It’s Friday – And If THAT Isn’t Enough To Party About – Join Me Today For Today’s Special Celebrations!

Aug 16th

What a wonderful day we have in store today!  From telling jokes, roller coasters, men’s grooming habits, Elvis and more!  So much going on!   So let’s get started with our celebrations!

National Tell a Joke Day – Now is not the time to get all serious because it’s a day meant to be spent laughing and having fun.  To participate in this day properly you must tell some jokes.  The more you tell, the more fun this day will be!  Now I’m the first to admit that I am very prone to ruining a good punch line.  It’s true.  I lose more than my share of joke listeners because I am such a poor joke teller.  But that doesn’t stop me from finding a couple of funny ones and posting them!

Police Emergency –

This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.

He immediately phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.”

Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

Funny Picture of the Day (And a little sad!)



Men’s Grooming Day – For some reason there’s a lot of stigma around the grooming habits of men.  If a guy doesn’t bother with being neat or well groomed, or have clean clothes or use deodorant then he’s labeled as a lazy smelly bum.  (I admit it, I do wrinkle my nose when a smelly guy goes my office door at work – and it does happen often)  And on the flip side of that if a man takes a lot of time to do his hair, takes pride in his clothes and smells nice, then people jump to the conclusion that he’s girly.  Somewhere in the middle between not caring and primping is a lovely happy medium where men can be neat and tidy, clean and well combed AND smell nice without taking more time than most women do to get ready in the morning.  It’s simply unacceptable to appear for a normal day looking and smelling like something that soured in the bottom of the laundry bin.  So guys, if you don’t do this already – take advantage of all of the wonderful grooming products out there and make yourself presentable.  Everyone around you will appreciate it.

Roller Coaster Day – On August 16, 1898 the roller coaster was patented.  Since that day it has become one of the world’s famous thrill rides at amusement parks all over the world.  Its architecture has been changed quite a bit to accommodate rides for people of nearly all ages and interests – from tunnels to waterfalls to upside-down spirals!  if you look long enough you’ll find one that gets your adrenaline going.  Here are a few interesting roller coaster facts:
* Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, N.J., has the world’s tallest and country’s fastest roller coaster. The Kingda Ka is 456 feet high and reaches 128 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
* The Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Japan has the world’s steepest roller coaster. The Takabisha climbs 141 feet and then plummets at a 121-degree vertical drop.
* The world record for the longest continuous roller coaster ride was set by Richard Rodriguez in 2007, when he rode the Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the UK for 17 straight days!

Elvis Presley Commemoration Day – On August 16, 1977 the news of Elvis Presley’s death spread around the world.  So many people who were raised with his music, and loved everything Elvis represented were in deep grief and shock.  Today marks the 36th anniversary of that day, and for anyone who cares to, spend a moment remembering and honoring “the King”.  His popularity remains strong today – his Facebook page had more than 6.5 million likes in 1992!  The US Postal Service gave him his own stamp.  Here’s some little known Elvis trivia to remember him by:

* Elvis was a black belt in karate.
* Elvis’ entourage was known as the “Memphis Mafia.”
* Although Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, he wrote none of them.
* Elvis was a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s great-great grandfather and a distant cousin to Jimmy Carter.

National Airborne Day – I couldn’t do justice to this one on my own – so I am going to copy and paste a link I found about it.  What a wonderful thing to remember – well, our brave military members are ALWAYS a wonderful thing to remember and honor.

National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2001 – Sixty-one years ago, 48 brave volunteer members of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon pioneered a new method of warfare. Their successful jump led to the creation of a mighty force of more than 100,000 paratroopers. Members of this force were assigned to the legendary 11th, 13th, 17th, 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions and numerous other units that fought in every theater during World War II. The soldiers of the Parachute Test Platoon also forged a unique warrior spirit, a relentless passion for victory, and a reputation that still strikes fear in potential adversaries. Beginning with the first combat jump by the men of the 2d Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, over North Africa in November 1942, airborne and special operations soldiers have made a total of 93 combat jumps. Since World War II, paratroopers have continually distinguished themselves in battle, earning 69 Congressional Medals of Honor and hundreds of other awards for valor.

Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of the first official Army parachute jump, I join all Americans in recognizing these heroes. We salute our Nation’s sky troopers, both past and present, for their great service and personal sacrifice in the defense of freedom and liberty around the world.

Best wishes to all for a memorable observance.


Amen to that!  (I miss George!)

This Day in History
1896 – Gold is discovered in the Klondike.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Rum Day – Our national love affair with rum began in the colonial days. By the 1770s, an estimated 4 million gallons of the stuff were imported from the Caribbean each year.  I’m no expert in anything related to rum, but I DO know that rum cake is yummy, and I’m not opposed to those fruity tropical drinks with the little umbrellas.

Well, it’s been a really busy celebration day, and a good one!  And to top off all of the fun, it’s Friday!  Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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