Today's Celebrations

Inane Answering Message Day – Here are a few ideas:

 *Heaven, God speaking...

 *Hi there. This is Joe speaking. I'm home right now, and in a moment, I'll have a decision to make. Leave your name and number and I'll be thinking about it...

 *I can't come to the phone now because I have amnesia and I feel stupid talking to people I don't remember. I'd appreciate it if you could help me out by leaving my name and telling me something about myself. Thanks.

1798 - The first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives was witnessed by legislators. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold duked it out right there on the House floor. The spat occurred when Lyon spit in Griswold’s face.

1861 - Kansas, the Sunflower State, entered the United States of America this day. The capital of the 34th state is Topeka.

1929 - The Seeing Eye was incorporated -- in Nashville, TN. Its purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind. The Seeing Eye (founded in Nashville, TN) is now located in Morristown, NJ, has matched thousands of dogs with persons who are blind or visually impaired in the U.S. and Canada.

 Celebrity Birthdays

1882 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 32nd U.S. President [1933-1945], only President elected 4 times [died 83 days after 4th inauguration], only President to serve more than two terms; died Apr 12, 1945

1922 - Dick Martin - Emmy Award-winning comedian: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In [1968, 1969]: “Say good night Dick.” “Good night, Dick!”; died May 24, 2008

1930 - Gene Hackman [84] - Academy Award-winning actor: The French Connection [1971], Bonnie and Clyde, Hawaii, Mississippi Burning, The Poseidon Adventure, Postcards from the Edge, Superman, The Firm, Crimson Tide

1951 - Phil Collins [63] - singer, musician: drums: group: Genesis; solo: In the Air Tonight, I Missed Again, You Can’t Hurry Love, Sussudio, One More Night, Two Hearts; actor: Oliver, A Hard Day’s Night, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

1970 - Tammy Cochran [44] - born in Austinburg, Ohio. The traditionally minded singer nets a hit in 2001 with "Angels In Waiting," a ballad written about two brothers who died from cystic fibrosis

Tabloid News

Man Fights Off Shark, Stitches Up Own Leg, Goes To Pub


James Grant was spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay at the base of New Zealand’s South Island on Saturday when he was attacked by what he believed was a sevengill shark. 

He didn't see the shark and had no idea how big it was,  "[I thought] bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg," he said.  He already had a knife in his hand and stabbed at the shark. He quickly made it on to rocks on the shore, where he took off the wetsuit and saw the blood.

Grant gave himself stitches using a first aid kit he kept in his vehicle.  He and his friends then went to the Colac Bay Tavern, where he was given a bandage because he was dripping blood on the floor.

The stitching was finished off when he went to Invercargill hospital, where he was back at work on Monday.  “It would have been great if I had killed it because there was a fishing competition on at the Colac Bay Tavern,” Grant said.

Teacher of the Day

Snowmageddon 2


Our Man In Nashville - Jimmy Carter