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August 12th

Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


224th day of the year (225th in leap years) with 141 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ National Julienne Fries Day
~ National Middle Child Day
~ National Vinyl Record Day
~ World Elephant Day
~ International Youth Day (United Nations)

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: It’s time for the annual Perseid meteor shower. The best way to see the Perseids is to go outside from late evening of August 12 to dawn August 13. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Lie on your back and look straight up.

While the shower is best when Moonlight is absent, you can still watch for shooting stars if the Moon’s around. Just try to face away from the Moon when looking for meteors. Its light pollution will affect the whole sky, but it will be worse closer to the Moon.

The Perseids are the legacy of Comet Swift-Tuttle, discovered in 1862 by Lewis Swift and Horace Parnell Tuttle. The comet passes through the inner Solar System, where Earth is located, only once every 133 years. Each August, Earth encounters the trail of debris left behind by Swift-Tuttle, and we are treated to one of the best meteor showers of the year.


  • 1859 Katharine Lee Bates, Fairmouth, Massachusetts, poet (words for America The Beautiful, popularized Mrs. Santa Claus)
  • 1876 Mary Roberts Rinehart, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, author (American Agathie Christie, “the butler did it”, created costumed super-criminal, The Bat)
  • 1881 Cecil B. DeMille, Ashfield, Massachusetts, film director (The 10 Commandments, Cleopatra, The Greatest Show On Earth)
  • 1887 Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist (Schrödinger-Newton equations, Schrödinger field, Rayleigh-Schrödinger perturbation)
  • 1889 Zerna Sharp, Hillisburg, Indiana, author and educator (Dick and Jane books)
  • 1910 Jane Wyatt, Mahwah, New Jersey, actress (Father Knows Best/ Spock’s mother on Star Trek)
  • 1925 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records
  • 1925 Ross McWhirter, twin of Norris and Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records
  • 1927 Porter Wagoner, West Plains, Missouri, country singer w/flashy suits
  • 1929 Buck Owens, Sherman, Texas, country singer (Buckeroos)
  • 1937 Walter Dean Myers, Martinsburg, West Virginia, author and poet (Hoops, Fallen Angels, Scorpions)
  • 1939 George Hamilton, Memphis, Tennessee, actor (Where The Boys Are, Love At First Bite, Godfather III, Dancing w/the Stars)
  • 1946 Deborah Howe, Boston, Massachusetts, author (Bunnicula, Teddy Bear’s Scrapbook)
  • 1948 Sue Monk Kidd, Sylvester, Georgia, author (The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, The Invention of Wings)
  • 1955 Ann M. Martin, Princeton, New Jersey, author (The Baby-Sitters Club series)
  • 1975 Casey Affleck, Falmouth, Massachusetts, actor (Good Will Hunting, Ocean’s 11, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Finest Hours)
  • 1980 Maggie Lawson, Louisville, Kentucky, actress (Nancy Drew, Model Behavior, Psych, Two and a Half Men, Angel from Hell)
  • 1993 Imani Hakim, Cleveland, Ohio, actress (Everybody Hates Chris, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens)


“Don’t think or judge, just listen.” – Sarah Dessen



  • 30 BC Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by means of an asp bite.
  • 1833 Chicago is founded.
  • 1851 Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
  • 1883 The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
  • 1953 Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1960 Echo I, the first communications satellite, launched.
  • 1977 The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  • 1981 The IBM Personal Computer is released.
  • 1982 Mexico announces it is unable to pay its enormous external debt, marking the beginning of a debt crisis that spreads to all of Latin America and the Third World.
  • 1994 Major League Baseball players go on strike. The work stoppage forces the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.


‘Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.’ – Yogi Berra

A local community club was organizing a baseball team. They could only muster eight players, and were hard put to find a ninth. In desperation, they called on a new member, a very reserved Englishman who had just moved into the neighborhood from London, to join their team.

During their first game, the Englishman came to bat. On the very first pitch, he knocked the ball out of the park.

The team members stood there, dumbfounded! Unfortunately, so did the Englishman.

‘Run!’ his teammates cried. ‘For Pete’s sake, run!’

The Brit turned and stared at them icily. ‘I jolly well shan’t run,’ he replied. ‘I’m perfectly willing to buy you chaps another ball.’


Two buddies Bob and Earl were two of the biggest baseball fans in America. For their entire adult lives, Bob and Earl discussed baseball history in the winter and they pored over every box score during the season. They went to 60 games a year. They even agreed that whoever died first would try to come back and tell the other if there was baseball in heaven.

One summer night, Bob passed away in his sleep after watching the Yankee victory earlier in the evening. He died happy. A few nights later, his buddy Earl awoke to the sound of Bob’s voice from beyond. ‘Bob is that you?’ Earl asked.

‘Of course it me,’ Bob replied.

‘This is unbelievable!’ Earl exclaimed. ‘So tell me, is there baseball in heaven?’

‘Well I have some good news and some bad news for you. Which do you want to hear first?’

‘Tell me the good news first.’ ‘Well, the good news is that, yes, there is baseball in heaven, Earl.’

‘Oh, that is wonderful! So what could possibly be the bad news?’

‘You’re pitching tomorrow night.’


ONE-LINERS: Best Reasons to be an economist
~ It’s a great way to pick up girls, because they’ll think you HAVE money.
~ It’s as interesting or more so than being a political scientist.
~ It’s a lot more fun than the “Where’s Waldo” club. You get to find the missing money in the deficit budget picture!!!
~ Good pay for sitting around in dressy clothes and discuss what other people should do about problems we all face.
~ Business people will respect you and thus give you great deals on all the best drugs.
~ It’s the best way to stay out of politics. If you know what you’re doing, then you’re totally unqualified for office.
~ The feeling of superiority. Nothing beats talking down to a bunch of people who haven’t got a clue and are willing to go along with whatever you say because they assume you know what you’re talking about.
~ Early retirement. Shoot, the career and the retirement will all seem the same.
~ You can tell the girls: Trust me, I am an economist.
~ You can claim a *reason* for using a portable computer on the bus.
~ Nobody will ever ask you for a few dollars over the weekend.
~ You can read the financial pages while drinking daiquiris in the bar.
~ The ability to coldly stare muscled bullies into the eyes and snarl: – According to Smith’s theorem, you are WRONG.
~ You can tell people exactly what the right thing to buy is — and afterwards, you can tell them exactly why it didn’t work.
~ Wearing pin-striped suits in public.
~ Getting to join the ‘Wall Street’ fan club.
~ Never be expected to actually *create* anything.
~ And did you know? 75% of economists are 90% confident 52% of the time.

I’m a medical technologist, which requires frequent hand washing. When you combine that with the dry weather conditions in winter, my skin becomes very dry.

To counteract this condition, one night as I prepared for bed, I rubbed my hands with a thick layer of hand lotion, then covered them with an old pair of white dress gloves.

As I sat reading a book in bed with those gloves on, my husband finished his shower and came into the room wearing only a towel.

Drying himself off, he went to the closet, selected a dapper silk tie, and put it on.

“Whatever are you doing?” I asked.

“Well,” he replied, “if you’re going to bed so formal, so am I.”


pic of the day: Quagga



A young woman moved in with her boyfriend thinking she could change his rough edges and make him an ideal mate. The rough edges were few and she was pleased with her progress for the first six months. The only remaining problem was his magazine collection… it took up an entire room in the house. After being indirect and coy she finally in exasperation made an ultimatum: “It’s me or the magazines.” She lost.

Later, when lunching with her BFF crew she explained it this way: “He just had too many issues.”


Tired of waiting for their overdue baby to arrive, my very pregnant daughter and her husband decided to take in a movie one night.

My daughter went inside to find seats while my son-in-law bought popcorn and drinks at the concession stand.

While paying for his tall glass of soda, my son-in-law accidentally knocked it over, spilling it everywhere. A couple of clerks hurried to mop it up and wipe down the counter, while another refilled the cup and my son-in-law headed off to his theater, thoroughly rattled.

Once inside, he was dramatically describing his embarrassing episode to my daughter, when one of his expressive hand gestures knocked the bucket of popcorn out of her hand, spilling it all over the floor. He hung his head, picked up the bucket, and sheepishly headed back to the lobby.

When he was gone, the woman sitting behind my daughter leaned forward and said, “You’re not going to let him hold the baby, are you?”


“Is there anything wrong?” asked bartender of the young, well-dressed customer who sat staring grimly into his drink.

“Two months ago my grandfather died and left me $100,000” said the man.

“That doesn’t sound like anything to be upset about,” said the bartender. “It should happen to me.”
“Yeah,” said the sour young man, “but last month an uncle on my father’s side passed away. He left me $95,000.”

“So why are you sitting here looking so unhappy?”

“This month ­ so far ­ not a cent.”

When we were looking to buy property, an overzealous realtor showed us what can only be described as a totally worn-out old farm.
I mean the land had just been worked to death. The weeds on the property were hardly even growing.

The smiling super salesman said, “Now really, all this land needs is a little water, a nice cool breeze, and some good people.”
I replied, “Yeah, I agree. But couldn’t the same thing be said of hell?”


The evil twin was fine. You were okay with the evil triplet. But when the evil quadruplet came to town, the well felt pretty dry.

After the adulterous marriage, the stalker, a false pregnancy, kidnapping, pet-napping, blackmail, and the cancer scare, the best the writers can come up with now is a nasty cavity and bad hair.

How many times can a villain have his head sewn back on and come back to life?

You can hear the cameraman mutter, on air, “Seriously?”

Number of sands in the hourglass down to single digits.


TODAY IN TRIVIA: How long does a mockingbird live? The life expectancy of the average mockingbird is 10 years.

~How many galaxies in a universe? It is estimated that within the entire universe there are more than a trillion galaxies.

~Why do football teams huddle? The huddle formation used by football teams originated at Gallaudet University, a liberal arts college for deaf people in Washington, D.C., to prevent other schools from reading their sign language.

QUIP OF THE DAY: Behind every successful man is a surprised mother-in-law.


Thought for the day. . . In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love. – Diego Marchi

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