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January 11th

There are three classes of people: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see. – Leonardo da Vinci


11th day of the year with 354 days to follow (355 in leap years).

Holidays for Today:
~ Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day
~ Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
~ National Hot Toddy Day
~ National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
~ National Milk Day
~ No Pants Subway Ride Day
~ Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day
~ Be Kind to Food Servers Month
~ Celebration of Life Month
~ National Oatmeal Month


  • 1755 Alexander Hamilton, Nevia, Caribbean, first United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1807 Ezra Cornell, Westchester Co., New York, businessman  and philanthropist (founded Western Union and Cornell University)
  • 1814 James Paget, British surgeon and pathologist (Paget’s Disease, founder modern pathology, discovered parasite causing trichinosis)
  • 1895 Laurens Hammond, Evanston, Illinois, inventor; founder Hammond Organ Co. (also patents for an automobile transmission, a barometer, guided missile controls, the Hammond organ, the Hammond clock, and the world’s first polyphonic musical synthesizer, the Novachord)
  • 1923 Carroll Shelby, Leesburg, Texas, race car driver, automobile designer and businessman (Cobra cars)
  • 1928 Mitchell Ryan, Cincinnati, Ohio, actor (Dark Shadows, Monte Walsh, Chase, The Chisholms, North and South, Santa Barbara, Liar Liar, Dharma & Greg)
  • 1930 Rod Taylor, Australian-born American actor (The Time Machine, Hong Kong, The Oregon Trail, Outlaws, Falcon Crest, Inglourious Basterds)
  • 1946 Naomi Judd, Ashland, Kentucky, singer (The Judds)
  • 1952 Diana Gabaldon, Arizona, author (Series: Outlander, Lord John, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, An Echo in the Bone, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood)
  • 1972 Marc Blucas, Butler, Pennsylvania, actor (We Were Soldiers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, They, The Alamo, The Killing Floor, Necessary Roughness, Killer Women, Underground)
  • 1977 Devin Ratray, NYC, New York, actor (Heartland, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Blue Ruin, Nebraska, Construction, Mosiac)
  • 1985 Aja Naomi King, Los Angeles, California, actress (Emily Owens M.D., Black Box, How to Get Away with Murder)

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


  • 1759 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first American life insurance company is incorporated.
  • 1794 Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties.
  • 1861 Alabama secedes from the United States.
  • 1878 Milk is first delivered in bottles.
  • 1908 Grand Canyon National Monument is created.
  • 1922 First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.
  • 1935 Amelia Earhart is the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
  • 1943 World War II: The United States and United Kingdom give up territorial rights in China.
  • 1949 First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1964 United States Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., publishes a landmark report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking nation and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.
  • 1972 East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.
  • 1996 Space Shuttle program: STS-72 launches from the Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour.


Three contractors are bidding to fix the fence at a local company. All three are examining the fence with the company’s CFO.

The first contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says. “I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The second contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The New Jersey contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the CFO and whispers: “$2,700.”

The CFO, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”

“Easy, $1,000 for you, $1,000 for me and we hire the second contractor.”


GOLDEN OLDIE… Sitting on the highway waiting to catch speeders, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 M.P.H. He thinks to himself, that car is just as dangerous as a speeder. So, he turns his lights on and pulls the car over.

Approaching the car, he notices there are 5 old ladies, two in the front and 3 in the back, wide eyed and looking like they saw ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, said, “Officer, I don’t understand, I wasn’t doing over the speed limit!, What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer said, “you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be dangerous.”

“Slower than the speed limit? NO SIR! I was doing exactly 22 miles an hour,” the old woman said proudly.

The officer, containing a chuckle, explains that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned, thanking the officer for pointing out her error.

“Before I go ma’am, I have to ask, is everyone okay? These women seem badly shaken and haven’t uttered a word all this time.”

“Oh! They’ll be alright in a minute, Officer, we just got off Route 142.”


ONE-LINERS: Useful Work Phrases

~ Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
~ The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.
~ I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.

~ Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
~ I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don’t care.
~ I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.
~ What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt.
Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”

“It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on your shirt?”
He yelled back, “University of Auburn.”

Windmill at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada

windmill at Mennonite Heritage Village



A man walked into a store that sells bees and bee products. Appropriately enough, it’s called “The Bee Store.” He approached the clerk behind the counter and said, “I’d like ten bees, please.”

“Standard honey bees?”
“Yes, please.”

The clerk retrieved a large jar, put the bees inside and took it to the man.
After a brief examination he said, “You made a mistake. There are 11 bees here.”

“I know. The extra one is a free bee.”

A Sunday school teacher was giving her class the assignment for the next week.

“Next Sunday,” she said, “we are going to talk about liars, and in preparation for our lesson I want you all to read the Seventeenth Chapter of Mark.”

The following week, at the beginning of the class meeting, the teacher said, “Now then, all of you who have prepared for the lesson by reading the Seventeenth Chapter of Mark, please step to the front of the room.”
About half the class rose and came forward.

“The rest of you may leave,” said the teacher, “these students are the ones I want to talk to. There is no Seventeenth Chapter in the Book of Mark.”

In school one day, a teacher asked my six-year-old son why his handwriting wasn’t as neat as it usually was.
“I’m trying out a new font,” he explained.

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!”

Another Golden Oldie…. Mrs. Peterson phoned the repairman because her dishwasher quit working. He couldn’t accommodate her with an “after-hours” appointment and since she had to go to work, she told him, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dish washer, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you a check.

“By the way, I have a large rotweiler inside named Killer; he won’t bother you. I also have a parrot, and whatever you do, do not talk to the bird!”

Well, sure enough the dog, Killer, totally ignored the repairman, but the whole time he was there, the parrot cursed, yelled, screamed, and about drove him nuts.

As he was ready to leave, he couldn’t resist saying, “You stupid bird, why don’t you shut up!”

To which the bird replied, “Killer, get him!”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: What is the Mennonite Heritage Village? It’s a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village on a 40-acre site. It includes such treasures as a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill (seen in the above picture). It also has historic and heirloom treasures from Poland and Russia to Canada, displayed in the permanent and Gerhard Ens galleries.

~ What is the mission of the Mennonite Heritage Village? To preserve and exhibit, for present and future generations, the experience and story of the Russian Mennonites and their contributions to Manitoba, Canada.

~ How many artifacts are found at the Mennonite Heritage Village? The museum preserves a collection of over 16,000 artifacts and uses them, and the stories associated with them, to interpret the history of the Mennonites who immigrated from Russia to Canada, beginning in 1874.

~ How many people go to the Mennonite Heritage Village each year? More than 40,000 visitors come to the museum in a single year.

The Mennonites of Manitoba Video

QUIP OF THE DAY:He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career – George Bernard Shaw


Thought for the day. . . Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain

1 Comment

  1. I would love to see that Mennonite village but it is way far away from us. Like the windmill pic tho.

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