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August 29th

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – Oliver W Holmes


241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) with 124 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ According to Hoyle Day
~ Individual Rights Day
~ Marine Corps Reserve Birthday
~ More Herbs, Less Salt Day
~ National Chop Suey Day
~ National Lemon Juice Day
~ International Day against Nuclear Tests


  • 1923 Richard Attenborough, English actor & director (The Great Escape, Miracle on 34th Street, Jurassic Park, The Lost World)
  • 1936 John McCain, Panama Canal Zone, American politician (Senator AZ, Republican presidential nominee in 2008 / died 8/25/18)
  • 1938 Elliott Gould, Brooklyn, New York, actor (M*A*S*H , Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, Mulaney, Ray Donovan, Doubt)
  • 1941 Robin Leach, English TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous)
  • 1952 Karen Hesse, Baltimore, Maryland, children’s author (Phoenix Rising, Out of the Dust)
  • 1958 Michael Jackson, Gary, Indiana, pop singer (recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records /  died 6/25/09)
  • 1959 Rebecca De Mornay, California, actress (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Risky Business, Wedding Crashers, Jessica Jones, I am Wrath)
  • 1975 Dante Basco, Pittsburg, California, Filipino/American actor (Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Dragon30 Something… else, Jarhead 3: The Siege, The Head Thieves)
  • 1990 Nicole Anderson, Rochester, Indiana, actress (JONAS L.A., Make It or Break It, Beauty and the Beast, Ravenswood)

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand – Randy Pausch.


  • 1758 The first American Indian Reservation is established, at Indian Mills, New Jersey.
  • 1786 Shays’ Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens.
  • 1831 Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.
  • 1898 The Goodyear tire company is founded.
  • 1915 US Navy salvage divers raise F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in accident.
  • 1958 United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 1965 Astronauts Cooper & Conrad complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5 and land back on earth.
  • 1966 The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage.


Scrawled across the dorm wall were the words, “Question Everything!”
A couple of days later someone added, “Why?”

My wife left a note on the refrigerator. It said, “It’s not working!! I can’t take it any more, I’ve gone to stay at my Mother’s!”
I opened the fridge. The light came on and the beer was cold … I don’t have the slightest idea what she was talking about.

ONE-LINERS: Tee Shirt Slogans . . .
~ My Long Term Goal is to Get Rich Quick.
~ I speak Sarcasm as a Second Language.
~ Dyslexics of the World – Untie!

~ I Have Attention Deficit… Hey, Look at That!
~ 333 – I’m only Half Evil.
~ I Can’t See the Forest For the Gump.
~ Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms. Check. Who’s Bringing the Punch and Chips?

~ I don’t have Baggage, I have Freight.
~ I Have the Body of a god – Buddha.
~ Nobody is Perfect. I am Nobody. Therefore, I am Perfect.

~ Money Talks. Mine says, “Goodbye.”
~ I can’t believe I Bought a Shirt that says Only This!
~ When Life Hands You High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Maltodextrin, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Fumarate, Ester of Wood Rosin, Brominated Vegetable Oil, Tocopherol, Yellow Number 5 and 1% Natural Flavors … Make Lemonade!

After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, and then respond in writing on the lower half of the form what remedial action was taken, and the pilot reviews the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor! Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems as submitted by Qantas pilots and the solution recorded by maintenance engineers.

(P = the problem logged by the pilot.)
(S = the solution and action taken by the engineers.)

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what they’re there for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.


pic of the day: Passionflower bloom


Judi was sitting at the defendant table while the state trooper was being cross-examined on the witness stand.
The lawyer asked, “When you stopped Judi, were your red and blue lights flashing?”
“Yes, sir, they were.”

“Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?”
“Yes, sir, she did.”

“And,” looking at Judi, “what was it she said?”
“She said, ‘What disco am I at?'”

An airhead decides to learn and try horse back riding assisted without any experience or lessons. She mounts the horse with great effort, and the tall, shiny horse springs into motion.

It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but the airhead begins to slip from the saddle. Out of sheer terror, she grabs for the horse’s mane but cannot seem to get a firm grip. She tries to throw her arms around the horse’s neck, but slides down the side of the horse anyway.

The horse gallops along, seemingly oblivious to its slipping rider.

Finally, giving up her frail grip, she leaps away from the horse to try and throw herself to safety. Unfortunately, her foot has become entangled in the stirrup. She is now at the mercy of the horse’s pounding hooves as her head is struck against the ground again and again.

As her head is battered against the ground, she is moments away from unconsciousness or even death when Todd, the Wall-Mart Manager, runs out to turn the horse off.

~ My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned, couldn’t concentrate.
~ Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.
~ After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it, mainly because it was a so-so job.

~ Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was too exhausting.
~ I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard.
~ Then I tried to be a chef — figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn’t have the thyme.

~ My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found I wasn’t noteworthy.
~ I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn’t have any patience.
~ Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried but I just didn’t fit in.
~ I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.

~ I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.
~ So then I got a job in a workout center, but they said I wasn’t fit for the job.
~ After many years of trying to find steady work I finally got a job as a historian until I realized there was no future in it.
~ My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.

“What did you do this weekend?”
“I dropped some hooks into the water.”

“How was the fishing?”
“I wasn’t fishing; I was golfing.”

During a difficult physics lecture, a pre-med student interrupted: “Why do we have to learn this stuff?”
“To save lives,” the professor responded firmly, and continued the lecture.

A few minutes later, the same student spoke up again: “So, how exactly does physics save lives?”
The prof replied, “It keeps the idiots out of medical school.”

We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church, and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance.

At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day. He began by asking, “Does anyone know what the bishop does?”

There was silence. Finally, one little boy answered gravely, “He’s the one you can move diagonally.”

Judge to prospective juror: “And why do you wish to be excused from serving on this jury?”
“Your honor, it’s because I don’t believe in capital punishment and I don’t want my personal thoughts to prevent the trial from running its proper course.”

“Madam, this is not a murder trial. It’s a civil lawsuit. A wife is bringing this case against her husband because he gambled away the $12,000 he had promised to use to remodel the kitchen for her birthday.”
“Well, okay. I’ll serve. I guess I could be wrong about capital punishment after all.”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: How far out does the sun flame? 
Giant flames called prominences shoot out from the Sun’s surfaces for 310,000 miles, more than the distance from Earth to the moon. The entire Earth could fit into one of these flames nearly 40 times.

~ What is According to Hoyle Day about?
This day encourages individuals to honor the rules and regulations in particular situations. It’s also a day to pay tribute to a man by the name of Edmond Hoyle, an Englishman who was thought to be the first technical writer on card games. Hoyle wrote about the laws and strategies of hundreds of games, including Whist, Chess and Backgammon. Hoyle died on August 29, 1769, at the age of 97.

~ Why is Individual Rights Day celebrated on August 29th?
This day is in honor of John Locke, an English philosopher and physician commonly known as the “Father of Liberalism”. According to Locke, basic individual rights include life, liberty, property, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to petition the government.

~ How hot is the sun?
If a pin was heated to the same temperature as the center of the Sun, its heat would set alight everything within 60 miles of it.

~ Do Americans understand basic celestial mechanics?
When asked the question, “Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?”, 1 in 4 Americans surveyed by the National Science Foundation answered incorrectly. In other words, it would seem a quarter of Americans do not understand one of the most fundamental principles of basic science.

However we are not alone in the world when it comes to poor understanding of scientific principles… Only 66 percent of European Union residents answered that one correctly. (

~ What are other names for Passionflower plants?
Passiflora incarnata is also commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine.

~ Can you do anything with maypops?
Yes! The fresh or dried leaves of maypop are used to make a tea that is used for insomnia, hysteria, and epilepsy, and is also valued for its analgesic properties. Passionflower is used as a dietary supplement for anxiety and sleep problems, as well as for pain, heart rhythm problems, menopausal symptoms, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is applied to the skin for burns and to treat hemorrhoids.
QUIP OF THE DAY: What’s the difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An Optimist only wears a belt. A Pessimist wears a belt, suspenders, and carries safety pins.


Thought for the day. . . You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind – Zig Ziglar

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