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05/23/19 Earth Music

Thursday, May 23, 2019

"The earth has music for those who listen." William Shakespeare

Before fortune cookie companies hired editors

A chicken farmer went to a local bar, sat next to a woman and ordered a glass of champagne. The woman perked up and said, “How about that? I just ordered a glass of champagne, too!”

“What a coincidence” the farmer said. “This is a special day for me, I am celebrating.” 

“This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating,” said the woman.

“What a coincidence!” said the farmer.  As they clinked glasses he added, “What are you celebrating?”

“My husband and I have been trying to have a child, and today my gynecologist told me that I am pregnant!”

“What a coincidence!” said the man.  “I’m a chicken farmer and for years all of my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying fertilized eggs.”

“That’s great!” said the woman, “How did your chickens become fertile?”

“I used a different cocks,” he replied.

The woman smiled, clinked his glass and said, “What a coincidence!”

It's Red Nose Day! Red Nose Day is a campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy, and educated. Through the power of entertainment, it strives to bring people together to laugh and have fun, all while raising life-changing cash for the children that need it the most. Since its debut in 2015, it raised nearly $150 million and impacted over 16 million children in America, and around the world.
It's Turtle Day! Today raises awareness of the threats to turtles and tortoise around the world as they are becoming endangered due to destruction of their habitat, water contamination, and global warming . The need is to protect their habitat, stop illegal trade and sales and smuggling, address the cruel pet trade and exotic food industry. BTW, the difference between turtles and tortoise is, primarily, tortoise are land-dwelling only, they don't swim like some of their turtle cousins.
--Taffy Day: a treat originated in Atlantic City made by boiling together sugar, corn syrup, water, butter with flavorings and coloring; the mixture is pulled, stretched, and folded back onto itself several times till fluffy; salt water taffy does have a bit of salt water in the mix.
--Lucky Penny Day: we've heard the phrase "find a penny, pick it up and all day long, you'll have good luck"; it stems from an older superstition that metal was protection against evil; so pay attention for those lost pennies and you just may be lucky.
--Declaration of the Bab Day: celebrated by the Baha'i faith, one of 9 holy days, commemorates the anniversary of when Bab declared himself in 1844.
--International Day to End Obstetric Fistula: a worldwide movement to raises awareness of the condition, the causes and to educate against the stigmas; OF is a result of difficult labor and childbirth that result in a hole between the birth canal and bladder/rectum; particularly affects women in poverty due to not being able to afford to have the damage repaired.
--Lag B'omer: a Jewish religious observance that started yesterday at nightfall and ends at today's sunset; marks celebration of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai who revealed the secrets of the kabbalah.
--Crohn's and Colitis Day: raises awareness of these debilitation digestive diseases; patients experience IBD differently which makes it difficult to diagnose and treat.
--World Orienteering Day: put away the gps; today offers competitions of orienteering which is a group of sports that require navigational skills using maps and a compass to navigate from point to point over diverse and, often unfamiliar, terrain.
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