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08/08/20 Silent and Listen

Saturday, August 08, 2020

"Listen and Silent are spelled with the same letters. Think About It."

"Diet Day 1: I have removed all the bad food from the house. It was delicious."

An eighty-five year old couple, married for almost sixty years, died in a car crash and went to the Pearly Gates.
They had been in good health for the last ten years, mainly as a result of the wife’s interest in healthy diets and exercise.
St. Peter welcomed them into Heaven and took them to their small palace in heaven- complete with a large bedroom, Jacuzzi, full kitchen, and billiards table. “How much will this cost us?” asked the husband. “Nothing,” St. Peter responded. “This is Heaven- everything is free!”
Next, he took them to the Championship golf course just minutes away from their mansion. They would have golfing privileges whenever they wanted, an angel as a caddy on command, and the course even changed daily to represent the most elite courses on Earth. “This is… stupendous,” the wife asked. “What are the green fees?” Again, St. Peter said “Nothing. This is Heaven- everything is taken care of.”
Next, he took them to the equivalence of a five-star restaurant next to the course. Wagu beef, prime rib, lobster, veal, salmon, rare vegetables and spices- all one could eat.
“How much-“
“Again, free,” St. Peter responded to the wife. “This is Heaven.”
The husband paused. “Well… this is all nice, but… do you have any low cholesterol, low-fat options…?”
St. Peter chuckled. “In Heaven, you don’t have to worry about Earthly problems. You will never get fat and you will never get sick.”
Suddenly, the husband grew angry, and screamed toward the sky. St. Peter and the man’s wife tried calming him down, but he kept getting angrier.
“What’s the matter???” the wife asked. “Why aren’t you happy here???”
The man responded, “This is all YOUR fault!!! If it weren’t for your ‘bran muffins’ and ‘paleo chicken’ recipes, we would have been here 10 years ago!!!”

It's International Cat Day! A world-wide celebration of our love for our feline friends, big and small. Today stresses the importance of protecting all cats, wild and domestic, and highlights conservation efforts for the big cats in Africa and Asia. Give your mini-panther an extra chin-scritch and listen to the purr.
--Augsburg Peace Festival Day: observed in Germany; Augsburg is the only German city to have its own public holiday; the Peace Festival is a public holiday only within the city limits of Augsburg. Celebrated on August 8 every year, the festival celebrates the occasion when Protestants in the city were given the right to practice their faith. Given the kind of polarized environments we are living in today, the Peace Festival in Augsburg holds more significance than ever before.
--Celebrate Your Lakes Day: observed on the 2nd Saturday of August; no info as to the origin but today does encourage us to get out to the parks and forests for our favorite lakes; maybe a camping trip is in order, just like when we were kids.
--Dalek Day: in honor of the birthday of Terry Nation, one of the creators of the Daleks; from Wikipedia: The Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants principally portrayed in the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. The Daleks were conceived by science-fiction writer Terry Nation and first appeared in the 1963 Doctor Who serial The Daleks, in the shells designed by Raymond Cusick.
--Global Sleep Under the Stars Day: today is a brand-new holiday started by Eddie Bauer to encourage setting up the tent in the backyard, or laying the sleeping bag on the apartment patio or any way that works to sleep under the stars tonight.
--Happiness Happens Day: founded in 1999 as Admit You're Happy by the Secret Society of Happy People; today is to spread the joy of being happy and to encourage us to look on the bright side of things; many feel happiness is contagious, so show the world your happiness.
--Infinity Day: today was started in 1987 to celebrate non-violent, peaceful and legal exhibits for philosophical inquiry, freedom of expression, the right to speak freely of speech and ethics in society; the date (8/8) was chosen since the numeral 8 looks like a tilted ∞, the common symbol for infinity first popularized in 17th-century math books; but the concept of infinity itself represents an idea much older, inherent in the countless spiritual traditions that revere eternal gods or outline endless life cycles.
--International Hangover Day: today always follows Beer Day which was yesterday; the implication is clear.
--National Bowling Day: observed on the 2nd Saturday of August; today is a salute to one of our favorite pastimes (I still just get gutter balls); bowling-style games have been around since ancient Greece and Rome, but Germany is given credit for the modern form we know; kegels would be lined up, a stone rolled to knock them down, and then, sins were forgiven according to how many kegels were knocked over.
--National CBD Day: today is a salute to cannabidiol which is becoming more accepted as alternative medical remedy for a lot of ailments; hemp-derived CBD doesn't contain THC, so it doesn't trigger the highs that get people in trouble.
--National Dollar Day: today celebrates the US dollar and commemorates the 1786 act when the Continental Congress established the monetary system and the associated values; a gold coin was valued at $10, a silver coin at $1; the US Mint was established in 1792 and the first dollar coin was minted in 1794; paper money was called Federal Reserve Notes but the first paper dollar wasn't printed till 1862.
--National Frozen Custard Day: today is a salute to a yummy treat similar to ice cream, made with eggs in addition to the cream and sugar; on the East coast, the frozen custard is often called soft serve.
--National Garage Sale Day: observed on the 2nd Saturday of August; today is a salute to one of our favorite pastimes to check out what was in others' attics; aren't you curious what your neighbor is selling in their garage sale?
--National Zucchini Day: have you been harvesting your garden?; the zucchini is a close relative to the cucumber and the melon and is a squash from Italy; the largest measured at 69.5 inches and 65 pounds.
--Odie Day: today commemorates when Odie first appeared in the Garfield comic strip in 1978; he was brought to live with Jon and Garfield by Jon's roommate, Lyman, who didn't stay as part of the strip; Odie is a wirehaired dachshund-terrier mix.
--Scottish Wildcat Day: today is a day of awareness of the UK's only surviving wild cats; they are critically endangered, facing near extinction; once called the Highland Tiger, there are only about 35 in Scotland.
--Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day: tied in with Zucchini Day, today recognizes how prolific zucchinis are and how difficult it can be to get rid of them; a fun, tongue-in-cheek holiday--don't get caught.
--The Date to Create Day: today is the day to stop procrastinating and create what you've been dreaming.
--Top 8 Challenge Day: today raises awareness of gastrointestinal disorders, specifically eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) such as acid reflux; many people find relief by eliminating allergens from their diets so the challenge for today is to remove the top 8 allergens from your diet: milk, eggs, wheat, fish, peanuts, treenuts, soy, and shellfish.
--Wear Your Mother's Jewelry Day: today was created by Barbara Feldman to honor her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's and to chronicle Barbara's personal journey through her mom's jewelry collection; today is to encourage everyone to dust off forgotten jewelry heirlooms hiding in jewelry and safety deposit boxes and join the celebration by wearing your inherited jewelry, and by sharing your jewelry stories and pictures via social media.
--In 1974, President Nixon announced his resignation. From timeanddate: The 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon’s resignation came as a response to the Watergate Scandal. The scandal erupted after it was revealed that the Nixon government was involved in the cover-up of a break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Complex. The revelations prompted the Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Nixon. His resignation made him the first president in American history to resign while in office."
--In 1963, millions were grabbed in brazen English train heist. From bing: "At 3:15 AM in rural Buckinghamshire, England, the Glasgow-Euston mail train is halted, boarded, and robbed of more than £2 million in untraceable bank notes. While most of the money in the biggest rail heist in British history will never be found, many of the participants will be."
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