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06/13/19 Keep Going

Thursday, June 13, 2019

"To the one soul reading this: I know you're tired. I know you feel aimless, confused, disappointed, and lost. I know you might be on the brink of giving up. But even when you're weak, there's still strength in you. Keep going."

"Gosh, You're right. It's really him. But I've never eaten a celebrity before."
"Go, ahead, but get his autograph first."

A man went to the doctor’s. The doctor came in and said, “Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is that you have an inoperable brain tumor.

The good news is our hospital has just been certified to do brain transplants and there has been an accident right out front and a young couple was killed and you can have whichever brain you’d like.

The man’s brain costs $100,000.00 and the woman’s brain costs “30,000.00.”

The patient could not help but ask, “Why such a large difference between the male and the female brain?”

The doctor replied, “The female brain is used.”


It's Weed Your Garden Day! Whether you've been diligent or not, this is the day to pull a few more of those weeds.
--Kitchen Klutze's of America Day: do you walk into your kitchen with the idea of being the next Julia Child, only to drop, burn, use the wrong ingredients, and maybe even throw your hands up?; this day is for you and to embrace your special brand of klutze in the kitchen, it's ok.
--Random Acts of Light Day: today is about bring light to those in the darkness of cancer, especially the blood cancers such as leukemia; if you know someone fighting the good fight against cancer, reach out to them and share a little light and joy.
--International Albinism Awareness Day: an UN initiative to educate about albinism and to prevent mobbing and discriminations of albinos; albinism is a pigmentary abnormality which leads to extremely light hair, skin and eye color.
--International Axe Throwing Day: You played darts? Well, axe throwing is a competitive sport, just like darts, only you're throwing an axe at the target and not darts; there are axe throwing clubs offering events where you can learn about this historical pastime.
"--Sewing Machine Day: The sewing machine has had one of the largest impacts on society and has an interesting history. From Checkiday.com Sewing machines, which are celebrated today, are used to stitch material like cloth or leather. They are usually powered by electricity, but many are still powered by a treadle, just as many early machines were. Their basic design has remained over the years, consisting of a needle, and a shuttle to carry thread. First being used in factories, they were a symbol of the industrial revolution, marking the shift from handmade to automated production. They also became important for home use. Women once spent much time sewing by hand, and the invention of the sewing machine helped free up a lot of this time.
Thomas Saint of England took out the first patent for a complete sewing machine. He was given patent #1764 in 1790. Some sources say that he received his patent on June 13, explaining why Sewing Machine Day takes when it does. The machine was to have an awl that punched a hole, and then a needle that would go through the hole. It is unknown if Saint created a prototype of his sewing machine, and only the drawings of it survive.
Over the next forty years, various sewing machines were created, all without much success. Then, in 1830, Barthelemy Thimonnier, a French tailor, created a functioning sewing machine. However, French tailors burnt down his garment factory because they thought his invention would drive them out of work. In 1834, Walter Hunt built the first somewhat-functional sewing machine in America, although he did not get a patent.
Elias Howe adapted Hunt's style in 1846 and became the first to patent a sewing machine in America. His machine had a curved needle with an eye at the point. After going through the cloth, a loop was made with the thread, and a second thread went through the loop and interlocked with it. This created what became known as the lockstitch.
The first commercially successful sewing machine went into production in the 1850s. Built by Isaac Singer, it was the first to have an up-and-down motion mechanism and the first to be powered by a foot treadle instead of a hand crank. But, it did use the lockstitch that Elias Howe had patented. Although Howe had gotten the lockstitch idea from Walter Hunt, Howe sued Singer for copying his patent and won.
By 1860, there were more than 110,000 sewing machines being created per year in the United States. During the late nineteenth century, various other types of sewing machines were invented, such as the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine, and the zig-zag stitch machine. Sewing machines were first used in garment factories, but in 1889, the first sewing machine for home use was made and marketed. By the early twentieth century, electric-powered sewing machines came into wide use."
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