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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant's Child.
This week’s prompt phrases are:
Let the cat out of the bag
Best thing since sliced bread
"Have you let the cat out of the bag yet?" Roger asked his friend.
Dave answered, "No, not yet. I was going to let it be a surprise."
"That might not be such a great idea," Roger said with a bit of warning in his voice.
"Why not? What's got you so over-cautious all of a sudden?"
"I'm not over-cautious, I just know women, that's all."
"You know the women you've dated. You don't know all women," Dave retorted.
"I do know," Roger parried, "that most women would not be excited or pleased to find out their husband and his best friend plan to turn the garage into a workshop to make and sell their invention, even if it is about the best thing since sliced bread."
"You only know the women you date, and most of them aren't pleased with anything. Sandy will be fine with us using part of the garage, and I want to surprise her with a working model. Once she sees it, and how we make it, she'll be on board."
"Okay," Roger was still unconvinced, "but don't say I didn't warn you if you end up sleeping on the couch for a week!"
Alex Kivi Day a/k/a Kivi Day -- Finland (The Day of Finnish Literature)
Arbor Day -- Poland
Bonza Bottler Day
Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day -- at your own risk! sponsored by Susan E. Schwartz of "Teddies Are The Answer"
Cephalopod Awareness Days: Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day -- celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, celebrate the tentacular species
Chicago International Film Festival -- Chicago, IL, US (oldest competitive international film festival in North America; through the 21st)
Curacao Day -- Curacao
Double Tenth Day/National Day -- China; Taiwan (In remembrance of the revolution against the Imperial Manchu Dynasty.)
Emergency Nurses Day
Festival for Juno Moneta -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno as goddess of money)
Frankfurt Book Fair -- Frankfurt, Germany (world's largest international book fair; through Sunday)
Ghatasthapana Dashain Festival-- Nepal (start of a nine day Hindu festival, the longest and most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar)
Independence Day / Deed of Cession Day -- Fiji(1970)
International Top Spinning Day -- sponsored by the Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum, to recognize the Earth as a large spinning top; add your spins to the total and e-mail results to the sponsor
International Walk to School/Bike to School Day -- to promote both healthy exercise and less pollution)
Journee Nationale de la Femme Marocaine -- Morocco (National Women's Day)
Kruger Day -- South Africa
KWP Foundation Day -- North Korea (1945)
Maroons Day -- Suriname (celebration of indigenous peoples)
Moi Day -- Kenya
National Angel Food Cake Day
National Cake Decorating Day -- some websites say today, some say the 17th
National Handbag Day -- started by www.PurseBlog.com
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day -- because about half of pets in the US are overweight or obese
National Stop Bullying Day -- use #NationalStopBullyingDay to post on social media (begun in 2009 by eighteen 6th grade students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, now a nationwide movement)
Naval Academy Day -- US
Navaratri Dusserha -- Hindu (nine day Festival of Durga, wife of Shiva; local dates of observance may vary)
SAVE Today -- US (Stop America's Violence Everywhere, a day created in 1995 by the American Medical Association Alliance)
St. Francis Borgia's Day (Patron of Portugal; Rota, Marianas; against earthquakes)
St. Paulinus of York's Day (Patron of Rochester, England)
Tag der Volksabstimmung -- Austria (Referendum Day)
Tavistock Goose Fair -- Tavistock, Devon, UK (known locally as the Goosey, dating back to 12th-century Michaelmas fairs, this orginal livestock fair is now mostly a fun festival)
War of Independence Anniversary -- Cuba
World Day Against the Death Penalty -- International
World Homeless Day -- no one should be homeless
World Mental Health Day -- International
World Porridge Day -- celebrating Scotland's traditional national dish
Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., marries Katherine Anne "Kiki" Gershman, 1993
Richard Burton marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1975 (second time)
The United States Naval Academy opened with 50 midshipmen and 7 professors, 1845
Adrian Grenier, 1976
Bob Burnquist, 1976
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 1974
Mario Lopez, 1973
Brett Favre, 1969
Daniel Pearl, 1963
Tanya Tucker, 1958
David Lee Roth, 1955
Nora Roberts, 1950
Jessica Harper, 1949
Charles Dance, 1946
Ben Vereen, 1946
Harold Pinter, 1930
Richard Jaeckel, 1926
Thelonious Monk, 1917
Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1924
Helen Hayes, 1900
Giuseppe Verdi, 1813
Henry Cavendish, 1731 (discovered hydrogen)
Thor: Ragnarok(Film), 2017
"Upstairs, Downstairs"(TV), 1971
"The Bob Newhart Show"(TV), 1962
"Milk and Honey"(Musical), 1961
"Porgy and Bess"(Folk opera), 1935
"Die Chinesische Mauer/The Great Wall of China"(Play), 1946
The Tuxedo, 1886 (introduced at The Tuxedo Club in New York)
Today in History:
The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Carribean, 1780
The first non-Native American settlement is founded in Oklahoma, 1802
William Lassell discovers Neptune's moon Triton, 1846
The first "Dinner Jacket" is worn to the Autumn Ball at Tuxedo Park, NY, 1886
President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal, 1913
Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after the French pull out of the city, 1954
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant, 1957
The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world's first major nuclear accident, 1957
The opening ceremony at The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary communication satellite, 1964
The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, comes into force, 1967
In Montreal, Quebec, a national crisis hits Canada when Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte becomes the second statesman kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 1971
After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI adds Arabic to the languages in which the weekly Vatican address is broadcast, 2012
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for their work in advocating children's rights; 17-year-old Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban in retaliation for her activism, is the youngest recipient in history, 2014