Thursday, May 7, 2009




Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Today is World Red Cross Day

Today is National Coconut Cream Pie Day


U.S. President Harry Truman was born on this date in 1884. Truman's desk had a sign that said, "The Buck Stops Here." Today that sign hangs over the door at the IRS.

Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River on this date in 1541. He wasn't too thrilled about it -- he was looking for gold.

Today is V-E Day, marking the end of World War II in Europe on this day in 1945. People danced in the streets and partied all night.

While visiting South America on this day in 1958, Vice-President Richard Nixon met an angry mob that pelted him with fruit, vegetables, and eggs. Unperturbed, Nixon gave his famous reply, "I am not a cook!"

The U.S. Post Office was established on this day in 1794.

An Atlanta pharmacist introduced Coca-Cola to the public on this day in 1886. At first, Coke was a medicinal tonic, then it became the world's #1 soft drink. So, I suppose anything can happen. Who knows, some day we all may be ordering a Metamucil.

Tear The Tags Off Your Mattress Day–Just so you know, it is perfectly legal to remove the tag, only the manufacturer may not remove the tag, however once you remove the tag you void the warranty . The same applies to mattress bedding. Most stores will not accept items like this if the tag has been removed, and it is definitely not healthy to use such an item when you have no idea where it has been.

Today is No Socks Day A day to preserve energy by not having to wash another pair of socks.

What do you do with that one sock that always comes out of the drier without a mate? Here’s website that will give you 16 things you can do with it!


Sunday is Mother's Day, a day to honor the wonderful woman who used to spit on her fingers and wash your eyebrows on the way to church. And you know she'd still do it if she thought she could get away with it.


==A primary way people are trying to save a few bucks is by cutting back on their grocery spending. No more name brand products, now it’s house brand and generic. What food product MUST NOT be generic? Pop tarts and Mac N Cheese for me.

==The Guinness Book of World Records honored “Chanel” from Port Jefferson Station, NY on her 21st birthday as the World’s Oldest Living Dog. By the way, most people might think one dog year equals seven human years. But actually, a dog’s first year counts for 15 human years. The second year is 10 years, and then it’s five years for each year after that. So instead of being 147, Chanel is “just” 120.

==This article is circulating the internet, and it’s one of the ultimate awwwwwww stories: a man was wheeled into the hospital in Tacoma, and in going through his pockets, they figured out who he was, and found a detailed know about his two dogs, which he asked whoever found the note to take care of. It turns out that he was a loner, and knew that if he became disabled, the dogs would be in trouble. Enter paramedic Pam Hunter, who saw the note, went to his house, took care of the dogs, and cleaned up his house. The man emerged from the coma, and everybody’s happy and smiling. The note in the man’s pocket read “Thank you. Someone please take care of my babies.”

==We’ve heard how damaging stilettos can be to feet, but now experts are warning that flat shoes are the ones to watch out for. In fact, some foot doctors are even urging people to strap on heels to keep their feet healthy.
Flat shoes mess up our bodies in a number of ways, including:
— They cause people to shuffle instead of walk, which can ruin posture.
— Flat shoes cause the feet to roll inward, stretching ligaments and tendons. The stretched ligaments pull toes out of alignment with the rest of the foot, causing severe pain and this can eventually cause bunions.
— When the feet roll in they pull the knees with them. If forced into an awkward angle, the knee caps can become inflamed, painful, and sometimes, arthritic.
–Walking up hills or running in flats can also bring trouble, as the lack of support causes inflammation along the shin, prompting shooting pains called shin splints.

==CareerBuilder’s annual Mother’s Day survey of 469 working mothers.
Here’s what the survey found:
1. Thirty percent of working moms whose companies have experienced layoffs in the previous 12 months are working longer hours than they used to.
2. Fourteen percent of surveyed moms have taken second jobs during the last year to make ends meet.
3. Combining family needs, financial woes and busy schedules, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 34 percent of moms admit to feeling burned out these days.

Time is the greatest gift
As much as mothers love receiving flowers and homemade crafts on Mother’s Day, this year the one gift they want most is time. Despite the current economy being one of the toughest in the nation’s history, nearly one-third of mothers say they would consider a pay cut to spend more time with their children.

==6 Things Every Driver Should Know (MSN Autos):
1. How to Change a Tire
2. How to Jump-Start a Car
3. How to Check Tire Pressure
4. How to Check Oil
5. How to Get Unstuck from mud or snow
6. How to Spot Cops -know what the cops drive. Most still use the Ford Crown Victoria, although the Dodge Charger is coming online with many highway patrols and state police agencies, and a few have adopted the Chevy Impala. Learn to identify what a Crown Vic, Charger or Impala looks like in your rearview mirror, and react accordingly. Note particularly the shape and position of the parking lights relative to the headlights; this can be a telltale sign at night.
We’re wanting to hook up with a few churches in town and put on a clinic for single moms and anyone else who would like to learn how to do this stuff. Cool community outreach

==She’s going to be on Oprah! Remember Britain’s Got Talent” contestant and now Youtube and Internet sensation, 47 year old Susan Boyle? Look for her on Oprah Monday the 11th.The episode, titled “The World’s Got Talent,” will feature an interview with Boyle along with a guided tour of her Blackburn, Scotland, home. Susan’s audition on BGT has been watched 186 million times online! Simon Cowell will also appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” episode, reportedly to address rumors about his possible departure from “American Idol.” According to a press release, Cowell will debut the artists he calls “the next big thing.”

==Simply funny! A POSH bakery in Split, Croatia, has been broken into almost every week. But not since the shop owners posted a life-sized photo of the toughest man in Hollywood Chuck Norris in the window.
The sign says: “This shop is under the protection of Chuck Norris.” Now the bakery hasn’t had a single burglary for more than a month. Sales assistant Mirna Kovac said: “To be honest we just started it as a joke but it really has worked. Thieves haven’t been anywhere near us for ages. People seem to respect him. “Everyone around here has seen his films and he’s quite a popular character, perhaps even among criminals, so they’ve decided to leave us alone.” She added though: “We have had a few customers come in and ask us whether they can get Chuck’s autograph. “They really believe he is sitting in our storeroom out the back ready to pounce on any burglars.”

==Yesterday’s National Day of Prayer kicked off “Rethink Church,” an unprecedented, $20 million United Methodist Church campaign to attract the 35-and-under crowd. Most social scientists and pollsters believe that group is at risk of going through life altogether unchurched.

For Christendom, the numbers aren’t pretty. Only 15 percent of 15- to 34-year-olds have a “good impression” of Christians, according to a recent poll the UMC conducted, along with the Barna Group research organization. About 87 percent say Christianity is too judgmental, and 85 percent describe it as hypocritical. The statistic of greatest concern: About four in 10 Americans between16 and 29 define themselves as non-Christians. The research also uncovered major opportunities for the church, if it is willing to reconsider how it presents its mission. Studies consistently show the new generation is much more global-minded, and a whopping 96 percent say they want their lives to really make a difference in the world. Sixty-six percent say they’re looking for meaning, and 62 percent describe themselves as spiritual.

==Right Brained People Unite! - Your left brain is logical, linear, by-the-numbers; the right side is creative, artistic, empathetic. Oprah Winfrey talked with Daniel Pink about his groundbreaking book, “A Whole New Mind”, and explores how right-brain thinkers are wired for 21st-century success.

The best part: Anyone can tap into the right mind-set.
Pink, a former chief speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore, presents a convincing argument that our country is entering a new era — the so-called conceptual age — during which right-brained skills such as design and storytelling will become far more crucial than traditionally left-brained skills such as accounting and computer programming.

• Author Daniel Pink: Right brain skills will be crucial in coming age
• Those skills include design, storytelling, empathy, creativity
• Says left-brained skills –accounting, computer programming can be outsourced
• Says it’s harder to outsource creativity such as design and storytelling
I do know this, with the current state of our nation, economy, stimulus package, etc. seems there are a lot of talented story tellers out there!

==An Online Harris Poll conducted between March 31 and April 1, 2009 shows that 51% of Americans don’t use Twitter or have a MySpace or Facebook account. 48% of adults have either a MySpace or Facebook page, with 16% of adults updating their page at least once a day. While the media may have found Twitter, only 5% of Americans are currently using it. (And other recent polls have found that overwhelmingly, people try Twitter but don’t stay with it.)

According to the report, social networking sites mean different things to different demos:

–74% of those aged 18-34 have a Facebook or MySpace account but this quickly drops off the older one gets. Only 24% of those 55 and older have an account
–8% of 18-34 year olds use Twitter, 7% of those 35-44 use it, 4% of those aged 45-54 and just 1% of those 55 and older
–Men and women use Twitter at the same levels (5% each), but women are more likely to have a Facebook or MySpace account (52% versus 45%)
–Two in five people with a high school degree or less have a Facebook or MySpace account compared to 55% of those with some college and 52% of those with at least a college degree


FAIRFAX, Va. - The Christian band Third Day may perform for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Bass guitarist Tai Anderson says American troops and their families have showered Third Day with gifts and letters of appreciation since the band performed last year in Iraq and Kuwait.

Anderson says he and his bandmates were impressed by the way people in the military work together as a team, more so than he's ever seen in church.

He says the trip was such a blessing that Third Day wants to fly back "within the next 12 months" and perform again for U.S. troops, probably in Afghanistan this time.


LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - In today's economy it's hard not to feel stressed, frustrated and even driven to throw a plate against your wall.

That's why yesterday, Smash-N-Shatter is opening in downtown Lee's Summit.

The store is built on a new concept in the midwest. Customers can throw plates, glass and other breakables in a "shatter room" or hit a baseball bat against a wall in the "smash room."

Paul Brown, a former software engineer, recently lost his job and started Smash-N-Shatter. "With so many people facing layoffs and financial challenges, we wanted to provide a safe and dynamic environment for people to let it all out," said Brown.

Packages run from $15 to $70.

It's located at 14 S.W. 3rd Street in downtown Lee's Summit.

For more info: or call 816-524-7100.

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