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April 8th

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point. –  Harold B Melchart


98th day of the year (99th in leap years) with 267 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
~ National All is Ours Day
~ National All Is Ours Day
~ National Empanada Day
~ National Zoo Lovers Day
~ National Grilled Cheese Month
~ National Poetry Month
~ Stress Awareness Month


  • 1732 David Rittenhouse, Paper Mill Run, Pennsylvania, astronomer, inventor, and mathematician (member of the American Philosophical Society and the first director of the United States Mint)
  • 1818 August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (Hofmann rearrangement, Hofmann elimination, Hofmann-Löffler reaction)
  • 1869 Harvey Williams Cushing, Cleveland, Ohio, neurosurgeon (pioneer in brain surgery / “father of modern neurosurgery”, 1st described Cushing’s Syndrome)
  • 1892 Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress (Friends, Just Like a Woman, The Female of the Species), co-founded United Artists
  • 1911 Melvin Calvin, St. Paul, Minnesota, chemist (Nobel / Calvin cycle)
  • 1918 Betty Ford, Chicago, Illinois, American First Lady (1974-1977), founder of the Betty Ford Center
  • 1918 Glendon Swarthout, Pinckney, Michigan, author (The Eagle and the Iron Cross, The Tin Lizzie, The Homesman, They Came to Cordura, Bless Beasts & Children, The Shootist)
  • 1955 Barbara Kingsolver, Annapolis, Maryland, author (The Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna, Pigs in Heaven, Animal Vegetable Miracle, Flight Behavior)
  • 1960 John Schneider, Mount Kisco, New York, actor / singer (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville, The Haves and Have Nots)
  • 1966 Robin Wright, Dallas, Texas actress (Santa Barbara, The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump, Toys, Moneyball, House of Cards)
  • 1968 Patricia Arquette, Chicago, Illinois, actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, True Romance, Lost Highway, Stigmata, Holes, Medium, CSI: Cyber)
  • 1977 Mark Spencer, American computer programmer (attended Auburn University, author of instant messaging client Gaim/ Pidgin; Chairman of Digium)
  • 1980 Katee Sackhoff, Portland, Oregon, actress (“Starbuck” on new Battlestar Galactica, 24, Longmire, White Noise: The Light, Riddick, Oculus)
  • 1981 Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, John Carter, Battleship, Savages, True Dectective)
  • 1992 Shelby Young, Florida, actress (The Social Network, Wild Child, Nightlight)
  • 2002 Skai Jackson, New York City, New York, actress (Jessie, Bunk’d)

Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you. – Aldous Huxley


  • 1730 Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, is dedicated.
  • 1808 With the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore is promoted to an archdiocese.
  • 1820 The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
  • 1832 Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans during the Black Hawk War.
  • 1864 American Civil War: Battle of Mansfield – Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at Mansfield, Louisiana.
  • 1893 The first recorded college basketball game occurs at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
  • 1904 Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
  • 1906 Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dies.
  • 1908 Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.
  • 1911 Superconductivity is discovered by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes.
  • 1916 In Corona, California, race car driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three, and badly injuring five, spectators.
  • 1935 When the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law the WPA (Works Progress Administration) is formed.
  • 1943 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.
  • 1952 To prevent a nationwide strike President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills.
  • 1959 Creation of COBOL, a new programming language, was discussed by a team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people.
  • 1959 The Organization of American States drafts an agreement to create the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • 1974 Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, surpassing Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old record.
  • 2005 Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
  • 2008 The world’s first building to integrate wind turbines construction is completed in Bahrain.


Words Not Yet In The Dictionary

~ ACCORDIONATED (ah kor’ de on ay tid) adj. Being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time.

~ AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks’ trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.

~ AQUALIBRIUM (ak wa lib’ re um) n. The point where the stream of drinking fountain water is at its perfect height, thus relieving the drinker from having to suck the nozzle, or (b) squirting himself in the eye.

~ BURGACIDE (burg’ uh side) n. When a hamburger can’t take any more torture and hurls itself through the grill into the coals.

~ BUZZACKS (buz’ aks) n. People in phone marts who walk around picking up display phones and listening for dial tones even when they know the phones are not connected.

~ CARPERPETUATION (kar’ pur pet u a shun) n. The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.

~ DIMP (dimp) n. A person who insults you in a cheap department store by asking, “Do you work here?”

~ DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt’) v. To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, somehow assuming this will ‘remove’ all the germs.

~ ECNALUBMA (ek na lub’ ma) n. A rescue vehicle which can only be seen in the rearview mirror.

~ EIFFELITES (eye’ ful eyetz) n. Gangly people sitting in front of you at the movies who, no matter what direction you lean in, follow suit.


An 85-year-old widow went on a blind date with a 90-year-old man.
When she returned to her daughter’s house later that night, she seemed upset.

“What happened, Mother?” the daughter asked.
“I had to slap his face three times!”

“You mean he got fresh?”
“No,” she answered. “I thought he was dead!”



~If you haven’t much education you must use your brain.
~If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
~If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again; it was probably worth it.

~IRS: We’ve got what it takes to take what you’ve got.
~It IS as bad as you think, and they ARE out to get you.

~If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
~It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

Bob was applying for a job at an accounting agency. So he filled out the resume and sent it. When the boss of the accounting agency read the letter, everything was sounding good. When he got to the part that asks “What are your achievements?”

Bob answered, “I may already be a winner of 21,000,000 dollars.”


Did you hear about the banker who was recently arrested for embezzling $100,000 to pay for his daughter’s college education?

As the policeman, who also had a daughter in college, was leading him away in handcuffs, he said to the banker, “I have just one question for you. Where were you going to get the rest of the money?”

pic of the day: Coit Tower in San Francisco

Coit Tower

GOLDEN OLDIE… The Pope was getting into his limo one night when he turned to the limo driver and said, “Before I die, I would love to drive this beautiful limo just once.”

“Well, here,” the limo driver says, “Take the wheel, Your Holiness!”

Further down the road, the limo is stopped by a policeman who looks in the window, goes back to his squad car, calls dispatch and says, “I just pulled over someone real important and I don’t know what to do.”

“Well, who is it?” his dispatcher says, “The mayor? The governor? The president?”

“I don’t know,” the officer responds, “but the Pope’s his chauffeur!”

My husband and I purchased an old home in Northern New York State from two elderly sisters. Winter was fast approaching and I was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation.

“If they could live here all those years, so can we!” my husband confidently declared.

One November night the temperature plunged to below zero, and we woke up to find our interior walls covered with frost.

My husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept warm in the winter.

After a rather brief conversation, he hung up.
“For the past 30 years,” he muttered, “they’ve spent the winter in Florida.”


A policeman had just finished his shift one night and was at home with his wife. “You just won’t believe what happened tonight,” he says. “In all my years on the force I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“What happened?” asks his wife.

“I came across two fellas down by the water- front,” says the cop. “One of them was drinking battery acid and the other was eating fireworks.”

“What did you do?” asks his wife.

“Oh that was easy. I charged one and let the other off.”


A motorist driving by a Texas ranch hit and killed a calf that was crossing the road.
The driver went to the owner of the calf and explained what had happened. He then asked what the animal was worth.

“Oh, about $200 today,” said the rancher.
“But in six years it would have been worth $900. So $900 is what I’m out.”

The motorist sat down and wrote out a check and handed it to the farmer.
“Here,” he said, “is the check for $900. It is post-dated six years from now.”


The time came for our annual immunizations at our Air Force base overseas. To get us all vaccinated as quickly as possible, the base veterinary surgeon was pressed into duty to lend a helping hand. I received my injection from him, as a matter of fact.

“Wow,” I said, when he was done. “You did that so gently, I hardly felt it.”
“I have to be gentle,” he replied. “My patients can bite.”

A worker who was being paid by the week approached his employer and held up his last paycheck. “This is two hundred dollars less than we agreed on,” he said.
“I know,” the employer said. “But last week I overpaid you two hundred dollars, and you never complained.”
“Well, I don’t mind an occasional mistake,” the worker answered, “but when it gets to be a habit, I feel I have to call it to your attention.”

A minister was called to a small town in northern Minnesota. It was notoriously known among the clergy that no one ever lasted more than one year there. Our minister was in need of a respite, and accepted the call, taking with him all the books he’d been too busy to read in previous ministries. He did his stint for a year, enjoyed a leisurely ministry, but at the end of that year, he packed up his belongings, ready to move on. In the midst of his packing, the pulpit committee came to see him.
“Preacher,” they said, “we want you to stay.” He was struck dumb, just started unpacking his stuff, nodding.
The next day on his way to the post office he ran into one of the committee members and said, “I couldn’t even speak yesterday when you boys came to see me. I was stunned! This town never keeps a minister longer than one year. Why now?”
The committeeman smiled and shook his hand. “Well, what this town really wants is no minister at all – and you’ve come closest!”


TODAY IN TRIVIA: Where is the “Soft Coral Capital of the World?” Nicknamed the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” by underwater explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, the Fiji islands offer some of the best scuba diving in the world. It offers a comprehensive range of dive locations. Spectacular hard and soft corals, caves, and grottoes, are home to amazingly diverse aquatic life that includes species such as sharks, tuna, turtles, and fish of all sizes and colors.

~ When could you first enjoy a Pringle? Pringles were introduced in 1967 under the name “Pringle’s Newfangled Potato Chips”, which was changed to its current name the next year. According to the patent, it was invented by Alexander Liepa of Montgomery, Ohio, United States, (a suburb of Cincinnati) and comprises “A potato chip product and process wherein a dough is prepared from dehydrated cooked potatoes and water and subsequently fried.”

~ Did Egyptians really mummify their cats? Yes. Ancient Egyptians kept cats as pets, respected them greatly, and frequently mummified them when they died. But cats were not the only ones. Animal mummies of a wide range of species, including crocodiles and birds, have been found.

~ What is National All Is Ours Day about? It’s a holiday with 3 different ways to celebrate:
1) a time to reflect on all of the beauty of nature and all the wonderful things in life,
2) celebrate by counting your blessings and avoiding thinking about the things you do not have, and
3) sharing all that we have.
You can choose one of these ways to celebrate the day, or all of them!
QUIP OF THE DAY: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle


Thought for the day. . . If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.  – Flavia Weedn

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