June 6, 2014

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. – Aldous Huxley


157th day of 2014 with 208 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*D-Day Anniversary

*National Applesauce Cake Day

*UN Russian Language Day

*National Doughnut Day (always 1st Friday in June)

*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, 124 years in 2014)



  • 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 )


“Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars.” – Haruki Murakami



  • 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.


Customer to department store clerk: “Miss, would you help me? I have to get a birthday gift for my brother. What do you suggest for a man who has everything?”
“My phone number?”


Dispatching her ten-year-old son to pick up a pizza, my sister handed him money and a two-dollar coupon.

Later he came home with the pizza, and the coupon.

When asked to explain, he replied, “Mom, I had enough money. I didn’t need the coupon.”


Q: How can you prevent diseases caused by biting insects?
A: Don’t bite any insects.


ONE-LINERS: How To Rite Good

1. Avoid alliteration. Always.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)

4. Employ the vernacular.

5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

8. Contractions aren’t necessary.

9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

10. One should never generalize.

11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ”I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”

12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

13. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.

14. Be more or less specific.

15. Understatement is always best.

16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

18. The passive voice is to be avoided.

19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

21. Who needs rhetorical questions?

22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.


On Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money. He asked the people to consider donating a little more than usual into the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in the offering.

He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate. A very quiet, elderly, saintly looking 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 pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanks 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.”

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



~Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

~Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

~A gossip is someone with a sense of rumor.

~Without geometry, life is pointless.

~When you dream in color, it’s a pigment of your imagination.


A film crew was on location deep in the desert. One day an old Indian went up to the director and said, “Tomorrow rain.”

The next day it rained. A week later, the Indian went up to the director and said, “Tomorrow storm.”

The next day there was a hailstorm. “This Indian is incredible,” said the director. He told his secretary to hire the Indian to predict the weather for the remaining of the shoot. However, after several successful predictions, the old Indian didn’t show up for a week.

Finally the director sent for him. “I have to shoot a big scene tomorrow,” said the director, “and I’m depending on you. What will the weather be like?”

The Indian shrugged his shoulders. “Don’t know,” he said. “My radio is broken.”



The “Check Engine” light now says, “Hi. Me Again.”

The Auto Dealer sticker on the back has been removed.

You begin to get e-mails from eBay people asking when you’ll be selling the parts.

You notice a tow truck parked on the street near your house. As you leave for work in the morning, you see that it silently falls in behind you.


A hot red convertible with an equally hot woman driver raced by as my husband and his friend stopped to stare.
“Wow,” sighed Rick. “Nice.”
“Yeah,” agreed his buddy, transfixed.
“What color was the car?” I asked.
They answered simultaneously, “Blonde.”


QUIP OF THE DAY: Can you believe how many award shows there are? They even have awards for commercials – the Clio Awards, a whole show full of commercials. I taped it and then I fast-forwarded through the whole thing.


Thought for the day. . .
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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