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February 25th

The only way to have a friend is to be one. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


TODAY – FEBRUARY 25th

56th day of the year with 309 days remaining (310 in leap years).

Holidays for Today:
~ Pistol Patent Day
~ National Clam Chowder Day
~ National Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day
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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1841 Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter and sculptor (The Bohemian, The Swing, Luncheon of the Boating Party, By the Seashore)
  • 1873 Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor
  • 1908 Frank G. Slaughter, Washington, D.C.,  author (That None Should Die, Sangaree, Doctors’ Wives, Epidemic, Plague Ship, No Greater Love, Buccaneer Surgeon, Transplant)
  • 1917 Anthony Burgess, English author (A Clockwork Orange, Earthly Powers, Nothing Like the Sun, Beard’s Roman Women, Any Old Iron)
  • 1918 Bobby Riggs, Los Angeles, California, tennis player (3 Grand Slam Titles, 3 Pro Slam)
  • 1927 Ralph Stanley, Southwest Virginia, musician (Stanley Brothers)
  • 1935 Sally Jessy Raphaël, Easton, Pennsylvania, talk show host (Sally)
  • 1938 Diane Baker, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, actress (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Nine Hours to Rama, The Invaders, Route 66, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Silence of the Lambs, Hemingway & Gellhorn)
  • 1942 John Saul, Pasadena, California, author (Suffer the Children, Cry for the Strangers, The God Project, Hellfire, Creature, Blackstone Chronicles, House of Reckoning)
  • 1943 George Harrison, Liverpool, England, One of the four Beatles
  • 1961 Davey Allison, Hollywood, Florida, NASCAR race car driver (#28 Texaco-Havoline Ford for Robert Yates Racing / died in helicopter crash)
  • 1971 Sean Astin, Santa Monica, California, actor (Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Goonies, 24, The Witches of Oz, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael/TV Series), No Good Nick)
  • 1979 Jennifer Ferrin, Lawrenceville, Georgia, actress (The Locket, As The World Turns, Life on Mars, 39 Steps, Hell on Wheels, Sneaky Pete, Rise)
  • 1986 Justin Berfield, Los Angeles County, California,  actor (Malcolm in the Middle, The Good Life, Unhappily Ever After, The Kid with X-Ray Eyes )

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Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. – Napoleon Hill
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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1836 Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
  • 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.
  • 1901 J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
  • 1919 Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
  • 1928 Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
  • 1932 Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
  • 1933 The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
  • 1951 The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 1986 People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines’ first woman president.
  • 1991 Gulf War: An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
  • 1991 Warsaw Pact declared disbanded.

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A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?”.

The crow answered: Sure, why not.”

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Management Lesson?

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
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Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. “In the last 15 races, I’ve won 8 of them!”

Another horse breaks in, “Well in the last 27 races, I’ve won 19!!”

“Oh that’s good, but in the last 36 races, I’ve won 28!”, says another, flicking his tail.

At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. “I don’t mean to boast,” says the greyhound, “but in my last 90 races, I’ve won 88 of them!”

The horses are clearly amazed. “Wow!” says one, after a hushed silence. “A talking dog.”
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ONE-LINERS: QUOTES ABOUT CATS

~ The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.”  – Ernest Menaul
~ “There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.” – Anonymous
~ “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”  – Albert Schweitzer

~ “Time spent with cats is never wasted.”  – Colette
~ “No heaven will not ever Heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me.”  – Anonymous
~ “Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.”  – Missy Dizick

~ “Cats aren’t clean, they’re just covered with cat spit.”  – John S. Nichols
~ “You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.”  – Colonial American proverb
~ “Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.”  – Joseph Wood Krutch

~ “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” — Leonardo Da Vinci
~ “Cat’s motto: No matter what you’ve done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it.”  — Anonymous
~ “Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” — Robert A. Heinlein
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A gooberette was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature. Her question was, “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”

She thought for a time and then asked, “Is it on or off?”
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A very large, old, building was being torn down in Chicago to make room for a new skyscraper. Due to its proximity to other buildings it could not be imploded and had to be dismantled floor by floor.
While working on the 49th floor, two construction workers found a skeleton in a small closet behind the elevator shaft. They decided that they should call the police.

When the police arrived they directed them to the closet and showed them the skeleton fully clothed and standing upright. They said, “This could be Jimmy Hoffa or somebody really important.”
Two days went by and the construction workers couldn’t stand it any more; they had to know who they had found. They called the police and said, “We are the two guys who found the skeleton in the closet and we want to know if it was Jimmy Hoffa or somebody important.”

The police said, “It’s not Jimmy Hoffa, but it was somebody kind of important.”
“Well, who was it?”
“The 1956 Gooberette National Hide-and-Seek Champion.”
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pic of the day: Wild Tom Turkey on Top of Pen

wild tom turkey on roof
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Why Yawning Is Contagious

You yawn to equalize the pressure on your eardrums. This pressure change outside your eardrums unbalances other people’s ear pressures, so they must yawn to even it out
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GOLDEN OLDIE… A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”
The man below says: “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”

“You must work in Information Technology,” says the balloonist.
“I do,” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”
The man below says “You must work in Management.”

“I do,” replies the balloonist, “But how did you know?”
“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.
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WARNING! ENTERING THE PUN ZONE!

Q: What are the four basic food groups?
A: Canned, frozen, take-out and pizza
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Dead batteries were on sale free of charge.
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There was a big paddle sale at the boat store. It was  quite an oar deal.

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It’s thunderstorm season and when the power goes out at one branch office, the uninterruptible power supplies kick in, everything gracefully shuts down, and the technician waits for power to return. And waits. And waits.

“Late evening sees the power restored, and we go about bringing the network back to life,” says the tech.

Next morning, the phone rings. It’s a very irate corporate administrator wanting to know why we had an unscheduled outage the day before. The tech calmly explain about the storm, which he had no control over.

The Administrator’s response? “Next time, put it on the schedule before you have an unexpected outage!”
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Seems that this old couple are having trouble remembering things, so they sign up for a memory course. The course is wonderful and introduces them to a technique called word/name association. They come home and tell all their relatives, friends, and neighbors about it.

Some months later, a neighbor approaches the man as he tends the garden.

“Say, Ed, what was the name of the instructor of that memory course you liked so much?”

“Well, it was…hmmm…let me think a minute… What’s the name of that flower, you know, the one that smells so nice, but has thorns on the stems…?”

“You mean a rose?”

“Yeah, that’s it…(shouting toward house) Hey, Rose, what was the memory course instructor’s name?”
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An idiot was taking sky-diving lessons. The instructor explained that it was time for his first jump, and all he had to do was jump from the plane, count to six, and pull the rip cord. A truck would be waiting for him in the field where he would land.

The man jumped from the plane when he was told to, and counted to six. When he pulled the rip cord, the parachute wouldn’t open. He tried the reserve chute and that didn’t open.

Frustrated, he muttered to himself as he fell, “I’ll bet the truck won’t be waiting for me either.”
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His pediatrician asked six-year-old Johnny, who watched a good many TV ad, just to make conversation –
“Johnny, if you found a couple of dollars and had to spend them, what would you buy?”
“A box of Tampax,” he replied without hesitation.

“Tampax?” said the doctor. “What would you do with that?”
“Well,” said Johnny, “I do not know exactly, but it’s sure worth two dollars.  It says on tv that with tampax you can go swimming, go horseback riding, and also go skating, any time you want to.”
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TODAY IN TRIVIA: All About SAMUEL COLT 

~Samuel Colt invented the revolver, a pistol with multiple chambers for bullets.  He patented it in Europe in 1835, and in the United States in 1836.

~He collaborated with Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers on the design of the “Walker Colt.”

~It was thought to make this day was to honor Samuel Colt, although his birthday is in July.  However, on this day in 1836 he was granted a patent for the Colt Revolver in the U.S.

~Almost every pistol carried by U.S. soldiers and sailors from 1912 through the Vietnam War were made by Colt. Almost every rifle carried by U.S. soldiers and sailors from Vietnam through Iraqi Freedom was made by Colt.

~His company, long after his death, has been responsible for many innovations and the manufacturing capability that have kept them a supplier to governments around the world, law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military for 150+ years.

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QUIP OF THE DAY: Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. – John Adams

THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . .

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

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