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October 4th

Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health. – Julia Child


277th day of the year (278th in leap years) with 88 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Patron Saint of ecology & animals)
~ Improve Your Office Day
~ International Toot Your Flute Day
~ National Cinnamon Bun Day
~ National Golf Day
~ National Ship in a Bottle Day
~ National Taco Day
~ National Vodka Day
~ World Animal Day
~ World Space Week (October 4-10)


  • 1822 Rutherford B Hayes, Delaware, Ohio, (R) 19th president (1877-81)
  • 1861 Frederic Remington, Canton, New York, painter (specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry)
  • 1890 Dr. Alan L. Hart, Halls Summit, Kansas, first known American female to male transsexual (SRS in 1917), radiologist, tuberculosis researcher, writer and author
  • 1903 John Vincent Atanasoff, Hamilton, New York, computer pioneer (invented the first digital computer in the world during the 1930s)
  • 1916 Jan Murray, The Bronx, New York City, actor & comedian (A Man Called Dagger, Thunder Alley, Tarzan and the Great River, Which Way to the Front?)
  • 1923 Charlton Heston, Evanston, Illinois, actor (Ben Hur, 10 Commandments, Planet of the Apes)
  • 1941 Anne Rice, New Orleans, Louisiana, author (Vampire Chronicles; Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt)
  • 1942 Karl W. Richter, Vietnam, American aviator (youngest pilot in that conflict to shoot down a MiG in air-to-air combat)
  • 1946 Susan Sarandon, New York City, New York, actress (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise, Children of Dune)
  • 1949 Armand Assante, New York City, New York, actor (The Odyssey, Jack the Ripper, Judge Dredd, Joe’s War)
  • 1980 Sarah Fisher, Columbus, Ohio, race car driver (IndyCar series)
  • 1989 Kimberly Claire “Kimmie” Meissner, figure skater (2006 World Champion, 2007 U.S champion, and 2007 Four Continents Champion)

Your life is what your thoughts make it. – Marcus Aurelius


  • 1537 The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
  • 1876 Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
  • 1883 First run of the Orient Express.
  • 1895 The first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship administered by the United States Golf Association is played at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • 1931 The comic strip Dick Tracy by Chester Gould debuts.
  • 1950 Snoopy’s first appearance in Peanuts comic strip.
  • 1957 The CBS television show Leave it to Beaver debuts, starring Jerry Mathers as Beaver.
  • 1957 USSR launches Sputnik I, the 1st artificial Earth satellite.
  • 1965 Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York.
  • 1983 Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 mph (1,019 km/h), driving Thrust 2 at the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
  • 1997 The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
  • 2004 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight by being first private craft to fly in space.
  • 2006 WikiLeaks is launched.


A wife says to her engineer husband, “Could you please go to the store for me and buy a carton of milk. And if they have eggs, get six.”
A short time later the husband comes back with six cartons of milk. The wife asks, “Why in the world did you buy six cartons of milk?”
“They had eggs.”

A new supermarket opened near me. It has an automatic water misting device to keep produce fresh. Just before it turns on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.
When you pass the dairy case you hear cows moo and you experience the scent of fresh cut hay.

In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks and brats.
In the liquor department, the fresh, clean, crisp smell of tapped Miller Lite.

When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.
The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread and cookies.

I don’t buy toilet paper there any more.

“Good morning, at present we are not at home but, please leave your message after you hear the beep.. beeeeeppp ….

If you are one of our children, press 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5 in order of “arrival” so we know who it is.

~ If you need us to stay with the children, press 2.
~ If you want to borrow the car, press 3.
~ If you want us to wash your clothes and do your ironing, press 4.

~ If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5.
~ If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6.
~ If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home, press 7.

~ If you want to come to eat here, press 8.
~ If you need money, dial 9.
~ If you are going to invite us to dinner, or take us to the theater, start talking – we are listening!”

As a nightclub owner, I had hired a drummer and a piano player to entertain my customers. After several evenings of performances, I discovered that the drummer had walked away with some of my valuables. I notified the police and he was subsequently hauled off to jail.
Desperate for another drummer on short notice, I called a friend who knew some musicians.

“What happened to the drummer you had?” he asked.
“I had him arrested,” I replied.

There was a pause on the other end of the phone.
“How badly did he play?”

The other day I went over to a nearby Walgreens Pharmacy. When I got there, I went straight to the back of the store to where the Pharmacy Counter is located and took out my little brown bottle along with a teaspoon and laid them both on the counter.

The pharmacist came over smiled and asked if he could help me. I said, “Yes! Could you please taste this for me?”
Being I’m a senior citizen, I guess the Pharmacist just went along with me. He picked up the spoon, put a tiny bit of the liquid on his tongue and swilled it around. Then with a stomach-churning look on his face he spit it out on the floor and began coughing.

When he finally was finished, I asked, “Now, does that taste sweet to you?”
The pharmacist, shaking his head back and forth with a venomous look in his eyes yelled, “HECK NO!!!”

So I said, “Oh thank Goodness! That’s a real relief! My doctor told me to get a pharmacist to test my urine for sugar!”
Well, I can never go back to that Walgreens, but I really don’t care. They aren’t very friendly there anyway.

Pic of the Day: Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Group in competition during 2010.
group at TN Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Held the first full weekend in October, 2019 is the 53rd annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

On their second anniversary, a husband sent flowers to his wife at the office. He told the florist to write “Happy Anniversary, Year Number 2!” on the card.

She was thrilled with the flowers, but not so pleased about the card: “Happy Anniversary. You’re Number 2.”

GOLDEN OLDIE... An man was walking through the Sahara desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he walked toward the image, only to find a little old woman sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid out on it.

The thirsty man asked, “Please, I’m dying of thirst, can I have some water?”
The woman replied “I don’t have any water, but why don’t you buy a tie? Here’s one that goes nicely with your outfit.”

The man shouted, “I don’t want a tie, you idiot, I need water!”
“Okay, don’t buy a tie. But to show you what a nice person I am, I’ll tell you that over that hill there, about four miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, they’ll give you all the water you want.”

The dehydrated soul thanked the woman and walked away toward the hill and eventually disappeared.
Three hours later he returned crawling back to where the woman was still sitting behind her card table.

She said “I told you, about four miles over that hill. Couldn’t you find it?”
The man rasped, “I found it all right. They wouldn’t let me in without a tie.”


The parts of the house were getting on pretty well together but there were a few problems.

The wall, who knew he was pretty important since there was so much of him, got on pretty well with the floor. They had a good connection.
Same thing with the ceiling, although the ceiling and the floor didn’t get together too often, ­ and then only in emergencies.

The wall was okay with the doors, although he thought the doors infringed on his space a bit too much.
The windows didn’t get on well with any of the others. Everyone else thought the windows were a real pane.

A little girl asked her mother, “Can I go outside and play with the boys?”
Her mother replied, “No, you can’t play with the boys, they’re too rough.”

The little girl thought about it for a few moments and asked, “If I can find a smooth one, can I play with him?”

Two political candidates were having a hot debate:
Finally, one of them jumped up and yelled at the other, “What about the powerful interest that controls you?”

The other candidate defiantly yelled back, “You leave my wife out of this!”

A prominent lawyer’s son dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps. After graduating from college and law school with honors, he returned home to join his father’s firm, intent on proving himself to be a skilled and worthy attorney.

At the end of his first day at work he rushed into his father’s office, and said, “Father, father! The Smith case, that you always said would go on forever — the one you have been toiling on for ten years — in one single day, I settled that case and saved the client a fortune!”

His father frowned, and scolded his son, “I did not say that it would go on forever, son. I said that it could go on forever. When you saw me toiling on that case for days and weeks at a time, didn’t it ever occur to you that I was billing by the hour?”


Catherine, a RN, was unhappy with her job, so she submitted her resignation. She was sure she’d have no trouble finding a new position, because of the nursing shortage in her area.

She e-mailed cover letters to dozens of potential employers and attached her resume to each one. Two weeks later, Catherine was dismayed and bewildered that she had not received even one request for an interview.

Finally she received a message from a prospective employer that explained the reason she hadn’t heard from anyone else.

It read: “Your resume was not attached as stated. I do, however, want to thank you for the vegetable lasagna recipe.”


TODAY IN TRIVIA: Besides a fiddle championship, what other categories of competition are the at The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention?
This annual musical event and competition held in the first full weekend of October, and considered the grandaddy of all Fiddler’s competitions. It includes competitions for Harmonica, Bluegrass Banjo, Dulcimer, Old Time Banjo, Classic Old Time Fiddler, Buck Dancing, Mandolin, Dobro, Old Time Singing, Guitar – Finger Picking, Guitar – Flat Picking, Bluegrass Band, and Old Time Band.

~ Why is National Ship in a Bottle Day on October 4th?
Because it is the birthday of Jack Hinkley, who was the founder of the Ship in Bottle Association of America.

~ Why do we say ‘checkmate’ when winning a chess game?
The term “checkmate” comes from the Arabic phrase shah mat, meaning “the king is dead.”

~ Why do Chinese step back when a coffin’s closed?
At funerals in ancient China, when the lid of the coffin was closed, mourners took a few steps backward lest their shadows get caught in the box.

~ Why don’t skydivers continue to accelerate as they fall?
Skydivers accelerate to a terminal velocity of 120 mph (193 km/h). Earth’s gravity is balanced by density of the air at this velocity, so they fall at a constant rate.

~ Which is the world’s tallest waterfall?
The Salto Alto (Angel Falls) in Venezuela is the highest waterfall known. It is more than twenty times higher than Niagara.

~ Who had the first cable cars?
San Francisco is the first and last city in the world to operate cable cars. Almost 100 other cities around the world have had cable cars, but all have discontinued use. The cable cars began operation on August 2, 1873. Designed by London born engineer Andrew Hallidie, the cable cars are controlled by a subterranean loop that travels at a constant 9.5 miles per hour.
QUIP OF THE DAY: If you want to dance you must pay the fiddler.


Thought for the day. . . Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more. – David Steindl-Ras

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