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07/20/19 A Hero

Saturday, July 20, 2019

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." Christopher Reeve

"I'm prescribing an anti-inflammatory."

A man had been drinking at the bar for hours when he mentioned something about his girlfriend being out in the car. The bartender, concerned because it was so cold, went to check on her. When he looked inside the car, he saw the man’s friend, Dave, and his girlfriend kissing one another. The bartender shook his head and walked back inside.

He told the drunk that he thought it might be a good idea to check on his girlfriend. The fellow staggered outside to the car, saw his buddy and his girlfriend kissing, then walked back into the bar laughing.

“What’s so funny?” the bartender asked.

“That stupid Dave!” the fellow chortled, “He’s so drunk, he thinks he’s me!”

It's Moon Day! On this day, in 1969, the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I remember being glued to the TV that day. Plus, keep in mind, we didn't have digital cameras then. The camera Armstrong used while walking around on the moon was film and had to wait till landing on earth for development. The broadcast itself was a combination of transmissions from inside the Eagle and NASA simulations with the audio in the background such the astronaut saying "Houston, the Eagle has landed."
--Nap Day: humans are monophasic sleepers--we devote one part of the day to sleep except for naps; optimal nap mood, alertness and performance would be 10-30 minutes while a 10 minute nap improves cognitive performance and reduces sleepiness; too much can leave us groggy and disrupt of sleep in the night.
--International Chess Day: the day commemorates the founding of the World Chess Federation in 1924; the game came up from India through Persia to Southern Europe; chess continued to evolve to the 15th century including being prohibited by the Christian churches for a while.
--National Lollipop Day: culinary historians believe the origins were honey on a stick since the prehistoric eras; the name came from George Smith, owner of a candy store in the 1900's, whose favorite racehorse was named Lolly Pop.
--National Fortune Cookie Day: a salute to the fun treat after a Chinese dinner; no info as to the origin of putting the fortunes inside the cookie.
--National Ugly Truck Day: these are those beat-up trucks cherished by their proud owners who see every scratch and dent as battle scars; usually considered a "guy thing" but there are several ladies proud of their ugly trucks.
--National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day: a salute to a special sweet-tart summer treat; technically a tart perennial vegetable, rhubarb was declared a fruit by a custom judge in 1947, that rhubarb was treated as a fruit and so would be continue to be counted as a fruit.
--National Woodie Wagon Day: remember those cars?; the iconic style became popular in the 1940's because steel was needed for the WWII war effort, so car manufacturers used wood as much as possible; its popularity declined during the late 1950's but was revived by the surfing community as cheap transportation.
--Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day: created by motivational speaker Martha J. Ross-Rodgers to encourage us to let go of the past and live in the present; one method she suggested was to write down on a list of the coulds and shoulds you've been telling yourself and then throw the list away as a way of releasing those bonds.
--Space Exploration Day: a day created to honor the day we landed on the moon in 1969 and to raise awareness of there are more places to explore and we can't stagnate with our space evolution.
--National Bridal Sale Day: no clear reason for today but several bridal shops use this day for sales.
--In 1971, space probe Viking I landed on Mars, sending the first pictures we ever had of the red planet
--World Jump Day: this day started in 2006 as a satirical art installment meant to bring attention to global warming; from checkiday: The concept was promoted by German artist, Torsten Lauschmann, and the first World Jump Day was slotted for July 20, 2006. He claimed that 600 million people in the Western Hemisphere were going to jump at the same time. This proposal was actually a satirical art installation, but it reminded people about the effects of global warming. Earth weighs 100 trillion trillion pounds, and the average weight of a human is 137 pounds, which multiplied by 600 million equals 8,220 million pounds. Working out the pound-force of that figure involves a complicated formula, but rest assured that 600 million people jumping simultaneously (if anyone could organize the event) would make no difference to Earth’s orbit.
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