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August 13th

Life is meant to be lived. – Eleanor Roosevelt


225th day of the year (226th in leap years) with 140 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ National Filet Mignon Day
~ National Prosecco Day
~ International Left Handers Day


  • 1818 Lucy Stone, West Brookfield, Massachusetts, abolitionist and suffragist (1st woman from Massachusetts to earn college degree; spoke for women’s rights, 1st recorded American woman to retain own last name after marriage)
  • 1899 Alfred Hitchcock, British-American film director & producer (suspense & psychological thrillers; Sabotage, Jamaica Inn, Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, Family Plot)
  • 1902 Felix Wankel, German engineer and inventor (developed seals and rotary valves for German air force aircraft and navy torpedoes, for BMW and Daimler-Benz)
  • 1912 Ben Hogan, Stephenville, Texas, Professional golfer (noted for influence on golf swing theory & legendary ball-striking ability)
  • 1912 Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist (Nobel / showed bacterial resistance to viruses is genetically inherited)
  • 1944 Kevin Tighe, Los Angeles, California, actor (Roy DeSoto on Emergency; Lost, Escape to Witch Mountain, School Ties, Complications)
  • 1951 Dan Fogelberg, Peoria, Illinois, singer-songwriter (Longer, Leader of the Band)
  • 1959 Danny Bonaduce, Broomall, Pennsylvania, actor (The Partridge Family, Corvette Summer, ChiPs)
  • 1961 Dawnn Lewis, Brooklyn, New York City, actress (Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Dreamgirls, iZombie)
  • 1962 John Slattery Jr., Boston, Massachusetts, actor (Ed, Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, Iron Man 2, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War)
  • 1972 Kevin Plank, Kensington, Maryland, CEO (founder of Under Armour, Inc.)
  • 2000 Piper Reese, American webshow reporter (Piper’s Picks TV and Piper’s QUICK Picks)

If you believe in the Lord, He will do half the work: the last half.  – Cyrus Curtis


  • 1831 Nat Turner sees a solar eclipse, which he believes is a sign from God. Eight days later he and 70 other slaves kill approximately 55 whites in Southampton County, Virginia.
  • 1906 The all black infantrymen of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Regiment are accused of killing a white bartender and wounding a white police officer in Brownsville, Texas, despite exculpatory evidence; all are later dishonorably discharged.
  • 1918 Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist.
  • 1942 Major General Eugene Reybold of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizes the construction of facilities that would house the “Development of Substitute Materials” project, better known as the Manhattan Project.
  • 1969 The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • 2004 Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • 2011 The main stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis during a hurricane-force wind gust ahead of an approaching severe thunderstorm, killing 7 and injuring 45.


The wife heard her husband come back into the house not too long after he had left.
She said, “Hon, I thought you were going to your lodge meeting.”
“It was postponed,” he replied. “The Grand Exalted Invincible Supreme Potentate’s wife wouldn’t let him attend tonight.”

A doctor, a civil engineer, and a computer scientist were sitting around late one evening, and they got to discussing which was the oldest profession.

The doctor pointed out that according to biblical tradition, God created Eve from Adam’s rib. This obviously required surgery, so therefore that was the oldest profession in the world.

The engineer countered with an earlier passage in the Bible that stated that God created order from the chaos, and that was most certainly the biggest and best civil engineering example ever, and also proved that his profession was the oldest profession.

The computer scientist leaned back in her chair, and with a sly smile responded, “Yes, but who do you think created the chaos?”


~ I’ve learned that the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
~ I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
~ I’ve learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

~ I’ve learned that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
~ I’ve learned that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

~ I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
~ I’ve learned that it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.

~ I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned at Sunday school.
“Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.”
“Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?” his mother asked.
“Well, no. But if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!”

She had a wedding to go to, and needed a wedding gift.
“Aha,” she thought, “I have that monogrammed silver tray from my wedding that I never use. I’ll just take it to a silversmith and have him remove my monogram and put hers on it. Voila, one cheap wedding present.”
She took it to the silversmith and asked him to remove her monogram and put the new one on. The silversmith examined the tray carefully, shook his head and said, “Lady, this can only be done so many times!”

PIC OF THE DAY: Flower and Bumblebee
yellow flower and bumblebee

If you have ever had to wait in a doctor’s office for what it seems is like an eternity – you will appreciate this story.

A doctor tells the story when he was having one of those days when he wondered whether he should have stayed in bed. He was running late on his appointments and had a headache.

He got a surprise when he entered the next examining room. He opened the door with a little less than his usual enthusiasm only to find that his next patient had set him up. He had stretched out on the examining table and taken the sheet on provided on the table and pulled it over his body and head and had stuck a sign on his chest that simply stated: “TOO LATE!”

A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does.

The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I am strong and attractive. I pick up things. What am I?”

When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word “Mother.”


Q: Why is it good that there are female astronauts?
A: When the crew gets lost in space, at least the woman will ask for directions.

Q: Why is psychoanalysis quicker for men than for women?
A: When it’s time to go back to his childhood, he’s already there.

Mother: ‘Why are you home from school so early?’
Son: ‘I was the only one who could answer a question.’

Mother: ‘Oh, really? What was the question?’
Son: ‘Who threw the blackboard duster at the teacher?’

Two guys are talking about their boss’s upcoming wedding. One says, “It’s ridiculous, he’s rich, but he’s 93 years old, and she’s just 26! What kind of a wedding is that?”
The other says, “Well, we have a name for it in my family.”

“What do you call it?”
“We call it a football wedding.”

The first asks, “What’s a football wedding?”
The other says, “She’s waiting for him to kick off!”

The Warden is addressing two death row inmates. “Well guys, you are both going to be executed next week. Any last requests?”

The first inmate replies, “I’d like to hear all 72 verses of ‘Louie-Louie’.”
The second inmate asks, “Warden, are you really gonna play all 72 verses of ‘Louie-Louie’ for that guy??”
“Well, yeah. It’s a legitimate last request. We’ll do it.  So, what’s you want for YOUR last request?”
“Please kill me first!!”

The parents of the bride-to-be are discussing their daughter’s upcoming wedding. The father says, “Four thousand bucks for a dress that’s only going to be worn ONCE?”
“Who says it’s only going to be worn once?”

“Oh? You’re thinking that she’ll get married again? You know she can’t wear white the second time!”

“No, but I do plan that she’ll have a daughter and her daughter will wear it on her wedding day. And she’ll have a daughter who will wear it on her wedding day. And her daughter will wear it on her wedding day. It will become a family heirloom.”

“I’ll bet your mother never bought such an extravaganza.”
“Oh yeah? Well, she did too, smarty!”

“Okay, then why didn’t you wear hers at our wedding?”
“Who’d want to get married in that old thing?”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: What is Prosecco?
A sparkling wine made from a variety of grapes. One of the oldest is the Glera, but Prosecco can also be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. Primarily grown and bottled in the Veneto region of Italy, Prosecco’s draw is its elegant mousse. In wine-speak, the mousse is the lovely, persistent bubbles. These bubbles give Prosecco the sparkle that makes it so appealing for celebrations.

~ What do you call the bubbles in Prosecco wine?
Spumante is the bubbliest of the proseccos followed by frizzante. Finally, the calmest is the tranquillo.

~ What did Andy do before he painted cans?
Artist Andy Warhol became famous for his painting of Campbell’s Soup cans. Before that, he made his living painting shoes for advertisements.

Trivia About Filet Mignon:

~ O. Henry (pen name of William Sydney Porter) was the first to use the term “filet mignon” in his book ‘The Four Million‘ in 1906.

~ A French derivative, it means small or dainty fillet.
Filet =  boneless meat – mignon = small (dainty).

~ Filet mignon  is a steak cut of beef taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin, or psoas major of the beef carcass, usually a steer or heifer.

~ In French it is called filet de bœuf; filet mignon, when found on a menu in France, generally refers to pork rather than beef.

~ Some butchers in the United States label all types of tenderloin steaks “filet mignon.”

QUIP OF THE DAY: There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.


Thought for the day. . .

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

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