“True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.” – Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle
TODAY – FEBRUARY 14th
45th day of the year with 320 days remaining (321 in leap years).
Holidays for Today:
~ Valentine’s Day
~ National Ferris Wheel Day
~ National Organ Donor Day
~ National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
~ Statehood Day in Arizona and Oregon
BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:
- 1819 Christopher Sholes, Mooresburg, Pennsylvania, inventor, invented the first practical typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard still in use today
- 1838 Margaret E. Knight, York, Maine, inventor, has been called “the most famous 19th-century woman inventor” (invented machine to make brown paper shopping bags, numbering machine, window frame and sash)
- 1859 George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., Galesburg, Illinois, engineer and inventor (most famous for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition)
- 1869 Charles Wilson, Midlothian, Scotland, physicist, invented the cloud chamber
- 1877 Greenleaf Whittier Pickard, Portland, Maine, electrical engineer whose invention of the crystal detector was one of the first devices widely used for receiving radio broadcasts (a key component, until superseded by the triode vacuum tube, and later the transistor)
- 1894 Jack Benny, [Benjamin Kubelski], Waukegan, Illinois, actor and comedian
- 1913 Woody Hayes, Clifton, Ohio, college football coach (3 national titles; 13 Big Ten championships in 28 years at The Ohio State University)
- 1934 Florence Henderson, Dale, Indiana, actress/singer (The Brady Bunch, The Love Boat, Bad Grandmas, 11th season of Dancing with The Stars)
- 1942 Andrew Robinson, New York City, New York, actor (Elim Garak – ST: DS9; Scorpio – Dirty Harry)
- 1948 Teller, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, magician (Penn and Teller)
- 1955 James Eckhouse, Chicago, Illinois, actor (Beverly Hills 90210, Days of Our Lives, Simple Wedding)
- 1970 Simon Pegg, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, UK, comedian and actor (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Mission Impossible III, ‘Scotty’ in new Star Trek films, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance)
- 1986 Tiffany Thornton, College Station, Texas, actress (Sonny with a Chance, So Random!)
- 1994 Paul Butcher, Los Angeles, California, actor (Zoey 101, MyMusic, Destiny 7)
“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ” – Elinor Glyn
- 1803 Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
- 1849 In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.
- 1855 Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
- 1859 Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.
- 1876 Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.
- 1899 Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.
- 1903 The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into Department of Commerce and Department of Labor).
- 1912 Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
- 1912 In Groton, Connecticut, the first diesel-powered submarine is commissioned.
- 1920 The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
- 1924 The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is founded by Thomas Watson.
- 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone’s gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
- 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially starting the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship.
- 1961 Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.
- 1983 United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher is later convicted of fraud.
A prince was put under a spell so that he could speak only one word each year. If he didn’t speak for two years, the following year he could speak two words and so on.
One day, he fell in love with a beautiful lady. He refrained from speaking for two whole years so he could call her “my darling.” But then he wanted to tell her he loved her, so he waited three more years. At the end of these five years, he wanted to ask her to marry him, so he waited another four years.
Finally, as the ninth year of silence ended, he led the lady to the most romantic place in the kingdom and said, “My darling, I love you! Will you marry me?”
And the lady said, “Pardon?”
Shortly before our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband sent 25 long-stemmed yellow roses to me at my office. A few days later, I plucked all the petals and dried them. On the night of our anniversary, I spread the petals over the bed and lay on top of them, wearing only a negligee.
As I’d hoped, I got a reaction from my husband.
When he saw me, he shouted, “Are those potato chips?”
ONE-LINERS: Thoughts on Valentine’s Day
~ This year, I’ll be spending Valentine’s Fay with my ex…… box 360 .
~ I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day because I get to make cupcakes for a special someone and that special someone is me.
~ If you’re sad about being alone on Valentine’s Day, just remember … no-one loves you on any other day either.
~ Valentine’s Day is a day when a lot of people are reminded just what a bad shot Cupid was.
~ As a waiter, on Valentine’s Day I would put a fake engagement ring into a lot of meals.
~ I think Cupid must need glasses – the last time I dated a girl, he missed my heart but hit my wallet.
~ If it’s not Valentine’s Day and you see a man in a flower shop, you can probably start up a conversation by asking, “What did you do?”
THE VALENTINE’S DAY TEN COMMANDMENTS
I. I am thy Main Squeeze; thou shalt have no other squeeze before me.
II. Thou shalt not take the name of thy Squeeze in vain, nor badmouth her behind her back.
III. Remember our Anniversary, and keep it holy–or else.
IV. Honor MY mother and father. THINE are just too weird.
V. Thou shalt not kill my love by behaving tackily or cause undue embarrassment when I am with thee.
VI. Thou shalt not commit adultery, nor shalt thou even THINK about it least you be smitten from the earth.
VII. Thou shalt not steal from my wallet/purse while I am in the bath, nor use my credit cards.
VIII. Thou shalt not talk about our personal problems to our friends.
IX. Thou shalt not covet the higher market price of thy neighbor’s house without first puttin’ down the remote and learnin’ how to use a paintbrush!
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s main Squeeze, nor his son, nor his daughter, nor his stereo, nor his BMW, nor anything else that belongs to thy neighbor.
“If you step on a purple mushroom, you’ll be forced to marry the ugliest person in the world,” warned the old gnome, so the man continued carefully through the woods. He didn’t step on any purple mushrooms.
Suddenly a beautiful woman walked up and said: “We have to marry.”
“Why?” asked the man, smiling.
“I just stepped on one of those pesky purple mushrooms!” she replied.
pic of the day: Happy Valentine’s Day to You!
My wife rang me at work on Valentine’s Day.
She said, “Three of the girls in the office have just received bunches of flowers. They’re absolutely gorgeous.”
I said, “That’s probably why they’ve been sent flowers then.”
I got my wife a new iron for Valentine’s Day.
She was so overcome with emotion that she ran out of the house crying.
I think she must be still out telling her friends how wonderful I am, because she’s not come back yet.
WARNING! VALENTINE’S PUN ZONE!
~ Do skunks celebrate Valentine’s Day? Sure, they’re very scent-imental!
~ What did the paper clip say to the magnet? “I find you very attractive.”
~ What did one pickle say to the other? “You mean a great dill to me.”
~ What did the elephant say to his girlfriend? “I love you a ton!”
~ What did the bat say to his girlfriend? “You’re fun to hang around with.”
~ What did one light bulb say to the other? “I love you a whole watt!”
~ Why did the pig give his girlfriend a box of candy? It was Valenswine’s Day!
~ Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank? It was a case of guppy love.
Roger, who was 19 years old, was buying an expensive bracelet, to surprise his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, at a very smart jeweler’s shop in Hatton Garden, London.
The jeweler inquired, “Would you like your girlfriend’s name engraved on it?”
Roger thought for a moment, grinned, then answered, “No, instead engrave ‘To my one and only love’.”
The jeweler smiled and said, “Yes, sir; how very romantic of you.”
Roger retorted with a glint in his eye, “Not exactly romantic, but very practical. This way, if we break up, I can use it again.”
While hiking in the countryside, my friend, Eva, and I spotted a huge bed of mushrooms that we knew to be edible. We gathered a large basketful and sauteed them that night. My husband, Dick, refused to eat them, thinking they might be poisonous. Two weeks later, Eva and I gathered some more mushrooms. This time, Dick joined us.
“How is it that you’re eating the mushrooms tonight,” I asked, “when you wouldn’t touch the ones we brought home two weeks ago?”
“I thought about it,” Dick explained, seriously, “and I figured it would better to be found dead with you two than to try to explain two dead women in our home.”
The pastor told his congregation that the church needed money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.
After the offering plates had been passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he shared his joy with the congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.
A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the altar. The pastor told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.
Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and … him!”
It was Valentine’s day and John and Danielle’s first date. They sat in the darkened cinema waiting for the film to start. The screen finally lit up with a flashy advertisement for the cinema’s concession stand. John and Danielle realized that there was no sound. The film began but the silence continued.
Suddenly, out of the darkness, an irritated voice in the crowd loudly shouted’, Okay, who’s got the remote control?’
TODAY IN TRIVIA:About Valentine’s Day..
~ Young men and women in the Middle Ages, drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
~ In the 17th century a hopeful maiden ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine’s eve. It was believed this would make her dream of her future husband.
~ Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s. Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
~ More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
~ 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women. There is 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
~ Approximately one billion Valentines are sent out worldwide each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That’s second only to Christmas.
~ The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
~ Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
~ The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
~ The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red stands for strong feelings which is why a red rose is a flower of love.
~ Valentine’s Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine’s Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine.
~ Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.
Happy heart’s DAY!
QUIP OF THE DAY: “Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There’s no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.” – Groucho Marx
THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!
Thought for the day. . .
“If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay.” – Oprah Winfrey