Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag, barely beating out stars and garters. afterwards, they all enjoyed a Continental breakfast.

In 1847, Bunson developed a gas burner... after he couldn't find any more nephews to pull his finger. I can never remember the name of his invention.

On this date in 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to appear on the radio, when he uttered those famous words, "Am I caller number 9? Did I win the tickets?"

On this date in 1938, Chlorophyll was patented by Benjamin Grushkin. It was declared "the sleeper hit of the summer"! Ironically, on the exact same day, Benjamin Chlorophyll invented Grushkin. It took a while because the patent officer would ask, "So, what does it do?" He'd show the guy who would wake up an hour later and ask, "So, what does it do?"

In 1942, Disney released the movie, "Bambi." Up until that time, everyone thought it was OK to go out into an open meadow.

The world's first commercial computer, Univac 1, was born on this date back in 1951. Its first word was, of course, "data."

On this date in 1954, President Eisenhower signed the bill that added the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. They replaced the words, "under something."






TODAY IS

Kevin McHale -- Arnie, from "Glee" -- turns 29 today. No birthday song -- he max'd out on music with "Glee."

Former tennis player Steffi Graf turns 48 today. She won her first Grand Slam when she was just 19 years old. She was so excited, she went down to Denny's that day and ate it.

Former 'Baywatch' star Yasmine Bleeth turns 49 today. I always felt sorry for her. How could you possibly drive around, get pulled over, be asked "What's your name?" and sound sober?

Boy George celebrates his 56th birthday today.
  • He's pretty easy, breezy, cover girl about it. 
  • Isn't it about time to become Man George? 
  • He had a hard time figuring out which restroom to use before having a hard time figuring out which restroom to use was cool. 
  • Somewhere, a mother is crying. 
  • At what age does he become 'Man George?' Or even 'One Damn Ugly Woman George?' 

National Flag Day -- the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 -- was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Flag Do's and Don'ts (from the U.S. code):
  • Do fly the flag from sunup to sundown. Leave it out overnight only in a well-lit area. 
  • Don't display Old Glory with its blue field of stars facing down -- it's a signal of extreme distress. 
  • Do keep the flag from touching anything below it. 
  • Don't raise it in rain, sheet, snow, etc. 
  • Do destroy a seen-better-days banner in a dignified manner, preferably by burning it (really). 


Pop Goes the Weasel Day -- Maxim magazine offers these suggests to "Weasel Your Way Back Into Her Life." They suggest you:
  • Do reconnaissance on her. 
  • Broadcast your regret. 
  • Reminisce about old times. 
  • Do the fun, cool things she always wanted to do. 
  • Talk to a pretty woman. 
  • Send her an e-mail that shows how well you know her. 
  • Toss out the carrot. 
  • Go out on the first date again with her. 

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