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January 10th

Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health. – Julia Child


10th day of the year with 355 days to follow (356 in leap years).

Holidays for Today:
~ Save the Eagles Day
~ League of Nations Day
~ National Oysters Rockefeller Day
~ National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
~ National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
~ National Houseplant Appreciation Day
~ Peculiar People Day (a holiday just for me!)
~ Financial Wellness Month
~ International Creativity Month


  • 1738 Ethan Allen, Litchfield, Connecticut, Revolutionary War fighter (led the Green Mountain Boys)
  • 1883 Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Russian author (created some of earliest science fiction in Russian language: Aelita, The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin)
  • 1936 Robert Woodrow Wilson, Houston, Texas, co-discoverer of cosmic microwave background radiation (Nobel prize Physics 1978)
  • 1938 Donald Knuth, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, mathematician and computer scientist (father of the analysis of algorithms)
  • 1943 Jim Croce, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, singer/songwriter (Time in a Bottle, Bad Bad Leroy Brown)
  • 1944 William Sanderson, Memphis, Tennessee, actor (Blade Runner, Newhart, Lonesome Dove, Last Man STanding, Deadwood, True Blood, Bar Karma)
  • 1949 George Foreman, Houston TX, world HW boxing champ (1973-74, 95)
  • 1953 Pat Benatar, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, singer (Love Is a Battlefield, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, We Belong and Heartbreaker)
  • 1961 Evan Handler, New York, New York, actor, author & leukemia patient advocate (Time On Fire: My Comedy of Terrors; Californication, The Astronaut Wives Club, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)
  • 1973 Ryan Drummond, Lima, Ohio, voice actor (best known as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the popular Sega video game)

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. – Harold B. Melchart


  • 1776Common Sense”, by Thomas Paine, published.
  • 1861 American Civil War: Florida secedes from the Union.
  • 1870 John D Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil.
  • 1901 The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.
  • 1920 The League of Nations holds its first meeting, and ratifies the Treaty of Versailles, therefore ending World War I.
  • 1929 Tintin, a comic book character created by Hergé, made his debut. This comic strip was eventually published in over 200 million comic books in 40 languages.
  • 1949 RCA introduced the “single”, the 7-inch diameter 45 rpm record in the U.S. A
  • 1962 Apollo Project: NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket booster. It became better known as the Saturn V moon rocket, which launched every Apollo moon mission.
  • 1990 America Online announces an agreement to buy Time Warner for $162 billion, the largest corporate merger in history at the time.


A guy walked into his friend’s office. He found his friend sitting at his desk, looking very depressed.
“Hey, what’s up with you?”, he asked.

“Oh, its my wife,” replied the man sadly. “She’s hired a new secretary for me.”
“Well, nothing wrong in that,” he said, “Is she blonde or brunette?”

“Neither. He’s bald.”

On the Listening Tour, a prominent politician was pleased and proud that the local sandwich shop in a town he was visiting had named a sandwich after him.

He was somewhat less pleased after he found out what was in it.
“Mostly baloney,” said the proprietor.

ONE-LINERS: Oxymorons (a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined)

– Exact estimate
– Act naturally
– Found missing

– Resident alien
– Genuine imitation
– Good grief

– Government organization
– Sanitary landfill
– Alone together

– Small crowd
– Soft rock
– Butt Head

– Military Intelligence
– Sweet sorrow
– Passive aggression

– Clearly misunderstood
– Peace force
– Extinct Life

– Plastic glasses
– Terribly pleased
– Political science

– Tight slacks
– Definite maybe
– Pretty ugly

– Rap music
– Working vacation
– Microsoft Works

And the ultimate Oxymoron of all:
– Holy War

Overheard on the golf course: “What’s your handicap?”
“Oh, I’m a scratch golfer.”

“Yes, I write down all my good scores and scratch out the bad ones.”

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel he planned to visit on his vacation: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?”

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.”

pic of the day: Elk at West Virginia State Wildlife Center


You Know That You’ve Overdosed on The World Wide Web When

– Your opening line is: “So, what’s your homepage address?”
– You felt driven to consult the “Cool Page of the Day” on your wedding day.
– You are overcome with disbelief, anger, and finally depressed acceptance when you encounter a Webpage with no links.

– Your dog has his own webpage.
– So does your hamster.
– Your bookmarks take 15 minutes to scroll from top to bottom.

– You visit “The Really Big Button That Doesn’t Do Anything” again and again and again.
– When you read a magazine, you have an irresistible urge to click on the underlined passages.
– You are driving on a dark and rainy night when you hydroplane on a puddle, sending your car careening towards the flimsy guardrail that separates you the precipice of a rocky cliff and certain death, and you desperately look for the “Back” button.

When a visitor to a small town in Georgia came upon a wild dog attacking a young boy, he quickly grabbed the animal and throttled it with his two hands.

A reporter saw the incident, congratulated the man and told him the headline the following day would read, “Valiant Local Man Saves Child by Killing Vicious Animal.”

The hero told the journalist that he wasn’t from that town.

“Well, then,” the reporter said, “the headline will probably say, ‘Georgia Man Saves Child by Killing Dog’.”

“Actually,” the man said, “I’m from Connecticut.”

“In that case,” the reporter said in a huff, “the headline should read, ‘Yankee Kills Family Pet’.”


The worm had eaten his way right through an apple. When he emerged from the other side, the Securities and Exchange Commission busted him. He was charged with in cider treading.

When the security officer started to haul the worm away to the pokey, he balked. “Obviously the apple was over-ripe,” the worm insisted. “Besides, I was only in cider fermented, don’t juicy? How Mott’s damage could I have caused? This charge is just a pulp fiction!”

No matter how much the worm protested, the SEC officer showed no sympathy. In fact, the more the worm ranted on and on pressing the case for his innocence, the more obvious it became that he should also be charged with making an in cider tirade.

Top Rejected International Sports Team Names:
~ Brussels Sprouts
~ Cannes Openers
~ Vienna Sausages
~ Belgium Waffles

~ Manila Folders
~ Czech Bouncers
~ New Dehli Caters
~ Bolivia DeHavillands

~ Seoul Brothers
~ Syria Killers
~ Hungary Jacks
~ Dublin Mint Twins
~ Peking Toms

The husband walked in from the garage and his wife asked, “How are you?”
He replied, “I lost something. I thought I had put it somewhere safe in the garage.”

She asked, “How many safe places are there in the garage?”
“Clearly one more than I can remember.”

Don’t ever forget about us old folks. We are worth a fortune. We have Silver in our hair, Gold in our teeth, Stones in our kidneys, Lead in our feet and Gas in our stomachs.

I myself have become quite a frivolous old gal, I’m seeing five different gentleman every day. When I get up in the morning, Will Power gets me out of bed. Then I immediately go see John. A few minutes later, Charley Horse comes along. When he leaves, Arthur-itis shows up and finally I’m so tired, I go to bed with Ben Gay.

They’re not using lab rats in experiments any more.
Instead, they’re using lawyers. Three reasons:

#1, there are more of them;
#2, lab assistants don’t become attached to the lawyers; and
#3, there are some things even a rat will not do.

TODAY IN TRIVIA: Is childhood sleepwalking common? Many children occasionally walk in their sleep. Sleepwalking is ordinarily a phase in the growing-up process. Because parts of the child’s brain are immature, dreams can be stimulating enough to cause a youngster to take a nocturnal stroll. About 25 percent of all children have one or more sleepwalking episodes between the ages of 7 and 12, according to sleep researchers.

~On which movie did Cecil B. DeMille require his stars to sign “biblical behavior” clauses? Cecil B. DeMille did not want to take any chances with his opulent epic King of Kings (1927). His two stars, H. B. Warner, cast as Jesus Christ, and Dorothy Cummings as Mary, were required to sign agreements which prohibited them from appearing in film roles that might compromise their “holy” screen images for a 5-year period. DeMille also ordered them not to be seen doing any “un-biblical” activities during the film’s shooting. These activities included attending ball games, playing cards, frequenting night clubs, swimming, and riding in convertibles.

~Why did Galileo go blind? Galileo became totally blind shortly before his death, probably because of the damage done to his eyes during his many years of looking at the Sun through a telescope.

QUIP OF THE DAY: Nobody believes the official spokesman… but everybody trusts an unidentified source. – Ron Nesen


Thought for the day. . . Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama


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