"When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top."
"Okay..one more game of peek-a-boo, but that's it!"
One dark night in Dublin, a fire started inside the local chemical plant. In the blink of an eye, it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. When the firefighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fireman in charge and said, “All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give 50,000 pounds to the fire department that brings them out intact.”
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now 100,000 pounds to the fire station who could bring out the company’s secret files. But still, the firefighters could not get through.
From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby rural township volunteer fire brigade, composed mainly of old men over 65. To everyone’s amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant. Without even slowing down it drove straight into the middle of the inferno.
Outside, the other firemen watched as the old timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire and fought it back on all sides. It was a performance and effort never seen before. Within a short time, the old timers had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to 200,000 pounds and walked over to personally thank each of the brave firefighters.
The local TV station caught the thank you on film and asked the chief, “What are you going to do with all that money?”
“Well,” said Paddy, the 70-year-old fire chief, “the first thing we’re gonna do is fix the brakes on that bloody fire truck.”
It's National Penuche Fudge Day! Made with brown sugar instead of white, this fudge has a caramel taste and is sometimes called praline fudge.
--Hammock Day: the symbol of summer leisure and letting it go; appropriate it's in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer which, according to the Farmer's Almanac, is July 3 to August 11, during the rising of Sirius the Dog star.
--Lion's Share Day: today is from an Aesop fable about the cheating lion who convinced other animals to hunt for him but then kept all the spoils for himself without sharing with those doing the work; the moral is to be very cautious about getting into partnership with those who have a lot more power.
--National Ratcatcher's Day: already celebrated once on June 26; commemorates the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamlin; there are 2 dates to celebrate this story due to opposing origin dates; the Brothers Grimm has the Pied Piper story happening on June 26, 1284, and a poem by Robert Browning says it happened July 22, 1376.
--Spoonerism Day: from checkiday: William Archibald Spooner was born on today's date in 1844. He studied at Oxford University and went on to lecture there for 60 years, focusing on philosophy, divinity, and history. He also was an Anglican priest. An albino man of small stature with bad eyesight, he was sometimes absent-minded, but also had a strong intellect. Because of his intellect, his speech often did not keep up with his thought process. That, along with his bad eyesight, contributed to him often saying phrases that were different than the ones he intended. With these slips of the tongue, which became known as "spoonerisms," the initial consonant sounds in some words are reversed. One of his most famous was "It is kisstomary to cuss the bride," which he apparently said while performing a wedding ceremony for a couple. Spoonerisms are often said by accident, just as they were done by Spooner, but nowadays they are often said on purpose as well, for their humorous effect. No matter why they are said, we celebrate them today.
--Pi Approximation Day: we had a Pi day on March 14 due to Pi being 3.14; another approximation of Pi is 22/7 which, in some cultures, is a way of writing July 22; in case you've forgotten, pi is a Greek letter, and it is used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter
--Mango Day: a salute to a luscious tropical fruit, cultivated in India over 5000 years ago.
--Fragile X Awareness Day: today raises awareness of fragile x, a genetic condition of the x chromosomes.
--National Moth Week: the butterflies get the glory but moths outnumber them 10 to 1; held the last week of July, 'moth-ers' are encouraged to be citizen scientists and join the count; just turn on your porch light.