Neither a wise man
nor a brave man lies
down on the tracks of history
to wait for the train
of the future
to run over him.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
How in the world did the train coupler get its own holiday? Well, the holiday is in honor a the patent filed for a particular type of automatic coupler on this day in 1897. Andrew Beard, who’d been born a slave, received $50,000 for his Jenny Coupler that did the dangerous job of hooking rail cars together without a person needing to be in harm’s way. His invention saved untold numbers of limbs and lives. Mr. Beard had himself lost a leg in a coupling accident. Couldn’t find any clue to its being named Jenny. I like to imagine it might have been the name of a woman who saved him (metaphorically), just as the Jenny Coupler saved others.
Birthdays today include Harpo Marx (1888), Robin Roberts (1960), and Miley Cyrus (1922). That’s quite the varied crowd. The last one made a Smiley without even knowing it. I call it Pasty, Pasty, Thong. You have to click to see it. Not being a prude, just be conscious that lots of school teachers share the Smiley-a-Day with their classroom.
Today is also Espresso Day. I am all over that one. I will however skip Cranberry Day, too bitter for me. Coffee can be bitter too, but I do so love a nice cup of warm soy milk and coffee in the morning.
Today is Pencil Sharpener Day. The patent for the pencil sharpener was filed this day in 1897. Here’s a big AHA moment (Sorry, Oprah. No deep life lesson here.). When you go to empty your electric pencil sharpener, put the whole thing in a bag or in the garbage can so when you open the little drawer full of shavings, all the mess is contained. BTW, the Smileys on a month full of Smiley Silliness are all different than the ones you see in the Daily Smiley.
BTW, the Smileys and holidays on a month full of Smiley Silliness are all different than the ones you see here on the website’s Daily Smiley.
Plus, as is often the case, the Train Smiley you get in the Smiley-a-Day emailer is different from what you see here.