When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of: first, the truck, the car, playing golf, always something more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, 'When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway.' The doctors say I’ll walk again, but I’ll always have a limp.
On This Day in History
October 21 Events: 1854 - Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of nursing, is sent to the Crimean War with a staff of 38 nurses. 1879 - Thomas Edison successfully tests his first electric light bulb. 1954 - The Fellowship of the Ring, part 1 of the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, is published.
OCTOBER 21 Famous Birthdays: 1833 - Alfred Nobel (Inventor of dynamite and founded Nobel Prize) 1917 - Dizzy Gillespie (Jazz Trumpeter) 1942 - Judge Judy (TV Judge) 1949 - Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel) 1956 - Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Princess Leia) 1978 - Joey Harrington (NFL Quarterback) 1980 - Kim Kardashian (Reality TV Star)
Kids Say the Darnest Things
Little Benny was looking depressed, so his teacher, asked, "What's the problem, Benny? I hope it's not homework again..." "Well, uh, yes it is, mam" replied Little Benny. "I made my homework paper into a paper airplane." "Benny, that wasn't a very bright thing to do," she said, "but I'll let you unfold the paper and hand it in." "Oh," replied Little Benny. "You see, the plane was hijacked!"
Betcha Didn't Know This!
Seeds from a wild flower, the Artic Lupine, found in Alaska, have grown in the lab after being frozen in the ground for 10,000 years.
On the Light Side
A customer was bothering the waiter in a restaurant. First, he asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down cause he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour. Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, he walked back and forth and never once got angry. So finally, a second customer asked him why he didn't throw out the pest. "Oh, I really don't care or mind," said the waiter with a smile. "We don't even have an air conditioner."
Where Did This Come From?
BUST YOUR CHOPS: To give someone a hard time. There was once a time in the world when it was considered cool to sport a long, ridiculous pair of mutton chop side burns. From America to Russia, the civilized global population couldn't get enough of these peninsula-shaped patches of hair. Then, these people got punched in the face--their "chops busted," if you will--and an idiom was born.