"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste." Henry Ford
"I started out on the highway of life and somehow I ended up on a cow path!"
Mrs. Green lived in two story house together with an elderly widow. After not hearing from her for a few days, she got a bit nervous. “John”, she called to her son “do me a favor and go find out how old Mrs. Robinson is.” So six year old John went down the stairs and knocked on Mrs. Robinson’s door. “So how is she?” asked Mrs. Green when John came back up. “How is she?” repeated John “I’ve never seen her so mad in my life, she said it’s none of your business how old she is.”
It's JoyGerm Day! Today is meant to smile, hug, grin and win over at least one grumpy grouch through "germs of joy". JoyGerms Unlimited, created by Joan E. White in 1981, wants us to radiate positivity, kindness, courtesy, and optimism. Joan had started the company after reading about a California couple who offered to worry for others in exchange for a fee; Joan wanted a better way to counteract the worriers.
--Argyle Day: a salute to the diamond pattern of overlapping diagonal lines; the argyle comes from the tartan of Clan Campbell, a clan of Argyll, Scotland; by the 17th century, the Scottish were wearing "tartan hose" which look similar to the argyle socks of today; argyle's popularity was spurred in the 1920's when the Duke of Windsor began wearing argyle when he went golfing.
--Bubble Bath Day: yeah, I think a lot of us can get behind this day; enjoyed by all, soaking in the bubbles can feel like pampering luxury; early bubble baths, sometimes called foam baths, were made with soap flakes in the 1930's; the more familiar form of bubble baths came about in the 1960's.
--Earth's Rotation Day: today commemorates the experiment by French physicist Jean-Bernard Foucault on Jan. 8, 1851; to prove the earth rotates on its axis, Foucault suspended a 5 kg weight from a pendulum over a bed of sand; from the traces of the weight in the sand, Foucault was able to prove the earth's rotation on its axis.
--I Am a Mentor Day: part of Mentoring Month; today is to encourage volunteer mentors (and potential volunteer mentors) to celebrate their role in the lives of the people they have guided and to reflect on how mentoring has helped someone contribute more to society.
--National English Toffee Day: a salute to a buttery toffee made with almonds that's not actually from England and is different from the toffee that is produced in England; also known as buttercrunch and it is the basis of the Heath candy bar.
--National Winter Skin Relief Day: a day to remind us to take extra care of our skin during the cold of the winter months; the experts suggest taking shorter, lukewarm showers instead of long, hot showers (or hot bubble baths) which strip our skin of its natural oils; remember your moisturizers.
--Show and Tell Day at Work Day: today suggests, that to encourage greater understanding between coworkers, today is meant for each to share a hobby or memento with your coworkers and learn about their passions.
--War on Poverty Day: today commemorates the day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation with the unofficial name of War on Poverty; the act created the Office of Economic Opportunities to administer funds to fight poverty.
--World Typing Day: mainly celebrated in Malaysia; speed tests are sponsored there though contests may be sponsored elsewhere; first celebrated in 2011, the concept was to encourage people to express themselves via written communications.
--It's Elvis Presley's birthday, born this day in 1935, Elvis Aron Presley, in Tupelo, Mississippi; he had a stillborn twin brother; his mom gave him his first guitar, a 1947 Kay flat top K19, for his 11th birthday; he received a C in high school music and his teacher told him he had no aptitude for singing; yeah, right.