Before iTunes …

geniusstuff-42-2013-11-edison_phonograph_featured_600x350On this date, February 19, 1878, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph.

In other events that year, the most oft-repeated phrase for the rest of 1878 was, “TURN THAT RACKET DOWN!”

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Faith—Now in Peppermint!

You can’t make this stuff up.

Armor of God? Put on the breath spray of faith.

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If Satan attacks me with his fire-and-brimstone breath, I really don’t think he’s going to be put off by the smell of yesterday’s Taco Bell. So I’ll stick with the shield of faith, thank you very much.

“Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Eph. 6:16).

Mislabeled Lives

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If it looks like corn, is shaped like corn, tastes like corn, it must be onions.

We can wear a Jesus label all we want, but if we don’t look like Him and act like Him, people will assume we’re badly mislabeled.

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” (Matt. 7:16-20).

Lord, work in my life, so that when people see me, they see You.

What’s in Your Attic?

Smithsonian_Building_NROn August 10, 1846, Congress chartered the Smithsonian Institute. With its incredible collection, both on display and in storage, the Smithsonian has earned the nickname “the nation’s attic.”

 

0516_attic-treasures-intro_485x340In its honor, invite the neighbors to tour your attic. Dress up as a tour guide.

It’s a great way to embarrass your kids.

Don’t Throw Out That Comic Book!

Superman-First-Comic-Action-Comics-No-1Happy birthday, Superman.  The first Superman comic was released on June 29, 1938.

Hey, Mom, as you haul your son’s comic book collection to the trash, keep this in mind: one of those first Superman comics sold in 2014 for $3.2 million dollars.

$3.2 million.

Makes you want to up his allowance and let him buy more comics, doesn’t it?

A Blog to Make Policemen Happy

imagesHappy birthday, Mr. Doughnut.

Let’s set the record straight. The origin of the doughnut is not clearly known.  However, June 22, 1847 is generally accepted as the creation of the doughnut as we know it (well, without six pounds of sugar and those annoying sprinkles).  Elizabeth Gregory made the dough cakes, and her son, a ship’s captain, claimed to have put the hole in the middle of it.

It was during this period that Sunday Schools began to grow and rise in popularity.

Makes sense to me. Prior to June 22, 1847, how could you ever start a Bible study without a box of doughnuts?