Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29 - Happy Birthday

Because it's my wonderful older brothers birthday today - Happy Birthday Jason! - lets do a birthday edition.

Happy birthday to:

- 1387 Henry V, king of England (1413-22)/France (1416-19).
-1632 John Locke, Wrington England, empiricist philosopher; disproved substance.
-1686 Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel, composer. Pachelbel rant? 
-1844 Edward Carpenter, English poet (d. 1929).
-1915 Ingrid Bergman, Stockholm, actress (Casablanca, Cactus Flower), (d. 1982). 

-1958 Michael Jackson, Gary Indiana, recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller, Bad), (d. 2009). Thriller Video 

 -1986 Lauren Collins, Canadian actress.

Word of the Day
Time for another new addition to the blog. Something that will increase your knowledge and make you seem super smart to all your friends, the word of the day from Merriam-Webster online.

Today's word is:

Genial: favorable to growth or comfort, marked by genius or diffusing sympathy or friendliness.

Can you use it in a clever proper sentence. Show us in the comments section.

Books and Movies: The Goods.

This great site found it's way into my mailbox the other day (thanks Mrs. Gates) it highlights all the great summer reading lists check it out for some must reads to get in before school starts back up.

If your looking for some good reads, check out the New York Times Best Sellers list ending September 1st. Publishers weekly also has a weekly best sellers list.

Check out the Kirkus book review for Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat.

  Movies that have been released in theaters recently are: Closed Circuit, Getaway and One Direction: This Is Us.
Check out the movie listings for Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Joke of the Day
A man and his son were walking down the street. The boy saw a dog walking and sniffing at the ground. What makes the dog sniff at the ground dad? That is INSTINCT son.
A bit later his dad saw a dog sniffing another dog. Do you know why he's doing that son? I do dad, like you said before that’s END-STINK.

Job Interview Question
You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first; or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect dream lover again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer.
He simply answered: "I would give the car keys to my old friend, and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams."
Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."

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