Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records in Detroit on this date in 1959. Some of the initial artists that recorded for Gordy were Jackie Wilson, Smokey Robinson and Mary Wells. Later, such groups as The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Jackson 5 became part of Motown music.

Children can laugh up to 400 times a day, but for adults this frequency drops to barely 15 times a day. Where is our laughter?

Let’s see what we can do about that …

My wife, a professor of medicine, has published five books. After she’d written her latest one, I stopped at a market to buy some chocolate and Champagne.

“Are you celebrating something?” asked the clerk as he bagged my items.

“Yes,” I replied proudly. “My wife just finished a book.”

He paused for a moment. “Slow reader?”

True story …

Guillermo Reyes and his pet parrot go everywhere together. While driving in Mexico City after having a few drinks one night, Reyes was stopped at a police checkpoint. He knew that if he played it cool, he’d be okay. But when the officer arrived at his car, the parrot starting squawking, “He’s drunk! He’s drunk!” so the cops gave Reyes a Breathalyzer test, which he failed.

“I was born at home on newspapers. I still have a story on my butt, although the print is much larger today.” (Phyllis Diller)

Did you know? In the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Teddy Roosevelt’s portrait is traditionally hung during Republican administrations; Franklin Roosevelt’s during Democratic administration. In television’s West Wing Roosevelt Room, portraits of both presidents were visible. (Producers didn’t want the show to seem partisan.)

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” (Bruce Lee)

“All you need is a love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” (Cartoonist Charles M. Schultz)

“Integrity has no need of rules.” (Albert Camus)

“Spend each moment perfecting the next, not correcting the last.” (Scott Michael Durski)

What do the following phrases have in common?

Nate bit a Tibetan.

Bursitis rub.

Salt an atlas.

Niagara, O roar again!

Not so, Boston.

There are all palindromes — phrases that read the same forward and backward.

A few others…

Dumb mud.

Harass Sarah.

Marge, let’s telegram.

Mega gem.

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