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October 22nd

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho

TODAY – OCTOBER 22nd




295th day of the year (296th in leap years) with 70 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Wombat Day
~ National Nut Day
~ National Color Day
~ International Stuttering Awareness Day
~ Fechner Day (celebrated by Psychophysicists)
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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1734 Daniel Boone, Berks County, Pennsylvania, pioneer and explorer (Most famous for exploration & settlement of what is now Kentucky)
  • 1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer & pianist (virtuoso on piano, invention of symphonic poem)
  • 1821 Collis Potter Huntington, Harwinton, Connecticut, railroad executive (one of Big Four who built Central Pacific Railroad, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway – Huntington, West Virginia, named in his honor)
  • 1903 Curly Howard, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, actor and comedian (member of the Three Stooges)
  • 1938 Christopher Lloyd, Stamford, Connecticut, actor (Back to the Future trilogy, Roger Rabbit, The Addams Family, Granite Flats)
  • 1946 Deepak Chopra, Indian-American physician and writer (Creating Health, Peace Is the Way, The Soul of Leadership, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life)
  • 1948 Debbie Macomber, Yakima, Washington, author (romance novels: Manning Sisters series, Those Manning Men series, Angel series, Deliverance Company series, Orchard Valley Trilogy)
  • 1952 Jeff Goldblum, West Homestead, Pennsylvania, actor (The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Portlandia)
  • 1963 Brian Boitano, Mountain View, California, figure skater (1988 Olympic Champion, 1986 & 1988 World Champion, 1985-1988 U.S. National Champion)
  • 1990 Jonathan Lipnicki, Westlake Village, California, actor (Jerry Maguire, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Meego, Stuart Little, The Little Vampire, Mr. Student Body President)
  • 1992 Sofia Vassilieva, Minneapolis, Minnesota, actress (Eloise at the Plaza, My Sister’s Keeper, Medium)

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Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.  – Sarah Bernhardt
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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1836 Sam Houston inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1879 Thomas Edison tests the first practical electric incandescent light bulb using a filament of carbonized thread (it lasted 13½ hours before burning out).
  • 1927 Nikola Tesla introduces six (6) new inventions including a motor with one phase electricity.
  • 1962 US President John F. Kennedy, after internal counsel from Dwight D. Eisenhower, announces that American reconnaissance planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval “quarantine” of the Communist nation during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1964 A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee in Canada selected the design for the new official Flag of Canada.
  • 1966 The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A’ Go-Go).
  • 1968 After orbiting the Earth 163 times, Apollo 7 safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1975 The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus.
  • 1976 US Food and Drug Administration banned Red Dye No. 4 after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs.
  • 1983 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspires the Supermax model of prisons.
  • 2001 Release of Grand Theft Auto III, popularizing a genre of open-world, action-adventure video games as well as spurring controversy around violence in video games.

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A first-grader came to the ophthalmology office where I work to have his vision checked. He sat down and I turned off the lights.

Then I switched on a projector that flashed the letters F, Z and B on a screen. I asked the boy what he saw.

Without hesitation he replied, “Consonants.”
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My older son loves school, but his younger brother Tommy absolutely hates it. One weekend Tommy cried and fretted and tried every excuse not to go back on Monday. Sunday morning on the way home from church, the crying and whining built to a crescendo.

At the end of my rope, I finally stopped the car and explained, “Honey, it’s a law. If you don’t go to school, they’ll put Mommy in jail.”

Tommy looked at me, thought a moment, then asked, “How long would you have to stay?”
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ONE-LINERS: Understanding a Woman’s Language

* “Fine” – This is the word we use at the end of any argument that we feel we are right about but need to shut you up. NEVER use fine to describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments.

* “Five minutes” – This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so it’s an even trade.

* “Nothing” – This means something and you should be on your toes. “Nothing” is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. “Nothing” usually signifies an argument that will last “Five Minutes” and end with the word “Fine”.

* “Go Ahead” (with raised eyebrows) – This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over “Nothing” and will end with the word “Fine”.

* “Go Ahead” (normal eyebrows) – This means “I give up” or “do what you want because I don’t care”. You will get a raised eyebrow “Go ahead” in just a few minutes, followed by “Nothing” and “Fine” and she will talk to you in about “Five Minutes” when she cools off.
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Two gooberettes lock their keys in the car. One of them tries to break into the car while the the other one watches.
Finally the first one says “Darn, I can’t get in the car!”
The other gooberette replies, “keep trying, it looks like it is going to rain and the top is down.”
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As the wife of a lance corporal in the Marines, I have found the base commissary to have very long lines. After an interminable wait, a friend of mine had almost made it to the checkout counter. From nowhere, a woman with a cart load of groceries pushed her way forward exclaiming, “I have to go next! I’m invited to a party at the general’s house tonight.”
Annoyance showed on many faces, until someone farther down the line spoke up. “You can go to the end of the line,” she said. “I’m the one giving the party.” – Mary Morris
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Pic of the Day: Wombat

Wombats are quadrupedal marsupials native to Australia. They are about 40 inches in length with small, stubby tails. Wombats dig extensive burrow systems with their rodent-like front teeth and powerful claws. They have a backward-facing pouch so that when digging, the wombat does not gather soil in its pouch over its young. A group of wombats is known as a wisdom, a mob, or a colony.
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WARNING! ENTERING THE PUN ZONE!
A farmer was milking his cow.
He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head.

Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow’s ear. The farmer didn’t think much about it, until the bug squirted out into the bucket.
It went in one ear and out the udder.
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Jack has died. His lawyer is standing before the family and reads out Jack’s Last Will and Testament:
“To my dear wife Esther, I leave the house, 50 acres of land, and 1 million dollars.
“To my son Barry, I leave my Big Lexus and the Jaguar.
“To my daughter Suzy, I leave my yacht and $250,000.

“And to my brother-in-law Jeff, who always insisted that health is better than wealth, I leave my treadmill.”
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One day on his way to work, my husband stopped at the cafeteria as it began to rain.
Forgetting that he hadn’t brought an umbrella, he reached for the nearest one when he got up to leave.

“That’s my umbrella,” a woman immediately scolded.
Abashed at his mistake, he walked on to his office. He was drenched by the time he arrived.

Once there, he discovered three umbrellas that he had left in the office over the months, and he decided to bring them home at the end of the day.
That afternoon he ran into the same woman who had confronted him earlier.
She looked at the umbrellas, then at him, and tartly remarked: “You did real well for yourself today, didn’t you?”
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“This hotel stinks!” a guest complained when he showed up at the front desk to check out.

“What’s wrong?” I asked. “I got no sleep. Every 15 minutes this loud banging sound woke me up!”

I apologized for the noise and checked him out.

A few minutes later, a couple showed up. Again, I made the mistake of asking how their stay was.

“Terrible!” They said. “The guy in the next room was snoring so loudly that we had to bang on the wall every 15 minutes to wake him up!”
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How to Handle Stress
Picture yourself on the bank of a gurgling stream.
Birds are softly chirping in the crisp, cool mountain air.

Nothing can bother you here.
No one knows this secret place.
You are in total seclusion from that place called “the world.”

The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
The water is clear.
Clear enough that you can easily make out the blue face of you boss as you hold his head under the water.
There now, feeling better?
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TODAY’S TRIVIA: What is Psychophysics? It is the branch of psychology that deals with the relationships between physical stimuli and mental phenomena.

~ What is Fechner Day? It is claimed that, on the morning of 22 October 1850, Fechner awoke with a sudden new insight into how to study the mind and developed his psychophysical Fechner scale.

~ What is the Fechner scale? Rather than relying on introspective reports of what was going on in people’s minds, scientists could, instead, vary the intensity of some external physical stimulus and ask the “participant” whether they could detect any difference perceptually. For instance: “Does this weight seem heavier than that one?” “Does this light seem brighter or greener than that one?” “Does sound seem louder or higher than that one?”

~ What the is Weber-Fechner Law? By using the above method, Fechner was able (borrowing on some earlier work by Ernst Heinrich Weber) to develop a mathematical law mapping changes in physical intensity on to changes in perceived intensity. Called the Weber-Fechner Law, it says that the relationship between the physical and the psychological is logarithmic (i.e., linear changes in perception require proportional changes in the physical stimulus).

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QUIP OF THE DAY: Always borrow money from pessimists. They don’t expect to be paid back.

THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . . You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter. – Nicholas Sparks

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