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July 6th

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus


187th day of the year (188th in leap years) with 178 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ International Kissing Day
~ Old Albums Are Frisbees Day
~ National Fried Chicken Day
~ National Hand Roll Day (sushi)
~ National Baked Bean Month
~ National Culinary Arts Month
~ National Hot Dog Month
~ National Ice Cream Month


  • 1747 John Paul Jones, Scotland, U.S. naval fighter in American Revolution (“I have not yet begun to fight!”)
  • 1918 Sebastian Cabot, English actor (Mr French in Family Affair)
  • 1923 Nancy Davis Reagan, NYC, New York, 1st Lady (1981-89)
  • 1925 Merv Griffin, San Mateo. California, TV host (Merv Griffin Show)
  • 1927 Janet Leigh, Merced, California, actress (Little Women, in the shower in Psycho, Harper, The Manchurian Candidate)
  • 1931 Della Reese, Detroit, Michigan, singer/actress (Della Reese Show, Touched by an Angel, That’s So Raven)
  • 1935 Tenzin Gyatso, fourteenth Dalai Lama (Nobel Peace Prize 1989)
  • 1937 Ned Beatty, Lexington, Kentucky, actor (Deliverance, Network, Homicide: Life on the Street, Rango)
  • 1945 Burt Ward, Los Angeles, California, actor (Robin on Batman tv series, Moving Target)
  • 1946 George W. Bush, New Haven, Connecticut, 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009)
  • 1946 Fred Dryer, Hawthorne, California, football player (NY Giants, LA Rams) and actor (Hunter, Death before Dishonor, Crisis)
  • 1946 Sylvester Stallone, NYC, New York, actor/scriptwriter (Rocky movies, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, The Specialist, Cop Land, The Expendables, Creed, Rachet & Clank)
  • 1954 Allyce Beasley, Brooklyn, New York, actress (Moonlighting, The Tommyknockers, Stuart Little)
  • 1966 Brian Posehn, Sacramento, California, actor/comedian (Just Shoot Me!, Uncle Nick)
  • 1978 Adam Busch, East Meadow, New York, actor, director (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Men at Work, Empire)
  • 1979 Kevin Hart, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, comedian, actor (Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard, Central Intelligence, The Secret Life of Pets)
  • 1986 David Karp, NYC, New York, web developer and entrepreneur (founded Tumblr)

There is something in the pang of change more than the heart can bear, unhappiness remembering happiness. – Euripides


  • 1189 Richard I “the Lionheart” is crowned King of England.
  • 1785 Congress resolves US currency named “dollar” & adopts decimal coinage.
  • 1854 In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the U.S. Republican Party is held.
  • 1885 Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies. The patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog
  • 1917 During WWI, Arabian troops led by Lawrence of Arabia and Auda ibu Tayi capture Aqaba from the Turks during the Arab Revolt.
  • 1928 Worlds largest hailstone, a seven-inch (17.8-centimeter) wide chunk of ice almost as large as a soccer ballfalls in Potter Nebraska.
  • 1944 The Hartford Circus Fire, one of America’s worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1945 President Truman signs executive order establishing Medal of Freedom.
  • 1974 The radio program A Prairie Home Companion makes its first live broadcast.
  • 1988 Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea destroyed by explosions and fires. 167 oil workers killed, making it the world’s worst offshore oil disaster.
  • 2013 Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, crashes at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring 181 of the 307 people on board.


On their 25th anniversary, a husband took his wife out to dinner. Their teenage daughters said they’d have dessert waiting for them when they returned.

After they got home, they saw that the dining room table was beautifully set with china, crystal and candles, and there was a note that read: “Your dessert is in the refrigerator. We are staying with friends, so go ahead and do something we wouldn’t do!”

“I suppose,” the husband responded, “we could vacuum.”


An ambitious, young clerk’s responsibilities included bringing the judge a hot cup of coffee every morning. And, every morning, the judge became infuriated when the coffee cup was brought to him just 2/3 full.

With his back to the corner, the young clerk explained that he had to rush to get the coffee delivered while it was still hot, which caused him to spill much of it along the way. After weeks of yelling and insults, nothing the judge said to the young clerk produced a full cup of coffee – until he threatened to cut the clerk’s pay by 1/3 if he continued to produce 1/3 less than the judge wanted.

The following morning, the judge was greeted with a cup of coffee that was full to the brim, and the next morning and the morning after that. The judge couldn’t resist gloating over his success and smugly complimented the clerk on his new technique.

“Oh, there’s not much to it,” admitted the clerk happily, “I take some coffee in my mouth right outside the coffee room, and spit it back in when I get outside your office.”


Eight Unusual Baggage Left Behind On London’s Public Transport System

1. Samurai sword

2. Prosthetic arm

3. A coffin

4. A stuffed fox

5. A puffer fish

6. A lawnmower

7. a park bench

8. 2nd world war gas masks


A burglar, needing money to pay his income taxes, decided to rob the safe in a store.

On the safe door he was very pleased to find a note reading: “Please don’t use dynamite. The safe is not locked. Just turn the knob.”

He did so. Instantly a heavy sandbag fell on him, the entire premises were floodlighted, and alarms started clanging.

As the police carried him out on a stretcher, he was heard moaning: “My confidence in human nature has been rudely shaken.”


~ Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?
He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.

~ Why do we tell actors to “break a leg?”
Because every play has a cast.

~ Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road.
I asked him, “What’s the word on the street?”

~ Hear about the new restaurant called Karma?
There’s no menu: You get what you deserve.

~ A bear walks into a bar and says, “Give me a whiskey… and a cola.”
“Why the big pause?” asks the bartender. The bear shrugged. “I’m not sure. I was born with them.”

pic of the day: Squirrel drinking from birdbath…


A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, “I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter.”

Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, “I’m Jane Sugarbrown.”

The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School and said, “Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?”

She replied, “I thought I was, but mother says I’m not.”

An engineer, a physicist, a mathematician, and a mystic were asked to name the greatest invention of all time.
The engineer chose fire, which gave humanity power over matter.

The physicist chose the wheel, which gave humanity the power over space.
The mathematician chose the alphabet, which gave humanity power over symbols.

The mystic chose the thermos bottle. “Why a thermos bottle?” the others asked.
“Because the thermos keeps hot liquids hot in winter and cold liquids cold in summer.”
“Yes – so what?”
“Think about it.” said the mystic reverently. “That little bottle – how does it know?”


A Plane was flying through the jungle when suddenly the engine stalled. The pilot ejected and drifted gently down to land.

Unfortunately he landed in a large cooking pot which was gently simmering over a low fire.

All the local tribesmen turned to look at him until the chief, blinking in disbelief asked, “What’s this flier doing in my soup?”

“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.”

GOLDEN OLDIE… One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost?”

God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this? Let’s say we have a man-making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “Okay, great!”

But, God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”

The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

God looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt.”

A nervous taxpayer was unhappily conversing with the IRS auditor who had come to review his records. At one point the auditor exclaimed, “We feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the USA. As a citizen you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile.”

“Thank goodness,” returned the taxpayer. “I thought you were going to want cash.”

Four married guys go golfing on Sunday. During the 3rd hole the following conversation ensued:

First Guy: “Man, you have no idea what I had to do to be able to come out golfing this weekend. I had to promise my wife that I will paint every room in the house next weekend.”

Second Guy: “That’s nothing, I had to promise my wife that I will build her a new deck for the pool.”

Third Guy: “Man, you both have it easy! I had to promise my wife that I will remodel the kitchen for her.”

They continue to play the hole when they realized that the fourth guy has not said a word. So they ask him. “You haven’t said anything about what you had to do to be able to come golfing this weekend. What’s the deal?”

Fourth Guy: “I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s just say that the foundation for the new house is being poured next Tuesday.”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: How many islands make up Japan? Japan consists of the four large islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and about three thousand smaller islands.

~ Where is Bat World?
The national headquarters for Bat World Sanctuary is located at Mineral Wells, Texas. More than 150 bats from around the world have found permanent refuge in this indoor, natural habitat facility. These non-releasable bats include those that have been used in research, orphaned, permanently injured, or confiscated from the illegal pet trade. Bat World is a sanctuary as well as an educational center. The bats that participate in tours are only those that are not stressed while being viewed. During tours, bats can be seen close up, flying in simulated natural-habitat flight cages, and just “hanging out.” Touching the bats is not permitted, but cameras are welcome. Actually, many of the bats are naturally curious and willing to be photographed.

~ Who invented the parachute?
Credit for the invention of the parachute goes to Sebastien Lenormand in 1783. In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci designed a pyramid-shaped chute. J. P. Blanchard (1753-1809), a Frenchman, is said to have been the first to use a parachute. In 1785, he dropped a dog in a basket, to which a parachute was attached, from a balloon high in the air. Blanchard claimed to have descended from a balloon in a parachute in 1793.

~ How fast is a hummingbird’s metabolism?
The ruby-throated hummingbird beats its wings at the incredibly rapid speed of 50 to 70 times a second. If a 170-pound man expended energy at the rate of the hummingbird, he would have to eat 285 pounds of hamburger or twice his weight in potatoes each day in order to maintain his weight. He would have to evaporate 100 pounds of perspiration per hour to keep his skin temperature below the boiling point of water.
QUIP OF THE DAY: Love who you are and what you are and what you do. Laugh at yourself and at life and nothing can touch you.  – Louise Hay


Thought for the day. . . The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. – Theodore Rubin

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