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January 15th

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. – Albert Einstein


15th day of the year with 350 days to follow (351 in leap years).

Holidays for Today:
~ National Hat Day
~ National Bagel Day
~ National Booch Day
~ National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
~ National Braille Literacy Month
~ National Wheat Bread Month
~ Thyroid Awareness Month
~ National Train Your Dog Month
~ Unchain A Dog Month (Would you want to live your life in chains?)


  • 1908 Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist (Jahn-Teller effect, BET Theory; called “father of hydrogen bomb”)
  • 1909 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (Type 41 Royale, Type 57)
  • 1913 Lloyd Bridges, San Leandro, California, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, How the West Was Won, The Blue and the Gray, Battlestar Galactica, Lost Horizon, High Noon, Little Big Horn, Sahara)
  • 1929 Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia, civil rights leader (Nobel Peace Prize)
  • 1933 Ernest J. Gaines, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, author (A Lesson Before Dying, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Gathering of Old Men)
  • 1935 Robert Silverberg, New York City, New York, science fiction author (Recalled to Life, Thorns, Up the Line, Tower of Glass, A Time of Changes, The Alien Years, Majipoor series)
  • 1937 Margaret O’Brien, San Diego, California, actress (Meet me in St. Louis, Little Women, The Secret Garden, The Mystery of Natalie Wood, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
  • 1965 James Nesbitt, Irish actor (Waking Ned Devine, Cold Feet, Bloody Sunday, Murphy’s Law, Jekyll, Bofur in The Hobbit trilogy, The Missing, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man)
  • 1971 Regina King, Los Angeles, California, actress (227, Jerry Maguire, The Boondocks, 24, Southland, The Big Bang Theory, The Leftovers, American Crime, Seven Seconds)
  • 1972 Ernie Reyes, Jr., San Jose, California, actor, stuntman, and martial artist (Red Sonja, Sidekicks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rush Hour 2, Ninja Apocalypse)
  • 1978 Eddie Cahill, New York City, NY, actor (Miracle, Friends, CSI:NY, Under the Dome, Conviction)
  • 1986 Jessy Schram, Skokie, Illinois, actress (Veronica Mars, Life, Falling Skies, Once Upon A Time, Nashville)

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot


  • 1559 Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
  • 1782 Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
  • 1844 University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
  • 1889 The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1892 The rules of basketball are first published by James Naismith.
  • 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, Massachusetts, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
  • 1936 The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
  • 1943 The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1967 The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles, California. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10
  • 2001 Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • 2009 US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. All passengers and crew members survive.
  • 2015 The Swiss National Bank abandons the cap on the franc’s value relative to the euro, causing turmoil in international financial markets.


So a woman walks into the optometry store to return a pair of eyeglasses she had purchased the week before.
“What seems to be the problem, ma’am?” the optometrist inquired.
“Well, I bought these glasses for my husband last week and they’re just not working,” the woman complained.

“Perhaps the lens grinder made an error in filling the prescription.”
“I’m sure he must have,” the woman confirmed. “Cause he’s still not seeing things my way.”

The Pope was getting into his limo one night when he turned to the limo driver and said, “Before I die, I would love to drive this beautiful limo just once.”

“Well, here,” the limo driver says, “Take the wheel, Your Holiness!”

Further down the road, the limo is stopped by a policeman who looks in the window, goes back to his squad car, calls dispatch and says, “I just pulled over someone real important and I don’t know what to do.”

“Well, who is it?” his dispatcher says, “The mayor? The governor? The president?”

“I don’t know,” the officer responds, “but the Pope’s his chauffeur!”

ONE-LINERS: Things You May Hear Just Before Unemployment…..

— I don’t know what we’ll do without you, but we are certainly going to try!
— We told everyone you are leaving because of illness. The truth is, I’m sick of you.
— Its not that you aren’t a responsible worker. In fact, you’ve been responsible for more disasters than any one else in the place.

— Today I’m going to mix business and pleasure. You’re fired!
— Tell me – how long have you been with us not counting tomorrow?
— I’ve got good news for you. You won’t have to worry about being late for work ‘ever again’.

Mother decided that 10-year-old Cathy should get something ‘practical’ for her birthday.
“Suppose we open a savings account for you?” mother suggested. Cathy was delighted.

“It’s your account, darling,” mother said as they arrived at the bank, “so you fill out the application.”
Cathy was doing fine until she came to the space for ‘Name of your former bank.’ After a slight hesitation, she put down ‘Piggy.’

Two women were comparing notes on the difficulties of running a small business.

“I started a new practice last year,” the first one said. “I insist that each of my employees take at least a week off every three months.”

“Why in the world would you do that?” the other asked.
She responded, “It’s the best way I know of to learn which ones I can do without.”

pic of the day: Looking for a Hot Chick?

Hot chicks under heat lamp

“I’m beginning to think that my lawyer is too interested in making money.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Listen to this from his bill: ‘For waking up at night and thinking about your case: $25’.”

The manager of a large city zoo was drafting a letter to order a pair of animals. He sat at his computer and typed the following sentence: “I would like to place an order for two mongooses, to be delivered at your earliest convenience.”

He stared at the screen, focusing on that odd word mongooses. Then he deleted the word and added another, so that the sentence now read: “I would like to place an order for two mongeese, to be delivered at your earliest convenience.”

Again he stared at the screen, this time focusing on the new word, which seemed just as odd as the original one. Finally, he deleted the whole sentence and started all over. “Everyone knows no full-stocked zoo should be without a mongoose,” he typed. “Please send us two of them.”


The farmer’s son went to the big city to make his fortune. He became a stockbroker and was quite successful at first, but the market crashed, he lost his job and he found himself reduced to shining shoes for a living.

At the same time, a run of unusually good weather resulted in a bumper crop of late hay down on the farm.

So in this story, the farmer makes hay while the son shines.

A lady died this past January. Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00, now is somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank:

Family Member: “I am calling to tell you that she died in January.”
Citibank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.”

Family Member: “Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.”
Citibank: “Since it is two months past due, it already has been.”

Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?”
Citibank: “Either report her account to the frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!”

Family Member: “Do you think God will be mad at her?
“Citibank: “Excuse me?”

Family Member: “Did you just get what I was telling you – the part about her being dead?”
Citibank: “Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor.”

Supervisor gets on the phone…
Family Member: “I’m calling to tell you she died in January.”
Citibank Supervisor: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.”

Family Member: “You mean you want to collect from her estate?”
Citibank Supervisor: (Stammer) “Are you her lawyer?”

Family Member: “No, I’m her great nephew.” (Lawyer info given to the Supervisor).
Citibank Supervisor: “Could you fax us a certificate of death?”
Family Member: “Sure.” (fax number is given)

After they get the fax…
Citibank: “Our system just isn’t setup for death. I don’t know what more I can do to help.”
Family Member: “Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. I don’t think she will care.”

Citibank: “Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.”
Family Member: “Would you like her new billing address?”

Citibank: “That might help.”
Family Member: “Odessa Memorial Cemetery, Highway 129, Plot Number 69.”

Citibank: “Sir, that’s a cemetery!”
Family Member: “What do you do with dead people on your planet?”

I asked my friend who’s a crop-duster, “How was your day?”

“It was the worst day of my life. This morning I was up in my plane dusting a field when I nicked a power line and damaged the wing of the plane. When I got back to the office, my boss yelled at me. Then the FAA inspector yelled at me.

On my way home, I stopped off at a bar and was handed a warm beer. I asked the bartender, ‘Don’t you have any cold beer?’

The bartender said, ‘Sorry, but our electricity has been out all day ever since some idiot crop-duster hit a power line down the road.'”

As a resident physician in radiology, I was speaking with the man whose wife was about to receive a CAT scan of the chest.

While the nurse was placing the intravenous line, I asked the husband if his wife had undergone any other tests. The man named several procedures involving various body parts, but he couldn’t remember one particular test.

Thinking out loud, he said, “What is that thing women have that men don’t?”

His wife was quick to answer, “A brain, dear.”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: What is National Booch Day? Kombucha, or “booch,” is a lightly effervescent fermented beverage. This is a day to celebrate kombucha.

When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day? It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15 (1929).

~ Who was Martin Luther King Jr.? He was a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and civil rights leader who championed justice and equality. As he said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. King was also a great advocate of change through non-violent civil actions based on his Christian values. He was a great speaker, and his powerful words resonate with us today.

~ How old was Martin Luther King Jr. when he graduated from high school? He was only 15 graduated from high school, then he went on to receive his B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College. He attended Crozer Theological Seminary and awarded the B.D. in 1951. He then did graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955.

~ When did Martin Luther King Jr. give his most famous speech? On August 28, 1963, King directed a march of 250,000 demonstrators to Washington D.C. where he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial The following year, President Johnson got a law passed prohibiting all racial discrimination.

“I Have a Dream” Speech by Martin Luthur King Jr. Video

QUIP OF THE DAY: “It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.” – Eugene McCarthy


Thought for the day. . . By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. –  Benjamin Franklin

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