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July 25th

Believe the best of everybody.- Rudyard Kipling


206th day of the year (207th in leap years) with 159 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Act Like A Caveman Day
~ Culinarians Day
~ National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
~ National Hire A Veteran Day
~ National Merry-Go-Round Day
~ National Thread The Needle Day
~ National Wine and Cheese Day


  • 1844 Thomas Eakins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, artist, painter, photographer (Realism movement/ photography innovator)
  • 1894 Walter Brennan, Swampscott, Massachusetts, actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point)
  • 1918 Jane Frank, Baltimore, Maryland, painter, sculptor, textile & mixed media artist
  • 1923 Estelle Getty, New York City, New York, actress (Sophia Petrillo on Golden Girls)
  • 1935 Barbara Harris, Evanston, Illinois, actress (A Thousand Clowns, Plaza Suite, Nashville, Family Plot, Freaky Friday, Peggy Sue Got Married, Grosse Pointe Blank )
  • 1954 Walter Payton, Columbia, Mississippi, NFL running back (Chicago Bears), advocate for organ donations
  • 1967 Matt LeBlanc, Newton, Massachusetts, actor (Friends , Joey, Episodes)
  • 1967 Wendy Raquel Robinson, Los Angeles, California, actress (The Steve Harvey Show, The Game, Here We Go Again)
  • 1973 Michael C. Williams, The Bronx, New York, actor (The Blair Witch Project )
  • 1978 Louise Brown, Oldham, England, world’s 1st `test tube baby’
  • 1982 Brad Renfro, Knoxville, Tennessee, actor (The Client, The Jacket)
  • 1987 Michael Welch, Los Angeles, California, actor (Joan of Arcadia , Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Z Nation)

Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to be a man of value. – Albert Einstein


  • 1755 British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians. Thousands of Acadians are sent to the British Colonies in America, France and England. Some later move to Louisiana, while others resettle in New Brunswick.
  • 1837 The first commercial use of an electric telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on 25 July 1837 between Euston and Camden Town in London.
  • 1866 The United States Congress passes legislation authorizing the five-star rank of General of the Army. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to be promoted to this rank.
  • 1868 Wyoming becomes a United States territory.
  • 1871 First U.S. patent for a carousel was issued to Willhelm Schneider of Davenport, Iowa.
  • 1920 The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place.
  • 1946 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.
  • 1952 The U.S. non-incorporated colonial territory of Puerto Rico adopts a “constitution” of local-limited powers, approved by the United States Congress in contravention of then-current international law.
  • 1976 Viking 1 takes the famous Face on Mars photo.
  • 1984 Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (sah-VEETS’-kah-yah) became the first woman to walk in space
  • 2010 WikiLeaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history.


Question on Economics Exam: “In any given year, and to the nearest ton, how much wheat did the United States export?”
Smart answer: “In 1492, none.”

The old country doctor still made house calls. One afternoon he was called to a house where the wife was in terrible pain. The doctor came out of the bedroom a minute after he’d gone in and asked the husband, “Do you have a hammer?”
The puzzled man went to the garage and returned with a hammer.
The doctor thanked him and went back into the bedroom. A moment later, he came out and asked, “Do you have a chisel?”

The man gave him a chisel.
In the next few minutes the doctor asked for and received a pair of pliers, a screwdriver and a hacksaw.

After that last request the husband asked, “What are you doing to my wife?”
“Not a thing. I can’t get my instrument bag open.”


~ Corduroy pillows: They’re making headlines!
~ Criminal Lawyer is a redundancy.
~ Death is hereditary.

~ Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?
~ Things could be worse … Martha Stewart could be your mother-in-law.
~ When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
~ Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘good doggie’ while looking for a bigger stick.

For an art project the first grader handed in a blank sheet of paper. The teacher said, “What is this?”
“It’s a drawing of a cow eating grass.”
“Where’s the grass?”

“The cow ate all of it.”
“Then, where’s the cow?”
“The cow left because there was no more grass.”

A customer in a New York restaurant gushed to the chef: “Your veal parmigiana is superb! I spent a month in Italy, and yours is better than any I had over there.”
“Naturally,” the chef said. “Over there, they use domestic cheese. Ours is imported!”

PIC OF THE DAY: Alabama Crimson Honeysuckle Blooms
Alabama Crimson Honeysuckle

Two airhead friends were going on a trip to Florida. A neighbor told them that they’d be fine as long as they paid attention to the road signs along the way. But they’d driven just 30 miles when they saw one that read “Clean Restrooms Ahead.”

Two months later they arrived in Florida exhausted, having used up 86 bottles of Windex, 267 rolls of paper towels, and three cases of toilet-bowl cleaner. Total restrooms cleaned: 450.

Things your Mother would NEVER say…

— Yeah, I used to cut class a lot too.
— Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day.

— That outfit isn’t sexy enough, here, unbutton your blouse.
— Why don’t you hitchhike? It would totally be cheaper.

— The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It’s not like I’m running a prison around here.
— Don’t clean your room so often. It makes the rest of the house look bad.

— Can I borrow your new speed metal CDs?
— Naw, you don’t have to call me, I’ll eventually figure it out if you’re in trouble.


There was once a herd of llamas that lived next to a herd of cows, separated only by a small fence. The cows would trick the young llamas into coming over near the fence, then when they got close enough, they would grab them and pull them over to their side. At that point, they would kick the llama around, using him like a soccer ball.

Moral: Llamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cow toys.

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked,
doesn’t it follow that. . .

~ electricians could be delighted,
~ musicians denoted,
~ cowboys deranged,

~ models deposed,
~ and dry cleaners depressed?
Wouldn’t you expect laundry workers to decrease, eventually becoming depressed and depleted?

~ Likewise, bedmakers might be debunked,
~ baseball players debased,
~ bulldozer operators degraded,

~ organ donors delivered,
~ software engineers detested, and
~ underwear manufacturers debriefed.

~ And won’t all composers one day decompose?
On a more positive note, perhaps we can hope politicians will someday be devoted.

Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was. I said, “Fried chicken.” She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else in the class laughed. My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.

I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken.
She asked me why, just like she’d asked the other children. So I told her it was because you could kill them and make them into fried chicken. She sent me back to the principal’s office again.
He laughed, and told me not to do it again. I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most.
I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”
Guess where I am now …

A couple from a circus go to an adoption agency, but social workers have doubts about their suitability.
So they produce photos of their 50 foot motor home, the back half of which is a beautifully equipped nursery.
The social workers then are doubtful about the education that would be provided.
“We’ve employed an full-time tutor who’ll teach the child all the subjects along with Mandarin and IT skills.”

There are then doubts expressed about the child’s healthy upbringing.
“Our full-time nanny is an expert in pediatric welfare and diet,” they reply.
The social workers are finally satisfied, and ask what age of child they were hoping to adopt.

“It doesn’t really matter,” they say, “so long as he fits nicely into the cannon.”.

One day, Dave, the bus driver, was in his bus when the biggest man he had ever seen got on. The giant looked at the driver and growled, “Big Eric doesn’t pay”, and took his seat. Dave was only a little man and he didn’t really want to argue.
This happened for several days. After a week, Dave was beginning to get a little angry. Everybody else paid, so why not the big man?
So Dave went to the gym and started a course of body-building. He didn’t want to be frightened of Big Eric any longer.

Eight weeks later the driver had strong muscles and was feeling very fit.
At the usual stop, Big Eric got on. “Big Eric doesn’t pay”, he barked; but this time Dave was prepared for him. He stood up, shaking slightly, and said between clenched teeth, “Oh, yeah? And why doesn’t Big Eric pay?”
“Because Big Eric has got a bus pass”, the man replied.

TODAY IN TRIVIA: What recipe does Raguneau quote? In the play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the recipe for tart almondine is quoted by Ragueneau.

~ Why was basil controversial? Despite its popularity as a seasoning, basil has a controversial history. Basil was a sacred plant in ancient Hindu religion, and it was handled warily by European herbalists of the Middle Ages, who feared it as a scorpion breeder.

~ Who discovered the speed of light? French physicist Armand Fizeau was the first to approximate the speed of light. In 1849, he obtained a value for the speed of light that was about five percent too high. Jean Foucault obtained the first accurate measurement (within just one percent of the correct speed) in 1862.
QUIP OF THE DAY: If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. – Mickey Mantle


Thought for the day. . . In life, you can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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