mile.”

In the grime beneath it, someone had scrawled, “That’s Because We Missed the exit.”


pic of the day: Squirrel & nut



A show business museum in Hollywood is presenting an exhibit on the career of the late and great actor John Wayne. One of the featured items is a pair of brownish colored gravestones bearing his name, date of birth, and the titles of his most memorable movies.

The museum has decided to call the exhibit, … ‘The Amber Graves of Wayne.’


guy goes to a psychiatrist. “Doc, I keep having these alternating, recurring dreams. First I’m a teepee; then I’m a wigwam; then ‘m a teepee; then I’m a wigwam. It’s driving me crazy. What’s wrong with me?”

The doctor replies: “It’s very simple. You’re two tents.”


During a friendly argument, my husband said, “So why did you marry me in the first place?”

“I was just stupid.”

“Well, I’m really happy to hear that.”

“How’s that?”

“People get divorced all the time because they fall out of love, but I’ve never heard of anybody falling out of stupid.”


The teenager was having a rough day and had stretched herself out on the couch to do a bit of well-deserved complaining and self-pitying. She moaned to her Mom and brother, “Nobody loves me. The whole world hates me!”

Her brother hardly looked up at her as he said, “That’s not true. Lots of people don’t even know you.”


Why Women Like Cats:

– Cats don’t criticize your mother.

– Cats never question how much you’re eating.

– Cats understand the importance of beauty sleep.

– Cats are happy to let you drive.

– Cats always look good first thing in the morning.

– Cats don’t complain when you get a short haircut.


My six-year-old grandson called his mother from his friend Charlie’s house and confessed he had broken a lamp when he threw a football in their living room.

“But, Mom,” he said, brightening, “you don’t have to worry about buying another one. Charlie’s mom said it was irreplaceable!”


QUIP OF THE DAY: Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease. – Bill Maher


Thought for the day. . .
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent van Gogh

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