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August 28th

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ― Audrey Hepburn


240th day of the year (241st in leap years) with 125 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
~ National Bow Tie Day
~ National Cherry Turnover Day
~ National Power Rangers Day
~ National Red Wine Day
~ National Thoughtful Day
~ Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
~ Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day
~ Radio Commercials Day
~ International Read Comics in Public Day


  • 1774 Elizabeth Ann Seton, NYC, New York, founder of Sisters of Charity, first native-born citizen of U.S. to be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church
  • 1908 Roger Tory Peterson, Jamestown, New York, naturalist & ornithologist (one of founding inspirations for environmental movement), author (A Bird-Watcher’s Anthology, Wildlife in Color, How to Know the Birds, Birds Over America)
  • 1916 Jack Vance, San Francisco, California, author (Dying Earth, The Dragon Masters, The Last Castle, The Man in the Cage)
  • 1940 Ken Jenkins, Dayton, Ohio, actor (Homefront, The Abyss, The Sum of All Fears, Scrubs, Cougar Town)
  • 1943 David Soul, Chicago, Illinois, actor (Magnum Force, Starsky and Hutch, The Yellow Rose, Unsub, Sandra the Rebel Princess)
  • 1948 Vonda McIntyre, Louisville, Kentucky, author (Dreamsnake, The Moon and the Sun, ST: The Entropy Effect, Enterprise: The First Adventure, Star Wars: The Crystal Star)
  • 1949 Gates McFadden, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, actress (Star Trek: The Next Generation, STNG movies)
  • 1957 Daniel Stern, Bethesda, Maryland, actor (Hometown, Home Alone, City Slickers, The Wonder Years, Dilbert, Manhattan)
  • 1958 Scott Hamilton, Ohio, figure skater (Olympic gold medalist, 4 U.S. championships, 4 World Championships)
  • 1965 Amanda Tapping, English-born Canadian actress (Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1 & Stargate Atlantis, Helen Magnus in Sanctuary; Supernatural)
  • 1969 Jack Black, Hermosa Beach, California, actor / comedian (High Fidelity, Nacho Libre, Gulliver’s Travels, King Kong, School of Rock, Kung Fu Panda)
  • 1969 Jason Priestley, Canadian-American actor (Beverly Hills 90210, Call Me Fitz, Raising Expectations, Private Eyes)

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


  • 1565 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sights land near St. Augustine, Florida and founds the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the continental United States.
  • 1830 Race between the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s new Tom Thumb steam locomotive and a horse-drawn car begins era of steam in US railroading.
  • 1845 The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
  • 1898 Caleb Bradham invents the carbonated soft drink that will later be called “Pepsi-Cola”.
  • 1917 Ten Suffragettes are arrested while picketing the White House.
  • 1955 Black teenager Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1957 U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957; he stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.
  • 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech during March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
  • 1993 Power Rangers show premiered.
  • 2004 First observance of Software Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of Free Software that is now held on the third Saturday of September.


Golden Oldie A new business was opening and one of the owner’s friends wanted to send flowers for the occasion.

They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card. It said, “Rest in Peace.”

The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist said, “Sir, I’m really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry you should imagine this: somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, ‘Congratulations on your new location.'”

By following the simple advice I read in an online article, I have finally found inner peace. The article said, “The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you’ve started.”

So I looked around the house to see all the things I started and hadn’t finished. Before leaving for work this morning I finished off the bottle of red wine, the bottle of white, the Bailey’s, Kahlua and Wild Turkey, the leftover cheesecake and a box of chocolates.

You have no idea how CRAZY good I feel!!


~ How many seconds it takes to microwave four fish slicks perfectly.
~ Who John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is.
~ How to change a diaper in the dark, in a parked car, on a standing child, and all of the above simultaneously.
~ Which lines of “The Cat in the Hat” and “If I Ran the Circus” can be skipped over without a child noticing.

~ How bright a 3 a.m. full moon is.
~ The design marvels of hooded towels, Velcro-strap shoes, and mitten clips.
~ Locations of public restrooms all across town.
~ Why anyone would bother retracing their steps for miles just to retrieve a lost blankie.

~ The fine art of vacuuming a floor with out hosing up a Barbie shoe or a Playmobil cannonball.
~ How little sleep a human body truly needs to function.
~ Almost every Disney lyric ever penned.
~ How to spell amoxicillin, let alone say it.

~ That reverse psychology really works.
~ Why they call them Happy Meals.
~ The blessedness of naps.
~ How much you can love one human being.

A small boy surprised his parents after Sunday School when he emptied his pockets of nickels, dimes and quarters. Finally his mother asked the obvious question, “Where did you get all that money?”
“At church,” the boy replied nonchalantly. “They have bowls of it!”

A man decides to join the circus. He shows up to demonstrate his skills to the impresario.

“I have the most unusual act,” he announces. “I’m sure it will amaze you.”

He climbs up to the high wire and jumps off! He flaps his arms wildly, and finally his fall slows. He soars upward, turns, and swoops back again. Finally, he stops in mid air and gently lowers himself to the ground.

The impresario says, “Is that all you’ve got? Bird impressions?”

pic of the day: Maremma Sheepdog and Shetland Ewe Sheep
Maremma Sheepdog beside Shetland ewe

A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were traveling through Scotland when they saw a black sheep through the window of the train.

“Aha,” says the engineer, “I see that Scottish sheep are black.”

“Hmm,” says the physicist, “You mean that some Scottish sheep are black.”

“No,” says the mathematician, “All we know is that there is at least one sheep in Scotland, and that at least one side of that one sheep is black!”

Two deaf men were in a coffee shop discussing their wives.
One signs to the other, ‘Boy was my wife mad at me last night. She went on and on and wouldn’t stop!’

The other Buddy says, ‘When my wife goes off on me I just don’t listen.’
‘How do you do that?’ says the other.

‘It’s easy! I turn off the light!’


Q. How do astronauts eat their ice creams?
A. In floats

Q: What do you get from an Alaskan cow ?
A: Ice Cream

Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a bowl of ice cream by its diameter?
A: Pi a’la mode.

Sign on a grand piano in a music store: “The management is not responsible for the actions of its employees if your child plays ‘Heart and Soul’ or ‘Chopsticks’ on this instrument.”

One woman was bragging to her next-door neighbor about her son, a college student: “Why our son is so brilliant, every time we get an email from him we have to go”

“You’re lucky,” the neighbor said. “Every time we get an email from our son in college, we have to go to the bank.”

An airhead walked into the pet store and, after looking up and down the aisles, asked the sales clerk for help.
“I’d like a box of birdseed,” said the lady. “For which kind of bird?” he asked helpfully.
“Oh, I don’t know,” she replied. “Whichever one will grow the fastest.”

A first-time father was taking a turn at feeding the baby some strained peas. Naturally, there were traces of the food everywhere, especially on the infant.
His wife comes in, looks at the infant, then at her husband staring into space, then says, “What in the world are you doing?”
He replied, “I’m waiting for the first coat to dry, so I can put on another.”


The wife was busy frying eggs, when her husband came home. He walked into the kitchen and immediately started yelling.

The wife was very upset, “What is wrong with you? Why are you yelling like this? Do you think I don’t know how to fry an egg?”
The husband calmly replied, “I wanted to show you what it feels like for me when I am driving with you sitting next to me.”

I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law last night.
I asked my son-in-law if I could borrow a newspaper.

“This is the 21st century, old man,” he said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.”
He was right! That stupid fly never knew what hit it!!

TODAY IN TRIVIA: What was the Green Hornet’s theme? 
The theme played at the beginning of the “Green Hornet” series was the “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

~ What made Power Rangers so special?
Throughout its history, Power Rangers pioneered diversity, inclusivity, and teamwork exemplifying these values through every episode. When the show premiered in 1993, it featured a cast diverse beyond compare.

~ How popular are the Power Rangers?
The TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” (MMPR) launched on August 28, 1993. Power Rangers quickly became the #1 kids action brand and a global phenomenon. Currently, Power Rangers is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages. With its current 25th season, “Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel,” the show is now the second longest-running non-soap opera scripted program on American TV after “The Simpsons.”

~ Why is this date Radio Commercials Day?
It commemorates the very first radio commercial broadcasted on the New York station, WEAF.

~ What are you supposed to do on Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day?
It’s a day to race your computer mouse around the icons on your screen while waiting for “whatever it is you’re waiting for to come up on the screen”.

~ Why does Finn suck his thumb? 
Finn MacCool (sometimes spelled Fionn MacCumhall) is a familiar figure in Irish folk tales, sometimes portrayed as a giant. Several tales tell how Finn burned his thumb while cooking the salmon of knowledge. He put his thumb in his mouth to ease the pain. From that day, he had only to put his thumb in his mouth when he was perplexed to discover the solution to a problem.

~ Where are Panama hats made? 
Most Panama hats are manufactured in Ecuador.

QUIP OF THE DAY: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ― Albert Einstein


Thought for the day. . . “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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