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Friday, May 5, 2017


It was on this date in 1494 on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, that Columbus first saw Jamaica... and heard the word "Mawn" used 5 times in once sentence.
  • The continuous plume of smoke gave it away. 
  • They had docked next to it the day before, but it took that long for the smoke to clear. 
  • Actually, that's when the guy in the crow's nest yelled out, "Land ho!" Columbus replied, "I can see the land, but are you sure about the ho?" 
It was in 1776 that Silas Deane -- an American agent in Paris -- invented invisible ink! Unfortunately, he could only use it once: after he made the mistake of using it to write down the formula.

On this date in 1886, the phonograph was invented! Needless to say, it was a big boost for the Record of the Month club.

In 1893, the "Panic of 1893" hit Wall Street. That was the first one. The second "Panic of 1893" was when my 401K sank to a record low $18.93.

On this date in 1904, Cy Young pitched the American League's first perfect game as the Boston Red Sox defeat the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0. I hope he won some kind of award for it. Yes, Young pitched baseball's first "perfect game," which really ticked off the guy who invented the phrase, "Nobody's perfect!"

In 1925 John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Ironically, the whole state went ape. Or, the school board told him, "No more monkeying around!"

On this date in 1942, sugar rationing began in the U.S. as part of the war effort.
  • Because we were at war, not because we were fat. 
  • As I look around, I'm wondering if that would be a good idea for today. 
  • Further proof that war can be hell. 


Happy Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for the Cinco of May.

Tina Yothers, who played Jennifer on the old TV series "Family Ties," turns 44 today. Of course, she went to be remembered as the girl who played Jennifer on the old TV series "Family Ties."

Henry Cavill celebrates his 34th birthday today. He's no Superman, but he has played him in the movies.

Former NBC news anchor Brian Williams turns 58 today, if he can be believed.

Rex Goh of the 80's group Air Supply turns 66 today. Their biggest hit was "Lost in Love." But of course, these days, there's an app for that.

Michael Palin of Monty Python fame is 74. His only request for his birthday is making sure everyone knows he's NOT related to Sarah Palin.

It's National Hoagie Day --

It's No Pants Day -- 

Cinco de Mayo -- It was the "5th of May" when Mexico defeated the French army in 1862 at The Battle of Puebla. 

Cinco de Mayo Facts 
  • May 5, 1862 - the day the Mexican army defeated French invaders at the Battle of Puebla 
  • 28.3 million - the number of Mexican Americans living in the United States 
  • 61 feet - the height of the world's largest Pinata, created by Carnival Cruise Lines in 2008 
  • 564 - the number of calories in the 12 ounce margarita 
  • 234,507 tons - the amount of avocados imported from Mexico in 2008 

Cinco De Mayo Quiz:

Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's defeat of an army from:
  • Spain 
  • Texas 
  • France *** 
  • England 

The victory celebrated on Cinco de Mayo took place in 1862. How long was it before the enemy was actually ousted from Mexico?
  • Five years *** 
  • 10 years 
  • Six months 
  • 15 years 

The whole thing started over:
  • Gold 
  • Money *** 
  • Religious identity 
  • Agricultural land 

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated primarily in:
  • The U.S. 
  • The Mexican state of Puebla 
  • Mexico City 
  • Both a) and b) *** 

The Mexican figure most closely associated with Cinco de Mayo is:
  • Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna 
  • Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza *** 
  • Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla 
  • Paulina Rubio 

The United States didn't intervene because:
  • It was pursuing an isolationist policy. 
  • It favored France, a valued trading partner. 
  • It was consumed by its own internal problems. *** 
  • The governor of Texas asked that it not. 

The president of Mexico at the time was:
  • Porfirio Diaz 
  • Benito Ju├írez *** 
  • Carlos Salinas de Gortari 
  • Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna 

One group of Mexicans sided with the French. They were:
  • Conservative landholders *** 
  • Peasants 
  • Zapotec Indians 
  • Both b) and c) 

Significant Other Day -- Have listeners call-in and imitate their significant other's snores.

Slow Down Day -- In this hectic, fast-paced world, it's easy to become impatient when things don't happen as quickly as you'd like. It's hard to relax in a traffic jam or when the cash register at the supermarket needs a new roll of tape. But there's help in the new book "The Power of Patience: How to Slow Down the Rush and Enjoy More Happiness, Success, and Peace of Mind Every Day." Author M.J. Ryan offers these seven exercises to help you slow down and enjoy life to the max:

Go on a mental vacation
When you find yourself tensing up, visualize yourself in the tropics or the Alps -- any place you find relaxing.

Enjoy the experience
Even while doing chores, get into the pleasure of the experience, instead of rushing through it.

Seek practical solutions
if something irritates you, find an easy way to fix it. For instance, get a pop-top tooth-paste dispenser if you see red at the sight of a loose cap on the sink counter.

Use the pebble-in-the-pocket trick
When you start to feel irritated, move a pebble from one pocket to the other to interrupt the anger cycle, which will give you a chance to regroup your thoughts and emotions.

Ask for help
Overload causes stress. Since there's no prize at the end of your life for doing too much, ask for help from others.

Use inspirations
Find a quote that you like and paste it on your bathroom mirror or in your car. When you feel frenzied, use it as a patience pill.

Encourage others to be patient, too
Instead of grumbling, strike up a conversation while standing in line. Time will fly and you may meet someone interesting.


Britain's Prince Phillip is stepping down from his official royal duties. That means he'll no longer... uh... he'll stop doing... hmmm, let me get back to you on that one.

A Kentucky woman claimed she was Hillary Clinton when she was pulled over by police for a DUI... which, of course, was a lie... which made them think, "Hmmmm, maybe its her!"

Puerto Rico has filed for bankruptcy. In fact, right now, the most popular form of currency there is relief pitchers.

Can't wait to get out there and hit all those After Cinco De Mayo Sales tomorrow.

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