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October 21st

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. – Dalai Lama


294th day of the year (295th in leap years) with 71 days follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Apple Day (celebration of apples and orchards)
~ Babbling Day
~ Count Your Buttons Day
~ International Day of the Nacho
~ National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
~ National Reptile Awareness Day (promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles)

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. – E.E. Cummings


  • 1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, England, poet (Rime of Ancient Mariner)
  • 1833 Alfred Nobel, Stockholm, Sweden, inventor (dynamite) and founder of the Nobel Prize
  • 1886 Eugene Burton Ely, Williamsburg, Iowa, aviation pioneer (1st aircraft take off and landing)
  • 1877 Oswald (Theodore) Avery, Canadian born American bacteriologist (research on pneumococcus bacteria made him one of the founders of immunochemistry, and laid the groundwork for modern genetics and molecular biology)
  • 1911 Mary Blair, McAlester, Oklahoma, illustrator and animator (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella; also books like I Can Fly)
  • 1914 Martin Gardner, Tulsa, Oklahoma, mathematician and author (Mathematical Games column in Scientific American)
  • 1914 Samuel W. Alderson, California, physicist and engineer (invented the crash-test dummy)
  • 1917 Dizzy Gillespie, [John B], Cheraw, South Carolina, jazz trumpeter (a creator of modern jazz)
  • 1929 Ursula K[roeber] Le Guin, Berkeley, California, author (The Lathe of Heaven, Tombs of Atuan, Earthsea fantasy novels, Hainish cycle sci-fi books )
  • 1942 Judith Sheindlin, Brooklyn, New York, judge and television host (Judge Judy)
  • 1950 Ronald E(rwin) McNair, Lake City, South Carolina, physicist and astronaut (died in Space Shuttle Challenger disaster)
  • 1956 Carrie Fisher, Beverly Hills, California, actress (Princess Leia-Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally, Family Guy), author (Postcards from the Edge, Wishful Drinking)
  • 1978 Will Estes, Los Angeles, California, actor (New Lassie, American Dreams, Blue Bloods, The Dark Knight Rises)
  • 1980 Kim Kardashian, Los Angeles, California, model and actress (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars 2008, Kourtney and Kim Take New York)
  • 1982 Matt Dallas, Phoenix, Arizona, actor (Kyle XY, Eastwick, Anne & Jake)
  • 1983 Aaron Tveit, Middletown, New York, actor (Next to Normal, Gossip Girl, Les Miserables, Graceland, Grease Live!, BrainDead)

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  – Henry David Thoreau


  • 1520 Strait of Magellan discovered by Ferdinand Magellan.
  • 1797 In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
  • 1879 Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
  • 1973 John Paul Getty III’s ear is cut off by his kidnappers and sent to a newspaper in Rome; it doesn’t arrive until November 8.
  • 1973 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1983 The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
  • 1986 In Lebanon, pro-Iranian kidnappers claim to have abducted American writer Edward Tracy (he is released in August 1991).
  • 2005 Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.


Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers.
The first boy says, “My dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50.”

The second boy says, “That’s nothing. My dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100.”
The third boy says, “I got you both beat. My dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!”

OUR MARINE UNIT, deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, was moving west on a road carved out of desert by Seabees and Marine engineers. Along the “Miracle Mile,” we saw various signs bearing Marine abbreviations such as COC (Combat Operations Center).

When we came upon DIP in large black letters, my driver and I guessed: Division Infantry Position? Demarcation Infantry Post? Suddenly, our vehicle jolted violently, throwing equipment around the cab. As our heads hit the canvas roof, we looked at each other and yelled, “Dip!” -Contributed to “Humor In Uniform” by Capt. Donald J. Hard

ONE-LINERS: Useful Work Phrases. . .

~ The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.
~ I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.
~ Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

~ I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don’t care.
~ I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.
~ Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

~ What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?
~ I’m not being rude. You’re just insignificant.
~ I’m already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
~ I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

~ How about never? Is never good for you?
~ No, my powers can only be used for good.
~ It’s a thankless job, but I’ve got a lot of Karma to burn off.
~ Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

~ I’ll try being nicer if you’ll try being smarter.
~ You sound reasonable. . . Time to up my medication.
~ I’m really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me.

~ I don’t work here. I’m a consultant.
~ Who me? I just wander from room to room.
~ I’m out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

~ My toys! My toys! I can’t do this job without my toys!
~ At least I have a positive attitude about my destructive habits.
~ It might look like I’m doing nothing, but at the cellular level I’m really quite busy.

~ You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
~ I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
~ Someday, we’ll look back on this, laugh nervously, and change the subject.

An ad for St.Joseph’s Episcopal Church has a picture of two hands holding the stones on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed.
The headline reads: “For fast, fast relief, take two tablets.”

OUR DAUGHTER Laura enlisted, and soon we were receiving descriptive letters about boot camp. “Until I joined the Army,” she wrote, “I never realized that 4:30 comes around twice a day!” – Contributed to “Humor In Uniform” by Penny Norlin

ONE BROILING TEXAS DAY during World War II, I drove out to Fort Swift to pick up my husband. The new sentry at the gate was standing stiffly at attention. “Dismount to be recognized,” came his surprisingly formal order. I held out my pass, expecting to be waved on.

“Dismount to be recognized!” he barked again. I had kicked off my shoes but couldn’t locate them now. So, hot, rumpled and barefoot, I clambered out for official inspection. The soldier, ramrod-straight, clicked his heavy boots together. Then with a wistful glance at my bare feet, he sighed and said, “Gee, I’ll bet that feels good!” – Virginia Lohela

Pic of the day: Pumpkin and Friend


Bachelor cooking is a matter of attitude. If you think of it as setting fire to things and making a mess, it’s fun. However, it’s not so great if you think of it as dinner…

Nomenclature is an important part of bachelor cooking. If you call it “Italian cheese toast,” it’s not disgusting to have warmed-over pizza for breakfast.


Our minister announced that admission to a church social event would be six dollars per person.
“However, if you’re over 65,” he said, “the price will be only $5.50.”
From the back of the congregation, a woman’s voice rang out, “Do you really think I’d give you that information for only fifty cents?”


~ The man shed a tear as he saw his old storage space come down.
~ After the bank was robbed, the owner bought cows to beef up the security.
~ When the perfume factory magnate died it was discovered that he didn’t leave his heirs a scent.

~ My clock radio goes off with alarming frequency.
~ The FBI and the DEA are joining efforts and will be assigning some of their agents to a quasi-FBI/DEA enforcement team specifically targeting the illegal allergy pills sales that occur on the black market.
The agents will be called “Pseudo Feds.”

One evening my dog greeted me with a powdery white face. Looking around, I found an empty pill bottle on the floor. I immediately called the poison control hotline.
“My dog just ate a large number of antacid tablets. What should I do?”

They put me on hold for a short time while they consulted with colleagues. Then the doctor on duty said, “We feel the best thing you can do for your dog is to take him out for some Mexican food.”


It can buy you a House,
But not a Home.

It can buy you a Bed,
But not Sleep.

It can buy you a Clock,
But not Time.

It can buy you a Book,
But not Knowledge.

It can buy you a Position,
But not Respect.

It can buy you Medicine,
But not Health.

It can buy you Blood,
But not Life.

So you see, money isn’t everything. The best things in life can’t be bought, and often we destroy ourselves trying. I tell you all this because I am your Friend, and as your Friend I want to take away your needless pain and suffering.
So send me all your money and I will suffer for you.
A truer Friend than me you will never find.

In the showroom of a top-of-the-line dealership, a dozen or so tropical trees stood sentinel among the highly polished luxury cars. As I was chatting with the sales manager, two large citrus trees bearing a splendid crop of fruit caught my eye. I laughed, and the treasurer followed my gaze to the sign on the trees: “DON’T PICK THE LEMONS!”
Not long after, the sign and the fruit were removed.

A pest extermination company was giving free termite inspections, and my Dad called for an appointment.
After the inspector checked over our house thoroughly, he handed Dad the estimate and said, “You don’t have any termites right now, but there’s a bunch of ’em in that firewood you’ve got stacked out back. When they’ve eaten their way through that, I guarantee they’ll head for your house.”
Dad thanked the man for his time and his estimate, then led him out of the house.

A week later the company called back, wondering if we were interested in using their termite extermination services.
In his slow drawl, I heard my father reply, “Well, from the prices you quoted, I’m thinking it’ll be cheaper to just buy the termites another cord of wood every now and again.”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: How many atoms are in the universe? Astronomers believe that the universe contains one atom for every 88 gallons of space.

~ How did International Day of the Nacho start? Ignacio Anaya worked at the Old Victory Club in Piedras Negras in 1943. It was situated near an American military base and one day, a group of American military wives went on a shopping trip and by the time they finished, all of the restaurants in town were already closed except the Old Victory Club. Because the restaurant rush was over, there wasn’t that much food left, but Anaya offered to see what he could find and prepare himself. Eventually, he came out with a new Mexican hors d’oeuvre, a “nacho special.”

~ Where did the nacho name come from? Ignacio named the dish after himself because “Nacho” is short for Ignacio. According to “Time” magazine, Ignacio “sliced and fried some tortilla chips, covered them with shredded cheddar and sliced jalapenos and put the concoction in the oven for a couple of minutes.”

~What would you do with Brose? Eat it — Brose is a Scottish dish made by stirring boiling water or milk into oatmeal.

~How popular is Draps’ chocolate? Godiva Chocolates were launched in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium, when master chocolatier Joseph Draps founded, with his family, a chocolate company named in honor of the 1040 A.D. legend of Lady Godiva. Draps had perfected a unique formula of rich, smooth chocolate. With an eye for detail, he launched elegant, European shell-moulded designs and exquisite packaging. Through the years, his standards have been maintained as zealously as his recipes have been guarded. Since its U.S. introduction in 1966, Godiva continues to be a leader in the premium confectionery industry. Godiva’s famous Open Oyster, a shell-moulded chocolate filled with hazelnut praliné, is the company’s best-selling individual chocolate piece.

QUIP OF THE DAY: Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please – Mark Twain.


Thought for the day. . . The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. – M. Scott Peck

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