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Jokes and Trivia for March 5, 2012

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it. – Charles Schulz

TODAY – MARCH 5th – MONDAY

65th day of 2012 with 301 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*Multiple Personality Day

*National Cheese Doodle Day
 
*National Absinthe Day

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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1575 William Oughtred, Eton, Buckinghamshire, England, mathematician (credited as the inventor of the slide rule)
  • 1794 Jacques Babinet, Lusignan (Vienne), French physicist (best known for his contributions to optics)
  • 1836 Charles Goodnight, Macoupin Co., Illinois, cattle rancher in American West (father of Texas Panhandle)
  • 1908 Sir Rex Harrison, English actor (Cleopatra, My Fair Lady, Dr. Dolittle, The Agony and the Ecstasy)
  • 1910 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles
  • 1915 Laurent Schwartz, Paris, mathematician (pioneered the theory of distributions, which gives a well-defined meaning to objects such as the Dirac delta function)
  • 1922 James Noble, Dallas, Texas, actor (The Brighter Day; As the World Turns )
  • 1927 Jack Cassidy, Richmond Hill, New York, actor (Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, He & She, The Andersonville Trial)
  • 1936 Dean Stockwell, North Hollywood, California, actor (Quantum Leap, JAG, Dune, Battlestar Galactica)
  • 1938 Paul Evans, Queens, New York, singer and songwriter
  • 1942 Mike Resnick, American science fiction author (Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, The 43 Antarean Dynasties, Travels with My Cats, A Hunger in the Soul, Starship series)
  • 1954 Marsha Warfield, Chicago, Illinois, actress (Roz on Night Court, Empty Nest, Caddyshack 2)
  • 1955 Penn Jillette, Greenfield, Massachusetts, magician and comedian
  • 1958 Andy Gibb, English-born Australian singer and teen idol (youngest brother of the BeeGees)
  • 1970 John Frusciante, New York City, musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • 1972 Luca Turilli, Trieste, musician (Rhapsody)
  • 1974 Kevin Connolly, Patchogue, New York, actor and comedian (Entourage , Unhappily Ever After )
  • 1974 Eva Mendes, Miami, Florida, actress (2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Stuck on You, Ghost Rider )
  • 1975 Jolene Blalock, San Diego, California, actress (Star Trek: Enterprise )
  • 1989 Sterling Knight, Houston, Texas, actor  (17 Again, Sonny With a Chance, Disney Channel Original Movie Starstruck)
  • 1989 Jake Lloyd, Fort Collins, Colorado, actor (young Anakin Skywalker inStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; Jingle All The Way)

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Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne.  Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool. – Gioacchino Rossini

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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1766 Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
  • 1770 Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, and a boy, are killed by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) five years later. At a subsequent trial the soldiers are defended by John Adams.
  • 1836 Samuel Colt makes the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber.
  • 1850 The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.
  • 1872 George Westinghouse patents the air brake.
  • 1933 Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a “bank holiday”, closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions.
  • 1933 Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party receives 43.9% at the Reichstag elections. This later allows the Nazis to pass the Enabling Act and establish a dictatorship.
  • 1946 Winston Churchill uses the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
  • 1946 Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
  • 1960 Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase, giving rise to the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis.
  • 1978 The Landsat 3 is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
  • 1979 Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by “off the scale” gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
  • 1979 America’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.
  • 1981 The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, is launched by Sinclair Research and would go on to sell over 1.5 million units around the world.

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Mom walks into the kitchen and sees her daughter with the whole box of animal crackers spread on the counter top.

Mom: “Why did you pour out the whole box?”

Daughter: “The box says, ‘Do not eat if the seal is broken. I’m looking for the seal.”

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ONE-LINERS:

~Answering Machine: “Hi! I’m probably home. I’m just avoiding someone I don’t like. Leave a message. If I don’t call back, it’s you.”

~A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

~Hospitality: making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were.

~I always take life with a grain of salt, …plus a slice of lemon, …and a shot of tequila.

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pic of the day: 3 sheep & a chicken

picture of sheep and chicken

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WARNING! ENTERING THE PUN ZONE!

I was visiting France, and while in Paris I decided to take a guided tour around the beautiful cathedral on the banks of the Seine. As we were being shown around the building, all of a sudden I spotted a sandwich box lying on the floor.

So I picked it up, and handed it to the guide. He was very apologetic, and hurried off with it. After a few minutes, I could hear him calling up the bell tower:
“Quazimodo! You left your sandwich box lying around again!”

When the guide returned, he apologised again, and when we asked him about the sandwiches, he said: “Don’t worry about it… it’s just the Lunchpack of Notredame.”

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Teens have theirs, now seniors have their own texting codes … like BFF, LOL,OMG etc.
So here are some codes for seniors…
Those of you who think you don’t need them yet, keep them in a safe place for later:
* ATD – At the Doctor’s
* BFF – Best Friends Funeral
* BTW – Bring the Wheelchair
* BYOT – Bring Your Own Teeth
* CBM – Covered by Medicare
* CUATSC – See You at the Senior Center
* DWI – Driving While Incontinent
* FWBB – Friend with Beta Blockers
* FWIW – Forgot Where I Was
* FYI – Found Your Insulin
* GGPBL – Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
* GHA – Got Heartburn Again
* HGBM – Had Good Bowel Movement
* IMHO – Is My Hearing-Aid On?
* LMDO – Laughing My Dentures Out
* LOL – Living on Lipitor
* LWO – Lawrence Welk’s On
* OMMR – On My Massage Recliner
* OMSG – Oh My! Sorry, Gas
* ROFL..CGU – Rolling on the Floor Laughing…Can’t get Up!
* TOT – Texting on Toilet
* TTYL – Talk to You Louder
* WAITT – Who Am I Talking To?
* WTFA – Wet the Furniture Again
* WTP – Where’re the Prunes?
* WWNO – Walker Wheels Need Oil
Hope these help.

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When a friend’s marriage began to unravel, my 12-year-old son offered, “I think the problem is largely psychological.”

“How so?” I asked.

“He’s psycho and she’s logical.”

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TODAY IN TRIVIA: Who invented Cheez Doodles?

Morry Yohai took over the Old London Foods business after World War II.The company, founded by Yohai’s father in the 1920’s as King Kone, made ice cream cones, Melba toast, cheese crackers and caramel popcorn. In the 1950’s, Yohai and his partners were looking for a new product. They found a machine that extruded corn meal that “popped” almost like popcorn. Yohai decided to cut the cornmeal product into child-like pieces, to coat them with cheddar cheese and bake them, rather than fry them, to make this new food product healthier. Because the popped cornmeal tubes, which in those days were very thin, looked to Yohai and his partners like “doodles”.

The new snack food was christened “Cheese Doodles”.

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QUIP OF THE DAY: The best things in life are not free but priceless. – Benjamin Lichtenberg

 THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . .

There’s good in everybody. Boost. Don’t knock.Warren G. Harding