"Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another."
"You know you're a plugger when your children are finally out of the house, but their stuff is still in the house."
A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, “I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I’ll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back.” The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan’s offer.
One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. “Is your bet still good?” asks the Irishman.
The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back.
The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement.
The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, “If ya don’t mind me askin’, where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?”
The Irishman replies, “Oh…I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.”
It's Smile Power Day! The smile is a symbol of happiness and vitality, a beacon of hope and has the power to change someone's day. Let your smile light up your eyes and show your pearly whites to those around you.
--Beer Day Britain: a big deal in Britain as pubs will be offering their best today; chosen for today in celebration of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 which laid down the protections for the common man.
--Magna Carta Day: the Magna Carta was signed by King John on this date in 1215; from the History Channel: Following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter.” The document, essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws. Although more a reactionary than a progressive document in its day, the Magna Carta was seen as a cornerstone in the development of democratic England by later generations.
--Fly a Kite Day: celebrates the anniversary of Ben Franklin's lightning experiment in 1752; with a kite, a key and a lightning storm, his intent was proving that lightning was caused by discharge of electricity; Franklin would continue to produce several more theories about electricity and its properties.
--Electricity Day: in conjunction with Fly a Kite Day, we salute Ben Franklin for discovering the properties of electricity and salute the benefits society as received by harnessing electricity.
--Global Wind Day: today highlights the discovering of wind energy, its powers and possibilities to reshape our energy systems.
--Justice for Janitors Day: from Wiki: Justice for Janitors is a social movement organization that fights for the rights of janitors across the US and Canada. It was started on June 15, 1990 in response to the low wages and minimal health-care coverage that janitors received. Justice for Janitors includes more than 225,000 janitors in at least 29 cities in the United States and at least four cities in Canada. Members fight for better wages, better conditions, improved health-care, and full-time opportunities.
--Kiss a Wookiee Day: lots of listings that this is a celebration but no explanation as to the origin but there is a Facebook page for it; maybe a Star Wars fan (and Chewbacca) can fill us in.
--Lobster Day: a dish considered a treat and a delicacy; wasn't always that way as lobster used to be eaten by servants or those of lower echelons in society, or prisoners; lobsters can live to 50 years.
--Nature Photography Day: today promotes nature photography and advances the cause of conservation to protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes; sounds like a great excuse to go on a nature hike.
--World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: an UN initiative to raise awareness of one of the least investigated types of violence; it's a global social issue that affects the health and human rights of millions of older people.
--World Juggling Day: always on the closest Saturday to June 17; a worldwide celebration of the art form of juggling; centers around the world will have events where you can learn how to juggle those plates.
--Worldwide Day of Giving: very little information as to origin but it is a day to encourage the giving of time and donations to charity to help others.
--Native American Citizenship Day: information is the same as American Indian Citizenship Day which we celebrated on June 2 but no info available as to why June 15 is important to this cause; on June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act which granted citizenship to all Native Americans; prior to that day, only Native American women who married US citizens and Native Americans who fought in WWI were granted citizenship.
--in 1934, Congress charters a new national park on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the first one to be partially funded by the federal government. Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be officially dedicated in 1940 and become the country's most-visited national park.
--In 1878, Leland Stanford is fairly certain that when a horse gallops there is a moment when all four of its legs leave the ground. He hires photographer Eadweard Muybridge who takes pioneering stop-motion photographs, proving that horses can indeed become airborne for a split second, and the innovative images will mark the dawn of motion pictures.
--In 1859, One pig is shot but no people perish in a conflict that proves the necessity of precisely worded territorial treaties. The Pig War begins between British Canada and the US near the San Juan Islands when an ostensibly British-Canadian pig is found rooting for tubers on a supposedly American farm.