"Looking back you realize that everything would have explained itself if you had only stopped interrupting." Robert Brault
"This heat wave is brutal! Not only is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, but you can used your mailbox as a toaster oven."
Forest Service Comments
These are reported to be actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by campers and backpackers completing their trips:
"A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."
"Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."
"Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."
"Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."
"Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."
"Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights."
"Need more signs to keep area pristine."
"The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."
"Too many rocks in the mountains."
From Laugh & Lift
It's Invite an Alien to Live with You Day! To celebrate Robin Williams birthday (1951), we salute the TV show "Mork and Mindy", starring Pam Dawber and Robin Williams. Williams played the zany alien Mork from Ork.
--National Be Someone Day: a movement to pledge to be prepared to report child abuse and make a difference in a child's life; too many times, someone becomes aware of abuse but they don't know what to do and end up doing nothing; be mindful of the children and act when a child trusts you enough to share their awful secret.
--Legal Drinking Age Day: no info as to why to; someone probably just wanted a drink for any reason.
--National No Pet Store Puppies Day: a day to remind us to adopt our puppies from the shelters and not the pet stores; there are so many horror stories about the conditions of pet store puppies including many die before they have a chance to be bought.
--National Ice Cream Day: on the 3rd Sunday of July, we salute the frozen delight of eggs, cream vanilla, milk, sugar and flavorings; Marco Polo brought a sherbet-like concoction to Italy which evolved to ice cream for royalty in the 16th century France and England; by 1660, ice cream was available for the general public.
--National Junk Food Day: this day has 2 paths of thought; one is the awareness of the harmful effects from the sugar, sodium and fat in junk foods and its contribution to obesity and heart disease; the other path is to throw caution to the wind and enjoy the junk food for today without guilt; we know which path Sparkers will take.
--National Tug-of-War Tournament Day: no explanation of why today but the sport appears in ancient times, originally part of religious rituals; now it’s a staple of the company picnic.
--Take a Monkey to Lunch Day: commemorates the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925; John Thomas Scopes, a science teacher from Dayton, Tennessee, was convicted of teaching evolution in a public school which violated Tennessee law; that essential conflict between science and religion is still debated today; it took decades to get those antiquated laws off the books so the schools could teach science.
--Construction Holiday: observed in Quebec, Canada; Quebec legislated 2 wks annual holiday for the construction industry.
--Racial Harmony Day: observed in Singapore; from cute-calendar: The event is to commemorate the 1964 Race Riots, which took place on 21 July 1964. Racial Harmony Day also represents a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate Singapore's success as a racially harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of culture and heritage. In schools all across the nation on that day, students are encouraged to be dressed in their traditional costumes such as the Cheongsam and the Baju Kurung. Traditional delicacies are also featured in the celebrations. Traditional games such as Kutih-kutih and zero point are played in schools, where inter-class competitions are sometimes organized This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com
--Lamington Day: observed in Australia; from daysoftheyear: At over a century old, this treat was named after the Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington. The story goes that he was having his favorite yellow sponge cake served for his guests when the maid-servant accidentally dropped the cake into melted chocolate. When his Lordship heard he was the one who recommended them to roll the squares in coconut shavings to make them less messy for guests to eat with their tea.
--Lake Superior Day: a salute to the largest of the Great Lakes of North America; Lake Superior is also the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area, and the third largest freshwater lake by volume.
--Lowest Recorded Temperature Day: the lowest recorded temperature is still -128.6 F (-89.2 C) at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica on July 21, 1983.