Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day
Fun Facts for Monday, February 2, 2015
The 33 day of the year
330 days left to go 


  • African Heritage & Health Week
  • Burn Awareness Week
  • Boy Scout Anniversary Week
  • Children's Authors & Illustrators Week
  • International Coaching Week
  • Just Say No to PowerPoint Week
  • Women's Heart Week
  • National School Counseling Week
  • International Networking Week


  • Groundhog Day 
  • Ayn Rand Day  
  • Candelmas
  • Crepe Day
  • Groundhog Job Shadow Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Imbolic
  • Marmot Day 
  • Sled Dog Day
  • World Play Your Ukulele Day
  • World Wetlands Day 
  • National Heavenly Hash Day
  • National Pisco Sour Day

962: Otto I invaded Italy and is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

1653: New Amsterdam- now New York City:- was incorporated.

1801: The first parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland assembled.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo formally ended the 
1848: The United States paid Mexico $15 million for lands that eventually became Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

1863: Samuel Langhorne Clemens decided to use the pseudonym "Mark Twain. " (Bio)

1876: The National Baseball League was founded with eight teams: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville, and Hartford.
1878: Greece declared war on Turkey.
1887: The first Groundhog Day was celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

1892: William Painter of Baltimore, Maryland, patented the crown-cork bottle cap (Read more)

1913: Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.

1914: Charlie Chaplin's first film appearance, Making a Living premiered. (See Video)

1916: U.S. Senate voted independence for the Philippines, effective in 1921.
1936: Babe Ruth was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1943: The last German troops in Stalingrad surrendered to the Red Army, ending one of the pivotal battles of World War II.
1946: The game "Twenty Questions" was first aired on radio.

1950: "What's My Line?" premiered on TV.

1967: The American Basketball Association was formed.
2004: Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
2006: An aging Egyptian passenger ferry carrying more than 1,400 people sinks in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast.
2007: The worst flooding in Indonesia in 300 years begins.


Dog Team to the Rescue  (Source)

On February 2, 1925, a dog sled team delivered medicine to the town of Nome, Alaska. The team delivered a crucial supply of diphtheria antitoxin, preventing an epidemic of the deadly disease in the isolated Arctic town.

The first leg of the relay, involving 20 mushers and more than 100 sled dogs, had begun five days earlier in Nenana, Alaska, about 1,046 kilometers (650 miles) east of Nome. The mushers raced across frozen tundra, icy rivers, forbidding mountain ranges, and shifting sea ice. Dogs and mushers also had to endure blizzards and avoid other animals, such as moose, bears, and reindeer herds.

The athleticism and dedication displayed by the dogs and mushers inspired one of the most famous and intimidating races in the world—the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Every year, hundreds of athletes (both human and canine) compete in a grueling test of physical and psychological endurance from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nome.


Punxsutawney Phil (Source

Punxsutawney Phil lives at his burrow, which is located in Barclay Square and is attached to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. There are viewing windows from the outside, so visitors are able to see Phil all year round! 

You can even send him a letter: 

Punxsutawney Phil 
301 East Mahoning Street
Punxsutawney PA 15767


waif   \ weyf \  , noun

1. a person, especially a child, who has no home or friends.
2. something found, especially a stray animal, whose owner is not known.

"Cindy, who was very disappointed that her brother would not allow her to play with him and his friend, hung her head, like a wandering waif, and headed inside" 


In the book of Acts, there are a couple of examples of people kneeling to pray: 

"And when [Paul] had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all"  (‭Acts‬ ‭20‬:‭36‬ ESV).

"When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed" (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭5‬ ESV).


Read today's "Our Daily Bread"  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, January 30, 2015

Pre-school Fitness Day 
Fun Facts for Friday, January 30, 2015
The 30 day of the year
335 days left to go 


  • National Nurse Anesthetists Week
  • World Leprosy Week
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Clean Out Your Inbox Week
  • Meat Week
  • National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week
  • US National Snow Sculpting Week


  • Fun at Work Day (there seems to be some disagreement on the, so I listed it twice. After all, can't have too much fun at work!)
  • Inane Answering Message Day
  • National Pre-school Fitness Day
  • National Croissant Day

1781: Maryland became the last of the 13 original states to adopt the Articles of Confederation.

1835: President Andrew Jackson survived the first ever assassination attempt on a U.S. President. 

1836: flagmaker Betsy Ross died at the age of 84.  Legend dictates she created the first stars and stripes flag of the United States.

1862: The USS Monitor was launched at Greenpoint, Long Island. (Read more)

1894: the jackhammer was patented by C.B. King of Detroit. 
1911: The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer Terry, when downed pilot, James McCurdy, was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
1933: "The Lone Ranger" was first heard on radio.  The program remained on the air for 21 years. 
1933: Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.  
1948: aviation pioneer Orville Wright died at the age of 77. 

1948: Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi died at the age of 78.  The political and spiritual leader was assassinated by a Hindu extremist in New Delhi, India. (Bio)

1956: Elvis Presley recorded his version of "Blue Suede Shoes." 

1962: two members of the Flying Wallendas high wire act were killed when their seven-member pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, Michigan. (Read more)

1965: the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill was held in London. 
1969: the Beatles played their last live performance together with a free concert on the roof of their Apple headquarters in London.  The concert was filmed for the documentary "Let It Be." (Read more).

1972: British soldiers killed 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland in what is now known as "Bloody Sunday." (Read more)

1973: G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord were convicted of burglary, wiretapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building.  
1984: Robert and Anna Rucker of Florissant, Missouri, both won the Illinois State Lottery's one-million dollar jackpot.  Both had kept their numbers a secret from the other.  

1986: The popular Love Stamp that pictured a little dog, went on sale this day. The U.S. postal stamp was the fifth in the continuing series. As of that date, more than 302 million Love Stamps had been sold.  

1998: Elton John received knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first New Year's Eve Honours List. 
2006: award-winning playright Wendy Wasserstein died at the age of 55.  She had been battling cancer for sometime.  Wasserstein won a Pulitzer prize and a Tony award for "The Heidi Chronicles."  She was known for works dealing with love, motherhood, marriage and complex sibling relations. 


World's Tallest Geyser (Source

On January 30, 1901, the world’s tallest geyser was identified. Waimangu was described by Dr. Humphrey Haines, and located on the North Island of New Zealand. Eruptions from this geyser, active from 1900 to 1904, could reach 488 meters (1,600 feet) in the air. That is 10 times as high as Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful. It is also higher than the Empire State Building. 
A geyser is an underground hot spring that periodically erupts through the surface in a spray of hot water and steam. The eruption is caused by hot underground magma, or molten rock, heating the spring’s water. Waimangu, which means “black waters” in the native Maori language, was named for the chunks of black rock it hurled into the air with each eruption.


National Croissant Day (Source)

In the early 1970s, croissants became sandwich substitutes as they evolved from their two traditional fillings, chocolate and almond paste, into many savory variations, from broccoli to ham and cheese, as well as additional sweet varieties.


[noo-ahns]  Noun
a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
a very slight difference or variation in color or tone

"Her attention to detail and keen eye for subtle nuances made her a successful designer"


Both David and Jesus were born in Bethlehem

"Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah" (1 Samuel 18:12).

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them" (Luke 2:4-7).


Now it came to pass in those days that [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. —Luke 6:12

Read today's "Our Daily Bread"  


Valentine’s Day. Some love it. Some hate it. Actually, most hate it. In a 2012 CNN article, Dean Obeidallah wrote, “Valentine's Day is terrible for two kinds of people -- those who are single and those who aren't.

His point is that people in a relationship are “forced” to show love on that particular day. Laden with guilt, we feel a sense of obligation rather than doing it with pure motives. But, many have found, it’s better to do it begrudgingly than to not do it at all!

On the other side of the spectrum are the folks who are not in a relationship, but would really love to be. Valentine’s Day is just another reminder that they are alone and lonely. They find the day especially depressing (CNN article).

We are all aware of the fact that Valentine’s Day is big business. According to Reuters, the average person will spend just over $142 dollars this year (that’s $8 dollars more than last year). Most of the money will be spent on candy and flowers. And, don’t forget the pets. One-in-five people plan on purchasing some type of treat for their pets. Total spending is projected to be about 18.9 billion! (Does Cupid even have pockets?) (Source).

For those of us who are in a relationship and looking for a few ideas to keep it “frugal”, U.S. News says, enjoy dinner at home, look for restaurant deals, make cookies rather than buying chocolates, and write a personal love note rather than buying a card (Source).

All that aside, as Christ-followers, the day provides a great opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of others around us. People around us are looking for hope, meaning, and value. They’re looking to be appreciated and loved--not for how they look or what they do, but for who there are.

On Valentine’s Day, there are those who feel marginalized by no fault of their own. These are folks who are either not in a relationship or those who are widowed. Or, it could be a single parent with kids. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for us, as a community of believers, to reach out in love on this day of love?

This year, consider “adopting” a special someone you know that could use a special touch. If you have kids, it would be great to get the kids involved. What a great “teachable moment”.

We could potentially change someone’s life. Imagine the surprise and delight when they discover that you thought about them and made or bought them something special.

Here are a few ideas:
  1. Give the “traditional” flowers or candy. It seems “routine”, but some folks just want to be like everybody else on this day
  2. Invite the person over to your house with your family for a special dinner
  3. Make homemade cards
  4. Bake cookies and special treats as a family
  5. Give them a coupon for “5 dinners with the fam” or “free labor for 2 hours”
  6. Surprise them at their home
  7. Take pictures with them and make a Valentine’s Day 2015 scrapbook

What we choose to do is not as important as the fact that we choose to do something. It would be fun and meaningful for the person we reach out to—and also fun for us and our family! The best part of all, we are loving our neighbor as ourselves.