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October 29th

Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone. – Andy Biersack


302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) with 63 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ World Stroke Day
~ National Cat Day
~ National Hermit Day
~ National Oatmeal Day


  • 1906 Fredric Brown, Cincinnati, Ohio, author (What Mad Universe; Martians Go Home; The Lights in the Sky Are Stars, Arena, The Screaming Mimi)
  • 1925 Dominick Dunne, Hartford, Connecticut, author & investigative journalist (The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, An Inconvenient Woman, A Season in Purgatory; Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice)
  • 1942 Bob Ross, Daytona Beach, Florida, painter and television host (The Joy of Painting)
  • 1947 Richard Dreyfuss, Brooklyn, New York, actor (American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl, The Education of Max Bickford, Your Family or Mine, Madoff)
  • 1948 Kate Jackson, Birmingham, Alabama, actress (Dark Shadows, The Rookies, 1976-1979 Charlie’s Angels, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Baby Boom)
  • 1963 Gerald Morris, Riverside, California, author (Series: The Squire’s Tales, The Knights’ Tales, The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True)
  • 1967 Joely Fisher, Burbank, California, actress (Ellen, Inspector Gadget, Wild Card, ‘Til Death, By the Rivers of Babylon)
  • 1971 Winona Ryder, Olmsted County, Minnesota, actress (Dracula, The Age of Innocence, Little Women, Alien Resurrection, Mr. Deeds, Black Swan, Show Me a Hero, Stranger Things)
  • 1972 Gabrielle Union, Omaha, Nebraska, actress (Bring It On, City of Angels, Bad Boys II, Night Stalker, FlashForward, Being Mary Jane)
  • 1976 Milena Govich, Norman, Oklahoma, actress (Rescue Me, Conviction, Law & Order, Finding Carter)
  • 1980 Ben Foster, Boston, Massachusetts, actor (The Laramie Project, Liberty Heights, Get Over It, Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Program)
  • 1993 India Eisley, Los Angeles, California,  actress (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening, Kite, Social Suicide)

The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra


  • 1792 Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
  • 1863 Eighteen countries meet in Geneva and agree to form the International Red Cross.
  • 1886 In New York City the first ticker-tape parade takes place when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
  • 1953 BCPA Flight 304 DC-6 crashes near San Francisco, California. Pianist William Kapell is among the 19 killed.
  • 1960 Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) won his first professional fight, in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1961 Syria exits from the United Arab Republic.
  • 1964 A collection of irreplaceable gems, including the 565 carat (113 g) Star of India, is stolen by a group of thieves (among them is “Murph the surf”) from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
  • 1969 The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
  • 1994 Francisco Martin Duran fires over two dozen shots at the White House (Duran is later convicted of trying to kill US President Bill Clinton).
  • 1998 Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
  • 2008 Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world’s largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to 5.
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast of the United States, killing 148 directly and 138 indirectly, while leaving nearly $70 billion in damages and causing major power outages.


“Sir, your daughter says she loves me, and she can’t live without me, and she wants to marry me.”
“And you’re asking my permission to marry her?”
“No, I’m asking you to make her leave me alone.”

There once was a 94 year old nun back in the 1890s whose worn out body began to surrender. Her doctor prescribed for her a shot of whiskey three times a day, to relax her. However, not to be lured into worldly pleasures, she huffily declined.
But her mother superior knew the elderly sister loved milk. So she instructed the kitchen to spike the milk three times a day. Eventually, the elderly pious one approached her final hour. As several sisters gathered around her at bedside, the mother superior asked if she wanted to leave them any words of wisdom.
“Oh, yes,” she replied. “Never sell that cow!”

ONE-LINERS: The Greatest Benefits of Being Over 40

– You can eat dinner at 4 P.M.
– People call at 9 PM and ask, “Did I wake you?”
– Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

– There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
– People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
– You enjoy hearing about other peoples operations.

– You sing along with elevator music.
– You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
– You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.

– Your eyes won’t get much worse.
– You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
– You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

– Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
– You can’t remember who sent you this list.

Dentist: I have to pull the aching tooth, but don’t worry — it will take just five minutes.
Patient: And how much will it cost?

Dentist: It’s $90.00.
Patient: $90.00 for just a few minutes of work?
Dentist: I can extract it very slowly if you like.

Celebrate National Cat Day!

national cat day

GOLDEN OLDIE… A lawyer named Strange died, and his friend asked the tombstone maker to inscribe on his tombstone, “Here lies Strange, an honest man, and a lawyer.”

The inscriber insisted that such an inscription would be confusing, for passersby would tend to think that three men were buried under the stone. However he suggested an alternative:

He would inscribe, “Here lies a man who was both honest and a lawyer.” That way, whenever anyone walked by the tombstone and read it, they would be certain to remark: “That’s Strange!”

A person checks into a hotel for the first time in his life and goes up to his room. Five minutes later, he calls the desk and says, “You’ve given me a room with no exit. How do I leave?”

The desk clerk says, “Sir, that’s absurd. Have you looked for the door?”

The person says, “Well, there’s one door that leads to the bathroom. There’s a second door that goes into the closet. And there’s a door I haven’t tried, but it has a ‘do not disturb’ sign on it.”


A mechanic who worked out of his home had a dog named Mace. Mace had a bad habit of eating all the grass on the mechanic’s lawn, so the mechanic had to keep Mace inside. The grass eventually became overgrown.
One day the mechanic was working on a car in the backyard and dropped his wrench, losing it in the tall grass. He couldn’t find it for the life of him, so he decided to call it a day.
That night, Mace escaped from the house and ate all the grass in the backyard. The next morning the mechanic went outside and saw his wrench glinting in the sunlight. Realizing what had happened he looked toward the heavens and proclaimed,
“A grazing Mace, how sweet the hound, that saved a wrench for me!

The Day I started my construction job, I was in the office filling out an employee form when I came to:
Single__, Married__, Divorced___ .
I marked single. Glancing the man next to me who was also filling out the form, I noticed he hadn’t marked any of the blanks.
Instead he’d written, “Yes, in that order.”

I was scheduled to fly from North Carolina to Germany, where my husband was stationed in the military. As I checked in at the airport, the ticket agent asked me some standard security questions. “Has anyone given you any packages that you didn’t pack yourself?” he asked.
I told him that my mother-in-law had given me a parcel to take to her son. He paused for a second, looked at me very carefully and asked: “Does she like you?”

One day a girl came home crying to her mom. The mom asked what was wrong.
The girl responded, “I’m not a creation, God made men first! I’m nothing!”
Then the mom said, “Oh baby that’s not true, God may have made men first ,but there’s always a rough draft before the masterpiece.”

My engineer husband is meticulous but mild-mannered. While our new house was being built, he would leave notes for the workmen, politely calling their attention to mistakes or oversights. Two weeks before we were to move in, the floors still were not finished, the bathrooms were not tiled, and necessary fixtures were not installed. I was sure that the work would never be completed in time. However, on moving day, we found that the house was ready to receive us.

Curious as to how this miracle had been accomplished, I went and checked where my husband always left his notes for the workmen. Posted prominently on the living room wall was my husband’s last note: “After September 15, all work will be supervised by five children.”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: What is the best way to honor World Stroke Day? You can observe World Stroke Day by learning the signs of stroke using the F.A.S.T. formula.
F = Facial Weakness
A = Arm Weakness
S = Speech difficulty
T = Time loss is brain loss. Call 911 when these symptoms are present. Don’t wait!

FAST signs of stroke

By knowing these signs, you could save someone’s life.

~ Are there any other holidays specific to cats beside National Cat Day? Yes, indeed! Check these out:

  • National Cat Health Month in February,
  • National Siamese Cat Day on April 6,
  • National Hug your Cat Day in May,
  • Adopt a Shelter-Cat in June,
  • Take Your Cat to Vet Day on August 22,
  • Happy Cat Month in September, and
  • National Black Cat Day on October 27th.

QUIP OF THE DAY: Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. – W. C. Fields


Thought for the day. . . Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T.S. Eliot

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