July 2, 2014

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn


183rd day of 2014 with 182 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*National Anisette Day

*World UFO Day

*I Forgot Day

*National Blueberry Month

*National Anti-Boredom Month



  • 1906 Hans Bethe, German nuclear physicist (Nobel / quantum electrodynamics, nuclear physics, solid-state physics and astrophysics)
  • 1908 Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore, Maryland, 96th justice of U.S. Supreme Court (argued more cases before Supreme Court than anyone else in history)
  • 1917 Murry Wilson, Hutchinson, Kansas, songwriter and record producer (The Beach Boys)
  • 1932 Dave Thomas, Atlantic City, New Jersey, fast-food tycoon (founder of Wendy’s)
  • 1934 Tom Springfield, Hampstead, London, British singer and songwriter (The Springfields)
  • 1937 Polly Holliday, Jasper, Alabama, actress (waitress Flo on Alice, Flo – “Kiss My Grits!”)
  • 1937 Richard Petty, Level Cross, North Carolina, former NASCAR driver (“The King” / won NASCAR championship 7 times)
  • 1946 Richard Axel, Brooklyn, New York City, neuroscientist (Nobel /olfactory system)
  • 1946 Ron Silver, NYC, New York, actor (Tunnel Vision, Rhoda, Blue Steel, Enemies: A Love Story, Best Friends, Timecop)
  • 1948 Saul Rubinek, Canadian actor (Unforgiven, True Romance, Stargate SG-1, Frasier, Jesse Stone TV movies, Warehouse 13)
  • 1970 Yancy Butler, Greenwich Village, New York, actress (Hard Target, Witchblade)
  • 1974 Rocky Gray, Jacksonville, Arkansas, drummer and guitarist (Evanescence, Living Sacrifice)
  • 1979 Sam Hornish, Jr., Defiance, Ohio, NASCAR race driver (Penske Racing)
  • 1984 Vanessa Lee Chester, Hollywood, California, actress (Switched at Birth )
  • 1986 Lindsay Lohan, New York City, actress (Just My Luck )
  • 1989 Dev Tailes, Tracey, California, singer and recording artist (Like a G6, Bass Down Low)


The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs



  • 1613 The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place.
  • 1679 In an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth Europeans first went to Minnesota and first saw headwaters of Mississippi
  • 1698 Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.
  • 1776 Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not approved until July 4.
  • 1777 Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery.
  • 1881 Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from an infection on September 19.
  • 1890 The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
  • 1897 Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.
  • 1900 The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 1937 Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
  • 1962 First Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
  • 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.
  • 1993 37 participants in an Alevi cultural and literary festival are killed when a mob of demonstrators set fire to their hotel in Sivas during a violent protest.
  • 2000 Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional, after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
  • 2001 The AbioCor self contained artificial heart is first implanted.
  • 2002 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
  • 2010 The South Kivu tank truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kills at least 230 people.


Two gooberettes meet on the street. One is carrying a bag. The0 other one asks, “What’cha got in the sack?”
“Just some chickens.”
“If I guess how many there are, can I have one?”
“I’ll give you both of them.”
“Ummmmm, five?”

STEM, the program to put more teaching emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math was launched after determining that 4 out of 3 adults were deficient in all 5 of the subjects.

A couple from a circus go to an adoption agency, but social workers have doubts about their suitability.

So they produce photos of their 50 foot motorhome, the back half of which is a beautifully equipped nursery.

The social workers then are doubtful about the education that would be provided.

“We’ve employed an fulltime tutor who’ll teach the child all the subjects along with Mandarin and IT skills.”

There are then doubts expressed about the child’s healthy upbringing.

“Our fulltime nanny is an expert in pediatric welfare and diet,” they reply.

The social workers are finally satisfied, and ask what age of child they were hoping to adopt.

“It doesn’t really matter,” they say, “so long as he fits nicely into the cannon.”.


ONE-LINERS: Random Thoughts. . .
~ The trouble with opportunity is that it’s always more recognizable going than coming.
~ There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
~ Time for New Year’s resolutions…when I stepped on the scale, it said, “One at a time, please!”
~ Vacation: A time when parents realize that teachers aren’t paid enough.
~ We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.
~ We’ll always be best friends because you know too much.
~ What does the invisible man drink at snack time? Evaporated milk.
~ When I was a kid, I could toast a marshmallow over my birthday cake. Now I could roast a turkey.
~ You are not finished when you lose. You are finished when you quit.
~ You never realize how boring your life is until someone asks what you like to do for fun.
~ You only have one childhood. It may as well last your entire life.
~ You’re never as old as you’re going to get.

After a lengthy search, the bounty hunter had traced his quarry to his favorite cantina. He put his gun to the guy’s head and said, “Tell me where you hid the loot or I’ll blow your brains out.”

But alas, the fugitive didn’t speak English, and the bounty hunter didn’t speak Spanish. Fortunately, a bilingual lawyer was in the saloon and translated the Ranger’s message.

The terrified bandit blurted out, “El dinero está enterrado bajo el gran roble en la parte de atrás de la cantina [The money is buried under the big oak tree in back of the cantina].”

The bounty hunter asked the lawyer, “What did he say?”

The lawyer calmly replied, “He said, ‘Get lost, you turkey. You wouldn’t dare shoot me.'”


pic of the day: Happy Independence Day!



~ A plumber’s pipe dream was to tap all his resources to become multifauceted.
~ Q: What does a bowl of Chinese soup weigh? A: Won Ton
~ They’re a perfect match. He’s a real estate broker and he has lots to offer.
~ The special coffee of the day at my neighborhood coffee shop is “the King Arthur.” It’s a Camelotte.
~ “This meat is hard to chew,” Tom beefed jerkily.
~ “Get me off this horse!” Tom derided woefully.
~ “My giant sea mammal died,” Tom wailed blubberingly.
~ “I plan to work in a cemetery,” Tom plotted gravely.


Following a campaign speech, a young man rushed up to the speaker and said, “Senator, I wouldn’t vote for you if you were Saint Peter.”

The senator eyed him a moment then said, “Son, if I were Saint Peter, you couldn’t vote for me, because you wouldn’t be in my district.”


Sign in a Freshman dormitory: Advice for New Students:

– Don’t look at anything in the physics lab.

– Don’t taste anything in the chemistry lab.

– Don’t sniff anything in the biology lab.

– Don’t touch anything in the medical lab.

And, most importantly:

– Don’t listen to anything in the Philosophy Department.


A Thought for Today . . . At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and believed they would always travel at our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. Our siblings, friends, Children, and even the love of our life.
Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize that they vacated their seats!
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, good-byes, and farewells.
Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers…requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way – love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty — we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

QUIP OF THE DAY: “The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is
no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.” – David Brinkley


Thought for the day. . . If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

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