"You are more important than you realize."
"The end of the year is a good time to get rid of stuff. I started weeks ago by cleaning out my checking account."
Q: What do you call a belt with a watch on it?
A: A waist of time.
If a man opens the car door for his wife, you can be sure of one thing: either the car is new or the wife.
It's Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Day! Statistics say about 1/3 of resolutions are broken by the second week. But not by us Sparkers! We're made of sterner stuff and are still working on those resolutions! Let's beat those odds!
--Baptism of the Lord Day: observed on the Sunday after Epiphany; today is a feast day commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.
--Curried Chicken Day: a salute to a hearty flavorful dish popular in Asia, the UK, and the Caribbean; the word "curry" is an anglicized version of the Tamil word "kari" which means "stir-fried"; curried chicken salad is called Coronation Chicken because Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume created the dish for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation banquet in 1953.
--International Kiss a Ginger Day: today was created in 2009 as a response to Kick a Ginger Day; for today red-haired people, gingers, are given kisses if they want to receive them; red is the rarest hair color with only 2% of the world's population having it; most come from northern or western European ancestry such as Scotland and Ireland; in Europe during the 15th to 18th centuries, redheads were persecuted as being associated with witchcraft.
--National Hot Tea Day: if tea is your go-to drink, this is your day; today honors all forms and varieties of tea as long as it's hot; tea is noted for many health benefits such as antioxidants; according to legend, tea was first drunk in China in 2737 BCE when Emperor Shen Nong accidentally imbibed it after tea leaves blew into his boiling water.
--National Marzipan Day: a salute to a sweet moldable treat made from almond meal or paste and sweetener; introduced to Eastern Europe by the Turks during the 1100's; persipan is a cheaper version made with apricot and peach kernels.
--National Pharmacist Day: a day to honor the pharmacist and their very important role in medical care; not only do they have to know the newest drugs, they have to know the side effects of all drugs and possible interactions with other medications.
--National Sunday Supper Day: observed on the 2nd Sunday of January; many believe the Sunday supper should be brought back as a way to support family and community.
--No Pants Subway Ride Day: observed 8 days before MLK Day; an annual event that started as a prank by 7 guys; participants board subway cars at separate stations, fully dressed except with no trousers; if you live in a city with a subway and are out, you may just run into one of these folks.
--Work Harder Day: a day to remind us to give the task, project, or idea just a little more effort.
--In 1992, HAL 9000 becomes operational in Urbana, Illinois. From bing: In Arthur C. Clarke's novel '2001: A Space Odyssey,' the fictional HAL Lab debuts the HAL 9000, a supercomputer created to control the Discovery One spacecraft. Although polite, HAL's operation of the pod bay door will prove to be unreliable.