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January 17th

Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise. – Joan Rivers


17th day of the year with 348 days to follow (349 in leap years).

Holidays for Today:
~ Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
~ Hot Heads Chili Day
~ Kid Inventors’ Day
~ National Bootlegger’s Day
~ National Hot Buttered Rum Day
~ Popeye Day


  • 1706 Benjamin Franklin, Boston, Massachusetts, statesman and inventor (lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’)
  • 1886 Glenn L. Martin, Macksburg, Iowa, aviation pioneer (started the Glenn L. Martin Company, which later became part of Martin Marietta, and today’s Lockheed Martin)
  • 1922 Betty White, Oak Park, Illinois, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, North, South Carolina, singer/actress (Catwoman/Batman; Emperor’s New Groove)
  • 1928 Vidal Sassoon, London, England, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sassoon)
  • 1931 James Earl Jones, Arkabutla, Mississippi, actor (Darth Vader voice, Exorcist II, Soul Man, The Lion King, Warning Shot)
  • 1933 Shari Lewis, Bronx, New York, ventriloquist/puppeteer, author (Lamb Chop)
  • 1942 Muhammad Ali, Louisville, Kentucky, boxer (three-time World Heavyweight Champion)
  • 1962 Jim Carrey, Canada, actor / comedian (In Living Color, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb & Dumber, Batman Forever, The Truman Show, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who!, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, True Crimes)
  • 1980 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer (Dancing with the Stars, 17 seasons)
  • 1980 Zooey Deschanel, Los Angeles, California, actress (Mumford, Elf, Failure to Launch, Bridge to Terabithia, New Girl, Trolls)

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit. – Aristotle


  • 1806 James Madison Randolph, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, becomes the first child born in the White House.
  • 1912 Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
  • 1916 The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) is formed.
  • 1917 The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1929 Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1982 “Cold Sunday” – in the United States temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
  • 1989 Stockton massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
  • 2001 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • 2002 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • 2007 Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to N. Korea nuclear testing.


The shaddchan [matchmaker] corners a yeshiva bochur [student] and says, “Oy have I got a girl for you!”
“Not interested.”

“But she’s beautiful!”

“Yes. And she’s very rich too.”

“And she has great yichus [ancestry] from a very fine family.”
“Sounds great. But why would a girl like that want to marry me? She’d have to be crazy.”

“That’s only a minor detail. You can’t expect everything.”

Murphy applied for a post at a famous Irish firm based in Dublin. An American applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test by the Manager. When the results were in, amazingly, both men had only one wrong answer.

The manager went to Murphy and said, “Thank you for coming to the interview, but we’ve decided to give the American the job.”

Murphy, “And why would you be doing that? We both got 19 questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish surely I should get the job.”

Manager, “We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed.”

Murphy, “And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?”

Manager, “Simple. On question number 7 the American wrote down, ‘I don’t know.’ ”

You put down, “Neither do I.”


~ Rock is dead. Long live paper and scissors.
~ The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.
~ In America, anyone can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.

~ Life would be easier if I had the source code.
~ If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0
~ There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

~ I think, therefore I’m dangerous.
~ Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once.
~ If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.

~ Actions speak louder than bumper-stickers.
~ Under Capitalism, man exploits man. Under Socialism it’s the other way around.

Engineering classes at the University of Maryland are tough, and struggling students sometimes go to extremes in order to pass. Grading exams one semester, I got to this question: “What is the relationship between kinetic and potential energy?”

One student, obviously stumped, decided to get clever and wrote, “As far as I know, they’re just friends, but there could be something else going on there.”


While working as a radiology technician in a hospital emergency room, I took x-rays of a trauma patient. I brought the films to our radiologist, who studied the multiple fractures of the femurs and pelvis.

“What happened to this patient?” he asked in astonishment.
“He fell out of a tree,” I reported.

The radiologist wanted to know what the patient was doing up a tree.
“I’m not sure, but his paperwork states he works for Bob’s Expert Tree Service.”

Gazing intently at the x-rays, the radiologist blinked and said, “Cross out ‘Expert.'”

pic of the day: Celebrate Popeye Day!

Popeye Day


Stupid Men Jokes…
~ What do you call a man with half a brain? Gifted.

~ What’s the difference between government bonds and men? Bonds Mature.

~ What did God say after creating man? I can do better.

~ What do you call an intelligent man in America? A tourist.

~ Did you hear about the man who won the gold medal at the Olympics? He had it bronzed.

~ What is gross stupidity? 144 men in one room.

How To Handle It When Your Wife Is Having One of “Those Days”:

DANGEROUS: What’s for dinner?
SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner?
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some chocolate.
DANGEROUS: Are you wearing that?
SAFER: Wow, you sure look good in brown!
SAFEST: WOW! Look at you!
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some chocolate.
DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
SAFEST: Here’s my paycheck.
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some chocolate.
DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
SAFER: You know, there are a lot of apples left.
SAFEST: Can I get you a glass of wine with that?
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some chocolate.
DANGEROUS: What did you DO all day?
SAFER: I hope you didn’t over-do it today.
SAFEST: I’ve always loved you in that robe!
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some more chocolate.



It was a mystery that could only be solved by the great Sherlock Holmes himself. The day after every full moon, members of a Japanese fraternity would be found dead in the hall on the fourth floor. The victims were crushed and there were signs of skid marks and tire tracks on the floor. Holmes was called into the case.

It quickly became apparent that the only student that was not frightened was a young man named Nagawa who quickly became the object of Holmes’s suspicion.

The evening of the next full moon, while peering through the keyhole of Nagawa’s room, they saw that the student was no longer there, and in his place was a classic Japanese compact car!!!

The next morning Holmes confronted Nagawa. “When the moon is full, you become an automobile, and you run over your fellow students on the fourth floor.”

“But how did you know that?” gasped Nagawa.

Holmes replied, “Elementary, my were-Datsun.”

At this, Nagawa panicked, and ran down the corridor. As he opened the door to escape, he turned into a car again, but as he expanded he became trapped in the doorway. The pressure was so great that he exploded. No trace of him was ever found.

But for several days it rained Datsun cogs.


You Know You’ve Had Too Much Coffee When . . .

*Juan Valdez names his donkey after you
*You get a speeding ticket even when you’re parked
*You grind your coffee beans in your mouth

*You sleep with your eyes open
*You have to watch videos in fast-forward
*You lick your coffee pot clean

*Your eyes stay open when you sneeze
*The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse
*You can type sixty words a minute with your feet

*You can jump-start your car without cables
*Your only sources of nutrition comes from “Sweet & Low”
*You don’t sweat, you percolate

*You’ve worn out the handle on your favorite coffee mug
*You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee
*You’ve worn the finish off you coffee table

*The Taster’s Choice couple wants to adopt you
*Starbuck’s owns the mortgage on your house
*You’re so wired you pick up FM radio

*Your life’s goal is to “amount to a hill of beans”
*Instant coffee takes too long
*You want to be cremated just so you can spend eternity in a coffee can

*You name your cats “Cream” and “Sugar”
*Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position
*Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup

A minister and lawyer were chatting at a party.

“What do you do if you make a mistake on a case?” the minister asked.

“Try to fix it if it’s big; ignore it if it’s insignificant,” replied the lawyer. “What do you do?”

The minister replied, “Oh, more or less the same. Let me give you an example. The other day I meant to say ‘the devil is the father of liars,’ but instead I said ‘the devil is the father of lawyers,’ so I let it go.”


The Reverend Douglas Johnston was not the best of drivers. One Sunday he was driving home from church when unfortunately, he had a minor bump with cyclist. The poor man was knocked off his bike into the ditch.

The Vicar naturally stopped his car, got out and profusely apologized and gave the cyclist his calling card saying that if he could ever be of help, then the man should not hesitate to ask.

As the man rode home he looked at the card which said, ‘The Reverend Douglas Johnston is sorry he missed you today.’


The New York Times, among other papers, recently published a new Hubble photograph of distant galaxies colliding. Of course, astronomers have had pictures of colliding galaxies for quite some time now, but with the vastly improved resolution provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, you can actually see the lawyers rushing to the scene.

TODAY IN TRIVIA: How old was Mr. Ed when he died? Television horse Mr. Ed was foaled in 1949 in El Monte, California. Mr. Ed’s original name was Bamboo Harvester. Raised as a parade and show horse, he was once owned by the president of the California Palomino Society. He died in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on February 28, 1979, at 30 years old.

~ Why is National Bootlegger’s Day on January 17th? This date was the birthday of Templeton Rye Whiskey, bootlegger Al Capone and the son of another bootlegger, Meryl Kerkhoff.

~ Why were they called bootleggers? The earliest use of the term bootlegger was during the 1880s in the Midwest when one would conceal flasks of liquor in their boot tops when going to trade with Native Americans.

~ How did bootlegging get started? Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment prohibiting the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol in 1920. However, there was still a demand for liquor. While some distilleries switched their production to something legal, others took to bootlegging by smuggling various brews from Canada and Mexico, and later distilling their own liquor in backwoods and secluded areas.

~ What were other terms for bootlegging? Bootleggers were also called a rum-runner or a moonshiner.

~ What was one of the long-term results of bootlegging? The Mafia arose out of the illegal and coordinated activities of bootlegging, with such people as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Alphonse Kerkhoff, and Bugs Moran taking part.

~ When was Popeye’s first film appearance? Popeye’s first appearance on film was in a 1933 Betty Boop Paramount cartoon called Popeye the Sailor.

~ Where does Popeye get his strength? He’s strong to the finish cause he eats his spinach! Spinach not only gave Popeye superhuman strength, but also endowed the sailor with abilities like virtuoso dancing or playing piano. The Popeye cartoons were so popular during the Depression, sales of spinach in America increased by 33%, and it briefly slotted in as the third most popular kids food after ice cream and turkey. “Popeye” spinach is still the second largest-selling brand of spinach in America.

Popeye the Sailorman Cartoon Video

QUIP OF THE DAY: That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria! – Calvin (& Hobbes)


Thought for the day. . . Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do. – Amelia Earhart

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