Jokes and Trivia for April 23, 2013

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death – James F. Bymes

TODAY – APRIL 23rd – TUESDAY

113th day of 2013 with 252 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*National Zucchini Bread Day (sources vary: some say this holiday is April 25th)

*Take a Chance Day

*World Laboratory Day (celebrates the place where great discoveries, inventions, and medical cures are made)

*National Cherry Cheesecake Day

*National Picnic Day

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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1564 William Shakespeare, English writer and actor (traditional approximate birth date in Julian calendar based on April 26 baptism)
  • 1621 William Penn, English admiral (founder of Pennsylvania)
  • 1791 James Buchanan, Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, 15th President of the United States
  • 1858 Max Planck, German physicist (Nobel / founder of quantum theory; discovered quantum physics)
  • 1867 Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Copenhagen, Danish scientist (Nobel/ Cancer Research)
  • 1895 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand, crime writer (Grave Mistake, Killer Dolphin, Final Curtain / The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries)
  • 1897 Lester B. Pearson, Ontario, Canada, 14th Prime Minister of Canada (Nobel Peace Prize / resolved Suez Canal Crisis)
  • 1899 Minoru Shirota, Japanese inventor of Yakult (yogurt-like probiotic drink containing Lactobacillus casei strain shirota)
  • 1921 Janet Blair, Altoona, Pennsylvania, actress (My Sister Eileen, Tonight and Every Night, Dinah Shore)
  • 1923 Avram Davidson, Yonkers, New York, science fiction writer (Peregrine series, Vergil Magus series, Mutiny in Space)
  • 1928 Shirley Temple, Santa Monica, California, actress (Curly Top, Bright Eyes, Heidi) and politician (Ambassador to Ghana & Czechoslovakia)
  • 1930 Alan Oppenheimer, NYC, New York, actor (Dr. Rudy Wells in The Six Million Dollar Man, Happy Days, St. Elsewhere, Mama’s Family, Westworld) and voice actor (Mighty Mouse, Ming the Merciless on Flash Gordon, Thundarr the Barbarian, Transformers)
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, Vernon, Texas, singer and musician (Only the Lonely, Crying, Pretty Woman)
  • 1939 Lee Majors, Wyandotte, Michigan, actor (Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man, The Big Valley, The Fall Guy)
  • 1942 Sandra Dee, Bayonne, New Jersey, actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life, A Summer Place)
  • 1949 Joyce DeWitt, Wheeling, West Virgina, actress (Janet Wood on Three’s Company)
  • 1953  James Russo, New York City, New York, actor (Django Unchained )
  • 1957 Jan Hooks, Decatur, Georgia, actress (Designing Women, Batman Returns, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
  • 1960 Valerie Bertinelli, Wilmington, Delaware, actress (One Day at a Time, Touched by an Angel, Hot in Cleveland)
  • 1961 George Lopez, Los Angeles, California, actor and comedian (George Lopez, Inside the NFL, Lopez Tonight, Bread and Roses)
  • 1962 John Hannah, Scottish actor (McCallum, The Mummy, Sliding Doors, MDs, New Street Law, Cold Blood)
  • 1967 Melina Kanakaredes, Akron, Ohio, actress (Stella in CSI:NY, Providence, The Guiding Light)
  • 1969 Arthur Phillips, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 5 time Jeopardy! champion and author (Prague, The Egyptologist, Angelica, The Tragedy of Arthur)
  • 1970 Scott Bairstow, Steinbach, Manitoba, Canadian actor (Newt Call on Lonesome Dove series, Party of Five)
  • 1974 Barry Watson, Traverse City, Michigan, actor (7th Heaven, What About Brian, Samantha Who?)
  • 1977 John Cena, West Newbury, Massachusetts, professional wrestler and actor (The Marine, Legendary)
  • 1977 Kal Penn, Montclair, New Jersey, actor (How I Met Your Mother )
  • 1979 Jaime King, Omaha, Nebraska, actress (Mother’s Day )
  • 1979 Joanna Krupa, Polish/American model and actress (Season 9 Dancing With the Stars, The Dog Problem, Ripple Effect, Skinner Box)
  • 1983 Aaron Hill, Santa Clara, California, actor (Greek, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, A Warrior’s Heart)
  • 1988 Molly Burnett, Littleton, Colorado, actress   (Days of our Lives)

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When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. – John F. Kennedy

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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1661 King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1635 The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1910 Theodore Roosevelt made his The Man in the Arena speech.
  • 1918 World War I: The British Royal Navy makes a raid in an attempt to neutralise the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge.
  • 1920 The national council in Turkey denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI and announces a temporary constitution.
  • 1920 The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) is founded in Ankara.
  • 1927 Turkey becomes the first country to celebrate Children’s Day as a national holiday.
  • 1932 The 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, Netherlands burns down. It is rebuilt and reopens exactly 70 years later.
  • 1955 The Canadian Labour Congress is formed by the merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labour.
  • 1967 Soyuz 1 (Russian: Союз 1, Union 1) is a manned spaceflight, Launched into orbit carrying cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Komarov.
  • 1968 Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City of the Vietnam War  take over administration buildings and shut down the university.
  • 1985 Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.
  • 1990 Namibia becomes the 160th member of the United Nations and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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A teacher was sitting at her desk grading papers when her first-grade class came back from lunch. Alice informed the teacher, “Paul has to go to the principal’s office.”

“I wonder why,” the teacher mused.

“Because he’s a following person,” Alice replied.

“A what?” the teacher asked.

“It came over the loudspeaker: ‘The following persons are to go to the office.'”

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Judi was sitting at the defendant table while the state trooper was being cross-examined on the witness stand.

The lawyer asked, “When you stopped Judi, were your red and blue lights flashing?”

“Yes, sir, they were.”

“Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?”

“Yes, sir, she did.”

“And,” looking at Judi, “what was it she said?”

“She said, ‘What disco am I at?'”

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ONE-LINERS: Definitions for Parents

FEEDBACK: The inevitable result when a baby doesn’t appreciate the mashed carrots.

HEARSAY: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

PRENATAL: When your life was still somewhat your own.

PUDDLE: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes.

STERILIZE: What you do to your first baby’s pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby’s pacifier by blowing on it.

TOP BUNK: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman pajamas.

WHOOPS: An exclamation that translates roughly into “get a washrag.”

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pic of the day: Red Dogwood Blossom

red-dogwood-bloom

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WARNING! ENTERING FROGGY PUN ZONE!

Why did the tadpole feel lonely?
Because he was newt to the area!

Where do frogs keep their treasure?
In a croak of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Whats white on the outside, green on the inside and comes with relish and onions?
A hot frog!

What did the bus conductor say to the frog?
Hop on!

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Three nurses died and went to Heaven. They were met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter, who questioned them.

“What did you used to do back on Earth?” he asked the first nurse. “Why do you think you should be allowed into Heaven?”

She told him, “I was a nurse at an inner city hospital. I worked to bring healing and peace to many sufferers, especially poor children.”

“Very noble. You may enter.” And he ushered her through the gates. He asked the same questions to the next nurse.

“I was a missionary nurse in the Amazon. For many years I worked with a small group of doctors and nurses to help people in numerous tribes, healing them and telling them of God’s love.” The second nurse replied.

“Excellent!” said St. Peter. And he ushered her through the gates as well. Finally he posed his questions to the third nurse. She hesitated, then explained, “I was just a nurse at an HMO.”

St. Peter considered her answer for a moment, then told her, “Well, you can enter, too.”

“Wow!” the nurse exclaimed in relief. “I almost thought you weren’t going to let me in.”

“Oh, you can certainly come in,” St. Peter told her, “but you can only stay for three days.”

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A young college co-ed came running in tears to her father. “Dad, you gave me some terrible financial advice!”

“I did? What did I tell you?” said the dad.

“You told me to put my money in that big bank, and now that big bank is in trouble.”

“What are you talking about? That’s one of the largest banks in the state,” he said. “there must be some mistake.”

“I don’t think so,” she sniffed. “They just returned one of my checks with a note saying, ‘Insufficient Funds’.”

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TODAY IN TRIVIA: Zucchini

~Zucchinis contain 95 percent water; a small one contains about 25 calories.  Substitute zucchini for a baked potato and save more than 100 calories.

~Zucchinis were first brought to the United States in the 1920s by the Italians.

~Courgette is what the French and the British call zucchini.

~Zucchini is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana.

~Zucchini bread is one of the most popular ways to use zucchini.

~The town of Obetz, Ohio has an annual Zucchini Fest each year.  This year (2013) it is August 22-25.

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QUIP OF THE DAY: Everything you can imagine is real. – Picasso

THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . .

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the surface of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise. – Annie Dillard