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Temporary Insanity

Posted by admin on February 19 in February |

spiralFebruary 19th is National Temporary Insanity Day! Why? Because on this day in 1859, the temporary insanity plea was used for the first time in a US court. Daniel Sickles, a US Congressman from New York, was acquitted of murder on the grounds that he was temporarily insane. Sickles had shot and killed Philip Barton Key, son of Frances Scott Key and the DC district attorney, in Lafayette Square for having an affair with his wife. Sickles pleaded temporary insanity and the sanctity of man’s home and beat the murder rap.

The temporary insanity plea quickly became associated with crimes of passion. Today, the plea is used in less than 1% of cases and results in a Continue reading “Temporary Insanity” »

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13th Valentine President

Posted by admin on February 13 in February |

Hmm… a Valentine’s Day following a Friday the 13th and proceeding a President’s Day? What is a tidbit master to do? (Yes, I did just call myself a “tidbit master.”)

 

Harry and Bess Truman’s Wedding Day – June 28, 1919

 

First, let’s start with some fun old superstitions about love:

·    On Valentine’s Day, the first male name you read or hear, will be the name of the man you will marry.

·    If you see a squirrel on Valentine’s Day, you will marry a cheapskate who will hoard all your money.

·    If you see a goldfinch on Valentine’s Day, you will marry a millionaire.

·    If you see a flock of doves on Valentine’s Day, you will have a happy peaceful marriage.

·    If you find a glove on the road on Valentine’s Day, your future Continue reading “13th Valentine President” »

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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by admin on December 31 in December |

fireworksAre you tired of making New Year Resolutions year after year and not keeping them? Maybe you’ve been making your resolutions too hard. Here are some resolutions that you can actually accomplish!

 

Resolutions You Can Actually Keep…

10. Read less.
9.  Gain weight. Put on at least 30 pounds.
8.  Stop exercising. Waste of time.
7.  Watch more TV. You’ve been missing some good stuff.
6.  Procrastinate more. Start tomorrow.
5.  Drink. Drink some more.
4.  Start being superstitious.
3.  Spend more time at work.
2.  Stop bringing lunch from home: You should eat out more.
and last but not least…
1.  Take up a new habit: maybe smoking!

 

Statistics on Resolutions:

  • 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year.
  • Among the top New Year’s Resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and quitting smoking. Also popular are resolution dealing with better money management and debt reduction.
  • 75% of resolutions are maintained past the first week. 71% past the first 2 weeks. 64% after one month. And 46% after 6 months.
  • While a lot of people break these resolutions, statistics show that setting goals for yourself is still good because you are 10 times more likely to attain your goal, rather than people who don’t explicitly make goals.

 

Quote of the Day:
“Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.” ~ Anonymous

Sources: proactivechange.com, ahajokes.com

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