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January 25th

I think somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. – Eleanor Roosevelt



TODAY – JANUARY 25th

25th day of the year with 340 days to follow (341 in leap years).

Holidays for Today:
~ A Room of One’s Own Day
~ Burns Night (celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns)
~ National Florida Day
~ National Irish Coffee Day
~ National Opposite Day
~ International Wealth Mentality Month
~ National Braille Literacy Month
~ Walk Your Dog Month
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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1759 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne)
  • 1874 W. Somerset Maugham, English author (Of Human Bondage, The Letter, Rain, The Razor’s Edge)
  • 1913 Luis Marden, Chelsea, Massachusetts, photojournalist (National Geographic, pioneer in use of color photography)
  • 1916 Frank “Pop” Ivy, Skiatook, Oklahoma, football coach (only person ever to serve as a head coach in the National Football League, the American Football League and the Western Inter-provincial Football Union)
  • 1931 Dean Jones, Decatur, Alabama, actor (Love Bug, That Darn Cat, Beethoven, Clear & Present Danger)
  • 1941 Buddy Baker, Florence, South Carolina, race car driver (2X winner of NASCAR Championship; Hall of Fame member. In 1970, he became the first driver to ever exceed 200mph (320kph) on a closed course.)
  • 1954 Kay Cottee, Australian, first woman to sail solo and non stop around the world
  • 1957 Jenifer Lewis, Kinloch, Missouri, actress (Sister Act, The Preacher’s Wife, Get Bruce, Shark Tale, Cars, The Princess and the Frog, Black-ish)
  • 1971 Ana Ortiz, Manhattan, New York, actress and singer (Ugly Betty, Devious Maids, Charlie Foxtrot, Trust Fund)
  • 1981 Alicia Keys, NYC, singer/songwriter/actress (R&B, soul/The Secret Life of Bees)

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The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. – Lord Byron
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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1858 The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn becomes a popular wedding recessional after it is played on this day at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.
  • 1881 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.
  • 1890 Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.
  • 1915 Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
  • 1919 The League of Nations is founded.
  • 1949 At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented.
  • 1961 In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.
  • 1971 Charles Manson and three female “Family” members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate–LaBianca murders.
  • 1980 Mother Teresa is honored with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
  • 1993 Sears stopped production of its general merchandise catalog after 97 years.

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I came home from work last night exhausted. I said to my wife, “I need my glasses checked. I’m so nearsighted I nearly worked myself to death.”

Perplexed, the wife asked, “What’s being nearsighted got to do with working yourself to death?”

“I couldn’t tell whether the boss was watching me or not, so I had to work the whole time!”
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A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel: “An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.'”

“See, I have a problem with that passion business,” responded the jury candidate. “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.” She wasn’t selected for the jury.
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ONE-LINERS: Famous Last Words . . .
~ “Of course it’s fireproof!”
~ “That bear is probably just hibernating.”
~ “What does this button do?”

~ “It’s probably just a rash.”
~ “You’re sure the power is off, right?”
~ “The odds of that happening are a million to one.”

~ “Pull the pin and count to WHAT?!?”
~ “WHICH wire was I supposed to cut?”
~ “I wonder where the mother bear is …”

~ “I know how to do this; I’ve seen it done on TV.”
~ “These are the good kind of mushrooms.”
~ “I’ll hold it and you light the fuse.”

~ “Let it down slowly.”
~ “Don’t worry; it’s strong enough to hold both of us.”
~ “That didn’t taste right.”

~ “It’s not that much snow.”
~ “I can make it before the train gets there.”
~ “Nice doggie.”

~ “What duck?”
~ “Hey, y’all! Watch this!!”
~ “I can do that with my eyes closed.”

~ “Everyone knows they’re a bunch of nuts. No one will listen to them.”
~ “Here, hold my beer….”
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A look at resumes from famous people in history…

* Julius Caesar: My last job involved a lot of office politics and back stabbing. I’d like to get away from all that.
* Jesse James: I can list among my experiences and skills: leadership, extensive travel, logistical organization, intimate understanding of firearms, and a knowledge of security measures at numerous banks.
* Marie Antoinette: My management style has been criticized, but I’d like to think of myself as a people person.

* Joseph Guillotin: I can give your company a head start on the competition.
* Hamlet: My position was eliminated in a hostile takeover.
* Pandora: I can bring a lot to your company. I like discovering new things.

* Genghis Khan: My primary talent is downsizing. On my last job I downsized my staff, my organization, and the populations of several countries.
* Macbeth: Would I go after my boss’s job? Do I look like the kind of guy who would knock off his boss for a promotion?
* Lady Godiva: What do you mean this isn’t business casual?

* Elvis: My last boss and I…say, are you going to eat those fries?
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pic of the day: yaD etisoppO lanoitaN rof

upside down pic of cat in tree
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WARNING! ENTERING THE PUN ZONE!

I was getting a new phone the other day, and the young clerk was taking down all my vital information. When he got to the question “Date of birth?”, I told him.

His eyes jerked up from the form. “No way! You certainly don’t look THAT old!”

“Just a fact of life, my boy,” I said, “it’s all in the genes.”

“No kidding? What brand do you wear?”
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A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.
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Leaving Minnesota for Colorado, I decide to make a stop at one of those rest areas on the side of the road. I go in the washroom. The first stall was taken so I went in the second stall. I just sat down when I hear a voice from the next stall… “Hi there, how is it going?”

Okay, I am not the type to strike conversations with strangers in washrooms on the side of the road. I didn’t know what to say so finally I say: “Not bad…”

Then the voice says:
– “So, what are you doing?”

I am starting to find that a bit weird, but I say:
– “Well, I’m going back to Colorado…”

Then I hear the person say all flustered:
– “Look I’ll call you back, every time I ask you a question this idiot in the next stall keeps answering me.”
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The employer asked the applicant, “I see you were last employed by a psychiatrist. Why did you leave?”

“Well,” she replied, “I just couldn’t win.
“If I was late to work, I was hostile.
“If I was early, I had an anxiety complex. If I was on time, I was compulsive.”
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TODAY IN TRIVIA: What is Opposite Day?  This is a holiday celebrated by doing things in the opposite way than what you do on a normal day. That could be by talking backwards, putting your clothes on backward, walking backwards or by saying the opposite of what you really mean. Just be sure people know that you are celebrating this holiday or you might unintentionally upset someone! While it is not an official holiday anywhere in the world, it is a holiday that is often observed by school children, although a growing group of people have begun acknowledging the holiday on social media by using the hashtag #nationaloppositeday.

~ What smash hit was inspired by a poem of Burns? Turns out Micahel Jackson was a big fan of Robert Burns and was inspired by the poem Tam O’Shanter to make the smash-hit Thriller.

~ How is Robert Burns related to coke? In 2009 Robert Burns was the first peron ever to be featured on a commemorative bottle of Coca Cola.

~ What is the most popular song by Robert Burns? The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as one of the top 3 most popular songs in the English language, along with ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’.

~ How did Robert Burns end up in outer space? Turns out Astronaut Nick Patrick carried a miniature book of Burns poetry on a two week long space mission with him in 2010. It completed a 5.7 million mile trip and 217 orbits of the earth.

~ What author used a line from Burns poem ‘To a Mouse’? ? John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ from a line in Burns poem that reads, ‘the best laid schemes o’ men an’ men/ gang aft agley’. This line is often paraphrased today as, “The best laid plans of mice and men are apt to go astray.”

~ What movement did Robert Burns pioneer? He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

Video Robert Burns: The Man And His Legend

Just listening to the narrator is enjoyable… 😉

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QUIP OF THE DAY: This guy says, “I’m perfect for you, ’cause I’m a cross between a macho and a sensitive man.” I said, “Oh, a gay trucker?” – Judy Tenuta

THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . . People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. – Ramona L. Anderson

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