Let’s Juggle Some Animal Crackers!!!

Apr 18th

Humor Month – Joke of the Day

 

Speeding Juggler – A young man was pulled over by the Mississippi State Police for speeding. The officer stepped out of his patrol car, adjusted his sunglasses, and swaggered up to the young man’s window. “What chew driving so fast for boy? You going to a fahhr? Let me see your license, boy.” The young man handed over his license.  Then the officer noticed that the back seat of the car was full of large knives. The officer said, “Tell me boy, why you got them knives on that there back seat?” The young man replied, “Well sir, I’m a juggler.” The officer spat some tobacco juice and then he said, “A juggler; well you don’t say. Boy, put cha hands on the trunk of yer car; you going to jail!”   The young man pleaded with the officer not to take him to jail. He offered to prove to the officer that he was a juggler by way of demonstration. He said, “You can even hold me at gunpoint while I juggle for you.” The officer reluctantly allowed him to prove his point while he held him at gunpoint.  Two miles down the road at Joe’s Tavern, Billy Bub was drinking it up with Jerry Lee Jones. Billy Bub soon left and got into his old, rusty pickup truck. He proceeded down the road trying his best to stay on the right side. All of a sudden Billy Bub spotted the most unbelievable sight of his life! He drove to the nearest phone booth and dialed the number for Joe’s Tavern and asked for his buddy, Jerry Lee.  When Jerry Lee got on the phone, Billy Bub said, “Whatever you do when you leave that tavern, don’t go north on route 109. The state police are giving a sobriety test that nobody can pass!”

International Juggler’s Day – always April 18th World Juggler’s Day – Saturday Closest to June 17th Both International Jugglers Day and World Juggler’s Day celebrate the skill of juggling.  The talented folks who can juggle many objects at a time have always impressed me.  How many of us have tried it just to drop everything on the floor?  I know I have!  Common things to juggle include balls, clubs, swords, plates, rings, and flaming sticks. Some of the best jugglers can juggle up to ten balls at a time!  The skill of juggling has been a form of entertainment that has been around for thousands of years.  Some of the earlier recorded history supplies proof that juggling was around in the early days of civilized man, with most documentation coming from Medieval times in Europe.  It remains popular now and is most frequently seen when the circus comes to town.

National High Five Day – 3rd Thursday in the month – When I was in Jr. High and High School there was a comedy show weekly in our area called “Almost Live”.  It was sort of a Seattle based Saturday Night Live, only clean and you ran a good chance of passing these people on the street in the city!  One of their skits they did was “The High Five’N White Guys“, making fun of guys who ran around always high fiving everyone.  It was hysterical! I’ve attached a You Tube clip for you to see if you have the time.  Every place those guys are running around are places that I walked every day – or most every day – when I worked over in the city.  It’ll obviously be funnier to me since I watched the show all the time, and walked those streets for work, but hopefully it’ll give you a giggle.  Just so you know, giving someone a high five is a celebratory slapping of hands with your hands raised, for anyone who may not know what it is.  It has been a standard celebration of sporting events, competitions and other activities for decades and dates back to about 1977 when it was first used during a basketball game.  The congratulatory gesture caught on rapidly..  Today would be the day to give it a try if you haven’t done it before.  I’ll take a pass and just laugh at the video again.

Get To Know Your Customers Day – This day is celebrated the 3rd Thursday of every quarter, and is the day to take the time to get to know your customers and what their needs and opinions are about your business.  It’s a good day for your sales department to do some special promotions – if that fits in with your business – perhaps take a client or two to lunch.  It would also be a good day for the people who serve YOUR business to take some time to take you to lunch or get to know you better too! This goes both ways!

National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day – This is one that would have to be cleared with the boss ahead of time, but how fun!  Well, depending on what sorts of pajamas your co-workers have of course.  It’s been a little chilly around here lately, so a nice fuzzy pair of flannel or fleece PJ’s with a big fluffy robe would be nice.  It would have to be something EVERYONE agreed to do though – otherwise that one single person who shows up in their pajamas while everyone else chickens out would be feeling a little uncomfortable.  It’s like that horrible scenario when everyone agrees to wear a Halloween costume to work and you’re the only one dressed up like a pilgrim on the day (yes – this happened – stop laughing at me boss lady!)  I’ll have to try to plan better next year . . . maybe. . . nah . . . maybe in honor of this one I’ll just wear a sweatshirt to work with my jeans and call it good, since I do sometimes fall asleep in my sweatshirts.

Poem In Your Pocket Day – This is an interesting one.  Today is the day to write a poem and slip it into your pocket before you head to work, and take it out to share it with people throughout the day.  Maybe this is nice for people without other work to do, but this could be distracting at the office, so I’d hold off if you’re going to celebrate this one for breaks and lunch.

 

National Animal Cracker Day – I LOVE these things!  They still make them!  Animal crackers first went on sale as “Barnum’s Animals” in 1902.  They came in a circus train-themed box with a string, so you could hang them on the Christmas tree.  They cost 5 cents a box.  They still come in the cute train-themed box with the string, but this was the 1st I’ve heard of putting them on the tree – great idea!  Children everywhere should always get the chance to snack on these delicious little cracker/cookies.  I hope they don’t ever stop making them.  Below are some recipes found on www.food.com on their calendar of food events.  Enjoy!

Well, goodness – who do I have to high-five to get some animal crackers around here?  This really brings back memories and a craving!  Whether you are juggling tasks at the office, or actually juggling, sometimes keeping everything in the air isn’t all that easy but I’ll take it over the picture of the guy with the knives or chainsaws! Yikes!  Have a wonderful day!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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