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This past week's visits to the veterinarian's office to get 9 cats up to date on exams and shots reminds me of a joke.
A stray cat wandered up to a couple's house, and it was in horrible shape. She was skinny, with matted fur and weepy eyes. The wife felt terrible for it, so she gave the cat a bit of meat and decided she was going to keep it.
The first order of business, of course, was to get the cat to the vet. Because this was a small town there was only one veterinarian, and the vet and the lady's husband did not get along well. The vet thought the husband was cheap, and the husband thought the vet just charged too much. They were always trading jibes and sniping at each other. Having no other place to go, however, the lady put the cat in a cardboard box and she and her husband went to the vet's office.
The husband told the vet, "Keeping this cat is my wife's idea, not mine. I do feel sorry for it, but it's dirty and it stinks and do you even think it will survive? And please don't charge us a bunch of money to work on a cat that isn't going to recover from being half starved and so dirty."
"Leave it with me for a couple of days," the vet answered with a sigh. "We will examine her and get her cleaned up and see what we are dealing with. No charge until we know if she'll live, and then I'll only charge you for the shots, cleaning, and defleaing/deworming."
The following day, the husband had a doctor's appointment with the one general practitioner physician in town, and it just so happened, so did the veterinarian.
When the vet came out of the doctor's exam room and into the busy waiting room, he noticed the husband and his look brightened. He told the husband, "We shaved your wife's pussy, got rid of the fleas, and she now smells great! By the way, she's pregnant, and there's no way to know who the father is!"
Audubon Day -- birth anniversary of John James Audubon
Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day -- this one has its own Facebook page
Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy -- Belarus
Delphinia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Apollo; date approximate)
Drive It Day -- England (commemorates the 64 cars that left London on the first day of the Thousand Mile Trial on 23 April 1900)
Fairy Laughter Convention -- Fairy Calendar
Festival of Individual Sovereignty -- an internet holiday that i think is a good idea!
Festival of Renenutet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (as Lady of the Robes, who invented the bandages in which to wrap mummies; date approximate)
Helena Railroad Fair -- Helena, MT, US (largest railroad hobby event in the area)
Hug an Australian Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Landsgemeinde -- Appenzell, Inner Rhoden Canton, Switzerland (one of the last examples of direct democracy left; the final Sunday of each April all voters in the canton age 18 and older, wearing traditional swords, gather for a church service and then vote directly on all affairs of the canton for the year; no secret ballots, all raise their hands to vote yea or nay; festival follows. This tradition dates back to the 14th century.)
London Marathon -- Greenwich to The Mall, London, England
Mayan Rain Festival -- to honor the rain gods and welcome the fruitfulness of the earth; date approximate
Mother, Father Deaf Day -- to honor deaf parents and recognize the gifts of culture and language they give to their hearing children; sponsored by CODA (Children of Deaf Adults International)
National Help A Horse Day -- US (Join the ASPCA in several rescue events)
National Pretzel Day
Pet Parent's Day -- honoring those who consider pets a part of the family
Remember Your First Kiss Day
Richter Scale Day -- birth anniversary of Charles Francis Richter
Sacrifice to Zeus Epacrios -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Shuffleboard Day -- on the adopted birthday of the game (no exact date of origination can be pinned down, and fans want a day to celebrate, so here it is)
Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival -- Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, McCalla, AL, US (through next Sunday)
St. Rafael Arnaiz' Day (Patron of diabetics and against diabetes)
St. Stephen of Perm's Day / Old Permic Alphabet Day -- Russian Orthodox Church (inventor of the alphabet used for Russian before the Cyrillic was developed)
Sun 'n Fun International Fly in & Expo -- Lakeland, Florida, US (preserving and enhancing the future of flight; through Sunday)
Turkmen Racing Horse Festival -- Turkmenistan
Union Day -- Tanzania
World Healing Day / World Tai Chi and Qigong Day -- information here
World Intellectual Property Day -- UN
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day -- anyone, anywhere in the world who makes a pinhole photograph today may upload it to the world wide online gallery
Prince Albert (future George VI) marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923
The Independent Order of Oddfellows, American branch, is established in Baltimore, MD, US, 1819
Moscow State University opens, 1755
Jon Lee, 1982
Jason Earles, 1977
Tom Welling, 1977
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, 1970
Kevin James, 1965
Jet Li, 1963
Joan Chen, 1961
Michael Damian, 1962
Giancarlo Esposito, 1958
Boyd Matson, 1947
Gary Wright, 1943
Bobby Rydell, 1942
Duane Eddy, 1938
Carol Burnett, 1933
I.M. Pei, 1917
Hans Detlef "Douglas" Sierck, 1897
Anita Loos, 1889
Gertrude Bridget "Ma" Rainey, 1886 (Some say April 3)
Frederick Law Olmsted, 1822
John James Audobon, 1785
Marcus Aurelius, 121
"Jelly's Last Jam"(Musical), 1992
"China Beach"(TV), 1988
"Grand Polonaise Brillante"(Chopin Op. 20), 1835
Today in History:
Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn, 1514
William Shakespeare is baptized, 1564
English colonists of the Jamestown settlement make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia, 1607
Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, 1802
Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic, 1925
In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections, 1963
Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania, 1964
A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting, 1965
The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force, 1970
A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster, 1986
Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle, 1994
Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country, 2005
During the second day of evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, Rupert Murdock reveals there was a 'cover-up' at 'News of the World' but that he had no knowledge of it, 2012