April 10, 2011: National Sibling Day

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April 10, 2011

Updated 4/10/2012

★~Today’s Quote: Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.  ~Susan Scarf Merrell

★~National Sibling Day:


As I am an only child, I had to go to the El Morno masses for more information about this very special day.  The overall consensus seems to be that even though siblings hog all the attention, insist on looking at you when you would rather they didn’t, touch your things—or think about touching your things, and insist you were adopted, they are also the only other people in the whole wide world that understand how very odd your parents really are.

Today is the day for a Sibling Shout Out. Insist that while you will always be Mom’s favorite, you are really glad that your wish that they were never born wasn’t granted.

I asked friends who had siblings to share a few sib sentences with me . . . as it was recently explained to me, “My siblings share my growing memories and my grown-up dreams,” “I love my brother like a brother!”, “My sister was awful growing up and she is still awful, but over the years I have come to love that about her,”  “I would kill him, but then I would miss him so much,” “My sister and I have always been best friends, even when we couldn’t stand one another,”  and “My brother is the second best brother. I am the best brother of course.”

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1841 –The New York Tribune began publication under editor Horace Greeley,who, some say, was the “single greatest journalistic influence in America.” Greeley edited the paper until his death in 1872.

♥~ 1849- Walter Hunt of New York City patented the safety pin Most of us still use the device which comes in a variety of sizes and is quite handy to have around. Mr. Hunt, however, didn’t think so. He thought the safety pin to be a temporary convenience and sold the patent for a total of $400. Bet he could just ‘stick’ himself for doing that

♥~ 1953Eddie Fisher was discharged from the Army and arrived home to a nice paycheck of $330,000 in record royalties. Fisher sold 7 million records for RCA Victor while on furloughs. Any Time was just one of several hits recorded during his stint in the Army.

♥~ 1970 – Officially resigning from The Beatles, Paul McCartney disbanded the most influential rock group in history at a public news conference. The Beatles hit, Let It Be, was riding high on the pop charts. The last recording for the group, The Long and Winding Road (also from the documentary film Let It Be), would be number one for two weeks beginning on June 13, bringing to a close one of contemporary music’s greatest dynasties.

♥~ 1998 – The anti-impotence drug, compound UK-92,480, went on the market in Sandwich, England. It later became one of the best-selling medications of all time: Viagra

★~Born Today:

♥~1847Joseph Pulitzer publisher: St. Louis Dispatch, New York World; died in 1911: his will left $2 million for establishment of school of journalism at Columbia Univ. and a fund which established annual prizes for literature, drama, music and journalism; died Oct 29, 1911

♥~ 1915 – Harry Morgan (Bratsburg) Emmy Award-winning actor: M*A*S*H [1979-80]; Dragnet, You Can’t Take It with You, Pete and Gladys, HEC Ramsey, December Bride, The D.A., Aftermash

♥~ 1932 – Omar Sharif (Michael Shalhoub) actor: Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Peter the Great, Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, Beyond Justice, Crime & Passion

♥~ 1936 – John Madden Pro Football Hall of Famer: San Diego State defensive coordinator; NFL: head coach: Oakland Raiders [103 wins, 32 losses, 7 ties]; TV sports broadcaster: CBS, FOX [11 Emmy Awards as Outstanding Sports Personality-Analyst]; author: Hey Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book!, One Knee Equals Two Feet (and Everything Else You Wanted to Know About Football), One Size Doesn’t Fit All, All Madden, John Madden’s Ultimate Tailgate Cookbook; video game marketer: John Madden Football; fear of flying puts him on trains and his customized bus

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ While siblings may not always get along, they do choose to pass a great deal of their free time with one another — more than anyone else in their life, in fact. By the time children reach age 11, they’re spending about 33% of their free time with siblings. Even as they grow into adolescence and get busy with their own lives, a Penn State University study found that they still spend about 11 hours a week with one another. In big families, these numbers can be even higher, with kids passing 17 hours with one another. Click for more information

♥~ One researcher found that brothers and sisters between 3 and 7 years old engage in conflict 3.5 times an hour. Younger kids fight even more, with a fight happening every 10 minutes. Click for more information

♥~ Sixty-five percent of mothers and 70% of fathers exhibit a preference for one sibling over another. Talk to most siblings and they’ll tell you in a heartbeat who they believe their parents prefer. While most parents outwardly deny having a favorite child, studies have proven time and time again that this simply isn’t the case. Click for more information 

♥~ Firstborns are generally smarter than the younger siblings, having on average, a three-point IQ advantage over the second sibling.. There are several theories on why this is the case, the strongest being that older siblings spend time teaching their younger siblings, thereby reinforcing their own understanding of concepts and ideas. Click for more information 

♥~ Siblings tend to resemble each other in looks and intelligence but are quite different in personality. Researcher Robert Plomin discovered that when it comes to home we look and how our brains work, we’re usually pretty similar to our siblings. Yet when it comes to personality, even though we share similar genetic material and upbringings, brothers and sisters often could not  be more different. Click for more information

♥~ Famous first born children: Walter Conkrite, Dan Rather, Oprah Winfrey,  Susan Sarandon, Hilary Clinton. More than 1/2 of the U.S. Presidents were first born children. Including Obama.  21 of the 23 first astronauts were first born children. 2/3 of entrepreneurs are first born children

♥~ Famous middle born children:  Ted Kennedy,  Bill Gates, Tim Allen, Julia Roberts, Princess Diana, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle Children love to stand out and want to “do their own thing.”

♥~ Famous youngest children :  Jay Leno, Ralph Nadar, Danny DeVito, Jim Carey, Billy Crystal and Janet Jackson. Tend to go against the norm. Make the biggest stirs in life. Know no boundaries.


A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year old students. After explaining the commandment to “Honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat one little boy answered, “Thou shall not kill.”

Feel free to tattle on your sister or brother in the comment section of Odd-or just give them a love shout out because you are glad they are a nut on your family tree.


9 thoughts on “April 10, 2011: National Sibling Day

  1. I can not image what I would do with without my sister.. Well, I do know my closet would be fuller if she wasn’t always borrowing something…but because today is be nice to sis today….my heart would have a huge hole in it without her.


  2. I’m a firstborn and entrepreneur, too! My sister and I are as unalike as two people can be; despite our differences, we’ve come to accept each other. After all, she knows my secrets, she’s been a part of my past, and I can’t imagine my future without her!

  3. I am the third child out of 6. There is Girl, boy, girl, boy girl, girl. I can not imagine not ever having any of them. My older brother is gone. Was shot befor his 19th birthday. (always will miss him) But the rest of us are close. We pick on each other, fight, fuss and aggrevate. One thing though, we may do all these things to each other but no one else better. They would have to contend with all of us.

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