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April 6th

Every woman has the right to be beautiful.  – Elizabeth Arden


TODAY – APRIL 6th

96th day of the year (97th in leap years) with 269 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ National Caramel Popcorn Day
~ National Sorry Charlie Day (in honor of those who have been rejected and lived through it)
~ National STUDENT-Athlete Day (NSAD)
~ National Tartan Day
~ National Teflon Day
~ New Beer’s Eve
~ Plan Your Epitaph Day
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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1483 Raphael, Italian painter and architect (Madonna of the Meadow, Deposition of Christ, Sistene Madonna)
  • 1849 John William Waterhouse, British painter (Undine, The Unwelcome Companion, Miranda)
  • 1886 Walter Edward Dandy, Sedalia, Missouri, neurosurgeon and scientist (description of circulation cerebrospinal fluid, treatment of hydrocephalus, established first intensive care unit, first cerebrovascular neurosurgery)
  • 1890 Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation engineer, designer of aircraft
  • 1892 Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., Brooklyn, New York, aircraft pioneer and industrialist (McDonnell Douglas Corporation)
  • 1892 Lowell Thomas, Woodington, Ohio, author, broadcaster and traveler (Lawrence of Arabia, Beyond Khyber Pass, Raiders of the Deep, Wings Over Asia, Back to Mandalay, True Great Adventures)
  • 1911 Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist (Nobel / mechanism and regulation of cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism)
  • 1926 Gil Kane, Latvian cartoonist (co-created Green Lantern, Atom, Iron Fist)
  • 1928 James Dewey Watson, Chicago, Illinois, molecular biologist, geneticist & zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA)
  • 1937 Merle Haggard, Oildale, California, singer-songwriter and musician (Bakersfield sound; Okie from Muskogee)
  • 1941 Phil Austin, Denver, Colorado, comedian (Everything You Know Is Wrong )
  • 1947 John Ratzenberger, Bridgeport, Connecticut, actor (Cliff Clavin in Cheers, recurring cast roles in Pixar films)
  • 1949 Horst Ludwig Störmer, German-born physicist (Fractional quantum Hall effect)
  • 1952 Marilu Henner, Chicago, Illinois, actress (Elaine O’Conner Nardo in Taxi, Grand Larceny, Evening Shade, Titanic)
  • 1955 Cathy Jones, Canadian comedian (Wedding in Texas and Me, Dad and The Hundred Boyfriends )
  • 1955 Michael Rooker, Jasper, Alabama, actor (Mississippi Burning, JFK, Tombstone, Rosewood, Jumper, Stargate SG-1, Crime Story, The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • 1972 Jason Hervey, Los Angeles, California, actor (Back to the Future, The Wonder Years, 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd)
  • 1975 Zach Braff, South Orange, New Jersey, actor (Dr. John Dorian in Scrubs, Garden State, Chicken Little)
  • 1976 Candace Cameron, Panorama City, California, actress (No One Would Tell , She Cried No, Night Scream, Fuller House)
  • 1982 Bret Harrison, Portland, Oregon, actor (Reaper and The Loop, Grounded for Life, V, The Astronaut Wives Club, The Ranch)
  • 1982 Ilan Hall, American chef (winner of 2nd season of Top Chef)

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The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.  ~ Heywood Broun
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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1652 At the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp that eventually becomes Cape Town .
  • 1667 An earthquake devastates Dubrovnik, then an independent city-state.
  • 1782 Rama I of Siam (modern day Thailand) founds the Chakri dynasty.
  • 1808 John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, eventually leading him to become America’s first Millionaire.
  • 1830 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. and others at Fayette or Manchester, New York.
  • 1860 The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints—later renamed Community of Christ—is organized by Joseph Smith III and others at Amboy, Illinois.
  • 1862 American Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh begins – in Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.
  • 1869 Celluloid is patented.
  • 1888 Thomas Green Clemson dies, bequeathing his estate to the State of South Carolina to establish Clemson Agricultural College.
  • 1889 George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for the first time.
  • 1893 Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.
  • 1896 In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1,500 years after the original games are banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
  • 1909 North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary & Matthew Henson.
  • 1930 Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar.
  • 1938 Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett.
  • 1947 The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement.
  • 1957 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • 1962 Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto.
  • 1965 Launch of Early Bird, the first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit.
  • 1973 The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.
  • 1973 Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.
  • 1982 Estonian Communist Party bureau declares “fight against bourgeois TV” — meaning Finnish TV — a top priority of the propagandists of Estonian SSR
  • 1984 Members of Cameroon’s Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • 1998 Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.

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A young college student had stayed up all night studying for his zoology test the next day. As he entered the classroom, he saw ten stands with ten birds over each bird and only the legs showing.

He sat right in the front row because he wanted to do the best job possible. The professor announced that the test would be to look at each set of bird legs and give the common name, habitat, genus, species, and identifying characteristic.

The student looked at each set of bird legs. They all looked the same to him. He began to get upset. He had stayed up all night studying, and now he had to identify birds by their legs. The more he thought about it, the madder he got.

Finally, he couldn’t stand it anymore.

He went to the professor’s desk and said “What a stupid test! How could anyone tell the difference between birds by looking at their legs?” With that the student threw his test on the professor’s desk and walked out the door.

The professor was surprised. The class was so big that he didn’t know every student’s name, so as the student reached the door, the professor called out “One moment, son, what’s your name?”

The enraged student pulled up his pant legs and said “You guess buddy! You guess!”

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Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort to make the “in-flight safety lecture” and their other announcements a bit more entertaining. Here’s an example:

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight Attendant Came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”

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ONE-LINERS:How to describe someone who’s…uh…you know…

~ Lights are on, nobody’s home.
~ A few clowns short of a circus.
~ A few fries short of a Happy Meal.

~ A few peas short of a casserole.
~ Doesn’t have all his cornflakes in one box.
~ Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.

~ One Fruit Loop shy of a full bowl.
~ One taco short of a combination plate.
~ The wheel’s spinning, but the hamster’s dead.

~ Fell out of the family tree.
~ The cheese slid off his cracker.
~ A few feathers short of a whole duck.

~ Body by Fisher; brains by Mattel.
~ An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.
~ Couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.

~ As smart as bait.
~ Chimney’s clogged.
~ Elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.

~ Forgot to pay his brain bill.
~ His sewing machine’s out of thread.
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One reason the Military Services have trouble operating jointly is that they don’t speak the same language.
For example, if you told Navy personnel to “secure a building,” they would turn off the lights and lock the doors.
The Army would occupy the building so no one could enter.
Marines would assault the building, capture it, and defend it with suppressive fire and close combat.
The Air Force, on the other hand, would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.

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PIC OF THE DAY:
cat on old tractor
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Five surgeons were taking a coffee break and were discussing their work.

The first said, “I think accountants are the easiest to operate on. You open them up and everything inside is numbered.”

The second said, “I think librarians are the easiest to operate on. You open them up and everything inside is in alphabetical order.”

The third said, “I like to operate on electricians. You open them up and everything inside is color-coded.”

The fourth one said, “I like to operate on lawyers. They’re heartless spineless, gutless, and their heads and their tails are interchangeable.”

The fifth surgeon says “I like engineers . They always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end.”
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When I returned home from college for a break, I noticed a paper posted on the refrigerator. It listed some goals my dad had set for himself: Help wife more; lose weight; be more productive at work.

I promptly added: “Send Michelle money every month.”

A few days later my brother wrote: “Make payments on car for Jason.”

Then my boyfriend joined in with: “Buy Tom a Jeep.”

Finally my father added a new goal to his amended list: “Wean kids.”
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PUNNY ANIMALS ZONE!

– When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

– When a bomb goes off in the middle of a herd of cows, there will be udder destruction.

– Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

– A giraffe’s family reunion is called “necks of kin. ”

– Dalmatians can’t play hide and seek, because they are always spotted.

– One cow spying on another cow is called a steak out.

– Cows without legs are ground beef.

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A blackjack dealer and a player with a thirteen count in his hand were arguing about whether or not it was appropriate to tip the dealer.

The player said, ‘When I get bad cards, it’s not the dealer’s fault. Accordingly, when I get good cards, the dealer obviously had nothing to do with it so, why should I tip him?’

The dealer said, ‘When you eat out do you tip the waiter?’

‘Yes.’

‘Well then, he serves you food, I’m serving you cards so you should tip me.’

‘Okay, but, the waiter gives me what I ask for. I’ll take an eight.’

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A young Puritan man asked an elder to teach him proper manners. On the Sabbath he was about to plow into church ahead of his elder, the elder pulled him back. The elder started to say something but then noticed a lady approaching the church. He stood back to allow the lady to enter.

The the elder summarized for the young man: “Remember, it is I before thee, except after she.”
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While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “are there any gators around here?!”

“Naw,” the man hollered back, “Ain’t been any for years!”

Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming toward the shore. As he got closer to shore he shouted to the guy again “What did you do to get rid of the gators?”

“We didn’t do nothin’,” the beachcomber said. “The sharks got ’em all.”
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GOLDEN OLDIE… A friend of mine spent two weeks at a Boy Scout Camp out west. Halfway through their stay, the boys received “care” packages from home and many of them contained checks for spending money. A group of them went into town to cash these checks at the local bank.
One Scout was having some trouble because he’d lost his wallet. He insisted that he had identification on him, but didn’t want to show it. The young woman who was serving as a teller that day, however, insisted upon seeing it. So the young man climbed up onto the counter and whispered into her ear.
She motioned for him to come around behind the counter where they could have a little more privacy. My friend, who was tall enough to see over the counter and keep an eye on things, reported that the blushing boy pulled out his shirt, folded down his belt, and then pulled up the label on his underwear.
The teller could see his name neatly written there with an indelible marker.
She cashed his check.
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TODAY IN TRIVIA: What sound does a camel make? The sound a camel makes is called “nuzzing”.

~ How much can a pelican carry? The average capacity of a pelican’s pouch is 12 quarts.

~ When was helium discovered? During an eclipse of the sun in 1868, spectral lines were located that were attributed to an unknown element that was called “helium,” from the Greek word for “sun.” Thirty years later, helium was discovered on Earth.

~ What is National Sorry Charlie Day about? It’s a day to think about the times we have been rejected, whether by a sweetheart, a college, a prospective employer, the bank for a loan, or whatever! Everyone has been rejected at some point in their lives. This day gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we survived the rejection and what we learned from it.

~ Why is National Teflon Day on April 6th? It is the date of the accidental invention of Teflon on April 6, 1938, by Dr. Roy Plunkett. At first it seemed that Teflon was so expensive to produce that it would never find a market. Its first use was fulfilling the requirements of the gaseous diffusion process of the Manhattan Project for materials that could resist corrosion by fluorine or its compounds.

~ Who found an every day use for Teflon? Marion A. Trozzolo brought it from the laboratory into the kitchen. The Kansas City, Missouri professor used the substance to coat his scientific utensils. In 1961, he marketed the first US-made Teflon coated frying pan, The Happy Pan.
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QUIP OF THE DAY: Promises are like snowballs – easy to make but hard to keep.

THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . . Everything which is properly business we must keep carefully separate from life.  Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freed handling.  ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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