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April 25, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery.” Raymond Chandler
★~ Pink Full Moon:
This morning mark the arrival of April’s full moon. April full moon is call the “pink moon” as part of a naming tradition traceable to Native American tribes. Full moons during different times of the year signaled changes in the seasons and other important dates. Pink moon is so named because it occurred at around the time the plant wild ground phlox begins to blossom. Indigenous Americans took this as a sign that Spring had arrived.
★~ Plumbers Day:
Without ’em, we’d be in deep you-know-what
Most people take plumbing for granted. It works so well we never think about it. But that’s no accident. It’s a testament to America’s hardworking, highly skilled plumbers – from the industrial hydraulic engineer to the guy who turns the wrench.
Of course, it wasn’t always thus. People hand-carried water from rivers. Did their business in the bush, or in cesspools, outhouses and chamber pots they’d toss into foul, unsanitary streets. Think about all the squalor and disease that plumbers have. Need I say more? Today we say Horrah For Plumbers!! For those who want to take the extra step and hug a plumber please watch the How To Hug a Plumber Video First.
★~ World Penguin Day:
Penguins are celebrated twice a year. In January, we celebrate Penguin awareness day and today we are celebrating Penguin awareness day.
~ There are 18 species of penguin in the world. While some species are thriving, 13 of them have declining populations.
~ Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago, but their powerful flipper-like wings and streamlined bodies make them very accomplished swimmers. They are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species of any birds.
~ Penguins are not natural tap dancers.
One way to celebrate penguins is to dress in black and white, and eat ice cream!
★~ Zucchini Bread Day:
Zucchini Bread in April is a wonderful way to greet the gardening season. I use this recipe for my Zucchini Bread and if I do say so myself it is very tasty
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1928 – Buddy, the first seeing eye dog, was presented to Morris S. Frank
♥~ 1901 – New York became the first state to require automobile license plates. The fee was $1. Owners of automobiles were required to register their names and addresses, along with a description of their vehicle, with the office of the secretary of state. The state sent each owner a small license plate, which bore the owner’s initials. New York received $954 in registration fees that year.
♥~1982 – Jane Fonda released her first workout video.
♥~ 2003 – Southwest Airlines fired two pilots for “inappropriate conduct” after they removed all or most of their clothes mid-flight in the cockpit of a Boeing 737. The pilots claimed they spilled coffee on their clothes, but the airline ruled the prank went too far. The US Federal Aviation Administration said though rules forbid behavior that distracts crew members, there was no specific ban on flying naked.
♥~ 1873 – Howard R. Garis, author, His most famous character is Uncle Wiggily, a gentlemanly old rabbit who always wears a suit and a silk top hat. Garis was a reporter for the Newark Evening News and he wrote hundreds of children’s books, many of them as a ghostwriter. He published his first Uncle Wiggily story in a newspaper in 1910, and it was so popular that he ended up publishing an Uncle Wiggily story six days a week for more than 30 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 10,000 stories about the rabbit. (Writers Almanac)
♥~ 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald Grammy Award-winning singer : Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home, Mack the Knife, A-Tisket, A-Tasket; died June 15, 1996. Check out Google Doodle. celebrating what would have been her 96th birthday.
♥~ 1940 – Al (Alfredo James) Pacino Academy Award-winning actor: Scent of a Woman ; Scarface, Serpico, The Godfather, Dick Tracy; Tony Award-winning actor: Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie , The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel 
★~ Good To Know:
♥~ The word “plumber” is derived from the Latin word for lead – Plumbum. Lead use to be the primary material used in the creation of pipeworks used to carry water into cities and towns, before it was found to be a cumulative poison.
♥~ Since, time immemorial, the world has, in one way or another, been populated by plumbers. It is believed by historians that opulent palaces in ancient Egypt were using indoor plumbing systems as far back as 2,500BC! What’s more, the visionary Egyptians also used copper piping, which is still used today.
♥~ Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after saying, “If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber.”
♥~ The two most famous plumbers in the world are the fictional brothers Mario and Luigi, stars of hundreds of Nintendo video games
♥~ Since 1963, over 25 billion feet of copper plumbing has been laid in the United States. This is enough to circle the earth 200 times.
♥~ At 140 degrees, it takes five seconds for water to burn skin. At 160 degrees, it takes only half of a second. Your water heater should be set to no hotter than 120 degrees.
I was very excited this past weekend when I managed to unclogged the upstairs bathtub, after watching a You Tube video and buying a real plunger and a snake thingey. Funny, what brings joy to a home owner. I bought three heavy duty plungers at Lowe’s. One for the basement, and one for each of the upstairs bathrooms. I hope we don’t need them, but if we do I’m ready!
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