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July 19th

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. – Henry Ford


200th day of the year (201st in leap years) with 165 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ National Daiquiri Day
~ Stick Out Your Tongue Day
~ National Flitch Day (day for awarding a flitch of bacon (the side cut of the pig) to any married couple who could prove they lived in harmony and fidelity for the past year; very few took home the bacon)


  • 1834 Edgar Degas, France, impressionist painter (Bouquet)
  • 1865 Charles Horace Mayo, Rochester, Minnesota, surgeon (co-founded Mayo Clinic)
  • 1937 George Hamilton IV, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, country singer (International Ambassador of Country Music)
  • 1946 Stephen Coonts, Buckhannon, West Virginia, author (Flight of the Intruder, The Red Horseman, Pirate Alley, Deep Black, Arctic Gold, The Armageddon File)
  • 1947 Bernie Leadon, Minneapolis, Minnesota, guitarist/vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • 1956 Mark Crispin, Camden, New Jersey, computer scientist (designed the IMAP protocol; mix mail storage format)
  • 1961 Campbell Scott, New York City, New York, actor (Eye of the Hurricane,  God in America, Royal Pains, The Amazing Spider-Man, House of Cards)
  • 1962 Anthony Edwards, Santa Barbara, California, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, Zodiac, Revenge of the Nerds, Northern Exposure, Drew, Law & Order True Crime)
  • 1976 Vinessa Shaw, Los Angeles, California, actress (Hocus Pocus, Ladybugs, The Hills Have Eyes, Bereave, Family Blood)
  • 1980 Mark Webber, Minneapolis, Minnesota, actor (Snow Day, Weapons, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Green Room, The Scent of Rain & Lightning)
  • 1982 Jared Padalecki, San Antonio, Texas, actor (Gilmore Girls, Ring of Endless Light, Cry Wolf, Supernatural, Phantom Boy)

Don’t reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can’t have two sets of manners, two social codes – one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people. – Lillian Eichler Watson


  • 1845 Great New York City Fire of 1845: The last great fire to affect Manhattan began early in the morning and was subdued that afternoon. The fire killed four firefighters, 26 civilians, and destroyed 345 buildings.
  • 1848 Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York; there the “Bloomers” are introduced.
  • 1912 A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town.
  • 1916 Battle of Fromelles during WWI:  British and Australian troops attack German trenches in a prelude to the Battle of the Somme.
  • 1941  First US Army flying school for black cadets started in Tuskegee, Alabama.
  • 1963 Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.
  • 1979 The oil tanker SS Atlantic Empress collides with another oil tanker, causing the largest ever ship-borne oil spill.
  • 1983 The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
  • 1989 United Airlines flight 232 crashes in Sioux City, Iowa killing 112 of the 296 passengers.


On the last day of kindergarten, all the children brought presents for their teacher.

The florist’s son handed the teacher a gift. She shook it, held it up and said, ‘I bet I know what it is – it’s some flowers!’
‘That’s right!’ shouted the little boy.

Then the candy store owner’s daughter handed the teacher a gift. She held it up, shook it and said. ‘I bet I know what it is – it’s a box of candy!’
‘That’s right!’ shouted the little girl.

The next gift was from the liquor store owner’s son. The teacher held it up and saw that it was leaking. She touched a drop with her finger and tasted it. ‘Is it wine?’ she asked.
‘No,’ the boy answered.

The teacher touched another drop to her tongue. ‘Is it champagne?’ she asked.
‘No,’ the boy answered.

Finally, the teacher said, ‘I give up. What is it?’
The boy replied, ‘A puppy!’

A six-year-old comes crying to his mother because his little sister pulled his hair. “Don’t be angry,” the mother says, “Your little sister doesn’t realize that pulling hair hurts.”
A short while later, there’s more crying, and the mother goes to investigate.
This time the sister is bawling and her brother says, “Now she knows.”

~ “What did I do this time?” REALLY MEANS, “What did you catch me doing?”
~ “She’s one of the rabid feminists,” REALLY MEANS, “She refused to make my coffee.”
~ “I heard you,” REALLY MEANS, “I haven’t the foggiest clue what you just said, and am hoping desperately that I can fake it well enough so that you don’t spend the next 3 days yelling at me.”
~ “You really look terrific in that outfit,” REALLY MEANS, “Please don’t try on another outfit. I’m starving.”
~ “I missed you,” REALLY MEANS, “I can’t find my sock drawer, the kids are hungry and we are out of toilet paper.”
~ “I’m not lost. I know exactly where we are,” REALLY MEANS, “No one will ever see us alive again.”
~ “We share the housework,” REALLY MEANS, “I make the messes. She cleans them up.”
~ “I don’t need to read the instructions,” REALLY MEANS, “I am perfectly capable of messing it up without printed help.”

Rules Guys Wish Women Knew . . .
– Crying is blackmail
– Ask for what you want. Subtle hints don’t work.
– Don’t cut you hair, ever.

– Sometimes, we’re not thinking about you. Live with it.
– Get rid of the cat.
– Anything we said 6 or 8 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.

– Anything you wear is fine. Really.
– Christopher Columbus didn’t need directions and neither do we.
– You have too many shoes.

– If you think you’re fat, you probably are. Don’t ask us.
– Learn to work the toilet seat; if it’s up put it down.
– Mark anniversaries on a calendar.

– Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers.
– Sunday equals Sports.
– If you don’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys.

– If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, me meant the other way.
– Let us ogle. If we don’t look at other women how can we know how pretty you are?
– You can either ask us to do something OR tell us how you want it done, not both.
– You have enough clothes.

cartoon of the day:



~Always trust a glue salesman. They tend to stick to their word.
~I once heard a joke about amnesia, but I forgot how it goes.
~The other day I held the door open for a clown. I thought it was a nice jester.

~Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
~It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.
~There is a special species of bird that is really good at holding stuff together. They are called velcrows.
~When the detectives on the police force observed suspects dining in the city’s best restaurant, it was their favorite steak out.

My niece bought her five-year-old daughter Kayleigh a hamster. One day he escaped from his cage. The family turned the house upside-down and finally found him. Several weeks later, while Kayleigh was at school, he disappeared again.

My niece searched frantically but never found the critter. Hoping to make the loss less painful for Kayleigh, my niece took the cage out of her room.

When Kayleigh came home from school that afternoon, she climbed into her mother’s lap. “We have a serious problem,” she announced. “Not only is my hamster gone again, but this time he took his cage!”

“This little computer,” said the sales clerk, “will do half of your job for you.”
Studying the machine, the senior VP said, “Fine, I’ll take two.”

A carpenter was giving evidence about an accident he had witnessed. The lawyer for the defendant was trying to discredit him and asked him how far away he was from the accident.
The carpenter replied, “Twenty-seven feet, six and one-half inches.”

“What? How come you are so sure of that distance?” asked the lawyer.
“Well, I knew sooner or later some idiot would ask me. So I measured it!” replied the carpenter.

Two gooberettes meet on the street. One is carrying a bag. The0 other one asks, “What’cha got in the sack?”
“Just some chickens.”
“If I guess how many there are, can I have one?”
“If you guess right, I’ll give you both of them.”
“Ummmmm, five?”

It’s so dry in Alabama that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling,
the Methodists are using wet-wipes,
the Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks,
and the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water.
Now that’s dry!

TODAY IN TRIVIA: Are we marrying younger today? People are marrying younger today than they did before the turn of the century. In the United States in 1890, the average age of men at their first marriage was 26 years, compared with 23 today. For women, the corresponding figures are 22 then and just under 21 now.

~ How popular are apples? Americans eat an average of 18 pounds of fresh apples each year. The most popular variety in the United States is the Red Delicious.

~ How much did New Yorkers enjoy their oysters? Oysters were a major part of life in New York in the late 1800s. They were eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; they were pickled, stewed, baked, roasted, fried, scalloped, and used in soups, patties, and puddings. Oystering in New York supported large numbers of families, and oyster theft was a prevalent problem.
QUIP OF THE DAY: Most computer problems are caused by a loose nut between the chair and the keyboard.


Thought for the day. . . Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation. – Thomas H. Huxley

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