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June 21st

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver


TODAY – JUNE 21st

172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) with 193 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Go Skateboarding Day
~ International Day of Yoga
~ National Arizona Day
~ National Day of the Gong
~ National Daylight Appreciation Day
~ National Peaches & Cream Day
~ National Seashell Day
~ National Selfie Day
~ National Take Back the Lunch Break Day
~ World Hydrography Day
~ World Music Day
~ National Indigenous Peoples Day  (Canada)
~ New Hampshire Statehood Day (the ninth and deciding state to ratify the United States Constitution, binding the original 13 colonies together as a republic.)
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~ Summer Solstice 2019 (first day of summer)
~ Cuckoo Warning Day (on first day of summer)
~ International Surfing Day (on summer solstice)

The June solstice is when folks in the Northern Hemisphere see the highest Sun of the year.
But did you know that the Sun’s highest point is getting lower and lower over time? That’s because Earth’s tilt is slowly decreasing.

The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin words sol “Sun” and stitium “standing.”
On the summer solstice, the Sun’s path stops advancing northward each day and “stands” still.

On this day, the Sun rises farthest left on the horizon, and sets at its rightmost possible spot.
Sunlight strikes places in your home that get illuminated at no other time.
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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1759 Alexander J. Dallas, American (born in Jamaica) statesman (Secretary of the Treasury) and financier (Dallas County, AL named for him.  In World War II the United States liberty ship SS Alexander J. Dallas was named in his honor.)
  • 1850 Daniel Carter Beard, Cincinnati, Ohio, founder of the Boy Scouts of America
  • 1896 Charles B. Momsen, Flushing, New York, inventor (pioneer in submarine rescue and invented the underwater escape device called the Momsen Lung)
  • 1921 Jane Russell, Bernijdi, Minnesota, actress & sex symbol (The Outlaw, Paleface, Calamity Jane, Foxfire, Waco)
  • 1925 Maureen Stapleton, Troy, New York, actress (Lonelyhearts, Airport, Cocoon, Plaza Suite)
  • 1938 Ron Ely, Hereford, Texas, actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage, Aquanauts) and author (Jake Sands books)
  • 1940 Mariette Hartley, Weston, Connecticut, actress (ST: All Our Yesterdays episode; Polaroid spokesperson, Marooned, Law & Order: SVU)
  • 1947 Meredith Baxter-Birney, So. Pasadena, California, actor (Family Ties, Bridget loves Bernie)
  • 1947 Michael Gross, Chicago, Illinois, actor (Family Ties, Tremors)
  • 1959 Kathy Mattea, So. Charleston, West Virginia, country music/bluegrass singer
  • 1967 Carrie Preston, Macon, Georgia, actress (Desperate Housewives, True Blood, The Stepford Wives, The Good Wife, Claws)
  • 1973 Juliette Lewis, Los Angeles, California, actress (My Stepmother is an Alien, Cape Fear, Natural Born Killers, Cold Creek Manor, The Firm, Secrets and Lies, Camping)
  • 1979 Chris Pratt, Virginia, Minnesota, actor (Everwood, The O.C., Parks and Recreation, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World)
  • 1982 Prince William of Wales

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All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out. – Albert Camus
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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1788 New Hampshire ratifies the Constitution and is thus admitted as the 9th state in the United States.
  • 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine.
  • 1887 Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.
  • 1948 1st stored computer program run, on Manchester Mark I (first machine with all components now classically regarded as characteristic of the basic computer. first computer that could store not only data but any (short!) user program in electronic memory and process it at electronic speed.)
  • 1977 Menachem Begin (Likud), becomes Israel’s sixth prime minister.
  • 1982 John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
  • 1990 Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame.
  • 2002 The World Health Organization declares Europe polio free.
  • 2004 SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
  • 2006 Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially christened Nix & Hydra.

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In most offices, the photocopier is out of order every now and then. One copy repairman had answered question after question for the employees. Finally one day, he just smiled and handed them this sheet.

The copier is out of order!
Yes, we have called the service man.
Yes, he will be in today.
No, we cannot fix it.
No, we do not know how long it will take.
No, we do not know what caused it.
No, we do not know who broke it.
Yes, we are keeping it.
No, we do not know what you are going to do now.

Thank You
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A little boy watched, fascinated, as his mother gently massaged cold cream on her face.
“Why are you rubbing that on your face, Mommy?” he asked.
“To make myself beautiful,” said his mother.

A few minutes later, she began removing the cream with a tissue.
“What’s the matter?” he asked. “Are you giving up?”
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ONE-LINERS: For College Students
Start Worrying When…

~ You consider McDonalds ‘real food’.
~ You’d rather clean than study.
~ Two miles is not too far to walk for a party.

~ Re-arranging your room is your favorite pastime.
~ You schedule classes around sleep and TV soaps.
~ There is less then $4.50 in your bank account at any given time.

~ The Visa cards are full and the overdraft is up to its limit.
~ Computer solitaire is more than a game, its a way of life.
~ You get excited when you find change that someone carelessly left in the drinks machine
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Little Johnny was eating breakfast one morning and got to wondering about things: “Mommy, why has Daddy got so few hairs on his head?” he asked his mother.
“He thinks a lot,” replied his mother, pleased with herself for coming up with a good answer to her husband’s baldness.

“So why do YOU have so much hair?” Little Johnny asks.
“Go eat your breakfast!” snarled his mother.
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As I left the grocery store, I noticed two little kids, maybe six or seven years old, selling candy bars in front of the store to raise money for their school band.
“I’ll buy a chocolate bar on one condition,” I said to the boys. “You eat it for me.”

I bought one and handed the candy back to one of the boys. He shook his head. “I can’t,” he said.
“Why not?”
Looking me in the eye, he responded gravely, “I’m not supposed to take candy from strangers.”
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Pic of the Day: Sunset

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A gang of robbers broke into a lawyer’s club by mistake. The old legal lions gave them a fight for their life and their money.

The gang was very happy to escape. “It ain’t so bad,” one crook noted. “We got $25 between us.”

The boss screamed: “I warned you to stay clear of lawyers… we had $100 when we broke in!”
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Funny Signs

At a tire shop in Michigan:
“Invite us to your next blowout.”

Door of a plastic surgeon’s office:
“Hello, can we pick your nose?”

At a Towing Company:
“We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.”

Billboard on the side of the road:
“Keep your eyes on the road and stop reading these signs.”

In a Podiatrist’s office:
“Time wounds all heels.”

On a Butchers window:
“Let me meat your needs.”

On a desk in a reception room:
“We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left.”

At the Electric Company:
“We would be de-lighted if you send in your bill. However, if you don’t you will be.”

Inside a Bowling Alley:
“Please be quiet, we need to hear a pin drop.”

In the front yard of a funeral home:
“Drive carefully, we’ll wait.”

In a counselors office:
“Growing old is mandatory, growing wise is optional.”
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WARNING! ENTERING THE PUN ZONE!

Coming into my kitchen in the middle of the night, I was amazed to discover my spice and herb jars walking in unison across the counter in lockstep.
Shocked at such behavior, I banished them back to the spice rack.
All but one meekly obeyed; One herb refused to give up its procession across my counter top.
Why? Because thyme marches on.
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“Some friends and I formed a partnership and bought a cattle ranch.”
“How’s it working out?”

“Not so well. We couldn’t agree on what to name it. Everybody had a different idea.”
“That doesn’t sound so bad. What name did you end up with?”

“We finally settled on the Double R Lazy L Triple Horseshoe Bar-7 Lucky Diamond Ranch.”
“So how many head of cattle do you have?”

“None.”
“None?”
“Nope. None of ’em survived the branding.”
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Whenever my aunt went to the doctor, she would complain to me about the long delay she always endured.
One day, when my aunt’s name was finally called, she was asked to step on the scale. “I need to get your weight today,” said the nurse.
Without a moment’s hesitation, my aunt replied, “One hour and 45 minutes!”
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MY FORGETTER

My forgetter’s getting better
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke

For when I’m “here” I’m wondering
If I really should be “there”
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven’t got a prayer!

Oft times I walk into a room,
Say, “What am I here for?”
I rack my brain, but all in vain
A zero is my score.

At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!

When shopping I may see someone,
Say “Hi” and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, “Who was that?”

Yes, my forgetter’s getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it’s driving me plumb crazy
And that isn’t any joke.
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Classic: A book which people praise, but do not read.
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TODAY IN TRIVIA: SKATEBOARDING

~ Of all active skateboarders in the United States of America, more than half live in the state of California.
~ Approximately 100,000 people every year require some sort of medical treatment for skateboard-related injuries.
~ Can you guess which body part is injured more than any other during skateboarding? If you answered the wrist, give yourselves a prize.

~ When skateboarding first began, it was referred to as sidewalk surfing.
~ Skateboarding is the sixth more popular sport on the planet in terms of total participants.
~ You could never tell by the naked eye, but most common or popular skateboard decks are actually made from seven separate pieces of plywood maple.

~ Between 1978 and 1989, skateboards were banned in Norway.
~ Duke McCallister has one philosophy when it comes to skateboards: and that’s to go skate or go home!
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QUIP OF THE DAY: Ever notice that all the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?

THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . .

We as for long life, but ’tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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