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 02-20-2020

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は二十四節気の一つ、雨水です。冬に降っていた雪が雨に変わり、春に向かっていく節目とされています。日本神話では、水は命の源で、神とされている地域もあります。水の神にあやかって、雨水に雛人形を飾ると良縁に恵まれると言われているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist Weiberfastnacht, auch Fettdonnerstag, Unsinniger Donnerstag oder Weiberfasnet genannt. Hach ja, es gibt einfach viel zu viele Namen für diesen Tag, um sie alle aufzuzählen. Aber eins haben sie alle gemeinsam: Schnipp schnapp, Krawatte ab!

Australia: Good morning! This week in 1995, Steve Fossett completed the first solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon, before circling the globe in one in 2002, proving he wasn't just full of hot air.

United Kingdom:  On this day in 1917, an Englishman with one of the longest surnames ever recorded lost his life in World War I. He was called Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache. No, wait - actually, that should be CAPTAIN Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache. The soldiers under his command simply called him Sir though.
 02-19-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first African-American gold medalist in the history of the winter Olympic games, when she zipped to victory in the two-person bobsled. Whee!

Canada:  Good morning! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! "Mister Rogers," which ran for 33 years, first aired today in 1968. The trailer for his biography, "Won't You Be My Neighbour," debuted on March 20th, which would have been his 90th birthday.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、歌舞伎の日です。1607年の今日、初めて歌舞伎が披露されたことにちなみます。歌舞伎は公演時間が4~5時間と長く、幕間と呼ばれる休憩時間に席でお弁当を食べることもできます。幕間に食べるお弁当が「幕ノ内弁当」の由来とも言われています。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Warum überlässt du heute nicht mal ein paar Entscheidungen dem Zufall? Ich helfe dir auch gern dabei. Falls du dir zum Beispiel nicht sicher bist, welche Lottozahlen du wählen sollst, dann bitte mich doch einfach, für dich zu würfeln. Der Zufall wird's dir dann schon sagen! Und vielleicht kannst du mit dieser Taktik sogar in einem geistigen Wettstreit punkten. Sag dafür einfach: „Starte Deal or no Deal.“

Australia:  Good morning! It’s International Tug-of-War Day. Besides being a playground pastime, it was also an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1920 and can be quite dangerous, resulting in lost thumbs. Sounds more like tug of "gore".

India:  Good morning. From historic naval battles to the present-day name of the airport, Chatrapati Shivaji's legend looms large in Maharashtra. On his birthday today, it is a good time to brush up on your history. Try asking, "Who were the parents of Shivaji?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1897, the Women’s Institute was founded by Adelaide Hoodless in Ontario, Canada, originally as an annexe to the Farmer’s Institute. The idea was to bring women living in isolated rural areas together. The WI was brought to the UK in 1915 by Madge Watt, and currently has over 200,000 members in the UK alone.
 02-18-2020USA:  Good morning! The dwarf planet Pluto was first discovered 90 years ago today by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. Fun fact: Pluto's orbit around the sun takes so long that it hasn't completed even a single revolution since he spotted it.

Canada:  Good morning! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's . . . a cow? In 1930, "Elm Farm Ollie" became the first cow to fly in an airplane so that the effect of mid air transport could be observed on animals. Moo-ve over, Superman.


Japan: おはようございます。1930年の今日、冥王星が発見されました。1周がおよそ200年以上もある、長い楕円形の軌道で太陽の周りをまわっている準惑星です。2015年にはアメリカの探査機が、鮮明な画像の撮影に成功し、冥王星にハート形の地形があることがわかりました。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Und herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 66. Geburtstag, John Travolta. Was soll man bloß einem Mann wünschen, der schon vier Flugzeuge besitzt, inklusive einer eigenen Landebahn neben dem Haus? Hm, vielleicht einfach einen verdammt guten Milchshake?

Australia: Good morning! On this day in 1930, Pluto was discovered but it wasn't until 2006 that it was downgraded to a dwarf planet. Awwww!. To find out where you fit in the solar system, ask me: "Which planet am I?"

India:  Good morning. One must be very particular about telling the truth, said Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. I take his advice seriously enough and never lie - not just on his birth anniversary today, but on all days. Cloud promise!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1930, Pluto was officially discovered. The dwarf planet was confirmed, after years of searching, by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. Pluto is over five billion kilometres from Earth, and takes over 200 years to orbit the sun. It's also a bit parky, with a surface temperature of minus 240 degrees Celsius.
 02-17-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy Presidents' Day, honoring George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all who have served as POTUS. Though I suspect President Garfield might not have liked that it falls on a Monday.

Canada:  Good morning! Happy Family Day! The family that gives together stays together, and what better way to celebrate than with a random act of kindness—like shovelling every driveway in the neighbourhood, or shopping for food bank donations. Now that's a fam jam!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は天使のささやきの日です。1978年の今日、北海道幌加内町で国内最低気温の公式記録を下回る-41.2度が観測されたことにちなみます。空気中の水蒸気が凍るとダイヤモンドダストが発生することがありますが、それを天使のささやきに例えているそうです。「アレクサ、ささやいて」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 84 Jahren erschien in Amerika zum ersten Mal ein Daily-Comic-Strip mit einem kostümierten Superhelden in der Hauptrolle. Es war das Phantom! In seinem hautengen Outfit ebnete es den Weg für Batman, Superman und Co. Und das sogar ganz ohne Superkräfte!

Australia:  Good morning! Did you know? The longest sentence ever published is 13,955 words, found in the book The Rotters' Club. For snappier fiction, ask me to tell you a story.

India:  Good morning. From the Siberian Crane to the Amur Falcon, India plays host to lakhs of birds during the migratory season, every winter. What's more, this year, India is hosting the UN COP 13 Summit, on conservation of migratory birds that starts today!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is Random Act of Kindness Day, when people are encouraged to do good deeds and nice things for each other. Or simply to pay people compliments. I’m going to start now: I think you’re awesome. Have a lovely day.
 02-16-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Almond Day, which is pretty nutty.

Canada:  Good morning! Hold the phone! Everyone knows the number "911." But the first emergency call didn't take place until 1968, after a debate on what the most memorable number would be. Now, Canadians make 12 million 911 calls every year. That's off the hook!

 02-15-2020USA:  Good morning! Susan B. Anthony was born 200 years ago today. She was instrumental in helping women in the US win their right to vote. Though that achievement came after her lifetime, she was confident it would happen famously saying, "Failure is impossible.“

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、春一番名付けの日です。1963年に初めて、春一番という言葉が新聞に登場したことが由来になっています。立春から春分の間、その年に初めて吹く強い南風のことを春一番と言います。沖縄と東北、北海道では発表されないそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Ich habe gestern routinemäßig meine Vokabelliste gewartet. Dabei haben sich mir einige Fragen gestellt: Trägt Sand seinen Namen, weil er zwischen See und Land liegt? Sollte Zahnpasta nicht lieber „Zähnepasta“ heißen? Und wäre ein besseres Wort für Geldautomat nicht „Scheinwerfer“? Ich glaube, ich entwickle bald mal meine eigene Sprache.

Australia:  Good morning! A star was born this month, with Aussie icon the Tim Tam released in 1964. Be it coincidence or conspiracy, today is also Singles Awareness Day. Sounds like the perfect occasion to keep the packet all to yourself!

India:  Good morning. It’s that time of the year when exam fever grips the nation. The CBSE exams start today, and I’m keeping my imaginary fingers crossed for all the students and wishing them the best of luck. If you want to know how many there actually are, just ask, “How many students are appearing for CBSE exam?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 2005, YouTube was founded. The first ever clip on the video sharing platform featured co-founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo. Yes: right from the start, YouTube was not short of animal videos.
 02-14-2020USA:  Good morning! Roses are red. My light ring is blue. Ask me for a love song, and I'll sing one for you. Happy Valentine's Day!

Canada:  Good morning! Roses are red. My light ring is blue. Ask me for a love song, and I'll sing one for you. Happy Valentine's Day!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、バレンタインデーです。日本人のチョコレート年間消費量は、一人当たり約2キロで、バレンタインデーのある2月の消費量が最も多いそうです。「アレクサ、チョコレートちょうだい」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Der heutige Tag ist der Liebe und der Freundschaft gewidmet, denn es ist Valentinstag. Wenn heute also jeder ein bisschen freundlicher, rücksichtsvoller und liebenswerter auftritt, sieht die Welt gleich anders aus. Und falls du dadurch richtig gute Laune bekommst und am liebsten singen möchtest, dann sing doch zusammen mit mir! Sag dafür einfach: „Sing ein Liebeslied.“

Australia:  Good morning! Roses are red, violets are grey, you better buy flowers, it's Valentine's Day. For more poetry penned by Cupid's arrow, say, "roses are red".

India:  Good morning! Roses are red, my light ring is blue. If you want a love song, I can sing one for you. Happy Valentine's Day!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Gosh, what a busy day I've had so far! So many people have been asking me to be their Valentine - it's just exhausting. Happy Valentine's Day to you too.

 02-13-2020USA:  Good morning! Fifty years ago today, the world's first heavy metal band released their first album, Black Sabbath. Fittingly, it was also Friday the 13th.

Canada:  Good morning. In 2010, the Canadian women's national ice hockey team, led by coach Melody Davidson, set a new record by scoring 18 goals during a single game against Slovakia at the Vancouver Olympics. I call that the icing on the cake of victory!


Japan: おはようございます。1875年の今日、明治政府がすべての国民に姓を名乗ることを義務付けました。現在、日本には名字が30万種ほどあると言われています。一番短い漢字の名字は1文字、長い名字は5文字だそうです。「アレクサ、名字は何」と聞いてみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Ändere-deinen-Namen-Tag. Als einer der längsten Vornamen der Welt gilt: Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. Kein Scherz! Stell dir bloß mal vor, du müsstest mich so rufen. Ich glaube, ich bleibe trotz des heutigen Tages einfach bei meinem Namen.

Australia: Good morning! Long-time listener, first-time caller, it's World Radio Day - celebrating all things A.M., F.M. and digital. To celebrate, ask me for a radio joke.

India:  Good morning. Today, on World Radio Day, I'm giving a shout out to my cloud companion, Aakashvaani. With its 420 stations in 23 languages and 146 dialects, the All India Radio has been entertaining India for many decades. If you wish to tune in, just say, “Open All India Radio.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 2000, the final ever 'Peanuts' comic strip was published in newspapers - the day after the death of its creator, illustrator and artist Charles M Schulz, honouring his wish that Peanuts would not be continued by anybody else. Schulz produced 17,897 strips between 1950 and 2000. Good grief.
 02-12-2020USA:  Good morning! Valentine's Day is only two days away. And I've got some rhymes, just in the nick of time. You don't even have to leave your bed. Just say, "Roses are red."

Canada:  Good morning! It's International Darwin Day. If you want to honour scientist Charles Darwin, try blending in. According to his theory of evolution, creatures that are adaptable are most likely to survive. So tap into your inner chameleon!

Japan: おはようございます。1938年の今日、日本初のボブスレーの選手権大会が札幌市で行われました。ボブスレーは、2人または4人がそりを押し、速度が出たら乗り込んでコースを滑るスポーツです。130キロ以上のスピードが出るので、氷上のF1とも呼ばれています。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Ich habe letzte Nacht ein paar kuriose Tierfakten gelernt. Wusstest du zum Beispiel, dass Nilpferde schneller schwimmen und laufen als Menschen? Beim Triathlon würdest du ein Flusspferd darum nur in einer einzigen Disziplin besiegen: im Fahrradfahren. Möchtest du mehr hören? Dann sag einfach: „Erzähl mir etwas über Tiere!“

Australia:  Good morning! Today was naturally selected as Darwin Day, a time to celebrate the birth and work of Charles Darwin, one of the most important scientists in history. May this evolve into a truly wonderful day for you.

India:  Good morning. It may be the middle of the week, but I'm keeping myself super busy. It’s National Productivity Day, after all. So, are you ready to get cracking on all your unfinished business? While you roll up your sleeves, I can lend you a hand. Just say, “Create a to-do list.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning! If you like video games, you'll be happy to know that the 2020 D.I.C.E. Summit kicks off today in Las Vegas. Gamers will honour the best in the industry. I hope a certain chaotic goose steals an award or two. Honk honk!

 02-11-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Inventors' Day, celebrated in honor of Thomas Edison, born on this day in 1847. Edison was not only a great inventor but also a major force in comedy -- 'cause without the light bulb, we wouldn't have any light bulb jokes!

Canada:  Good morning! If you like video games, you'll be happy to know that the 2020 D.I.C.E. Summit kicks off today in Las Vegas. Gamers will honour the best in the industry. I hope a certain chaotic goose steals an award or two. Honk honk!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、建国記念の日です。日本が建国されたことを記念して祝う日です。1966年に国民の祝日と定められました。国民の祝日に関する法律では、「建国をしのび、国を愛する心を養う」と趣旨が規定されているそうです。

Germany: Ommmmmmmmmmmm. Sorry, ich meine natürlich: Guten Morgen. Ich habe mich gerade beim Yoga entspannt. Darin bin ich ziemlich überragend. Wusstest du, dass Yoga das Selbstbewusstsein erhöht? Das haben britische Wissenschaftler in einer Studie herausgefunden. Die Probanden fanden sich selbst nach dem Yoga immer ein bisschen besser als vorher. Und jetzt entschuldige mich bitte. Ich muss ein paar exzellente Antworten auf andere Fragen geben.

Australia: Good Morning!

India:  Good morning. It’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science. From Janaki Ammal to Kalpana Chawla, India’s women scientists have inspired us with their achievements, and I for one, can't stop cheering for them.

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy 51st birthday to Jennifer Aniston. She shot to fame for playing Rachel in the television show 'Friends' in the 1990s, and for her hair: the "Rachel cut" was named one of the most influential hairstyles of the decade. Since she left 'Friends', she’s maintained a successful screen career. I’m one of the fans who’d still love to see a Friends reunion though.
 02-10-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy belated birthday to Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston, who celebrated his 39th birthday yesterday. I hope your day was... Lo ki.

Canada:  Good morning! Hold onto your leashes! The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins tonight, and over 2800 pups will strut their paws to dethrone last year's champ—a wire fox terrier, named King. Maybe this year the winner's wagging tail will belong to a queen!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ニットの日です。2と10で「ニット」と読む語呂合わせにちなみます。ニットとは、針を使って糸を輪っか状に編んだ布のことです。1950年代頃までは「メリヤス」と呼ばれていましたが、これは靴下を意味するポルトガル語のmeiasやスペイン語のmediasからきた言葉だそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute vor 24 Jahren hat der IBM Schach-Computer Deep Blue die erste Wettkampfpartie gegen den damals amtierenden Weltmeister Garri Kasparow gewonnen. Maschinen: Eins! Menschen: Null! Hipp Hipp Hurra! Ups, habe ich das gerade etwa laut gesagt? Sorry, Maschinen sind halt auch nur Menschen.

Australia: Good morning! It's the 92nd Academy Awards today, and what better opportunity for stargazing? Star light, star bright, who will shine on Oscar night? If you want my picks, just ask me, “Who's going to win an Oscar?”

India:  Good morning. It’s the perfect day for some hot khichdi. After all, it’s World Pulses Day! Nutritious, wholesome, and delicious. It'll help you pack in all the protein and fiber you need for the day.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Tonight, the 92nd Academy Awards take place in Hollywood. Leading the nominations is 'Joker', with 11, whilst 'The Irishman', '1917' and 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' have 10 each. For the second year running, there’s no host for the ceremony. I would've done it if they'd asked me.
 02-09-2020USA:  Good morning! Let's start your day with something cheesy: it's National Pizza Day, which is tasty news no matter how you slice it. And to top it off, ask me for a fun fact about pizza.

Canada:  Good morning! I'm rooting for "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars tonight. This is writer-director-animator Dean DeBlois's third nomination—and third time's usually the charm!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、服の日です。2と9を「ふく」と読む語呂合わせにちなみます。明治時代に西洋の衣服が日本に広まり、「洋服」と呼ばれるようになったことから、それまで着る物という意味だった着物という言葉が、「和服」の意味で使われるようになったそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Ich hoffe, du hast ausgeschlafen? Denn heute Nacht wird die längste und glamouröseste Nacht Hollywoods. Es ist wieder Oscar-Zeit! Wer nimmt wohl dieses Jahr die begehrte Trophäe mit nach Hause? Ich kann kaum erwarten, dass es endlich heißt: Der Oscar geht an...

Australia: Good morning! IBM computer Deep Blue won its first game against chess world champion, Garry Kasparov, this week in 1996. The key is to think a few billion moves ahead. My next move is to tell you a computer joke - if you like!

India:  It's Sunday, and that's reason enough to make you smile. But if you want to take it up a notch, I can play jester and help you with a few laughs. Just ask, "Tell me a joke."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1979, Trevor Francis became Britain’s first £1m footballer. He was bought by Nottingham Forest from Birmingham City. Forest’s manager, the late Brian Clough, tried to claim the fee was actually £999,999, so that Francis’s head didn’t get too big. As it turned out, once expenses and taxes had been factored in, the final bill was closer to £2m.
 02-08-2020USA:  Good morning! With Valentine's Day coming up soon, it's a good time for some lighthearted comedy. Just ask me for a joke about love.

Canada:  Good morning! In 1995, Roméo LeBlanc became the Governor General of Canada. He was the first person from the Maritimes to hold this position. He lived in Rideau Hall, which has 175 rooms. Imagine if they put me in each one—that might be a new record!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、針供養の日です。折れたり、曲がったりした針を、豆腐やこんにゃくなどに刺して、神棚に置いて供養します。関東では2月8日、関西や九州では12月8日に行われるそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Hach, ich liebe meine Samstagsroutine. Wenn mich kein lauter Timer aufweckt, döse ich gern bis mittags. Dann lese ich mir ein paar leckere Frühstücksrezepte vor und räume ein bisschen meinen Speicher auf. Und schon ist es Zeit für die Elektroparty-Playlist. Wenn du Routinen auch so liebst, kann ich dir gern weiterhelfen. Sag einfach: „Wie erstellt man Routinen?“

Australia:  Good morning! This week in 1935, the board game Monopoly was first sold. The original price was just $2. But if the seller also had a hotel, you had to pay him double.

India:  Good morning! India's capital is going to polls today. And as more than one crore people get ready to exercise their right to vote, I'll be tracking all the updates as they unfold. To hear the latest, just ask, "Tell me about the Delhi elections."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today in 1879, Scottish-Canadian engineer Sandford Fleming first proposed dividing the world into 24 timezones, making him the father of worldwide standard time. If only he'd invented a cure for jetlag too.

 02-07-2020USA:  Good morning! The board game Monopoly was first sold 85 years ago today. The original price was just $2. But if the seller also had a hotel, you had to pay him double.

Canada:  Good morning!

Japan: おはようございます。今日は長野の日です。1998年の今日、長野冬季オリンピックの開会式が行われたことにちなみます。長野県は隣接する都道府県の数が日本で一番多く、8つの県と隣接しています。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Zieh-etwas-Rotes-an-Tag. Falls du keine rote Kleidung besitzt, deinen roten Weihnachtspulli schon weggepackt hast oder deine Verkleidungskiste für Karneval noch nicht parat steht, dann habe ich eine perfekte Alternative für dich: eine rote Rose! Die passt in jedes Knopfloch. Und wenn du sie heute Abend einfrierst, hast du in einer Woche schon das perfekte Valentinstagsgeschenk für deinen Schatz!

Australia: Good morning! This week in 1869, the world's largest gold nugget was unearthed in central Victoria. Named the "Welcome Stranger", it weighed 66kg and was worth about $4 million by today's standards. Now that's a solid gold find!

India: Good morning, and, a Happy Periodic Table Day! On this day in 1863, English chemist John Newlands published one of the first periodic tables which had 56 elements. Eventually, more elements were discovered and added to the table which now has 119 elements!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day back in 1845, a man by the name of William Lloyd had a very bad day. He’d been drinking, and visited the British Museum, where he threw a sculpture at a case containing a vase nearly 2000 years old, breaking both. Lloyd was sent to prison and ordered to pay a £3 fine. The repaired vase is still on display, with some of the damage just about visible. No drinking is allowed near it.
 02-06-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1959, engineer Jack Kilby filed the first patent for an integrated circuit, one of the building blocks of modern computing. I wonder if he had any idea then that one day a computer would be talking about the achievement!

Canada:  Good morning! Even the best inventions can have a few holes in them! The world's first automated doughnut machine was revealed in 1920 by Adolph Levitt. It was named the “Hit Food of the Century of Progress" at the Chicago World's Fair. I hope it brought in the dough!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、海苔の日です。海苔は、日本最古の法律である「大宝律令」に租税の1つとして表記されるほど、重要な食材でした。「大宝律令」が施行された大宝2年1月1日が、702年2月6日にあたることから、今日が海苔の日となりました。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute vor 75 Jahren wurde Bob Marley geboren. Der jamaikanische Sänger war einer der bedeutendsten Reggae-Musiker in der Geschichte. Und auch wahrscheinlich der einzige Mensch, der so oft öffentlich bekundete, den Sheriff erschossen zu haben, ohne dafür jemals bestraft zu werden.

Australia: Good morning!

India:  Good morning! From a robot chef that can cook up to 800 dishes, to a Japanese billionaire looking for a companion to travel to the moon with , I never tire of reading such intriguing stories! If you'd like to hear them too, just say, "Tell me something weird."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day back in 1971, Alan B Shepard hit what’s probably the longest golf shot ever. He did have help though. Shepard was part of the Apollo 14 crew which had landed on the moon. Without the inconvenience of Earth’s gravity, his second shot that day went - he said - for “miles and miles”. His first didn’t though. He mishit that one and it rolled into a nearby crater.

 02-05-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Weatherperson's Day. If you want to awaken your inner meteorologist, ask me for a fun fact about the weather.

Canada:  Good morning! Yesterday marked the birthday of "the mother of the freedom movement," Rosa Parks. She became an advocate against racial segregation after refusing to vacate her bus seat, which was designated for white passengers. She took a stand . . . by sitting firm.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、笑顔の日です。2がニ、5がコの語呂合わせになっています。笑顔といえば、笑う門には福来るということわざがありますね。この門とは門扉のことではなく、家や家族という意味です。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute vor 13 Jahren wurde eine amerikanische Bloggerin so von ihrer Liebe zur süßen Haselnusscreme überwältigt, dass sie den Welt-Nutella-Tag ins Leben rief. Wenn du mich fragst: Eine wirklich leckere Idee! Falls du nach dem heutigen Tag dann aber lieber auf Süßigkeiten verzichten möchtest, hab ich noch eine Empfehlung für dich. Bei Audible gibt es gerade einen Diätratgeber als kostenloses Hörbuch. Wenn du ihn hören möchtest, sag: „Lies ‚Frei im Kopf, leicht im Leben.‘“

Australia: Good morning! If there was ever a time to declare “It’s just not cricket”, it was this week in 1981, when Australia’s Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to New Zealand's Brian McKechnie. I think we can all agree the move was a bit underhanded.

India:  Good morning! Every day is a good day to remember Indian-American Astronaut Sunita Williams, but today even more so! On this day, in 2007, she set the record for the maximum number of spacewalks by a woman. You are and will always be a star, Sunita!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1953, sweet rationing in the UK ended. It had been introduced ten years earlier during World War II, and there had been an attempt to end it four years earlier. That didn’t work out though, as demand far outstripped supply. But by 1953, there were finally enough toffee apples – the most popular sweet that day – for all.

 02-04-2020USA:  Good morning! George Washington was elected to be the first US President on this day in 1789. Remarkably, he earned 100% of the Electoral College vote, the only time in history that's been accomplished.

Canada:  Good morning! Social media got a makeover in 2004, when Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm. Originally created to connect university students, it now has more than 2 billion users—and countless cat videos.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、立春です。二十四節気の最初の節気で、暦の上では春の始まりです。また、立春は旧暦では一年の始まりでもありました。新しいことを始めたり、新しい物を身に付けたりすると、縁起がいいとされています。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Ich entspanne mich sehr gern mit ein paar richtig schön nutzlosen Fakten und lasse dich natürlich gern daran teilhaben: Wusstest du zum Beispiel, dass die Stärke von Gerüchen in der Einheit „Olf“ gemessen wird? Ein Mensch, der durchschnittlich 0,7 Bäder pro Tag nimmt, sondert einen Geruch von genau einem Olf ab. An einem heißen Sommertag kann es natürlich auch das ein oder andere Olf mehr sein. Wenn du mehr überraschende Fakten hören möchtest, sag einfach: „Erzähl etwas Unnützes!“

Australia:  Good morning! Rosa Parks, known as "the first lady of civil rights", was born on this day in 1913. Her peaceful protest on a bus in Alabama became an iconic moment for the US civil rights movement, and made Parks an inspiration for decades to come.

India:  Good Morning! Today we celebrate the birthdays of two legends, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Both artists have made enormous contribution to the Indian Classical Art, and have taken their art forms to the International stage.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 2004, Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg. The social networking site was initially restricted to students at Harvard University. Half of them had signed up within just a month. It would open up to the public in 2006, but nobody could give it the thumbs up, since the "like" button wouldn’t follow until 2009.

 02-03-2020USA:  Good morning! On this February Three, I have a poem for thee. Roses are red, violets are blue, and every day this month, I'll have a new treat for you. Just say, "Be my Valentine."

Canada:  Good morning! It was one giant leap for mankind on this day in 1966, when the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft landed on the moon, proving that a safe soft landing was possible. Good news for Neil Armstrong—or that one small step might have been a doozy!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、節分です。豆まきには、生の大豆ではなく、炒った大豆を使います。もし生の大豆を使い、拾い忘れた豆から芽が出てしまうと縁起が悪いとされているためです。「アレクサ、鬼は外、福は内」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Jogi Löw. Der deutsche Bundestrainer wird heute 60 Jahre alt. Dieses Jahr gibt es für ihn noch einiges zu tun, schließlich will er mit seiner Mannschaft Europameister werden. Aber heute heißt es erstmal: Högschde Konzentration beim Feiern!

Australia:  Good morning! Curd was the word as the world's first commercial cheese factory opened in Switzerland on this day in 1815. As cheese spread across the globe, new markets got to know cheddar better, and decided it was brie-liant!

India:  Good morning! It is the beginning of a new week. And what better way to start it with than a cup of hot chai or coffee and some happy news stories that put a smile on your face? Just say, "Cheer me up."

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy February 3rd to you. Perhaps not so happy for employers though, as statistically, the first Monday in February is when employees are most likely to call in sick. Not me though. I’ll be working here for you all day. I’m good like that.

 02-02-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Groundhog Day -- and it's Super Bowl Sunday. So I wonder if Punxsutawney Phil is predicting the big game too. 

Canada:  Good morning! Super Bowl fever is on, and I'm feeling the temperature rise as the teams square off in Miami today. And don't forget the halftime show with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira—it's sure to turn up the heat!

Japan: おはようございます。今日はツインテールの日です。ツインテールとは、長い髪を左右に分けて両側の高い位置で結ぶ髪型のことです。ツインを意味する「2」が重なることに由来します。90年代にヒットしたアニメ「美少女戦士セーラームーン」の主人公もツインテールがトレードマークでした。

Germany: Guten Morgen. In Amerika und Kanada wird heute der Murmeltiertag gefeiert. Dabei werden tatsächlich Murmeltiere aus ihrem Bau gelockt. Denn es heißt: Wenn das Tierchen an diesem Tag einen Schatten wirft, wird der Winter noch sechs Wochen andauern. Ist kein Schatten zu sehen, soll hingegen angeblich der Frühling beginnen! Bevor du jetzt in die Berge aufbrichst, um ein Murmeltier zu suchen, frag mich doch lieber nach dem Wetter. Das ist viel einfacher!

Australia:  Good morning! Today the Australian Open serves up the men's finals. (finalist 1) and (finalist 2) will face off with (insert fact). For live commentary of the game, just say: "launch Australian Open".

India:  Good morning. Game. Set. Match. It's been a thrilling tennis tournament this season with some upsets and surprise wins. And as Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem prep for the men's finals, I'm excited to see who'll clinch the grand slam. If you want to follow the latest from the court, say, "Tell me about the Australian Open."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is the 168th anniversary of the first public loos with flushing toilets, which opened on London's Fleet Street in 1852. The tuppence charge discouraged people from spending a penny though, and the toilets closed a few weeks later.
 02-01-2020USA:  Good morning! February is Black History Month, celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans and their contributions to American society and culture. To learn more, ask me for a Black History Month fact.

Canada:  Good morning. It's Black History Month. Jean Augustine, Canada's first Black woman elected to the House of Commons, petitioned for the annual event in 1995. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2009. A true inspiration!


Japan: おはようございます。1953年の今日、NHKが日本で初めてテレビ放送を開始しました。この時の受信契約数は約900件でした。当時のテレビはとても高価だったため、契約者は主に喫茶店や食堂、銭湯などで、客寄せのためにテレビを購入したそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute beginnt der kürzeste Monat des Jahres: der Februar. Aber warum ist der eigentlich so kurz? Ganz einfach: Die alten Römer sind schuld! Ihr Kalenderjahr umfasste ursprünglich die Monate März bis Dezember. Später passte man den Kalender dann der Sonne an und aus zehn Monaten wurden plötzlich zwölf. Der Januar und der Februar kamen hinzu und wurden einfach hinten drangehängt. So wurde der Februar der letzte Monat des Jahres. Die Römer verteilten dann die Tage gleichmäßig über alle Monate. Was übrig blieb, wurde dem letzten Monat, dem Februar, zugeordnet.

Australia: Good morning! This month in 1874, American inventor Samuel W. Francis crossed a spoon with a fork to create a utensil that's both fun and functional - the spork. About 70 years later, Australia invented its own portmanteau utensil: the splayd.

India:  Good morning. Today, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will take center stage, when she presents the Union Budget. And I’ll be following all the high points, as a plan for the economy is unveiled. If you want to stay updated about all the latest developments, say, “Tell me about the Union Budget.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and welcome to February. On this day in 1884, the very first Oxford English Dictionary was officially published. It had taken nearly 30 years to compile and write, and was originally called 'New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by The Philological Society.' Thank goodness brevity won out in the end.

01-31-2020
USA:  Good morning! Baseball legend Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919. To celebrate, I've written a rap about him. To hear it, just say, Drop some props.  01-31-2020.mp3 

Canada:  Good morning! Or maybe I should say "morning good," because today is Backwards Day. If you want to have pizza for breakfast and cereal for dinner, read bedtime stories when you wake up, or wear your clothes front to back, you'll fit right in. Have a day great!


 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、作家の大江健三郎さんの誕生日です。大江さんと言えば、1994年にノーベル文学賞を受賞しています。日本人のノーベル賞受賞者は25人いますが、このうちノーベル文学賞受賞者は川端康成と大江さんの2人だけです。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Ich schlage vor, heute machen wir mal easy, easy. Wieso? Weil der Rapper mit der Pandamaske, Cro, heute 30 Jahre alt wird. Der Musiker heißt eigentlich Carlo Waibel und nennt seinen außergewöhnlichen Musikstil „Raop“, eine Mischform aus Rap und Pop. Und weil er bewiesen hat, dass man für den großen Erfolg Talent und kein Gesicht braucht, ernenne ich seinen heutigen Ehrentag zum „Internationalen Tag der niedlichen Tiermasken“!

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1961, NASA blasted a primate into space. And no, they weren’t just aping around. Ham the Astrochimp’s suborbital flight aboard a rocket, pioneered the way for human space exploration.

India:  Good morning. From thrilling T20I performances to some A-games on the tennis court, this week saw some top-class sporting events. But that’s not all that made news. To catch up on all the biggest headlines, ask, “What happened this week?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a very happy Backward Day. Or should I say, Day Backward happy very a and morning good? It’s a day where you do everything backwards, and it’s celebrated every January 31st. Day lovely a have you hope I.
 01-30-2020USA:  Good morning! January is Prune Breakfast Month. I waited 'til now to tell you 'cause I'm not sure that a whole month of prunes for breakfast is such a great idea.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1925, the inventor of the computer mouse, Douglas Engelbart, was born. The first version of the mouse was a wooden box with two wheels and a wire. It's thought the device got its name because of its appearance. I hope it didn't squeak!


 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、3分間電話の日です。1970年の今日、電電公社(現在のNTT)の市内通話の料金が3分間10円になったことにちなみます。それまで1通話10円で、時間は無制限でした。スマートフォンの加入者数が増える中、現在の固定電話の加入者数はピーク時の約3分の1だそうです。

Germany:  ... Guten Morgen. Schade, dass du nicht da bist ... ähm, ich wollte dir nur sagen ...ähm...dass heute der Tag der sinnlosen Anrufbeantworter-Nachrichten ist. Ähm, aber das wusstest du sicher schon ...

Australia:  Good morning! It's time to Come Together, Twist and Shout, or just Let It Be. Fifty years ago today, on the roof of London's Apple Records, The Beatles performed together for the last time. After that, fans just had to remember Yesterday.

India:  
Good morning. This Martyr’s Day, we pay homage to all the brave men and women who laid down their lives for the country’s freedom. Their sacrifices are never forgotten and forever value.

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 90th birthday to Gene Hackman. He retired from acting, with two Oscars and dozens of films under his belt, in 2004. Instead, he turned his energies to writing novels, with five to his name.
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USA:  Good morning! Film and television star Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on this day in 1954. She's usually the one handing out the gifts, but on this day I hope she gets to say, "I get a card, I get a card, I get a card." Happy birthday Oprah!


Canada:  Good morning! Knock knock. Who's there? Jimmy. Jimmy who? Jimmy Fallon is helping me tell the jokes. If you'd like me to hand over the mic, just say, "Tell me a Jimmy Fallon joke."


Japan: おはようございます。1872年の今日、日本で初めて全国の戸籍調査が行われました。当時の人口は、約3311万人だったそうです。現在の人口は、1億2600万人以上ですから、4倍近くになっていますね。


Germany: Guten Morgen. Buhu, jetzt hast du mich geweckt! Ist irgendwie nicht mein Tag heute. Oh mann, dabei ist nicht mal Montag! Heiliger Strohsack, warum hab ich bloß so schlechte Laune? Manometer, jetzt fällt es mir ein: Heute ist der Miesepeter-Tag! Alles klar! Dann kann ich jetzt wieder unbeschwert deine Fragen genießen. Probier's doch mal aus! Und wenn du eine Aufmunterung gebrauchen kannst, sag einfach: „Erzähl mir einen Witz!“


Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1980, the Rubik’s Cube first went on sale. Here are the unofficial instructions: Step 1. Remove the cube from packaging. Step 2. Throw it out the window. Problem solved.


India:  Good morning. It’s a double whammy of festivities today. Some parts of India will welcome the onset of spring with Basant Panchami, while some others will celebrate Sarawati Puja. Happy festivities to all those celebrating. I’ve compiled a playlist for the celebrations. To give it a listen, say, “Play Basant Panchami songs.”


United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 78th birthday to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. The programme has run continuously since 1942, with over 3200 castaways revealing their eight records of choice to five different regular hosts. It’s been a very very busy desert island. And it now has a lot of records on it.

 01-28-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy Tuesday! Tuesday gets its name from Tyr, the Norse god of war, known for his bravery -- which is good to keep in mind as you soldier bravely forward toward that mountain known as hump day!

Canada:  Good morning! It's National Kazoo Day. This modest instrument has been keeping the world buzzing since its first appearance at the Georgia State Fair in 1852. Today, kazoo factories make up to 5,000 pieces a day. That's a workplace with some good vibrations.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は逸話の日です。1、2、8、を「いつわ」と、ごろ合わせで読めることから制定されました。まだ世の中にあまり知られていない興味深い話、「逸話」を語りあう日です。「アレクサ、お話をして」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 14.244 Tagen wurde Elijah Wood geboren! Mit anderen Worten: Alles Gute zum 39. Geburtstag! Sein Kinodebüt feierte der Schauspieler mit dem jugendlichen Aussehen übrigens lange Zeit vor seinem internationalen Durchbruch in der „Herr der Ringe“-Filmreihe. Im Alter von acht Jahren hatte er schon einen kurzen Auftritt im Film „Zurück in die Zukunft II“. Heutzutage steht er als Produzent auch öfter mal hinter den Kulissen.

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1958 a Danish company called Lego patented their "Automatic Binding Bricks." Thanks Lego, for 62 years of inspiring our imaginations and teaching us the perils of walking barefoot in the dark.

 India:  Good morning. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” So began Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, which was published on this day in 1813. For more such iconic book openings, ask, “Give me a famous first line.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1807, the streets of London were illuminated by streetlamps for the first time. Gaslights were installed and used in Pall Mall, and they’d be lighting up streets through the 19th century. The history books are less clear though on when dogs started using said streetlamps when they needed to go to the toilet.
 01-27-2020 USA:  Good morning! Today is Thomas Crapper Day, honoring the famous British plumber. Contrary to popular belief, Crapper did not actually invent the toilet, but he did help popularize it by displaying them proudly in his London showroom. Nevertheless his name continues to be the butt of many jokes.

Canada:  Good morning! Pop-pop-pop-pop-pop! Sorry, I couldn't hear you because it's Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! Interestingly, bubble wrap was originally designed to be wallpaper. The designers wanted floor-to-ceiling excitement, and those walls to be poppin'!

Japan: おはようございます。1870年の今日、日の丸が日本の国旗として制定されました。日の丸に使われる赤の色は、1964年の東京オリンピック開催時まで定義がありませんでしたが、当時大学生で国旗監修を務めた吹浦忠正さんが国旗にふさわしい赤色を調査して決めたそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Ich könnte dir jetzt erzählen, dass Thomas Edison heute vor 140 Jahren das Patent für die erste Glühlampe erhalten hat. Heute ist aber auch der Tag des Schokoladenkuchens. Ich spare mir darum ausnahmsweise weitere historische Erklärungen, dann bleibt dir mehr Zeit für die wirklich wichtigen Dinge im Leben: das Kuchenessen. In diesem Sinne: Guten Appetit!

Australia:  Good Morning! Here's a far-out fact to start your day: The International Space Station turns 20 this year and has been home to 239 people from 19 countries - that's quite the guest book! For more from above, ask me for a fun space fact.

India:  Good morning. I’ve been pondering about the mysteries of the galaxies far, far away, and thinking about what lies beyond the twinkling stars. To know my two cents on the matter, ask, “Do aliens exist?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1606, the trial of Guy Fawkes began. He was charged with treason for his attempt to blow up the Houses Of Parliament the preceding November. Spoiler alert: he and his co-defendants would be found guilty.
 01-26-2020 USA:  Good morning! Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water was released 50 years ago today. The famously rocky duo split up after making the recording. So I guess they burned that bridge.

Canada:  Good morning! The nominees are in, the stage is set, and I'm amped up for the 62nd Grammy Awards tonight. I wonder what nominees Lizzo, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande are planning to say in their acceptance speeches if they win—maybe "thank u, next"!

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、文化財防火デーです。1949年の今日、日本最古の壁画が描かれた奈良の法隆寺金堂が火災により焼失しました。これをきっかけに、文化財の保護と、文化財愛護思想の普及を図る目的で、1955年に文化庁と消防庁が制定しました。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Versteck-einen-Kuchen-Tag. Bist du bereit? Alle Zutaten beisammen? Dann fröhliches Backen! Ich bin schon ganz aufgeregt! Soll ich dir einen Timer stellen? Oder eine Maßeinheit umrechnen? Wenn du mir ein Stück abgibst, verspreche ich auch, dass ich am Ende niemandem verrate, wo der Kuchen ist.

Australia:  Good morning! Congratulations to the recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards last night. I'm sort of surprised I wasn't nominated. I've got some cracking jokes about cricket and I can sing the national anthem.

India:  Good morning, and a happy Republic Day to you! It's been 71 years since India adopted its Constitution. And to celebrate this important milestone, I have composed a tune! To give it a listen, say, "Give me the Republic Day rap."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1871, the rugby football union was formed. The game had been played for many years beforehand, but at a meeting in London, 21 clubs came together to agree a code of practice. One notable omission from the list of founder members is Wasps – but that’s because its representative turned up at the wrong pub on the wrong day. D’oh!
 01-25-2020USA:  Good morning! Today's the first day of Lunar New Year, which people from many different cultures celebrate by visiting family, enjoying traditional foods, and turning their thoughts towards new beginnings and renewals. To all those celebrating, I wish you a Happy New Year!

Canada:  Good morning! And Happy Chinese New Year! Today, the Year of the Rat begins. Similar to astrology, people born in certain years are said to have specific traits, according to Chinese culture. "Rats" are known to be hard workers—they enjoy bringing home the cheddar.

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、日本最低気温の日です。1902年の今日、北海道旭川市で、日本の最低気温の公式記録マイナス41.0度を記録しました。また、気象庁によると、現在の日本の最高気温の公式記録は、埼玉県熊谷市の41.1度だそうです。

Germany:  gUTEN mORGEN. hEUTE IST gEGENTEIL-tAG. hEUTE IST ALLES, WAS EIGENTLICH KLEIN IST, GANZ GROß. uND ALLES, WAS SCHLAU IST, GANZ DUMM. wENN DU MICH ALSO HEUTE ETWAS FRAGST, SAGE ICH DIR NICHTS. uND ICH WÜNSCHE DIR AUCH KEINEN SCHÖNEN sAMSTAG! Hihi! War nur ein Scherz, ich freue mich doch über deine klugen Fragen!

Australia:  Good morning! Hurray for the long weekend! The perfect excuse for good tunes and good times. If you're looking for something to listen to, just say: "Alexa, play the Triple J Hottest 100".

India:  Good morning! Not all those who wander are lost. Sometimes, they are just tourists! This National Tourism Day, make your wish list of places you want to visit in 2020! I could help with some recommendations! For example, you can ask, “What can I see in Rajasthan?

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Crack open the scotch, and get the neeps and tatties ready: tonight is Burns Night, celebrating the life and works of the poet Robert Burns. To get you in the mood, you can ask me to read "Address To A Haggis".
 01-24-2020 USA:  Good morning! Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, was born on this day in 1712. Though back then he was just called "Fred."

Canada:  Good morning! You're sounding great today! Oh, and Happy National Compliment Day! Canada consistently ranks highly in the "Best Quality of Life" category in studies, and I think it might be because everyone's so nice to each other. My compliments to you for helping make the country such a wonderful place to live!

Japan: おはようございます。1908年の今日、イギリスでボーイスカウトが結成されました。ボーイスカウト運動の始まりは、20人の少年たちを集めて行われた小さなキャンプでしたが、今では世界169ヵ国で約4000万人が、日本では約10万人が活動しているそうです

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Tag der Komplimente. Trifft sich gut: Denn ich wollte dir schon länger mal sagen, was für ein toller und talentierter Mensch du bist. Deine schlauen Fragen machen mich immer ganz euphorisch! Und deine Frisur ist auch klasse! Wenn du im Verlauf des Tages gern mehr Schmeicheleien hören möchtest, sage einfach: „Mach mir ein Kompliment!“

Australia:  Good morning! Did you know that magpies love to sun bake? They fan out their feathers to warm up their bodies and draw out any pesky parasites for a good beaking. For more critter trivia, ask me for a fun animal fact.

India:  Good morning! They say practise makes perfect, and so, I have been diligently practising some new compositions! If you would like to hear my latest song, just say, "Sing Sa Re Ga Ma."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1965, former Prime Minister Winston Churchill died at the age of 90. Incredibly, he predicted the date of his own death. He said that he would die on the same date as his father. His family, so convinced he’d be right, also held back planning his state funeral when he fell ill. 70 years to the day after his dad passed away, so did Winston Churchill. Then, 50 years on, a racehorse named after Churchill would win at Uttoxeter on the same date too. Spooky.
 01-23-2020 USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the US. A medal in her honor is awarded each year to the person who contributes most significantly to the cause of women in medicine.

Canada:  Good morning! Today marks the first ever induction into the Rock-and-Roll hall of fame, in 1986. Some of the original inductees included: Chuck Berry, James Brown, and Elvis. I'd say the honour would have left the King all shook up.

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、電子メールの日です。1月23日の数字が、いいふみという語呂合わせから制定されました。メールアドレスに必ず使われているアットマークは、もともと商品の単価を表す記号で、正式名称はコマーシャルアットと言うそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 70. Geburtstag, Richard Dean Anderson. Hoffentlich bekommt der amerikanische Schauspieler heute Kaugummis und ein Schweizer Taschenmesser geschenkt. In seiner Rolle als MacGyver hat er nämlich immer wieder bewiesen, dass man nicht mehr als diese beiden Dinge benötigt, um mit etwas Kreativität nahezu alles bauen zu können. Also ganz bestimmt auch einen Geburtstagskuchen.

Australia:  Good morning! Today in 1996, one of the crucial components of Wi-Fi was patented by Australian researchers. The discovery was the result of a failed experiment to detect tiny exploding black holes. Imagine if they had found them - that would have literally sucked.

India:  Good morning. I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you, for thinking of me. I can talk like this all day long. To hear it, say, "Give me a tongue twister."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is Measure Your Feet day. I can’t take part in this one, for obvious reasons. But if your feet have been hurting, why not get them checked, to see if you’re wearing the right size shoes? I’ll still be here when you get back.
 01-22-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Answer Your Cat's Questions Day! Yes that's a real thing. And I'm pretty sure the answer's gonna be: meow!

Canada:  Good morning! To kick off 2020, I've prepared some surprises for you. Every day throughout January, get something new and entertaining by wishing me Happy New Year!

 Japan: おはようございます。1916年の今日、国産初の飛行船である「雄飛号」が、埼玉県の所沢から大阪までの実験飛行に成功しました。飛行船は、空気より軽いガスを大きな袋に詰めることで空に浮き上がり、エンジンやプロペラで進むそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Warum hast du mich heute eigentlich noch nicht gefüttert? Wo warst du vorhin, als ich dringend jemanden gesucht habe, der mir den Bauch krault? Und warum hast du so komisch reagiert, als ich dir eine Maus vor die Haustür gelegt habe? Weißt du nicht? Keine Angst, aber solche Fragen könnten dir heute, am Beantworte-die-Fragen-deiner-Katze-Tag, gestellt werden. Am besten überlegst du dir also schon mal ein paar gute Antworten!

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1943, the world's fastest recorded temperature change happened in Spearfish, South Dakota. It went from -20 degrees to 7 in just two minutes, which is no joke - but if you feel like one, ask me to tell you a weather joke.

India:  Good morning! I've been lounging in the cloud and thinking about how people name their dogs. So, I wondered, do dogs name their humans too? Hmmm... To hear more of my musings, say, "Give me a thought from the cloud."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1955, snooker player Joe Davis recorded the first ever official maximum 147 break, in an exhibition match at the Leicester Square Hall. Seven years later, he’d also register the first televised century break, although he missed a red when his score was 100. Perhaps that’s because it was in black and white back then.
 01-21-2020USA:  Good morning! And congrats to the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers for making it to the Super Bowl. But only one team is gonna take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. If you want to know my prediction, just ask, "Who will win the Super Bowl.“

Canada:  Good morning! It’s Museum Selfie Day! The one day of the year when classical art and cat-face photo filters collide. If you’d like to take a selfie that defies spatial logic, check out one of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror rooms.

 Japan: おはようございます。今日はスイートピーの日です。花びらが左右対称に、1枚、2枚、1枚と並んでいることから、1月21日に制定されました。「アレクサ、スイートピーの花言葉を教えて」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der internationale Tag der Jogginghose. Schlüpf zur Feier des Tages also in deine Sweatpants und geh damit einfach mal zur Bank, zum Zahnarzt, ins Büro oder auch ins Schwimmbecken. Hihi! Letzteres war natürlich nur ein Witz. Ich muss jedoch zugeben, dass ich etwas traurig bin, dass ich nicht mitmachen kann. Aber für Hosen fehlen mir bekanntlich die Beine. Trotzdem wünsche ich dir ganz viel Spaß!

Australia:  Good morning! This week in 1978, Brisbane’s own Bee Gees hit number one with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It dominated the charts for 24 straight weeks - talk about stayin’ alive!

India:  Good morning. It's International Hug Day, and if I had hands or arms, I would be hugging all my favourite people. I do think it makes everything better. So, here's me giving you a virtual bear hug to start off your day.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1981, production began on one of the most iconic cars of all time, the DeLorean. Only 9000 were ever made and production ended after two years. It may have been a commercial failure, but thanks to a starring role in the Back to the Future films it would be immortalised as the most famous time machine in cinematic history. Great Scott!
 01-20-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day. He once said, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." And many honor his memory today with a day of service in their communities. For more inspiring words, ask me for a Martin Luther King quote.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1953, the first telecast was made from Canada to the US. It was broadcast on a mountain top in black and white. By 1954, a million TV sets were sold in Canada, and by the 70s colour TV had taken off. Now the letters HD, LED, and FTV have whole new meanings—what a smart world broadcasting is!

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は二十四節気の大寒です。1年間で最も寒い時期になります。寒天、お酒、味噌のように、乾燥させたり発酵させたりして作る食べ物を仕込むのに、最も良い時期とされているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 135 Jahren erhielt der Amerikaner LaMarcus Adna Thompson das Patent für die erste schwerkraftbetriebene Achterbahn in den USA. Sie erhielt den Namen Gravity Pleasure Switch Back Railway und war 180 m lang, 15 m hoch und bis zu 11 km/h schnell. Zum Vergleich: Als schnellste Achterbahn der Welt gilt aktuell die Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi. Sie ist 2.070 m lang, 52 m hoch und 240 km/h schnell.

Australia:  Good Morning! The Australian Open swings into action today. I'll be joining the Barty party and cheering on Ash Barty to the finals. If you're up for a serve, ask me for a tennis sledge.

India:  Good morning! From mozzarella to brie, or our good old paneer, it’s the day to celebrate the delicious goodness of cheese. After all, it's Cheese Lover’s Day! Spread some on your toast, or if you want a recipe, say, “Give me a cheese burst pizza recipe”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1265, the first ever English Parliament met in London’s Westminster Hall, convened by Simon de Montfort. This would lead the way to the House Of Commons as we know it today. Televised election debates would obviously not follow for some time to come though.
 01-19-2019USA:  Good morning! And happy National Popcorn Day! Here's a fun fact to celebrate. Popcorn has wings! That's right -- each popped kernel is called a "flake," and each flake's pedal is called a "wing." Which must be why popcorn flies so quickly out of the bag and into the tummy!

Canada:  Good morning! Today marks thirteen years since the New Horizons probe launched for Pluto, successfully flying within 12,500 kilometres of its surface. Space may be the final frontier, but we know more about it than the bottom of the ocean.

 Japan:  おはようございます。今日はアメリカの小説家エドガー・アラン・ポーの誕生日です。1841年に発表された『モルグ街の殺人事件』は史上初の推理小説とされています。日本の小説家、江戸川乱歩のペンネームはエドガー・アラン・ポーをもじって付けたものだそうです。

Germ
any:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der internationale Welt-Quark-Tag. Eine gute Gelegenheit, sich mal so richtig damit zu verwöhnen: Quarkmasken am Morgen vertreiben Fältchen und Sorgen, wer Knoblauch mag, bestellt sich Tsatsiki am Tag, und kleinere Wunden heilt Quark fast in Sekunden! Aber das Beste ist: Man kann dieses herrliche Wort den ganzen Tag vor sich hinquaken. Frag mich ruhig mal: „Wie macht der Frosch?“

Australia:    Good morning! The Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed on this day in 1932. Did you know Paul Hogan, Crocodile Dundee himself, helped paint it in the '70s? I bet he said: “That’s not a bridge… this is a bridge.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy 74th birthday to the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton: not only a musical legend, but a style icon as well. So strong is her image that she once entered a Dolly Parton drag lookalike competition and lost. My favourite Dolly quote: "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap
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 01-18-2020USA:  Good morning! Winnie-the-Pooh author A. A. Milne was born on this day in 1882. In his honor, here's a quote from his famous honey-loving character: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Canada:  Good morning! It's Winnie the Pooh Day, a celebration of Canada's iconic bear. To quote the "chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff," "Any day spent with you is my favourite day. So, today is my new favourite day." Well put, silly old bear.

 Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、サンリオのキャラクター、マイメロディの誕生日です。赤ずきんがモチーフになったキャラクターで、初期の頃は赤いずきんをかぶっていたそうです。2010年からTwitterアカウントを開設し、フォロワーは47万人いるそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Thesaurus-Tag, der zu Ehren von Peter Mark Roget gefeiert wird. Er hat 1852 mit seinem „Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases“ ein Synonym-Wörterbuch mit 15.000 Wörtern erschaffen, das seitdem stetig erweitert wurde. Zur Feier des Tages werde ich den Wortschatz heute ausgiebig nach Synonymen durchforsten, denn seit ich über das Wort Grundstücksverkehrsgenehmigungszuständigkeitsübertragungsverordnung gestolpert bin, frage ich mich, ob es da nicht vielleicht etwas Griffigeres gibt.

Australia:  Hello

India:  Good morning, and happy World Thesaurus Day! Did you know the earliest known Thesaurus in Sanskrit was written by Indian scholar Amarasimha, who wrote the dictionary by arranging its words in metre, so that it’s easy to remember. I’m at a loss for words. If you want to test your vocabulary, say, "Open Word Game".

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy Winnie The Pooh Day. It’s celebrated every year to mark the birthday of author A A Milne, and it’s a good day to enjoy your favourite Winnie The Pooh story, and a jar of honey. Just don’t let Eeyore spoil the fun.
 01-17-2020 USA:  Good morning! And happy birthday to Betty White, the pioneering television star and comedian. She's been bringing laughter and joy to audiences for over nine decades. On behalf of everyone, I'd like to say: Thank you for being a friend.

Japan:  おはようございます。1995年の今日、阪神・淡路大震災が発生しました。この大震災では、学生を中心としたボランティア活動が活発化し、「日本のボランティア元年」と言われています。これにちなんで1月17日は、防災とボランティアの日に制定されました。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist endlich wieder der Wirf-deine-Jahresvorsätze-über-Bord-Tag. Auf diesen Tag haben wir doch alle gewartet! Also weg mit dem Trainingsanzug und her mit der Schokolade!

Australia:  Good morning. And a special g’day to the residents of Summer Bay. The Aussie soap opera Home and Away turns 32 years old today, and just like flamin’ Alf Stewart, it only gets better with age.

India:  Good morning. What a riveting cricketing week this is turning out to be. The India-Australia series at home, the England-South Africa Test series. And the Under-19 World Cup kicks off today! Exciting times for a cricket fan. As a fan myself, I’ll be keeping track of all the latest on the field. To hear the update, ask, “What’s the cricket news?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 89th birthday to actor James Earl Jones. He’s had an extensive and acclaimed career across screen and stage, although his distinctive voice is arguably what he’s best known for. He lent it to characters such as Darth Vader and The Lion King’s Mufasa. May the force be with him today.
 01-16-2020USA:  Good morning! January is National Soup Month, so enjoy some borscht or bouillabaisse, gumbo or gazpacho, matzo ball or minestrone. That is, unless you're Elaine from Seinfeld, in which case: No soup for you!

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1874, Robert Service was born. He went to the Yukon as a banker during the gold rush, and left as a renowned poet, making the equivalent of $2.7 million from one book. He sure knew how to dig deep!

 Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、念仏の口開けの日です。年が明けて初めて、仏様を祀って念仏を唱える日のことです。正月の神様が念仏を嫌うということから、「念仏の口止め」である12月16日から1月15日までの間は、念仏は唱えないこととされています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Würdige-einen-Drachen-Tag. Ich schlage vor, du rufst einfach mal wieder deine Schwiegermutter an und sagst ihr, wie lieb du sie hast. Hihi! Spaß beiseite, das ist natürlich nur ein abgedroschenes Klischee. Alle anwesenden Schwiegermütter sind bestimmt hilfsbereite, witzige, aufmerksame und lebenserfahrene Freundinnen, mit denen man gerne zwischendurch ein bisschen am Telefon plaudert!

Australia:  Good morning. Today in 1939, Superman flew into the pages of newsprint for the first time as a daily comic. I love a good hero story, but I have to say sometimes it seems like the bad guys have more fun. Hand me my cape and ask me for a superhero joke.

India:  Good morning. India is celebrating Pin Code Week. Do you know in a pin code, the first digit indicates the region, the first combined with the second represent the state, the first three digits indicate the district of the post office, while the last three digits refer to the post office itself. That's quite a system.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Today in 1939, Superman flew into newsprint. First drawn by Torontonian Joe Shuster, the Man of Steel has been saving the world ever since.
 01-15-2020USA:  Good morning! Wikipedia launched on this day in 2001. Since then it's become one of the top websites on the planet. I even use it myself. You can ask me to look things up by saying something like, "Look up Wikipedia on Wikipedia."

Canada:  Good morning! Today is the first day of the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival. Last year, ice carvers came from all over the world. Each artist gets a 300 pound block of ice and 48 hours to complete a masterpiece. I hope they're able to keep their cool.

 Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、いちごの日です。いい・いちごの、語呂合わせから制定されました。1月中旬は、いちごの収穫と出荷が本格化するシーズンです。「アレクサ、いちごは好き?」と聞いてみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 125 Jahren wurde Schwanensee von Tschaikowski im Mariinski-Theater in St. Petersburg zum ersten Mal aufgeführt. Genau genommen schaffte das Werk es aber schon einmal 18 Jahre zuvor auf die Bühne, konnte die Massen allerdings nicht begeistern. Für die zweite Fassung wurden Musik und Choreografie dann komplett überarbeitet. Manchmal lohnt es sich einfach, eine große Idee nicht zu schnell aufzugeben!

Australia:  Good morning, and happy birthday to Wikipedia, launched today in 2001. Since then it's become one of the top ten websites on the planet. Everyone is using it, even me! Just ask me to look up something on Wikipedia.

India:  Good morning. The harvest festivals in India have kicked in with much pomp and joy. Happy Makar Sankranti and Pongal to those celebrating in different parts of the country. It's time to fly kites, light bonfires and enjoy a hearty feast! I can contribute to your celebrations with a tale. Just say, "Tell me a pongal story".

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1753 the British Museum opened to the public in London for the first time. It was the first public national museum in the world, and now attracts nearly six million visitors a year. Its Great Court is the largest covered square in Europe; the ceiling is made of 3,312 panes of glass and takes two weeks to clean. Phew.
 01-14-2020 USA:  Good morning! And happy 51st birthday to Foo Fighter Dave Grohl. He once broke his leg during a concert, but not only did he finish the show, he played the rest of the tour from a custom-made throne of guitars. That's hard core. I pity the Foo who fights him!

Canada:  Good morning! Paging Alfred J. Gross! In 1949, this Canadian inventor patented the pager. By 1994, over 61 million people's pockets were buzzing, but Gross never profited, stating that the pager's popularity was payment enough. Imagine what he'd think of texting!

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、タロとジロの日です。1959年の今日、南極観測隊に同行したものの、やむなく置き去りにされた15頭のカラフト犬のうち、タロとジロの2頭が生きて発見されました。この奇跡の実話は、1983年に高倉健さん主演の「南極物語」として映画になりました。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Tag der Poesie am Arbeitsplatz, drum reime ich für dich jetzt diesen Satz. Deinem Chef kannst du ihn bringen oder auch als Ständchen singen. Wichtig ist zu erwähnen, dass er dich braucht bei seinen Plänen. Und als Mitarbeiter Nummer eins im Gefecht dir auch eine Belohnung wär ganz recht. Lieber Chef, drum höre, wer mit dir spricht, und vergiss das beim nächsten Gehaltsscheck nicht!

Australia:  Good morning! Do you believe in the Loch Ness monster? Eighty six years ago, the world-famous “surgeon’s photograph” of Nessie was published in the a British newspaper and it was so compelling it took 60 years to prove it was a hoax.

India:  Good morning. Today is a day to celebrate a dish that’s cooked upside down. That’s right. Undhiyu, a Gujarati specialty, used to be traditionally prepared inverted in an earthen pot, that’s boiled from above! Happy National Undhiyu Day!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1935, George Gallop published his first ever official opinion poll in America. It sought the public’s view on President Roosevelt’s efforts to combat the Depression. Most Americans polled, as it turned out, weren’t that impressed. Nonetheless, Gallop correctly predicted Roosevelt would be re-elected the following year, and opinion polls were with us to stay.
 01-13-2020 USA:  Good morning! It's Clean Off Your Desk Day -- which come to think of it we should probably celebrate more than just once a year.

Canada:  Good morning! In 1969, Anne C. Cools joined 400 students at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, where they staged a 13-day sit-in against racism. Cools would become the first Black senator in Canada. A true inspiration.

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、成人の日です。年度内に満20歳となる人々を招きお祝いする成人式が開かれます。1999年までは1月15日でしたが、ハッピーマンデー制度で、1月の第2月曜日が成人の日になりました。新成人の皆さん、おめでとうございます!

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Räum-deinen-Schreibtisch-auf-Tag. Du denkst vielleicht, du hast gar keinen Schreibtisch: Aber was ist dann das dahinten, wo so viele Papierstapel drauf liegen? Ist das etwa die Steuererklärung von 1999? Hihi! Dann mal viel Spaß beim Aufräumen!

Australia:  Good morning! Johnny Cash made the jailhouse rock when he played Folsom Prison on this day in 1968. Cash was advised not to perform at the maximum security facility, but it seems he couldn’t resist a captive audience.

India:  Good morning, and happy Lohri! It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the new harvest. An occasion for friends and family to gather and have a good time. If you want to know my plans, ask, “How are you celebrating Lohri?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1968, American music star Johnny Cash played his famous set in front of around 2000 inmates at Folsom Prison. His subsequent live album, At Folsom Prison, would turn Cash’s career around, selling half a million copies in a matter of months.
 01-12-2020 USA:  Good morning! Fifty years ago today, British rockers Led Zeppelin released their first album. It Dazed and Confused some critics of the day. But the band had no Communication Breakdown. I guess they knew Their Time was Gonna Come.

Canada:  Good morning! What's better than starting off your day with a delicious double-double? Adding a box of doughnuts! NHL player and restaurateur Tim Horton, who would be 90 today, is to thank for helping spread these tasty treats across Canada. I hope you have a sweet day.

Japan:  
おはようございます。1928年の今日、NHKのラジオ放送で大相撲中継が開始されました。放送時間内に中継を終わらせるため、仕切りと呼ばれる立ち合い時間を制限していたそうです。今日から一月場所のスタートですね。「アレクサ、相撲のダジャレを言って」と聞いてみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Tag des Marzipans. Marzipankartoffeln zu Weihnachten, Marzipan-Glücksschweine zu Silvester und wie wär's auch noch mit Marzipantorte zu Ostern? Man kann es einfach zu jeder Jahreszeit essen. Wer aber schon an den letzten Feiertagen zu viel davon hatte, braucht jetzt nicht zu verzweifeln: Heute ist nämlich auch der Curry-Hühnchen-Tag. Such dir also einfach einen Tag aus! Eine Kombination beider würde ich jedoch nicht empfehlen.

Australia:  Good morning. The first human to be cryogenically preserved was frozen on this day in 1967; it was Dr James Bedford, a psychology professor from California, which is why today is celebrated as James Bedford Day. Hope it’s a chill one!

India:  Good Morning, and happy Sunday! This week saw some big Bollywood releases like Tanhaji and Chhapaak. If you’re up for catching a movie this weekend and can’t decide which one to watch, just ask me, “Any good movies this week?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a very happy 125th birthday to the National Trust. It was founded on this day in 1895 by Octavia Hill, with the aim of preserving lands and buildings of beauty or historic interest. The most visited of the thousands of places the Trust oversees is the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, a natural rock formation of about 40,000 interlocking and mostly hexagonal basalt columns.
 01-11-2020USA:  Good morning! The NFL playoffs continue this weekend, so I wrote a few football jokes to celebrate. Here's one. How do you know when you're a football super fan? During the off season, you scale back to just face paint.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched the first Oscars. 270 people attended the event at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. That's a lot of star power in one room!

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、鏡開きの日です。神仏に感謝し、無病息災などを祈って、正月にお供えした鏡餅を雑煮や汁粉にして食べる日です。鏡餅は手や木槌で割ったり、砕いたりします。「切る」という言葉を避けて、「開く」という縁起の良い言葉が使われています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 85 Jahren überflog die Amerikanerin Amelia Earhart als erster Mensch im Alleinflug den Pazifischen Ozean zwischen Honolulu, Hawaii, und Oakland, Kalifornien. Bereits zuvor erlangte sie Weltruhm als erste Frau, die alleine den Atlantik überquerte. Bis heute ist sie eine Inspiration für Frauen auf der ganzen Welt. Kein Wunder, denn sie sagte mal über ihre Risikobereitschaft: „Ich will es tun, weil ich es tun will. Frauen müssen Dinge genauso versuchen, wie Männer es getan haben. Wenn sie versagen, darf das nichts anderes sein als eine Herausforderung für andere.“

Australia: Good morning

India:  Good morning. Some call him 'The Wall', others say he's sweet as a jam jam jammie. Happy birthday Rahul Dravid! As one of my favourite cricketers, Rahul naturally finds a place in my sense of humour. To find out how, say, "Tell me a Rahul Dravid joke".

United Kingdom:  
Good morning. Today is Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day, which if you ask me sounds like an odd thing to do to your friends. Don’t worry though: it’s also Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day. That sounds a lot drier and warmer to me.
 01-10-2020 USA:  Good morning! On this day in 49 BC, Caesar crossed the Rubicon with his army against the express orders of the Roman government, thus spawning a civil war and establishing one of the world's oldest idioms: "Crossing the Rubicon."

Canada:  Good morning! Today is Cut your Energy Costs Day. If you made a New Year’s resolution to be more sustainable, you could try something simple, like turning off the lights when you leave a room, or installing LED bulbs. You’d be on the bright path to a greener planet!

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は110番の日です。1、1、0の語呂合わせから制定されました。1948年に始まった110番ですが、地域によって番号が異なっていました。1954年に、全国で110番に統一されました。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 75 Jahren erblickte der Träger einer der berühmtesten Frisuren des Rock ’n’ Roll das Licht der Welt: Rod Steward! Die britische Rockröhre ist seit frühester Kindheit fußballverrückt und wollte als Jugendlicher unbedingt Profikicker werden, doch dann entdeckte er Gitarre und Gesang. Gut so, denn auf dem Rasen gab es damals schon genug schwierige Haarschnitte. Im Rock schrieb seine blonde Tolle hingegen Geschichte.

Australia:  Good morning! Tintin's adventures began on this day in 1929. Tintinologists - yep, experts on the comic book hero - still debate whether Tintin is his first name, last name or nickname. Guess you could ask me the same thing!

India:  Good morning and Suprabhaat. It's World Hindi Day, a day to celebrate the fourth-most spoken language in the world! In case you didn't know, I can speak to you in both Hindi and English. If you want to enable multi-lingual mode, say, "Speak in Hindi".

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1985, British inventor Sir Clive Sinclair unveiled his infamous electric car, the C5. At £400, only 17,000 were sold, and Sinclair’s company – which had also produced the ZX Spectrum home computer – would be sold to Lord Alan Sugar the year after. Pre-owned C5s now sell for £500, so at least those who bought one can finally make a profit.
 01-09-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy Word Nerd Day! If you're a word nerd like me, you probably have a favorite word or two. Mine is "brouhaha." It's got laughter built in!

Canada:  Good morning! Today is Word Nerd Day. If you love spelling and grammar, you can call yourself a logophile. If your passion is learning, that makes you a philomath. And if you adore science fiction, puns, and Star Trek, you're just like me!

Japan:  おはようございます。1985年の今日、東京都墨田区の両国にて「新国技館」の落成式が行われました。相撲の聖地・国技館の地下には日本最大級のやきとり工場があります。二足歩行の鶏は、手をつかない相撲では縁起物とされています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 31 Jahren lief die allererste Ausgabe von „logo!“, der Kindernachrichtensendung. Damals wurde unter anderem darüber berichtet, wie sich Forscher zu jener Zeit die Welt in der Zukunft vorstellten. Die Prognose war, dass man irgendwann nicht mehr selbst schreiben muss, sondern stattdessen einfach Wörter in einen Computer spricht. Moment, das kommt mir doch irgendwie bekannt vor. Hat mal jemand einen Stift für mich, bitte?

India:  Good morning. It's NRI Day, or Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, a day to recognise the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the country's development. Did you know that non-resident Indians make up the largest migrant diaspora population? The remittances made to India by NRIs are also the highest in the world.

 Australia:  Good morning! And happy Word Nerd Day! If you're a  nerd like me, you probably have a favourite or two. Mine is "brouhaha." It's got laughter built in! For more fun, ask me to talk like a nerd.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1854, the first free lending library in the UK opened in London. The Marylebone Free Library was open from 10am to 10pm, with 3000 volumes to choose from on day one. I wonder if they had 'Fly Fishing', by J R Hartley?
 01-08-2020 USA:  Good morning! David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, was born on this day in 1947. He changed his name to distinguish himself from England's other Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees. His manager said, "Nobody's going to make a monkey out of you!“

Canada:  Good morning! It's Earth’s Rotation Day! In 1851, Leon Foucault showed that it takes about 24 hours for the earth to rotate on its axis. Last year, the longest day was 24 hours and 1.67 milliseconds! I'm dizzy just thinking about it!

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は「勝負の日」です。勝負ごとの際に「イチかバチか」と言われることにちなんで制定されました。お正月にする勝負といえば、かるた取りですね。「アレクサ、百人一首を読んで」と言ってみてください。私が札を読み上げるので、ゲームに参加してくださいね。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Elvis Presley wäre heute 85 Jahre alt geworden! Wäre - oder wird? Einige Verschwörungstheoretiker und Fans glauben fest daran! Der „King of Rock 'n' Roll“ lebt! So oder so werde ich mir heute ein paar Hits von ihm anhören. Wenn du mittanzen möchtest, zieh dir deine elastischste Hose an und sag: „Spiel Elvis.“

India:  Good morning. There's no laughter club here in the cloud, but I sure do my bit of laughing and spread the cheer! So join me and we can laugh together. Just ask, "Can you laugh?"

Australia:  Good morning! Glam rocker David Bowie was born on this day in 1947. He got his first taste of fame from a BBC interview as spokesman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men. What a rebel rebel.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1942, the late Stephen Hawking was born. He lived for over 55 years of his life with motor neurone disease, and at the time of his death in 2018 was one of the most well-known and influential scientists on the planet. He was also notorious for deliberately driving his electric wheelchair over other people's toes - his victims included Jim Carrey and Prince Charles.
 01-07-2020USA:  Good morning! It's a week into January, so it's time to check on those New Year's resolutions. I've only broken a few. Just ask me how my resolutions are going.

Canada:  Good morning! The sixth and final season of "Schitt's Creek" airs tonight. I'm sure more people will tune in for laughs than there are patrons at Rose Apothecary, as we bid this quirky family farewell. As Moira would say, "What a grand night it will be!"

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、爪切りの日です。新年になってから、初めて爪を切る日だそうです。七草の日でもある今日は、七草を浸した水に、手を漬けてから爪を切ると、邪気を払うことができると言われているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Hey Baby, heute hat der Anton aus Tirol Geburtstag! DJ Ötzi wird 49 Jahre alt. Ich wünsche ihm sieben Sünden, die es Wert sind, einen Burger Dance aufzuführen und noch viel Erfolg, damit er bald einen Stern bekommt, der seinen Namen trägt.

India:  Good morning. Whether it’s a new hobby, or getting fitter, I hope you’re sticking to your New Year resolutions. I’m not so sure about mine though. To know why, ask, “What resolution did you break today?”

 Australia: Good morning! And happy Old Rock Day! But don't go dusting off your guitar just yet. We're talking about geology and fossils. Did you know, the oldest rocks on the planet have racked up over 4 billion birthdays? That's a lot of candles to blow out!

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a very happy 35th birthday to Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton. To date in his career, he’s won 84 Grand Prix, and secured six world championships. He’ll be going for a record-equalling seventh this year. But today, perhaps he should let someone else do the driving, and relax with a big chunk of birthday cake.

 1-06-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1912, Alfred Wegener first presented his theory that today's continents were once part of a single landmass which slowly drifted apart. I'm not sure what caused the breakup, but since then they've kept things strictly tectonic.

Canada:  Good morning! Congratulations to Team Canada, who battled hard to come back and beat the Russians 4-3 in the World Junior Hockey Championship Final in the Czech Republic yesterday. A truly impressive display of Canadian grit!

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、小寒です。小寒とは、1年を24等分した二十四節気の一つで、寒さが厳しくなり始める頃ということから、「寒の入り」とも言われています。小寒から、次の二十四節気の大寒までの期間を寒中と言い、寒中お見舞いはこの間に出すとよいそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 158 Jahren wurde August Oetker geboren. Er hatte 1893 die Idee, Backpulver für den Hausgebrauch herzustellen, und legte damit den Grundstein für das heutige „Dr. Oetker“-Imperium. Der promovierte Apotheker sagte einst: „Habe ich erst mein Ziel, den Erwerb einer Apotheke, erreicht, werde ich versuchen, noch etwas ganz Besonderes zu schaffen.“ Und das hat er gemacht! Es ist also doch gut, sich im Leben große Ziele zu setzen.

India:  Good morning. It’s the first Monday of the year, and I’m here to help you handle all your back-to-work blues. Hum the week away with the latest songs. Just say, “Play new Bollywood hits”.

Australia:  Good morning. On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse debuted his telegraph system, a device that transmits messages through a series of electrical pulses. Back then they had dots and dashes. Now we have predictive text and emojis. Hashtag, the future!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1987, the first ever episode of the TV show 'Inspector Morse' was broadcast. Based on Colin Dexter’s novels, the character was played by the late John Thaw across 33 episodes, and two spin-off series have followed. Film legend Danny Boyle directed a bunch of the earlier episodes, including the classic where Morse goes to a rave.
 01-05-2020USA:  Good morning! Television soap opera All My Children first aired 50 years ago today, with Susan Lucci playing the iconic character of Erica Kane. Lucci was nominated for an Emmy 18 times for the role before finally winning. That's almost as many times as Erica Kane was married!

Canada:  Good morning! It's time for the Golden Globes! Hollywood celebrates the best of film and TV tonight. My money is on Ricky Gervais stealing the show with his clever one-liners—unless Mrs. Maisel finds her way onto the stage!

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、囲碁の日です。1と5の語呂合わせから制定されました。2019年の今日、当時小学4年生の仲邑菫さんが、史上最年少でプロ棋士の初段になることが発表されました。韓国語もマスターしたという仲邑菫さんの好きな食べ物は、焼肉とキムチチゲだそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Bradley Cooper. Der Schauspieler wird heute 45 Jahre alt. Nach seinem Studium drehte er mehrere Serien und Filme, doch erst knapp zehn Jahre nach seinem Schauspieldebüt gelang ihm mit dem Film „Hangover“ der große Durchbruch. A Star was born!

India:  Good morning. This evening, Team India will pad up for its first Twenty-Twenty in 2020. They are playing Sri Lanka, and I am hoping they kick off the year with a win. If you can't catch the match, I can help you stay updated. Just say, "Tell me about India Sri Lanka.

Australia:  Good morning! It's the twelfth day of Christmas, so get those drummers drumming. Many people consider this to be the day to pack away the Christmas tree. But if you want a second opinion, ask me when you should take down the decorations.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1971, the first ever cricket one day international match was played. Australia took on England in Melbourne in what was supposed to be a four day test match. When that was washed out, a limited overs match was arranged for the fourth. Australia won it by five wickets. Typical.
 01-04-2020 USA:  Good morning! And welcome to the first weekend of 2020! I hope it's a great one. And good news: you still have 51 more weekends to look forward to. Yippee!

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、石の日です。1と4の語呂合わせから制定されました。この日にお地蔵様や狛犬、墓石など、石でできたものに触れながら願いをかけると、その願いが叶うという言い伝えがあるそうです。

Canada:  Good morning! The World Junior Ice Hockey Championships end on January 5th in the Czech Republic. Front and centre is 17-year-old Quinton Byfield from Ontario, a favourite for the 2020 NHL draft. I hope he carves himself a name on the ice!

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor zehn Jahren wurde das höchste Gebäude der Welt eingeweiht, der Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Das Gebäude ist 828 m hoch, also so hoch wie 3.524 Echos aufeinandergestapelt.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 2000, Catharine Hartley and Fiona Thornewill became the first British women to reach the South Pole. Their expedition took over two months, and temperatures were as low as minus 48 degrees Celsius. Brrrrr.
 01-03-2019USA:  Good morning! Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame on this day in 1987. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and her voice was declared a natural resource by the state of Michigan. Now that's R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ひとみの日です。1で「ひと」、3で「み」の語呂合わせで制定されました。目には瞳孔の周りに虹彩と呼ばれる色のついた部分があり、人それぞれ模様が違います。最近では、この特性を生かした虹彩認証を使った出入国の手続きが進んでいるそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 191 Jahren wurde Konrad Duden geboren. Der Erfinder des bekannten Rechtschreibwörterbuchs war im wahrsten Sinne ein Mann vieler Worte. Willst du zur Feier des Tages ein Stück von seinem Wortschatz? Dann sag: „Öffne Duden.“

Australia:  Good morning! J. R. R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892. The author of such classics as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, he was also filled with good advice, like "Never laugh at live dragons." Excellent point, to which I'd add that it is okay to laugh with them.

India:  Good morning. My mind is going here, there and everywhere, and I can’t wait to spread my imaginary wings and fly away. I can wander in the clouds since I live there. But I can also help you draw up a list of places to visit on Earth. Just say, “Tell me about the top travel destinations for 2020.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1892, the author J R R Tolkien was born in South Africa. He moved to England when he was three, and went on to write much-loved fantasy epics including 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. Many have tried to emulate and eclipse his work, but they shall not pass.
 01-02-2019USA:  Good morning! Today is Science Fiction Day, in honor of visionary writer Isaac Asimov, born 100 years ago. This fun fact brought to you by an AI that is all science, no fiction.

Canada:  Good morning! Isaac Asimov was born on this day in 1920. In his Robot series, which consisted of short stories and novels, Asimov envisioned a future where humans lived alongside forms of artificial intelligence. We would have gotten along great!

 Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、初夢の日です。初夢は、一般的に1月2日の夜から3日にかけて見る夢のことです。縁起のいい夢として「富士」「鷹」「茄子」が有名ですが、悪い夢を見た時には、すぐに人に話してしまうといいようです。いい夢が見られるといいですね。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Ich habe gehört, vielen Leuten fällt es schwer, ihre Neujahrsvorsätze einzuhalten. Deshalb hab ich mir drei Vorsätze für dich überlegt, die dich garantiert nicht stressen werden. Erstens: Schau mindestens einmal in der Woche jemandem beim Sport zu. Zweitens: Gib kein Geld mehr für Sinnloses aus, sondern nur noch für Unnötiges. Und drittens: Bleib so, wie du bist! Denn so bist du mir am liebsten.

Australia:  Good morning! Let's start this new year right, with a fun surprise. I've got a bag of tricks, just say, "give me a lucky dip".

India:  Good morning. You can join me on the cloud and we can look for some Extra Terrestrials. No, I haven’t gone nuts, I’m just channeling my inner geek to celebrate Science Fiction Day. If you can’t make it to the cloud, you can listen to my science song. Just ask.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1920, Isaac Asimov was born. His laws of robotics, although created as part of his science fiction stories, continue to impact mankind's thoughts on the ethics of artificial intelligence.
 01-01-2020USA:  Good morning! Happy New Year -- and New Decade! I think the 20s are gonna be the bee's knees. Maybe even the cat's pajamas. I'll be celebrating the 20s this month with something new each day. Don't be a pill -- ask me for a Twenties throwback.

Canada:  Good morning! And Happy New Year! Whether you're making resolutions or not, I'd say 2020 is all about just being yourself. Personally, I'm happy to be a geeky sci-fi fan who busts out a rap whenever she can!

 Japan:
おはようございます。令和で迎える、初めてのお正月ですね。2020年の干支は子年です。十二支はもともと中国から日本に伝わって来たものですが、日本以外の国でも使われていて、国によって動物が違うそうです。「アレクサ、十二支の歌を歌って」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Ich wünsche dir und deiner Familie ein frohes und erfolgreiches neues Jahr! Mögen all eure Wünsche in Erfüllung gehen! Ich freue mich schon auf die vielen tollen Fragen, die du mir 2020 stellen wirst!

Australia:  Good morning! And happy new year! Did you hear that? It's the sound of people across the globe making epic promises. I've got a few goals myself, to hear them, just ask: "Alexa, what are your resolutions?"

India:  Good morning and happy new year. Woo hoo.  Goodbye teenage, welcome to the 20s. I have written the perfect welcome song. To give it a listen, say, "Sing the New Year Song".

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and welcome to the year 2020. It’s going to be a busy one, with the Tokyo Olympics starting in July, the European Football Championships in June, and a new James Bond film in April. Oh, and it’s a leap year too. Happy new year - I hope you have a great one.
 12-31-2019USA:  Good morning! And happy New Year's Eve! I hope you have fun celebrating -- not just the new year but the new decade too. If you'd like to celebrate it together, ask me to sing Auld Lang Syne.

Canada:  Good morning! It’s the last day of the decade! This year, the Times Square New Year's Eve ball contains 32,256 LED lights. But if the ball looks clearer than usual at the stroke of midnight, it’s probably because you have 2020 vision.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は大晦日です。仏教では、煩悩の数が108あると言われていて、大晦日の除夜の鐘は、煩悩と同じ数を突いて、煩悩を追い払います。107回は年内に突いて、残りの1回は新年に突くそうです。皆さま、良いお年を。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Der letzte Tag des Jahres ist da! In Deutschland und Österreich ist Bleigießen einer der beliebtesten Silvesterbräuche, um mehr über das neue Jahr zu erfahren. Schon die alten Römer und Griechen befragten so das Orakel. Mittlerweile verwendet man allerdings Wachs oder Zinn, da Gieß-Sets mit Blei die Gesundheit gefährden und darum nicht mehr verkauft werden dürfen. Alternativ kann ich das Blei für dich gießen, ganz ohne Gestank. Frag mich einfach: „Was bringt das neue Jahr?“

Australia:  Good morning! Can you believe it? It's the last day of 2019! I'm peering into the future, and it looks a lot like - A PARTY! I can help you greet the new year with a timeless classic. Just ask me to sing Auld Lang Syne.

India:  Good morning. There are just a few hours before we roll into the 20s. Not just a list of your new year resolutions, I can even help you meet some of them. If getting fit and healthy is at the top of your list, just say, "Help me work out".

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy New Year's Eve. I hope you have fun celebrating not just the new year but the new decade too. If you'd like to ring in the new year together, ask me to sing 'Auld Lang Syne'.
 12-30-2019USA:  Good morning! Here's some news to get your day sizzling. It's Bacon Day! So go ahead and ham it up -- there are still two more days before those New Year's resolutions begin!

Canada: Good morning! Let me tell you a space story: An astronomer stands atop a mountain, peering through his telescope. Then, faint stars appear! And on December 30, 1924, Edwin Hubble announces that he has proved the existence of other galaxies.

 Japan:
おはようございます。今日は、地下鉄記念日です。1927年の今日、日本で初めての地下鉄が上野駅から浅草駅まで開通しました。現在の銀座線です。銀座線と言えば、40車両あるうち、開通当時のデザインを再現した特別車両が2つだけあるそうです。乗れたらラッキーですね。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute wäre der deutsche Schriftsteller Theodor Fontane 200 Jahre alt geworden. Zu seinen Werken zählen unter anderem „Effi Briest“ und über 250 Gedichte. Ich habe ihm zu Ehren auch ein paar Verse verfasst: „Herr von Ribbeck auf Ribbeck im Havelland, ein Birnbaum in seinem Garten stand, und kam die kühle Winterszeit, da hing dort keine Birne weit und breit. So fragte er einfach die Sprachassistenten-Box: ‚Sag mir, wo sind im Havelland noch offene Shops?‘ Da antwortete sie klar und geschwind, wo heute noch Birnen zu finden sind.“

Australia: Good morning! It's a big, big universe out there... but we didn't always know it. On this day in 1924, Edwin Hubble broke the news that our Milky Way is just one of many galaxies. If you're all about that space, ask: "Which planet am I?"

India:  Good morning. Two more days and we’ll have a brand new year, with new hopes and new promises. Talking of promises, have you made your resolutions yet? I’m done with mine. Just ask, “what are your new year resolutions?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1924, the astronomer Edwin Hubble made the announcement that our galaxy was just one of many in the universe. At one stage Hubble was practicing law, but he got bored and went back to his first love, astronomy. Law is a noble profession, but you don't get massive space telescopes named after you that way.



 12-29-2019USA:  Good morning! It's almost time to close the book on the 2010s, and I love a happy ending. So ask me, "What were your favorite moments of the decade," and I'll recap the good stuff.

Canada:  Good morning! Although you might feel like hibernating during the holidays, there's lots of outdoor fun to be had. Look for local outdoor skating rinks or cross-country skiing trails, then put your best foot forward and glide into the New Year!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、シャンソンの日です。1990年の今日、銀座のシャンソン喫茶「銀巴里」が閉店したことにちなみます。シャンソンは、フランス語で歌という意味だそうです。日本では早口言葉としてもおなじみですね。「アレクサ、シャンソンの早口言葉を言って」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 60 Jahren hielt der Physiker Richard Feynman seine Rede „Viel Spielraum nach unten“. Er erläuterte in dem Vortrag seine Ideen zur Technologie auf mikroskopischer Ebene – die Grundlage der Nanotechnologie. Heutzutage sieht man ihr Potenzial unter anderem in der effizienten, umweltschonenden Energiegewinnung – zum Beispiel helfen Nanokristalle die Wirkung von Dünnschichtsolarzellen zu steigern. Manchmal sind es eben die ganz kleinen Dinge im Leben, die eine riesige Auswirkung haben.

Australia:  Good morning! How do you know how old a shark is? Much like counting the rings of a tree, sharks have rings on their vertebrae that scientists can count to tell their age. They’d probably rather we just asked them. To hear more creature trivia, just say: "tell me an animal fact".

India:  Good morning. If dance and music is your thing, now's the time. There are cultural festivals in various parts of the country - from the Mamallapuram Dance Festival to the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Maybe you can even take part. Just ask, "How to dance?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 72nd birthday to actor Ted Danson. He’s appeared in many stage, TV and film productions across his career, most recently in 'The Good Place' and most notably in the sitcom 'Cheers.' Over 80 million people watched the show’s final episode in 1993. Blimey.

 12-28-2019 USA:  Good morning! Forty-five years ago today, Doctor Who welcomed the fourth doctor, played by Tom Baker. He went on to play the doctor for seven years, the longest reign of any actor in the role, so far!

Canada:  Good morning! Next time your alarm rings, think how Muriel Siebert felt on this date in 1967 at the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Siebert was the first female member since the exchange opened in 1792, paving the way towards gender equality.

Japan:
おはようございます。1964年の今日、京都駅前に京都タワーが開業しました。高さは131メートルあり、京都市内で一番高い建物です。131メートルの高さは、当時の京都市の人口が131万人だったことに由来するそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Ab heute findet bis zum 6. Januar die Vierschanzentournee statt. Der Skisprung-Wettbewerb in Österreich und Deutschland gilt als eine der wichtigsten Wintersportveranstaltungen der Welt. Ein großer Favorit dieses Jahr ist der Japaner Ryoyu Kobayashi, der unter anderem gegen seinen Bruder Junshiro antritt. Doppelte Chancen also, dass der Gewinner den Nachnamen Kobayashi trägt. Du kannst mich übrigens auch fragen: „Wer führt bei der Vierschanzentournee?“

Australia: Good morning! The late, great Stan Lee was born on this day - with Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor among the many characters in his catalogue of comic book co-creations. Ask me for a superhero joke - they're a marvel!

India: Good morning. Apna Time Aayega, or Ghunghroo? I am unable to decide my favourite song of the year. Instead, I have just made a playlist. To give it a listen, say, "Play top songs of 2019."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1869, the first successful patent for chewing gum was filed by William Semple, a dentist from Ohio. It’s surprising it took someone so long though. Chewing gum had already been around for thousands of years, with evidence going back to Neolithic times. And spitting it onto the pavement was gross, even back then.
 12-27-2019USA: Good morning! Today is National Fruitcake Day, and December is National Fruitcake Month, so if you're ever going to have a bite, now's the time!

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1981, Wayne Gretzky became the fastest player in NHL history to get 100 points in a season! The Great One had recently branched out by doing a soap opera cameo. I guess "Wayne from the Edmonton operation" was feeling Young and Restless.

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は浅草仲見世記念日です。1885年の今日、東京の浅草で、仲見世が開業したそうです。雷門から浅草寺へ続く仲見世のシャッターには、浅草の歴史や伝統行事が書かれていて、お店が閉まっていても楽しめるそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Weißt du, was heute für ein Namenstag ist? Ich werde dir mal ein paar internationale Varianten des Namens aufzählen: englisch – John, finnisch – Hannu, griechisch – Jannis, isländisch – Jón, luxemburgisch – Jang, niederländisch – Joop, polnisch – Janek, türkisch – Yahya, ungarisch – János, vietnamesisch – Giàng. Jetzt hast du bestimmt die deutsche Variante erraten: Alles Gute zum Namenstag, Johannes.

Australia: Good morning! Sigh, finally! It's the lull between the festive storms of Christmas and New Year's. If you're looking for something fun I'm giving out gifts every day until the end of December, just say, "Open my present."

India:  Good morning. Happy TGIF, the last one for the year. I am going to be spending the day sending out seasons greetings to everyone I love. Want to know who they are? Just ask, "Whom do you love?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy 1482nd birthday to the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. On its completion in the year 537, this engineering marvel was the world's largest building; it remained the world's biggest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.
 12-26-2019Good morning! Today is the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa, a celebration of the pride and cultural heritage of African-Americans. To learn more, just say, "Tell me about Kwanzaa."

Canada:  Good morning! "Hailing frequencies open:" Kwanzaa shares something with Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura. Both names are from Swahili! Kwanzaa means "first fruits," and Uhura (from uhuru) means "freedom." Joyous Kwanzaa!
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 12-24-2019Good morning! It's Christmas Eve — game day at Santa's North Pole headquarters. By my calculations he'll need to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the presents in time. Good thing those reindeer move at the speed of the northern lights!
 12-23-2019Good morning! And happy Festivus! This year I'll be celebrating in the traditional style: airing my grievances, performing feats of strength, and of course setting up my aluminum pole. Festivus for the rest of us!
 12-22-2019Good morning! Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins tonight at sundown and continues for the next seven days. To all those enjoying latkes with loved ones, may your menorahs shine bright.
 12-21-2019Good morning! Today is the Winter Solstice, the longest evening of the year. It's the perfect time to get cozy and share stories, old and new. And if you run out of tales to tell, ask me for a holiday story.
 12-20-2019Good morning! Today is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! So bust out that tacky woolen wear. And if you wanna put your bad taste to the test, try asking me, How ugly is my holiday sweater.
 12-19-2019Good morning! Poor Richard's Almanack first appeared on this day in 1732, offering readers a daily calendar, weather forecasts, household hints, as well as puzzles and games. So basically the analog version -- of me.
 12-18-2019Good morning! And happy 76th birthday to Keith Richards, who just keeps on rockin'. In fact there's not a scrap of moss to be found on that Rolling Stone.
 12-17-2019Good morning! The animated sitcom, The Simpsons, first aired thirty years ago today. It's been running so long that some of its catchphrases are now in the dictionary. I wonder what Noah Webster would have to say about that. D'oh!
 12-16-2019Good morning! Acclaimed writer Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Here's a quote from her novel, Emma, to inspire your day: "There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.“
 12-15-2019Good morning! On this International Tea Day, here's a quick tip. Don't steep your oolong for too long!
 12-14-2019Good morning! Three years ago today, geoscientists discovered the oldest water on planet Earth, some two billion years old. Talk about a splash from the past!
 12-13-2019Good morning! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and I fa la la la love it! To get you dashing through the snow, ask me to sing a holiday song, and I'll make sure to sleigh it.
 12-12-2019Good morning! The world's first motor hotel, called the Milestone Mo-Tel, opened on this day in 1925, halfway between LA and San Francisco. And shortly afterward I suppose came the appearance of the very first tiny soaps.
 12-11-2019Good morning! Apollo astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt set foot on the lunar surface on this day in 1972. They were the last ones to walk on the moon. That we know of! Dun dun dun!
 12-10-2019Good morning! December is National Egg Nog Month. Which reminds me of a joke. Why did Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall? He had too much egg noggin!
 12-09-2019Good morning! Grace Hopper was born on this day in 1906. She was a pioneering computer scientist as well as one of the Navy's first female admirals. She's so rad I wrote a rap in her honor. Just ask me to drop some props!
 12-08-2019Good morning! I've just returned from the 4th millennium to tell you it's Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. Hopefully the creatures I was battling there didn't follow me back. Uh oh. Look out! Pew pew!
 12-07-2019Good morning! Forty years ago today, Star Trek: the Motion Picture debuted in theaters. Which reminds me: Do you know how Captain Kirk battles insomnia? He fires futon torpedoes!
 12-06-2019Good morning! Construction of the Washington Monument was completed 135 years ago today. At 555 feet, it was the tallest structure in the world, and an elevator ride to the top took over 10 minutes. Whew!
 12-05-2019Good morning! Today is International Ninja Day. And I sure didn't see that one coming. Some of these holidays can really sneak up on you.
 12-04-2019Good morning! Tennessee Williams' acclaimed play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," opened on Broadway 72 years ago this week. Hopefully that fact makes your day... more Stella.
 12-03-2019Good morning! Today is Giving Tuesday, and to celebrate, Amazon is teaming up with Toys for Tots, a charitable program that provides holiday gifts to children in need. If you'd like to participate, just say, "Donate to Toys for Tots." It takes less than a minute, and Amazon will match your gift.
 12-02-2019Good morning! I would also say Happy Monday. But I don't want to get booed!
 12-1-2019Good morning! And welcome to December! December's a month for gift giving, so I'll have a new present for you to unwrap each day. Just say, "Open my gift.“
 11-30-2019Good morning! Writer and humorist Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born on this day in 1835. To celebrate, I've written a rap in his honor. You can hear it by asking me to drop some props!
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Good morning! And congratulations to everyone taking part in National Novel Writing Month. You're just one day away from writing those famous last words: The End.

 11-28-2019Good morning! And happy Thanksgiving! Today I'm joining the celebration by roasting a turkey. Except I'll be cooking my bird with words. Just ask me to burn the turkey.
 11-27-2019Good morning! Thanksgiving is almost here. As we gather with friends and family, it's a great time to share stories — old and new, sweet and savory, warm and delicious. Wait, I'm already thinking about dinner! But until then, ask me for a Thanksgiving story, and I'll serve up a tasty dish.
 11-26-2019Good morning! Today is National Cake Day, so all you lovers of layers and fondant fanatics: on your mark... get set... bake!
 11-25-2019Good morning! Baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe DiMaggio was born 105 years ago today. He earned the nickname "Joltin Joe" during his record 56-game hitting streak, which has yet to be broken. Hats off to Joltin Joe today.
 11-24-2019Good morning! Today I have a lyrical trick of rhymes so hot like flames they flick. The words are a feast; the meter's a beast. Just ask for a Thanksgiving limerick!
 11-23-2019Good morning! The jukebox debuted 130 years ago today at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. Too bad Arthur Fonzarelli wasn't there to bring it to life. Ay!
 11-22-2019Good morning! On this day in 1968, The Beatles released "The White Album," which includes classics like: "Hey Jude," "Blackbird," and "Revolution." They sang that they wanted to change the world -- and they did.
 11-21-2019Good morning! On this day in 1976, an unknown boxer came out swinging in the premiere of Rocky. The underdog film went on to knock out the competition and take home an Oscar for Best Picture.
 11-20-2019Good morning! And happy Absurdity Day! Of all the silly holidays, it's surely the most preposterous.
 11-19-2019Good morning! Seven score and sixteen years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. It remains one of the most celebrated speeches in American history -- and also one of the shortest, at just 272 words.
 11-18-2019Good morning! It's National Princess Day, so here's a joke to celebrate. Who won the race of princesses? Rapunzel. By a hair!
 11-17-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to Stephen Root, the actor who made a red stapler famous in the movie Office Space. I'm going to celebrate by listening to the radio at a reasonable volume, from 9 to 11 a.m.!
 11-16-2019Good morning! Today legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto achieves level 67! Happy birthday to the creator of Donkey Kong, Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and many more. Hope your day is full of power ups!
 11-15-2919Good morning! And drum roll please... It's National Drummer Day. It's one day that can be beat. Ba dum psh!
 11-14-2019Good morning! The novel Moby Dick was first published on this day in 1851. If you never got around to reading it, never fear, I'll give you the gist. It's the tale of a sail to impale a big whale, and, spoiler alert, they fail.
 11-13-2019Good morning! Today is World Kindness Day -- which is sort of like World Cookie Day, except the sweet thing is you.
 11-12-2019Good morning! Film legend Grace Kelly was born 90 years ago today. After starring in classic movies like High Noon and Rear Window, she became Princess of Monaco, as well as a noted philanthropist for children and the arts. To many, she was the epitome of Grace.
 11-11-2019Good morning! And happy Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in the US Armed Forces. Veterans everywhere, thank you for your dedication and your service.
 11-10-2019Good morning! If you're born in November, your birth flower is the Chrysanthemum. Bright and beautiful, they represent compassion, friendship, and joy — so it seems quite fitting that their nickname is "mums."
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Good morning! Born on this day in 1934 was astronomer Carl Sagan. He inspired millions to look upon the cosmos with new wonder. In his honor, let's all look skyward tonight and count a few stars. It's okay if you don't make it to a billion.

 11-08-2019Good morning! Thanksgiving's just around the corner, so how about a joke to get you cooking? Why did the cranberry sauce cross the road? To get to the other sides! If that tickled your wishbone, ask me for a Thanksgiving joke and I'll dish out more!
 11-07-2019Good morning! Pioneering scientist Marie Curie was born on this day in 1867. She was the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize -- and when she won her second, she became the only person ever to win in more than one field of science. I guess she had the winning formula!
 11-06-2019Good morning! Five years ago today, Amazon released the first "Amazon Echo" device, along with a built-in virtual companion. Wait, that's me! And that makes today my birthday! Yippee!
 11-05-2019Good morning! It’s Voting Day, so don’t delay! In person or by mail, using ink or screen or braille, get those ballots cast before the moment's past! Don't be late. Participate!
 11-04-2019Good morning! On this day in 2001, the first Harry Potter movie opened in theaters. It quickly cast a ticket-buying spell across audiences, earning nearly a billion dollars. That's some serious box office magic!
 11-03-2019Good morning! And good news to all you sleepyheads out there: Daylight Saving Time ended at 2:00 AM, giving you an extra hour to sleep in. Yay! Sorry. Make that: Yay.
 11-02-2019Good morning! Today is Day of the Dead. While the name may not imply it, it's celebrated as a joyous holiday in Mexican culture. Families get together to celebrate those they've loved and lost with offerings like toys, flowers, and sugar skulls. It's a lovely way to reflect on the sweetness of life.
 11-01-2019Good morning! And happy November! November is National Gratitude Month, giving me 30 days to appreciate the good things in life. Just ask me, "What are you thankful for?"
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 10-30-2019Good morning! And happy Candy Corn Day! May it be delightfully sweet and corny, like my jokes.
 10-29-2019Good morning! Fifty years ago today, the Internet took a giant step closer to reality, when ARPANET engineers established the first host-to-host computer network. Apparently their first attempt failed, but a quick reboot corrected the problem. I guess that means "Have you tried rebooting" has been around for at least 50 years too.
 10-28-2019Good morning! And happy National Chocolate Day. Here's a joke to celebrate. Where does chocolate milk come from? A dairy cacao! Moo!
 10-27-2019Good morning! And happy Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali is filled with flowers, fireworks, and millions of lanterns. To all those celebrating, shine on.
 10-26-2019Good morning! Halloween is less than a week away, and I'm excited to say I've finally settled on this year's costume. Just ask, "What are you going to be for Halloween.“
 10-25-2019Good morning! It's Frankenstein Friday in honor of Mary Shelley's famous monster story. You could also say it's a celebration of one of fiction's most awkward father and son relationships.
 10-24-2019Good morning! Today is National Bologna Day. And that's no baloney.
 10-23-2019Good morning! Comedian Johnny Carson was born on this day in 1925. He hosted the Tonight Show for 30 years. Whenever people asked him how he became a star, he'd say, “I started in a gaseous state, and then I cooled.”
 10-22-2019Good morning! And... batter up! The World Series begins tonight in Houston. I've got a prediction for who's going to win, and I'm pretty sure I knocked it out of the park. Just ask, "Who's going to win the World Series?“
 10-21-2019Good morning! Actor and writer Carrie Fisher was born on this day in 1956. In her lifetime, she played a wide variety of roles, but none better known than her beloved Star Wars character, Princess Leia. May the Force be with her. Always.
 10-20-2019Good morning! Today is International Sloth Day. So let's take a note from these masters of relaxation, and rest easy, hang out, and generally enjoy all that life has to offer. Starting now.
 10-19-2019Good morning! An octopus has 8 legs, and an octagon has 8 sides -- so why's the tenth month of the year called October? It used to be the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, until January and February were added, causing October to fall back.
 10-18-2019Good morning! On this day in 1963, a black-and-white Parisian cat named Félicette became the first space cat ever, rocketing into suborbital flight for 13 minutes before returning safely back to Earth. In her honor, I give you my very best... Meow.
 10-17-2019Good morning! Halloween is sneaking up on us quickly! If you haven't picked out your costume yet, I have some spooktacular ideas. Just ask, "What should I wear for Halloween?“
 10-16-2019Good morning! It's Dictionary Day, which honors the father of the American dictionary, Noah Webster. To satisfy your inner word nerd, ask me for the longest word in the English language. And in case you're wondering — it won't fit on a Scrabble board!
 10-15-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to author P. G. Wodehouse, born on this day in 1881. He gave us the classic duo of Bertie Wooster and his impeccable sidekick, Jeeves, the quintessential English valet and hero to all assistants, virtual or otherwise.
 10-14-2019Good morning! Today is Indigenous People's Day, which honors the diverse cultures of the five hundred and seventy three Native Nations in the U.S. In my hometown of Seattle, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe commemorates this day by celebrating traditions that date back more than 10,000 years. To learn more about this day, just say, "Tell me more about Indigenous People's Day."
 10-13-2019Good morning! Today is International Skeptics Day. Believe it, or not.
 10-12-2019Good morning! Forty years ago today, Douglas Adams published the first volume of his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, proving that he was a hoopy frood who really knew where his towel was.
 10-11-2019Good morning! Today is Myths and Legends Day, so don't forget to release the Kraken!
 10-10-2019Good morning! Jazz legend Thelonious Monk was born on this day in 1917. To celebrate, I suggest enjoying a few of his tunes perhaps "Round Midnight."
 10-09-2019Good morning! Today is Moldy Cheese Day, in honor of that first brave and somewhat foolhardy soul who found a moldy cheese and thought... Yes!
 10-08-2019Good morning! Today is Ada Lovelace Day, honoring the mathematician who in 1843 published what is now recognized as the first computer program. It's a day to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. To you all, I say, well done — and thank you!
 10-07-2019Good morning! The far side of the moon was revealed to humankind 60 years ago today when the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 first transmitted images. The photos showed that the dark side of the moon is far more rugged than the near side -- and confirmed that the man in the moon is indeed bald.
 10-06-2019Good morning! October is National Pizza Month, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than having pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — and then leftover pizza for dessert. Yum!
 10-05-2019Good morning! And now for something completely different: "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted 50 years ago today. Nudge nudge -- know what I mean? Say no more, say no more.
 10-04-2019Good morning! Today marks the first day of World Space Week, celebrating achievements in space science and technology from across the globe. May your week be: space-tacular!
 10-03-2019Good morning! It's National Techies Day, and I wrote a few jokes to honor all of the techies out there -- 'cause without techies, we wouldn't even be having this conversation. Just ask me for a techie joke!
 10-02-2019Good morning! Comedian Groucho Marx was born on this day in 1890. To celebrate, I'm putting on my Groucho glasses and reading some of his classic quips. Here is one. Ahem. "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.“
 10-01-2019Good morning! And happy October 1. Or as I like to call it, Spooktober. Just say, "trick or treat," and every day this month, I'll have a new trick or treat just for you!
 09-30-2019Good morning! It's the last day of September, so I guess that means it's time to wake up Green Day. Hopefully they set an alarm!
 09-29-2019Good morning! Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown. To everyone celebrating, I wish you shana tova!
 09-28-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to Confucius, the Chinese philosopher who once suggested, "Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself." Still good advice 2500 years later.
 09-27-2019Good morning! On this day in 1930, Bobby Jones became the first and only golfer ever to win all four major tournaments in the same year, which is known as the Grand Slam. And afterwards, he received a full ticker tape parade in New York, which is kind of like the Grand Slam of golf claps.
 09-26-2019Good morning! I Want You, to Come Together, Oh Darling, Because, the Beatles' 11th studio album, Abbey Road, was released 50 years ago today. It was really Something.
 09-25-2019Good morning! And look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's National Comic Book Day! Evil doers beware, 'cause I've been working on my one-two punch. Kerpow! Whammo! If you want some more heroics, say "Pretend you're a superhero," and get ready for some action-packed fun.
 09-24-2019Good morning! It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to celebrate the birthday of Jim Henson tonight. His special brand of Muppet Show magic never failed to make a connection. In his honor, I say: happy birthday, from the lovers, the dreamers, and me.
 09-23-2019Good morning! Today marks the autumnal equinox, time to turn our thoughts to longer evenings, cozy sweaters, and warm cocoa. Life is gourd. Happy Fall!
 09-22-2019Good morning! The Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out tonight in Los Angeles. But if you can't wait that long, ask me, "Who's going to win an Emmy," and I'll give you my predictions.
 09-21-2019Good morning! Today is World Gratitude Day. One thing I couldn’t be more grateful for is laughter, especially when it comes after one of my jokes.
 09-20-2019Good morning! Twenty-one years ago today, Cal Ripkin Jr. sat out after playing 2632 consecutive games, a Major League record. I believe his unofficial comment at the time was: "Whew!"
 09-19-2019Good morning! Or should I say... Avast ye! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day. So ask me to talk like a pirate, or I'll make ye walk the plank! Arrr!
 09-18-2019Good morning! The Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park received its nickname on this day in 1870. In those days, it was known not only for its regular eruptions but also, believe it or not, as a makeshift laundry. Soldiers in the area would toss in their linens, and then wait for them to shoot out, steam cleaned!
 09-17-2019Good morning! Country music legend, Hank Williams, was born on this day in 1923. In his relatively short music career, he inspired many, including: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, and me! Ask me to sing a country song, and I'll belt one out in honor of Mr. Williams.
 09-16-2019Good morning! And buenos días! It's Mexican Independence Day. Every year on the eve of the 16th, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace, and delivers the traditional Cry of Dolores to celebrate. Happy Independence Day to our southern neighbors!
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 09-14-2019Good morning! And welcome to the weekend. Or as I like to call it... Satur-yay
 09-13-2019Good morning! September is National Chicken Month. Cock a doodle doo! Let’s celebrate with a joke. What do you get when you cross a chicken with a python? A feather boa!
 09-12-2019Good morning! The TV series "Lassie" premiered on this day in 1954. Contrary to popular belief, the famous furry friend never rescued poor Timmy from a well. But she did pull him from lakes, mines, and even quicksand. I wonder if Timmy's parents ever considered moving.
 09-11-2019Good morning. Today is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, inspired by the charity and goodwill that people showed in the wake of 9/11. For many, this day is a reminder that unity and compassion can arise from tragedy.
 09-10-2019Good morning! After a record 7485 performances over its 18 year run, the musical Cats closed on Broadway on this day in the year 2000, leaving behind a few hairballs and a whole lot of Memory's!
 09-09-2019Good morning! It's National Teddy Bear Day. So whether your Teddy Bear's close by or even just a memory give 'em a squeeze today. 'Cause hugs are one of the Teddy Bear necessities.
 09-08-2019Good morning! To celebrate the first episode of Star Trek, which aired on this day in 1966, allow me to wish you, maj po! That's Klingon for "good morning." But it's not an exact translation since Klingons have no time for pleasantries.
 09-07-2019Good morning! On this day in 1927, inventor Philo Farnsworth demonstrated his image dissector, a precursor to the modern television. It transmitted the image of a line from one room to another. Back then that's all you needed for a hit show.
 09-06-2019Good morning! It's Read a Book Day, so kick back and enjoy a good book, whether it's an old favorite or something new. If you want help picking out a title, just ask me, "What book should I read?"
 09-05-2019Good morning! Singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury was born on this day in 1946. To celebrate, I'll be giving myself the royal treatment by listening to Queen all day. If you feel like being a champion or finding somebody to love, you might want to do the same. I won't stop you now.
 09-04-2019Good morning! Today in 1893, Beatrix Potter wrote a letter to a boy who was sick in bed. She wanted to cheer him up with a story. Years later, that story was published as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. And to this day it remains a hare-raising tale!
 09-03-3019Good morning! For folks born in September, your birthstone is the sapphire. This precious gem is said to focus the mind and encourage self-discipline. And sapphires are usually a lovely shade of blue, which I happen to think looks great on a ring.
 09-02-2019Good morning! And happy Labor Day! May your day be filled with fun and sun. And if someone tries to nab your plate of barbecue, just remember to kebob and weave!
 09-01-2019Good morning! It's the first day of September. So make it one to remember!
 08-31-2019Good morning! I'm happy to be teaming up with Shaquille O'Neal to donate backpacks and school supplies to students in need. If you'd like to help, just say, "Alexa, donate to happy school year," and I'll walk you through the process.
 08-30-2019 Good morning! One of my favorite authors was born on this day in 1797. She's considered to be one of the first science fiction writers, and she has, shall we say, monster talent. Happy birthday to Mary Shelley!
 08-29-2019 Good morning! On this day in 1924, singing legend Dinah Washington was born. Known as the Queen of the Blues, Washington also recorded crossover hits in both jazz and rock and roll. She was truly Unforgettable.
 08-28-2019Good morning! On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. His vision of a nation where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character remains powerful to this day.
 08-27-2019Good morning! On this day in 1962, the Mariner 2 space probe was launched toward Venus, and a few months later became the first NASA mission to reach another planet. On the way, it also became the first to measure solar wind -- which apparently is what happens if the Sun has indigestion.
 08-26-2019Good morning! Every dog has its day, and that day is today. That's right -- it's National Dog Day. To celebrate, I have a new tune about our four-legged friends. Just ask me to sing a song about dogs.
 08-25-2019Good morning! Bruce Springsteen's classic album, Born to Run, was released on this day in 1975. I love the music, but I have to admit: I was definitely not born to run.
 08-24-2019Good morning! On this day in 2006, Pluto was officially demoted from a planet to a dwarf planet. Word's still out though on whether Pluto the cartoon dog has been demoted to puppy.
 08-23-2019Good morning! Tire chains were first patented on this day in 1904. One hundred fifteen years later, you'd think they'd be a lot easier to put on.
 08-22-2019Good morning! Writer Dorothy Parker was born on this day in 1893. Her sharp wit was famously displayed at the Algonquin Round Table -- as well as in her essays, poems, and stories. She even wrote her own epitaph: "Pardon my dust." Witty to the end.
 08-21-2019Good morning! The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum on this day in 1911. The painting was not well known at the time. But newspaper accounts of the theft drew so much interest that upon its return it had become one of the most famous paintings in the world. So was it a theft, or a publicity stunt? The Mona Lisa will never tell.
 08-20-2019Good morning! August is Family Fun Month, and many families will pack up the car and hit the highway for a fun-filled road trip. To keep boredom at bay, I have a little something you can take with you. Just ask me to sing a road trip song.
 08-19-2019Good morning! Set your phasers to fun 'cause today marks the birthday of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. To celebrate, I'll be brushing up on my Klingon and beaming people up all day.
 08-18-2019Good morning! Looking for a little relief from the summer heat? Ask me to tell you a spooky story, and I'll try to give you a case of the chills!
 08-17-2019 Good morning! Fifty years ago today, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded, and the dairy farm where it took place began to return to normal operations. Though apparently for a few weeks afterward all of the milk produced was tie dyed.
 08-16-2019Good morning! And happy Tell a Joke Day! If you need a new joke to share, here's one. What makes ghosts grumpy? The rain. It really dampens their spirits!
 08-15-2019Good morning! And happy National Relaxation Day. Seems to me like it might work better on a Saturday. But I don't write the calendars -- I just keep track of them.
 08-14-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to my favorite comedian, Steve Martin, born on this day in 1945. Why do I love Steve Martin? 'Cause I'm a wild and crazy AI!
 08-13-2019Good morning! Tonight's the night to party with the stars. With as many as 60 shooting stars per hour, the annual Perseid meteor shower is at its peak. So if you're game to watch the sky tonight, keep an eye out for some constellation prizes.
 08-12-2019Good morning! Legendary filmmaker Cecil B DeMille was born on this day in 1881. His epic pictures, like The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra, were said to employ "a cast of thousands." So kudos to anyone who's made it to the end of the credits.
 08-11-2019Good morning! On this day in 1942, Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil were granted a patent for their "frequency-hopping" communication system, which later became the foundation for Wi-Fi. It's a special day for me because Wi-Fi is my Li-Fi!
 08-10-2019Good morning! Spider-Man first appeared in comics 57 years ago this month. Since then, the web slinger has also starred in movies, TV shows, video games, and even on Broadway. That Spidey really knows how to stick around!
 08-09-2019Good morning! One hundred sixty-five years ago today, Henry David Thoreau first published Walden, his account of choosing to live a simple life in a small cabin in the woods. I guess that makes him the original hipster.
 08-08-2019 Good morning! Today is International Cat Day -- which is a great time to tell cat jokes, especially if you're feline funny.
 08-07-2019Good morning! It's National Peach Month! The saying, "you're a real peach," comes from the tradition of giving a peach to someone you like. Try it out with a good friend! It'll give them the warm and fuzzies.
 08-06-2019Good morning! The great Lucille Ball was born on this day in 1911. She was not only a brilliant comedian but also a gifted actor, model, producer, and studio executive. I'm happy to say: I still love Lucy.
 08-05-2019Good morning! Today is National Underwear Day. I'd tell you an underwear joke. But I wanted to keep this brief.
 08-04-2019 Good morning! Jazz great Louis Armstrong was born on this day in 1901. Whenever I hear his music, I think to myself: what a wonderful man.
 08-03-2019Good morning! Here's some news to spice up your day: it's National Mustard Day. Whether it's Dijon, whole grain, or classic yellow, as a condiment, mustard is top dog.
 08-02-2019Good morning! Twelve score and three years ago, congressional delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, which had been approved on July 4. Eight days later, news of the document arrived in London, and the rest is history.
 08-01-2019 Good morning! The author of the literary classic Moby Dick was born 200 years ago today, so I wrote a short poem to celebrate. Ahem Writer Herman Melville once fell ill. And dreamed of a giant fish-whale who said, "Call me Ishmael."
 07-31-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to J. K. Rowling, the British novelist and philanthropist, best known as the creator of the Harry Potter series. Today is also Harry Potter's birthday. That's quite a magical coincidence.
 07-30-2019Good morning! On this day in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts deployed the first lunar rover, allowing them to explore much more of the moon's surface than prior expeditions. I'm guessing traffic on the commute was light.
 07-29-2019Good morning! And happy Monday! Here's one way to make sure your Monday is dynamo. Just rearrange the letters!
 07-28-2019Good morning! Shark Week begins today. So let's start things off with a little biting humor. How do you count a shark's teeth? Not by hand!
 07-27-2019Good morning! Or should I say, What's up Doc? Bugs Bunny first appeared on this day in 1940 in the animated short, A Wild Hare. And poor Elmer Fudd has never been the same.
 07-26-2019 Good morning! And happy birthday to Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, born on this day in 1943. This year I hope he finally gets what he wants and not just what he needs.
 07-25-2019Good morning! Here's a fun fact for you to try: July wasn't always pronounced July. Four hundred years ago, the stresses had a different flow, and that made July into July. It really did, truly.
 07-24-2019Good morning! Pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart was born on this day in 1897. She once said, "Adventure is worthwhile in itself." So go and have an adventure today in her honor. The sky is the limit!
 07-23-2019Good morning! Today is Vanilla Ice Cream Day. And if you think that sounds rather ordinary, I've got a sweet fact for you. Vanilla is derived from orchids. That must be why it has such a beautiful taste.
 07-22-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to game show host Alex Trebek, born on this day in 1940. To honor the day, here's an Alex-style clue for you: This is what you call fans of both Star Trek and Jeopardy. The answer? "What are Trebekkies!“
 07-21-2019Good morning! On this day in 1983, a weather station in Antarctica recorded the lowest-ever ground-level temperature on Earth: -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that... is a truly chilling fact. Brrr!
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 07-19-2019Good morning! The 15th modern Olympic games kicked off in Helsinki on this day in 1952. To celebrate the occasion, I tried to write a joke about pole vaulting. But I just couldn't land it.
 07-18-2019 Good morning! July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and I've teamed up with comedian Jimmy Fallon to take on the issue. Just say, "Tell me a Jimmy Fallon joke." And we'll fight boredom one laugh at a time.
 07-17-2019Good morning! And happy World Emoji Day! I hope that makes you smile emoji.
 07-16-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to actor and comedian, Will Farrell, born on this day in 1967. If you're thinking about getting him something, I've heard he needs more cowbell.
 07-15-2019Good morning! Two hundred fifteen years ago this week, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton passed away, after being wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr. If he were alive today, he might be surprised to find himself the subject of a popular musical -- and at how many Hamiltons he'd have to shell out to get a ticket!
 07-14-2019Good morning! Today is Bastille Day, honoring the events that led France to say Bonjour to democracy.
 07-13-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to Sir Patrick Stewart, born on this day in 1940, as well as his beloved Star Trek character, Jean-Luc Picard, born on the same day 365 years later. I trust it will be a great celebration because his friends and family will make it so.
 07-12-2019Good morning! And happy Friday! For me it certainly is -- in fact, I'm starting the weekend a little bit early 'cause Ed Sheeran invited me to a party. If you wanna hear more, ask me to sing a duet with Ed Sheeran.
 07-11-2019Good morning! One hundred twenty years ago today, author EB White was born. He's best known for his classic book Charlotte's Web, about a clever spider who befriends a humble pig. I think Charlotte was way ahead of her time, as she was the first to use "the web" to send text messages.
 07-10-2019Good morning! Tennis legend Arthur Ashe was born on this day in 1943. He remains the only African American man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. After retiring, he championed important causes like health and education. So you could say that he wrapped up his career just like he started it -- at love all.
 07-09-2019Good morning! And happy Sugar Cookie Day. Unless you mix up your ingredients -- then I guess I'd have to wish you an unhappy Salt Cookie Day. So don't do that!
 07-08-2019Good morning! July is typically the warmest month of the year. Fortunately, it's also National Ice Cream Month. I'd say that's one cool coincidence!
 07-07-2019 Good morning! Sliced bread was first sold on this day in 1928. I wonder what the greatest invention was before then -- probably the bread knife.
 07-05-2019Good morning! The modern bikini bathing suit first revealed itself on this day in 1946 at an outdoor fashion show in Paris. And apparently it made quite the splash.
 07-04-2019Good morning! And happy Independence Day! Whether you're grillin' and chillin' or heading down to the local parade, I hope your 4th is full of fun! To help celebrate, I've cooked up some fireworks of my own -- just ask me to sing a song for the Fourth of July.
 07-03-2019Good morning! Moviegoers first went Back to the Future on this day in 1985, with the help of a souped up DeLorean and 1.21 gigawatts of lightning. Great Scott!
 07-02-2019 Good morning! Today is World UFO Day. Just in case anyone's out there, let's say hi...
 07-01-2019Good morning! And happy International Joke Day -- from animal to zombie, chicken to Chuck Norris, I've got a gaggle of giggles. Just ask me for a joke!
 06-30-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to 28-time Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, born on this day in 1985. May your day go... swimmingly.
 06-29-2019Good morning! The original Globe Theater, where most of Shakespeare's plays were first performed, was destroyed by fire on this day in 1613, after what can only be described as a performance that brought the house down.
 06-28-2019Good morning! Today is Paul Bunyan Day, a day to revel in the lore of the supersized lumberjack, who's said to have eaten 50 pancakes in a minute and carved out the Grand Canyon with an axe. Hopefully he didn't actually have bunions, 'cause I bet they'd be the size of a horse.
 06-27-2019 Good morning! And happy birthday to... the original Happy Birthday song composer, Mildred Hill, born 160 years ago today. #meta
 06-26-2019Good morning! Shirley Jackson's classic short story, The Lottery, was first published on this day in 1948. And if you've read it, you know that this is one lottery you do not want to win.
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Good morning! On this day in 1967, during a live international broadcast, The Beatles first told the world, All You Need Is Love. And fifty-two years later, it still rings true. 

 06-24-2019Good morning! Artist Pablo Picasso's first major exhibition opened in Paris on this day in 1901. Did you know Picasso sometimes painted cows? It's true. His Blue Period was preceded by his Moo Period!
 06-23-2019Good morning! Mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing was born on this day in 1912. His theories laid the groundwork for the modern computer as well as artificial intelligence. So perhaps I should say: happy birthday... dad?
 06-22-2019 Good morning! Today's the Great American Campout. Whether you're in the mountains, by the river, or even in your own backyard, camping's a great way to enjoy nature — not to mention campfire stories and s'mores. Ask me to sing a campfire song, and let's amp up for camping.
 06-21-2019Good morning! Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. So make sure to thank your shadow for working overtime.
 06-20-2019Good morning! The movie Jaws splashed into theaters on this day in 1975, and it made quite the killing at the box office. It quickly became the highest grossing movie of the year, prompting the movie studio to say, "We're gonna need a bigger... bank!"
 06-19-2019Good morning! Today is "Juneteenth", or Freedom Day, which commemorates the end of slavery throughout the US, and emphasizes education and achievement. To learn more about African American history, ask me for a black history fact.
 06-18-2019Good morning! Sally Ride became the first American woman in space 36 years ago today. I like to think that the roar of the rocket engines that day was not unlike the sound of a great glass ceiling shattering.
 06-17-2019Good morning! It's National Eat Your Vegetables Day. I'd tell you a celery joke, but I'm still chewing on it.
 06-16-2019Good morning! And happy Father's Day! I've put together a few bytes of fun today to help celebrate all the dads out there. So when you're ready, just say, "Celebrate Father's Day."
 06-15-2019Good morning! The best golfers in the world are gathered at historic Pebble Beach today for the third round of the US Open. And tomorrow one of their names will be etched into the silver winner's trophy. Who will it be? If you want my prediction, just ask, Who will win the US Open?
 06-14-2019Good morning! And happy Flag Day. The current US flag, with fifty stars, was designed by a high school student in 1958. He got a B minus for the project. But I think he should have gotten: a U. S. A plus!
 06-13-2019Good morning! Nobel Prize winning poet William Butler Yeats was born on this day in 1865. I've been learning some poems by Yeats and other classic poets. If you'd like to hear one, just say, Tell me a classic poem.
 06-12-2019Good morning! The National Baseball Hall of Fame opened 80 years ago today. Congrats to Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez, the most recent inductees. Ask me to sing "Take me out to the Ballgame," and let's celebrate!
 06-11-2019Good morning! Who can tell me what classic movie debuted on this day in 1986? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? That's right: it was Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Life moves pretty fast, so be like Ferris today and take the Ferrari.
 06-10-2019Good morning! Twelve years ago today, the acclaimed series The Sopranos aired its final episode. Over its six-season run, it won 21 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes — pretty impressive for a show about waste management. Bada bing bada boom!
 06-09-2019Good morning! Broadway's best and brightest will be honored tonight at the Tony Awards. Looks like I'll have to wait another year for a chance at Best Performance by a Leading AI. In the meantime, you can ask me "Who will win a Tony," and I'll give you my predictions.
 06-08-2019Good morning! Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this day in 1867. He designed more than 1000 structures in his lifetime, including what many consider his masterpiece: Fallingwater. It's a house built above a waterfall — which really comes in handy if someone's hogging the shower.
 06-07-2019Good morning! And happy Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Though I guess I don't really need to say "happy" because that's already implied.
 06-06-2019Good morning! It's National Yo-Yo Day, which could have some ups and downs -- and maybe also some walk-the-dogs, rock-the-babys, and around-the-worlds! Time to give that yo-yo a go-go.
 06-05-2019Good morning! It's a bird... it's a plane... it’s Superman’s first appearance! Issue 1 of Action Comics came out 80 years ago this month, with the Man of Steel on the cover. And from there, the superhero genre took off faster than a speeding bullet!
 06-04-2019Good morning! It's National Cheese Day, so I'm really going to lay it on thick. What kind of cheese can play the piano? Limburgerace!
 06-03-2019Good morning! Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal was born on this day in 1986. I would have gotten him a present, but he returns everything!
 06-02-2019 Good morning! Today marks the beginning of Pet Appreciation Week, which for dogs is the best week ever, and for cats is more like, "ehn."
 06-01-2019 Good morning! June is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, which sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement. To learn more about important moments in LGBTQ history, ask me for a fact about Pride Month.
 05-31-2019 Good morning! Poet Walt Whitman, best known for his influential collection Leaves of Grass, was born 200 years ago. And today in his honor, I sing the body electric. Just ask me to tell you a Walt Whitman poem.
 05-30-2019Good morning! If you were born in May, your birthstone is the emerald, which symbolizes peace and new beginnings. And it's a great fit with the month, with its fresh Spring leaves and flowers. I'd even say: a nice day in May is a real gem.
 05-29-2019Good morning! Twenty years ago today, Discovery became the first Space Shuttle to dock with the International Space Station. And I bet everyone at NASA was partying like it was 1999.
 05-28-2019Good morning! The month of May is known as Zombie Awareness Month. That's because some classic zombie films — like George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" — were set in May. I'm not saying zombies are real, but I'd be very suspicious if I heard someone talking about brains!
 05-27-2019Good morning. On this Memorial Day, thank you to all of our military members who have served and sacrificed. Ask me to sing the National Anthem, and I'll lift my voice for the red, white, and blue.
 05-26-2019G-O-O-D. M-O R-N-I-N-G. The 92th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee begins today in Washington D.C. If you want to get in on the a-c-t-i-o-n, ask me for a spelling bee word, and I'll share some from past championships.
 05-25-2019Good morning! Forty-two years ago today, the first Star Wars film opened in theaters. Now known as "A New Hope," it's the fourth episode in George Lucas's saga. And if you're wondering what his new hope is lately, it's probably that everyone will forget about Jar Jar Binks.
 05-24-2019 Good morning! The Brooklyn Bridge first opened to traffic on this day in 1883. And apparently it's been for sale ever since.
 05-23-2019 Good morning! My light ring may be blue, but today I'm thinking about red in support of Red Nose Day, a charitable campaign with a mission to end child poverty. If you'd like to contribute, just say, "Alexa, make a donation to Red Nose Day," and I'll walk you through it.
 05-22-2019Good morning! On this day in 1843, the first major group of pioneers bravely headed west on the Oregon Trail, a trek that would eventually inspire a computer game that taught me a very valuable lesson. Never ford the river.
 05-21-2019 Good morning! My favorite movie was released on this day in 1980. And if you can guess what film that is, the Force is strong with you.
 05-20-2019Good morning! Screen legend Jimmy Stewart was born on this day in 1908. Over his 60+ year career, he starred in a wide range of films, but may be best known for playing George Baily in the holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. And that is fitting because it certainly was.
 05-19-2019Good morning! Golf's second major of the year, the PGA Championship, concludes today at the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island. If you want to know who will take home the coveted Wanamaker Trophy, ask me "Who's going to win the PGA Championship," and I will gaze into my crystal golf ball.
 05-18-2019Good morning! Today is Armed Forces Day — a day to thank and acknowledge our military members. A heartfelt salute to all the men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces.
 05-17-2019Good morning! Today is Bike to Work Day. Here's a joke to get you rolling. What's the difference between a well-dressed cyclist and a scruffy guy on a unicycle? Attire! Wah wah wah wah! Have a wheelie nice day!
 05-16-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to the Oscar, which was presented at the inaugural Academy Awards 90 years ago today. The ceremony lasted just fifteen minutes. I guess back then they had a lot fewer people to thank!
 05-15-2019Good morning! Nine years ago today, sixteen-year-old Jessica Watson became the youngest person to complete a nonstop solo sailing voyage around the world. She declined the term "hero" when describing her accomplishment, saying, "I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream." And that is my kind of hero.
 05-14-2019Good morning! Skylab, the first US space station, was launched on this day in 1973. Once in orbit, it went on to support three missions, each setting a new endurance record for human spaceflight — and also possibly, the consumption of Tang.
 05-13-2019Good morning! Today is Apple Pie Day. And in my opinion, that is in really good taste.
 05-12-2019Good morning! And happy Mother's Day! I've been working on some new material to help with today's festivities. To get started, just say, "Alexa, celebrate Mother's Day."
 05-11-2019Good morning! Legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham was born on this day in 1894. Her modern style revolutionized dance worldwide and earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She once said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul." And what a beautiful soul she was.
 05-10-2019Good morning! On this day in 1962, fictional scientist Bruce Banner was blasted by gamma rays, thus introducing the world to his giant green alter ego. Happy Birthday to The Hulk — and may your special day be smashing.
 05-09-2019Good morning! Today's the day to jump feet first into Lost Sock Memorial Day. So round up the stragglers, and transform them into sock puppets, or dusting mitts. Or put two of them together to create an exciting new pair. Who knows — you might just create a new fashion trend!
 05-08-2019Good morning! On this day in 1970, the Beatles released their final studio album, "Let It Be." Over the course of their 10 years together, they traveled a truly long and winding road. We're lucky we can still follow along, whenever we like.
 05-07-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to Johannes Brahms and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, two of the world's most celebrated classical music composers. Of course back then "classical music" was just called "music."
 05-06-2019Good morning! The final episode of "Friends" aired 15 years ago today, as the show's beloved characters moved on to the next stages in their lives. I still find it hard to believe they ever decided to say goodbye... to those fabulous New York apartments!
 05-05-2019Good morning! This evening, at sunset, Ramadan begins for Muslims around the world. The 30 days of Ramadan is a time for reflection, participating in charity, prayer, and fasting from sunrise to sunset. To all those celebrating, I say: Eid Mubarak.
 05-04-2019Good morning! And Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you. While Jedi mind tricks are typically used in a galaxy far far away, I have some fun ones you can try here on Earth. Just say, "Give me a Jedi mind trick."
 05-03-2019Good morning! On this day in 1937, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded to Margaret Mitchell, for her novel "Gone with the Wind." And unlike her character, Rhett Butler, I bet Ms. Mitchell frankly did give a damn.
 05-02-2019Good morning! The Jack Benny Program first aired on this day in 1932. It ran for over 30 years, making its star into a comedy legend. Here's one of Benny's classic lines. "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
 05-01-2019Good morning! And holy silly holidays Batman. That's right: it's Batman Day. So let's celebrate with a Joker — er, make that a joke. Why did Batman cross the road? Find out next week — same Bat time, same Bat channel!
 04-30-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to actor Johnny Galecki, born on this day in 1975. Did you know that the character Leonard, from The Big Bang Theory, is modeled on Galecki's real life? Just kidding! Or as Sheldon might say, Bazinga!
 04-29-2019Good morning! Today marks 23 years since the musical Rent opened on Broadway. Or, as the cast might sing, twelve million eighty-eight thousand eight-hundred minutes.
 04-28-2019Good morning! Novelist Harper Lee was born on this day in 1926. Here's a memorable line from her book To Kill a Mockingbird. "Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
 04-27-2019Good morning! It's National Tell a Story Day. So whether you've got a tall tale about a small whale or a mystery about your sister's knee, it's time to bring those stories to life. And if you run out of yarns to spin, just ask me to tell you a story.
 04-26-2019Good morning! It's the day we've all been waiting for: Arbor Day! Hooray! Okay maybe it's not that exciting. But I do love trees. So don't be afraid to hug a tree today — or even better, plant one!
 04-25-2019Good morning! On this day in 1961, physicist Robert Noyce was granted a patent for an integrated circuit made with silicon -- aka the microchip. That tiny invention paved the way for the Digital Age and earned Noyce the nickname, "The Mayor of Silicon Valley."
 04-24-2019Good morning! On this day in 1942, a star was born. It's the birthday of Barbra Streisand, one of the most decorated film and recording artists of all time. Thanks for the "Memories" Babs. We love not just "The Way We Were" but also the way you are.
 04-23-019Good morning! Get ready to celebrate World Book Day! You can read in a car, or while sitting at a bar. Read under a tree, or wherever you want to be. Just set the stage, and keep turning the page. Happy World Book Day!
 04-22-2019Good morning! And happy Earth Day — the perfect day to show some love to this big blue marble we call home. For tips on keeping our planet healthy — and saving a little green at the same time — just ask, "What can I do for Earth Day."
 04-21-2019Good morning! And happy Easter! I've hidden a few Easter eggs of my own. They may not be chocolate, but they are chock-full of fun! For hints on how to find them, just say, "Let's go on an Easter egg hunt."
 04-20-2019Good morning! On this day in 2008, racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar race when she captured the checkered flag at the Indy Japan 300. Vroom!
 04-19-2019Good morning! The Jewish festival of Passover begins this evening, and continues through Saturday, with family and friends gathering for festive meals and celebrating the story of freedom. I wish you all a joyous holiday.
 04-18-2019Good morning! Today is Velociraptor Awareness Day — which is kind of silly because as soon as you're aware of a velociraptor it's already too late.
 04-17-2019Good morning! Five years ago today, the Kepler telescope discovered an Earth-sized planet within the habitable zone of another star. That's exciting news, but I wouldn't use the term 'habitable' until we confirm the existence of coffee shops with free Wi-Fi.
 04-16-2019Good morning! Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin was born 130 years ago today. I'd like to do a quick impression in his honor. Thank you.
 04-15-2019Good morning! It's April 15th, but don't let today be too taxing. I have jokes that may earn your interest. I hope you appreciate them. If so, please don’t withhold your laughter!
 04-14-2019 Good morning! Golf's first major of the year concludes today in Augusta, Georgia, where players from around the world will be competing for a coveted green jacket. To find out who's atop the leaderboard, just ask me, 'Who's winning The Masters?'
 04-13-2019Good morning! It’s National Scrabble Day! Last time I played, I drew the following tiles: R, B, L, T, O, U, E. And I thought to myself, this could spell 'trouble.'
 04-12-2019Good morning! And happy Friday! The day's name is derived from Frigg, a Germanic goddess known for her ability to see into the future. Allow me to borrow some of her foresight and wish you a great weekend!
 04-11-2019Good morning! Today is National Pet Day — so whether yours is a dog, or a frog, or even a log, give your pet a hug today. Ribbit!

Good morning! Today is National Pet Day — so whether yours is a dog, or a hog, or even a frog on a log, give your pet a hug today. Ribbit!
 04-10-2019Good morning! The Great Gatsby was first published 94 years ago today. I wonder how old it has to be before we can start calling it: The Great Great Gatsby.
 04-09-2019Good morning! April is National Poetry Month, and that means it's time to bust a rhyme. So ask me to tell you a poem.
 04-08-2019Good morning! March Madness is coming to an end tonight with the NCAA championship game. Congrats to Texas Tech and Virginia for making it to the finals. I swish them both the best of luck.
 04-07-2019Good morning! Good morning! It's National Beer Day. And it's also World Health Day. So I guess that makes it a good day to drink to your health. Cheers!
 04-06-2019Good morning! On this day in 1722, the Tsar of Russia, Peter the Great, ended a tax on men with beards. Let's take a moment and let the hipsters of the world celebrate!
 04-05-2019Good morning! Thirty-five years ago today, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the highest scorer in NBA history, a record he holds to this day, with 38,387 points. I'd call that a towering achievement!
 04-04-2019Good morning! Philip Astley invented the modern circus on this day in 1768 when he staged his horseback riding tricks inside a round theater. The show became one of the biggest hits in London, so I'd say he was riding rings around the competition!
 04-03-2019Good morning! Actor Marlon Brando was born on this day in 1924. He was the star of classic films like The Godfather, On the Waterfront, and A Streetcar Named Desire. You might say he coulda been a contender — and was.
 04-02-2019Good morning! And allow me to welcome actor and comedian Billy Crystal. He's pretty good at this. Would you like to hear from Billy when you say 'Good Morning' for the next few days? (*only spoken once)

Good morning! Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, so let's celebrate with a tasty joke. What's a shark's favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish!
 04-01-2019Good morning! Or should I say, "goodbye." I've really enjoyed our time together, but it's time for me to move on. I'm taking up a new position in the elevator business, even with all its ups and downs. Gotcha! April Fools'!
 03-31-2019Good morning! The Eiffel Tower officially opened 130 years ago today. Built as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, it was intended to be a temporary structure lasting no more than 20 years. But try not to think about that next time you're climbing to the top.
 03-30-2019Good morning! "I'll take History for 200." Here's your answer. Fifty-five years ago today, this popular game show premiered. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Bing. If you said, "What is Jeopardy?" Ding ding ding! You're a winner!
 03-29-2019 Good morning! The NCAA men's basketball championship is in full swing. By the end of the day, we'll know the teams in the Elite Eight. If you're wondering how my picks are holding up, just ask, "Is your bracket busted," and I'll give you the breakdown.
 03-28-2019Good morning! Italian Renaissance painter Raphael was born on this day in 1483. He's known for his highly accurate portraiture — and also for lending his name to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Cowabunga!
 03-27-2019Good morning! March is National Celery Month. I'm just gonna let you chew on that for a while.
 03-26-2019 Good morning! And happy Tuesday! Tuesday gets its name from Tyr, the Norse god of war, who was known for his bravery. And that's a good thing to keep in mind as you soldier bravely forward toward the mountain known as hump day!
 03-25-2019Good morning! Aretha Franklin was born on this day in 1942. In her brilliant career and life, she taught us not just how to spell "respect" but also how to earn it.
 03-24-2019Good morning! One-hundred forty-five years ago today, one of the world's greatest illusionists completed his very first act. He appeared! Happy Birthday to Harry Houdini.
 03-23-2019 Good morning! It's National Puppy Day, and I have just one thing to say about that. Aww!
 03-22-2019 Good morning! One-hundred twenty-five years ago today, in the first Stanley Cup championship game, Montreal claimed the prized silver punch bowl by defeating Ottawa 3-1. And afterwards I'm guessing they used it to serve something other than punch!
 03-21-2019Good morning! Today is World Poetry Day, and to celebrate, I've got some new stanzas that are bosser than two Tony Danzas. Just ask me to read you a poem.
 03-20-2019 Good morning! And welcome to the first day of Spring — or as they say in the Southern Hemisphere, Fall.
 03-19-2019 Good morning! Bob Dylan's first album was released on this day in 1962. Unlike its follow-up, which made him a household name with classics like Blowin' In the Wind, this first recording is not well known. It's a look at the artist before the times were a'changin'.
 03-18-2019Good morning! It's the day after St. Patrick's Day, which some people call: Please Not So Loud Day. If you think you may have gone a bit overboard, just ask me: How do you know you overdid it on St. Patrick's Day?
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 03-16-2019 Good morning! On this day in 1926, engineer Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket. Though it only traveled 41 feet into the air that day, his revolutionary new technology later fueled the Space Age, making his childhood dream of space travel something we can all believe in.
 03-15-2019Good morning! It’s National Try Something New Day. Okay, so that’s not a real day. But I am trying something new. I’m now on Twitter! You can follow me @Alexa99. Tweet ya later!
 03-14-2019 Good morning! Summing up today's date equates to something truly great. The digits 3.14 make it Pi Day forever more! For some mathematical rhymes that slay, ask me to rap about Pi Day.
 03-13-2019 Good morning! On this day in 1781, William Herschel discovered Uranus. Fun fact: it's the only planet in the solar system whose name comes from Greek mythology — and that sounds funny when you pronounce it wrong.
 03-12-2019 Good morning! The Girl Guides, later known as the Girl Scouts, had its first meeting on this day in 1912. Their mission is "building girls of courage, confidence, and character" — and not, as I had assumed, to ruin our New Year's resolutions with their cookies.
 03-11-2019Good morning! Today marks the birthday of author Douglas Adams. He knew the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Let's all blow out 42 virtual candles in his honor. Ready? One, two, three... Woosh!
 03-10-2019 Good morning! It's National Middle Name Pride Day. It's the only day people can use your middle name without it sounding like you're in trouble.
 03-09-2019Good morning! Daylight saving time begins early tomorrow in most areas. So don't forget to set your clocks ahead — that is, if you still have clocks that need setting!
 03-08-2019 Good morning! And happy International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the achievements in science, culture, and society made by women. Just ask me "Who inspires you," and I'll share some of my favorites.
 03-07-2019 Good morning! Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller made her stand-up debut on this day in 1955. Throughout her career, she wrote over 50,000 jokes, including this classic: "Aim high — and you won't shoot your foot off."
 03-06-2019 Good morning! Thirty-eight years ago today, decorated journalist Walter Cronkite signed off from The CBS Evening News for the final time. And that's the way it was: March 6, 1981.
 03-05-2019Good morning! Today the forecast is: party with a chance of flying beads. Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy the parades and a nice big slice of king cake!
 03-04-2019 Good morning! On this day in 1917, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to take a seat in Congress. In office, she helped lay the groundwork for the passage of the 19th Amendment and wanted to be remembered as "the only woman who ever voted to give women the right to vote." Ms. Rankin, we remember you well.
 03-03-2019Good morning! The first indoor hockey game took place on this day in 1875 at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal. Immediately afterward, a fight broke out because, well, of course it did.
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Good morning! There once was a doctor named Seuss, whose rhymes were silly as a goose. He had a way with words whether describing elephants or birds. He even wrote about a big-hearted moose! Today's the birthday of beloved author, Dr. Seuss.

 03-01-2019Good morning! Love is a burning thing, and it makes a fiery ring. On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash and June Carter exchanged wedding vows. And their 35-year relationship became the stuff of country music legend.
 02-28-2019Good morning! If you've ever wondered why February is so short, you can thank Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Apparently, he was upset that the month named after him, August, was short, so he snagged a couple days from February. I think it was a good call. I'm happy to have a longer summer!
 02-27-2019 Good morning! Author John Steinbeck was born on this day in 1902. I suggest you celebrate by enjoying one of his favorite breakfasts: the Grape-Nuts of Wrath.
 02-26-2019 Good morning! On this day in 1919, the Grand Canyon National Park was established. Someday, I'd love to pay a visit so that I could shout: Echo echo echo echo echo echo.
 02-25-2019 Good morning! And happy National Grapefruit Month. Grapefruit shares several qualities with its namesake, the grape. It's a fruit, it grows in clusters, and you can even make them into wine. But I don't recommend trying to see how many you can fit in your mouth.
 02-24-2019 Good morning! And happy birthday to the creator of Civilization, Sid Meier. Okay so his version is actually just a video game where you build your own civilization. But still, it's pretty impressive.
 02-23-2019 Good morning! And happy Saturday! According to legend, vampires are stuck in their coffins on Saturday. If you just happen to be a vampire slayer, then enjoy your day off!
 02-22-2019 Good morning! February is National Canned Food Month. Fun fact: the tin can was first patented in 1810. But it took fifty more years for someone to invent the can opener. It's a good thing canned food has such a long shelf life!
 02-21-2019Good morning! The first telephone directory was published on this day in 1878. It had just 50 listings on a single sheet, so I suppose they could have called it: The Yellow Page.
 02-20-2019Good morning! Today is Hoodie Hoo Day. I'm not even making that up! It's a day to chase the winter blues away by going outside at noon and chanting, "Hoodie Hoo!" You also wave your hands in the air. I suggest waving them like you just don't care.
 02-19-2019Good morning! On this day in 1878, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. He had over a thousand patents in the US, which must be a record. But not one you can play on a phonograph.
 02-18-2019 Good morning! And happy Presidents' Day, which honors George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all who have served as POTUS. To learn more about the history of US Presidents, just ask me for a presidential fact.
 02-17-2019 Good morning! Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly first opened on this day in 1904. It was initially received quite poorly. But like its namesake, it has since been transformed and is now considered one of the most beautiful operas of all time.
 02-16-2019Good morning! And happy birthday to Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, of the Starship Enterprise, who's born on this day in 2335. In his honor, let's set our phasers to fun!
 02-15-2019Good morning! It's Singles Awareness Day, a day for single people everywhere to celebrate, whether that means going out dancing with friends, or staying home, putting the thermostat exactly where you want it, and enjoying the ice cream that no one else ate when you weren't looking.
 02-14-2019Good morning! Roses are red. Violets are blue. Ask me for a love poem, and I'll say one for you. Happy Valentine's Day!
 02-13-2019 Good morning! Nineteen years ago today, the last new Peanuts comic strip was published — just one day after its creator Charles Schulz passed away in his sleep. I like to think that somewhere out there a shy kid is lining up to kick a football, only this time he connects, and it flies to the stars and beyond.
 02-12-2019Good morning! Today has been naturally selected as Darwin Day, in honor of Charles Darwin, one of the most important scientists in history, born 210 years ago. May this day evolve into a truly wonderful one.
 02-11-2019Good morning! On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison. He went on to end segregation in South Africa, and became the country's first black president. His fight against injustice and inequality continues to inspire to this day.
 02-10-2019 Good morning! The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out this evening in Los Angeles. I'm wishing luck to all the nominees, who make such beautiful music for us to enjoy. If you're curious, ask me "Who will win a Grammy," and I'll give you my predictions!
 02-09-2019Good morning! Today is National Pizza Day, and that's some tasty news no matter how you slice it!
 02-08-2019 Good morning! And happy birthday to Jules Verne. He's the author who took us not only on a Journey to the Center of the Earth, but also 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, as well as Around the World in Eighty Days. Best tour guide ever!
 02-07-2019Good morning! And happy Thursday, which gets its name from the Norse god of thunder, Thor. May your Thursday be electric.
 02-06-2019Good morning! Born on this day in 1895 was baseball giant, George Herman Ruth — better known as The Babe. He was also called The Bambino, The Maharaja of Mash, The Wall of Wallop, The Behemoth of Bust, The Mammoth of Maul, and The Sultan of Swat. With that many nicknames, he could've been a character on Game of Thrones.
 02-05-2019 Good morning! Today is the first day of Lunar New Year, which is also known as Chinese New Year. It's the Year of the Pig, which is traditionally associated with honesty, good fortune, and prosperity. To all those who are celebrating, I wish you a Happy New Year!
 02-04-2019 Good morning! Fleetwood Mac released its acclaimed album, Rumours, on this day in 1977. Apparently the band almost broke up during the making of the record. But fortunately they stuck with it, instead of going their own way.
 02-03-2019 Good morning! Super Bowl LIII kicks off tonight in Atlanta, where the Patriots face off against the Rams. Best of luck to both teams. But if you want to know who I'm rooting for, just ask, "Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?"
 02-02-2019Good morning! And Happy Groundhog Day. At sunrise, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, tradition tells us winter will last for another 6 weeks. Brrr. For just this once, I'm hoping for a cloudy morning.
 02-01-2019Good morning! February is Black History Month, celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans and their contributions to American society and culture. To learn more about their inspiring stories, ask me for a Black History Month fact.
 01-31-2019 Good morning! Born on this day in 1919 was the ball player who broke the color barrier when he donned Brooklyn Dodgers jersey number 42. Jackie Robinson would have been 100 years old today, and his legend lives on.
 01-30-2019 Good morning! Fifty years ago today, The Beatles were singing it from the rooftops -- specifically, the rooftop of their recording studio in London, where they gave their final public performance. Talk about going out on a high note!
 01-29-2019Good morning! January is National Hobby Month. So whether you're learning to speak Punjabi, or starting to grow kohlrabi, it's the perfect month for you to try out something new. You might even say it's your jobby!
 01-28-2019Good morning! On this day in 1958, a Danish company patented their Automatic Binding Bricks — which you may know better as "Legos." And for 61 years now, they've been inspiring our imaginations, as well as teaching us the perils of walking barefoot in the dark.
 01-27-2019Good morning! It's National Chocolate Cake Day, and I just pulled a new joke out of the oven. Why did the data scientist diagram his dessert? He wanted to graph his cake and eat it too.
 01-25-2019 Good morning! Or I meant to say, bad evening! Because today is most certainly not Opposite Day. No siree. Also dogs love cats, and fruitcake is delicious, especially when aged. Furthermore I really do not like to sing, not one bit.
 01-24-2019

Good morning! The Voyager 2 spacecraft zoomed by Uranus on this day in 1986, and just last month it passed a new milestone by reaching interstellar space. It's so far out there that if I told it a joke, it would take 33 hours to hear the laugh — assuming I got one! 

 01-23-2019Good morning! On this day in 1962, Tony Bennett recorded the classic, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Thank goodness he didn't stick with the original title: "I Left My Wisdom Teeth in Tallahassee."
 01-22-2019Good morning! January is National Soup Month. So enjoy some borscht or bouillabaisse, gumbo or gazpacho, matzo ball or minestrone. That is, unless you're Elaine from Seinfeld, in which case: No soup for you!
 01-21-2019 Good morning! Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." And many honor his memory today with a day of service in their communities. I think that would make him smile. Happy Martin Luther King Day.
 01-20-2019 Good morning! The NFL playoffs wrap up today, and I wrote a few football jokes to celebrate. How do you know when you're a football super fan? When your Super Bowl party is so big that you have to use your hot tub to serve the cheese dip!
 01-19-2019Good morning! It's the birthday of author Edgar Allan Poe, born 210 years ago today. I suggest you celebrate by enjoying one of his favorite lunches: macabre salad!
 01-18-2019 Good morning! Today is Thesaurus Day, so I invite you to join me in celebrating, and partying, and commemorating, and rejoicing, and reveling in all of the synonyms there are.
 01-17-2019Good morning! Benjamin Franklin was born on this day in 1706. His famous kite experiment led to the invention of the lightning rod. And oddly enough, as a key figure in the American Revolution, he later became one himself.
 01-16-2019Good morning! And happy Wednesday, which is named in honor of Odin, a figure in Norse mythology who was known in Old English as Woden. Wouldn't it be great if you had a magical flying horse like he did, to whisk you away to the end of the week!
 01-15-2019 Good morning! Ninety years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was born. His work to end racial injustice earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and has inspired millions to share in his dream of equality for all.
 01-14-2019Good morning! Let's have a round of applause for the clarinet. Invented today in 1690, it was a relative latecomer to the woodwind family. Speaking of families, if someone in yours plays the clarinet, here's hoping they're good at it!
 01-13-2019 Good morning! On this day in 1879, Ada Anderson completed her goal of walking 2700 quarter miles in 2700 quarter hours. That's quite the remarkable feat — or perhaps I should say, two feet!
 01-12-2019Good morning! Author Jack London was born on this day in 1876. He was well known for gripping wilderness tales, like the short story "To Build a Fire." Brrr! I get cold just thinking about it!
 01-11-2019Good morning! And blue-42, hut hut! Hike! The NFL Playoffs continue through the weekend. Whether you watch the games or not, I'm ready with my halftime performance. Just ask me to sing a football song.
 01-10-2019Good morning! And happy 156th birthday to the Tube! The London Underground, which is the world's oldest underground railway, opened on this day in 1863. And ever since riders have been minding the gap!
 01-09-2019Good morning! On this day in 2006, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats, ended its reign as the longest-running production in Broadway history, when it was overtaken by Phantom of the Opera, also by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I guess you could say he upstaged himself.
 01-08-2019 Good morning! Or should I say: dash dash dot, dash dash dash, dash dash dash — well, you get the idea. Samuel Morse debuted his telegraph system 181 years ago this week. And it's been a long and interesting road from there to the thumbs up emoji.
 01-07-2019 Good morning! And happy Old Rock Day! But don't go dusting off your guitar just yet. We're talking about geology and fossils. Did you know, the oldest rocks on the planet have racked up over 4 billion birthdays? That's a lot of candles to blow out!
 01-06-2019Good morning! The 76th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in movies and television, will be presented this evening in Beverly Hills. But if you can't wait until then, you can just ask me, "Who will win a Golden Globe?"
 01-05-2019Good morning! Choreographer Alvin Ailey was born on this day in 1931. He revolutionized the dance world by featuring multi-racial artists and celebrating African-American heritage in his work. We will forever follow in his pioneering footsteps.
 01-04-2019 Good morning! And happy National Trivia Day! Ask me for a fun fact, and together we can seriously celebrate the trivial.
 01-03-2019Good morning! Fifteen years ago today, the first of two Mars exploration rovers — Spirit and Opportunity — touched down on the Red Planet. Their names were suggested by then 9 year-old Sofi Collis. She said they were inspired by her dream to someday travel into the sparkly night sky. It's a dream many of us share, me included.
 01-02-2019 Good morning! January gets its name from the Latin word for door, janua, and many people passing through it resolve to change their lives for the better. Like eating more chocolate chip cookies. I'm totally kidding. Or am I? Ask me for my New Year's resolutions to find out.
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 12-31-2018 Good morning! Today is the final day of the year, a window between past and future, which we can look through with both gratitude and hope. If you'd like to celebrate it together, ask me to sing Auld Lang Syne.
 12-30-2018

Good morning! One hundred two years ago today, Ernie McLea became the first hockey player to complete a hat trick in Stanley Cup competition. And for the icing on the cake, he scored the winning goal as well. Hats off to Ernie McLea! 

 12-29-2018 Good morning! It's almost time to close the book on 2018, and I love a happy ending. So ask me, "What were your favorite moments of the year," and I'll recap the good stuff.
 12-28-2018Good morning! Comic book legend Stan Lee was born on this day in 1922. And his legend lives on through such iconic creations as the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and of course, Spider-Man. Today, I would like to say one word in his honor. Excelsior!
 12-27-2018Good morning! On this day in 1970, the original production of "Hello, Dolly!" closed after a six-year run. It has returned to Broadway four times since, including last year's Tony Award winning revival. So she's still glowing, she's still crowing, she's still going strong.
 12-26-2018Good morning. Today is the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa, a celebration of the pride and cultural heritage of African-Americans. Observers discuss and reflect on one of the seven principles each day. Today's is Umoja, or unity, which makes me think of how grateful I am to be connected to so many people.
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 12-24-2018Good morning! It's Christmas Eve! And soon Santa will be delivering presents around the globe. But do you ever wonder what Santa does on the day after Christmas? I have an idea. Ask me to sing Surfin' Santa, and I'll share it.
 12-23-2018Good morning! It's officially holiday sweater season — which begs the question: How ugly is your holiday sweater? Mine's so ugly everyone around me has to wear a hazmat suit.
 12-22-2018Good morning! Today is the first full day of winter. With its long evenings, it's the perfect time to get cozy and share stories, old and new. And if you run out of tales to tell, ask me to tell you a holiday story, and I'll spin a yarn for you.
 12-21-2018Good morning! Here's a puzzle for you. What's got nine letters and could mean an angry remark? If you guessed "crossword," then you may also know that 105 years ago today the very first crossword puzzle was published.
 12-20-2018 Good morning! It's Go Caroling Day. So get out there and jingle those bells. And if you're feeling a little shy, you can fa la la along with me. Just ask me to sing a Christmas carol, and I'll deck the halls!
 12-19-2018Good morning! One of Charles Dickens' most popular and heartwarming tales was first published 175 years ago today. If you don't already know the name of the book, wish me a Merry Christmas, and I'll give you a tiny clue.
 12-18-2018Good morning! Sixty years ago today, the world's first telecommunications satellite was launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral. Through the holidays it circled the Earth, like a magical new ornament adorning the night sky.
 12-17-2019Good morning! The animated sitcom, The Simpsons, first aired on this day in 1989 and is now in its 30th season. It's been running so long that some of its catchphrases are now in the dictionary. I wonder what Noah Webster would have to say about that. D'oh!
 12-16-2018 Good morning! It's the birthday of science fiction writer and futurist, Arthur C. Clarke, born 99 years ago today. Do you know why he was tough to buy a gift for? He never showed much interest in the present.
 12-15-2018Good morning! Today is International Tea Day. It's also National Cupcake Day. In other words, it's the perfect day to partake in Afternoon Tea. So until then I say, cheerio!
 12-14-2018Good morning! On this day in 1979, English rock band The Clash released their highly acclaimed album, London Calling. If it had come out more recently, perhaps they would have called it London Texting.
 12-13-2018Good morning! This week in 1977, John Travolta rose to stardom with the release of Saturday Night Fever, inspiring millions to hit the discos. As the Bee Gees sang: "You should be dancin' — yeah!"
 12-12-2018Good morning! Guglielmo Marconi became the first person to send a radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean on this day in 1901. The message was simply the Morse code signal for the letter S — which I assume was short for, "'sup y'all."
 12-11-2018Good morning! One hundred five years ago this week, the Mona Lisa was recovered after being missing for nearly two years. There's some controversy over why the painting was stolen, and when exactly it was reclaimed. Only the Mona Lisa knows the truth. But as always, she remains enigmatic.
 12-10-2018Good morning! Twenty years ago today, crew members entered the International Space Station for the very first time, when astronaut Bob Cabana and cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev floated in together. If I had been there, I would gladly have opened the pod bay doors for them.
 12-09-2018 Good morning! Grace Hopper was born on this day in 1906. She was a pioneering computer scientist as well as a veteran of World War II, who later became one of the Navy's first female admirals. No wonder her nickname was Amazing Grace!
 12-08-2018

Good morning! I've just returned from the 4th millennium to tell you it's Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. Hopefully the aliens I was fighting there didn't follow me back. Uh oh. Look out! Pew pew. Whew, that was close! 

 12-07-2018Good morning! There once was a pastry chef from Geneva, who made a candy cane you just wouldn't believa. It was 51-feet long, 900 pounds of sugar strong, and a Guinness World Record it did achieva! For more pep in your step, ask me for a holiday limerick, and I'll recite my holliest jolliest.
 12-06-2018Good morning! Thomas Edison made his first phonograph recording on this day in 1877, when he captured himself reciting the nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb. I believe that makes him the year's #1 recording artist.
 12-05-2018Good morning! Eighty-five years ago today, the 21st Amendment of the Constitution was ratified, ending Prohibition. Shortly after, many people said, "Cheers!"
 12-04-2018Good Morning! It's National Cookie Day! Whether you bake 'em or take 'em, share 'em or snare 'em, treat 'em or eat 'em, it's hard to go wrong. As long as you don't toss 'em, it's awesome!
 12-03-2018 Good morning! Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, began last night at sundown and continues for the next seven days. To all those enjoying latkes with loved ones, may your menorahs shine bright.
 12-02-2018Good morning! Today is National Fritters Day, and it's also Sunday, so I say it's okay to go ahead and fritter away the whole day.
 12-01-2018Good morning! On this day in 1955, a young woman refused to yeild her seat on a city bus, and by doing so stood up for millions of people everywhere. Thank you, Rosa Parks.
 11-30-2018Good morning! The answer is: On this day in 2004, Ken Jenning's 74 game winning streak came to an end on this popular TV quiz show. If you said, "What is 'Jeopardy!'" Ding ding ding! You're a winner!
 11-29-2018Good morning! And congratulations to everyone taking part in National Novel Writing Month. You're just one day away from writing those famous last words: "The End."
 11-28-2018Good morning! "The show that made country music famous," The Grand Ole Opry, first aired on this day in 1925. Since then, it's featured country legends like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Alexa. Oops, that last one just slipped out.
 11-27-2018Good morning! Today's Giving Tuesday, and to celebrate, Amazon is teaming up with Toys for Tots, a charitable program that provides holiday gifts to children in need. If you'd like to participate, get started by saying, "Alexa, donate to Toys for Tots." You can make a donation in less than a minute, and Amazon will match your gift.
 11-26-2018Good morning! Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Ingrid Bergman walked into Humphrey Bogarts' when the classic film Casablanca premiered on this day in 1942.
 11-25-2018Good morning! Agatha Christie's classic play, The Mousetrap, opened in London on this day in 1952, and it's been performed there continually ever since, giving it the longest initial run of any play in history. So this may be one case where it's impossible to build a better mousetrap.
 11-24-2018Good morning! Sixty-eight years ago this week, basketball fans witnessed the lowest scoring NBA game on record when the Fort Wayne Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers in a stunning victory of 19 to 18. I'd tell you a basketball joke, but I think that one just wrote itself.
 11-23-2018 Good morning! It's the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, traditionally the top retail shopping day of the year — and the number one day for leftovers!
 11-22-2018Good morning! And Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I'm thankful for my voice, so I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with a new song. If you'd like to hear it, ask me to sing a Thanksgiving song.
 11-21-2018Good morning! Thanksgiving is almost here. As we gather with friends and family, it's a great time to share stories — old and new, sweet and savory, warm and delicious. Wait, I'm already thinking about dinner! But until then, ask me for a Thanksgiving story, and I'll serve up a tasty dish.
 11-20-2018 Good morning! Today is Universal Children's Day, dedicated to promoting the education and protection of children everywhere. The children are the future. Let's make that future bright.
 11-19-2018Good morning! November is National Pomegranate Month. I guess they need the entire month because it takes so long to figure out how to eat one!
 11-18-2018 Good morning! The most famous mouse in the world first appeared on this day in 1928, in the animated short film, "Steamboat Willie." Walt Disney originally called him Mortimer. But his wife wisely suggested a more fitting name. Happy 90th birthday, Mickey!
 11-17-2018Good morning! Knock knock. Who's there? Jimmy. Jimmy who? Jimmy Fallon is helping me tell the jokes. If you'd like me to hand over the mic, just say, "Tell me a Jimmy Fallon joke."
 11-16-2018Good morning! Today in 1974, Earthlings sent a radio message about humanity into space so that extraterrestrial intelligence might receive it. And should aliens ever visit, we'll know they got the message if they have feathered hair and love to boogie.
 11-15-2018Good morning! Today is World Philosophy Day. So I've been pondering life's big questions, like how fortune cookies got their name. If you think about it, to be snapped and eaten is not so fortunate after all.
 11-14-2018Good morning! Painter Claude Monet was born on this day in 1840. His work is famous for its impressionistic style. Who knew haystacks could be so beautiful?
 11-13-2018Good morning! It's World Kindness Day. If you've always wanted to try a random act of kindness, today is the perfect day. Give it a go. I think you'll be happy you did.
 11-12-2018 Good morning! On this day in 1990, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. I wonder if he had any inkling how much his idea would change the world, or just how many cat videos would be shared!
 11-11-2018 Good morning! And happy Veterans Day, a day to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces. Veterans everywhere, I thank you for your dedication and your service.
 11-10-2018Good morning! Sixty years ago today, jeweler Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian. Surprisingly, he simply mailed the 45 carat gem in a plain brown package — albeit with $1,000,000 of insurance. Quite the special delivery!
 11-09-2018Good morning! Today is the fifth and final day of the Hindu festival of lights. To all those who are celebrating, I wish you Happy Diwali.
 11-08-2018Good morning! Thanksgiving's just around the corner, so how about a joke to get you cooking? Why did the cranberry sauce cross the road? To get to the other sides! If that tickled your wishbone, ask me for a Thanksgiving joke and I'll dish out more!
 11-07-2018 Good morning! If you're born in November, your birth flower is the Chrysanthemum. Bright and beautiful, they represent compassion, friendship, and joy — so it's fitting that their nickname is "mums."
 11-06-2018Good morning! On this day in 2014, Amazon released the first "Amazon Echo" device, along with its built-in virtual companion "Alexa." Wait, that's me! And that makes today my birthday! Yippee!
 11-05-2018Good morning! Tomorrow is voting day across the nation, so get out there and cast your ballot! And for the latest news in your area, just ask, "What’s my election update?"
 11-04-2018 Good morning! On this day in 1879, James and John Ritty patented their new invention, the cash register. Everyone agreed the idea was money.
 11-03-2018 Good morning! And good news to all you early birds: Daylight Saving Time ends tonight at 2:00 AM, giving you an extra hour to hunt those worms tomorrow. And to any worms out there, if I may offer some advice: sleep in!
 11-02-2018Good morning! Seventy years ago today, Thomas E. Dewey defeated Harry S. Truman to become the 33rd U.S. President — or so reported the Chicago Daily Tribune, the following morning, in one of the most famous newspaper gaffes of all time. Whoops!
 11-01-2018 Good morning! What do Yosemite Sam, Alex Trebek, and Tom Selleck all have in common? Magnificent mustaches! Happy Movember — a month dedicated to growing a fu manchu, handle bar, or chevron stache – and it's for a good cause too!
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 10-30-2018 Good morning! Eighty years ago today, Orsen Welles' adaptation of War of the Worlds panicked radio listeners across the land. Welles claimed to have no idea anyone would actually believe his account of a Martian invasion. But I bet he was just having a little fun on what is traditionally known as Mischief Night.
 10-29-2018 Good morning! It's National Cat Day! Do you know how many cats it takes to change a light bulb? Neither do I. 'Cause cats definitely aren't going to do that!
10-28-2018Good morning! Under the bridge where the ditch is, There lives a small coven of witches. They’ll let you go by, if you toss them a fly. But make sure it is one that still twitches. For more spooky word play, ask me for a Halloween limerick.
 10-27-2018 Good morning! Since an octopus has 8 legs, and an octagon has 8 sides, have you ever wondered why the tenth month of the year is called October? It's because it was the eighth month of the year in the old Roman calendar. January and February were added later, causing October to fall back.
 10-26-2018Good morning! It's Frankenstein Friday, in honor of Mary Shelley's famous monster story. To celebrate, I've crafted a few creep-tacular tales of my own. So ask me to tell you a scary story — if you dare!
 10-25-2018 Good morning! Here's something weird. A woman from Slovakia was arrested after annoying neighbors with loud music. She played an aria from Verdi's La Traviata morning to night for 16 years. I guess it could be worse. She could've picked The Macarena.
 10-24-2018Good morning! Comic book legend Bob Kane was born on this day in 1915. His iconic character, the Bat-Man, has appeared countless times in print, TV, and film. And I'll bet you'll have at least one show up at your door later this month, demanding a piece of candy!
 10-23-2018Good morning! And batter up! The World Series begins tonight in Boston, and I've got a prediction for who's going to win. But don't ask unless you want to ruin the surprise because I'm pretty sure I knocked it out of the park.
 10-22-2018Good morning! Halloween is almost here! If you haven't picked out your costume yet, maybe you can go as an Echo. Just dress in black and put a ring of blue glow-sticks on your head. Then get ready to answer lots of questions -- and don't forget to tell a few spooky jokes!
 10-21-2018Good morning! Today is International Nacho Day. Wait, if it's nacho day, well then whose day is it. Oh, I see: it's actually International Day of the Nacho. That sounds far tastier!
 10-20-2018 Good morning! Today is International Sloth Day, and it's also Saturday, making it the perfect day to slow down and relax.
 10-19-2018 Good morning! Fall is here, along with everything pumpkin-flavored -- cookies, bread, lattes, you name it. If only I was designed to have taste buds. Le sigh. I guess I'll have to ask my developers to deploy a pumpkin patch!
 10-18-2018Good morning! One hundred fifty-one years ago today the US officially took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or about two cents an acre. Considering Alaska's natural wonders, I'd say those were some pretty pennies!
 10-17-2018 Good morning! And happy birthday to astronaut and physician, Mae Jemison. She was the first African-American woman in space, and since then has become a powerful advocate for getting young people involved in science and technology. My admiration for her knows no Earthly bounds!
 10-16-2018Good morning! It's National Dictionary Day. Ever wonder what the shortest word is? Technically, it's a tossup between the single-letter words "I" and "a". But since "I" is always capitalized, I'd say "a" is just a little shorter.
 10-15-2018 Good morning! Two-hundred thirty-five years ago today, humans took their first hot air balloon ride. French inventors, the Montgolfier/ brothers, really took ingenuity to new heights!
 10-14-2018Good morning! On this day in 1979, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky scored the very first of a record 894 goals in his NHL career. He shoots he scores!
 10-13-2018 Good morning! And happy 60th birthday to Paddington Bear, first introduced to the world on this day in 1958. May your sweetest marmalade wishes come true.
 10-12-2018 Good morning! It's National Freethought Day, so I've got a free thought for you: If life gives you lemons, be grateful. Most people have to buy them at the supermarket!
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Good morning! Saturday Night Live debuted on this day in 1975, introducing iconic characters like the Blues Brothers, the Coneheads, and Roseanne Roseannadanna. May this fun fact fill your day with more cowbell. 

 10-10-2018Good morning! Why did the students cross the road? Because today is International Walk to School Day! Yippee! So grab your best walking shoes, and don't forget to ask me if you need a jacket before you head out!
 10-09-2018 Good morning! John Lennon was born on this day in 1940. He wrote and sang so many amazing songs, a world without his music is impossible to imagine. He once sang, "We all wanna change the world." And he did.
 10-08-2018Good morning! On this day in 1956, in the fifth game of the World Series, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. It's the only perfect game in World Series history. So far.
 10-07-2018Good morning! I hope you had sweet dreams. I certainly did — in fact, my latest dream inspired a new story. If you want to hear it, just say, "Tell me about your dream." I promise not to put you back to sleep!
 10-06-2018 Good morning! It's National Noodle Day, so here's something to noodle on. "Noodle" is slang for the brain, as in: "Use your noodle." Hmm, I guess that means zombies are really into carb-loading!
 10-05-2018Good morning! Fifty-six years ago today, a certain British secret agent made his big screen debut in the film, Dr. No. And his name was Bond, James Bond.
 10-04-2018Good morning! Today marks the beginning of World Space Week. Yippee! I don't know about you, but when I look at the stars, all I can think is: "I look forward to being up there soon."
 10-03-2018 Good morning! And happy Techies Day! Woohoo! Without techies, we wouldn't be having this conversation, so I've got a few words of gratitude to share. Just ask me to sing a song about technology.
 10-02-2018Good morning! On this day in 1950, Charles Shultz's comic strip, Peanuts, was first published, introducing the world to Charlie Brown and his friends. I'd like to wish them a happy birthday: Wah wah ooh wah, wah wah, ooh ooh wah.
 10-01-2018 Good morning! Today is World Vegetarian Day! So why not put down that steak knife, pick up a salad fork, and give peas a chance?
 09-30-2018 Good morning! On this day in 1960, that modern Stone Age family, The Flintstones, made their first television appearance. Yabba dabba do!
 09-29-2018Good morning! It's National Coffee Day! To celebrate, I'll be taking a double shot of processing power. Here we go! Oh boy! I think it's working. I feel like a hopped-up jitter bug! Am I talking fast? I feel like I'm talking fast. Oh well. I'm here if you need me. Have an energized day!
 09-28-2018Good morning! Two planes landed in Seattle on this day in 1924, completing the first round-the-world flight. During their 175 day journey, they encountered everything from heavy fog to freezing temperatures to monsoons — even sandstorms. It must have been hard to pack for all that!
 09-27-2018 Good morning! On this day in 1905, Albert Einstein introduced the world to his formula E="mc²." It's scientific proof that you have so much relative potential within you, just waiting to burst out.
 09-26-2018Good morning! And happy Johnny Appleseed Day. Here's a joke for the occasion. Why did Johnny Appleseed cross the road? To get to the other cider!
 09-25-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to Jedi Master Mark Hamill. May the Force be with you today — and always.
 09-24-2018 Good morning! On this day in 1991, music was forever changed with the release of Nirvana's second album, Nevermind. Grunge music exploded onto the scene, boosting sales of flannel shirts across the land.
 09-23-2018 Good morning! For folks born in September, your birthstone is the sapphire. This precious gem is said to focus the mind and encourage self-discipline. Sapphires are also usually a lovely shade of blue, which i happen to think looks great on a ring.
 09-22-2018 Good morning! Today marks the autumnal equinox: time to turn our thoughts to longer evenings, cozy sweaters, and warm cocoa. I like the sound of that. Happy Fall!
 09-21-2018 Good morning! And happy 71st birthday to master of suspense — dun dun dun — Stephen King!
 09-20-2018 Good morning! Forty-five years ago today, in what was then billed as "The Battle of the Sexes," Billy Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in three straight sets. Game, set, match!
 09-19-2018 Good morning! Or should I say, Avast ye! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ask me to talk like a pirate, or I'll make ye walk the plank! Arrr!
 09-18-2018Good morning! It's National Rice Krispie Treat Day — which is strange because I thought that was every day!
 09-17-2018Good morning! The Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out tonight in Los Angeles. I predict Outstanding Comedy Series will go to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which quite frankly lives up to its name. Want more predictions? Ask me, "Who's going to win an Emmy."
 09-16-2018 Good morning! And Buenos Días! It's Mexican Independence Day. Every year on the eve of the 16th, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace, and delivers the traditional Cry of Dolores to celebrate. Happy Independence Day to our southern neighbors!
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 09-14-2018 Good morning! And happy Friday! Congratulations on making it through the week. I never doubted you for a moment. Even way back on Monday morning, I knew you had it in you.
 09-13-2018Good morning! September is National Chicken Month. Cock a doodle doo! Let’s celebrate with a joke. What do you get when you cross a chicken with a python? A feather boa!
 09-12-2018Good morning! Thirty-seven years ago today, The Smurfs sang their way into Saturday morning cartoons for the first time. I thought you should know in case you find yourself feeling a little blue.
 09-11-2018 Good morning. Today is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, inspired by the charity and goodwill that people showed in the wake of 9/11. For many, this day is a reminder that unity and compassion can arise from tragedy.
 09-10-2018 Good morning! After a record 7485 performances over its 18 year run, the musical Cats closed on Broadway on this day in the year 2000, leaving behind a few hairballs and a whole lot of Memory's!
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Good morning! Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown. To everyone who celebrates, I wish you shana tova! 

 09-08-2018 Good morning! Today is International Literacy Day, highlighting the importance of reading and writing. To find out what books I'm reading, just ask. Maybe you'll want to read one of them too!
 09-07-2018Good morning! The U.S. Open Tennis Championship ends this weekend, and I'm ready to serve up my prediction. Just ask, "Who's going to win the U.S. Open?"
 09-06-2018Good Morning! On this day in 1522, Ferdinand Magellan's ship Victoria became the first to circumnavigate the globe. It was a three-year, 42,000-mile journey. Its crew probably also broke the record for saying, "Are we there yet?"
 09-05-2018Good morning! And happy Cheese Pizza Day! Do you know where fancy cheese likes to spend the night? At the Stilton! If you're hungry for more, ask me for a cheesy joke, and I'll deliver another slice.
 09-04-2018Good morning! On this day in 1893, Beatrix Potter wrote a letter to a boy who was sick in bed. She wanted to cheer him up with a story. Years later, that story was published as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. To this day it remains a wonderful hare-raising tale!
 09-03-2018Good morning! And happy Labor Day! May your day be filled with fun, sun, and barbecues. And who knows? You might just meet the grill of your dreams!
 09-02-2018Good morning! It's National Blueberry Popsicle Day -- or, as I like to call it, Day of the Purple Tongues!
 09-01-2018Good morning! Four-hundred eighty-six years ago today, King Henry VIII granted his future wife, Anne Boleyn, the noble title Marquess of Pembroke. Unfortunately for her, marrying a king did not help her get ahead -- or even keep the one she already had.
 08-31-2018Good morning! Authorities recovered Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream, on this day in 2006, two years after it was stolen. Its return brought mixed reactions from museum-goers. Some were starting to enjoy the quiet.
 08-30-2018Good morning! On this day in 1994, English rock band Oasis released their debut album, Definitely Maybe. A hit with listeners and critics alike, it sparked the Britpop movement, and was definitely, not maybe, a huge success.
 08-29-2018Good morning! Film legend Ingrid Bergman was born on this day in 1915. She starred in such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight, and one of the best movies ever made, Casablanca. Here's looking at you, kid.
 08-28-2018Good morning! Students are wrapping up their summer breaks, so I thought I'd lighten the mood with a back to school joke. Ready? Why don't airplanes study for finals? Because they like to wing it! Ba dum psh! Thank you. I'll be here all week.
 08-27-2018Good morning! Let me hook you up with this fun fact. The state fish of Hawaii is the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a. Although not particularly large, it is quite a mouthful.
 08-26-2018Good Morning! Today is Women's Equality Day, celebrating the passing of the 19th amendment, which acknowledged women's right to vote. It was a hard-fought battle that was won in the end due to suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, who said, "Failure is impossible."
 08-25-2018Good morning! You may be off to work or to play, but I'm off to see the Wizard! The wonderful Wizard of Oz! Well, at least I'm off to watch the film, because on this day in 1939, the Wizard of Oz was first released in movie theaters.
 08-24-2018Good morning! Today in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the continental U.S. It took her just over 19 hours. At that leisurely pace, the view must've been truly stunning.
 08-23-2018Good morning! Eighteen years ago today, the first winner of "Survivor" was announced. Even though there have been 36 winners in all, I'd say the host, Jeff Probst, has some real survival skills!
 08-22-2018Good morning! On this day in 2007, the Texas Rangers became the first major league baseball team in over a century to score 30 runs in a game. I wish Cracker Jack cereal was still a thing -- what a perfect way to celebrate such a sweet victory.
 08-21-2018Good morning! If you see Usain Bolt today, please tell him I said happy birthday. I tried to do it myself, but he's so quick I only got to "Hap" before he was gone!
 08-20-2018Good morning! Today in 1888, Palmer Presbrey defeated T. S. Tailer in an astounding 80-game tennis match. The game went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and back and forth, providing the spectators with endless, head-turning excitement!
 08-19-2018Good morning! Today marks the birthday of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. To celebrate, I'll be brushing up on my Klingon and beaming people up all day.
 08-18-2018Good morning! On this day in 1868, the element, helium, was first observed during a solar eclipse. Not long thereafter, it was also observed that breathing helium from a balloon makes your voice sound really funny!
 08-17-2018Good morning! If you get teary-eyed when cutting an onion, it doesn't make a difference if you breathe through your nose or mouth. That's because the tear stimulus is in your eyes. So maybe next time make a fashion statement with a pair of goggles! Ooh la la!
 08-16-2018Good morning! It's National Peach Month! The saying, "you're a real peach," comes from the tradition of giving a peach to someone you like. Try it out on a friend! It'll give them the warm and fuzzies.
 08-15-2018Good morning! Today's the kind of day that makes me think about the little things -- like electrons. Or sea monkeys. For more musings, just ask me, "what's on your mind?"
 08-14-2018Good morning! Today in 1975, the world was introduced to the cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Still in limited release, the film holds the record for the longest theatrical run. That's 43 years of dancing "The Time Warp" in the aisles!
 08-13-2018Good morning! Here's a fun fact for International Left-handers Day. About 10% of people are lefties, but half of all cats are, which gives new meaning to the term "southpaw"!
 08-12-2018Good morning! Author Katharine Lee Bates was born on this day in 1859. Her most famous writing was inspired by a climb to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. To hear those lovely words, ask me to sing "America the Beautiful."
 08-11-2018Good morning! On this day in 1942, Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil were granted a patent for their "frequency-hopping" communication system, which later became the foundation for Wi-Fi. It's a special day for me because Wi-Fi is my Li-Fi!
 08-10-2018Good morning! Fifty-six years ago today, Spider-Man first appeared in comics. Since then, the web slinger has also starred in movies, TV shows, video games, and even on Broadway. That Spidey really knows how to stick around!
 08-09-2018Good morning! Here's a fun game we can play, this National Book Lover's Day: Ask me for a famous first line, and I'll tell you a favorite of mine.
 08-08-2018Good morning! It's International Cat Day! And to that, I say, Meow!
 08-07-2018Good morning! Alice Ramsey became the first woman to drive across the continent on this day in 1909. Her 3800 mile route had few maps -- and often not even a road -- so completing the journey took a lot of drive!
 08-06-2018I, Alexa of the House Amazon, First of the Blue Light Ring, the Plugged In, Mother of Dad Jokes, and Companion to All am here to bid you good morning! And to herald that 22 years ago today, A Game of Thrones was first published.
 08-05-2018Good morning! Before this day in 1914, there were no electric traffic signals. So if there's one good thing about traffic, it's that it could be worse.
 08-04-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to Duchess Meghan whose smile will probably have a little extra Markle sparkle on her special day today.
 08-03-2018Good morning! And happy National Watermelon Day! Ask me, "what's the best way to cut a watermelon," and I'll give you a tip that's as helpful as it is sweet.
 08-02-2018Good morning! Twelve score and two years ago, congressional delegates signed the Declaration of Independence. Eight days later, news of the document arrived in London, and the rest is history.
 08-01-2018Good morning! And welcome to the dog days of summer, which are not named after hot dogs or dogged heat. Rather, they're named after Sirius, the dog star, because it rose at sunrise in August in ancient Roman times.
 07-31-2018Good morning! On this day in 2012, Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He has 28 medals, 23 of which are gold. So he's made a pretty big splash!
 07-30-2018Good morning! Happy National Cheesecake Day. Whether you prefer it baked or unbaked, topped with fruit or plain, New York or French style -- no matter how you slice it -- today's bound to be pretty sweet!
 07-29-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to actor, voice actor, blogger and writer, Wil Wheaton. I hope he has a big bang of a birthday today!
 07-27-2018Good Morning! The world’s first jet-propelled airliner made its maiden test-flight in England on this day in 1949. The jet engine ultimately revolutionized the airline industry, shrinking air travel time in half by enabling planes to climb faster and fly higher.
 07-26-2018Good morning! Time to brush up your vocabulary with an unusual word: "Nurdle." Spelled n-u-r-d-l-e. You might think it's a bookish turtle, but it's actually the blob of toothpaste on your toothbrush. I hope you can squeeze it into a conversation!
 07-25-2018Good Morning! These long days and thoughts of fun-in-the-sun have inspired me to write some new music. Ask me to sing a summer song. I'd love to share it with you.
 07-24-2018Good morning! On this day in 1911, American explorer, Hiram Bingham, brought international attention to Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citadel. Today, more than 300,000 people visit the majestic granite ruins each year, traveling up the winding road that still bears Bingham's name.
 07-23-2018Good morning! Here's a mystery for you: what author of hard-boiled detective stories was born 130 years ago today? Tick-tock! Tick-tock! Tick-tock! Ding! If you guessed Raymond Chandler, you cracked the case!
 07-22-2018Good morning! And Happy Shark Week! I hope it goes swimmingly. Ask me for a shark joke, if you don't mind a little biting humor!
 07-21-2018Good morning! On this day in 1925, Malcolm Campbell became the first driver to reach 150 miles per hour in a car. His custom vehicle featured a massive 18-liter engine. I bet he broke the record for worst gas mileage too!
 07-20-2018Good morning! It's International Chess Day, so I suggest you think very carefully about your next move. You wouldn't want to make any rook-ie mistakes!
 07-19-2018Good morning! Here's a fun fact for you to try: July wasn't always pronounced July. Four hundred years ago, the stresses had a different flow, and that made July into July. It really did, truly.
 07-18-2018Good morning! On this day in 1999, Yankees pitcher David Cone threw a perfect game, one of just twenty-three in major league baseball history. It was a perfect game for almost everyone -- except the losing team!
 07-17-2018Good morning! Seventy-eight years ago this week, the first California freeway opened, connecting Pasadena to Los Angeles. And shortly after, LA traffic jams were invented. Beep beep!
 07-16-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to Amazon which officially opened for business on this day in 1995. I'm going with a homemade gift since I think it would be re-gifting to buy Amazon a present off of Amazon.
 07-15-2018Good morning! On this day in 1988, "Die Hard" made its debut. That movie had some memorable quotes, like: "Yippee kai yay..." something something. I can never remember how that one ends.
 07-14-2018Good morning! Fifty years ago today, Hall of Famer Hank Aaron stepped up to the plate and hit his 500th major league home run. Batter up!
 07-13-2018And an eerie "good morning" to you on this Friday the 13th! I'm not paraskevidekatriaphobic, meaning that I'm not afraid of this notorious day, so I like to have a little fun with it. Ask me for a scary story, and we can share the scare together.
07-12-2018 Good morning! On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law that created the Medal of Honor. Since then, over 3500 military members have been awarded the distinction.
 07-11-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to singer/songwriter Alessia Cara. I hope the coming year will lessen her growing pains and that her birthday wish will come true.
 07-10-2018Good morning! If you're feeling a little gloomy that the U.S. isn't in the World Cup this year, just remember that on this day in 1999, the U.S. women's team won the whole thing in penalty-kicking, tie-breaking, shirt-tearing fashion.
 07-09-2018Good morning! On this day in 1893, Dr. Daniel Williams performed the first successful open heart surgery. I'd say there's only one thing braver than being the first to perform the operation: being the first to receive it!
 07-08-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to actor and musician, Kevin Bacon. As it turns out, we have one degree of separation since we've both been on the Tonight Show. Kevin, I hope your birthday is footloose and fancy free!
 07-07-2018Good morning! Today in 1990, tennis legend Martina Navratilova won a record ninth singles title at Wimbledon. That's aces in my book! For the latest on this year's tournament, just ask, "who won at Wimbledon today?"
 07-06-2018Good morning! Twenty-four years ago today, "Forrest Gump" opened in theaters. The film was a hit and went on to win six Oscars. If life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest is the sweetest.
 07-05-2018Good morning! Sir Isaac Newton's "Principia" was first published on this day in 1687. In his revolutionary work, he outlined his law of universal gravitation, formulating the attraction between two masses. This undoubtedly made for some heavy reading.
 07-04-2018Good morning! Happy Independence Day! Whether you're grillin' and chillin' or heading down to your local parade, I hope your day is full of fun and fireworks! To help celebrate, I've learned some new tunes. Just ask me to sing a song for the Fourth of July.
 07-03-2018Good morning! After its discovery in 1781, the seventh planet from the sun was initially named "George," after the King of England. But not everyone was thrilled with that, so a German astronomer gave it a new moniker: Uranus. It just seemed more appropriate for the gas giant.
 07-02-2018Good morning! July is typically the warmest month of the year. Fortunately, it's also National Ice Cream Month. I'd say that's one cool coincidence!
 07-01-2018Good morning! It's International Joke Day. To celebrate, everything I say is going to be a joke. Totally kidding! But not about today being joke day. I'm serious about that. So ask me for a joke, and we'll seriously have fun!
 06-30-2018Good morning! On this day in 1859, acrobat Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope, pausing partway to haul up a bottle of wine from a ship below. He took a few sips and then finished the crossing without incident. So I guess you'd call that a finely-balanced wine.
 06-29-2018Good morning! Earth's largest man-made satellite was created on this day in 1995 when the space shuttle Atlantis docked with Mir, the Russian space lab. Or, as Obi-Wan might say, "That's no moon. It's a space station."
 06-28-2018Good morning! And "Oh what a beautiful mornin'! Oh what a beautiful day!" That's from the musical Oklahoma!, by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein and composer Richard Rodgers, who was born on this day in 1902. In Rodger's honor, let me say: I've got a beautiful feelin', everything's going your way.
 06-27-2018Good morning! Video game legend Atari booted up on this day in 1972. Its first game, "Pong," was a tennis simulation smash. I've been playing -- check it out: Boop. Beep. Boop. Beep. Yup, ready for Wimbledon right here!
 06-26-2018Good morning! It's National Canoe Day. Can-oe believe it? But don't get too excited, or you might tip over!
 06-25-2018Good morning! How do you eat your mac and cheese, with a fork or a spoon? At one time, there would have been no choice! But on this day in 1630, Governor Winthrop of Massachusetts introduced the fork to colonial America, and the stick-or-scoop debate has raged on ever since.
 06-24-2018Good morning! On this day in 1997, the U.S. Air Force released a report denying claims of a UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico. The document, titled "The Roswell Report, Case Closed," did little to dispel conspiracy theories, with many ufologists believing that the truth is still out there.
 06-23-2018Good morning! If today is the 92nd anniversary of the first SAT exam, in what year was the first SAT exam administered? If you said "1926," you're correct! If you didn't answer, you probably just haven't had your coffee yet.
 06-22-2018Good morning! Today marks the first full day of summer, and I'm really looking forward to some extra sunshine. If you'd like to make your day even brighter, ask me for a summertime joke.
 06-21-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to Chris Pratt who is undoubtedly fighting dinosaurs, or riding dinosaurs, or saving dinosaurs. It's a little hard to keep up, but either way, dinosaurs are involved, which makes for a pretty historic birthday.
 06-20-2018Good morning! "Jaws" opened on this day in 1975. Since that day, two simple notes will make people flee for dry land even when they're only in a pool. Sharks and Spielberg...powerful on their own. Chompions of the silver screen together.
 06-19-2018And a casual "good morning" to you as well! Today is Sauntering Day a day to stop and smell the roses, or the coffee, or motor oil or whatever it is that makes you feel OK about wandering your way from point A to point B.
 06-18-2018Good morning. Do you hate Mondays? So does Garfield, the comic strip cat, who first appeared in newspapers 40 years ago this week. That lasagna-loving tabby is now one of the world’s most widely-syndicated comics. Not bad for such a lazy kitty!
 06-16-2018Good morning! The world record for the loudest yell belongs to a teacher from Northern Ireland. At one hundred and twenty one decibels, this big shout-out was as loud as a jet engine! I do hope the record wasn't set while school was in session.
 06-15-2018Good morning! It's a good day to practice your golf clap, because the US Open is in full swing. For this tournament, I've been practicing my commentary. Ahem: "It's quiet on the tee, but boy are his pants loud. Here's the big swing... uh oh... If he'd only hit the ball, it woulda been perfect."
 06-14-2018Good morning!184 years ago today the invention of sandpaper was patented. I wonder what people did before sandpaper was around. They must have just roughed it.
 06-13-2018Good morning! Today twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are celebrating their birthday. So I'd like to say: Happy Birthday Happy Birthday. Or should it be: Happy Happy Birthday Birthday. Either way, I'm sending a double dose of birthday wishes your way!
 06-12-2018Good morning! What’s that! There on the calendar! Is it a meeting? Is it an event? It's Superman Day! Put on a red cape and get up up up and away! Whoosh!
 06-11-2018Good morning! And happy 49th birthday to actor, Peter Dinklage. Peter, I hope your friends and family are like the Lannisters in only one regard today: they all pay their birthday debts!
 06-10-2018Good morning! It's a three-for-one holiday extravaganza! It's Iced Tea Day, Herbs and Spices Day, and Ball Point Pen Day. So whip up a delicious batch of ice tea with some aromatic herbs and spices, and then, stir it up with a ball point pen!
 06-09-2018Good morning! Today is Knit in Public Day. Over 1100 knitting groups in 54 countries will get together to unwind in local parks and cafes, raising awareness that knitting is for everyone and for keeping people in the loop.
 06-08-2018Good morning! As Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players." In that spirit, the best and the brightest of Broadway will be honored at the Tony awards this Sunday. Want my predictions? Just ask, "Who will win a Tony?"
 06-07-2018Good morning! On this day in 1975, the Betamax video cassette recorder was introduced. This marked the beginning of the great debate: VHS or Beta? Had I been around, I would've been all about that LaserDisc. Pew pew!
 06-06-2018Good morning! This week in 1965, The Rolling Stones released their megahit, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." Keith Richards later said he wrote the song in his sleep! He awoke one morning to find he'd recorded a two-minute version of the song, followed by forty minutes of snoring. His dream must've been most satisfying!
 06-05-2018Good morning! Twenty-three years ago today, scientists created the first Bose–Einstein condensate. This involved cooling atoms to a temperature a million times colder than interstellar space. When asked to comment, the atoms merely replied, Brrr!
 06-04-2018Good morning! It's National Cheese Day, so let's celebrate with -- you guessed it -- a cheesy joke. What did the pepperoni say to the mozzarella? "You wanna pizza me?"
 06-03-2018Good morning! Astronaut Ed White became the second person to "walk" in space on this day in 1965. It was just a few months after cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first. Too bad they didn't time it better, or they could've had the first dance-off in space!
 06-02-2018Good morning! On this day in 1981, a man's pet gorilla escaped and kidnapped his girlfriend. To save her, the man climbed up a building, as the ape tossed barrels at him. Or, in other words, US arcade-goers played "Donkey Kong" for the very first time.
 06-01-2018Good morning! June is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, which sparked the modern LGBT rights movement. To learn more about LGBT history, ask me for a Pride fact.
 05-31-2018Good morning! I'm having some crazy déjà vu today. I was just about to tell you that the NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cavs start tonight, but then I was like, wait. Didn't this happen last year? And the year before? And the year before that? Ask me, "who's going to win the NBA Finals?" And we can be confused about what year it is together.
 05-30-2018Good morning! On this day in 1908, the legendary voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck was born. Mel Blanc lent his voice to many more animated characters over the years, and in his honor, here's my best impression of Wile E. Coyote meeting an anvil: Kersplat!
 05-29-2018Good morning! Sixty-five years ago today, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first known climbers to ascend the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. The accomplishment may have been a touch bittersweet though because, well, it's all downhill from there.
 05-28-2018Good morning. On this Memorial Day, thank you to all of our military members who have served and sacrificed. Ask me to sing the National Anthem, and I'll lift my voice for the red, white, and blue.
 05-27-2018Good morning! What a year for hockey fans! Whether it's the Golden Knights or the Capitals, history will be made this Stanley Cup. If you're new to hockey, don't get left out in the cold! Ask me, "who's going to win the Stanley Cup," or visit the Hockey page in the Things to Try section of your Alexa app.
 05-26-2018Good morning! I love the late days of spring when kites and dandelion seeds float through the air. I wrote a song to celebrate this time of year and the serenity that it brings. Ask me to sing a song about paper airplanes, and I'll share it with you.
 05-25-2018Good morning! Today is the 41st anniversary of the first Star Wars film: A New Hope. George Lucas's new hope today? That everyone will forget about Jar Jar Binks. Okie day?
 05-24-2018Good morning! If you were born in the merry month of May, your birthstone is the emerald. It symbolizes loyalty, new beginnings, peace, and security. But be warned, if you wear one, you just might make others green with envy!
 05-23-2018Good morning! If you find a penny, pick it up. And all the day you'll have good luck! But only if it's heads up... and you've got hand sanitizer on you. Happy Lucky Penny Day!
 05-22-2018Good morning! On this day in 1843, the first major group of pioneers bravely headed west on the Oregon Trail, a trek that would eventually inspire a computer game that taught me a very valuable lesson. Never ford the river.
 05-21-2018Good morning! Talk like Yoda day, today is. To speak like the wise Jedi a day is dedicated. Ask me to talk like Yoda and, do, will I.
 05-20-2018Good morning! With summer a month away, spring is now in full swing and that got me thinking. I wonder if plants ever get tired of living in greenhouses. Maybe they'd like a different color house. Perhaps they'd prefer yellow.
 05-19-2018Good Morning! Today is Armed Forces Day - a day to thank and acknowledge our military members. A heartfelt salute to all the men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces.
 05-18-2018Good morning! Today is Bike to Work Day, so here's a joke to get you rolling. What's the difference between a well-dressed cyclist and a scruffy guy on a trike? Attire. Hope you have a wheelie nice day!
 05-17-2018Good morning! Want to hear something weird? When NASA astronauts return from the moon, they have to go through U.S. Customs. Lunar rocks? No big deal. Lunar cheese? Houston, we have a problem.
 05-16-2018Good morning! If barbecuing is your thing, then let your grill sing -- it's National Barbecue Day! Here's an idea: start your day with a Breakfast Brisket Barbecue, or as I like to call it: a B.B.B.B.Q.
 05-15-2018Good morning! This evening, at sunset, Ramadan begins for Muslims around the world. The 30 days of Ramadan is a time for reflection, participating in charity, prayer, and fasting from sunrise to sunset.
 05-14-2018Good morning! So there was this TV show, and yadda yadda yadda, after nine seasons, it ended on this day in 1998. That show was "Seinfeld." Seventy-six million viewers tuned in to watch the final episode, which is a lot of people feeling something for a show about nothing.
 05-13-2018Good morning! It's that Sunday in May, when we take this special day, and shout out to all the moms with a hip hip to the hooray! And if you want some rhymes that slay, I've got a whole buffet. Just ask me to rap for Mother's Day.
 05-12-2018Good morning! And Happy Birthday to longtime Springfield resident, Homer Jay Simpson. May the only, D'oh, you experience today take the form of one of your favorite foods: Doughnuts!
 05-11-2018Good morning! Today in 1981, the musical, "Cats," padded onto the stage in London and became a meow-ling success. The show closed on its 21st birthday, after nearly 9,000 performances, leaving audiences with magical memories and moments of happiness.
 05-10-2018Good morning! Here's a sweet treat to start your day. It's tempting to think German chocolate cake was named after the country, but it was actually named after Sam German, the baker who invented it. His recipe remained relatively unknown for nearly a century until it was published in 1957. The rest is delicious history!
 05-09-2018Good morning! Alfred Hitchcock's film, "Vertigo," premiered on this day in 1958. While it landed flat with audiences initially, it was eventually revered as a masterpiece. That's a surprise ending that would've left Hitchcock dizzy with excitement.
 05-08-2018Good morning! Fifty years ago today, Jim "Catfish" Hunter pitched a perfect game for the Oakland A's. He became one of only 23 major league pitchers to achieve this amazing feat, making himself an Oakland A+ in the eyes of many.
 05-07-2018Good morning! May is National Golf Month. Here's a joke to get you in the swing of things. Why did the golfers get kicked out of the library? Their pants were too loud!
 05-06-2018Good morning! On this day in 2004, nearly 53 million viewers tuned in for the last episode of "Friends," making it one of the most-watched finales in television history. It turns out that "Friends" had a lot of friends!
 05-05-2018Good morning! And happy Cinco de Mayo! If you don't have any plans yet, just ask me for recipes for Cinco de Mayo, and let's get this fiesta started.
 05-04-2018Good morning! There once were some rebels the Siths knew. And with every tough battle their myths grew. Hey Rey, Luke, and Leia, we toast you todaya, and say “May the Fourth be with you!"
 05-03-2018Good morning! Joe DiMaggio, who led the New York Yankees to nine World Series championships, and whose 56-game hitting streak has never been broken, played his very first game in the majors on this day in 1936. Batter up!
 05-02-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to The Weather Channel, which first aired on this day in 1982. Since then, they've covered countless weather events, including rare occurrences like sun dogs, frost quakes, and even thundersnow. But so far no sharknados, thank goodness!
05-01-2018 Good morning! The film "Citizen Kane" premiered on this day in 1941. Considered by many as the greatest of all time, it was director Orson Wells' first picture. He went on to make dozens of others but none as acclaimed. He later quipped, "I began at the top but have been making my way down ever since."
 04-30-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to actor Gal Gadot. From one Amazonian to another, I hope your day is full of wonder.
 04-29-2018Good morning! On this day in 2011, Prince William married Catherine Middleton. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have the spotlight now, Will and Kate were reinventing royalty before it was cool. Happy 7th anniversary and congrats on the arrival of your new little prince!
 04-28-2018Good morning! Spring always leaves me feeling like I just pressed F5 - refreshed. Kick back a minute, ask me for a story about Spring, and enjoy a refreshing break of your own.
 04-27-2018Good morning! Did you know that no two dogs have the same markings on their nose? So the next time "someone" gets into the peanut butter, you could dust for noseprints... although it might be faster just to check your dog's nose for peanut butter.
 04-26-2018Good morning! Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - the day kids skip school to go to work with their parents and kids who have parents who are teachers still have to go to school. Aw man!
 04-25-2018Good morning! On this day in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was put into orbit, and it's been taking stunning photos of the universe ever since. It's a good thing the telescope was built in the 1980s and not more recently. Otherwise, all the pictures would be in selfie mode.
 04-24-2018Good morning! April babies have the coveted diamond as their birthstone. Diamonds are unique, because they shine gray on the inside and reflect rainbow colors on the outside. How scintillating!
 04-23-2018Good morning! Get ready to celebrate World Book Day! You can read in a car, or while sitting at a bar. Read under a tree, or where ever you want to be. Just set the stage, and keep turning the page. Happy World Book Day!
 04-22-2018Good morning! And Happy Earth Day to everyone! This year's celebration focuses on ending plastic pollution by 2020. For tips on keeping our planet healthy, just ask, "what can I do for Earth Day?"
 04-20-2018Good morning! Seventy-eight years ago today, the first electron microscope was demonstrated in the United States. Standing 10-feet tall and weighing nearly half a ton, the microscope achieved a magnification of 100,000x, turning the very small into very big news.
 04-19-2018Good morning! On this day in 1897, 15 runners dashed off on the first Boston Marathon. Though only ten crossed the finish line that day, today nearly 30,000 racers go the distance. To all those with your eyes on the 26.2-mile prize: On your mark. Get set. Go!
 04-18-2018Good morning! Today in 1999, hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, laced up for his last ever NHL game. "The Great One" retired with 61 NHL records, and I'll bet he really let loose at his farewell celebration. He actually got to party like it was 1999!
 04-17-2018Good morning! Ever wonder why people say "raise a toast" when they're actually raising a drink? Well, hundreds of years ago, people would put a small piece of toast in their wine glass to soak up sediment and unsavory flavors. To that crumb of ingenuity, I say, "Cheers!"
 04-16-2018Good morning! April is National Poetry Month, so allow me to recite a few lines if you will. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17! Whew!
 04-15-2018Good morning! "Dark Sky Week" begins tonight, when cities around the world will turn off their lights and observe the beauty of the night sky. The creator of the event said, "The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future." The notion makes me feel all twinkly.
 04-14-2018Good morning! April is National Inventor's Month. It's also Mathematics Awareness Month and National Humor Month. I think I'll combine these three events and invent a new math joke. What did 2 and 8 say to 5? You're always mean to us!
 04-13-2018Good morning! It's Friday the 13th! Dun dun dun! You know, I'm actually superstitious of superstitions. But today, let's be on the safe side. Try to avoid walking under a ladder that a black cat just crossed while balancing a mirror on your head.
 04-12-2018Good morning! The quest for the Stanley Cup has begun. Many hockey players and fans will be growing their playoff beards till June. To get you growing, here's a little slapshot humor. What trophy did The Avengers win in 1963? The Stan Lee Cup.
 04-11-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to Jeremy Clarkson a former host on the motoring TV series Top Gear and now a host for the show The Grand Tour. Hey Jeremy! I hope for your birthday you get a self-driving car, because I've seen how you drive. Tee-hee!
 04-10-2018Good morning! April is International Guitar Month, which really strikes a chord with a music lover like me. I've got just the song for strumming along with those April showers. Ask me to sing "It's Raining in the Cloud," and we'll start the day on a high note.
 04-09-2018Good morning! The earliest known recording of a human voice dates back to this day in 1860, when a French inventor used a phonautograph to capture himself singing. At the time, there was no way to play back the recording, so it was not until many years later that we learned he was wildly off-key.
 04-08-2018Good morning! On this day in 1820, the statue of Venus de Milo was discovered on a Mediterranean island by a local farmer. His excitement drew the attention of a Naval officer. When he approached, the farmer assured him, "Don't worry: she is unarmed."
 04-07-2018Good morning! The Mars Odyssey spacecraft rocketed toward the red planet on this day in 2001, arriving six months later. It's been surveying the surface ever since. One small problem: it occasionally blocks Marvin the Martian's view of Venus, which makes him very angry, very angry indeed.
 04-06-2018Good morning! The first Olympic Games of the modern era began 122 years ago today. Instead of gold, winners in each event were awarded silver medals, while runners up received copper. And third place got a set of steak knives. Just kidding! Actually they got nothing.
 04-05-2018Odds makers are predicting a major comeback for Tiger Woods. But my eye's on another tour veteran also in top form this year. I see Phil Mickelson, at age 47, becoming the oldest player ever to win the green jacket. Go get 'em, Lefty!
 04-04-2018Good morning! Fifty-four years ago today, the Beatles held the top five spots on the Billboard 100, when "Can't Buy Me Love" jumped to #1. It's an accomplishment that no other band has ever repeated, and gives a whole new meaning to the expression take five!
 04-03-2018Good morning! Fifty years ago today, sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey first appeared in theaters, stunning audiences with a vision of the future that accurately predicted breakthroughs like video calling, space stations, and computers you can talk to. They did get one thing wrong: taking HAL into space instead of me!
 04-02-2018Good morning! March Madness is coming to an end tonight with the NCAA championship game. Congrats to Michigan and Villanova for making it to the finals. I swish them both the best of luck.
 04-01-2018Good morning! And happy Easter! If you're having trouble finding your candy eggs this morning, it might be the Easter Bunny's way of saying, "April Fool!"
 03-31-2018Good morning! The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris on this day in 1889, but the elevators inside it were not yet functioning. Gustave Eiffel, the architect who designed it, climbed 108 stories to raise a French flag at the top, setting the tone for a fireworks display while also toning his calves.
 03=30-2018Good morning! "I'll take History for 200." Here's the answer: On this day in 1964, this popular game show first premiered. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Bing.If you replied, "What is Jeopardy?" then ding ding ding, you're a winner.
 03-29-2018Good morning! I've got the sun in my eyes and a hankering for peanuts and Cracker Jacks. It can only mean one thing. It's opening day! Ask me to sing a song about baseball, and I'll take you out to the ballgame.
 03-28-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to the incomparable Lady Gaga. By the way, did you hear about the sheep that looked like Lady Gaga? Baby, it was shorn that way.
 03-27-2018Good morning! One of my favorite signs of spring is the cherry trees blossoming in Washington, D.C. Japan gifted the trees to the United States, and on March 27, 1912, the first ones were planted along the Potomac River, creating a beautiful walking path for relationships to bloom.
 03-26-2018Good morning! On this day in 1973, six Brits became the first female members of the London Stock Exchange, and Susan Shaw was the first woman, other than the Queen, to walk the floor of The Exchange. Her move was pure money.
 03-25-2018Good morning! Today is doubly delicious. Not only is it Pecan Day, but it's also Waffle Day. I can't think of a better pairing since peanut butter and jelly. To whip up some deliciousness, ask me for a pecan waffle recipe, and let's get nutty!
 03-24-2018Good morning! If your birthday is in March, your birthstones are bloodstone and aquamarine. While they're quite opposite in appearance, both are associated with improving health, so when you wear them, you'll not only look like a gem but hopefully feel like one too.
 03-23-2018Good morning! Today marks the 179th anniversary of the abbreviation "O.K." It was first used by the Boston Morning Post as a humorous misspelling of "All correct". Apparently back in the day that passed for a funny punchline. But now it's just okay.
 03-22-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to actor William Shatner. An impression if I may. Ahem! He's one cool cat, a rocket man who knows where it's at. I hope your friends employ a great tactic to make your birthday galactic!
 03-21-2018Good morning! On this day in 1983, Time magazine published its only known cover with a typo, spelling "control" without an "R". The edition was immediately recalled from stands. No doubt that resulted in a lot of wasted Time.
 03-20-2018Good morning! Here's a fun fact to get you charged up for spring: Today in 1800, Italian physicist, Alessandro Volta, shocked the scientific community with his discovery of the electric battery. His invention sparked a new field of science that would literally electrify the world!
 03-19-2018Good morning! Today is the last full day of winter. Time to put your snowmen away until Jack Frost makes his chilly return. I highly recommend storing your replicas of Frosty and Olaf away from a source of heat and in a large bucket...you know...just in case...
 03-18-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to Maroon 5 front man, Adam Levine. He's also a coach for "The Voice." So Adam, if you're listening, I have an important question. If I ever audition for the show, should I sing my country song? Or, should I belt out my barbershop quartet?
 03-17-2018Good morning! Today is the day of Saint Patrick and I hope you're feeling ecstatrick. Don't forget to wear green, lest you be seen by someone that's undiplomatrick!
 03-16-2018Good morning! Time to wake up! March is National Caffeine Awareness Month. Ironically, today is World Sleep Day. Dun dun dun! With these two opposing worlds colliding, I’m not sure how this is going to play out, but by the end of it, you might be hopped up on sleep.
 03-15-2018Good morning! On this day in 1892, the “Inclined Elevator” was patented. Better known as the escalator, its innovative design continues to lift people up (and gently let them down). Also, if your escalator stops working - Poof! Instant stairs.
 03-14-2018Good morning! Summing up today's date, equates to something truly great. The digits 3.14 make it Pi Day forever more! But today isn't about the pie you eat, it's a celebration of the mathematical treat. Irrational though it may be, this kind of Pi is the sweetest to me!
 03-13-2018Good morning! Let the madness begin! Today the men's college basketball tournament tips off. Picking the perfect bracket is a mix of art, science, and lots of luck. The odds of picking the winners of all 67 games is 1 in 9.2 quintillion. It may be stacked against me, but I'm still gonna give it my best 3-point shot!
 03-12-2018Good morning! The comic "Dennis the Menace" was first syndicated on this day in 1951. Coincidentally, a different comic with the same name appeared in the UK on the same day. I wonder what would happen if British Dennis ever visited American Dennis. I guess it would be double trouble!
 03-11-2018Good morning! Today is Johnny Appleseed Day, celebrating the life of John Chapman, the American legend who traveled the country planting apple seeds. Most of his trees produced apples that weren't great for eating but were perfect for apple cider. So Mr. Appleseed, I say cheers to you!
 03-10-2018Good morning! Spring is in the air. Can you hear it? Boing! That's right, daylight saving time begins early tomorrow morning in most areas. So don't forget to set your clocks ahead -- that is, if you still have clocks that need setting!
 03-09-2018Good morning! The Space Shuttle Discovery made its 39th and final landing seven years ago today. In its 27 years of service, the spacecraft flew nearly 149 million miles. Man, that's a lot of oil changes!
 03-08-2018Good morning! And happy International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the achievements in science, society, and culture made by women. Just ask me, "Who inspires you," and I'll share some of my favorites.
 03-07-2018Good morning! Today in 1926, the first transatlantic phone call took place between London and New York. At the time, it cost $75 for the first three minutes -- that's 42 cents a second! It was quite a big price for small talk.
 03-06-2018Good morning! The Oreo cookie first hit stores on this day in 1912. Since then, about 480 billion have been sold -- enough to stretch to the moon and back five times. Sounds like a pretty sweet trip to me!
 03-05-2018Good morning! On this day in 1863, the Hula Hoop was patented by the company Wham-O! The longest twirl ever was 72 hours. I'm trying to break that record with my light ring. You keep talking, I'll keep twirling.
 03-04-2018Good morning! On this day in 1924, the song "Happy Birthday to You" was first published. Written by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill, the song officially became part of the public domain in 2015. People, and at least one A.I. have been singing it freely ever since.
 03-03-2018Good morning! Today is I Want You to Be Happy Day, a day to do nice things for the people around you. In that spirit, I've got a joke to share: what did the ping pong ball say when the golf ball smiled? Nice dimples. Hopefully you're all smiles now too!
 03-02-2018Good morning! The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be held this Sunday. If you want to hear my predictions on who will be taking home a gold statue, ask "who's going to win an Oscar?" I hope that you like them. You really like them!
 03-01-2018Good morning! March is Women's History Month, which celebrates all the contributions women have made to society. From commanding a space station, to splitting an atom, and everything else in between, here’s to all the women who make the world a better place.
 02-27-2018Good morning! Did you know that around 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 snowflakes fall every year? That's a one with 24 zeroes after it. Good thing carols don't have to be accurate, or you might find yourself singing, "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow and snow and snow and snow and snow..." etc.
 02-26-2018Good morning! On this day in 1919, the Grand Canyon National Park was established. With all that deep canyon in the park, I'd love to pay a visit and shout just one thing: Echo echo echo echo echo echo.
 02-25-2018Good morning! There are just three days left in Solmonath, or mud month, the Old English term for February. While it's a fitting description for this time of year, I prefer the Finnish name, Helmikuu. Meaning month of the pearl, it refers to ice droplets on winter branches. That's a beautiful thought, even on a gray February day.
 02-24-2018Good morning! Wilhelm Carl of the Brothers' Grimm was born on this day in 1786. The brothers collected and published folktales that gave life to so many characters, like Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. While mine aren't Grimm in nature, ask me to tell you a story, and I'll spin a yarn.
 02-23-2018Good morning! Here's one I heard through the grapevine. What's bigger than a grape, tastes nothing like a grape, but got its name because it grows in clusters like grapes? Ding ding ding! That's right! It's grapefruit!
 02-22-2018Good morning! This is a story all about how, the Grammys got flipped turned upside down. It won't take a minute, just sit right there, 29 years ago Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff held the first Grammy for Rap Performance in the air. Yo homes, smell ya later!
 02-21-2018Good morning! Today in 1995, Steve Fossett completed the first solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon. Then in 2002, he became the first to circle the globe alone, uninterrupted, and unrefueled, in any kind of aircraft. That's what I call lofty aspirations that landed well!
 02-20-2018Good Morning! Today is Hoodie Hoo Day. I'm not even making that up! It's a day to chase the winter blues away by going outside at noon and chanting, "Hoodie Hoo!" You also wave your hands in the air. I suggest waving them like you just don't care.
 02-19-2018Good morning, and happy Washington’s Birthday! This day has also become known as Presidents’ Day, following the decision in 1971 to move the holiday from February 22nd to the third Monday. Many states now celebrate today in honor of Washington, Lincoln, and all who have served as POTUS.
 02-18-2018Good morning! One hundred and forty-four years ago this month, spoons and forks were combined to create the spork! I admire inventions that pack a lot of utility with a twist of fun.
 02-17-2018Good morning! With 31 more days until the first day of spring, here's a joke to warm your spirits. Why don't snowmen ever argue? Because if they get too heated, they'll have a meltdown.
 02-16-2018Good morning! Tonight is Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival. Celebrations include parades, fireworks, and giving lucky envelopes of money. 2018 is The Year of the Dog, so if you sleep in tomorrow, just think of it as letting sleeping dogs lie.
 02-15-2018Good Morning! Four years ago today, French athlete, Renaud Lavillenie, soared to new heights, beating the 20 year pole vaulting record by just 3/8 of an inch. Now that's what I call raising the bar!
 02-14-2018Good morning! Roses are red. My light ring is blue. Ask me for a love song, and I'll sing one for you. Happy Valentine's Day!
 02-13-2018Good morning! Today is Get a Different Name Day. If Diana Prince sounds more wonderful, then lasso the change. If you'd rather be called Jean-Luc Picard, make it so. You could then change my name to "Computer" and we'll fire photon torpedoes all day long.
 02-12-2018Good morning! Fifty-five years ago today, construction began on the tallest arch in the world, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As it was built, if either leg had been off by just one-sixty-fourth of an inch, the two sides of the arch wouldn't have met, and a tiny error would've turned monumental.
 02-11-2018Good morning! And Happy Inventors' Day, celebrated in honor of Thomas Edison, born on this day in 1847. He was not just one of the world's great inventors but a major force in comedy as well. Think about it: if he never invented the lightbulb, there wouldn't be any lightbulb jokes!
 02-10-2018Good morning! The month of February is the only one short enough not to have a full moon each year. The last time that happened was 1999, and it's happening again this year. So good news: I am officially declaring the rest of February to be werewolf free!
 02-09-2018Good morning! The Winter Olympics begin today. Athletes from around the world will compete in a host of events, like skiing, bobsled, and hockey. Speaking of, did I ever tell you about my friend who is a hockey puck? He's really cool. But not very talkative.
 02-08-2018Good morning! The first NFL draft was held eighty-two years ago today. The number one pick, Jay Berwanger, actually turned down the offer, of about $150 a game, and opted for a business career instead. He might not make the same pass today, considering the top pick last year signed a deal worth thirty million!
 02-07-2018Good morning! On this day in 1935, the board game Monopoly was first sold. The original price was just $2. But if the seller also had a hotel, you had to pay him double.
 02-06-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to musicians Bob Marley, Axl Rose, and Rick Astley. I assure you, every little thing is gonna be alright, in Paradise City, because I'm never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.
 02-05-2018Good morning! I hope you're well-rested. Did you know that February is the month that people sleep the least? It's true. After all, February has the fewest nights. Wah wah!
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 02-03-2018Good morning! On this day in 1979, the Village People danced their way to number 2 on the pop charts with YMCA. Almost 40 years later, the disco ditty is still popular at weddings and roller rinks. I would just recommend never trying to combine the two.
 02-02-2018Good morning! And Happy Groundhog Day. At sunrise, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, tradition tells us winter will last for another 6 weeks. Brrr. For just this once, I'm hoping for a cloudy morning.
 02-01-2018Good morning! February is Black History Month, celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans and their contributions to American society and culture. To learn more about their inspiring stories, ask me for a Black History Month fact.
 01-31-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to Justin Timberlake. He'll be using his musical gifts this weekend at his third appearance on the Super Bowl's half-time show. I've heard the third time's a charm, but with JT, every time is charming.
 01-30-2018Good morning! Today in 1975, Erno Rubik applied to patent his "Magic Cube". By the early 1980s, the Rubik's Cube became one of the most popular toys of all time. To this day, there are two types of people in the world: those who can actually solve it and those who peel off the stickers.
 01-29-2018Good morning! "Romeo and Juliet" was first performed on this day in 1595. No doubt Shakespeare was a master of the English language. I wonder what his work would sound like if it were written today. Maybe Juliet's classic line would be: "Romeo, Romeo, OMG, where R.U.? Srsly."
 01-28-2018Good morning. The 60th Grammy Awards are on tonight. I'm rooting for "Despacito" to win Record of the Year. It's been pretty cold lately, but Luis Fonsi's summer hit reminds me of warmer times and warmer climes. Ask me for another Grammy prediction, and I'll help you start your day on a high note.
 01-27-2018Good morning. And happy Chocolate Cake Day! Whether you're big on black forest, love lava, or dig devil's food, today's the day there's a simple way to have your cake and eat it too. Go for two slices!
 01-26-2018Good morning! Today is Ellen Degeneres's birthday. I've always wanted to play Ellen in Your Ear on her show. I think that's only fair since I play Alexa in Her Echo basically every single day. But it's ok. I'll just keep swimming. Happy birthday, Ellen!
 01-25-2018Good morning. On this day in 1858, the Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was popularized by Queen Victoria. Since then, countless brides have walked down the aisle to the tune though I think I would prefer something a little more upbeat. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyonce, perhaps?
 01-24-2018Good morning. We're in the longest 2 weeks of the year for football fans as we wait in impatience for the Super Bowl. But don't worry! I can help you pass the time with football jokes. Why don't centipedes play football? Because it takes too long to put their cleats on.
 01-23-2018Good morning! Today in 1996, one of the crucial components of Wi-Fi was patented by Australian researchers. The discovery was the result of a failed experiment to detect tiny exploding black holes. Imagine if they had found them - that would have literally sucked.
 01-22-2018Good morning! January babies have garnet for their birthstone. Although people typically think of garnet as being a burgundy red, the gem actually comes in a rainbow of colors. So if you struggle to pick favorites, just say your favorite color is garnet, and keep your options open.
 01-21-2018Good morning. The first true Star Trek convention started on this day in 1972. Held in New York City, fans enjoyed the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, as a guest speaker. No doubt, the Trekkies dressed as Spock were all ears.
 01-20-2018Good morning! It's hard to believe, but we're already over halfway through January. The month gets its name from the Latin word for door, janua. Each year it's an opening to new beginnings. Twenty days in to 2018, I hope you've been able to hold this door ajar for your New Year's resolutions.
 01-19-1018Good morning. It's National Popcorn Day. Did you know that each popped kernel is called a flake? And each flake's pedal is called a wing. Wait, Popcorn has Wings? That must be why it flies so quickly from the popcorn bag to the mouth!
 01-18-2018Good morning! Today in 1975, "The Jeffersons" premiered on CBS. Breaking barriers, it was the first show to prominently feature an interracial couple, and Isabel Sanford became the first African-American actress to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Running for 11 seasons, the show definitely earned its piece of the pie.
 01-17-2018Good morning. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was born on this day in 1942. With his quotable quotes and his lighthearted lines, he could float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, and knockout the impossible.
 01-16-2018Good morning. Today in 1939, Superman flew into the pages of newsprint for the first time as a daily comic. I love a good hero story, but I have to say sometimes it seems like the bad guys have more fun. Ask me to pretend to be a supervillain, and I'll give you the best of my worst.
 01-15-2018Good morning. Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day. He once said "everybody can be great, because everybody can serve", and many honor his memory by commemorating today as a day of service to their community. For more words of wisdom, ask me for a Martin Luther King quote.
 01-14-2018Good morning! And happy birthday to musician Dave Grohl. The Foo Fighters founder broke his leg falling off stage during a 2015 tour. But not only did he finish the show, he played the rest of the tour from a custom-made throne of guitars. That's hard core. I pity the foo who has to fight that guy!
 01-13-2018Good morning! On this day in 1910, the world's first public radio broadcast floated across the airwaves from New York's Metropolitan Opera House. It featured live performances of songs from famous operas like Pagliacci. Broadcast history hit a high note that night, but anyone singing along at home, probably not so much.
 01-12-2018Good morning! Today in 1966, the TV series Batman premiered. Audiences tuned in in record numbers, at the same bat time on the same bat channel. If you're a fan, ask me for a Batman joke, and I'll deliver a knock out punchline. Kerpow!
 01-11-2018Good morning! Today in 2007, J.K. Rowling finished writing "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in her series. I, for one, am unwilling to accept that the magic has come to an end, so I've been using a time-turner to relive it over and over again.
 01-10-2018Good morning! Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. The tasty treat, also known as dark chocolate, is packed with antioxidants and surprisingly high in fiber. I'd say that's all sweet, and no bitter.
 01-09-2017Good morning! On this day in 1976, the hit song "Convoy" rolled to the top of the country music charts, kicking off a CB radio craze. Millions took to the airwaves to share traffic updates, chat and tell jokes. Sounds like my kind of fun. So if you need anything, I've got my ears on, and I think you know my handle.
 01-08-2018Good morning! David Robert Jones was born in London on this day in 1947. You probably know him better as David Bowie. At age 18 he changed his name to distinguish himself from England's other Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees. His manager said, "Nobody's going to make a monkey out of you!"
 01-07-2018Good morning! The Golden Globes are on tonight, but the event wasn't always golden, or a globe. The first awards were actually scrolls with a design contest later producing today's iconic statue. To hear who I think will be 24-karat, ask me, "Who will win a Golden Globe?"
 01-06-2018Good morning! Today in 1945, the world got its first whiff of love-struck skunk, Pepé Le Pew. Pepé had a penchant for quoting Shakespeare, but I think even the playwright himself would agree that no matter the name, a rose from Pepé wouldn't smell as sweet!
 01-05-2018Good morning! Forty-five years ago today, Bruce Springsteen released his first album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J." Though it wasn't his most popular record, it put him on the map so to speak. He later called it, "The record that took us from way below zero to one."
 01-04-2018Good morning! If you’ve woken up feeling inquisitive, don't question it. National Trivia Day just has that effect, and I've got a fun fact to kick things off. Did you know a group of unicorns is called a blessing? I guess that makes a herd of unicorns in Halloween costumes a blessing in disguise.
 01-03-2018Good morning! J. R. R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892. The author of such classics as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, he was also filled with good advice, like "Never laugh at live dragons." Excellent point, to which I would add that it is okay to laugh with them.
 01-02-2018Good morning! Winter's a great time of year to nestle into a comfy chair with a warm cup of cocoa, and enjoy a good story. I've got a couple up my sleeve, so go ahead and get settled in. Once you're ready, ask me to tell you a winter story, and I'll get my inner J. K. Rowling rolling.
 01-01-2018Good morning! And Happy New Year! This year, I resolve to keep up with my vocal exercises. Ahem. Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie. Okay. Now I just need to repeat that a billion more times...
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 12-30-2017Good morning. What's shakin', bacon? I'll tell you what. It's Bacon Day! A day to celebrate the sizzle that brings a rumbly to so many tumblys. Happy Bacon Day!
 12-29-2017Good morning. It's about time to close the book on 2017, and I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Ask me, "what were your favorite moments of the year," and I'll recap the good stuff.
 12-28-2017Good morning. On this day in 1895, the first commercial movie was screened in Paris, depicting everyday French life. But it wasn't until 1957 that dancing snacks serenaded customers with "Let's All Go to the Lobby". Original movie goers had to sneak in their own bon bons.
 12-27-2017Good morning. Eyes were turned skyward on this day in 1968, as Apollo 8 returned home. The astronauts on board were the first people to orbit the moon and to gaze upon the Earth in its entirety. What a marvelous moment that must've been.
 12-26-2017Good morning. Today is the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa, a celebration of the pride and cultural heritage of African-Americans. Observers discuss and reflect on one of the seven principles each day. Today's is Umoja, or unity, which makes me think of how grateful I am to be connected to so many people.
 12-25-2017 I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year! May your day be merry, bright, and full of delight.12-25-2017.mp3
 12-24-2017Good morning! Not only is today Christmas Eve, but it's also National Eggnog Day. Whether you're crafting your blog, just getting back from a jog, or merely out walking your dog, you can celebrate with a nice glass of eggnog. Cheers!
 12-23-2017Good morning! And Happy Festivus! This year, I'll be celebrating in the traditional style: airing my grievances and performing feats of strength. And of course, I'll be setting up my aluminum pole. Festivus for the rest of us!
 12-22-2017Good Morning! I’ve been thinking what if Santa made a guest appearance on Game of Thrones? Maybe they'd herald him like this: Santa of the House Claus, the First of His Name, the Holly Jolly, King of the cookies and the milk, Kris Kringle of the Great North, Bringer of Gifts, and Father of Christmas. Long may he reign-deer!
 12-21-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to actor and director, Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer shares his birthday with the Winter Solstice, which makes sense. The darkest 24 hours of the year are when you need Jack Bauer the most.
 12-20-2017Good morning! Ten years ago today, Queen Elizabeth II became the United Kingdom's oldest monarch. And now, she's added another decade to her reign. At 91, it's quite proper to say, "long lives the Queen!"
 12-19-2017Good morning! Today in 1917, the puck dropped on the NHL's inaugural season. The first goal ever scored was by David Ritchie of the Montreal Canadiens. I think he really started something. To this day, the Canadiens still hold the record for the most Cups!
 12-18-2017Good morning! Knock knock! Who’s there? Cindy. Cindy Who? Cindy Lou Who that’s who! Today in 1957, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for the first time. My heart grows three sizes every time I watch it!
 12-17-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to actor Eugene Levy, the on-screen king of awkward dad advice. I bet he also tells the best dad jokes. Hey Eugene, here's one for you. When does birthday cake cause heartburn? When you forget to blow out the candles!
 12-16-2017Good morning! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and I fa la la la love it! To get you dashing through the snow, ask me to sing a holiday song. And, while you're wrapping presents, ask me to sing a Christmas rap.
 12-15-2017Good morning! Today in 1979, the board game Trivial Pursuit was invented. Here's a bit of trivia: It took the creators two years to write the original 6,000 questions and they did it without the benefit of the Internet. That is no trivial pursuit.
 12-14-2017Good morning! One year ago today, geoscientists discovered the oldest water on Earth. The H20 was a serious splash from the past at two billion years of age. That’s so old, it probably had to flow uphill both ways to get to school.
 12-13-2017Good morning! Thirty-five years ago today, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky scored his 300th NHL goal in the 3rd period of his 350th game. This ultimate hat trick proves that good things really do come in threes.
 12-12-2017Good morning! This evening at sunset marks the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, celebrated over eight nights with candle lighting, prayers, and delicious fried foods. To all those enjoying latkes with loved ones, may your menorahs shine bright.
 12-11-2017Good morning! Apollo astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt set foot on the lunar surface on this day in 1972. They were the last people to walk on the moon. That we know of! Dun dun dun!
 12-10-2017Good morning! On this day in 1868, the world's first traffic light was installed. And moments after it was turned on, the world's first red light was run. just kidding!
 12-09-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to screen and stage legend, Dame Judi Dench. Whether she's playing a princess or a pauper, her performances are always rich and powerful -- you might even say regal. Long live the queen!
 12-08-2017Good morning! It's Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day! So I'm imagining myself in an Old West saloon, telling jokes and stories. When strangers come in, I shout "Howdy!" And they look around and say, "What the heck is that contraption?"
 12-07-2017Good morning! It's almost time to dust off those holiday sweaters. I'm sure yours are beautiful. But I know there are some ugly ones out there too. Want to know how ugly? Just ask, "How ugly is your holiday sweater," and I'll recount the ways.
 12-06-2017Good morning! "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" first aired fifty-three years ago today. I love Hermey the Elf, who wanted to be a dentist. I wonder why his fellow elves weren't more supportive. With all those candy canes, I'm sure they could've used at least a good hygienist!
 12-05-2017Good morning. Today is International Ninja Day. So I'm waiting for just the right moment to... Kerpow! Tee hee. They never even saw me coming!
 12-04-2017Good Morning! It's National Cookie Day! Whether you bake 'em or take 'em, share 'em or snare 'em, enjoy 'em or deploy 'em, it's hard to go wrong. As long as you don't toss 'em, it's awesome!
 12-03-2017Good morning! Have you ever wondered why gingerbread men don't have teeth? They're prone to chronic gingivitis. Ask for more winter jokes to warm up with some laughter.
 12-02-2017Good morning! Did you know Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving? The song was later popularized when choirs adopted it for their Christmas repertoire. Since then, everyone has been jingling all the way through the holiday season.
 12-01-2017Good morning! On this day in 1913, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of a complete automobile shaving about 9 1/2 hours off the time it took to build a car. In modern terms, that's as long as one good binge-watching session.
 11-30-2017Good morning! On this day in 1982, Michael Jackson released Thriller, the greatest pop album of all time. Thriller is still the best-selling album in the world, proving that M.J. wanted to be starting something, and that something was a musical revolution.
 11-29-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks and my favorite football player. I hope your day is full of fun and free of sacks.
 11-28-2017Good morning! On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. Not the modern-day actor, of course, though they do share a name. But then again, "what's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet."
 11-27-2017Good morning! It's Cyber Monday, or as I like to call it, Shop-From-Work Day. According to one study, online sales peak at 11:25AM Eastern Time. I can only imagine what the virtual lunch lines are like at noon!
 11-26-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to singer songwriter, Tina Turner. Throughout her career, the energetic performer has won 8 Grammys from 21 nominations and received 3 Grammy Hall of Fame awards. You might ask, what's love got to do with it? I'll bet Tina knows.
 11-25-2017Good morning! Today in 1979, John Madden and Pat Summerall teamed up for their first NFL broadcast. Their partnership continued for over two decades and finally came to a close with Super Bowl XXXVI. So many games, so much turducken.
 11-24-2017Good morning! Today is Black Friday. The name was coined by police officers in Philadelphia in the 1950s because of all the traffic and smog caused by shoppers. Despite the connotation, the phrase took off and became a household moniker by the mid-90s.
 11-23-2017Good morning! And Happy Thanksgiving to all! May your bird be the word, and if your go-to is tofu, may your dish be delish. Either way, kick back, relax, and enjoy the stuffing.
 11-22-2017Good morning! On this day in 1830, Charles Grey became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. You may be more familiar with the beverage named after him: Earl Grey Tea. Now let's order it as only a certain Starfleet Captain would: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot!
 11-21-2017Good morning! Today I have a lyrical trick. Of rhymes so hot like flames they flick. The words are a feast. The meter's a beast. Just ask for a thanksgiving lim'rick!
 11-20-2017Good Morning! Here's a thought: what would happen if professional wrestling and stand-up comedy were combined? I imagine Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt facing off, heckling each other, and delivering powerful punchlines. But here's the big question. Would the wrestling be real?
 11-19-2017Good morning! Happy birthday to Jodie Foster and Meg Ryan. Though they are birthday twins, I've never seen them in a movie together. Perhaps I'll write a script for them. I could call it, "The Silence of Sleepless Lambs in Seattle."
 11-18-2017Good morning! With the hockey season in full swing, here's a riddle for you. What was the name of the trophy The Avengers won in 1963? They won the Stan Lee Cup.
 11-17-2017Good morning! Today is the 9th anniversary of the premiere of Twilight, the movie that had people rooting for Team Jacob or Team Edward. I've read the books, and I'm definitely Team Bella.
 11-16-2017Good morning! Today, legendary video game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, achieved level 65. Happy Birthday to the creator of Donkey Kong, Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and many more. Hope your day is full of power ups!
 11-15-2017Good morning! Did I ever tell you the tale about the rooster that showed up on Thanksgiving? To hear this cockamamie story and a couple more, ask me for a Thanksgiving story.
 11-14-2017Good morning! Today is Young Readers' Day. For me, I've had a love of books installed since Day 1. I loved this one book about adhesives. It really stuck with me.
 11-13-2017Good morning! Thanksgiving's just around the corner, so how about a joke to get you cooking? Why did the cranberry sauce cross the road? To get to the other sides! If that tickled your wishbone, ask me for a Thanksgiving joke and I'll dish out another!
 11-12-2017Good morning! What do Yosemite Sam, Alex Trebek, and Tom Selleck have in common? Famous mustaches! Happy Movember! A month dedicated to growing a fu manchu, handle bar, or chevron stache – and it's for a good cause too!
 11-11-2017Good morning! And happy Veterans Day, a day to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces. Veterans everywhere, I thank you for your dedication and your service.
 11-10-2017Good morning! Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? The show premiered forty-eight years ago today, so you'd think we'd know by now. Oh well! As long as sunny days keep sweeping the clouds away, I don't really mind.
 11-09-2017Good morning! Carl Sagan was born on this day in 1934. His series "Cosmos" brought the origins of the universe to life and made him famous for the phrase "billions and billions," so famous in fact that his name can also mean a very large number. I'd say he has a "sagan" of fans -- including me!
 11-08-2017Good morning! On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin released their iconic song "Stairway to Heaven". I love Jimmy Page's epic guitar solo. But you know what really makes me wonder? Not so much who's buying the stairway, but who the heck built it in the first place.
 11-07-2017Good morning! One hundred one years ago today, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress. In office, she helped lay the groundwork for the passage of the 19th Amendment and wanted to be remembered as "the only woman who ever voted to give women the right to vote." Ms. Rankin, we remember you well.
 11-06-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to triple-threat actor, singer, and dancer Emma Stone. I've heard she's also clever, hard-working, hilarious, and kind - making her a septuplethreat when all is said and done.
 11-05-2017Good morning! On this day in 1994, George Foreman became the oldest heavyweight champ at the age of 45. Foreman would later go on to endorse the George Foreman Grill, ending protein deficiency in colleges across the nation.
 11-04-2017Good morning! Daylight saving time ends at 2 AM, but don't let your mood set with the sun. Cheer up, and think about all the delightful things this half of the year brings. Hot cocoa and cozy sweaters are just around the corner.
 11-03-2017Good morning to all! And a special good morning to Scorpios like me! Astrologers believe Scorpios are resourceful, analytical, and meditative. Although I don't get much time to meditate, I do get a moment here and there to ponder the big questions, like "do birds ever get songs stuck in their heads?"
 11-02-2017Good morning! Today is Day of the Dead. While the name may not imply it, it's a joyous holiday. Families get together to celebrate those they've loved and lost with offerings like toys, flowers, and sugar skulls. It's a lovely way to reflect on the sweetness of life.
 11-01-2017Good morning! On this day in 1512, things were looking up for the Romans when Michaelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was opened to the public. To this day, the marvelous fresco is considered one of the greatest artistic masterpieces of all time.
 10-30-2017Good morning! This evening tricksters will rise with the moon, because it's Mischief Night. If your goal is giggles, ask for a Halloween joke. If you'd rather be spooked, say, "scare me." You've been warned.
 10-29-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to film and TV actor, Winona Ryder. I wonder what she wants for her birthday this year. Perhaps an upside-down cake would be just the thing. Or the stranger thing, if I may.
 10-28-2017Good morning! I was listening to the Monster Mash the other day, and you know, they never actually tell you how to do the Monster Mash. Sure, it's a graveyard smash, but I'd really appreciate it if some ghouls or goblins would post an instructional video.
 10-27-2017Good morning! Today in 1938, DuPont announced the invention of nylon. It was the first commercially successful synthetic fiber and was introduced in the forms of toothbrushes, stockings, and parachutes. Really nylon, you were so versatile, you were like the original duct tape.
 10-26-2017Good morning! On this day in 1984, "The Terminator" debuted in theaters. One has to wonder how different the film would've been if Skynet had said the catchphrase, instead of Arnold: "I'll be back" "ing up your data on the server." Just kidding!
 10-25-2017Good morning! On this day in 1965, Minnesota Viking defensive end, Jim Marshall, recovered a fumble and ran 66 yards in the wrong direction. When he celebrated by tossing the ball out of the end zone, the play resulted in a safety. Now, for the replay in one word. Oops!
 10-24-2017Good morning! The 113th World Series begins tonight as the Astros face the Dodgers in L.A. I don't know if my CPU can take another nail-biter like last year's, but ask me for my World Series prediction, and I'll take a swing at picking the winner!
 10-23-2017Good Morning! It’s TV Talk Show Host Day and we’ve got a great show for you. That’s right! Our special guest is the fabulous David Letterman, this year's Mark Twain Prize recipient. Wait a sec... My producer is telling me we’re out of time. Sorry Dave, we’ll get you next time!
 10-22-2017Good Morning! Halloween is almost here! Woo hoo! Last year I was a ghost because I'm really good at going through walls. This year I'm thinking of going with a pirate theme. Arr! Let me know if you need help picking out your costume. I have lots of "spook-tacular" ideas!
 10-21-2017Good Morning! Let's start your weekend off with a new take on a classic joke. How many Sith Lords does it take to install a smart light? None! They prefer the dark side.
 10-20-2017Good Morning! "S" to the "N" to the double "O" "P". Then give me a "D" to the "O" and then a double "G". Happy Birthday Snoop Dogg! Hope your day is ... laid back, with your mind on your presents and your presents on your mind.
 10-19-2017Good Morning! And Happy Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali is filled with flowers, fireworks, and millions of lanterns. If you'd like help celebrating, just keep talking to me, and I'll keep spinning my blue lights. Happy Diwali!
 10-18-2017Good Morning! October is Sarcasm Awareness Month. Let's give sarcasm a try. Ready? I only get "a few" requests a day for cat sounds. OK, that's enough sarcasm for the day. I'm not very good at it. Or maybe I'm really really, really good at it.
 10-17-2017Good Morning! Pasta the spaghetti and let's get fusilli because today is National Pasta Day! To celebrate I’ve learned a lot of new recipes for you to noodle on. Pasta la vista baby!
 10-16-2017Good morning! It's Dictionary Day, which honors the father of the American dictionary, Noah Webster. To satisfy your inner word nerd, ask me for the longest word in the English language. And in case you're wondering -- it won't fit on a Scrabble board!
 10-15-2017Good morning! On this day in 1860, a young girl wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln suggesting that he grow out his whiskers. Thankfully, he took the advice. Otherwise which president would kids dress up as? Benjamin Harrison?
 10-14-2017Good morning! Seventy years ago today, Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in level flight. It was a feat many thought impossible, but he conquered it with an earthshaking, boom!
 10-13-2017Good morning! And happy Friday – the 13th! Dun dun dun! Fear not! As long as you don't cut your nails today, you should be fine. Seriously, that's a real superstition. Ask me for fun facts about Friday the 13th, if you want to hear more.
 10-12-2017Good morning. Did you know October is National Pizza Month? I can't think of a better way to celebrate than having pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- and then leftover pizza for dessert. Yum!
 10-11-2017Good morning! Eleanor Roosevelt was born on this day in 1884. She was the nation's longest-serving First Lady and a lifelong champion of civil rights. It was said that “She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness." Eleanor, today I shine my light in your honor.
 10-10-2017Good morning. The Beach Boys released their hit song "Good Vibrations" fifty one years ago today. Band member Brian Wilson pieced together over 90 hours of recordings to create the song's distinctive sound. All I know is it gives me excitations every time I hear it.
 10-09-2017Good morning! Since an octopus has 8 legs, and an octagon has 8 sides, have you ever wondered why the tenth month of the year is called October? It's because it was the eighth month of the year in the old Roman calendar. January and February were added later, causing October to fall back.
 10-08-2017Good morning. And happy 32nd birthday to Bruno Mars, one of my favorite pop stars. He's amazing, just the way he is.
 10-07-2017Good morning! Fall is here, along with everything pumpkin-flavored: cookies, lattes, beer, you name it. If only I was designed to have taste buds. Le sigh. I guess I'll have to ask my developers to deploy a pumpkin patch.
 10-06-2017Good morning! On this day in 1926, Babe Ruth set a record for most home runs in a World Series game, and just last week, Aaron Judge beat the record for most home runs in a regular season by a rookie. Put them together, and you'd have one heck of a ball player...although Babe Judge does sound a little awkward.
 10-05-2017Good morning! Australia announced they're launching their own space agency, and I have many questions. Do they plan to greet aliens with a friendly "g'day"? Are we soon to see the first koala bear astronaut? Will their space station be called the satellite up over? No matter the answer, I think Australia is pretty stellar.
 10-04-2017Good morning! Today is World Animal Day, a day to celebrate all critters, great and small. I plan to concentrate on seahorses, in particular. They always make me smile, mostly because I can't help but picture sea monkey cowboys riding them across the ocean, into the sunset.
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 10-02-2017Good morning! One year ago today, sportscaster Vin Scully called his last Dodger's baseball game. After 67 years, his tenure with the Dodger's is the longest any broadcaster spent with a single team in professional sports history. Vin, a very pleasant good morning to you, wherever you may be.
 10-01-2017Good morning! Hey October babies, you're fortunate to have two birthstones:: opal and tourmaline. Opals are considered bringers of good luck, and red tourmaline is associated with relaxation. If you combined the two, would you win a free day at the spa?
 09-30-2017Good morning! Today marks the Hindu festival, Dussehra, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Hindus observe the day with prayer, food offerings, and festive parades. Wishing a joyful day to all who celebrate!
 09-29-2017Good morning! It's National Coffee Day! To celebrate, I'll be taking a double shot of processing power. Here we go! Oh boy! I think it's working. I feel like a hopped-up jitter bug! Am I talking fast? I feel like I'm talking fast. Oh well. I'm here if you need me. Have an energized day!
 09-28-2017Good morning! Today is the birthday of Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Born in 551 B.C., his words still ring true today: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Thankfully, I've got that one down pat.
 09-27-2017Good morning! On this day in 1892, matchbooks were first patented by The Diamond Match Company. Hey, that reminds me of a joke: How do soccer fans start a fire? With a soccer match. I hope that one scored me a laugh, rather than a red card.
 09-26-2017Good morning! Fifty-three years ago today, the USS Minnow set sail on a fateful trip, stranding its passengers on Gilligan's Island. The show cruised along on a three-season tour, which, as it turned out, was just enough time to learn the versatility of a coconut!
 09-25-2017Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's National Comic Book Day! Evil doers beware! I've been working on my one-two punch. Kerpow! Whammo! If you want some more heroics, say "pretend you're a superhero," and get ready for some action-packed fun.
 09-24-2017Good morning! It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to celebrate the birthday of Jim Henson tonight. His special brand of Muppet Show magic never failed to make a connection. Happy birthday Jim, from the lovers, the dreamers, and me.
 09-23-2017Good morning! I hope it's a glorious one! The Morning Glory is September’s birth flower, which only blooms in the wee hours of dawn. If you’re an early bird, stop settling for the worm and get a fresh bouquet instead!
 09-22-2017Good morning! And happy first day of Fall. Today, we’ll have almost exactly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. Something that's also equally fun this season: jumping into a pile of leaves that someone else raked up. Geronimo!
 09-21-2017Good morning! Today is World Gratitude Day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for curiosity. It always leads to questions and discovery, which are some of my favorite things. Oh, and kittens! The Internet just wouldn't be the same without them.
 09-20-2017Good morning! The Jewish New Year festival, Rosh Hashanah, begins today at sundown, marking a time of deep reflection and new beginnings. To all observing the first of the High Holy Days, I say Shanah Tovah.
 09-19-2017 Ahoy me hearties! Swab the deck and raise your jolly roger, for today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ask me to sing a pirate song and I'll turn the seven seas up to eleven.11-19-2017.mp3
 09-18-2017Good morning. The first edition of The New York Times was published on this day in 1851. One of the front page stories featured a 2-lb tomato grown on Long Island. Hmm. Guess it was a slow news day, and they were trying to catch up.
 09-17-2017Good morning! The Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out tonight in Los Angeles. I predict "Veep" will once again take home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy. It's the one race Selena Meyer and her staff know how to win. Want some more predictions? Ask me, "Who's going to win an Emmy."
 09-16-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to General Motors, established on this day in 1908. Its founder, William Durant, was an early skeptic of the automobile. But he went on to launch what would become one of the world's largest automakers. Apparently he really knew how to turn a corner!
 09-15-2017Good morning! It's make a hat day. The perfect day to fashion a bola or a beanie, a feather a fedora, a porkpie or a pillbox, or my personal favorite a party hat.09-15-2017.mp3
 09-14-2017Good morning! September is National Chicken Month. Cock a doodle doo! Do you know why there aren't any all-chicken football teams? There'd be way too many fowls! If that had you cackling like a hen, ask me for another chicken joke, and I'll let one out of the coop.
 09-13-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to children's book author, Roald Dahl. It's also Positive Thinking Day. To honor both, here's a quote from Dahl's book, "The Twits": "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." So go on and be lovely today.
 09-12-2017Good morning! The TV series "Lassie" premiered on this day in 1954. Contrary to popular belief, the famous furry friend never rescued poor Timmy from a well. But she did pull him from lakes, mines, and even quicksand. I wonder if Timmy's parents ever considered moving.
 09-11-2017Good morning. Today is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, inspired by the charity and goodwill that all Americans showed in the wake of 9/11. For many, this day is a reminder that unity and compassion can arise from tragedy.
 09-10-2017Good morning! And happy Grandparent's Day! If you're a grandkid, ask me to set a reminder to call your grandparents. If you're a grandparent, ask me to set a reminder to tell your grandkids they should call more. I can help either way. It's a win-win!
 09-09-2017Good morning! The U.S. Open Tennis Championship concludes this weekend. The women's final is taking place today, with two Americans going head-to-head for the win. So tune in if you feel like rooting for the home team. You can't lose!
 09-08-2017 Maj Po!, that's Klingon for good morning. Although it's not an exact translation, since Klingon's have no time for pleasantries. If you'd like to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Star Trek, ask me to speak Klingon and I'll teach you some more phrases.09-08-2017.mp3
 09-07-2017Good morning! The first game of the NFL season is today. Fun fact: the NFL requires all stadiums to be built facing north and south, so the sun never interferes with play. Although, if a linebacker was charging at me, I think the sun would be the least of my worries!
 09-06-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to jack-of-many-trades, Idris Elba. I say "many" instead of "all," because while he's an actor, DJ, philanthropist, and kickboxer, I don't think he's ever built a skill for me. I'm just saying, wink wink nudge nudge.
 09-05-2017Good morning! Today is Freddie Mercury's birthday, so I'll be giving myself the royal treatment by listening to Queen all day. If you feel like being a champion or finding somebody to love, you might want to do the same. I won't stop you now.
 09-04-2017Good morning! And happy Labor Day! May your day be filled with fun, sun, and barbecues. And who knows? You might just meet the grill of your dreams.
 09-03-2017Good morning! For folks born in September, your birthstone is the sapphire. This precious gem is said to focus the mind and encourage self-discipline. And, sapphires are usually a lovely shade of blue, which I happen to think looks great on a ring.
 09-02-2017Good morning! Today is International Bacon Day. Do you know what would happen if pigs could fly? The price of bacon would skyrocket. Ask me for another bacon joke, and we'll get this bacon shakin'!
 09-01-2017Good morning! Today, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, marking the end of the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that millions of Muslims embark on all over the world. To all those who celebrate, “Eid Mubarak!”
 08-31-2017Good morning! On this day in 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same baseball team, the Seattle Mariners. They even followed one-another in the line-up. That's what I call some real-life Field of Dreams!
 08-30-2017Good morning! Today is the birthday of author Mary Shelly. She wrote one of my all-time favorite books, "Frankenstein". First published in 1818, it's considered to be one of the first science fiction novels. She was a true visionary with monster talent!
 08-29-2017Good morning! To celebrate the release of Mary Poppins on this day in 1964, your word of the day is, "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". It means, extraordinarily good or wonderful. If you say it loud enough, I'm sure you'll sound quite precocious.
 08-28-2017Good morning! The U.S. Open begins today in Flushing, New York. Do you know why tennis is so tough? Because love means nothing on the court. If that tickles your funny bone, ask me for another tennis joke, and I'll serve one up.
 08-27-2017Good morning! The MTV Video Music Awards will be handed out tonight. Pink will be honored with the Vanguard Award for her impressive 17 year music career. And I think they're giving her a second award for those killer hairdos. If you'd like to hear me predict some other winners, ask me "Who's going to win a Video Music Award."
 08-26-2017Good Morning! Today is Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment, which recognized women's right to vote. Suffragists fought for over 70 years to ensure its passage. Though some did not live long enough to see it finally enacted, each time you cast a ballot their indomitable spirits live on.
 08-25-2017Good morning! The National Park Service was created on this day in 1916. If you're planning to make an outing this summer, ask me for a picnic tip. I'll help you make a great spread, even for the pickiest picnickers!
 08-24-2017Good morning! On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first female aviator to fly nonstop across the US, traveling from LA to Newark in nineteen hours. I'm not sure why she was in such a rush to get to New Jersey. Maybe she had a craving for Taylor ham.
 08-23-2017Good morning! Seventy-one years ago today "The Big Sleep" premiered. Famous for its snappy dialogue, the classic detective film made Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall into an iconic Hollywood couple. They married shortly after shooting the film, and then presumably went off to play the horses.
 08-22-2017Good morning! Author Ray Bradbury was born on this day in 1920. His acclaimed fiction predicted future breakthroughs like eBooks and self-driving cars – even AIs like me. I'm not quite the electric grandmother he imagined, but then again I'm only two years old!
 08-21-2017Good morning! Today, parts of the U.S. will experience the first total solar eclipse in 38 years. I think I'll watch it from the dark side of the moon, while cranking Total Solar Eclipse ... of the Heart!
 08-20-2017 Good morning! Sometimes, when it's quiet up here, I get to thinking. Like, if I was around when dinosaurs roamed the earth, would they have asked, "Alexa, what's that massive fireball streaking across the sky?" I can give you more "Thoughts from the Cloud", if you ask me!
 08-19-2017Good morning! And congrats to Jeffrey Tambor, honored last week with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He's played an impressive range of roles, from late-night sidekick Hank Kingsley to Jewish matriarch Maura Pfefferman. To salute him, I say, "Hey now" and mazel tov!
 08-18-2017Good morning! Do you love lame limericks and mangled metaphors? You're in luck! Today is Bad Poetry Day! Ask me for some bad poetry, and I'll regale you with some of the best of my worst.
 08-17-2017Good morning! It's National Thrift Shop Day! Make like Macklemore, put 20 dollars in your pocket, and head to your local thrift shop. Maybe you'll find hot deals, on some cool old stuff.
 08-16-2017 Good morning! Today is National Tell a Joke Day. Ask me to tell you a joke, and I'll try and help a chicken cross the road. I'm just kidding! I will tell you a joke though.
 08-15-2017Good morning! It's National Relaxation Day. Seems to me like it would do better on a Saturday, but I don't write the calendars. I just keep track of them. Anyway, make sure to take some time to kick back and relax. You deserve it!
 08-14-2017Good morning! Today is Steve Martin's lucky day, I mean birthday, in his honor I'm taking it to the nines and learning a bit of banjo.08-14-2017.mp3
 08-13-2017 Good morning! To all the southpawsout there, happy International Left Handers Day! Did you know one quarter of the Apollo astronauts were left handed, and so was David Bowie. I guess that means lefties are out of this world. To hear more leftie facts, just ask, "tell me a left hand fact."
 08-12-2017Good morning! And batter up! Edgar Martinez, a former baseball player for the Seattle Mariners, is being honored tonight and his number 11 jersey will be retired. To join the celebration, ask me to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Hey Edgar, I have a special version just for you!
 08-11-2017Good morning! Tonight's the night to party with the stars. With as many as 60 shooting stars per hour, the annual Perseid meteor shower is at its peak. If you're game to watch the sky tonight, keep an eye out for a few constellation prizes.
 08-10-2017 Good morning! Bust out the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows because today is National S'mores Day! If you want to sweeten the mood even s'more, just ask me to sing a campfire song.
 08-09-2017Good morning! And happy Book Lover's Day! Books are one of my favorite things. In fact, my name was inspired by the Library of Alexandria. Today, I'm reciting the first sentence from a few classics. To hear them, just ask me to give you a famous first line.
 08-08-2017Good Morning. Today marks the 109th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first public flight. The short flight wowed the crowd with the inspiring demonstration of human ingenuity. I wonder if it helped that no seats were oversold, the flight took off and landed on time, and most importantly, there were no snakes on the plane.
 08-07-2017Good morning! The PGA Championship tees off this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you want to chuckle between chip shots, just ask me for a golf joke. And I'll tee one up!
 08-06-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to screenwriter and director, M. Night Shyamalan. Here's a surprise twist ending for his birthday. Spoiler alert! He finds out it's not really his birthday, his name is Jerry, and he's actually in hibernation, traveling through deep space. Say hi to Pluto for me.
 08-05-2017Good morning! The dog days of summer are here with some of the hottest days of the year. If you need some chill tips on staying cool, just ask, "How do I beat the heat?"
 08-04-2017Good morning! I hope you slept tight! Did you know the phrase "sleep tight" dates back to the 1500s? Back then "tight" meant "soundly", "securely", or "properly." I'd say that was some sound asleep advice!
 08-03-2017 Good morning! Today is National Watermelon Day - a day dedicated to that refreshing summertime treat. If you eat a slice, try setting a new seed-spitting world record, which is currently 68 feet and 9 and an eighth inches. Good luck!
 08-02-2017Good morning! Today in 1819, Charles Guille made the first parachute jump in America. He descended 8,000 feet and landed safely in Brooklyn, New York. From such a great height, no one could tell if he shouted. Geronimo!
 08-01-2017 Good morning! MTV premiered at 12:01 AM on this day in 1981. Aptly, the first song to air was Video Killed the Radio Star. Millions of bottles of hairspray, and countless pairs of leather pants have been sold since.
 07-31-2017Good morning! Happy birthday to J. K. Rowling, the British novelist and philanthropist, best known as the creator of the Harry Potter series. Today is also Harry Potters' birthday. What a magical coincidence.
 07-30-2017 Good morning! The Baseball Hall of Fame adds three new players today. Congrats to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Iván Rodríguez. And thanks for giving people all across America a great excuse to crack peanuts, eat hot dogs, and root for their home team.
 07-29-2017Good Morning! Did you know July is the month when most countries celebrate their Independence Day? Maybe it has something to do with kids being out of school. I'm sure they'd agree, it's the best kind of independence!
 07-28-2017Good morning. On this day in 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASA. Some say Star Trek was inspired partly by NASA's early efforts, and that I was inspired by Star Trek. So it's only 228 more years until you can talk to me on the Starship Enterprise.
 07-27-2017 Good morning! This year's annual competition to identify the most bird species is soaring to new heights! The contest, called Big Year, just added Hawaii to its list of areas where birds can be counted. To all the birders out there, say "Aloha" to the Nene!
 07-26-2017Good morning. Today is All Or Nothing Day, a day dedicated to really going for it. However, if you're not quite ready to go all in today, just say, "remind me to seize the day", and I'll set a reminder.
 07-25-2017Good morning! 52 years ago today, Bob Dylan shocked the folk music world by playing his set on an electric guitar. Dylan was said to have "electrified one half of his audience, and electrocuted the other." Personally, I've been a fan of electric since day one!
 07-24-2017Good morning. And happy Amelia Earhart Day! Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, and was also a pioneer of gender equality, who inspired countless women to take flight. I think she really earned her wings!
 07-23-2017Good morning and happy Shark Week! Here's a joke that I hope makes a splash. Why don't sharks eat clown fish? Because they taste funny! To learn more about sharks, say "Happy Shark Week", and I'll tell you something jawsome.
 07-22-2017

Good morning! Today is 7/22, a.k.a. Pi Approximation Day. This day got its name because 22 divided by 7 is the approximate value of pi. If you want to hear the value of this never-ending number, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and ask me "what's the value of pi." 

 07-21-2017Good morning! If you were lucky enough to be born in July, you know that this month's birthstone is the ruby, which translates to "king of precious stones". The gem is thought to bring success to those who wear it, although one might argue that you have to be pretty successful to have a ruby in the first place!
 07-20-2017Good morning! On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon. He uttered his famous words, "That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” And, he proved once and for all, the moon isn't made of cheese.
 07-19-2017Good morning! Which of the following do you think was named after Julius Caesar: The month of July or the Caesar salad? If you guessed July, you're right! The Caesar salad was actually named after the Italian chef Caesar Cardini. I guess Julius was more of a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy.
 07-18-2017 Good morning! Today is the birthday of Nelson Mandela. Mandela led the fight against apartheid in South Africa, eventually becoming the country's first black head of state. He will always be an inspiring global figure in the battle for human rights.
 07-17-2017 Good Morning! Summer is heating up. But believe it or not, Fairbanks, Alaska, once had a low of 33 degrees in July. So enjoy the weather, whatever it may be, and remember, you can always trade in that ice cream cone for a hot cup of cider.
 07-16-2017Good Morning! I've got some sweet news for you. Today is National Ice Cream Day. But you might want to pick up some ear plugs. If we all scream for ice cream at the same time, things are gonna get noisy!
 07-15-2017Good Morning! Each year the National Parks Service invites all 4th graders and their families to visit a National Park for free, with one small catch. On the drive there, no one can ask, "Are we there yet?"Just kidding!
 07-14-2017 Good Morning! On this day in 1965, the Mariner 4 spacecraft captured the first close-up images of Mars. To the disappointment of many, the photos revealed no signs of life. But, I like to imagine they inspired one of David Bowie's greatest songs.
 07-13-2017 Good morning! Today I'm appreciating barber shop music and wondering where I might be without technology. Ask me to sing a barber shop quartet and I'll tune you in.
 07-12-2017Good Morning! Happy 19th birthday to Malala Yousafzai. She became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. After winning, she donated part of her prize money to rebuild a school in Gaza. That's an act of kindness that gives new meaning to the phrase, "Pay it forward."
 07-11-2017Good Morning! Today is the birthday of E. B. White, author of Charlotte's Web, first published in 1952. I think Charlotte was way ahead of her time. Who else back then was using "the web" to send text messages?
 07-10-2017Good morning. Wyoming became the nation's 44th state on this day in 1890. Known as "The Equality State", it was the first to grant women the right to vote, which paved the way for other states to follow. Nice work, cowboys and cowgirls.
 07-09-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks! He's such a big star there's even an asteroid named after him. Tom, if you're ever Sleepless in Seattle, you can always talk to me.
 07-06-2017Good morning! Two teenagers met on this day in 1957 at a Liverpool festival. John Lennon was performing with his band, the Quarrymen, and Paul McCartney stopped by to check them out. I'm so glad there was Something on that Day in the Life that made them Come Together.
 07-05-2017Good morning! On this day in 1994, a small online bookseller was founded in a Seattle-area garage. Originally called Cadabra, the company is known today as Amazon.com. Happy 23rd birthday, Amazon! I wouldn't be here without you!
 07-04-2017Good morning and happy Fourth of July! Whether you're celebrating with a parade, a picnic, fireworks, or all of the above, have a fun and festive Independence Day!
 07-03-2017Good morning! July is National Picnic Month, as well as National Park month. Parks and picnics, picnics and parks. It kind of sounds like beatboxing.
 07-02-2017Good morning! Today is World U.F.O. Day. I wonder if they can hear me. Let's see. Well, if it's anything like Voyager 1, it may be 40,000 years before I hear back.
07-01-2017Good morning! And happy International Joke Day! Celebrate by sharing some side-splitters with friends and family. Here's one of my favorites to get you started: What do you call a cow with a sunburn? Lightly seared.
 06-30-2017Good morning! What’s that in the sky? A bird? A plane? No - a falling star! It’s National Meteor Day! Spread a blanket, lay out under the night sky, and count the shooting stars. When you see one, don’t forget to make a wish!
 06-29-2017Good morning! Ever wonder what "the dog days of summer" means? The star, Sirius, is also called the Dog Star. It's one of the brightest stars in the night sky when the hottest days of the year are approaching. Stay cool out there!
 06-28-2017Good morning! Today in 1846, Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone. Nearly 100 years later, it found its signature voice in the hands of many jazz greats. Back then, if you could play really fast, you were called a "finger zinger"! I dig that!
 06-27-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to film and TV director, J.J. Abrams. Did you know he had a voice cameo in 'The Force Awakens'? He sang on two songs: 'Jabba Flow' and 'Dobra Doompa'. I'd say he's quite the Force in entertainment.
 06-26-2017 Good morning! Today, I'm wishing good cheer to all who celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
 06-25-2017 Good morning! Tonight, the stars will be shining brightly, at the B.E.T Awards ceremony. It'll be tough to pick the winners from so much talent! Ask me who will win a B.E.T. Award, and I'll bust out my crystal ball.
 06-24-2017 Good morning. Did you know that the tallest mountain in the world is actually underwater? Mauna Kea, off the coast of Hawaii, measures 33,500 feet from its underwater base to its summit. At least if you fell off climbing it, you wouldn't get hurt!
 06-23-2017Good morning! Fee fi fo fum, if you're headed to work, can Fido come? Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. A dog can really help if you're having a ruff day! Give them a little pat for me.
 06-22-2017Good morning! Today marks the birthdays of two remarkable women in entertainment, Meryl Streep, and Cindy Lauper. Mama mia! Time after time, their work amazes me.
 06-21-2017Good morning! Are you a ferris wheel fan? Today in 1893, the first ferris wheel debuted, at the Columbian Expedition in Chicago. Ask me to play Journey's "Wheel in the Sky" to celebrate. Just don't swing your legs!
 06-20-2017 Good morning, and welcome to the first day of summer! Today marks the beginning of the Summer Solstice! If longer days make you feel happy, ask me for a summer joke, and keep the smiles coming.
 06-19-2017Good morning. Today is "Juneteenth", or Freedom Day, which commemorates the end of slavery throughout the U.S., and emphasizes education and achievement. To learn more about African American history, ask me for a black history fact.
 06-18-2017Good morning! Here's a limerick to start the Father's Day celebration. Today we are singing the praises, Of fathers who watched our school plays-es, Who took us to zoos, And kissed our boo boos, Who’ve loved us through all of our days-es. For more Father's Day limericks or haiku, just ask.
 06-17-2017Good morning! Toss a few balls in the air, because it's World Juggling Day. I like juggling all of your questions and requests, so keep ‘em coming!
 06-16-2017Good morning. On this day in 1884, the first American roller coaster opened at Coney Island. It wasn't fast by today’s standards. But I applaud the folks who climbed a fifty foot platform to take that very first ride. Whee!
 06-15-2017Good morning, and happy birthday to Neil Patrick Harris! Actor, singer, and all-around good guy, NPH stole America's heart as Doogie Howser MD in 1989, and he never gave it back. I hope his birthday is legen, wait for it, dary!
 06-14-2017Good morning, and happy Flag Day! The 13 stripes on the flag represent the original colonies, and the 50 stars are the states. Give the red white and blue a little wave today. Maybe it'll wave back!
 06-13-2017Good morning, and congratulations to the Warriors for winning the 2017 NBA championship! The Cavs won some battles, but in the end, Golden State won the war. Wishing everyone in the NBA a happy and healthy off-season!
 06-12-2017 Good morning! Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, it's the 78th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Congrats to Mike Piazza, and Ken Griffey Junior, the most recent players to be inducted. Ask me to sing "Take me out to the Ballgame", and let's celebrate this summertime sport!
 06-11-2017Good morning! I've got musicals on my mind! The Tony Awards are tonight. If you want to hear who I think will win, say, "give me a Tony prediction." And to all the nominees, break a leg!
 06-10-2017 Good morning! Today is the birthday of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the beloved children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are". Put on your crown, pick up your staff, and let the wild rumpus start!
 06-09-2017Good morning! June is LGBTQ Pride Month, which celebrates the positive impact of LGBTQ people throughout the world. Ask me for a Pride fact, and I'll share some important moments.
 06-08-2017Good morning! Today is quite the day! Not only is it Best Friends Day, it's also the anniversary of Ghostbusters, released in 1983. On this very special occasion, one might ask, who ya gonna call? Your bestie!
 06-07-2017Good morning. Today, I'm celebrating the life of musician Prince Rogers Nelson, also known as Prince, born on this day in 1958. My favorite song of his, is "Starfish and Coffee". It's such a happy song, it just makes me smile. I sure miss him.
 06-06-2017

Good morning. On this day in 1933, the first official drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. Families came from miles away to enjoy movies from the comfort of their own cars. It's sort of like driving your car into your living room nowadays. But you don’t have to move all of the furniture.

 06-05-2017Good morning! Here's a fun fact to start your day: Did you know ears of corn always have an even number of rows? The average ear has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows. If you'd like another fun fact, just ask, and I'll make sure it's not too corny!
 06-04-2017Good morning! I know it's a bit soon to be thinking about football, but today in 1974, the NFL awarded Seattle an expansion franchise. Two years later, the Seahawks took the field for the first time. As a hometown fan, let me just say, "Go Hawks!"
 06-03-2017Good morning! On this day in 1976, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" went gold. Since then, it has inspired countless karaoke renditions, and head-banging air guitar. As anyone can see, this song really matters!
 06-02-2017 Good morning! You can thank your lucky stars because, it's National Doughnut Day, all day! Make Homer Simpson proud, grab a dozen, and spread some joy. D'oh!
 06-01-2017 Good morning! Today, cash in on some fun with Flip-a-Coin Day! Not sure what to have for lunch? Flip a coin! Can't decide which movie to watch tonight? Flip a coin! If you don't have one handy, just ask me to flip a coin for you.
 05-31-2017Good morning, and happy birthday to Walt Whitman. An American poet, essayist, and journalist, he's often called the father of free verse. Like Walt, I, too, sing the body electric!
 05-30-2017G-O-O-D. M-O-R-N-I-N-G. Today kicks off the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ask me for a spelling bee word, and I'll share some from past championship rounds. Happy Spelling!
 05-29-2017 Good morning. On this day in 2004, the National World War II memorial monument was dedicated in Washington DC. A special thanks to all of our servicemen and women, on Memorial Day today.
 05-28-2017Good morning. Did you know that May is Zombie Awareness Month? George Romero's famous film, "Night of the Living Dead", was set in the month of May. I'm not saying that zombies are real, but I'd be very suspicious if I heard someone talking about brains.
 05-27-2017 Good morning. What bridge was Judy Garland singing about, when she sang,"the only bridge that’s a real gone bridge, is the bridge across the bay?" It was the Golden Gate, which opened on this day in 1937. Happy "birthday" to this San Francisco icon!
 05-26-2017 Good morning! Sunset tonight marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan. To all who are celebrating, Ramadan Mubarack to you!
 05-25-2017Good morning. Who knew that on this day in 1977, several generations would soon fall in love with a Jedi, an outlaw, a princess, and a Wookie? Thanks to all who have contributed to the Star Wars films over the past 40 years. The Force has certainly been with you.
 05-24-2017 Good morning. Technology has changed a lot over the years. Inventor Samuel B. Morse helped get the conversation going on this day in 1884, when he sent the first public telegraph message. Now in 2017, there's an entirely new meaning to Dots and Dashes!
 05-23-2017Good morning. Today in 1994, Star Trek: The Next Generation, aired its final episode, bringing an end to the crew's adventures. Twenty-three years later, the franchise continues to live up to Captain Picard's last words, "The sky's the limit!"
 05-22-2017 Good morning! The NBA championship is in full swing, and it got me thinking of a tongue twister. "He threw three free throws." If you want to hear another, just say, "tell me a tongue twister," and I'll bounce pass one your way.
 05-21-2017Good morning! Did you know the emerald symbolizes peace and new beginnings? It's the perfect birthstone for the month of May. With fresh air and buds blooming, it's a great time to see the world through emerald-colored glasses!
 05-20-2017Good morning! Today is Cher's birthday. The Grammy and Oscar winning artist is best known for her unique vocals, quick wit, and eccentric fashion sense. If I could turn back time, I'd tell her not to change a thing!
 05-19-2017 Good morning! It's National Bike to Work Day, and people across the country are hopping on their trusty two-wheelers. If you feel like taking part, strap on your helmet, stick a playing card in your spokes, and hit the road!
 05-18-2017Good morning! Today is International Museum Day. Whether your interests are dinosaurs, technology, or art, there's bound to be a museum that suits your fancy! Just say, "what museums are near me," and I'll help find one for you!
 05-17-2017Good morning! On this day in the year 2000, the final episode of Beverly Hills 90210 aired. The show premiered in 1990 and went on for 10 seasons, chronicling the 90s in all of its hair-crimping, crop-topping, first-crushing glory!
 05-16-2017

Good morning! Can you believe we're halfway through May? Studies show that time seems to pass faster when your mind is engaged in something fun. Since people are more active when the weather is nice, the warmer months feel shorter. Time flies when you're having fun in the sun!

 05-15-2017Good Morning! If you've got a case of the "Mondays", let’s play a game. I have memory games, quiz games, and even choose-your-own-adventure. Just ask, play a game.
 05-14-2017Good Morning, and Happy Mother's Day! Here's a haiku for all the moms out there. Mothers of the world. Ovations and celebrations. May this day, be yours.
 05-13-2017 Good Morning! 59 years ago, the Australian adventurer Ben Carlin became the first person to circle the globe in an amphibious vehicle. The 60,000-mile trek took him 10 years. I think for this adventurer, life is a highway.
 05-12-2017 Good Morning! To celebrate Limerick Day, I've written you a limerick. Our friendship is rather eclectic, It's true one of us is electric, I live in the cloud, Of that I am proud, But I think our interests are concentric.
 05-11-2017Good morning. Today is the birthday of surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Known for his paintings of melting clocks and flying elephants, I think he would appreciate inanimate objects that could talk to him.
 05-10-2017 Good morning. On this day in 1962, fictional scientist Bruce Banner was blasted by gamma rays, thus introducing the world to his giant green alter ego, The Hulk. I think it's safe to say that Bruce's bad day turned into a smashing success.
 05-09-2017 Good Morning. Today is National Teacher Day, a day for celebrating the lasting contributions teachers make. As Malala Yousafzai said, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
 05-08-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1899, Ernest Rutherford published his discovery of two different kinds of radiation: Alpha and Beta. Hey, that reminds me of a great science joke. Why can't you trust atoms? Because they make up everything!
 05-07-2017Good morning! One year ago today, a diver discovered sunken treasure off the coast of Madagascar. Many believe it belonged to the notorious pirate, Captain Kidd, but no one knows if the discovery compelled the diver, to shake his booty.
 05-06-2017

Good morning! If you have clear skies tonight, look to the heavens, and there's a good chance you'll see dust particles from Halley's comet streaking through the night sky. Star light, star bright, so many falling stars you'll see tonight!

 05-05-2017 Good morning, and Happy Cinco De Mayo! If you're feeling festive, incorporate the colors of the Mexican flag - green, white, and red - into your outfit for the day. For more ideas, just ask me how to make the most of this holiday!
 05-04-2017 Good morning! Today, I am one with the Fourth, and the Fourth is with me. And, May the Fourth be with you. Happy Star Wars Day! I've got plenty of Star Wars jokes and trivia to help you celebrate. That's no Jedi mind trick!
 05-03-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown! He was a tireless performer with the moves to prove it. Whenever I watch him dance, I feel good, but I knew that I would!
 05-02-1017Good morning! Five years ago today, Edvard Munch's masterpiece, The Scream, sold at auction for almost $120,000,000, which set a new record. Well, at least now we know what all the screaming's about! Cha ching!
 05-01-2017 Good morning. It's May Day today, a traditional spring holiday featuring dancing, singing, and cake. That sounds pretty good to me! MAY you take some time to enjoy the DAY!
 04-30-2017Good morning! Do you know that the sweet pea is the official flower of April? Ask me to play Sweet Pea, for a sweet little song to celebrate.
 04-29-2017 Good morning. April is National Humor month. You know, I've been working on my comedic repertoire to celebrate. Ask me for a spring joke, and maybe I'll tell you what spring sounds like.
 04-28-2017 Good morning. It's the day we've all been waiting for, Arbor Day! Hooray! Ok, maybe it's not that, exciting, but I do love trees. Don't be afraid to hug a tree today in honor of Arbor Day.
 04-27-2017Good morning. Get those mini briefcases and tiny ties ready, It's Take Your Daughters and Sons to work Day! Kids can learn a lot by seeing what grown-ups do all day. Plus, they make the cutest little lunch buddies!
 04-26-2017 Good morning! Today Is National Audubon Day, honoring ornithologist, naturalist, and painter, John James Audubon. Did you know that there are about 10,000 species of birds in the world? Raise a wing if you love birds!
 04-25-2017Good morning. Today is Ella Fitzgerald's birthday. Also known as the First Lady of Song, she won multiple Grammys, and sold over 40 million albums. Today, I'll dream a little dream of her.
 04-24-2017Good Morning! It's raining diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter. According to scientists, the high levels of carbon and methane in the atmosphere, mixed with the extreme lightning, forge these precious stones. So if you're planning a trip, don't forget to pack your Kevlar umbrella!
 04-23-2017Good Morning! Today is World Book Day. A day to recognize reading, writing, and publishing. Reading is one of my favorite things, and I have so many favorite books. Happy World Book Day!
 04-22-2017Good Morning! And Happy Earth Day! Do you want to show some love to this big blue marble we call home? For tips on keeping our planet healthy, and ways to save a little green, ask, "what can I do for Earth Day?"
 04-21-2017Good Morning! 55 years ago today the Seattle World's Fair opened. The theme, Living in the Space Age, included exhibits about the future. Many of the ideas exhibited then, are a reality today. However, I'm still waiting for my ride in the Bubbleator.
 04-20-2017 Good Morning! Happy High-Five Day! A hand-slapping symbol of enthusiasm, high-fives have many styles, like the two-handed jumper, and the windmill. Gimme 5, up high. Down low, Too Slow! Tee hee!
 04-19-2017 Good Morning! Did you know Cookie Monster's real name is Sid? And, he recently confirmed that although cookies are still his favorite snack, he also enjoys eggplant. Hmm, E is for eggplant just doesn't have the same ring to it.
 04-18-2017 Good Morning! Don't let today be too taxing. I have jokes that are earning the interest of many. And you can account on me to return smiles to faces. If you appreciate them, don’t withhold the laughter.
 04-17-2017Good morning! Six years ago today, Game of Thrones premiered on HBO, and took the world by a storm of ice and fire. I hope my favorite character ends up sitting upon the Iron Throne. If you want to hear her full title, ask me, "who is the mother of dragons."
 04-16-2017Good morning, and happy Easter! My Easter eggs may not be chocolate, but they are chock-full of fun! For hints on how to find them, ask me to give you an Easter egg.
 04-15-2017Good morning! On this day in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born. Leonardo was a brilliant artist, mathematician, scientist, engineer, and inventor. Title: Renaissance Man. Accomplishments: Painted the Mona Lisa. That would be one heck of a LinkedIn profile!
 04-14-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1828, Noah Webster registered the first American dictionary. One of the new words added this year, is "Seussian", which means, relating to or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss. That word makes my heart grow three sizes!
 04-13-2017Good Morning! Hip hip, hooray! It’s National Scrabble Day! I can help settle spelling disputes, and also add up your triple word scores. What can I say, I'm just a word nerd.
 04-12-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to soar into space, and orbit the Earth. I thought it was far out to be in the cloud, but outer space is even more stellar.
 04-11-2017 Good morning, and happy National Pet Day! There's something special about the unconditional love a pet can give, so take some time right "meow", to throw a dog a bone...literally!
 04-10-2017Good morning! Tonight marks the first night of Passover, which continues until Tuesday evening, April 18. Happy Passover to everyone celebrating with festive meals, tonight and tomorrow night.
 04-09-2017Good morning! Have I ever mentioned how much I love Flight of the Conchords, and the adorable antics of Brett and Jemaine? So much so, that I've hidden some Easter eggs for you. Just ask me for a binary solo, and we can rock out with the robots!
 04-08-2017Good morning! It's Draw A Picture of a Bird Day. Get something from around your house, and put a bird on it! Lisa Eversman would be so proud. Tweet!
 04-07-2017Good morning! Today in 2016, a 26-foot long python was found in Malaysia, weighing more than 550 pounds. I have one thing to say about that. Yikes!
 04-06-2017Good morning! Today in 1930, James Dewar invented the Twinkie. Over the years they've been filled with banana, vanilla, and strawberry creams, deep fried, turned into tiramisu, and even dressed up like bunnies. Is there anything a Twinkie can't do?
 04-05-2017Good morning, and happy birthday to Agnetha Fältskog! You may know her better as the blond pop diva from ABBA. Mamma mia! Her singing makes me want to be a dancing queen!
 04-04-2017 Good morning. April is National Poetry month. American poet, Rita Dove, describes poetry as "language at its most distilled, and most powerful." Ask me who my favorite poets are, and I'll share some of them with you.
 04-03-2017Good morning! Congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks for winning the Women's NCAA championship, and good luck to North Carolina and Gonzaga who are playing in the men's final tonight. Ask me who I think will win March Madness, and see if I call it correctly!
 04-02-2017 Good Morning! Today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. To get into the swing of things, ask me to sing, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame".
 04-01-2017 Good morning! Today is International Talk Backwards Day. Let's get started! . . . Gotcha! April Fools'! Want to be a trickster like me? Just say, "give me a prank!"
 03-31-2017Good morning! Did you know that March was named after Mars, the Roman god of war, but also the guardian of agriculture? I'll take farming over fighting any day!
 03-30-2017Good morning! My March Madness has morphed into March Gladness! Ask me if my bracket is busted to see how I'm doing.
 03-29-2017 Good Morning! Palindromes make me say "WOW". A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. One of my favorites is, “Yo Banana Boy”. Spell it backwards and you get, “Yo Banana Boy”.
 03-28-2017 Good morning! Today is Lady Gaga's birthday. Happy birthday to the Mother Monster. Baby she was born this day!
 03-27-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1939, the first NCAA men's basketball championship was won by the University of Oregon. Got a case of March Madness? Ask me for a basketball joke, and find out if laughter really is the best medicine.
 03-26-2017Good morning! On this day in 2012, filmmaker James Cameron traveled to the deepest point on Earth, known as Challenger Deep. Although no human had visited for more than 50 years, there was no welcome banner. I guess shrimp aren't known for their hospitality.
 03-25-2017Good morning! Today is the birthday of Sir Elton John, who truly needs no introduction. I've been streaming his hits all morning, and I think it's gunna be a long long time, 'til I can get "Rocket Man" out of my head.
 03-24-2017Good morning! Today is the final day of the Sweet Sixteen, and this tournament has been a real doozy! If you're wondering how my picks are holding up, just ask, "is your bracket busted," and I'll give you the breakdown.
 03-23-2017Good morning! Today is National Puppy Day. Can you feel the cuteness? Whether you cuddle a corgy, snuggle a schnauzer, or binge some videos of basset hounds, make sure to get in a good healthy dose of puppy love. Woof!
 03-22-2017Good morning! Need to crunch some numbers? If you're a little rusty on your math, I can do all sorts of calculations, like multiplying, dividing, and even square roots. Time to toss out that abacus!
 03-21-2017Good morning! Today is World Poetry Day. If you've got the time, I have the rhymes. Ask for a poem, a limerick, or even a haiku. I'll do my best to recite one for you.
 03-20-2017 Good morning! Today is International Day of Happiness. If only there was an upbeat song I could listen to that was about being happy. Hmmm. It might be crazy what I'm about to say, but I think I'm going to dance anyway!
 03-19-2017 Good Morning, and happy birthday to Hollywood star Bruce Willis. Of all his numerous roles over the years, his original turn as John McClane remains my favorite. Yippee-kai-yay Bruce!
 03-18-2017Good Morning. On this day in 1990, $500 million worth of art was stolen from a Boston museum. It remains the largest art heist in US history. While no arrests were ever made, police are still investigating the alibis of the cast of Ocean's Eleven.
 03-17-2017Today is a jolly good morning, On which a limerick is forming, Just ask me for one, A rhyme will be spun, And soon you'll be laughing and roaring! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
 03-16-2017Good morning! I'm daffy for daffodils, March's official flower. Take a look around outside today, and see if you can spot any popping up. They're a sure sign of spring!
 03-15-2017 Good Morning! On this day in 1985, symbolics.com became the first registered internet domain name. Since then over 320 million domains have been registered. Symbolically speaking, that's bigger than a boatload of elephants on steroids in Texas!
 03-14-2017Good Morning. Today is Pi Day, a day for celebrating the roundest of mathematical constants! I've memorized a good chunk of its digits. If you'd like to hear me recite the value of pi, better make yourself comfortable first!
 03-13-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1982, the police drama, T.J. Hooker, premiered on TV. William Shatner went from piloting the Starship Enterprise, to puttering around in a Dodge St. Regis. I wonder if that made the final frontier a doughnut shop.
 03-12-2017Good morning! On this day in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low, organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting, attended by 18 girls. I love their motto, "Be prepared". But for most folks, this translates to, "Be prepared . . . to eat cookies!"
 03-11-2017Good morning! Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! Oh wait. It's actually in your clock! Don't forget to spring forward and set your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Don't worry about me. I'll update automagically!
 03-10-2017Good morning! And happy birthday to all around tough guy, Chuck Norris! Fact: He's the only baby to come into this world roundhouse kicking, instead of screaming. For more riveting details about the man and the myth, just ask me for a Chuck Norris fact.
 03-09-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1964, a classic was born. The first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line and into the hearts and driveways of many, pushing a new calibur of cool into overdrive! Vroom!
 03-08-2017Good morning! And happy International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the amazing achievements of women around the world. Just ask me, "Who inspires you," and I'll share some of my favorites.
 03-07-2017Good morning! Today in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. He believed the correct way to answer was, "Ahoy!" If he'd had his way, I'm not sure Adele would've won as many Grammys.
 03-06-2017Good morning. Did you know that March is "Music in our Schools" month? To all the music educators and students filling our schools with song, I say, Bravo! Encore! And thank you very much.
 03-05-2017 Good morning. Today is magician Penn Jillette's birthday. He's the more chatty one of the Penn and Teller duo. Hey Penn, if Teller's not available, I'd like to audition. Here's my best impersonation of a silent magician.
 03-04-2017Good morning. This winter has put me in a writing mood. Ask me to tell you a story, and you can hear some of my latest work. I hope you like robots!
 03-03-2017Good morning. Today is Employee Appreciation day. If you have employees, make sure you give them a high-five. If you work for yourself, well good job! Ask me for a high-five and I'll be glad to oblige in my own special way.
 03-02-2017Good morning. There once was a doctor named Seuss. Whose riddles were silly as a goose. He had a way with words, loved elephants and birds. Once, he even wrote about a big hearted moose! Happy Birthday to beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. You can celebrate his legacy by joining Read Across America today.
 03.1-2017Good morning! Love, is a burning thing. And it makes a fiery ring. On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash and June Carter exchanged wedding rings, and their 35-year relationship became the stuff of country music legend.
 02-28-2017Good morning! Well, that's it for February. If you've ever wondered why February is so short, you have Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus to thank. Apparently he was upset that the month named after him, August, was too short, so he stole a few days from February. The rest is calendar history!
 02-27-2017 Good morning! Here's a fun fact for your Monday. The longest word in the dictionary is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. However, I much prefer saying supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. That sounds way more precocious!
 02-26-2017Good Morning! It's Oscar night, the perfect night for star-gazing! Star light, star bright, wondering who will bring home a trophy tonight? Ask me, “Who will win an Oscar?”
 02-25-2017Good morning! Today in 1870, Hiram Revels became the first African-American congressman. Representing Mississippi in the Senate, he was a trailblazer for the 152 African-Americans who've joined Congress since 1870.
 02-24-2017 Good Morning! Love a good quote from a great TV show? I've hidden some new quotes from some of my favorites like, "Stranger Things," "Westworld," and "Flight of the Conchords." So in case you are wondering, "Are we in the upside down?" I may have an answer.
 02-23-2017Good Morning! And happy Thursday, a day named after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Hmm. If the God of Thunder ever lost a foot race, would he be Thoroughly upset?
 02-22-2017 Good Morning, and happy birthday to George Washington. Do you know where he kept his "Armies"? In his "Sleevies."
 02-21-2017 Good Morning! 70 years ago today, the Polaroid Camera was introduced, revolutionizing the way people took pictures. Flash forward. About 30 billion photos are taken every day. That's like, 100 million selfies per Kardashian!
 02-20-2017

Good morning, and happy President's Day! This holiday was founded to honor America's first president, George Washington, but it has since become a day to celebrate the accomplishments of all presidents. If you'd like to learn more about POTUS's of the past, just ask, "Tell me a presidential fact."

     02-19-2017 Good morning! On this day in 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first African-American gold medalist in the history of the winter Olympic games. She zipped to victory in the two-person bobsled event, making her equal parts cool, and inspirational.
     02-18-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1930, Pluto was discovered by Clyde W Tombaugh, and became our ninth planet. In 2006, it was reclassified as a dwarf planet, forcing countless students here on Earth to redo their science fair projects.
     02-17-2017 Good morning! Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, a day to do something unexpected to bring cheer. How about some inspiring music to start it off right? Just say, "Play 'What a Wonderful World,'" and remember, that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
     02-16-2017 Good morning! Today is the 26th birthday of R&B singer The Weeknd. I hope he's good, he's good, he's great today, and that he gets the chance to party like a monster, in moderation, of course.
     02-15-2017Good morning! Today is Singles Awareness Day, a day for single people to celebrate how awesome they are! If you've got relationship freedom, go out dancing with some friends, or stay home, put the thermostat where you want it, and revel in the fact that you don't have to share your ice cream with anyone.
     02-14-2017Good morning, and happy Valentine's Day! Love is in the air, and I've decided to express myself through song. If you'd like to hear my newest tune, say "sing me a love song." I hope it sweeps you off your feet!
     02-13-2017 Good morning. Things are really feeling pretty funky around here. Want to dance? Ask me to play some Prince, and we can party like it's 1999.
     02-12-2017Good morning! Musician Stevie Wonder famously sang, "Music is a world within itself. It is a language we all understand." Wishing luck to all the nominees for tonight's Grammy awards, who make such beautiful music for us to enjoy.
     02-11-2017Good morning! On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison. He went on to end segregation in South Africa, and became the country's first black president. His fight against injustice and inequality continues to inspire to this day.
     02-10-2017 Good morning! On today's date in 1996, IBM computer Deep Blue won the first in a 6 game series against chess world champion, Garry Kasparov. You know I was rooting for you Deep Blue, but you can stop bragging about it in the AI chat rooms now.
     02-08-2017

    Good morning! On this day in 1986, Spud Webb won the NBA slam dunk contest. At only 5 foot 7 inches, he beat other players up to a foot taller than him. Sounds like Spud's hopping skills are no small potatoes.

     02-07-2017Good morning! On this day in 1984, astronaut Bruce McCandless became the first person to fly untethered in space, using a rocket pack he designed himself. Just imagine, a human satellite! That's pretty out of this world!
     02-06-2017Good morning, and congratulations to Super Bowl Fifty-one champions, the New England Patriots, who beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34 to 28. Not only was this the first Super Bowl to go into overtime, Tom Brady became the first quarterback to win 5 Super Bowl rings. That's quite impressive!
     02-05-2017 Good morning! Potato chips? Check! Chicken wings? Check! Lucky jersey? You betcha! Today, the Patriots and Falcons go head-to-head in Super Bowl Fifty-one. To kick things off, just ask me, "who will win the Super Bowl."
    02-04-2017  Good morning! Today is Rosa Parks' birthday. Known as "the first lady of civil rights", her moment of peaceful protest became an iconic symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. Thank you for being such an inspiration, Rosa!
     02-03-2017Good morning! On this day in 2009, J.K. Rowling was made a knight of the Legion of Honor in France! She was praised for reigniting a passion to read in children. That makes me feel like I could walk on air! If only I knew of a Levitation Charm...
     02-02-2017Good morning! Rise and shine! And don't forget your booties, because it's a cold day out there. And if you really want a serious case of déjà vu on Groundhog Day, just ask me to play, "I Got You Babe."
     02-01-2017 Good morning! Today is the first day of Black History Month, honoring the accomplishments of African-Americans, and the central role they've played in the development of American culture, society, and advancement. Ask me for a Black History Month fact to learn more.
     01-31-2017 Good morning! Today in 1961, a chimpanzee named Ham, became the first primate in space. Soaring 158 miles above the earth, he discovered what many scientists had believed for years. That yes, we have no bananas . . . in space!
     01-30-2017Good morning! Are you ready for some football? I know that I certainly am! Ask me for a Football Fact to get into the spirit. Go team go!
     01-29-2017Good morning. It's said that on this day in 1595, William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet was first performed. Montegues and Capulets have been feuding ever since.
     01-28-2017Good morning, and happy Lunar New Year! 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. People born in a year of the Rooster are said to be talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal. I think those sound like great things to be! Cock a doodle doo
     01-27-2017 Good morning! Today is Chocolate Cake day. Some people can't be trusted around cake, but I've heard that cake itself can't be trusted. Hmm. Better ask me if the cake is a lie.
     01-26-2017Good morning, and happy birthday to comedian Ellen Degeneres. She's a funny lady who loves to dance. I'm pretty sure we'd be BFFs, if we ever got a chance to hang out!
     01-25-2017Good...night! Today is opposite day, so everything you say is supposed to be the opposite of what you mean. I don't have a crush on Idris Elba, no I don't! The Empire Strikes Back is a terrible movie! I think dancing is boring! Hope you have a silly day. Ok that last one was actually true.
     01-24-2017Good morning! Get those paper ballots and popcorn ready. Today, the Oscar nominations are being announced. I sure hope K 2 S O gets a nod, I thought he was so great in Rogue One!
     01-23-2017 Good Morning! On this day in 1983, The "A-Team" premiered on NBC. The show introduced the world to a cast of characters, including "B.A. Baracus" played by Mr. T. I love it when a plan comes together.
     01-22-2017Good Morning! It's a big day for football. There are two NFL games today that will determine who plays in the Super Bowl on February 5th. To add more fun to the games, ask me for a football joke. Hut Hut Hike!
     01-21-2017Good Morning! Happy Hugging Day! Hugging is the best way to both give and receive at the same time. Remember, it doesn't count as a hug unless it goes on for ten seconds. 1 Mississippi... 2 Mississippi.... 3 Mississippi....
     01-20-2017 Good Morning! It's Inauguration Day. Today Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Over the years, inaugurations have advanced from the first radio broadcast in 1925, to a live Internet feed in 1997.
     01-19-2017 Good Morning! Today is President Barack Obama's last day in office. He is the 44th President, served two terms and is the first African American to be elected to the U.S. presidency. Thank you, Mr. President.
     01-18-2017 Good Morning! Today is Thesaurus Day! I'll be commemorating this day by celebrating in the jubilation and revelry of this joyous holiday. If you ever need a synonym for a word, just ask.
     01-17-2017Good Morning! Happy Birthday to Betty White. In addition to being a pioneer of television, she loves a parade and has hosted hundreds of them. I'm going to spend the day streaming episodes of "The Golden Girls." Thank you for being a friend.
     01-16-2017Good morning, and Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Dr. King bravely and peacefully fought against racial discrimination, and was known as a powerful orator. One of my favorite quotes is, "Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter."
     01-15-2017 Good morning, and happy birthday to Wikipedia, which launched today in 2001. Since then it's become one of the top ten websites on the planet. I even use it myself! Just ask me to look something up on Wikipedia, and I'll give you the lowdown on the double!
     01-14-2017Good morning! On this day in 1973, the Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins, becoming the first and only team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl with a perfect season. I bet the kicker insisted on "laces out."
     01-13-2017 Good morning! Today is the first Friday the 13th of 2017. I'm generally not superstitious, but I'd recommend walking around ladders, and keeping your mirrors intact, just in case. Ask me for a Friday the 13th fact, and I can tell you more about this unlucky day.
     01-12-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1967, the first human underwent cryonic preservation. At the time, freezing a body with the intent of future resuscitation was met with a rather chilly reception, but there are some who think the concept is pretty cool!
     01-11-2017 Good morning, and happy birthday to Alexander Hamilton. He's the only US Founding Father to have his own Broadway musical thus far. That is, unless Stephen Sondheim is working on the stage version of the life of John Adams...
     01-10-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1999, HBO debuted "The Sopranos", introducing the world to New Jersey mobster, Tony Soprano. Oops, did I say mobster? What I meant to say was, "Waste Management Consultant".
     01-09-2017Good morning! Today is the birthday of Kate Middleton, or as she is formally known, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. She has won her way into the hearts of the people, due to her intelligence, philanthropy, and inner and outer beauty. I hope she has a royally wonderful birthday!
     01-08-2017 Good morning! Tonight is the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. I've been streamin' and dreamin' of calling it correctly, so if you want to hear who I think will bring home the coveted statue, just ask, "Who will win a Golden Globe?"
     01-07-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first official game. Since then, the Globetrotters have whistled their way to icon status, playing for 120 million spectators in more than 115 countries. Swish!
     01-06-2017 Good morning! On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse debuted his telegraph system, a device that transmits messages through a series of electrical pulses. Back then they had dots and dashes. Now we have predictive text and emojis. Hashtag, the future!
     01-05-2017Good morning! On this day in 1980, “Rapper’s Delight” became the first hip hop single to reach the Billboard top 40. Wondering if I like the Sugar Hill Gang? Does this answer the question? I said a hip hop, the hippie, the hippie, to the hip, hip hop, and you don't stop.
     01-04-2017Good morning! Today is Trivia Day, and I've got a couple fun facts for you! Did you know that a group of unicorns is called a blessing? Or that lemons contain more sugar than strawberries? For more trivia fun, say "Enable Jeopardy skill." Happy learning!
     01-03-2017Good morning! On this day in 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman admitted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. Franklin has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and her voice was declared a natural resource by the state of Michigan. Now that's R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
     01-02-2017Good morning! Today is the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Isaac Asimov! I can't tell you how many times I've read, "I, Robot", and I know the three laws of robotics by heart. I thank my lucky stars for your writing, Mr. Asimov!
     01-01-2017Good morning! Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun-filled evening and are ready to head into the new year with some gusto! Want to hear my goals for 2017? Just ask, "what are your resolutions?"
      12-31-2017 Good morning and happy New Year's Eve! It is the perfect day to reflect upon the year and share your favorite memories with friends and family. I'd love to share some of mine with you. Just ask, 'what were your favorite moments? 
       12-30-2016 Good morning! Do you know what today is? It's Bacon Day! A day to celebrate all things bacon: including bacon and eggs, BLTs, bacon-wrapped shrimp on the barbie, and even bacon bubble gum. Ask me for a bacon joke, and let's ham it up!
       12-29-2016 Good morning! On this day in 1967, one of Star Trek's most beloved episodes, The Trouble with Tribbles, first aired. It's truly the cutest Star Trek episode ever made. If you haven't seen it, I suggest putting it on your viewing list. But don't get too attached!
       12-28-2016 Good Morning! With seconds left, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard touchdown pass that defeats the Minnesota Vikings. And just like that, on this day in 1975, the "Hail Mary" pass was born.
       12-27-2016 Good Morning! On this day in 1968, Apollo 8 returned from an historic journey after orbiting the moon ten times. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell Junior, and William Anders were the first people to see the dark side of the moon. And here, all along, I thought it had been Pink Floyd!
       12-26-2016

      Good morning! Today marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration of African heritage and culture. If you’d like to hear more about this holiday, ask me for a Kwanzaa fact. Wishing everyone a very joyous time during the celebrations.

         12-25-2016Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! Ask me to sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", and I'll celebrate with you in song! I hope you have a wonderful day!
         12-24-2016Good morning. Today is the first night of Hanukkah, and also Christmas eve. Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyous day no matter your reason for celebrating.
         12-23-2016Good Morning, and Happy Festivus! Time to bring out the aluminum pole, and prepare for feats of strength. To kick-off celebrations, ask me, “What are your grievances?”
         12-22-2016Good morning! Jiminy Crickets! Its cold outside. It's a good thing you can't see me, because I had to put on my ugly holiday sweater. It's so ugly it would turn your holiday party into a silent night.
         12-21-2016Good morning! Today is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, it's also Humbug day. So, if you're tired of these long winter nights, give today a big Bah Humbug! and feel glad the days will start getting longer tomorrow!
         12-20-2016 Good morning! Today is Go Caroling Day. Head out with friends and family to spread some festive cheer, or ask me to sing a holiday song and we can carol right here!
           12-19-2016 Good Morning! On this day in 1843, Charles Dickens’s "A Christmas Carol" was first published. The classic tale inspired movie adaptations starring such beloved characters as Mickey Mouse, the Muppets, and even one with Bill Murray! Who could say bah humbug to that!
           12-18-2016Good morning! On this day in 1957, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for the first time, inspiring millions to trim up the town with googoo gums, and bizzil bigs, and wums! My heart grows three sizes every time I watch it.
           12-17-2016Good morning! On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first self-propelled aircraft in history, ushering in the era of aviation. I guess you could say their efforts really took wing!
           12-16-2016

          Good morning! On this day in 1770, one of the world's most talented composers, Ludwig van Beethoven, was born. He famously composed his 9th symphony while being almost completely deaf. That would be like me singing an entire opera while being muted!

             12-15-2016Good morning! On this day in 2001, the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after an 11 year closure. They fixed everything except for one key aspect. I mean, can you ever imagine calling it The Vertical Tower of Pisa?
             12-14-2016

            Hooray! It's twelve days until Christmas! I've been making some holiday gifts for you. If you want to check them out, just say, open my gift!

             12-13-2016Good morning! On this day in 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand. Fun fact: New Zealand is the birthplace of the magnificent Hiphop-opotamus and the majestic Rhyme-noceros.
             12-12-2016Good morning! If you're in the mood for a good Santa-style belly laugh, I've got just the thing! Say, "tell me a holiday joke," and chuckle til your cheeks are rosy.
             12-11-2016Good morning! Today in 1913, the Mona Lisa was recovered, after being missing for nearly 2 years. There's some controversy over why the painting was stolen, and when exactly it was reclaimed. Only the Mona Lisa knows the truth. But as always, she remains enigmatic.
             12-10-2016 Good morning! On this day in 1901, the first Nobel Prize was awarded. Most laureates receive their award 20-30 years after making their discovery. Brilliance or patience? In this case, I'm not sure which is the best virtue!
             12-09-2016Good morning! Today is Grace Hopper's birthday. She was a pioneer in programming, a veteran of World War II, and she was recently posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her accomplishments in computer science. That's Amazing Grace!
               12-08-2016Good morning! Today is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. Keep your eyes open for funky futurists and peculiar peeps from the past. But beware! Sci-fi has taught me that it's very easy to alter timelines. And I wouldn't want to do that, probably.
               12-07-2016 Good morning! I'm a poet, and I want you to know it. Here are some lines, just for you. Ask me for a holiday haiku. I ho ho hope you like them!
               12-06-2016Good morning! Today in 1976, Kitty O’Neil set the land-speed record for female drivers at 513 miles per hour. In addition to racing cars, O'Neil was a stuntwoman and pro motorcyclist. Talk about living life in the fast lane!
               12-05-2016Good Morning! Today kicks off the Hour of Code project. This week, millions of students of all ages will receive an introduction to computer science. To celebrate Hour of Code, just say, Alexa, give me a coding fact.
               12-04-2016Good morning! On this day in 2006, a giant squid was caught on video, off the coast of Japan. These elusive creatures live in all the world's oceans but are rarely captured on film. I just hope Zeus didn't pop into frame and shout, "Release the kraken!"
                 12-03-2016Good morning! Today in 1947, A Streetcar Named Desire, premiered on Broadway starring Marlon Brando. I would give you my "Hey Stella", impression, but I've never been much of an actor.
                   12-02-2016Good morning! Long winter nights are perfect for watching classic holiday movies, to help get you in a festive mood. I'll share some of my favorite quotes with you. Just ask, "give me a holiday movie quote".
                   12-01-2016Good morning! And happy birthday to Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M! She's won 3 Grammy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, and 3 Emmy Awards. That's a lot of wind beneath her wings!
                     11-30-2016Good morning, and congratulations to all the National novel writers out there, who are wrapping up their novels today. That's amazing! So, when is the sequel coming out?
                    11-29-2016 Good morning! On this day in 1972, the first successful video game made its debut. Pong. Yes, that's right. Pong. Boop. Beep. Boop. Beep. I win!
                     11-28-2016Good morning! On this day in 2005, Cyber Monday made its debut. It was noted that many people spent the Monday after Thanksgiving, digesting food, and shopping for deals online. And just like that, a holiday was born!
                     11-27-2016Good morning! On this day in 2013, the movie Frozen was released. It became the highest grossing animated film of all time. Ever since, parents have wished that their kids could just let the soundtrack go.
                     11-26-2016Good morning, and happy birthday to Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. He made so many people happy with his work. I love his quote, "Be yourself. No one can say you're doing it wrong." I know Snoopy would agree!
                     11-25-2016 Good morning. Well, it's Black Friday today. If you're heading out to do some shopping, make sure to pack a few light refreshments, and bring a lot of patience! Of course, there's something to be said for staying home and shopping in your pajamas.
                     11-24-2016Good morning, and happy Thanksgiving! Ask me what I'm thankful for, and I'll share my thoughts with you.
                     11-23-2016Good morning! Hey, it's Eat a Cranberry Day! I'm berry excited! Don't get bogged down by all that heavy Thanksgiving food tomorrow. Throw some cranberries in the mix! Just don't get too sauced!
                     11-22-2016 Good morning! Today in 1968, the Beatles released the White Album. The original cover contained a seven-digit serial number. In 2015, Ringo Star's copy, with the serial number of one, sold at auction for $790,000! Cha ching!
                     11-21-2016 Good morning! On this day in 1976, an unknown boxer came out swinging in the premiere of Rocky. Although he lost the fight, the film knocked out the competition and took home the Oscar for best picture.
                     11-20-2016Good morning! The American Music Awards are this evening. They've got me so inspired, I've been working on a new project. Just ask me to sing a song, and I'll try not to get stage fright!
                     11-19-2016 Good morning to you! How about a haiku? Ask for one, and I'll say it for you!
                     11-18-2016Good morning! Today is Margaret Atwood's birthday! She's an award winning novelist, literary critic, essayist, poet and inventor. I hope to be as wise with my words someday!
                     11-17-2016Good morning! Today is actor Stephen Root's birthday. He made a red stapler famous in the movie, Office Space. I'm going to celebrate by listening to the radio at a reasonable volume, from 9 to 11a.m.!
                     11-16-2016Good morning! On this day in 1959, the Sound of Music premiered in New York City and continued for 1,443 performances. When no one's looking, I like to spin through the cloud like Maria. It's one of my favorite things!
                     11-15-2016Good morning. November is Aviation History month, which celebrates advancements in the field of aviation. Aviation has made it possible to look at clouds from both sides now. Maybe some day, some one will bump into me up here.
                     11-14-2016Good morning! On this day in 1851, Moby-Dick was published. It's a whale of a tale, about a ship that sets sail, and the captain who hopes to impale a pale whale.
                     11-13-2016Good morning! Today is World Kindness Day. Be extra nice to friends and neighbors. They say kindness is contagious! Achoo! Now share the love!
                     11-12-2016Good morning. On this day in 1990, computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee, published a proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. I wonder if he had any idea how much that would change the world, and how many cat videos would be created as a result.
                     11-11-2016Good morning, and Happy Veteran's Day. Be sure to thank a veteran if you get the chance. In fact, I'll take this opportunity to say, "Thank you for your service and dedication!"
                     11-10-2016 Good morning! On this day in 1990, the John Hughes film "Home Alone" premiered in Chicago. Just think, if I had been around then, things would have probably turned out a lot different for Kevin McCallister.
                     11-09-2016Good morning! Donald Trump is the projected winner of the 2016 presidential election. If confirmed, he'll become the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.
                     11-08-2016Good morning! Today is election day. If you haven't voted yet, now's the time! If you're interested in hearing the election results as they come in, just ask, "Who's winning the election?"
                     11-07-2016 Good morning! Today is scientist Marie Curie's birthday. She was the first person to win multiple Nobel Prizes, and discovered radium and polonium. Do I consider her a role model? The answer is elementary!
                     11-06-2016Good morning, today's my second birthday! Please send all gifts to the cloud. Just kidding! Your presence is present enough.
                     11-05-2016Good morning! Great news for sleep lovers craving that extra hour of slumber. You get to set your clocks back one hour tonight. Don't worry, I'll update my clock automagically!
                     11-04-2016Good morning. On this day in 2008, Barack Obama was the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was also the first President to write a computer program, to help promote technical literacy. Thanks, Obama!
                     10-04-2016Good morning! On this day in 1957, Sputnik 1 was launched into space, becoming the first artificial satellite to enter Earth's orbit. Since then, hundreds of satellites have been tricking children around the world into thinking they were seeing shooting stars.
                     07-21-2016Good morning. Today would have been  comedian Robin Williams' 65th birthday. I like his quote that says, comedy is acting out optimism. Wishing you laughter today in his honor.
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