*Yawn* How many of you are tired? Last night was a pretty huge event in the night sky – the blood moon lunar eclipse happened. Did you see it? We tried, but the cloud cover had gotten pretty thick by the time the eclipse was happening. There are many predictions and prophesies about the blood moon and the coming three over the next year, but I won’t attempt to discuss them with you because I honestly don’t know enough about them. I have ordered a book on the topic though, so perhaps another time I’ll be able to have a somewhat informed conversation about it.
Holy Humor – Joke of the Day
Faithful With Much – At a Wednesday evening church meeting a very wealthy man rose to give his testimony. “I’m a millionaire,” he said, “and I attribute it all to the rich blessings of God in my life. I can still remember the turning point in my faith, like it was yesterday: I had just earned my first dollar and I went to a church meeting that night. The speaker was a missionary who told about his work. I knew that I only had a dollar bill and had to either give it all to God’s work or nothing at all. So at that moment I decided to give my whole dollar to God. I believe that God blessed that decision, and that is why I am a rich man today.” As he finished it was clear that everyone had been moved by this man’s story. But, as he took his seat, a little old lady sitting in the same pew leaned over and said: “Wonderful story! I dare you to do it again!”
Rubber Eraser Day – We all make mistakes. Doesn’t matter who someone is, how important they feel they are . . . everyone is human and as such, we all make mistakes. Today we recognize the value the little eraser on the tip of our pencils, or the rectangle pink or white eraser we use each day. I know I use mine every single day, several times a day. When we make a mistake we just erase it – provided we are using a pencil of course. The first erasers were made entirely of rubber. Today they are made of rubber or vinyl. In eraser world there are two prominent inventors who are responsible. Joseph Priestley discovered the eraser in 1770, using pieces of rubber that had been imported from Brazil. Fast forward to 1858 when Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, PA patented the pencil with an eraser at the end. Imagine – something we all use all the time to still be so popular and necessary after all these years.
Titanic Remembrance Day – Today we dedicate to the memory of the Titanic and over 1500 people who died when she sank on this day in 1912. The Titanic was considered to be unsinkable and the safest ship afloat. These claims were made by her builder and designer. Even with all of that confidence, on her maiden voyage from England to New York City, the cruise ship Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912 at 11;40 p.m. Two hours after the iceberg was hit, with a gaping gash in her side, the Titanic quickly sank in the icy waters. 1,522 passengers and crew died that night. This monumentally tragic event inspired a number of T.V. documentaries, specials and movies, with the biggest and best known being the movie Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Something I did NOT know until I was looking into this . . . The Titanic had a sister ship, the Olympic. The ships were constructed about the same time, with the Olympic started first. The Olympic was launched in 1910 and served as a cruise liner until pressed into service during WWI as a troop carrier. She was retired in 1935.
Income Tax Pay Day – I am choosing NOT to go on a rant . . . since I know all of us will feel the same way anyway . . . and am only going to say that THIS is the day that either our income tax return is due, OR the extension form is due. Did you get yours done? I certainly hope so! As much as all of us DETEST the I.R.S., none of us want them breathing down our necks.
Jackie Robinson Day – On this date in 1945, Jackie Robinson signed his contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, officially breaking the color barrier in the world of major league baseball. He started out playing professionally in the Negro League, and was selected by the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers to integrate into the major leagues. Even though Robinson was not the best player in the Negro League, it had been said that the president chose him because he had a good temperament, and that was as valuable over his ability. During his time with the team Robinson experienced threats from both the crowd and even members of his team! In spite of the racism he faced, the Major League president, Branch Rickey, made him promise not to fight back. Robinson went on to play his first game with the Dodgers in Ebbett’s Field on April 15, 1947, and won the title of Rookie of the Year in 1947. In the years after that he was also named National League MVP in 1949 and became the World Series champ in 1955. Quite a success story for someone who wasn’t even considered the best player at first!
McDonald’s Day – Is there a better known fast food restaurant in the world? I don’t think so! You can find a McDonalds in 119 nations around the world. That’s a lot of fast food restaurants! They are best recognized by their Golden Arches, followed closely by the clown character known as Ronald McDonald. So, who started this phenomenon? Well, Dick and Mac McDonald were brothers who started the McDonald’s brand in California in 1940 after moving their hot dog stand from Monrovia Airport to a section of Route 66 at San Bernadino. They noticed that the hamburgers were their most popular product, even over the hot dogs, and reinvented themselves in 1948 using their “Speedee Service System”, which was a concept that set the fast food industry in motion by creating a production line of hamburgers that were prepared before being ordered, which was exactly opposite of most diners that waited to prepare the food after the customer’s order had been placed. This system they created turned around and created history because it allowed them to undercut competitors by as much as 50%! The increased volume of business allowed the brothers to reduce costs even further, which is an advantage that continues to work for McDonald’s today. Historically a HUGE development of the company when Ray Kroc joined them. He bought the rights of McDonald’s concept outside of California and Arizona and quickly built the restaurant chain. By 1959 over 100 restaurants were operating. Kroc bought out the McDonald brothers in 1961, but the negotiations did not go well and they ended up losing all rights and royalties to the brand that they had started. They parted ways, and it was a bitter parting. Kroc built and managed at the opening of a new McDonald’s diner very close to the last remaining store owned by the McDonald’s brothers. This move was seen by historians and biographers to be comparable to kicking a man while he was down. The McDonald’s Corporation prefers to write the McDonald brothers out of the corporate history rather than admit to any nasty behavior on the part of Kroc. Over the years members of the McDonald family have written about the bad business with the brothers and Kroc and have appeared on talk shows to discuss their family’s side of the story.
Take a Wild Guess Day – Guess what? No guess! Really take a guess! Oh come on! GUESS! hahaha it’s National Take A Wild Guess Day! Today we honor all sorts of guessing techniques – intuition, divination, hunches and even sixth sense! Whether you are putting all of your chips in before the next spin of the roulette wheel, taking bets on the sex of an unborn child, or taking a chance on a restaurant you have never tried before, we make guesses every day. Sometimes these guesses can make us very happy and encourage us to take chances. Some of us are more planners than we are guessers I this life, but for the most part, there is something we venture a guess on every single day of the week! Count how many times you guess today . . . then get back to me on what that number was, OK?
That Sucks Day – My gosh! April 15th has always “sucked” but today it is OFFICIAL! A veterinarian in Bandon, Oregon declared April 15th to be “National That Sucks Day” because he was reflecting on many of the things that he felt sucked in life, like aging, death, stress, etc. He figured that April 15th was the perfect day to celebrate this one because it’s the day taxes are due, but it is also the day the Titanic sank, Abe Lincoln died and when the 1st McDonald’s opened its doors. Since this day was set up, there have been many more sucky things that have gone on . . . I won’t bother naming them – all you have to do is turn on the news to see them.
This Day In History –
The Titanic hits an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic ocean as sinks. (1912)
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Glazed Spiral Ham Day – The spiral-ham slicer was invented in the mid-1950s by Harry Hoenselaar, who not incidentally also founded the Honey Baked Ham Company.
I hope for all of your sakes that you have your taxes done and you are no longer having to worry about this . . . for another year. If you’ve already done yours, then you’re probably like me and trying to figure out how to come up wit new and legitimate deductions for next year! Well, I’m off to work and I am definitely going to try to NOT see everything as sucky today and I hope you can do the same. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!