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October 10th

Integrity combined with faithfulness is a powerful force and worthy of great respect. – Real Live Preacher


283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) with 82 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ International Stage Management Day
~ Motorsports Memorial Day
~ National Angel Food Cake Day
~ National Cake Decorating Day
~ National Handbag Day
~ National Hug a Drummer Day
~ National Hug a Kevin Day
~ National Metric Day
~ National Shift 10 Day
~ National Tuxedo Day
~ World Day Against Death Penalty
~ World Homeless Day
~ World Mental Health Day
~ World Porridge Day


  • 1924 James Clavell, Australian/American author (The Great Escape; To Sir, With Love; Shogun)
  • 1943 Frederick Barthelme, Houston, Texas, author (Painted Desert, Waveland, There Must Be Some Mistake), editor (Mississippi Review, New World Writing)
  • 1946 Ben Vereen, American actor, singer, and dancer (Funny Lady, Silk Stalkings, Once Upon a Forest, Time Out of Mind)
  • 1950 Nora Roberts, Silver Spring, Maryland, romance & mystery novelist (a.k.a. J.D. Robb/ “In Death” series)
  • 1959 Bradley Whitford, Madison, Wisconsin, actor (Scent of a Woman, The Cabin in the Woods, The West Wing, Trophy Wife, Happyish, Transparent, All the Way)
  • 1965 Chris Penn, Los Angeles, California, actor (The Wild Life, Reservoir Dogs, Footloose, Rush Hour, True Romance, All the Right Moves, Pale Rider)
  • 1965 Rebecca Pidgeon, Cambridge, Massachusetts, actress (Heist, Edmond, Provoked, Charlotte Ryan / The Unit, Jesse Stone: Sea Change, Allegiant)
  • 1973 Mario López, San Diego, California, actor (Pet Star, Dancing with the Stars 2006, Hannah Montana, This is Us)
  • 1974 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Concord, North Carolina, NASCAR series driver
  • 1989 Aimee Teegarden, Downey, California, actress (Friday Night Lights, Scream 4, Prom, Aim High, Star Crossed, Notorious)

It’s important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to the friendship that we are not. – Mignon McLaughlin


  • 1845 In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (later renamed the United States Naval Academy) opens with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors.
  • 1860 The original cornerstone of the University of the South is laid in Sewanee, Tennessee.
  • 1913 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal.
  • 1933 United Airlines Chesterton Crash: A United Airlines Boeing 247 is destroyed by sabotage, the first such proven case in the history of commercial aviation.
  • 1964 The 1964 Summer Olympics opening ceremony at Tokyo, Japan, with first time of live Olympic telecast program by geostationary communication satellite.
  • 1971 Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
  • 1973 Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with federal income tax evasion.
  • 1985 United States Navy F-14 fighter jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijackers and force it to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily where they are arrested.


A doctor had just delivered twins. They were a boy and a girl. The head nurse brought them out for their father to see. He could hardly believe his good fortune. The girl baby had a pink blanket wrapped around her and the boy baby was enclosed in a blue blanket.

He took one step forward just so he could touch the babies and believe they had finally arrived. As he started to touch them the nurse took a step backwards and said, “You can’t touch those babies. You aren’t sterile!”

With out missing a beat, he retorted “You’re telling me!”

A guy walks into a bar, and there’s a horse behind the bar serving drinks. The guy is staring at the horse, when the horse says, “Hey buddy? What are you staring at? Haven’t you ever seen a horse serving drinks before?”

The guy says, “No, it’s not that… it’s just that I never thought the parrot would sell the place.”

ONE-LINERS: Human Resources & The 7 Dwarfs

In every Human Resources report, there is a reason for termination. There are so many possibilities, that we have narrowed the list down to the 7 dwarfs. Here they are:

~ Happy: Had trouble putting nose to the grindstone. Too much time spent telling jokes at the water cooler.
~ Doc: Left to pursue further schooling, in particular, Ph.D. work.
~ Sleepy: Chronically late for work. Caused many project delays.

~ Grumpy: Poor attitude toward work. Not a team player. Trouble with early mornings.
~ Dopey: Made several critical errors at work costing the company money, e.g., misappropriated company funds.
~ Sneezy: Recurrent, chronic illness has made it difficult for the employee to complete work in a timely fashion.
~ Bashful: Lack of initiative. Not willing to make cold calls. Too often let workplace disagreements simmer.


~ Jealous Queen: Heavy involvement in the occult not congruent with organizational policies.
~ Snow White: Misconduct, e.g., kissing strange men while under some kind of trance.
~ Huntsman: Couldn’t stand to be cooped up in the office all day. Pursuing work with the National Forest Service.

A city slicker moves to the country and decides he’s going to take up farming. He heads to the local co-op and tells the man, “Give me 100 baby chickens.” The co-op man complies.
A week later the man returns and says, “Give me 200 baby chickens.” The co-op man complies.

Again, a week later the man returns. This time he says, “Give me 500 baby chickens.”
“Wow!” the co-op man replies. “You must really be doing well!”
“Naw,” said the man with a sigh. “I’m either planting them too deep or too far apart!”

To my surprise, my 40-year-old husband decided to join our daughter in taking roller-skating lessons. After their first session, my daughter bubbled over with descriptions of “scissors” and “T-stops.” “The T-stops are the hardest,” she proclaimed.

“And what did you find the hardest?” I asked my husband.

He moaned, “The floor.”

Picture of the Day: Fishing in Elk River near Tim’s Ford, TN
Fishing at Elk River, TN

A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store.
As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, “Son, can you tell me where the post office is?”

The little boy replied, “Sure! Just go straight down this street a coupla blocks and turn to your right.”

The man thanked the boy kindly and said, “I’m the new pastor in town. I’d like for you to come to church on Sunday. I’ll show you how to get to Heaven.”

The little boy replied with a chuckle. “Awww, come on; you don’t even know the way to the post office.”

The pastor had been disturbed by a person who was a fast reader.
“We shall now read the Twenty-third Psalm in unison,” he announced.

“Will the lady who is always by ‘the still waters’ while the rest of us are in ‘green pastures,’ please pause until we catch up?”

A software manager, a hardware manager, and a marketing manager are driving to a meeting when a tire blows. They get out of the car and look at the problem.

The software manager says, “I can’t do anything about this – it’s a hardware problem.”
The hardware manager says, “Maybe if we turned the car off and on again, it would fix itself.”

The marketing manager says, “Hey, 75% of it is working – let’s ship it!”


~ Blessed are the drama students, for they shall be a class act.
~ Blessed are the gymnasts, for they shall always do good turns.
~ Blessed are the candy makers, for they shall make a mint

~ Blessed are the orchard growers, for their work shall not be fruitless.
~ Blessed are the fishermen, for they shall have net income.
~ Blessed are those who play tennis, for love means nothing to them.

My husband works as a service technician for a large exterminating company. One of the rules of the company is that he has to confirm each appointment by phone the night before his service call to that household.

One evening he made such a call, and when a man answered the phone, he said, “Hi, this is Gary from A to Z Pest Control Company. Your wife phoned us.”

There was a long silence, and then my husband heard the man on the other end say, “Honey, it’s for you. Someone wants to talk to you about your relatives.”

While closing up a health club one night, I went to check the women’s locker room to make sure it had been properly cleaned. I was about to knock on the door when I heard a woman inside yelling, “Liar! Liar! Why can’t you cooperate once in a while!”

As she stormed past me, I asked her how many other members were still getting changed. “None,” she fumed.

I walked in, wondering who had angered her. Then I spotted the upright scale. The weight bar was still shaking from her hasty departure.

I was escorted to a wedding by my twenty-four-year-old bachelor son. When the bride and groom lighted a single candle with their candles and then blew out their own, he whispered, “I’ve never seen that done before.”

I whispered back, “You know what it means, don’t you?”

His response: “No more old flames?”

A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other on a long flight from LA to NY. The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and visa-versa.” Again, she politely declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now somewhat agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $50!” figuring that since she is a blonde that he will easily win the match. This catches the blonde’s attention and figuring that there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches in to her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it’s the blonde’s turn. She asks the lawyer, “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?” The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references. He taps into the Airphone with his modem and searches the Net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends E-mails to all his coworkers and friends he knows. All to no avail. After over an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her $50. The blonde politely takes the $50 and turns away to get back to sleep.

The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, “Well, so what IS the answer!?” Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.


TODAY IN TRIVIA: How was Silent Night adopted on that Austrian Christmas? 
There is a story told of how Christmas was almost spoiled for the villagers in 1818. On Christmas Eve, the priest went into the church and found that the organ was not working. The leather bellows that are used to pump the air through the pipes were full of holes. Christmas without music would not do so the priest showed the organist Franz Bauer a new Christmas hymn he had written. Franz quickly composed a tune for it that could be played on a guitar. So Oberndorf had music after all.

~ What is National Hug a Kevin Day about?
This holiday honors the television show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, and encourags people to hug people they know named Kevin. Jason Ritter, who starred as Kevin Finn on the show, broke the Guinness World Record for most hugs in a minute by an individual, when he appeared on The View and gave 86 hugs. When asked about the connection of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World to hugging, Ritter said, “One of the things on the show is that… I have to hug people…” His record was later broken and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World was canceled after just one season.

~ Why is National Metric Day on this date?
Because it’s 10/10 and the number 10 is pivotal to the metric system! National Metric Day is part of National Metric Week which is always during the week that contains 10/10.

~ What is National Shift 10 Day?
This day is to encourage shoppers to shift 10% of their spending into their local economies. This shift intends to keep more money local and keep more small business owners thriving in communities across the U.S.

~ How long have Troll dolls been popular? 
Troll dolls, originally known as Leprechauns and also known as Dam dolls, Gonks, Wishniks, Treasure Trolls, and Norfins, became one of the United States’ biggest toy fads from the autumn of 1963 through 1965. Trolls became fads again in brief periods throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with as many as ten different manufacturers (such as Russ Berrie, Jakks Pacific, Applause, Hasbro, Mattel, Nyform, Trollkins and Ace Novelty) creating them.

~ How did eggs benedict get their name? 
Samuel Benedict was a famous playboy around the turn of the century. After a night of partying and drinking, he went into the kitchens at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and made himself breakfast. It consisted of two poached eggs on top of bacon on top of buttered toast with Hollandaise sauce poured over all. The chef was so impressed with the tasty meal that the Waldorf added it to the menu and named if after the inventor: eggs benedict.

~ Did Cleopatra have children with Marc Antony?
Yes, she did. There were three: Alexander Helios, his twin sister Cleopatra Selene, and Ptolemy Philadelphus. After the deaths of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, it’s thought that the children were raised by Marc Antony’s third wife, Octavia. Cleopatra also had a son, Caesarion (Ptolemy Caesar), by Julius Caesar. Since he was viewed as a threat, he was murdered by the Romans after Cleopatra’s death.

QUIP OF THE DAY: There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true – Winston Churchill


Thought for the day. . . If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit

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