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April 24th

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


114th day of the year (115th in leap years) with 251 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Fashion Revolution Day (for systemic reform and transparency in the fashion supply chain)
~ National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day
~ National Teach Children to Save Day
~ World Day for Laboratory Animals


  • 1934 Shirley MacLaine, Richmond, Virginia, actor (Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, Guarding Tess, The Last Word) and author (Dancing in the Light, I’m Over All That: And Other Confessions)
  • 1940 Sue Grafton, Louisville, Kentucky, author (Kinsey Milhone in alphabet series, “A” is for Alibi, “B” is for Burglar, “V” is for Vengeance, “W” is for Wasted, “Z” is for Zero)
  • 1942 Barbra Streisand, Brooklyn, New York, singer and actor
  • 1946 Phil Robertson, Vivian, Louisiana, businessman (founded Duck Commander), reality star (Duck Dynasty)
  • 1953 Eric Bogosian, Woburn, Massachusetts, actor (Law & Order: CI, High Incident, Billions) and author (Mall, Wasted Beauty, Perforated Heart)
  • 1955 Michael O’Keefe, Mount Vernon, New York, actor (Caddyshack, Michael Clayton, Frozen River, Sneaky Pete)
  • 1959 Glenn Morshower, Dallas, Texas, actor (24, Transformers, Supergirl, Bloodline, Bomb City)
  • 1978 Eric Balfour, Los Angeles, California, actor (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Valemont, Skyline, Haven)
  • 1980 Austin Nichols, Ann Arbor, Michigan, actor (One Tree Hill, The Day After Tomorrow, Wimbledon, The Walking Dead, Bates Motel)
  • 1982 Kelly Clarkson, Fort Worth, Texas, singer (won 1st season of American Idol)

We spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs: to want, to have, and to do. – Evelyn Underhill


  • 1800 The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”.
  • 1885 American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
  • 1907 Founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, Hersheypark is opened.
  • 1913 The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City is opened.
  • 1967 Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
  • 1990 STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • 21005 Snuppy becomes world’s first cloned dog.
  • 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.


A father walks into the market followed by his ten-year-old son. The kid is spinning a 25-cent piece in the air and catching it between his teeth. As they walk through the market someone bumps into the boy at just the wrong moment and the coin goes straight into his mouth and lodges in his throat. He immediately starts choking and going blue in the face and Dad starts panicking, shouting and screaming for help.

A middle-aged, fairly unremarkable man in a gray suit is sitting at a coffee bar in the market reading his newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion he looks up, puts his coffee cup down on the saucer, neatly folds his newspaper and places it on the counter. He gets up from his seat and makes his unhurried way across the market. Reaching the boy (who is still standing, but only just) the man takes hold of the kid and squeezes gently but firmly. After a few seconds the boy coughs up the quarter, which the man catches in his free hand.

The man then walks back to his seat in the coffee bar without saying a word. As soon as he is sure that his son was fine, the father rushes over to the man and starts effusively thanking him. The man looks embarrassed and brushes off the thanks. As he’s about to leave, the father asks one last question. “I’ve never seen anybody do anything like that before – it was fantastic – what are you, a surgeon or something like that?”

“No” the man replies, “I work for the IRS, getting people to cough it up is my business.”

Little Joe walked into his dad’s study while his dad was working on the computer.
“Dad,” said Joe, “Remember when you told me you’d give me twenty dollars if I passed my math test?”

Dad nodded.
“Well, the good news is that I just saved you twenty bucks.”

ONE-LINERS: Things You Don’t Want to Hear in the Operating Room . . .

~ “Someone call the cleaner. We’re going to need a mop”.
~ “Bonzo! Come back with that! Bad dog!”
~ “Wait a minute. If this is his spleen, then what’s that?”

~ “Oh no, I just lost my watch”.
~ “Oops. Has anyone survived 500ml of this stuff before?”
~ “Everybody stand back – I lost my contact lens”.

~ “Could you stop that thing from thumping? It’s throwing my concentration off”.
~ “That’s cool! Now, can you make his leg twitch?”
~ “I wish I hadn’t forgotten my glasses ..”

~ “What do you mean, he wasn’t in for a sex change?”
~ “.. and now we remove the subject’s brain and place it in the body of the ape”.
~ “Better save that. We’ll need it for the autopsy”.

A doctor is talking to a car mechanic, “Your fee is several times more per hour then we get paid for medical care.”

“Yeah, but you see, doc, you have always the same model, it hasn’t changed since Adam; but we have to keep up to date with new models coming every month.”


Miscellaneous Terms . . .

ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.

BEAUTY PARLOUR: A place where women curl up and dye.

CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people.

CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out.

EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

GOSSIP: A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.


PIC OF THE DAY: Alabama Crimson Honeysuckle blooms
AL Crimson honeysuckle

More Miscellaneous Terms

INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

MYTH: A female moth.

MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better.

RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn.

SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time.

SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.

TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.

WRINKLES: Something other people have. You have character lines.

A lawyer had a jury trial in a very difficult business case. The client, who had attended the trial, was out of town when the jury came back with its decision, which was for the lawyer and his client.

The lawyer immediately sent a telegram to his client, reading, “Justice has triumphed!”

The client wired back, “Appeal at once!”


Oliver Fiddle had a lifelong dream of going to Divinity School to get his Doctor of Divinity degree. He finally entered the university after years of saving money and studying for the entrance exam.

He worked hard and this June his dream will come true when he finally receives his degree. From that day forward, he will be known as … O. Fiddle, D.D.


Cliff Clavin on drinking:

Well you see, Norm, it’s like this … A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, the slowest and weakest ones at the back are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.

And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”


My secretary was driving to work during the Christmas season. She had her four-year-old daughter in the car with her for an event at church.

Since it is the season for carols, they were listening to Christmas music. As they approached the church, the song “Sleigh Ride” was playing. When her mom parked the car and turned off the radio, her daughter continued to sing; “idiot, idiot, idiot, let’s go.”

Her mother said, “Honey, that is not the word they are singing. It is ‘giddy-up.’ Besides idiot is not a very nice word.”

Her daughter replied, “Why? That’s what you always say about people when we are driving and they aren’t going fast enough.”


A mom’s teenage son was having trouble mastering the fine points of balancing his new checking account. “The bank returned the check you wrote to the sporting goods store,” she said.

“Oh good,” he said, “Now I can use it to buy a new iPad!”


A mother who drove a city bus attended an open house at her third-grader’s school. The teacher seemed amused as she directed the mother to where her child’s work was displayed.

An essay tacked up in a prominent position, titled “My Mom,” read: “I like my mom because she is neat and pretty and tells everyone where to get off.”


TODAY IN TRIVIA: What is Fashion Revolution Day? It is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. It’s purpose is to ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears has been made in a safe, clean and fair way.

~ Why is Fashion Revolution Day held on April 24th? Today is the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013. Hoping to prevent any more such tragedies, this holiday is to encourage people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

~ Is Snakes and Ladders a lesson in morality? The ancient race game Snakes and Ladders originated in India; it’s undetermined exactly when. It’s a game of morality with the bases of the ladders being located on squares representing various types of good and the more numerous snakes coming from squares representing various forms of evil. The squares of virtue on the original game are Faith (12), Reliability (51), Generosity (57), Knowledge (76), Asceticism (78); the squares of evil are Disobedience (41), Vanity (44), Vulgarity (49), Theft (52), Lying (58), Drunkenness (62), Debt (69), Rage (84), Greed (92), Pride (95), Murder (73) and Lust (99). The game is Hindu and was used to teach children about the religion in that the good squares allow a player to ascend higher in the league of life whereas evil will reduce a player back through reincarnation to lower tiers of life. Presumably the last square, 100, represents Nirvana.

~ Where would you go for ‘Garlic Time?’ There is an organization in Berkeley, California, whose members gather monthly to discuss and honor the garlic plant. Called “The Lovers of the Stinky Rose,” this unusual organization holds and annual garlic festival and publishes a newsletter known as “Garlic Time.”

~ How much air do you breathe? A person breathes almost 7 quarts of air every minute.

QUIP OF THE DAY: Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes? Come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!


Thought for the day. . . The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

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