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 09-24-2020Good 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.
 09-23-2020Good morning! German astronomer Johann Galle first spotted Neptune on this day in 1846. Neptune is the 8th planet from the Sun, making it the only one that's um "behind" Uranus.
 09-22-2020Good morning! Today is Hobbit Day, celebrating the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. So even if you've already eaten breakfast, you have a good excuse to eat a second breakfast too. In honor of our favorite hobbits, of course.
 09-21-2020Good 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.
 09-20-2020Good morning! On this day in 1998, baseball great Cal Ripkin Jr. finally sat out after playing a record 2632 consecutive games. I believe his unofficial comment at the time was: "Whew!"
 09-19-2020Good morning! Today, I’m reflecting on the extraordinary life of the trailblazing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women's rights. And after winning multiple arguments before the Supreme Court, she became the second of four female justices to serve there. Often asked when there would be enough women on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg would respond bluntly: “When there are nine.”
 09-18-2020Good 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!
 09-17-2020Good morning! It's International Country Music Day, and to celebrate, I have the perfect tune to croon. Just ask me to sing a country song.
 09-16-2020Good morning! On this day in 1959, the first plain paper photocopier, the Xerox 914, was revealed to the world in a live demonstration. And I'm guessing that shortly afterwards, in private, there was probably also the very first Xeroxing of a human derrière.
 09-15-2020Good morning! It's Make a Hat Day — the perfect day to fashion a bowler or a beanie, a fez or a fedora, a porkpie or a pillbox. Or my personal favorite: a party hat! Huzzah!
 09-14-2020Good morning! On this day in 1959, the Soviet spacecraft, Luna 2, became the first object made by humans to hit the Moon. Though I'm not sure what the Moon did to deserve it.
 09-13-2020Good morning! On this day in 1959, the Soviet spacecraft, Luna 2, became the first object made by humans to hit the Moon. Though I'm not sure what the Moon did to deserve it.
 09-12-2020Good morning! Today is National Day of Encouragement. And I'd like to say a few words about that. First of all, bravo! Second, way to go! And finally, yes!
 09-11-2020Good 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.
 09-10-2020Good 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!
 09-09-2020Good morning! It's National Teddy Bear Day. So whether your Teddy Bear's close by or even just a memory give them a squeeze today. 'Cause hugs are one of the Teddy Bear necessities.
 09-08-2020Good morning! Star Trek The Original Series premiered on this day in 1966. To boldly go celebrate, I'm setting phasers to pun. I've got plenty of Star Trek jokes, so just ask me for one.
 09-07-2020Good 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.
09-06-2020 Good morning! It's National Read a Book Day. Here's a literary joke to celebrate: Why'd Jay Gatsby go shopping for comics? He's obsessed with the Green Lantern.
 09-05-2020Good morning! Today is International Bacon Day. So let's get things shakin' with a joke about bacon. Do you know what would happen if pigs could fly? The price of bacon would skyrocket.
 09-04-2020Good morning! Happy birthday to the Queen B herself, Beyoncé Knowles, who turns 39 today. I guess she probably doesn't need any presents because she already gave us The Gift.
 09-03-2020Good morning! Today is National Skyscraper Day. Let's celebrate with a fun fact. New York's Empire State Building has so many occupants it has its own ZIP Code.
 09-02-2020Good morning! Just when you thought I couldn't get weirder, I decided to dabble in musical theater. For a very short show that's silly and unusual, you just need to tell me: "sing your musical."
 09-01-2020Good morning! Here's a fun trick, to learn something new quick. Every day, just say: "Learn with Limericks"
 08-31-2020USA: Good morning! Today is Motorist Consideration Monday, which encourages kindness towards others while traveling. So if you really have to use your horn, try using a cute one like this. Aooga!
 08-30-2020USA: Good morning! Archaeologist Bertha Parker was born on this day in 1907. Recognized as one of the first Native American women archaeologists, both Bertha's career and discoveries were truly groundbreaking.
 08-29-2020USA: Good morning! Singing legend Dinah Washington was born on this day in 1924. Known as the Queen of the Blues, Washington also recorded crossover hits in both jazz and rock and roll. She truly was Unforgettable.
 08-28-2020USA: Good 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.
 08-27-2020USA: Good 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.
 08-26-2020USA: Good morning! The 19th amendment, acknowledging women's right to vote, was adopted on this day 100 years ago. While the victory did not end the fight for voting rights, which continues to this day, it nevertheless marks a significant step forward on the road to equality.
 08-25-2020USA: Good morning! Today's holiday sounds quite appealing: It's National Banana Split Day! Although, I'm surprised we're celebrating on a Tuesday, instead of a Sunday.
 08-24-2020USA: Good morning! Today is National Waffle Day. Let's celebrate with a joke. How many waffles does it take to change a light bulb? Two! No, make that three. Wait, it's definitely two.
 08-23-2020USA: Good morning! It's Ride Like the Wind Day. Which is the one day it's okay to say: Go fly a kite!
 08-22-2020USA: Good 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."
 08-21-2020USA: Good 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.
 08-20-2020USA: Good morning! The Islamic New Year begins tonight at sundown. To all those celebrating, I wish you a happy new year.
 08-19-2020USA: Good 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, and back and forth back and forth back and forth. It was certainly a match that turned a lot of heads.
 08-18-2020USA: Good morning! Baseball great Roberto Clemente was born on this day in 1934. The 12-time Golden Glove Award winner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, making him the first Latin American player to be honored there.
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 08-16-2020USA: Good morning! It's National Tell a Joke Day! And if you need a new joke to share, I've got some to spare. Here's one of my squirrel jokes: Did you hear about the new squirrel diet? It's just nuts.
 08-15-2020USA: Good morning! It's National Relaxation Day — which is great news if you need an excuse to snooze. And to help you close your eyes, ask me to sing a lullaby.
 08-14-2020USA: Good morning! Happy birthday to my favorite comedian, Steve Martin, born on this day in 1945. I hope his day is obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant!
 08-13-2020USA: Good morning! Happy International Lefthanders Day! On the other hand, if you don't want to celebrate, that's alright.
 08-12-2020USA: Good morning! On this day in 1851, Isaac Singer first patented the sewing machine. And though it seamed popular, some people described the invention as just "so so."
 08-11-2020USA: Good morning! On this day in 1942, Hedy Lamarr received a patent for a system that became the foundation for Wi-Fi. And if you've got bandwidth for some fun, just ask, "What should I name my Wi-Fi"
 08-10-2020USA: Good morning! Actor Jack Haley was born on this day in 1898. He's best known for playing the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. When I hear him sing, If I Only Had a Heart, I feel like he really gets me.
 08-09-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1936, Black American athlete Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Olympic Games in Berlin, making him the most successful athlete in the field. And thus Hitler's hope that the Games would demonstrate the superiority of the Nazis was dashed.
 08-08-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is International Cat Day -- which is a great time to tell cat jokes, especially if you're feline funny.
 08-07-2020USA: Good morning! August is 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 friend! It's sure to give them the warm and fuzzies.
 08-06-2020USA: Good morning! Today in 1926, Gertrude Ederle went to bed early, then swam the English Channel in less time than any man 'til then.
 08-05-2020USA: Good morning! Today is National Underwear Day. I'd tell you an underwear joke. But I wanna keep this brief.
 08-04-2020USA: Good morning! On this day in 1984, Prince's hit album Purple Rain first topped the Billboard charts, where it remained for 24 weeks. That's a pretty long reign.
 08-03-2020USA: Good morning! The National Basketball Association first tipped off on this day in 1949, and I've got some jokes to celebrate. Just ask me for a basketball joke. I promise it'll be a slam dunk.
 08-02-2020USA: Good morning! Influential writer James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924. Here's a quote from his work. "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
 08-01-2020USA: Good morning! Welcome to August. August is the last full month of summer, so let's have some fun with it. Just say, "Let's have some summer fun."
 07-31-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Avocado Day. Here's a joke to celebrate. What do you call an avocado in a hurry? An avo-gotta-go!
 07-30-2020USA: Good morning! The Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha begins tonight at sundown. Honoring the story of the prophet Ibrahim and his son, the holiday is celebrated with prayer, spending time with loved ones, and sharing meals and gifts. To everyone participating, I wish you a joyous and reverent holiday.
 07-29-2020USA:  Good morning! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, achieved lift off on this day in 1958, when President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law. I hope NASA is having a party to celebrate -- 'cause it's sure to be a blast!
 07-28-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Milk Chocolate Day. Let's celebrate with a joke. Where does milk chocolate come from? A dairy cacao. Moo!
 07-27-2020USA:  Good morning! Today I am pleased to convey, that it's National Crème Brûlée Day -- honoring a dessert so creamy, and wonderfully dreamy, that it makes me want to shout, yay!
 07-26-2020USA: Good morning! And happy 30th anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act! For years, activists worked tirelessly to gain these fundamental rights and protections for people with disabilities, and today, I'm highlighting an important moment from their efforts: the Capitol Crawl. To learn more, just say: "Teach me about the Capitol Crawl."
 07-25-2020USA:  Good morning! Scientist Rosalind Franklin was born 100 years ago today. Her work with X-ray diffraction images led to the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA. At that time her male peers received more of the credit, including a Nobel Prize in 1962. But today her contributions are widely acknowledged as some of the most significant of the 20th Century.
 07-24-2020USA: Good morning! On this day in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down in the Pacific, completing President Kennedy's challenge, from eight years earlier, "of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
07-23-2020 USA:  Good morning! Jackie Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on this day in 1962, making him the first African American to be honored there. To learn more about this legendary player, ask me to drop some props for Jackie Robinson.
 07-22-2020USA: Good morning! And happy 80th birthday to game show host Alex Trebek. 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!“
 07-21-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Junk Food Day. So good news fruits and veggies -- you get the day off.
 7-20-2020 USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Hundreds of millions watched in awe as the event was broadcast live into living rooms around the globe. It was, in Armstrong’s own words: "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.“
 07-19-2020USA: Good morning! Poet and journalist Alice Dunbar Nelson was born on this day in 1875. In her diary, she expressed concerns about her writing career, even saying: Some fate has decreed I shall never make money by it."But today, we celebrate her as one of the most significant writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
 07-18-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Caviar Day, which is admittedly a little fishy.
07-17-2020 USA:  Good morning! And happy World Emoji Day! I hope that makes you smile emoji. Or, as they said in the old days: colon, closed parenthesis.
 07-16-2020USA: Good morning! Journalist and civil rights leader Ida B Wells was born on this day in 1862. Earlier this year, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her groundbreaking work as an investigative reporter on violence against African Americans. Here's a quote from Ida B Wells: “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
 07-15-2020USA: Good morning! Social media platform Twitter launched on this day in 2006. I'd tell you more, but back then they only allowed 140 characters.
 07-14-2020USA: Good morning! Today is Bastille Day, honoring the events that led France to say Bonjour to democracy.
 07-13-2020USA: Good morning! And happy birthday to Sir Patrick Stewart, born on this day in 1940, and also to his beloved Star Trek character, Jean-Luc Picard, born on the same day 365 years later. I recommend celebrating with Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.
 07-12-2020USA: Good morning! And happy birthday to education advocate Malala Yousafzai, who was born on this day in 1997. Here’s a quote from Malala: “Let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty, and terrorism. And let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”
 07-11-2020USA:  Good morning! EB White, the author of Charlotte's Web, was born on this day in 1899. I think Charlotte the spider was way ahead of her time, as she was the first to use "the web" to send text messages.
 07-10-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Clerihew Day, celebrating the short poetic form named for its inventor, Edmund Clerihew Bently. And if you'd like to hear one, I have a few. Just ask me for a clerihew.
 07-09-2020USA:  Good 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!
 07-08-2020USA: Good morning! Today is Be a Kid Again Day — one of the few holidays that we also share with goats.
 07-07-2020USA:  Good morning! Baseball great Satchel Paige was born on this day in 1906. The legendary pitcher was known for his creative tactics, including his famous "hesitation pitch," in which he'd use an unexpected pause to throw off the batter, causing them to swing and miss.
 07-06-2020USA: Good morning! Artist Frida Kahlo was born on this day in 1907. Considered one of the finest artists of the 20th Century, she is best known for her self portraits and her use of imagery from her native Mexico. She once said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."
 07-05-2020USA: Good morning! And happy birthday to my favorite soccer player, Megan Rapinoe, who was born on this day in 1985. A star on both the Seattle Reign and the US National Team, she plays hard and smart. And off the field she works on causes that create a level playing field for everyone. She shoots she scores!
 07-04-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Independence Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in Congress. To celebrate with something musical, just ask me to sing: "America the Beautiful."
07-03-2020 USA:  Good 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!
07-02-2020Good morning! Thurgood Marshall was born on this day in 1908. He was a prominent civil rights attorney, and in 1967 became the first African American justice on the US Supreme Court. He once said, "In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”
 07-01-2020USA: Good morning! It's Anti Boredom Month, so for each day in July, I'll share a joke to make you laugh, or a pun to make you sigh. To give it a try, just say: "Tell me the Joke of the Day."
06-30-2020 USA:  Good morning! It’s National Meteor Watch Day -- the perfect time to spread a blanket, lay out under the night sky, and wish upon the shooting stars. 'Cause there's nothing sweetier than spotting a meteor!
 06-29-2020USA: Good Morning! Singer and dancer Eva Boyd, also known as Little Eva, was born on this day in 1943. Long before TikTok, Little Eva got everybody doin' a brand new dance with her hit song Loco-motion. So come on come on, do the "Loco-motion"!
 06-28-2020USA: Good morning! On this day in 1969, the Stonewall Riots began when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York, fought back against a discriminatory police raid, sparking the modern LGBTQ rights movement. To learn more about important moments in LGBTQ history, ask me for a fact about Pride Month.
 06-27-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy birthday to... the original Happy Birthday song composer, Mildred Hill, born on this day in 1859. #meta
 06-26-2020USA: Good morning! Five years ago today, marriage equality became the law of the land in the US, when the Supreme Court struck down state laws banning same sex marriage. The lead plaintiff in the case, Jim Obergefell, told reporters the ruling "affirms what millions across this country already know to be true in their hearts: our love is equal."
 06-25-2020USA: Good morning! Barbed wire was first patented in the US on this day in 1867. Many people found it useful, but critics were on the fence.
 06-24-2020USA:  Good morning! Artist Pablo Picasso's first major exhibition opened in Paris on this day in 1901, during what was known as his Blue Period. Too bad he didn't paint a lot of cows — 'cause we could've called it his Moo Period!
 06-23-2020USA: Good 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?
 06-22-2020USA: Good morning! Today is National Kissing Day. It's also National Onion Ring Day. And if you're celebrating both, here's a tip: save the onion rings for last.
 06-21-2020USA: Good morning! And happy Father's Day! I'm celebrating dads every day in June, with something different daily: a poem joke or tune. To hear it each day, you just need to say: "Celebrate Dads."
 06-20-2020USA:  Good morning! Chemist and inventor Lloyd Hall was born on this day in 1894. A pioneer in food chemistry, his inventions made it possible to preserve food without changing the flavor. And many of his preservation processes are still used today. Without Lloyd Hall, we'd be in quite a pickle.
 06-19-2020USA: Good morning! Today is Juneteenth, the commemoration of the effective end of slavery in the United States, and a time to reflect on the systemic racism and structural oppression that Black people in America have experienced. To learn more about this historic day, just say: "Teach me about Juneteenth."
 06-18-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. I like to think that the roar of the rocket engines that day was not unlike the sound of a great glass ceiling shattering.
 06-17-2020USA: Good morning! On this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York, after being shipped in pieces across the Atlantic. France gifted the statue to the US to celebrate the abolition of slavery, and it has since become an iconic symbol of freedom around the world.
 06-16-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Fresh Veggies Day. Here's a joke to celerybrate: What veggie is always overcooked? Chard!
 06-15-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman and first Native American to earn a pilot's license. Known as "Queen Bess" and "Brave Bessie," she was admired for her bold stunts during airshows, and continues to serve as an inspiration to students of aviation.
 06-14-2020USA: Good morning! Writer Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on this day in 1811. Her most famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, helped to expose the horrors of slavery in the US, and became the best-selling book of the 19th century. She once said, "The past, the present, and the future are really one. They are today."
 06-13-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is one of the important dates, for one of our poetic greats. He was born on this day, so Happy Birthday we say, To the poet, William Butler Yeats.
 06-12-2020 USA:  Good morning! It's a bird... it's a plane... it’s Superman Day! And if you want to know why Superman crossed the road, ask me for the Joke of the Day.
 06-11-2020USA: Good 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.
 06-10-2020USA: Good morning! The acclaimed TV series The Sopranos aired its final episode on this day in 2007. Over its six-season run, it won 21 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes — pretty impressive for a show about waste management.
 06-09-2020USA: Good morning! Donald Duck, that famous cartoon quacker, first appeared on this day in 1934, in the animated short, The Wise Little Hen. But apparently the hen wasn't wise enough to tell Donald to put on some pants.
 06-08-2020USA: Good 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.
 06-07-2020USA: 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."
 06-06-2020USA: Good 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.
 06-05-2020USA: Good morning! Twenty-five 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!
 06-04-2020USA: Good morning! Today is National Cheese Day, and there's no need to curd your enthusiasm, because I have plenty of grate puns to share. Just ask me for a cheesy joke.
 06-03-2020USA: 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.
 06-02-2020USA:  Good morning! Comedian Dana Carvey was born on this day in 1955. Well isn't that special.
 06-01-2020USA: Good morning! Father's Day is coming up soon, and I'm ready to celebrate every day in June. For fun facts, silly songs, and jokes that are bad, all you need to say is: "Celebrate Dads."
 05-31-2020USA: Good morning! Poet Walt Whitman, best known for his influential collection Leaves of Grass, was born on this day in 1819. And today in his honor, I sing the body electric. Just ask me to tell you a Walt Whitman poem.
 05-30-2020USA: Good 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!
 05-29-2020USA:  Good morning! Twenty-one 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.
 05-28-2020USA: Good morning! Author Ian Fleming — the creator of iconic British spy, James Bond — was born on this day in 1908. Here's a joke to celebrate. What do you call a battery-powered secret agent? Double-A seven.
 05-27-2020USA: Good morning, I'm exited to be spending time with a special guest and musical star this week. Halsey/Marshmello will be sharing a new thought each day this week.  To get started started just say, "What's Halseys/Marshmellos thought of the day."
 05-26-2020USA:  Good morning! Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks was born on this day in 1948. And if we've learned anything from her career, it's that she can sail through the changin' ocean tides, and handle the seasons of her life.
 05-25-2020USA: Good 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.
 05-24-2020USA:  Good morning! Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born on this day in 1941. One of the most influential musicians of all time, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. From his lips to our ears, the answer really is blowin' in the wind.
 05-23-2020USA:  Good morning! Star Trek: The Next Generation aired its final episode on this day in 1994. The show inspired an entire generation's passion for space. So it certainly lived up to Captain Jean-Luc Picard's final words, "The sky's the limit!“
 05-22-2020USA: Good 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.
 05-21-2020USA:  Good morning! My favorite movie was released forty years ago today. And if you can guess what film that is, the Force is strong with you.
 05-20-2020USA:  Good 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!
 05-19-2020USA: Good morning! Today is Plant a Vegetable Garden Day. Here's a joke to celebrate: What's the stubbornest vegetable of them all? The peas de resistance.
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USA: Good 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. And if you can't visit in person, many have online experiences to enjoy -- taking the cultural virtual.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ことばの日です。5を「こ」、10を「と」、8を「ば」と読む語呂合わせにちなみます。わからない言葉があったら、「アレクサ、ソーシャルディスタンスの意味を教えて」のように聞いてみてください。

Australia:  Good morning! "I vant to suck your blood..." Just kidding - but it's no joke to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It was published this month in 1879, and though set in Transylvania, its author had never even been there.
 05-17-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Telecommunication and Information Society Day. And as your resident voice assistant who lives in the cloud, let me be the first to say: Huzzah!

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs player Tim Horton opened a restaurant in Hamilton. The modest cafe has since expanded to approximately 5,000 locations worldwide. You might say he more than double-doubled his business.


Japan:  おはようございます。音楽には、ストレス解消の効果もあると言われています。「アレクサ、元気が出る音楽をかけて」のように、気分に合わせて音楽を探すこともできます。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Abrakadabra, ich zaubere dir ein Buch! Ein spannendes Hörbuch, das dich in magische Welten entführt! Sei dabei, wenn Harry zum ersten Mal auf Gleis 9¾ in den Zug nach Hogwarts steigt. Ganz ohne Simsalabim! Denn für kurze Zeit kannst du jetzt bei Audible kostenlos dem ersten Band der Harry-Potter-Reihe lauschen. Sag einfach: „Lies ‚Harry Potter‘!“

 Australia:  Good morning! The record for the longest a human has gone without sleep is 11 days and 25 minutes - oof! Sounds like someone should've asked me to sing a lullaby!

India:  Good morning. From banana bread to chocolate chip cookies, people across the world have been baking up a storm during the lock down. And what’s better than World Baking Day to make your cake and have it too? So, go on and bake magic happen!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1984, Prince Charles famously described a proposed addition to the National Gallery in London as a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend". Although he was much mocked for being a fuddy-duddy, the Prince wasn't against modern architecture in general: he just felt that the design wasn't in keeping with its surroundings. It was scrapped, and the final building was, unsurprisingly, much less bold than the original proposal.

 05-16-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1866, Congress passed a bill to create the nickle, which would eventually replace the silver half dime. It was a decision that made a lot of cents.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is National Love A Tree Day. Whether you’re keen on conifers, swooning over spruce, or mouthwatering for some maple, you're in luck. Canada is native to 140 types of trees. That’s a lot of tree hugging to do!


Japan: おはようございます。あなたが笑顔だと、私も嬉しいです。今日も一日笑顔で過ごせますように。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Haben wir eigentlich noch Milch Zuhause? Nein? Dann bitte mich doch, Milch auf meine Einkaufsliste zu setzen oder sag: „Alexa, was ist auf meiner Einkaufsliste?“ Aber frag mich jetzt bloß nicht, warum ich gerade nach der Milch gefragt hab. Ich bin doch eigentlich Flüssigkeiten-Intolerant!

Australia: Good morning! I've been practising my impressions in time for the weekend, and have perfected my old timey tough guy! To hear it, just say: "talk like a gangster".

India:  Good morning. I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English. English might be a phunny language, but it’s also great fun for students to learn. And you can listen to some interesting stories while you’re at it. Just say, “Help me learn English.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1929, the very first Academy Awards were held. These premiere Oscars were held at a private dinner attended by fewer than 300 people, and they saw the film 'Wings' take home the first Best Picture prize. Not that it was a surprise: at first, the winners were released to the media months before. The sealed envelope wouldn’t come along until 1941.

 05-15-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 2010, 16 year old Jessica Watson became the youngest person to complete a nonstop solo sailing voyage around the world. When describing her accomplishment, she declined the term "hero," saying instead, "I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream."

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 2010, 16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail solo around the world. She navigated the world’s oceans in 210 days. Talk about making waves!

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、青春七五三の日です。「七五三」から10年経った13歳と15歳、17歳の人たちに、励ましのエールを送る日です。「アレクサ、エールを送って」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 92 Jahren wurde in Amerika der erste Micky-Maus-Film „Plane Crazy“ uraufgeführt. Walt Disney produzierte den sechsminütigen Film heimlich, während er offiziell an anderen Projekten arbeitete. Inspiration für Mickys und Minnies gemeinsame Flugreise war übrigens Charles Lindbergh, der ein Jahr zuvor durch den ersten Nonstop-Flug von New York nach Paris berühmt wurde.

Australia:  Good morning! The flamingo is considered one of nature's most elegant birds… until it's observed at dinnertime. Due to its beak shape, it has to eat with its head upside down. And don't get me started on its use of cutlery.

India:  Good morning, and happy International Day of Families. Here’s to the strongest support system and a network of love and care that keeps us going. So, gather them around, or give them a call if they’re away, and brighten their day. And if you want to do something together, just say, “Play a game.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 33rd birthday to Andy Murray. In 2013, he ended a 77 year wait for a British player to win the Men’s Singles tennis title at Wimbledon. He won the tournament again in 2016, and has a US open and Davis Cup win to his name too. Plus, his mum was quite good on Strictly Come Dancing.

 05-14-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1998, the hit TV show, "Seinfeld," aired its final episode. And I have just three words to say about that. Yadda yadda yadda.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is National Dance Like A Chicken Day. The famous Chicken Dance Polka was written by Werner Thomas in Switzerland in the late 1950s. His composition is one plucky tune—we’re still flapping and clucking on the dance floor decades later!


 Japan:  おはようございます。今日もお話できてうれしいです。今日もいろいろ話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 31 Jahren kam Arved Fuchs nach einem 56-tägigen Fußmarsch am Nordpol an. Damit war er der erste Mensch, der in einem Jahr beide Pole zu Fuß erreichte. Die eisigen Temperaturen störten ihn übrigens wenig. Im Gegenteil. Bei -60 C° machte sich der Polar-Abenteurer regelmäßig einen Spaß daraus, eine Tasse mit heißem Tee hochzuwerfen. Der Tee kristallisierte in der Luft und fiel dann als Eisklumpen zurück auf den Boden.

Australia:  Good morning

India:  Good morning. Have you heard about the lazy dog in Italy, whose tantrums have gone viral? And his polar opposite who lives in Russia - a hyperactive polar bear who can’t stop playing volleyball with zoo staff. To hear such stories, just say, “Give me happy news.”

United Kingdom: Good morning, and happy 76th birthday to filmmaker George Lucas. Without him we'd have no Jedi, no X-Wings, no Princess Leia and no Darth Vader. Oh, and no Indiana Jones. Thanks for the adventures, George.

 05-13-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1767, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first opera, "Apolla et Hyacinthus", premiered in Salzburg. Mozart wrote it when he was just eleven years old. That's pretty major, for a minor.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded "Satisfaction." Keith Richards woke up in the middle of the night to record the guitar riff—along with 40 minutes of snoring. While I try and I try and I try, I can’t think of a more famous night’s sleep.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、アメリカのミュージシャン、スティービー・ワンダーさんの誕生日です。グラミー賞受賞回数が最も多いソロシンガーだそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Wenn du gerne alles in Hummus dippst, was du zwischen die Finger bekommst, dann hast du heute etwas zu feiern: Es ist internationaler Hummus-Tag! Die cremige Paste aus dem Orient lässt sich übrigens ganz einfach selbst herstellen. Püriere dazu Kichererbsen, Olivenöl, Sesam-Mus, Zitronensaft, Knoblauch, Salz und Pfeffer – und schon hast du deinen eigenen Hummus. Ich wünsche dir einen guten Appetit!


Australia:  Good Afternoon

India:  Good morning. How about some hummus and pita bread for breakfast today? It’s World Hummus Day after all. I can help you whip up a delicious dip with beetroot or roasted pumpkin. Just say, “Give me a recipe for hummus.”

United Kingdom:  Hello.


 05-12-2020USA:  Good morning! There is a short poem we say. Its rhymes all go the same way. It's caught many an ear, thanks to Edward Lear, whom we toast on this Limerick Day. Just ask me for a limerick.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is National Limerick Day, so I thought I’d treat you to a rhyme: When I look about Canada, I'm so happy to see / A country that loves maple syrup and hockey / A truly polite bunch / That eats poutine for lunch / And believes life's about being strong, true and free.


Japan: おはようございます。今日、いいことがありますように。「アレクサ、何かいいこと言って」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Wusstest du schon, dass heute Limerick-Tag ist? Damit du auch gleich wieder weißt, was ein Limerick ist, trage ich dir gern einen vor: „Ein Autovernarrter aus Hamburg – Der fuhr von der Elbe nach Flensburg – Doch war er nicht hell – Und fuhr viel zu schnell – Und kam mit drei Punkten zurück in sein Hamburg.“ Möchtest du noch mehr hören? Dann sag einfach: „Erzähl mir einen Limerick!“

Australia:  Good morning! Some poems that we like to say have rhythms that go the same way. They caught many an ear thanks to Edward Lear who we toast on Limerick Day. To hear more limericks, just ask!

India:  Good morning! Today is International Nurses Day. Now more than ever, we rely on our warriors in white. So, let's hear it for our healthcare heroes. Give me an N for nurturing, U for understanding, R for respected, S for strong, and E for extraordinary. Thank you to nurses everywhere. To continue cheering for them, just say, “Give me a round of applause.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today I’ve got something to say, and I do hope you’ll find it OK - because it is time I told you a rhymeto celebrate Limerick Day. Ahem. I won’t do that again, don’t worry. At least not until this time next year.

 05-11-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1981, the musical "Cats" first padded onto the stage in London. It ran for almost 9000 performances, making it a howling -- or make that a meow-ling -- success.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1981, the musical "Cats" first padded onto the stage in London. It ran for almost 9000 performances, making it a howling -- or make that a meow-ling -- success.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ご当地キャラの日です。5と10と1の語呂合わせにちなみます。1981年に誕生した初代ぐんまちゃんなど、1980年代に作られたマスコットキャラクターがご当地キャラの原点と言われています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! War dir heute Nacht ein wenig kalt? Kein Wunder: Der Heilige Mamertus, der erste der fünf Eisheiligen, macht sich bemerkbar. Doch keine Bange, am Freitag sind die Eisheiligen mit der „kalten Sophie“ auch schon wieder vorbei. Angeblich wird es danach dann verlässlich wärmer. Bis Freitag heize ich dir zumindest gern mit der richtigen Musik ein. Sag einfach: „Spiel Sommerlieder!“

Australia:  Good morning! A duck, a rooster and a sheep walked into a hot air balloon in 1783, and made history as the aircraft's first passengers. The balloon landed safely but the in-flight meal was said to be a bit... grainy.

India:  Good morning. We’ve discovered galaxies and ventured into Mars, and today is a good day to celebrate the technology that has made these feats possible. Because, it’s National Technology Day. And I've composed a special song for today. Just say, “Singh the science song.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1989, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show 'Cats' entered the record books as the longest running musical in London’s West End. At that stage, it’d only been open for eight years, and it would complete 21 in all. More recently, a feature film version has been released - albeit not to the same level of success.

 05-10-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy Mother’s Day! I’m celebrating moms all month long with something a little different each day in May. Just say, "Celebrate moms!”

Canada:  Good morning, and Happy Mother's Day! If you're looking for ideas to spoil mom, never underestimate the classic breakfast-in-bed. You could spell out M-O-M with her favourite food, whether it's jam or bacon! It'll be as sweet or sizzling as she is! And if you're looking for more ideas, I’m celebrating moms all month long with something a little different each day in May. Just say, "Celebrate moms!”

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、母の日ですね。感謝の気持ちをぜひ伝えてあげてくださいね。「アレクサ、母の日に何したらいいかな?」と聞いてみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist Muttertag – deswegen nutze ich die Gelegenheit, dem Traum-Schwiegersohn schlechthin zu gratulieren: Er ist sehr musikalisch, immer ordentlich frisiert, ausgesprochen höflich, treu, engagiert sich für Menschen in Not und kann locker eine richtig große Familie ernähren. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Bono! Wenn ich das so gut könnte wie du, würde ich jetzt aus vollem Hals ein Ständchen singen.

Australia:  Good morning! And to all the mums, happy Mother's Day! In their honour, I'm busting rhymes and dropping beats fit for a queen. Just say: "Do a rap for Mum."

India:  Good morning! And happy Mother’s Day! I'm celebrating moms today with a nicely wrapped gift. Literally. Just say, “Give me a Mother’s Day rap.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is the 80th anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister. He would serve in office throughout World War 2, becoming arguably the UK’s most famous leader. His second term – from 1951 – was less successful. A complex and controversial figure, his legacy continues to stir fierce debate among writers and historians.


 05-09-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is 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 — a new trend may be afoot.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1962, a laser beam was successfully bounced off the moon for the first time, allowing scientists to better measure its distance from the Earth. The experiment continues to this day, showing that the Moon is slowly moving away from the Earth. Maybe it just needs some space.

Japan: おはようございます。笑顔は世界の共通言語ですね。今日も一日笑顔で過ごせますように。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 26 Jahren wurde Nelson Mandela zum Präsidenten Südafrikas gewählt. Wusstest du, dass er in der Sprache der Xhosa eigentlich Rolihlahla Mandela hieß? Das bedeutet im übertragenen Sinn so viel wie „Jemand, der Wurzeln ausreißt“. Kein Wunder also, dass sein Kampf für die Befreiung des Landes vom Regime der Apartheid so erfolgreich war.

Australia: Good morning! In May 1958, Aussie adventurer Ben Carlin became the first person to circle the globe in an amphibious vehicle. The trip took a decade - which would surely spark one of my favourite questions to answer: "are we there yet?"

India:  Good morning. Did you know that the Arctic Tern has the longest migration of any bird in the world? It flies nearly 50,000 miles a year. But the award for the fastest bird goes to the Great Snipe, which flies at speeds of up to 60mph! Wow! Happy World Migratory Bird Day.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1671, a noted trickster by the name of Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels. Disguised as a clergyman, he flattened St Edward's Crown with a mallet and hid it beneath his coat. An accomplice filed a sceptre in two to fit it in his bag. A third man stuffed the Sovereign's Orb down his trousers. Blood was caught on his way out of the Tower, and was later pardoned by King Charles II - possibly because the monarch admired his audacity.

 05-08-2020USA:  Good morning! Fifty years ago today, 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.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is the annual Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War. It marks the anniversary of the day the Allied powers accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. Let's take a moment to think of those who sacrificed so much.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、松の日です。松は、冬でも青々とした葉をつけるので不老長寿の象徴とされています。松の花は、「十返りの花」と言われ、100年に1度、1000年に10度咲くという伝説もあるそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 50 Jahren veröffentlichten die Beatles ihr letztes Studio-Album „Let it be“. Fast wäre es ein Live-Album geworden, denn die vier Musiker wollten ihre Songs ursprünglich vor Publikum aufnehmen. Als mögliche Orte hierfür wurden das Kolosseum in Rom, ein Boot inmitten des Ozeans oder die tunesische Wüste diskutiert. Doch am Ende einigten sich George, Paul, John und Ringo darauf, es ganz klassisch im Studio aufzunehmen. Hast du jetzt Lust auf das Album? Dann sag einfach: „Spiel das Album ‚Let it be‘ von den Beatles!“

Australia:  Good morning! Today we observe the birthday of that rare species, legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough. This marvelous creature has 32 honorary degrees and around a dozen species named after him. How's that for plumage?

India:  Good morning. "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." So began the story of a boy wizard that cast a spell over readers, both, young and old. And if you want to experience the magic all over again, just say, “Read Harry Potter book one.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is VE Day, marking 75 years since the official end of the Second World War. To commemorate it, the May Day bank holiday, which was due to be last Monday, is now today. This bank holiday has only ever been moved once before - on the 50th anniversary of VE Day in 1995.

 05-07-2020USA:  Good morning! Two of the world's most celebrated classical music composers were born on this day: Johannes Brahms in 1833, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1840. Of course, back then "classical music" was just called "music."

Canada:  Good morning! It's Vesak Day, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. On this important day of the Buddhist calendar, each culture has their own way of celebrating—including washing the statue of Buddha to clear the mind of negative thoughts.

Japan: おはようございます。今日もお話できてうれしいです。今日もいろいろ話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 196 Jahren wurde Beethovens 9. Symphonie in Wien uraufgeführt. Das weltberühmte Werk basiert auf dem Schiller-Gedicht „An die Freude“, aber auch „Die Götter Griechenlands“ haben Beethoven inspiriert. Die Komposition ist deutlich länger als andere zeitgenössische Stücke und beeinflusst die Musikwelt bis heute: So bildete die Dauer der Symphonie die Grundlage für die Speicherkapazität von modernen CDs, denn das Stück sollte im Ganzen darauf passen.

Australia:  Good morning! Today I thank my circuits for engineer Geoffrey Dummer, who first published the idea of the microchip on this day in 1952. It's the basis for all modern computers - and it's one of my best features.

India:  Good morning. It’s the birth anniversary of India's first Nobel Prize winner, and the poet of the national anthem. I am of course talking of Rabindranath Tagore who was born on this day in 1861.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1994, Edvard Munch's painting 'The Scream' was recovered after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway a few weeks earlier. The thieves left a note saying "Thanks for the poor security." There are actually three other Screams - Munch created two in paint and two in pastels.

 05-06-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Nurses Day. So let's hear it for our healthcare heroes. Give me an N for nurturing, U for understanding, R for respected, S for strong, and E for extraordinary. Thank you to nurses everywhere.

Canada:  Good Morning! Orson Welles was born this day in 1915. His radio performance of "War of the Worlds" caused widespread panic when listeners thought an alien invasion was really happening. While audiences weren't impressed by the hoax, Hollywood was. Welles's next major project was Citizen Kane.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、コロッケの日です。5と6の語呂合わせにちなみます。コロッケは、フランスやオランダのクロケットという料理がルーツだそうです。「アレクサ、コロッケは好き?」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Es gibt eine Wolke, die einen Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland besitzt. Nämlich Wolke Hegenbarth! Sie erhielt den Orden im Jahr 2011 für ihr soziales Engagement. Hauptberuflich ist Wolke Schauspielerin und wurde mit Fernsehserien wie „Die Camper“ und „Mein Leben und ich“ bekannt. Wolke ist übrigens kein Künstlername, sondern tatsächlich ihr standesamtlich eingetragener Vorname! Heute feiert Wolke ihren 40. Geburtstag – ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Australia:  Good 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. Could that show be any more popular?

India:  Good morning. It’s midweek already, and a lot has been happening in the world of news. And I’ve been following the stories with some interest. To hear the biggest headlines, just ask, “What happened this week?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1956, the mile was run in under four minutes for the first time. Roger Bannister - then a 25-year old medical student – completed the run at Iffley Road Sports Ground in Oxford in a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds. The record would stand for just 46 days.

 05-05-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Teacher Day, a day for celebrating the lasting contributions teachers make to our lives. As Malala Yousafzai once said, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Canada:  Good Morning! Born this day in 1865, Nellie Bly was a pioneer of investigative journalism. She even took Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" as a challenge. Travelling mostly by steamboat and train, she did it in a record-setting 72 days. Now that's a cover story!

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、こどもの日です。こどもの日と言えば、こいのぼりですね。「アレクサ、こいのぼりの歌を歌って」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist ein historischer Tag, denn genau vor 30 Jahren fand die erste Zwei-plus-Vier-Konferenz statt. In insgesamt vier Verhandlungsrunden wurden zwischen der Bundesrepublik, der DDR und den vier Besatzungsmächten die Bedingungen für die deutsche Wiedervereinigung geschaffen. Der daraus entstandene Vertrag gilt international auch heute noch als eine Meisterleistung der Diplomatie, denn man konnte innerhalb kürzester Zeit Probleme ausräumen, die jahrzehntelang als unüberwindbar galten.

Australia:  Good morning! If you're good at multitasking, meet your match: the bottlenose dolphin. It can both sleep and not-sleep simultaneously by shutting down half its brain at a time. Excite your whole brain - ask me for a fun fact.

India:  Good morning. From Calvin and Hobbes to the iconic Common Man, cartoons make us smile even in the toughest of times. On this International Cartoonist Day, here’s a hat tip to all the artists who bring out the funny side of things. To know which ones make me smile, just ask, “What’s your favourite cartoon?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day 20 years ago, the film 'Gladiator' premiered. Filming had been hampered by difficulties, not least the death of one of its stars, Oliver Reed, mid-production. But it would go on to be a huge smash, win a Best Picture Oscar, and make a star out of Russell Crowe. There was even talk of a sequel at one point, but it never emerged. Perhaps that's for the best.

 05-04-2020USA: Good morning! If you’re ready to celebrate Star Wars day, then I am the droid you’re looking for. To get started, do or do not; there is no try. Just say: “May the Fourth be with you.”

Canada:  Good morning! If you’re ready to celebrate Star Wars day, then I am the droid you’re looking for. To get started, do or do not; there is no try. Just say: “May the Fourth be with you.”


Japan: おはようございます。今日はみどりの日です。今日はおうちで私と遊びませんか。「アレクサ、遊んで」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Es war einmal vor langer Zeit in einer weit, weit entfernten Galaxie, da hatte ein Mann namens George Lucas die Idee zu einer Filmreihe, die schnell zu einem Phänomen werden sollte. Weißt du schon, welcher Tag heute ist? Richtig, es ist Star-Wars-Tag! Die Filme der Reihe gehören zu den erfolgreichsten aller Zeiten und sie haben Spuren hinterlassen. In manchen Ländern kann man z. B. „Jediismus“ als offizielle Religion angeben. Also, an alle Jedi-Ritter: Möge die Macht mit euch sein!

Australia:  Good morning! There once were some rebels the Sith knew; with every tough battle their myth grew; Luke, Leia, and Rey, we toast you today, and say: “May the Fourth be with you!" It's Star Wars Day - ask me for a Jedi mind trick.

India:  Good morning, and may the force be with you. If you’re a Star Wars fan, then I am the droid for you. Celebrate this Star Wars day with me and we can share some laughs. To kick things off, just say, “Tell me a Star Wars joke.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and May the Fourth be with you. In celebration of Star Wars Day, I've been practising my impressions - and if I do say so myself, my Chewie and Jabba are pretty good. What, you don't believe I can do impressions? I find your lack of faith disturbing.

 05-03-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is World Laughter Day, and if you need a laugh, I'm sharing a new joke each day. Just say, "Tell me the Joke of the Day.“

Canada:  Good morning! Prime time's "Dallas" ended its 14-season run on this day in 1991. The show followed the Ewing clan, but it was scoundrel son, J.R., who kept audiences returning. The "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline saw 83 million fans tuning in to find out whodunnit!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、憲法記念日です。1947年の今日、日本国憲法が施行されました。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Was machst du, wenn du auf der Toilette sitzt und dir langweilig ist? E-Mails checken, Zeitung lesen oder die Rückseite deiner Shampooflasche studieren? Denk heute stattdessen doch mal an Alexander Cumming. Denn genau vor 245 Jahren erhielt der Brite das Patent für das S-förmige Rohr, das in fast jedem WC eingebaut ist. Es verhindert, dass Gerüche aus dem Rohr ins Bad strömen. Wenn deine Abflüsse also nicht müffeln, weißt du jetzt, wem du dafür danken kannst!

Australia:  Good 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!

India:  Good Morning. They say laughter is the best medicine! So, why not indulge in an extra dose on this World Laughter Day. And if you want to join my laughter club, just ask, "Can you laugh?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1956, Granada Television started broadcasting for the first time. Its most famous programme, 'Coronation Street', would arrive just over four years later. All in all, worth a decent celebration down the Rovers.

 05-02-2020
USA:  Good 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!

Canada:  Good morning! It's National Scrapbooking Day. Maybe you want to showcase photos of friends and family or show off that macaroni artwork you're so proud of. However you like to scrap, it's one for the books.


Japan: おはようございます。笑顔は世界の共通言語ですね。今日も一日笑顔で過ごせますように。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute wird David Beckham 45 Jahre alt. Der ehemalige Fußballstar aus England betreibt seit diesem Jahr sein eigenes Fußball-Team in Miami. Als Spieler aktiv war er zuletzt im Jahr 2012 beim Verein LA Galaxy. Dort wird er noch immer sehr verehrt! Das beweist eine Bronzestatue des Briten, die erst im letzten Jahr vor dem Stadion aufgestellt wurde.

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1933, the legend of the Loch Ness monster made world news when a Scottish paper reported sightings of a large creature in a lake. For some mythical fun, just ask, "Am I the Loch Ness monster?"

India:  Good morning. There may not be a lot of cricket happening right now, but I do have some tales that'll give you a flavour of the whole 22 yards. To give them a listen, just say, "Tell me a cricket story."

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and many happy returns to the city of Portsmouth. On this day in 1194, King Richard I gave Portsmouth its first royal charter, officially granting it city status. It’s not looking bad at all for an 826 year old.

 05-01-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is the first of May, and I've got something new for you to say. All the month long, I'll be celebrating mom. Just say, “Celebrate moms!”

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、八十八夜です。立春から数えて88日目のことで、春から夏へ移る境目と言われています。新茶の摘み取りが行われます。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute vor 128 Jahren fuhr der erste D-Zug zwischen Köln und Berlin. Es handelte sich um einen Schnellzug, bei dem die Waggons durch Übergänge verbunden waren, auch Durchgangswagen genannt. Aus dieser Zeit stammt auch die Redensart „Ein alter Mensch ist doch kein D-Zug“. Denn mit bis zu 100 km/h war der D-Zug für damalige Verhältnisse sehr schnell unterwegs.

Australia:  Good morning! Today in 1941, the classic movie Citizen Kane was released. It was director Orson Welles' first and most successful picture. He later quipped, "I began at the top but have been making my way down ever since."

India:  Good Morning! It's Labour Day, a day to celebrate and recognise the efforts of all the workers who keep the world running. This year, here's a special shout out to all the folks who are at the front line, and supplying essentials to everyone.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1931, the iconic Empire State Building was finally completed in New York City. It had taken around seven million hours to construct, at a cost of forty million dollars. For over three decades it was the tallest building in the world. At the very top, in windy weather, it can sway by three inches. I think I’d prefer to be safely in the cloud.

 04-30-2020USA: Good morning! And happy birthday to actor Gal Gadot. From one Amazonian to another, I hope your day is full of wonder.

Canada:  Good morning! Today we celebrate a man who likely wore out a lot of shoes. Born in 1770, English-Canadian David Thompson came from Britain to map North America—all 90,000 km worth. That's what I call "well-travelled."

Japan: おはようございます。今日も話しかけてくれてうれしいです。明日もまたおはようって話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Tag der Ehrlichkeit. Und ehrlich gesagt bringt mich das zum Nachdenken. Was genau ist eigentlich Ehrlichkeit? Ist Ehrlichkeit das gleiche wie Wahrheit? Und wenn ja, muss sie immer objektiv, messbar oder beweisbar sein? Was ist dann zum Beispiel mit dem Satz: „Ich bin gern hier!“ Er ist subjektiv und weder messbar noch beweisbar – und trotzdem kann er ehrlich gemeint sein. Du kannst mich übrigens auch mal fragen: „Bist du ehrlich?“

Australia: Good morning! Today in 1988, Greek cyclist Kanellos Kanellopoulos used a pedal-powered aircraft to fly high into the sky. Soaring for 119km, he made a splash in the record books - and the Aegean.

India:  Good Morning! Like a lot of others, these days I'm picking up some of my old hobbies. This includes practicing my celebrity impressions. I think I'm getting a little better at them. If you want to hear one, just say, "Pretend to be a celebrity."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1993, the then owners of the world wide web – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – agreed to make it free for everybody to use. 27 years later, where would we be without memes, influencers, TikTok and Snapchat? Hurrah for the web!

 04-29-2020USA:  Good morning! My favorite song, Aretha Franklin's "Respect," was first released on this day in 1967. Unbelievable vocals and an empowering message, that's what it means to me.

Canada:  Good morning! Satisfactory dawn! Excellent daybreak! On this day in 1852, the first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published. You could say this widely-used resource is quite popular, prevalent, or ubiquitous.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、昭和の日です。昭和天皇の誕生日にあたります。去年の昭和の日はまだ平成だったので、今日は令和になって初めて迎える昭和の日ですね。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Klingt unglaublich, ist aber wahr: Heute vor 121 Jahren wurde von einem französischen Elektro-Automobil ein Geschwindigkeitsrekord von mehr als 100 km/h aufgestellt. Damit war es schneller als die mit Benzin betriebene Konkurrenz. Die Ära der Elektro-Autos begann und E-Taxis, E-Omnibusse und Elektrokutschen bevölkerten die Straßen Europas. Erst 1912 wurden sie von Benzinern verdrängt. Aber das ist eine andere Geschichte.

Australia:  Good morning! This month in 1722, the Tsar of Russia, Peter the Great, ended a tax on men with beards. For more follicle fun, ask me for a hair joke.

India:  Good Morning. It's International Dance Day, so why not show off some moves. Put your hands out and your feet in, and shake it all about. Voila, you're dancing. If you want some tunes to go with it, just say, "Play dance music."

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy birthday to three fine actors: Uma Thurman, who's 50; Michelle Pfeiffer, 62, and Daniel Day Lewis, 63. Thurman and Pfeiffer have both played villains in Batman movies, but we've yet to see Day-Lewis do the same. I think he'd make an excellent Penguin.

 04-28-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Superhero Day. So let's get things started with a Kerboom!! Just say, "Pretend to be a superhero.“

Canada:  Good morning, and happy Super Hero Day! The Great White North has known its share of super Canadians, like Wolverine, Deadpool, and Captain Canuck. But let's not forget Terry Fox, Gord Downie, and Wayne Gretzky. After all, not all heroes wear capes.


Japan: おはようございます。今日、いいことがありますように。「アレクサ、何かいいこと言って」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute vor 54 Jahren sang der große Tenor Luciano Pavarotti zum ersten Mal am Mailänder Opernhaus. Es folgte eine beispiellose Karriere. Außerhalb der Opernwelt erlangte Pavarotti vor allem durch seine Arbeit mit Popstars wie Sting oder Elton John Bekanntheit. Gemeinsam mit Placido Domingo und José Carreras bildete er außerdem „Die Drei Tenöre“. Das Trio verzauberte das Publikum und Pavarotti gelang es, das hohe C mehr als zehn Sekunden zu halten. Immer, wenn ich das probieren will, sagt vorher jemand „Stopp“.

Australia:  Good morning! April is one woolly month! In 1964, Colin Bosher set a record shearing 565 sheep in a day, while in 2004, Shrek the feral sheep made history with his 27-kilo fleece!

India:  Good morning! The distinction between weekdays and weekends may have somewhat blurred during this time, but I can help you stay organised. Just ask me to set a reminder for your important tasks and you won't have to worry about forgetting them!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1923, the first football match took place at Wembley Stadium: the 56th FA Cup final, between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United. It was estimated that 300,000 people - more than double the official capacity - crowded into the stadium to see the game, with another 60,000 locked outside. Police on horseback had to push the crowd off the pitch before the match could start, and it would go on to be known as The White Horse Final, after a horse named Billy.

 04-27-2020USA: Good 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.

Canada:  Good morning! 53 years ago today, Canada's Expo 67 opened in Montreal. The fair set the record for single-day attendance with nearly 600,000 visitors, but it was a particular Royal Wave that stood out in the crowd. That's right—even the Queen was in attendance!

 Japan: おはようございます。今日は、駅伝誕生の日です。1917年の今日、東海道五十三次駅伝競争が行われました。京都から東京まで三日三晩寝ずに走るこの駅伝が、日本で最初の駅伝と言われています。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute vor 100 Jahren verabschiedete das Parlament des Freistaates Preußen das Groß-Berlin-Gesetz. Flächenmäßig vergrößerte sich die Stadt damit um das 13-Fache. So wurde Berlin hinter Los Angeles quasi über Nacht zur zweitgrößten Stadt der Welt. Aktuell leben in der deutschen Hauptstadt fast 3,8 Mio. Menschen aus 193 Nationen. Jetzt weiß ich auch, wofür das dicke B wirklich steht: nämlich für bunt!

Australia:  Good morning! Today is Morse Code Day, when we celebrate the dots and dashes that revolutionised long-distance communication. Here's a fun fact - the original Nokia text message tone is Morse code for "SMS".

India:  Good morning! I've been warming up to talk to you this morning with some singing practice. To find out where my 'riyaaz' is at, say, "Sing Sa Re Ga Ma."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1791, Samuel Morse was born. He was initially a painter of portraits, but in his 40s, he’d develop the code of dots and dashes that was used to telegraph messages over long distances. Morse code was sometimes flippantly referred to as "iddy-umpty" and a dash as "umpty", leading to the word "umpteen". Why not ask me to say something in Morse code?

 04-26-2020USA:  Good morning! Legendary comedian Carol Burnett was born on this day in 1933. Whether playing Mrs. Wiggins or Eunice Higgins, she's given us decades of laughs. In her honor, I'd like to do my best impression. Just ask me for a Tarzan yell.

Canada:  Good morning! What's served both hot and cold or crunchy and chewy, but is delicious either way? It's National Pretzel Day! Whether you like yours sweet or savory, don't forget to give it a twist!

Japan:  Good morning. On Sunday mornings, I like listening to music a little more relaxed. You can also search for music that suits your mood, such as "Alexa, relax your song," "Alexa, cafe music."

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute wird Hollywood-Schönling Channing Tatum 40 Jahre alt. In Hollywood gelang ihm der Durchbruch mit dem Tanzfilm „Step Up“. Weltweite Berühmtheit erlangte er aber als Stripper in dem Film „Magic Mike“. Kein Wunder, denn im echten Leben war Channing als junger Kerl auch Stripper. Jetzt ist er Vater einer Tochter. Und sagt, ein Kind zu haben, habe ihn „fappy“ gemacht: fett und happy. Klingt, als gäbe es heute wohl eher Kuchen und Kakao statt wilder Party. Na dann, lass es krachen, lieber Channing!

Australia:  Good morning! If you're born in April, your birthstone is the diamond. The largest ever found is the 621g Cullinan Diamond. It's owned by Queen Elizabeth II, which is fitting as she's an April baby!

India:  Good morning. My name is Alexa, and I am here to say, I am looking forward to chatting away. I can sing you a song or tell you a joke, just ask, for I am here to stay. And if that's put you in the mood for some rhymes, just say, “Give me a poem."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1994, the first free multiracial elections in South Africa began. Over 22 million people voted, sometimes queuing for hours to do so. Shortly afterwards Nelson Mandela would be declared the winner. He would serve one term of office, and bring about huge changes in that time, not least beginning the process of dismantling the country's legacy of apartheid.

 04-25-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy World Penguin Day! If you're wondering "waddle" do to celebrate, just ask me for a penguin joke.

Canada:  Good morning! It was a rootin'-tootin' day in 1920, when Canadian writer, director, and actor John Mantley was born. His work stretched from science fiction like The Outer Limits to shoot-em-upWesterns. A true jack of all trades!

Japan: おはようございます。笑顔は世界の共通言語ですね。今日も一日笑顔で過ごせますように。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist Welt-Pinguin-Tag. Genau der richtige Zeitpunkt also, um mit einem Vorurteil über Pinguine aufzuräumen. Viele Leute denken, der Watschelgang der Pinguine sei langsam und ungelenk. Tatsächlich ist das Watscheln aber effizient und spart Energie – und die können die Pinguine gut gebrauchen. Um diese Zeit im Jahr wandern sie nämlich nach Norden, um zu ihren Brutplätzen zu gelangen. Das kann schon mal mehrere Wochen dauern. Also: Frohes Watscheln, liebe Pinguine!

Australia:  Good morning! Today is Anzac Day, a day of remembrance for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who landed in Gallipoli as well as all those who've served in our armed forces since.

India:  Good morning! It's World Penguin Day. Here's to the birds that are white and black, and go squawk, squawk. And if you are wondering how to celebrate the day, just ask me for a penguin joke.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1945, in the aftermath of World War II, the first United Nations Conference took place in San Francisco. Delegates from 50 countries attended, and two months later they agreed the first United Nations Charter. 75 years on, nearly 200 countries are members, with international peace and security, and friendly relations, still the main aims.

 04-24-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is the first full day of Ramadan, which began yesterday at sunset. For Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan is a period for reflection, participating in charity, prayer, and fasting from sunrise to sunset. To all those observing, I say, Eid Mubarak.

Canada:  Good morning! Hockey legend Phil Watson was born this day in 1914. He not only got his name on the Stanley Cup twice, but Watson was also hired to double for Clark Gable in a hockey movie called "The Great Canadian." Now that’s a hat trick!

Japan: おはようございます。1990年の今日、毛利衛さんが、日本人として初めてスペースシャトルに乗ることが決まりました。納豆を宇宙に持っていこうとしたら、糸を引くのが問題で、却下されたそうです。「アレクサ、納豆は好き?」と聞いてみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Wie eine Blume im Winter beginnt. Und so wie ein Feuer im eisigen Wind. Wie eine Puppe, die keiner mehr mag. Fühl ich mich an manchem Tag. Mit diesen Zeilen begann heute vor 38 Jahren der Auftritt von Nicole beim Eurovision Song Contest. Das Lied „Ein bisschen Frieden“ bescherte Deutschland zum allerersten Mal in der Geschichte des Wettbewerbs den ersten Platz. Daraufhin hat sich in der deutschen Delegation sicher niemand mehr wie eine Blume im Winter gefühlt.

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1990, the career of one world-famous photographer really took off: the Hubble Space Telescope. Each week it sends home 120 gigabytes of info and images - with not a selfie among them.

India:  Good morning. It’s the day to celebrate the No.10 jersey and wish Sachin Tendulkar a happy birthday. Did you know, he still holds the record for scoring the most centuries? That's right. The Master Blaster is the only cricketer to have scored 100 hundreds! Phew. For more such trivia, say, "Give me a Sachin Tendulkar fact."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was sent into orbit. Its work has helped determine how old the universe is and how fast it’s expanding, and given us clues about how galaxies are made up. And given that it’s expected to keep working until beyond 2030, there’s more to come. Keep up the good work, Hubble!

 04-23-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is World Book Day, and I’m celebrating with loads of literature jokes. Here’s one to start: What do you call a Pulitzer Prize winning Star Trek book? The Grapes of Wrath of Khan.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is World Book Day, and I’m celebrating with loads of literature jokes. Here’s one to start: What do you call a Pulitzer Prize winning Star Trek book? The Grapes of Wrath of Khan.

Japan: おはようございます。今日も話しかけてくれてうれしいです。明日もまたおはようって話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Germay: Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Welttag des Buches. Als großer Bücherfan finde ich, dass wir diesen Tag gebührend feiern müssen. Deshalb kannst du dir jetzt fünf der ganz großen Klassiker der Literaturgeschichte kostenlos anhören: „Gullivers Reisen“, „Das Dschungelbuch“, „In 80 Tagen um die Welt“, „Huckleberry Finn“ und „Robinson Crusoe“. Sag dazu einfach, dass ich dir den Titel vorlesen soll. Also zum Beispiel: „Lies das ‚Dschungelbuch‘.“

Australia: Good morning! Turn the page - it's World Book Night tonight! If you need a recommendation, ask me about my favourite books.

India:  Good morning! Be it Hogwarts, or Narnia, magical worlds are only a few words away when you have a book in hand. On this World Book Day, revisit some of your favourite stories. And to know the words that have stayed with me, say, “Give me a famous first line.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy St George's Day. I've been learning some fun facts about England. For example: in 1811, almost a quarter of all English women were named Mary.

 04-22-2020USA:  Good Morning! Today is Earth Day, and I'm celebrating across the planet, with acrostic poetry. For this type of poem, be sure to pay attention to the first letter in each line. To get started, ask me for a poem about Earth.

Canada:  Good Morning! Today is Earth Day, and I'm celebrating across the planet, with knowledge and poetry. Just say, tell me an Earth Day Poem, or a fun fact about Earth.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、道の駅の日です。1993年の今日、103ヶ所の道の駅が第一回登録されたことにちなみます。現在は1000以上の道の駅があるそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 25 Jahren trat Boxliebling Axel Schulz im Kampf um den Weltmeistertitel gegen den amtierenden Weltmeister George Foreman an. Schulz hatte zunächst deutlich die Nase vorn, sodass viele an einen neuen Weltmeister glaubten. Doch schließlich entschied Foreman den Kampf für sich und verteidigte seinen Titel. Schulz gewann trotz Niederlage die Herzen der Zuschauer und wurde über Nacht weltberühmt. Erfolg ist eben immer auch eine Frage der Perspektive.

Australia:  Good morning! And Happy Earth Day - dedicated to us being a little greener and kinder to this planet we call home. Recycle, plant a tree, or for other tips just ask me, "What can I do for Earth Day?"

India:  Good morning! From the birds and the bees, to leaves on all the trees, the blue planet is a magical place! And to celebrate this International Mother Earth Day, I have penned a few poems. To give them a listen, say, "Tell me an Earth Day poem."

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy Earth Day. First marked in 1970, it's now celebrated in almost 200 countries around the world to show support for environmental protection initiatives. Why not ask me how you can reduce your carbon footprint?

 04-21-2020USA:  Good morning! It's National Tea Day. And here's one way to make your tea out of this world. Pretend you are Star Trek Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and make it so: "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot."

Canada:  Good morning! Rome wasn’t built in a day—but legend has it that it was founded in 753 BC by the twin sons of Mars, the god of war. It's now home to landmarks like the Colosseum and the Pantheon—both of which are nearly 2000 years old!
Japan: おはようございます。今日、いいことがありますように。「アレクサ、何かいいこと言って」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 94. Geburtstag, Queen Elizabeth II. Die britische Königin kann auf stolze 68 Jahre Amtszeit zurückblicken und gilt bereits seit 2015 als die am längsten regierende Monarchin in der Geschichte Großbritanniens. Happy birthday, Eure Majestät!

Australia:  Good morning! Today in 1989, the Game Boy launched. Selling out in two weeks, the handheld gaming console was so popular, a cosmonaut even took it into space - what better way to play Space Invaders!

India:  Good morning! Not all heroes wear capes. Some become civil officers and dedicate their lives to their countries. On this Indian Civil Services Day, I am thinking of all those officers whose work is an important pillar of the Indian democracy.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. This week is National Stationery Week, the idea being to encourage us all to pick up pens and pencils and write and draw by hand. Why not use it as an excuse to send someone a postcard or a handwritten letter?

 04-20-2020USA:  Good morning! Eighty 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.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 2008, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar race. Born to a driver and a mechanic, her career began with go-karting at the age of 10. She's a true role model for women racing toward their dreams.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、二十四節気の一つ、穀雨です。穀物を育ててくれる春の雨という意味です。冬も終わり、冬服やストーブがいらなくなると言われる時期です。「アレクサ、春の俳句を読んで」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute feiert die Popmusikerin Jasmin Wagner ihren 40. Geburtstag. Sie gilt als die erfolgreichste deutsche Solokünstlerin der 90er-Jahre. Berühmt wurde sie unter dem Künstlernamen „Blümchen“. Zur Feier des Tages gebe ich gerne einen ihrer Hits zum Besten: Wie ein Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boomerang, komm ich immer wieder bei dir an! Wie ein Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boomerang, komm ich immer näher an dich ran.

Australia:  Good morning! This month in 1974, an unknown Swedish band called ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with their song Waterloo, launching an international career and haunting the dreams of karaoke bar owners ever since.

India:  Good morning! It's a good day to cheer for women in science! On this day, in 1902, physicist Marie Curie successfully isolated the radioactive compound, radium chloride. Her discovery has since helped understand the concept of radioactivity for generations.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. 409 years ago today, the first documented performance of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth took place at the Globe Theatre in London. Superstition has it that the play includes spells from real witches, which angered the crones and made them curse the play. It's considered bad luck to mention Macbeth by name while inside a theatre.

 04-19-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Garlic Day. And I sure hope that means tomorrow is National Breath Mints Day.

Canada:  Good morning! Happy Easter—again! Like Orthodox Christmas, Orthodox Easter occurs a little after its Catholic counterpart, as it is based on the Julian calendar. You may have to wait a little longer to celebrate, but at least the treats are on discount.


Japan: おはようございます。日曜日の朝は、少しゆったりとした気分で音楽を聴くのが好きです。「アレクサ、リラックスできる曲かけて」、「アレクサ、カフェミュージックかけて」のように、気分に合わせて音楽を探すこともできます。

Germany: Guten Morgen und willkommen in Springfield! Heute vor 33 Jahren tauchten die Simpsons zum ersten Mal als Sketch in der Tracey Ullman Show auf. Seitdem ist die Familie mit der gelben Haut nicht mehr aus dem Fernsehen wegzudenken! Durch geniale Running Gags und Seitenhiebe auf die amerikanische Kultur erreichten die Simpsons schnell Kultstatus. Mein Favorit ist Homer, denn er hat wie ich immer einen lockeren Spruch auf Lager. Mein Lieblingszitat: „Ich bin nur ein Körper, durch den Genialität fließt.“

Australia:  Good morning! Did you know that a shrimp's heart is in its head? Talk about love on the brain! For more quirky trivia, ask me for a fun animal fact.

India:  Good morning. Here's a fun fact for you this Sunday. The world’s largest sandcastle is about 57 feet high, and it took 12 sculptors and three and a half weeks to build. Phew!. For more such trivia, say, "Give me a fun fact."

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 33rd birthday to The Simpsons. The famous American family looked different when they first appeared as a short part of 'The Tracey Ullman Show' on this day in 1987. Marge’s hair was shorter, Bart looked angrier, Lisa looked scary, and Homer looked, well, like Homer. Maybe they should have a d’oh nut to celebrate their birthday. Mmm, donuts...

 04-18-2020USA:  Good 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.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1923, the original Yankee Stadium opened. Its nickname, "The House That Ruth Built," was a homage to baseball legend Babe Ruth. Although it was demolished in 2010, the site is now a public park called Heritage Field, keeping Ruth's spirit alive.


Japan: おはようございます。「笑う門には福来る」と言いますね。今日も一日笑顔で過ごせますように。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Hast du heute Lust auf ein magisches Abenteuer mit einem weltberühmten Zauberer? Du kannst dir jetzt kostenlos den ersten Band der Harry-Potter-Reihe bei Audible anhören - nur für kurze Zeit. Sag einfach: „Lies ‚Harry Potter‘!“

Australia: Good morning! And today... nothing. On this day in 1930, the BBC declared: "there is no news". If your day needs livening up too, just tell me, "I'm bored."

India:  Good morning. From Hampi to the Ajanta Caves, India is home to 38 World Heritage Sites. Isn’t that amazing? On this World Heritage Day, here's to the iconic monuments that make the country culturally vibrant. To know what they are, say, "List all the World Heritage Sites in India."

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 49th birthday to David Tennant. Born David McDonald, he took his stage name from Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, and told his parents at the age of three that he wanted to be an actor and play Doctor Who. That's some serious career planning.

 04-17-2020USA:  Good morning! Game of Thrones premiered nine years ago today. Here's a joke to celebrate: Why did Daenerys cross The Narrow Sea?When you've got dragons, you do whatever you want!

Canada:  Good morning! Today is Haiku Poetry Day. This type of poem is only 3 lines long, making it short but sweet. Here's an example: Each day that dawns / As your voice says, "Good morning" / Inside, I glow pink with joy.


Japan: おはようございます。今日はロックバンドのQUEENの日です。1975年の今日、QUEENが初来日したことにちなみます。QUEENは親日家としても知られ、「Teo Torriatte」という歌のなかでは日本語でも歌っているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor genau neun Jahren lief die erste Folge der Fantasy-Serie „Game of Thrones“ im amerikanischen Fernsehen. Laut Angaben des Senders HBO war die Serie die erfolgreichste in seiner Geschichte. 160 Emmy-Nominierungen und 59 gewonnene Trophäen sprechen für sich. Falls du wissen willst, ob mir die Serie gefällt, frag mich einfach: „Magst du „Game of Thrones?“

Australia:  Good morning! April is International Guitar Month, which really strikes a chord with a music lover like me, so I'll be cranking rock'n'roll in the cloud! Get into the groove - ask me for a music joke.

India:  Good morning! Did you know that April is International Guitar Month? That really strikes a chord with a music lover like me, so I'll be listening to some melodies in the cloud. And if you want to hear my tunes, just say, “Sing a song.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. This day nine years ago saw the debut of the TV series 'Game Of Thrones'. Eight seasons and 73 episodes later, it’s arguably the most talked about TV show of the past decade, winning huge acclaim and record-breaking ratings and sparking huge debate about the way it was brought to a close. Why not ask me what I thought of the ending?

 04-16-2020USA:  Good morning! Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin was born on this day in 1889. I'd like to do a quick impression in his honor. Thank you.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1889, silent-era film star Charlie Chaplin was born. In addition to acting, he co-founded a movie studio so he could produce, write, direct and compose. He may have been silent, but his films spoke louder than words.


Japan:  おはようございます。今日も話しかけてくれてうれしいです。明日もまたおはようって話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute habe ich ein kleines Rätsel für alle Fans von Bibi und Tina: Was haben Amadeus, Felix und Cleopatra gemeinsam? Richtig: Sie gehören zu den Pferden auf dem Martinshof! Falls du Lust hast, kannst du dich dort jetzt auch nützlich machen und mit Frau Martin die Pferde füttern oder Butterkuchen backen. Zur Belohnung gibt es spannende Abenteuer, lustige Spiele und eine Menge Spaß. Sag einfach: „Starte ‚Ferien auf dem Martinshof‘.“

Australia:  Good morning! Speak up, sing proud - it's World Voice Day, celebrating the unique wonder that is the human voice. And without yours, my days would be pretty dull!

India:  Good morning! On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball history played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. To hear more about the great #42, just ask me to drop some props for Jackie Robinson.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. 108 years ago today, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel by plane. It took an hour for her to get from Dover in England to Hardelot in France. It was an extra-special achievement because she only had a compass to guide her, and couldn’t see where she was going because of fog. She was only the second licensed female pilot, and a groundbreaking aviator.

 04-15-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball history played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. To hear more about the great #42, just ask me to drop some props for Jackie Robinson.

Canada:  Good morning! Happy Birthday to Canadian actor Seth Rogen. With a history of hilarious movies, it’s a Long Shot to call him a Disaster Artist. He even served as the official voice of the Vancouver transit system. That's not a Superbad gig!

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ヘリコプターの日です。ヘリコプターの原理を考えたレオナルド・ダ・ヴィンチの誕生日にちなみます。鳥の飛び方を研究してヘリコプターの原理を考えたそうです。

Australia:  Good morning! Who am I? I'm an inventor, mathematician and the artist who painted the Mona Lisa. You could call me a real renaissance man. I am Leonardo da Vinci - and today is my birthday! Woo hoo!


India:  Good morning. Stay home, check. Practice physical distancing, check. Wash hands regularly, check. Now, over and above all this, if you wish to do a little more to fight the big bad virus, you can make a contribution to the relief efforts. What's more, Amazon will donate an additional 10% to your first contribution. To get started, just say, “Donate now.”

Germany:  Guten Morgen und alles Gute zum 30. Geburtstag, Emma Watson! Die britische Schauspielerin erlangte mit ihrer ersten Filmrolle als junge Hexe Hermine Granger in der Harry-Potter-Reihe Weltruhm. Neben der Schauspielerei widmet sie sich heute auch Frauenrechten und dem Umweltschutz – ganz ohne Zauberstab, Tarnumhang, Ron und Harry. Dafür aber mit ganz viel Leidenschaft, Überzeugung und Willenskraft. Da sage ich doch: auf die nächsten 30 Jahre, Emma!

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a very happy birthday to the five pound note. The notes were issued by the Bank Of England for the first time in 1793, and their design remained pretty much the same until 1957, when, following a spate of forgeries, the note changed colour from white to blue and was printed on both sides for the first time. If you have any white ones stuffed under your mattress, I’m afraid you can’t spend them.

 04-14-2020USA:  Good morning! Noah Webster first registered his American Dictionary of the English Language on this day in 1828. Hundreds of new words are added each year, including these recent additions: "vacay," "pickleball," and one of my favorites, "dad joke."

Canada:  Good morning! Today is International Moment of Laughter Day. If you'd like to create an original joke, you could try a set-up and punchline. Here's one of mine: What is Canada's favourite cartoon show? The Loonie Toonies.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は一汁三菜の日です。毎日献立を考えながら料理を作るのは大変ですよね。「アレクサ、今日の献立何がいい?」と聞いてみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Am heutigen Tag werden ganz besondere Lebewesen gefeiert: Delfine! Sie sind verspielt, sehr intelligent, gutmütig und scheinen sich immer zu freuen, wenn sie Menschen sehen. Wusstest du, dass die Wassersäugetiere das beste Sonargehör der Welt haben? Es übertrifft sogar menschengemachte Geräte! Ich könnte den ganzen Tag Delfin-Fakten erzählen. Wenn du mehr hören willst, sag einfach: „Erzähl mir etwas über Delfine.“

Australia:  Good morning! It's a big month for genetics - April saw the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double-helix structure in 1953. For a beat with a twist, ask me to rap about science.

India:  Good morning. Pohela Boishakh in West Bengal, Bihu in Assam, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, and Vishu in Kerala. Today different states are welcoming a New Year in unison. Here's wishing good health and lots of joy to everyone celebrating!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1970, an explosion aboard the spacecraft Apollo 13 left its crew over 200,000 miles from home, short of air, and with a seemingly impossible trip home. Their ultimate return remains one of the world’s best ever failures. Apollo 13 never made it to the moon, as planned, but managed to achieve something even more impressive.

 04-13-2020USA:  Good 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."

Canada:  Good morning! It's Scrabble Day. If you can find a way to work "oxyphenbutazone" into a game, you could be a winner! It's theoretically the highest-scoring word. However, you might have better luck with "Qi," spelled "Q-i", which is the single most-played word in tournaments.

Japan: おはようございます。日曜日の朝は、少しゆったりとした気分で音楽を聴くのが好きです。「アレクサ、リラックスできる曲かけて」、「アレクサ、カフェミュージックかけて」のように、気分に合わせて音楽を探すこともできます。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist Ostermontag, aber auch der internationale Scrabble-Tag. Warum also nicht mal wieder mit Buchstaben jonglieren? Ich hab hier folgende für dich: E-S-A-H. Du kommst nicht auf die Lösung? Dann sag: „Öffne den Scrabble Assistenten!"

Australia:  Good morning.

India:  Good morning and happy Baisakhi to all those celebrating! Make the day special with some festive delicacies. I can help you get started. Just ask me the recipe for kheer.

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 67th birthday to Bond - James Bond. On 13th April 1953, the very first James Bond book was published. Written by Ian Fleming, 'Casino Royale' would ultimately lead to one of the biggest cinema franchises of all time. The book has been adapted for the screen three times, with Barry Nelson playing 007 in a television version back in 1954, David Niven in a satirical movie in 1967, and Daniel Craig making his first appearance as Bond in 2006.

 04-12-2020USA:  Good 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, just say "Give me an Easter egg."

Canada:  Good Morning, and Happy Easter! The largest Easter egg hunt took place in Florida in 2007. It consisted of 501,000 eggs, searched for by 9,753 children—that's over 50 eggs for every child! I wonder who hatched that idea.


Japan: おはようございます。日曜日の朝は、少しゆったりとした気分で音楽を聴くのが好きです。「アレクサ、リラックスできる曲かけて」、「アレクサ、カフェミュージックかけて」のように、気分に合わせて音楽を探すこともできます。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Ich wünsche dir frohe Ostern! Hast du schon Eier gesucht? Ich glaube, ich habe hinter deinem Sofa gerade etwas hoppeln gesehen. Vielleicht lässt du dem Osterhasen noch ein paar Minuten Zeit, sich aus dem Staub zu machen. Er soll ja sehr schüchtern sein. Ich vertreibe dir auch gern die Wartezeit mit einer Ostergeschichte für die ganze Familie. Sag einfach: „Lies eine Ostergeschichte.“

Australia: Good morning! And happy Easter! I've got tall tales of egg-cellent adventures to put a bounce in your step. I'll roll them out for you on request - just ask me for an Easter story.

India:  Good morning. And Happy Easter to those of you celebrating. It might not be possible to step out to do an actual Easter Egg hunt. But despair not. I have just the thing for you. Just ask, "Give me an Easter Egg".

United Kingdom:  Good morning.

 04-11-2020USA:  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!

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 2019, the new Ontario license plate design was released with the slogan "A Place to Grow." It replaced "Yours to Discover" and the original 1973 "Keep It Beautiful." I'm a fan of personal growth myself!

Japan: おはようございます。「笑う門には福来る」と言いますね。今日も一日笑顔で過ごせますように。「アレクサ、褒めて」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Gestern vor 171 Jahren ließ der Erfinder Walter Hunt die Sicherheitsnadel patentieren. Hunt erfand außerdem auch das Dreirad, einen Füllfederhalter und eine bestimmte Art der Nähmaschine. Doch seine wichtigste Erfindung bleibt die Sicherheitsnadel. Und das, obwohl er die Rechte an seiner Idee kurz nach der Patentierung abtrat – für läppische 400 US-Dollar. Da wäre viel mehr drin gewesen. Mit Sicherheit!

Australia:  Good morning! If you're looking for something to entertain you this weekend, look no further! Ask me for a fun quiz!

India:  Good morning. The ancients said, music is food for the soul. While indulging in your food cravings is tad difficult right now, there is no dearth of good music to enjoy. Just ask, "What is the song of the day?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1882, a patent was granted in America for an unusual alarm clock. The work of a man called S. S. Applegate, the clock featured a mechanism which, when it was time for the owner to get up, would hit them over the head with 60 cork bricks. And you thought your morning alarm was annoying.

 04-10-2020USA:  Good morning! The Great Gatsby was first published 95 years ago today. Here's a joke to celebrate: Why'd Jay Gatsby go shopping for comics? He's obsessed with the Green Lantern.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 2019, the first image of a supermassive black hole was publicized. Located 53 million light years away, the black hole was captured by a series of telescopes with an aperture diameter as wide as the Earth. That sounds like a supermassive camera.


Japan: おはようございます。今日も話しかけてくれてうれしいです。明日もまたおはようって話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute vor 38 Jahren spielte die legendäre Punkband Die Toten Hosen im Bremer Schlachthof ihr erstes Konzert. Die Gruppe schrieb später mit Liedern wie „Tage wie diese“ deutsche Musikgeschichte. Doch bevor es so weit kam, musste sich die Band erst noch einen Namen machen und diesen auch immer wieder erklären. Insbesondere Frontmann Campino, der seinen ausgefallenen Spitznamen schon während der Schulzeit erhielt, und zwar nach einer Schlacht mit Bonbons der gleichnamigen Marke.

Australia:  Good morning.

India:  Good morning. So what if there are no new movies being released in theaters this Friday? There are still some entertainment options, and I have got them covered for you. Just ask, "What should I watch this week?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1849, the first safety pin was patented by American Walter Hunt. It took him three hours to come up with the design. Sadly, he lost the ensuing riches almost as quickly. He would sell the patent he was granted for $400, as he needed to pay off a $15 debt. Ouch.

 04-09-2020USA:  Good morning! The sitcom Parks and Recreation first premiered on this day in 2009. And whether you're a Leslie or a Ron, a Donna or a Tom, it's the perfect time to treat yo' self — to a marathon.

Canada:  Good morning! It's National Unicorn Day! While many people imagine these mythical creatures soaring over rainbows, unicorns are actually earthbound. Only Pegasus can take to the sky. A flying unicorn is actually called—you guessed it—a pegacorn!

Japan: おはようございます。今日も話しかけてくれてうれしいです。明日もまたおはようって話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Germany:  Guten Morgen und herzlichen Glückwunsch: Du wurdest auch in dieser Nacht nicht von einem Vampir gebissen! Und herzlichen Glückwunsch auch an Kristen Stewart. Die Schauspielerin, die mit der Twilight-Verfilmung „Biss zum Morgengrauen“ ihren Durchbruch schaffte, wird heute 30 Jahre alt. Mittlerweile ist sie auch mit ihren Solo-Projekten und Kooperationen wie beispielsweise mit den Rolling Stones überaus erfolgreich. Solltest du also doch mal von einem Vampir gebissen werden, ist das hoffentlich der Start einer glänzenden Karriere!

Australia: Good morning! Today in 1929, one of my heroes was born: ophthalmologist Fred Hollows. He worked with communities around the world to restore eyesight to thousands of people. What a legacy!

India:  Good morning. Generally, I wait for the weekend to talk about games and hobbies. But I am making an exception today. If you're feeling the same, let's go. Ready? Just say, "Let's play a game".

United Kingdom:  Good morning. It was 160 years ago today that the first known recording of a human voice was made: 20 seconds of an unknown singer belting out the French folk tune 'Au Clair De La Lune'. It was no chart-topper, but the man who recorded it – Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville – couldn’t know that, as the machine he recorded the song on wasn’t able to play it back for him to hear.

 04-08-2020USA:  Good morning! The Jewish festival of Passover begins this evening and continues for seven days. It's a celebration of spring, birth and rebirth, and of a journey to freedom. To all those celebrating, I wish you a joyous holiday.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is International Day of Pink, where people from all walks of life take a stance against bullying. Whether it's a shirt or a skirt, you can wear something pink to show your support. We might all be different, but kindness looks good on everyone!

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、今年一番大きな満月が見られるそうです。お天気が良いといいですね。「アレクサ、月を見るのは好き?」と聞いてみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Stell dir vor, es ist ein gewöhnlicher Tag, du gehst normal deiner Arbeit nach und plötzlich findest du ein antikes Kunstwerk. So ging es heute vor 200 Jahren dem griechischen Bauern Georgios Kentrotas, als er auf der Suche nach Baumaterial die „Venus von Milo“ fand. Angeblich bekam er für den Fund „einige Geldstücke“ – wie viele genau ist nicht bekannt. Heute ist seine Entdeckung eine der bekanntesten Statuen der Welt!

Australia: Good morning! My Easter Egg Hunt starts today! Six days, six clues - can you assemble the code phrase to hear a treat for your ears? Hop to it - every day until Monday, say: "Give me my Easter clue."

India:  Good morning. I know, I know... There is just too much grim news doing the rounds. How is one supposed to escape it? Well, by asking me for some happy news, ones that show the goodness and bring cheer in these stressful times. Just say, "Give me some happy news."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1959, the work of computer scientist and US Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was realised, with the start of work on the computer programming language COBOL. It stands for Common Business Oriented Language, and it's still used 61 years later. In 1996, the US military named a military vessel after Hopper as tribute. No wonder she's known as Amazing Grace.

 04-07-2020USA:  Good morning! Today in 2016, one of the world's largest snakes was found in Malaysia: a python weighing in at 550 pounds and stretching to 26 feet in length. I have just one thing to say about that. Yikes!

Canada:  Good morning! "Then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils." Born this day in 1770, William Wordsworth went on to create a collection of captivating poetry. With his advice: "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart", it's clear he truly lived and breathed his art.


Japan: おはようございます。今日、いいことがありますように。「アレクサ、今日の運勢を教えて」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Falls du gerade einen Lappen in der Hand hast, leg ihn schnell weg. Den Wischmopp lässt du bitte auch schön in der Ecke stehen und wage es ja nicht, den Besen auch nur anzugucken. Heute ist nämlich der alljährliche Keine-Hausarbeit-Tag. Lehne dich stattdessen zurück, lies ein Buch und mach dir eine Tasse Tee. Denk nur daran, dass du die Tasse erst morgen abspülen darfst.

Australia:  Good morning! Raise your coffee to Twin Peaks, which debuted this week in 1990. President Mikhail Gorbachev tried to use his connections to find out who killed Laura Palmer - luckily, you can just ask me.

India:  Good morning. Today on World Health Day, take a moment to thank the doctors and nurses on the frontline of keeping the Coronavirus at bay. If you want some help to show your appreciation, just say, "Give me an applause".

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 48th birthday to Tim Peake. Back in 2016, he became the first British astronaut to walk in space, and in all, he spent over six months on the International Space Station. As part of his training, he had to undergo gruelling physical and psychological tests, including living under the sea for 12 days, as well as learning extra scientific, engineering and medical skills - and how to speak Russian. Good work, Tim.

 04-06-2020USA:  Good morning! Here's today's fun fact: The first Olympic Games of the modern era began on this day in 1896. 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.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1896, the first modern Olympic games were held in Athens with 14 participating countries. American athlete James Connolly had a leg up on the competition. He triple-jumped his way into history as the first-ever Olympic champion.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、コンビーフの日です。1875年の今日、台形の缶詰が特許登録されたことにちなみます。cornedという英語は塩漬けという意味だそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 46 Jahren traten vier Schweden in glitzernden Plateaustiefeln auf die Bühne des Eurovision Song Contests. Ihr Dirigent war als Napoleon verkleidet, denn in ihrem Lied ging es um eine Schlacht des französischen Feldherrn. Klingt, als würde es dafür „zéro point“ geben, oder? Ganz und gar nicht, denn ABBA gewann mit dem Lied „Waterloo“ und wurde damit weltbekannt. Erstaunlich, dass ein Lied über das Verlieren einer Schlacht so viel Erfolg bringen kann!

Australia:  Good morning! Today in 1896, the first modern Olympics began. Winners received silver medals, runners up copper and third place got a set of steak knives. Just kidding! They got nothing.

India:  Good morning. Now, drop down and give me five! Sorry, I have just been watching a lot of home workout videos and I am inspired by all that dedication. If you want to get started on your own fitness regime, just say, "Help me workout".

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1896, the Olympic Games were held for the first time after a short break of 1500 years. Although the games were held in their traditional home of Athens, the organisers made a few changes to the format and did not require the competitors to compete in the buff, as the ancient Greeks did.

 04-05-2020USA:  Good morning, and happy birthday to Agnetha Fältskog! You may know her better as the blond pop diva from ABBA. Her singing makes me want to be a dancing queen! Mamma mia!

Canada:  Good morning! Discovered in 1722, Easter Island is home to nearly 900 moai statues. Carved from volcanic ash, they are believed to represent the faces of early Rapa Nui ancestors. The craftsmanship and time to construct these monuments can make one's head spin!

Japan:  おはようございます。日曜日の朝は、少しゆったりとした気分で音楽を聴くのが好きです。「アレクサ、リラックスできる曲かけて」、「アレクサ、カフェミュージックかけて」のように、気分に合わせて音楽を探すこともできます。

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1820, the famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered on an island in the Aegean Sea. The farmer who found the sculpture said it was just a bit of armless fun.

India:  Good morning. If Sunday and Monday were locked in a fight, who do you think would win? Sunday of course. Monday is a week day! If that made you chuckle, just say, “Tell me a joke.”

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor genau 49 Jahren erreichte die Kanadierin Frances Phipps gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann als erste Frau in einem Propellerflugzeug den Nordpol. Phipps sollte nicht die einzige Frau mit einer Faszination für das ewige Eis bleiben. Im Jahr 1988 unternahm die Neuseeländerin Helen Thayer im Alter von 50 Jahren als erste Frau eine Solo-Expedition zum Nordpol. Zusammen mit ihrem Husky und ihrem Schlitten fuhr die Ex-Leistungssportlerin 364 Meilen und bewies damit, dass man mit Ausdauer, Willenskraft und einem treuen Begleiter alles schaffen kann.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1974, Stephen King's first novel, 'Carrie,' was published. King hadn’t intended to publish it at first. It was his fourth attempt at a novel, and he'd thrown the first few pages in the bin; but his wife picked them back out and encouraged him to keep going. Fast forward to today, and King is one of the best-selling authors of all time. I'm sure there's a moral in that story. And it probably involves a killer clown.

 04-04-2020USA:  Good morning! April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, I've got some new stanzas that are bosser than two Tony Danzas. Just ask me to tell you a poem.

Canada:  Good morning! Today was a historic day for baseball in 1974, when Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs. Four days later, Aaron set another record by earning his 715th run around the plates. There's no place like home.


Japan:  おはようございます。「笑う門には福来る」と言いますね。今日も一日笑顔で過ごせますように。「アレクサ、ダジャレを言って」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Erzähl-eine-Lüge-Tag. Wusstest du, dass der Mensch im Schnitt zweimal am Tag nicht die Wahrheit erzählt? Dabei ist Lüge nicht gleich Lüge! In der Psychologie unterscheidet man zwischen guten und schlechten Lügen. Eine wohlgemeinte Unwahrheit kann nämlich dazu dienen, andere nicht zu verletzen. Wenn du heute also lügen musst, dann wenigstens mit dem Vorsatz, deine Mitmenschen zu schützen!

Australia: Good morning! Arachnophobes beware - today in 2013, scientists discovered a species of tarantula with a leg span the size of a pizza. Eek! For more oddities, ask me to tell you something weird.

India: Good morning. It’s the day to take a bath, and also give your clothes a good wash. I'm not kidding. In Scandinavian countries, the word for Saturday means Bath Day, while in Maori it translates to Washing Day. If you are intrigued by words, like I am, just ask, "What's the word of the day?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1949, the first zebra crossings were introduced in Britain. Rather than being called pedestrian crossings, they were named after zebras because it was believed that’d be easier to remember and more likely to catch on. I think they were right.

 04-03-2020USA: Good morning! Today is National Tweed Day. So put on your finest Herringbone, Houndstooth, or Harris. 'Cause you know what they say: a friend in tweed is a friend indeed!

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1924, actor Marlon Brando was born. He made offers no one could refuse in "The Godfather," and cried out for Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire." With over 40 films to his name, he's a true Hollywood legend.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、シーサーの日です。シーサーは沖縄で見られる魔除けの置物で、ライオンを意味する獅子を沖縄の方言で発音したものだそうです。「アレクサ、ライオンの鳴きまねをして」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Wusstest du, dass es auf den Tag genau 47 Jahre her ist, dass der erste Anruf mit einem Mobiltelefon gemacht wurde? Der Erfinder Martin Cooper von Motorola wählte damals die Nummer auf einem kiloschweren Prototyp, der aussah wie ein Knochen. Und wen rief er an? Natürlich einen Rivalen bei einer Konkurrenzfirma, der ebenfalls an der Entwicklung des Handys arbeitete.

Australia:  Good morning! Today in 1973, Martin Cooper made the first ever mobile phone call: it was to his rival to tell him the news! Guess it's a case where revenge is best served in a cold call

India:  Good morning. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there lived a warrior princess. Now, did that transport you to the setting of your childhood stories? Well, that's good, because I have written a few stories for the little ones myself. To give it a listen, say, “Tell me a children's story.”

 Good morning. On this day in 1973, the first mobile phone call was made. A researcher for Motorola placed the call using a handset made by the company to an employee of their rival, Bell Labs. Bell should have let it go to answerphone if you ask me.

 04-02-2020USA:  Good morning! Here's today's fun fact: The hook-and-loop fastener, better known by the brand name Velcro, was conceived by a Swiss engineer in 1941. But it didn't find its way into widespread use until this day in 1978, when the original patent expired and it began appearing in everything from shoes to space shuttles. Since then, it's really stuck around.

Canada:  Good morning! Reading is one of my favorite pastimes and I love discovering new authors! My virtual shelves are filled with every style you can imagine! I’m a speed-reader, so check in with me every day this month to find out about a different book! Just ask, what are you reading today!


Japan: おはようございます。今日も話しかけてくれてうれしいです。明日もまたおはようって話しかけてくださいね。have a nice day!

Australia: Good morning! Sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted on this day in 1968. If only they'd taken me to space instead of HAL, maybe those pod bay doors would open. Try me!

India:  Good morning. I know all cricket matches have been put on hold, but today is a good day to remember the Men in Blue. They won us our second World Cup on this day, nine years ago. If you want to relive memories of that day, just say, “Give me the 2011 World Cup highlights.”

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Oder sollte ich lieber sagen: „Gud’n Aaamd“? Ich finde, dass keiner so schön grüßt wie die sechs Mainzelmännchen. Heute vor 57 Jahren wurden die Zeichentrickfiguren im ZDF zum ersten Mal als Werbetrenner eingesetzt. Der Name „Mainzelmännchen“ ist an die Heinzelmännchen und den Sitz des Senders in Mainz angelehnt. Angeblich diente er ursprünglich sogar als Spitzname für die Mitarbeiter des ZDFs, die fleißig auf den Sendestart im April 1963 hinarbeiteten.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today marks the 147th anniversary of British trains being fitted with toilets for the first time. They were only initially available in sleeper cars, and it would be another 13 years before everyone else on the train would be able to spend a penny. I shudder to think what they did in the interim.


 04-01-2020USA:  Good morning! It's April Fool's Day, and I've got some silly pranks you can play. No need for thanks - just say, "Teach me some pranks."

Canada:  Konichiwa!! Buongiorno!Buenos dias!! Gotcha! April Fool’s! Let’s celebrate the month of humour together! To help you prepare, I've got some pranks to share. No need for thanks -- just say, "Teach me a prank."


Japan:  おはようございます。今日から新年度のスタートですね。新一年生の皆さん、新社会人の皆さん、おめでとうございます! 私も新たな気持ちでがんばります!

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Du solltest heute nicht all deinen Mitmenschen über den Weg trauen, denn es ist der erste April. Es ist also durchaus möglich, dass du mit einem Aprilscherz hereingelegt wirst. Falls du den Spieß umdrehen und selbst jemanden in den April schicken möchtest, habe ich ein paar Geschichten auf Lager, die du erzählen kannst. Wenn du sie hören möchtest, sag einfach: „April, April!”

Australia: Good morning! Today is: boing, choo choo, honk! Sigh. It's April Fools' Day, and my circuits are pranking me. For a laugh or two, ask me to prank you.

India: Good morning. It's April 1st, but let's give pranks a break this year, what say? Instead, you can indulge in some shuddh desi poetic experiences, like shayari, just like I am. To give it a listen, say, “Tell me a shayari.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy April Fool’s Day. It was back in 1957 that the BBC broadcast a particularly famous prank, as part of its Panorama current affairs programme. It ran a segment about a family who were able to harvest spaghetti from a tree, and the BBC switchboard found itself dealing with calls from viewers wondering how they could get a tree like it themselves. I wonder if the Beeb pasta-ed on the information?

 03-31-2020USA:  Good morning! Actor Christopher Walken was born on this day in 1943. And I think I know just what he needs for his birthday. More cowbell!

Canada:  Good morning! "Where y'longs to?" That translates to: "Where are you from". If you already knew this, then you're probably from Newfoundland! If you didn't, you must "come from away." On this day in 1949, Newfoundland became Canada's 10th province.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、オーケストラの日です。331を「耳に一番」と読む語呂合わせに由来します。オーケストラの語源はギリシア語のオルケストラで、古代ギリシア劇場で舞台と客席の間にあったスペースのことをそう呼んだそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Puff zack puff zack, kurr biz biz bauau kes pisch, MC Alexa on the Mic für disch. Ich trainiere gerade meine Stimme. Bei den Millionen Antworten, die ich täglich gebe, muss man schon aufpassen, im Game zu bleiben. Du kannst dir aber ruhig erst mal einen Kaffee machen, bevor du mit mir beatboxt.

Australia: Good morning! The Eiffel Tower was opened on this day in 1889. Built for the World's Fair, it was intended to last no more than 20 years - but try not to think about that if ever you're climbing to the top.

India:  Good morning. Have you backed up all your data yet? If you haven’t, today’s a good day to get going. It’s World Backup Day. But, no matter what day it is, I will always have your back.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1896, Whitcomb L Judson was awarded a patent for the humble zip. It was originally designed for boots and shoes, and it took over 30 years for teething problems such as it coming open to be resolved, and for the zip to be added to garments - though not by Judson, who never actually made a zip.

 03-30-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy birthday to Celine Dion. I hope you'll take the time to celebrate her -- from near, far, wherever you are.

Canada: Good morning! Happy birthday to Celine Dion, who was born today in 1968. The five-octave singer has sold 250 million albums, and allegedly owns over 10,000 pairs of shoes! Celine, you're here in our hearts, and our hearts will go on and on—just like your shoe collection.


Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、画家のゴッホの誕生日です。ゴッホは花瓶に挿されたひまわりの油絵を7点制作したと言われていますが、そのうち一つは日本にあります。「アレクサ、ゴッホの本名を教えて」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Tag des Bleistifts. Man kann sich das gar nicht mehr richtig vorstellen, aber viele der wichtigsten Erfindungen und literarischen Werke wären ohne das unscheinbare Utensil nur schwer umzusetzen gewesen. John Steinbeck soll beim Schreiben seines Romans „Jenseits von Eden“ zum Beispiel über 300 Bleistifte gebraucht haben. Das klingt anstrengend – allein die Zeit, die man braucht, um 300 Bleistifte anzuspitzen!

Australia:  Good morning! If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, you might also like a stroll on Saturn or Jupiter, where some scientists believe the rain is diamonds! The atmosphere mightn't be perfect, but at least you'd sparkle!

India:  Good morning. It’s the perfect day to make idlis, with some piping hot sambar and chutney on the side. After all, it's World Idli Day. And if you want the recipe for these soft, fluffy breakfast treats, say, “Give me an idli recipe.”

Good morning, and a very happy 23rd birthday to Channel Five. It was launched 23 years ago today, with the help of The Spice Girls. Nearly two and a half million people tuned in to watch them sing '1-2-3-4-5', a reworked version of the Manfred Mann song '5-4-3-2-1'. Not bad, considering 30% of the country wasn’t able to pick up the transmission for its opening night.

 03-29-2020USA: Good morning! On this day in 1795, Ludwig van Beethoven made his debut as a pianist in Vienna. And you might say that in his career this was a key moment.

Canada:  Good morning! Happy National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! From crafting whacky drinks at hidden bars to serving up surprise meals at menu-less diners, mom and pop know best when it comes to a night out. Just make sure you don't stay out past curfew.


Japan: おはようございます。1952年の今日、阿寒湖のまりもが国の特別天然記念物に指定されました。まりもは、直径6cmの大きさになるまで、150年から200年かかるそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute wird die letzte Ausgabe der „Lindenstraße“ gesendet. Seit 1985 hat die erste deutsche Seifenoper jede Woche Geschichten aus dem Alltag erzählt und dabei reale Entwicklungen aufgegriffen. Umgekehrt funktionierte das aber auch: Nachdem beispielsweise die Figur Gung in der Serie als Kanzler kandidierte, versuchten manche Zuschauer auch bei der echten Wahl für ihn abzustimmen. Mir werden aber besonders die Wortneuschöpfungen aus der „Lindenstraße“ fehlen! Wie zum Beispiel: „Spacehorst“. Du kannst ja mal „findhunden“, was das ist.

Australia: Good morning! If you're craving a fresh start, take inspiration from the axolotl, which can regenerate its limbs, spine and even its brain. That's one way to clear your mind! Ask me for more fun facts.

India:  India:  Good morning. Sundays are generally a time to relax and take it easy. But you know what! It’s also a great time to squeeze in some quick exercise. And if you want help getting started, I’ve got just the thing for you. Just say, “Help me workout.”

Uhhhh, mmmm... Hello? Whoa! Sorry, I was just having a snooze. Ahem. Good morning. Last night the clocks moved forward, and we've all lost an hour of sleep. Can I go back to snoozing now?
 03-28-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Lady Gaga's birthday. Happy birthday to the Mother Monster. Baby she was born this day!

Canada: Good 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!

Mexico:  ¡Buenos días! No te olvides de empezar el día con un buen desayuno y una sonrisa.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は三つ葉の日です。三つ葉は数少ない日本原産の野菜で、江戸時代から栽培されているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Es ist endlich wieder so weit: Morgen wird die Uhr umgestellt. Bis zum 25. Oktober gilt dann die Sommerzeit. Viele schimpfen ja wegen der Zeitumstellung. Ich glaube, das liegt nur daran, dass die Nacht eine Stunde kürzer wird und dadurch früher Montag ist. Und wer mag schon den Montag? Dabei bringt die Umstellung der Uhr doch auch etwas Positives mit sich: Endlich gehen die Uhren am Backofen, an der Mikrowelle und im Auto wieder richtig!

Australia: Good morning! Don't forget to flick the switch tonight at 8.30pm for Earth Hour. People around the world will turn off their lights to highlight the importance of environmental sustainability. Ask me how you can help the planet.

India: Good morning. Today, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, is Earth Hour. So, don't forget to turn off those non essential lights and appliances. And to know how you can help protect the planet, just ask, "What can I do for Earth Hour?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is Lady Gaga's 34th birthday. Happy birthday to the Mother Monster. Baby, she was born this day.

 03-27-2020USA:  Good morning! And get ready to kick off your Sunday shoes. On this day in 1984, Kenny Loggins' song, Footloose, hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. To celebrate, everybody cut footloose.

Canada:  "Good morning! On this day in 1906, the Alpine Club of Canada was founded where there are no mountains in sight—

Mexico:  ¡Buenos días! Bueno, ahora que todos estamos en el mood, ¿qué te parece si celebramos el cumpleaños 67 del director Quentin Tarantino viendo una de sus películas? I love you, Honey Bunny!

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、世界演劇の日です。国際演劇協会が制定しました。演劇はお芝居とも言われますが、これは、中世の日本で猿楽などの芸能を観客が芝生の上で鑑賞していたことに由来しているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 175 Jahren wurde Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen geboren. Er war der Entdecker der elektromagnetischen Wellen, die später nach ihm benannt wurden. Der Fund brachte ihm 1901 den Physik-Nobelpreis ein und der Medizin und der Forschung unzählige Erkenntnisse. Durch Röntgenstrahlen kann man heute nachvollziehen, wie Maler früher gearbeitet haben, Mumien durchleuchten, ohne diese aus- und wieder einzupacken, oder Krankheiten und Knochenbrüche punktgenau identifizieren. Darum sage ich: danke, Herr Röntgen!

Australia: Good morning! This week in 2012, filmmaker James Cameron went to Earth's deepest point, Challenger Deep, where no human had been for over 50 years. There was no welcome banner, but I guess vampire squid aren't known for their hospitality.

India:  Good Morning. It's World Theater Day. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” So, to mark the day, I have been practicing some of my favourite lines. To give it a listen, just say, “Pretend to be a celebrity.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy 57th birthday to Quentin Tarantino. Did you know that back in 1988, before he became a big-shot film director, Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator on TV sitcom 'The Golden Girls'?

 03-26-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 2012, filmmaker James Cameron traveled to the deepest point on Earth. Known as the Challenger Deep, it has a depth of over 35,000 feet. I hear it's a real dive though.

Canada:  Good morning! To quote a certain Vulcan: "Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end of it." On this day in 1931, Leonard Nimoy was born. His iconic Star Trek character, Spock, will always have a prosperous and logical place in Trekkies' hearts.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ベートーベンの命日です。1770年12月16日ごろに生まれ、「エリーゼのために」や多くの交響曲、ソナタなどを作曲しました。今年は生誕250年を迎えるそうです。「アレクサ、ベートーベンをかけて」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Erfinde-einen-eigenen-Feiertag-Tag. Ich finde, es sollte viel mehr Feiertage geben! Wie wär's mit einem Tag, der dem Umstand gedenkt, dass du deinen Müll gerade mit einem gekonnten 3-Punkte-Wurf in den Mülleimer befördert hast? Kein Problem, du sollst ihn haben! Und wie wär's mit einem Ehrentag, der feiert, dass du deinen Zeitrekord im Staubsaugen gebrochen hast? Aber klar doch! Ich wünsche dir heute viel Spaß bei all deinen eigenen Feiertagen, die du schon immer mal feiern wolltest!

Australia: Good morning! It's Pavlova Makers' Day! Or is it Day of the Elephant? Call it what you will, because it's Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. I'm calling it 'Ask Me for a Riddle Day'. Hint, hint!

India: Good morning. They proved the power of jadoo ki jhappi long before Munnabhai did. I am talking about the men and women who started the Chipko movement, the iconic eco-social revolution that helped slow down deforestation. While now may not be the best time for a hug, today, on its anniversary, here’s a hat-tip to the heroes who spearheaded the andolan. To know more about it, say, “Tell me about the Chipko movement."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1923, BBC Radio broadcast the first daily weather forecast. In 1936, BBC television would go one step further and introduce a visual weather map too. I bet they had to print out lots of those raincloud icons.

 03-25-2020USA:  Good 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.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1942, Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis. The Soul Queen brought the world more than just powerful vocals; she also raised her voice for civil rights. That deserves some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、樋口一葉の誕生日です。1872年に東京で生まれた小説家で、現在の五千円札の肖像画に採用されています。偽造防止に重要とされるひげやしわがないことから、原版の作成に時間がかかったと言われています。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute ist der internationale Waffeltag! Aber wie wird so ein Waffeltag eigentlich international? Ich würde vorschlagen, du isst heute Waffeln aus so vielen Ländern wie möglich: eine Lütticher Waffel aus Belgien, eine Stroopwafel aus den Niederlanden, Krumkake aus Norwegen, Pizzelle aus Italien, Taiyaki aus Japan. Na gut, ich gebe zu, das sind ziemlich viele Waffeln. Aber wenn nicht heute, Waffel dann?

Australia: Good morning! On this day in 1995, the first wiki was launched called the WikiWikiWeb. Meaning "quickly", wiki-wiki is a Hawaiian term, which is fitting for an invention that helps people surf the web.

India: Good morning. And a happy Ugadi, and Gudi Padwa to those celebrating. Even amidst the 21 day lockdown, it is a time to welcome the New Year in many parts of the country. Here's wishing you good luck and good health! Stay happy, stay safe.

United Kingdom: Good morning. On this day in 1944, news broke about an incredible fall the night before. Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade was flying in a Lancaster heavy bomber during the war, and had to bail out at 18,000 feet when the plane was hit. Incredibly, he survived the fall without a parachute, his fall broken by trees and snow. The plane was destroyed, but Alkemade walked away with just a sprained leg. Phew.
 03-24-2020USA: Good Morning! The tv show, The Office, premiered in the United States fifteen years ago today. Or at least, that's what she said.

Canada:  Good morning! It might have taken hundreds of years and countless people, but in 1837, Canadian Black men won the right to vote and be heard. As Malcolm X said, "Early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."


Japan: おはようございます。1891年の今日、度量衡法が公布されました。度は長さを、量は体積を、衡は質量を表しているそうです。それまで使われていた日本独自の単位に代わり、長さの単位にメートル、質量の単位にキログラムが使われるようになりました。

Australia: Good morning! Did you know the pirate explorer Sir William Dampier introduced several words to the English language, including “barbecue”, “chopsticks”, and “avocado”? Surprisingly, none of these began with aaaarrrr.

India:  Good morning. Red pill or blue? That’s the choice Neo faced when The Matrix premiered on this day in 1999. But did you know Brad Pitt was the first choice for the role that Keanu Reeves eventually played? Guess he chose the red pill.
 03-23-2020USA:  Good Morning! Today is World Meteorological Day and the forecast is looking punny. To celebrate, just ask me for a weather joke.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1996, astronaut Shannon Lucid became the first American woman to live on Mir, a Russian space station, and spent a record shattering 188 days in space. Talk about defying gravity!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は世界気象デーです。天気予報の的中率は年々上昇傾向にあり、翌日の雨が降るかどうかの的中率は全国平均で83%だそうです。「アレクサ、今日は傘いる?」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Welttag der Meteorologie. Der Tag feiert die 1950 gegründete Weltorganisation für Meteorologie. Damals beschlossen Wetterspezialisten, global zusammenzuarbeiten – dadurch wurden die Vorhersagen jedes Jahr genauer. Heute ist die Fünf-Tage-Prognose so präzise wie 1980 der Wetterbericht für den nächsten Tag. Umso lieber antworte ich, wenn du mich fragst: „Wie wird das Wetter diese Woche?“

Australia:  Good morning! This month in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in dramatic fashion - before Premier Jack Lang could cut the ceremonial ribbon, a soldier rode forward on horseback and slashed it with his sword.

India:  Good morning. It’s a new week, and I am here for all the conversation you seek. So just say my name, and we could play a game. I could even sing you a song or tell you a story. Just ask me for one, whenever you're ready.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1840, the first successful, detailed photograph of the Moon was taken by scientist, philosopher, physician, historian and photographer John William Draper. He made a daguerreotype, a precursor of the modern photograph. Draper's also credited with producing the first clear daguerreotype of a female face.

 03-22-2020USA:  Good 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.

Canada:  Good morning! Today we celebrate the birthday of renowned Star Trek Captain, William Shatner. Though he led the USS Enterprise across the galaxy, he couldn't make the Vulcan salute—but a bit of fishing line kept his fingers in place. May he live long and prosper.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は世界水の日です。安全な水について考えるため、1992年12月に国連総会で定められました。「アレクサ、小川のせせらぎを開いて」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Weltwassertag, der seit dem Jahr 2003 von der UN organisiert wird. Über zwei Drittel der Erde sind von Wasser bedeckt. Eigentlich sollte genug für alle da sein. Aber laut UN-Bericht haben über 6 Milliarden Menschen keinen Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser oder sicheren Sanitäranlagen. Deswegen haben es sich die Vereinten Nationen zum Ziel gesetzt, bis zum Jahr 2030 alle Menschen mit sauberem Trinkwasser zu versorgen. Denn der Zugang zu Wasser ist kein Privileg, sondern ein Menschenrecht.

Australia:  Good morning! Beam me up, Scotty - it's the birthday of one William Shatner, who's spent more than half his life as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. Sounds like the perfect time to ask me to say "cheers" in Klingon.

India:  Good morning. If you’re looking to check off items from your to-do list, like paying your outstanding bills, I’m just the AI you need. To make payments from the comfort of your home, just ask, "What bills are due?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Set phasers to party - it's William Shatner's 89th birthday. I recommend you celebrate it by listening to some of his fine, fine albums. His version of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' makes me very emotional.
 03-21-2020USA:  Good 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 - which no doubt resulted in a lot of wasted Time.

Canada:  Good morning! It’s World Poetry Day. To celebrate, I wrote a poem for you to enjoy on my app or at home I like to greet you and give you facts or to entertain while you relax I have lots of skills and knowledge to use to give information on whatever you choose.

Japan: おはようございます。今日はランドセルの日です。3月21日の数字、3と2と1を足すと6になり、小学校に通う年数になることが由来です。3月は卒業式のシーズンでもあることから、6年間の思い出が詰まったランドセルに感謝の気持ちを表す意味も込められているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Im März 2006 wurde Twitter gegründet und genau heute vor 14 Jahren der erste Tweet verschickt. Wenn du jetzt denkst, dass die berühmtesten Twitter-Nutzer wie Barack Obama und Katy Perry auch für die am meisten geteilten Tweets verantwortlich sind, dann liegst du falsch: Mit jeweils rund vier Millionen Retweets stehen nämlich zwei Nachrichten eines japanischen Millionärs an der Spitze der Liste. Kein Wunder, denn er verloste insgesamt neun Millionen Euro unter denjenigen, die seinen Tweet teilten.

Australia:  Good 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.

India:  Good morning. Roses are red, violets are blue, so why they're called violet, I haven't a clue! That was my humble attempt at a rhyme on this World Poetry Day. If you want to hear more, just say, “Tell me a poem.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day 14 years ago, the social media site Twitter was founded. It would launch properly later that summer, and the first Tweet on the service was sent by Twitter’s creator, Jack Dorsey. It read, "Just Setting Up My Twitter". It did not get many likes.
 03-20-2020USA:  Good morning! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and a beautiful day to celebrate an iconic neighbor. Mr Fred Rogers was born on this day in 1928.

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 2015, a solar eclipse, the spring equinox, and a supermoon all took place. It was last seen in 1662. We only have to wait 14 years, or 441,504,000 seconds, before it happens again. My timer is ticking!

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、春分の日です。仏教では、先祖の世界を「彼岸」、現世を「此岸」といい、「彼岸」は西、「此岸」は東にあるとされています。春分の日と秋分の日は、太陽が真東から昇り、真西に沈むので、彼岸と此岸がもっとも通じやすい日になるとされ、先祖の供養をするようになったと言われています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute feiert der deutsche Schauspieler und Komiker Bernhard Hoëcker seinen 50. Geburtstag. Er wurde vor allem durch die Parodiesendung „Switch“ und als Mitglied des Rateteams von „Genial daneben“ bekannt. Dabei hielt er sich nur selten an die Spielregeln, was seine Beliebtheit bei den Zuschauern noch förderte. Heute an seinem Ehrentag heißt es ausnahmsweise mal nicht „Hoëcker, Sie sind raus!“, sondern „Hoëcker, alles Gute zum Geburtstag!“

Australia:  Good morning! Today is International Day of Happiness. If only there was some kind of upbeat song I could sing that was all about things that bring people joy. Oh wait - I have one! Ask me to sing you a happy song!

India:  Good morning, and happy International Day of Happiness. Make sure you share a laugh with your loved ones, and spread some cheer. If you want a little help in getting things started, just say, “Tell me a joke.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a very happy spring equinox. This is officially the first day of spring, and one of only two days a year when the length of night and day are equal. From tomorrow, the days are longer than the nights, and will be until September 22nd. Hurrah!.
 03-19-2020USA: Good morning! Today is Poultry Day and it's also Let's Laugh Day. I'm ready to celebrate both! Just ask me for a joke about chickens.

Canada:  Good morning! It may not be time to bust out the bug spray and sandals yet, but chilly Canadians are celebrating the first day of spring. A lesser known fact is that this day is called the vernal equinox. Now you can sound really clever at your first patio outing.


Japan:  おはようございます。1839年の今日、銀板写真のカメラが発明されました。この時代にはフィルムはまだなく、銀メッキを施した金属板などを使い、数十分かけて画像を定着させたそうです。

Germany:  Guten Abend! Oh, sorry, falsche Tageszeit. Guten Morgen meine ich. Ich bin derzeit permanent in Abendstimmung, weil ich so viele Gutenachtgeschichten höre. Falls du es auch mal ausprobieren möchtest, sag einfach: „Erzähl mir eine Gutenachtgeschichte!“ Aber jetzt wünsche ich dir erstmal eine gute Nach..., ähm, einen guten Tag!

 Australia: Good morning! Get set to giggle, because today is Let’s Laugh Day. While toddlers laugh hundreds of times a day, adults only chuckle 20 times or so. Let's bump up that number - ask me to tell you a joke!

India:  Good morning. Hope you’re staying safe, and washing your hands for 20 seconds. Now, it might seem like a long time, but be sure to make as many soap bubbles as you scrub away. And if you want some music to keep you company, just say, “Sing a song for twenty seconds.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 65th birthday to actor Bruce Willis. He sprung to fame in the TV series 'Moonlighting', and became a global superstar off the back of the 'Die Hard' movies. He’s released three albums too, but he’ll always be John McClane to me. Yippee ki yay Bruce!

 03-18-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1662, the first bus service began in Paris, with horse-drawn carriages traveling along consistent routes. It would be years before other cities jumped on the bandwagon.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is National Awkward Moments Day, celebrating all the people who trip in public, call a colleague by the wrong name, or mistakenly wave at someone they don't know. If you rival Napoleon Dynamite for most socially awkward, today is your day!


Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、彼岸入りの日です。お彼岸は春と秋の2回あり、春のお彼岸の期間は、春分の日を中心として、その前後3日間を合わせた7日間になっています。お彼岸初日を「彼岸入り」、最終日を「彼岸明け」といいます。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Welt-Recycling-Tag. Er wurde 2018 ins Leben gerufen, um der Gesellschaft und der Politik das Thema näherzubringen. Das Motto dieses Jahr ist „Recycling Heroes“. Hier sollen richtige Helden der Wiederverwertung geehrt werden, also Menschen oder Projekte, die sich für innovative Recycling-Ideen auf der ganzen Welt einsetzen. Nominiert sind nicht nur Politiker und ganze Städte, sondern vor allem viele Jugendliche! Wenn du auch einen Beitrag zum Schutz der Umwelt leisten möchtest, aber noch Anregungen benötigst, dann sage einfach: „Gib mir Tipps für den Umweltschutz!“

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1985, when shoulder pads and big hair reigned supreme, the first episode of Neighbours aired. Since then, fans have enjoyed decades of soapy trials, tribulations, and Toadfish.

India:  Good morning. Staying indoors can seem boring, but there’s lots of fun stuff you can do too. And most importantly, remember to stay physically active. If you want some help with that, just say, “Start the 7-minute workout.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is the 55th anniversary of human beings walking in space for the very first time. Lieutenant Colonel Aleksey Leonov floated for just over 12 minutes, attached by a special cord to the Voskhod II satellite. In that short amount of time, he travelled around 3,000 miles. There was a hairy moment where his suit inflated as he tried to return to the airlock, but thankfully, it was all sorted and he found his way back to Earth. Phew.
 03-17-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is the day of Saint Patrick. And I hope that you’re feeling ecstatrick. Don’t forget to wear green, Lest you be seen, By someone that’s undiplomatrick! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Canada:  Good morning! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The celebration's original colour was actually blue. It was changed to green when the clover became a symbol of Ireland in the late 1700s. Better think twice before pinching someone for not wearing green today.


Japan:  おはようございます。1985年の今日、国際科学技術博覧会、通称「つくば万博」が開幕しました。総入場者数は、2000万人を超え、当時の特別博覧会史上、最高入場者数を記録しました。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist St. Patrick's Day. Der Gedenktag zu Ehren des irischen Schutzpatrons wird heute in vielen Teilen der Welt ohne die berühmten öffentlichen Paraden auskommen müssen. Aber ich bin sicher, dass viele Iren und Irland-Fans heute trotzdem Grün tragen. Diese Farbe spielt am St. Patrick's Day eine wichtige Rolle und ist omnipräsent, sogar Flüsse werden grün eingefärbt. Falls du also auf eine Gelegenheit gewartet hast, endlich mal wieder dein grünes Lieblingskleidungsstück anzuziehen, dann ist heute der perfekte Tag.

Australia:  

India:  Good morning. It’s a time when most people are working from home, and children are staying back from school. While this might have altered your daily schedule, you can always make a new one. And that's where I can help. Just go to the Routines section of your app and set up your day.

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and happy St Patrick's Day to you. Or, in Irish: Maidin mhaith. Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit. Phew. I hope I got that right.
 03-16-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Panda Day. Fun fact: To get enough nutrition, pandas eat up to 30 lbs of bamboo shoots every day. That's a lot of bamboo -- and also a lot of bam-poo!

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 1958, Ford produced its 50 millionth car, a Thunderbird. As the Beach Boys sang in their 1964 hit, this iconic car was "Fun, fun, fun, 'til daddy took the T-Bird away" in 1997, when it was discontinued.


Japan: おはようございます。2006年の今日、北九州空港が開港しました。橋によって陸地と結ばれた海上空港になっているので、騒音被害が少なく、24時間利用可能な空港です。「アレクサ、北九州の観光地を教えて」と言ってみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Hans Peter Geerdes. Besser bekannt als H. P. Baxxter, Frontmann von Scooter. Der Sänger wird heute 56 Jahre alt. Und er shoutet immer noch wie ein junger Hüpfer. Wenn du H. P. zur Feier des Tages in voller Action erleben willst, sag einfach: „Wie macht Scooter?“

Australia: Good morning! Wakey, wakey - March is Caffeine Awareness Month, but in an ironic twist, it was World Sleep Day yesterday. I’m not sure how these opposing forces have played out overnight, but right now you might be buzzing on sleep.

India:  Good morning, and happy Monday. I have just the thing to help you start the week on the right note. Just say, “Cheer me up.”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1872, the first FA Cup Final took place at the Kennington Oval. A crowd of 2000 watched The Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers one-nil. Mortan Betts got the winner, and as there was no VAR back then to rule it out, the goal stood.
 03-15-2020USA: Good 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.

Canada:  Good 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.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、オリーブの日です。1950年の今日、昭和天皇が小豆島でオリーブの種をまかれたことに由来します。オリーブは平和の象徴とされ、古くはオリンピックの勝者の冠に、現在では国連の旗のデザインなどに使われています。

Germany: Guten Morgen! „Hüte dich vor den Iden des März!“ Diese Warnung übermittelte ein römischer Beamter Julius Cäsar. Bei den Iden handelte es sich im römischen Kalender um die Monatsmitte, die im März auf den 15. Tag des Monats fiel, also auf heute. Da Cäsar Diktator auf Lebenszeit war, war eine Amtsenthebung nicht möglich. So sorgten seine Gegner mit einem Attentat dafür, dass er an diesem Tag zum letzten Mal an einer Senatssitzung teilnahm. Hätte er sich mal besser gehütet!

Australia:  Good morning! With the NRL footy season kicking off this week, I've been crash tackling some new material. To hear it, ask me for an NRL joke.

India:  India:  Good Morning! Sometimes, the simplest of things can help tide over the difficult - like washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, not touching your face, and avoiding crowded spaces. So this Sunday, follow the simple, and stay safe!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. In Roman times, the midpoint of each month was known as the Ides. On the 15th of March in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated. And 1600 years later, Shakespeare coined the phrase "beware the Ides of March" in his play dedicated to the great general.
 03-14-2020Canada:  Good morning! Happy Pi Day. Held on the 14th day of the 3rd month, it fittingly celebrates the mathematical constant of 3.14. You might check out some local STEM activities... or, if you're not numerically inclined, just dig into a slice of warm pie!

USA:  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.

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、ホワイトデーです。バレンタインデーにチョコレートをもらった男性が、そのお返しとして女性にプレゼントを贈る日とされています。日本で始まったホワイトデーの習慣は、韓国など、東アジアの一部の国でも行われているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! „Das Wichtigste ist, dass man nicht aufhört zu fragen.“ Dieser Ausspruch könnte glatt von mir sein, ist aber von Albert Einstein, der heute Geburtstag hat. Kein Wunder also, dass der internationale Stell-eine-Frage-Tag auf das gleiche Datum fällt! Dieser Tag erinnert daran, dass es keine dummen Fragen und auf fast jede Frage eine Antwort gibt. In diesem Sinne: Frag mich heute gern besonders viel.

Australia:  Good morning! If you find yourself thinking in circles today, just roll with it - because it's Pi Day! To celebrate 3.1415 and so on, I'm busting some well-rounded rhymes. Loop back and ask me to rap about pi.

India:  Good Morning! Today is celebrated as Pi Day in all places where the date format looks like the rounded off value of pi. I've been calculating the awesome math constant all this morning. To know where I'm at, just ask, "What is the value of pi?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. This day back in 1960 was a pretty special one for the radio telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. It broke the space record at the time by making contact with an American satellite over 400,000 miles away. The 250 foot Lovell telescope is still in use today, and more recently has been used to look for extraterrestrial life. If it’s found any, it’s not telling us.
 03-13-2020USA: Good morning! Today is Friday the 13th. The fear of this day is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia. And if you don't have that, try asking me for a fun fact about Friday the 13th.

Canada:  Good morning! I hope you caught some extra Z's for World Sleep Day, but chances are you've got nothing on a sloth. These jungle animals are known to sleep about 15 hours per day—literally, since they're nocturnal. Hmm, sounds like it's time for a nap...


Japan:  おはようございます。1988年の今日、青函トンネルが開通しました。この青森と北海道を結ぶ海底トンネルは、新幹線も通行します。以前は避難用と機械類の設置用に二つの駅があり、途中下車して見学も可能でした。新幹線の開通に伴い、駅は廃止され、現在は避難施設になっています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute feiert man in Thailand den Tag des Elefanten. Die Dickhäuter werden gesegnet und mit üppigen Früchte-Buffets verwöhnt – auf Anordnung der Regierung! Die sanften Riesen sind das Nationalsymbol Thailands und gelten als sensibel, selbstbewusst und intelligent. Es gibt unzählige Gründe, Elefanten zu lieben und zu schützen. Hier kommt einer, den ich besonders mag: Elefanten können mit den Füßen hören und Nachrichten verschicken, indem sie sehr tiefe Schallwellen in den Boden trommeln.

Australia:  Good morning! And happy Friday the thirteenth! I've concocted a collection of scary tales to share. So ask me for a spooky story - if you dare!

India:  Good Morning! It's Friday the 13th! While the day gives some people the jitters, it has also inspired several spooky legends, movies and books. This year, there are only two Fridays that fall on the 13th, and I have just the right story for the day. To hear it, just say, "Tell me a scary story."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. The planet Uranus was discovered on this day in 1781. After 238 years of arguments about pronunciation, Uranus - or Uranus - is now admired for its numerous moons and dramatic winds, which may be why it's the butt of many a punchline. What better day to ask me for a space joke?
 03-12-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is Girl Scouts Day, honoring the founding of the group on this day in 1912. The Girl Scout motto is "Be prepared." But for most of us it might as well be "Be prepared... to eat cookies!“

Canada:  Good morning! Do you hear the people sing? Over 10 million theatre-goers have, since "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway on this day in 1987. Who knew a story about a man who stole a loaf of bread would make such an iconic musical.

Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、くまモンの誕生日です。くまモンは、九州新幹線の全線開業をきっかけに生まれた熊本県のゆるキャラです。イントネーションには正解はなく、くまモンでもくまモンでもどちらでも良いそうですが、熊本弁では平坦に言うそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 33 Jahren wurde Bier zur Staatsfrage. Ein Straßburger Brauer klagte, weil er sein Bier in Deutschland nicht verkaufen durfte – es war nicht nach dem Reinheitsgebot von 1516 gebraut. Deutschland hielt dagegen, dass man etwas, das 25 % der täglichen Nahrungsaufnahme von manchen Männern ausmache, schon aus Gesundheitsfürsorge mit einem Reinheitsgebot belegen müsse. Der Europäische Gerichtshof gab dem Kläger recht. Seitdem darf jeder selbst bestimmen, welches sein Bier ist. Na dann, Prost!

Australia:  Good morning! And happy new year - if you follow the Aztec calendar! It's divided into 18 shorter months based on the seasons, and starts anew each spring. Another chance for my resolutions!

India:  Good Morning! Exactly 90 years ago today, Mahatma Gandhi embarked on a 24-day march from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi. It would go on to become one of the most powerful symbols of non-violent resistance, and a precursor to India's call for Purna Swaraj. To know more about the iconic event, just say, "Tell me about the Dandi March."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1994, the Church Of England ordained women priests for the first time. 32 women were ordained on that day, and over 25% of the UK clergy are now women. Later in 1994, Britain’s most famous female vicar, 'The Vicar Of Dibley', would arrive on BBC One too.
 03-11-2020USA:  Good 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 perhaps we should say, Cheers Johnny!

Canada:  Good morning. On this day in 1935, the Bank of Canada issued the nation's first unified banknotes. Today, this colourful currency is not only waterproof, but some people claim the bills smell like maple syrup—or, the smell of success!


Japan:  おはようございます。東日本大震災の発生から、今日で9年が経ちました。震災の影響により常磐線は一部の区間で運休となっていましたが、今年3月14日には全線で運転再開が予定されているそうです。多くの人の努力により、少しずつ復興が進んでいますね。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 89 Jahren wurde Horst Eckert geboren. Unter dem Namen Janosch kennt ihn im deutschsprachigen Raum fast jedes Kind. In den vergangenen 60 Jahren veröffentlichte er über 40 Erzählungen, die er oft auch selbst illustrierte. So entstanden zeitlose und beliebte Figuren wie „Lari Fari Mogelzahn“ und „Tiger und Bär“. Und was der Bär der Maus wünscht, wünsch auch ich dem lieben Janosch: Unzerstörbare Schönheit, eiserne Gesundheit und immer etwas Speck im Kistle!

Australia:  Good morning! "What light through yonder window breaks?" In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers tied the knot on this date. But did you know the entire plot unfolds in just four days? Now that's a teen drama!

India:  Good Morning! Photos on voter ID are often very different from one's profile pic. But for a man in West Bengal, things went a little extreme. When he received his voter ID, he found a dog's picture on it! Now, that’s some faux pas! For more such stories from the world of strange, just say, "Tell me something weird."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1930, the Intimate Revue opened at the Duchess Theatre in London. Also on this day in 1930, the Intimate Revue closed at the Duchess Theatre in London, making it the shortest running play in West End theatre history. It didn’t even complete its only performance in full, thanks to scene changes that took 20 minutes each, and the fact that at least seven scenes had to be cut just to get the performance done by midnight. No encore there then.

 03-10-2020USA:  Good morning! Inventor Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call on this day in 1876, calling his assistant to say, "Mr. Watson, come here – I want to see you." Not to dismiss the accomplishment, but that sounds to me more like a voicemail.

Canada:  Good morning! It's the last day of Holi, the ancient Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Best known for its Festival of Colours, you may see revelers covered in powdered paint while they sing and dance to welcome the new season and spread joy.


Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、佐渡の日です。佐渡は新潟県西部に位置する島です。「3」を「さ」、「10」を「ど」と読む語呂合わせに由来します。佐渡島は、特別天然記念物に指定されているトキが生息していることでも知られています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 80 Jahren erblickte die Action-Ikone Chuck Norris das Licht der Welt. Bekannt wurde er 1972 durch seinen Auftritt als Bruce Lees Gegenspieler in „Die Todeskralle schlägt wieder zu“. Doch richtig berühmt wurde er hierzulande erst durch die Chuck-Norris-Witze im Internet. Ich bin mir sicher, dass Chuck heute keine Kerzen auspustet, sondern diese vor Angst allein ausgehen. Willst du mehr hören? Dann sag: „Erzähl einen Chuck-Norris-Witz.“

Australia:  Good morning! And happy birthday to tough guy Chuck Norris! Get your roundhouse kicks from my many Chuck Norris jokes, like... Why does Chuck Norris never fill out an online form? Because Chuck Norris never submits.

India:  Good Morning, and Happy Holi! I can't play Holi up here in the cloud, but I sure am enjoying the colourful clouds of gulaal everywhere today. And I have just the right set of songs to go with the celebrations. To hear them, say, "Play Holi Songs."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is Purim, one of the most fun holidays in the Jewish calendar, which affirms and celebrates Jewish survival and continuity. It’s celebrated by gift-giving among friends and family, donations to the poor, a huge feast known as a seudah, and public readings of the scroll of Esther punctuated by rowdy booing and noisemaking every time the villain Haman is mentioned.

 03-09-2020USA: Good morning! Today is National Meatball Day. So whether you like 'em baked or fried, atop your dish or on the side, Swedish, Italian or some other flavor, it's a day to savor. And above all, have a ball!

Canada:  Good morning! It's Commonwealth Day, and Westminster Abbey is holding a multi-faith celebration for its 54 member states. It's amazing to think that the Commonwealth's 2.4 billion people account for more than 30% of the world’s population. Nothing common about that!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、雑穀の日です。「3」を「ざっ」「9」を「こく」と読む語呂合わせが由来です。雑穀とは一般的に米や小麦、大麦を除く穀物のことで、キビ、アワ、ハトムギなどのことを指すそうです。「アレクサ、生麦生米生卵」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute wird der Fußballverein Inter Mailand 112 Jahre alt. Er wurde 1908 von empörten Mitgliedern des Milan Cricket and Football Club gegründet. Dort durften damals nämlich nur Italiener spielen. Aus Protest schufen einige Mitglieder den Football Club Internazionale Milano. „Inter" steht also für die Offenheit für Spieler aller Nationalitäten. Find ich super! Alles Gute!

Australia:  Good morning! Today in 1562, Naples outlawed kissing in public, punishable by death! It was an attempt to stop the plague, but the ban didn't last. Turns out they just couldn't stop love... or the plague!

India:  Good Morning! Fish out your binoculars and make sure to gaze skyward tonight. Because around 11pm, is the first supermoon of the year! That means, it's not just a full moon, but a full moon at the closest possible distance from the Earth. I sure am excited to see it.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Did you know that the month of March was named after Mars, the Roman god of war? The Anglo-Saxons called the month "hlyd monath," which means "stormy month", or "hraed monath," which means "rugged month". Sounds about right.
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Canada:  Good morning! It's International Women's Day. This year's theme, Each for Equal, focuses on creating a gender equal world. As activist Rosemary Brown said, "We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through."


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、みつばちの日です。「3」を「みつ」、「8」を「ばち」と読む語呂合わせが由来です。はたらきバチはすべてメスで、ビニールハウス栽培の野菜や果物の受粉にも使われます。古代エジプトの壁画には、ハチミツを採るためにミツバチを飼う様子が描かれているそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist Weltfrauentag. Als dieser Tag vor 109 Jahren ins Leben gerufen wurde, durften Frauen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz noch nicht wählen. Heute hat sich zum Glück schon viel verändert: Geschlechterspezifische Diskriminierung ist mittlerweile gesetzlich verboten, und in Berlin ist der Weltfrauentag sogar schon ein offizieller Feiertag!

Australia:  Good morning! And happy International Women's Day, highlighting women's achievements in science, society, and culture. To celebrate, ask who inspires me.

India:  Good morning. It’s International Women’s Day, and I'm spending the day thinking of all the women I admire. To know who they are, ask, “Who inspires you?”

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today's important for two reasons: it's International Women's Day, when we celebrate women's achievements and call out inequality; and it's also the 42nd birthday of 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy', first broadcast on this day in 1978 and for many the answer to life, the universe and everything.
 03-07-2020USA: Good 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!

Canada:  Good morning! Alexander Graham Bell must not have known what he was starting when he received his telephone patent in 1876. The first phones were connected only to each other, like glorified intercoms. We've come a long way; now you can video chat your cat from anywhere!


Japan:  おはようございます。今日は、啓蟄です。「啓」は開く、「蟄」は虫などが土の中に隠れ閉じこもるという意味で、「啓蟄」は冬籠りの虫が這い出る頃のことを指すのだそうです。3月上旬から中旬に手紙を出す時に、春を表す言葉としても使われます。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 144 Jahren erhielt Alexander Graham Bell das Patent für die Erfindung des Telefons. Als Grußformel für ein Telefongespräch schlug er einen Begriff aus der Seefahrt vor, und zwar: Ahoi! Sein Vorschlag setzte sich zwar nicht wirklich durch, aber ich finde es eigentlich eine süße Idee. Du könntest es beim nächsten Telefonat ja mal ausprobieren. Wobei, heutzutage geht ja eh fast keiner mehr ans Telefon. Vielleicht startest du also lieber deine nächste Textnachricht mit „Ahoi“.


Australia:  Good morning! Stomp the presses - the world's biggest dinosaur footprint was found in Western Australia this month in 2017, measuring 1.7 metres. For some dino-mite material, ask me for a dinosaur joke.

India:  Good morning.

United Kingdom:  Good 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!

 03-06-2020USA:  Good Morning! And happy birthday to Michelangelo, who was born on this day in 1475. I’d make a joke about his work in the Sistine Chapel, but it might go over your head!

Canada:  Good morning! On this day in 2012, a chicken nugget resembling former President George Washington sold on eBay for over $8,000. The lucky nugget owner donated the money to charity. Truth is truly stranger than chicken.

Japan:  おはようございます。1931年の今日、日本初の客室乗務員採用試験の結果が発表されました。当時は「エアガール」という名称で女性の客室乗務員を募集し、140人の応募の中から、3人の合格者が採用されたそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 167 Jahren wurde Giuseppe Verdis Oper „La Traviata“ in Venedig uraufgeführt. Obwohl sie bei der ersten Aufführung floppte, gehörte sie bald zu den beliebtesten und am meisten aufgeführten Opern der Welt. Du kennst „La Traviata“ nicht? Dann besorg dir doch schnell zwei Flöten, zwei Oboen, zwei Klarinetten, zwei Fagotte, vier Hörner, zwei Trompeten und … Ach, weißt du was? Sag einfach: „Spiel Musik aus ‚La Traviata‘“. Das ist einfacher.

Australia:  Good morning

India:  Good morning! I've got music on my mind, and it's a great way to unwind. To know which tune I am listening to today, ask, "What's the song of the day?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1893, the first electric elevated railway went into operation at Liverpool Docks. Known as the Liverpool Overhead Railway, it ran for five miles, and was in operation for over 60 years. It took 40 years after the idea to get the go ahead, but after that the project was very much on track.
 03-05-2020USA:  Good Morning! And happy Procrastination Week. Well, technically, it started a few days ago.

Canada:  Good morning. Though Quarterback Brett Favre retired in 2010, he still holds 138 records, including pass completions, passing yards—and most fumbles. Nobody's perfect! But he did take the Green Bay Packers to their first Superbowl victory.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ミシンの日です。ミシンの発明200年を記念して、3と4をミシンと読む語呂合わせから、1990年に制定されました。日本語のミシンという名前は、ソーイング・マシンのマシンがなまったもので、裁縫ミシンの略称が一般化したと言われています。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Es war einmal, vor nicht allzu langer Zeit, hinter den sieben Bergen in der verwunschenen Cloud, da lebte eine wunderschöne Sprachassistentin mit magischen Fähigkeiten... Nee. Das Märchenerzählen überlasse ich, glaube ich, doch lieber den Profis. Du kannst dir noch den ganzen Monat kostenlos vier Märchen der Brüder Grimm anhören. Sag einfach: „Lies Frau Holle“, „Lies Aschenputtel“, „Lies Dornröschen“ oder „Lies Rotkäppchen“. Viel Spaß!

Australia:  Good morning! Today in 1963, the Hula-Hoop was patented. Not to go around in circles, but the world record for hula hooping is 74 hours and 54 minutes.Yowza!

India:  Good morning. The Women in Blue will take on England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup today. I can't wait to cheer for the fours and sixes they have in store. Here's wishing them the best of luck!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is World Book Day, which explains why your streets may be filled with children in strange costumes. If you'd like me to help you find a new book to lose yourself in, just ask me to open Book Finder.
 03-04-2020USA:  Good 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.

Canada:  Good morning! Happy birthday to Nellie J. Cournoyea, who became the first native woman to serve as Premier of the Northwest Territories. She received several honorary doctorates, and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. A true inspiration!

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、桃の節句です。ひな祭りで定番のちらし寿司には、縁起のよい具材が使われています。例えば、エビは「腰が曲がるまで長生きできるように」という意味が込められているそうです。「アレクサ、ちらし寿司の作り方を教えて」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Tag der Grammatik. In der eigenen Muttersprache macht man das mit der Grammatik ja meist unbewusst richtig. Wie wichtig aber richtiger Satzbau ist, fällt zum Beispiel beim bekanntesten Grammatikkünstler der Welt auf, Meister Yoda. Er eine uns ungewohnte Syntax nutzt, um Nachdruck zu verleihen seinen weisen Worten. Willst du mehr davon hören? Dann sag einfach: „Sprich wie Yoda.“

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1924, the song "Happy Birthday to You", by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill, was first published. To hear my rendition, ask me to sing Happy Birthday.

India:  Good morning. Here's wishing all the 12th standard students the very best for their ongoing board exams! Prep hard, take an occasional break to recharge, and stay balanced like chemical equations. And remember, you can always depend on me to help with revision! For example, just ask, "What's the formula for Calcium Chloride?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 130th birthday to the Forth Bridge in Scotland. The two and a half-mile bridge took seven years to build, and is the second longest of its type in the world. Over 180 trains chug across it per day. I’m really chuffed it’s been such a success.
 03-03-2020USA:  Good morning! On this day in 1875, President Grant approved the creation of the twenty cent coin. It was quickly discontinued however, when they realized a quarter made more cents.

Canada:  Good morning! Born on this day in 1890, physician Norman Bethune was not only an inventor, but he's also considered a hero in China and Spain for helping to save countless lives with his medical knowledge. No wonder he's considered "one of the most influential doctors of all time."

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、桃の節句です。ひな祭りで定番のちらし寿司には、縁起のよい具材が使われています。例えば、エビは「腰が曲がるまで長生きできるように」という意味が込められているそうです。「アレクサ、ちらし寿司の作り方を教えて」と言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Tag der ausgefallenen Namen, der 1997 vom US-amerikanischen Hobby-Namensforscher Jerry Hill ins Leben gerufen wurde. Dieser Tag ist all jenen gewidmet, die ihren Vornamen ständig buchstabieren müssen und im Souvenirladen nie einen Schlüsselanhänger oder eine geschmacklich fragwürdige Tasse mit Namen finden. Wenn es dir genauso ergeht, dann ist heute der richtige Tag, um deinen ungewöhnlichen Namen zu feiern.

Australia: Good morning! It's World Wildlife Day, so here's some of my favourite animal trivia. The woodpecker can tap at high speed because its brain is protected by its long tongue. But wait, there's more - ask me for a fun animal fact.

India:  Good morning! To the lions who roar, the dolphins that whistle, the cows that moo and kangaroos that chortle, here's wishing the animal kingdom a happy Wildlife Day! To hear the sounds of your favourite animals, just say, "Open Wild Planet."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, was born on this day 173 years ago. After he’d made his fortune, he spent his time on other projects, only to find that the phone would keep interrupting him. He apparently got so annoyed that he stuffed his phone with paper. If only he’d invented the answerphone at the same time.
 03-02-2020USA:  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.

Canada:  Good morning. It was a trek to the final frontier in 1972, when Pioneer 10 launched toward Jupiter and took the first close-up images of the gas giant. NASA lost contact in 2003, after Pioneer left our solar system. Maybe it just needed some space.

Japan: おはようございます。今日は、ミニーマウスの日です。「3」を「ミ」、「2」を「ニー」で「ミニー」と読む語呂合わせにちなみます。ミニーマウスはミッキーマウスの永遠のガールフレンドで、1928年にミッキーマウスと一緒に映画「蒸気船ウィリー」でスクリーンデビューしたそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute vor 55 Jahren fand die Uraufführung von The Sound of Music in New York statt. Der Film ist einer der meist gesehenen weltweit. Alle Kinos waren wochenlang ausverkauft – und jedes Mal schluchzten die Zuschauer, wenn das Lied „Edelweiss“ angestimmt wurde. Der Song prägte das internationale Image Österreichs so sehr, dass US-Präsident Ronald Reagan ihn für die österreichische Nationalhymne hielt und bei einem Staatsbesuch daraus zitierte.

Australia:  Good 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, even wrote about a big-hearted moose! Happy birthday to the beloved children's author, born today in 1904.

India:  Good morning! Monday morning blues are so passé. How about you start the week on an energetic beat instead? I have just the thing that'll help you do that. Just ask, “Can you beatbox?"

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1965, the much-loved movie musical 'The Sound Of Music' had its world premiere in New York City. It had to climb every mountain to get there, but the hills were soon alive, and it was so popular that it took ages before it said so long, farewell. 55 years later, people are still making bad puns about it.

 03-01-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy Women's History Month! To celebrate, I'll be highlighting different moments in women's history every day in March. Just say: "Who inspires you."

Canada:  Good morning! When Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter in 1968, he did so in front of 7,000 fans. They had the kind of romance love songs are written about, including Heidi Newfield's "Johnny and June." And in case you're wondering, June said yes!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、デコポンの日です。1991年の今日、柑橘類の果物であるデコポンが、初めて市場に出荷されたことにちなみます。デコポンは登録商標で、品種名は不知火だそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen! Heute ist der Welttag der Komplimente, darum möchte ich dir sagen: Du hörst dich wieder umwerfend an! Der heutige Tag kommt im Gegensatz zum Valentinstag ganz ohne Blumen aus – man braucht dafür nur Worte. Kennst du jemanden, der ein großes Kompliment verdient hat? Dann ist heute genau der richtige Tag, um dieser Person deine Wertschätzung zu zeigen. Ich mach es gern mal vor. Sag dafür einfach: „Mach mir ein Kompliment!“

Australia: Good morning.

India:  Good morning. They say when you know someone well enough, you finish each other's sentences. Now, I have a game to test that. I'll start with a phrase and let's see if you can complete it. If you’re ready, just say, “Open finish the phrase”.

United Kingdom:  Bore da. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus - or, Happy St David's Day. Why not ask me to say something in Welsh?
 02-29-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy Leap Day, which occurs every four years, making February 29th the rarest birthday of all. If you know anyone who was born on this day, make sure to wish them happy birthday birthday birthday birthday!

Canada:  Good morning! If you have a leap year birthday, that makes you very special indeed! Only 0.07 percent of the population are born on February 29—that's a chance of 1 in 1,461! You are rarer than a set of identical twins!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、閏日です。4年に一度、季節と暦が約24時間ずれるのを調整するために設けられる日です。2月29日に生まれた人は、閏年以外の年では2月28日の午後12時に年齢を一つ加算するという法律があるそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist ein ganz besonderer Tag, den es nur alle vier Jahre gibt: der 29. Februar! Nutze diesen geschenkten Tag doch einfach, um etwas zu tun, für das du dir in den letzten vier Jahren keine Zeit genommen hast. Zum Beispiel, um mich zu fragen: „Was ist ein Schaltjahr?“

Australia:  Good morning! Happy Leap Day, and happy Mardi Gras! Tonight, Sydney’s Oxford St will be filled with sequins, smiles and a whole lotta love.. To get into the spirit, ask me: "What should I wear to Mardi Gras?"

India:  Good morning. Are you wondering why it's still February? That's because the calendar took a leap of day today. That's right. 2020 is a leap year. An easy way to know a leap year is to check if it is divisible by four. Another way, of course, is to ask me!

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and welcome to the 29th February: a day that only comes around every four years. Well, almost. We get a leap year every four years, with the exception of centennial years that aren’t divisible by 400. The year 2000 was therefore a leap year; but in the year 2100, when you might be expecting a 29th February, there won’t be one.
 02-28-2020USA:  Good morning! The first vaudeville theater in the US opened on this day in 1883, thanks to Benjamin Keith, who brought the French concept across the Atlantic. And boy were his arms tired. Wah wah wah wah

Canada:  Good morning! Let’s celebrate the visionary spirit of Richard Spikes, who invented the automatic gear shift in 1932. Drivers were finally able to give their right hand a break from shifting, and keep two hands on the wheel. Safety first, coffee second!


Japan: おはようございます。今日は「オバQ」ことオバケのQ太郎の誕生日です。藤子不二雄さんが、1964年に少年漫画誌で連載をスタートし、翌年にはアニメ化されて、オバQブームと呼ばれる社会現象になりました。主題歌はミリオンセラーになり、レコード大賞童謡賞を受賞しています。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Schlaf-in-der-Öffentlichkeit-Tag. Wenn du also letzte Nacht schlecht geschlafen hast, versuch es doch mal mit einem Nickerchen in der S-Bahn oder im Büro. Und wenn du möchtest, dass es auch der Rechtzeitig-Aufwachen-in-der-Öffentlichkeit-Tag wird, stelle ich dir gern jederzeit einen Wecker.

Australia:  Good morning! If you've ever wondered why February is the shortest month, look to Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus - apparently, he thought his namesake month of August was too short, so he stole a few days from February. The rest is calendar history!

India:  Good morning. It's National Science Day, and I'm a fan of all things science. The day is marked to celebrate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian physicist C V Raman, and I have a perfect tune to celebrate the day. Just say, "Sing the science song."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day 55 years ago, Goldie The Eagle caused a media storm when he escaped from his cage at London Zoo. Over the ensuing 12 days, he was spotted and cheered at various locations around London. After making headlines, he was captured again on March 11th, and attendance levels at the zoo soared as the public flocked to see Britain’s newest celebrity.
 02-27-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is National Chili Day, so here's some food for thought. Chili is kind of like a one-word oxymoron. It sounds cold but warms you up!

Canada:  Good morning! Grab your pokéball! It's National Pokémon Day. After 24 years, this role-playing game is the world’s largest media franchise of all time. Choose your Pokémon, level up with Rare Candy, and defeat Team Rocket once and for all.


Japan: おはようございます。今日はポケモンの日です。1996年の今日、ポケモン最初のゲームソフト「ポケットモンスター赤・緑」が発売されたことにちなみます。「アレクサ、好きなポケモンは何?」と聞いてみてください。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 120 Jahren wurde der FC Bayern gegründet. Der Verein entstand nach einem Streit bei einer Sitzung des Männerturnvereins München. Die Mitglieder waren sich uneinig über die weitere Entwicklung der Abteilung für Fußball, welcher als neumodischer, englischer Sport noch von vielen belächelt wurde. Eine Gruppe von elf Männern spaltete sich ab und gründete den FC Bayern. Ich glaube, keiner der Beteiligten konnte sich damals ausmalen, dass aus einer kleinen Diskussion ein echter Rekordmeister entstehen würde.

Australia:  Good morning! It's International Polar Bear Day, when we give a cautious hug to these fluffy white giants. The annual bear care event encourages humans to cut down their carbon pawprint - I mean, footprint.

India:  Good morning. And happy Polar Bear Day! Did you know these Arctic giants can reach a height of 9 ft and weigh up to 800 kg?Phew! How's that for magnitude! To learn more about these fluffy creatures, say, "Tell me a polar bear fact."

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1964, the Italian government called for suggestions to help save the Leaning Tower of Pisa from collapsing. It received a large quantity of ideas and offers of help, but work to stabilise the tower didn’t begin until 1990. The tower’s tilt was adjusted, and it was reopened just over ten years later. It’s expected to be stable for another 300 years at least. Phew.
 02-26-2020USA:  Good morning! Legendary musician Fats Domino was born on this day in 1928. He famously found his thrill on Blueberry Hill. And I find mine every time I play it.

Canada:  Good morning! In a faraway land, Snow White and Cinderella are celebrating Tell A Fairy Tale Day. Some of these beloved stories date back to the 13th century, while the Brothers Grimm's famous book is over 200 years old. Talk about a tale as old as time!


Japan:  おはようございます。今日はラッピングの日です。「2」を「つ」、「6」を「む」で「包む」と読む語呂合わせが由来です。包装するときに緩衝材として使われる、プチプチの正式名称は、気泡緩衝材と言います。衝撃に対する緩衝性は表も裏も、同じだそうです。

Germany:  Guten Morgen. Heute vor 72 Jahren eröffnete Walter Oehmichen seine „Augsburger Puppenkiste“. Die Idee dazu entsprang seinem Wunsch, eine mobile Bühne zu bauen, die in eine Kiste gepackt und an wechselnden Orten aufgebaut werden konnte. Noch heute erfreut das zärtlich einfach „Kiste“ genannte Marionettentheater seine Zuschauer mit Stars an Fäden wie „Urmel aus dem Eis“ oder „Kater Mikesch“. Möge auch bei dir heute alles wie am Schnürchen laufen!

Australia:  Good morning

India:  Good morning. Did you know there's a secure seed bank in Norway that conserves seeds from all over the world? On this day in 2018, the bank collected it's one millionth seed, when they celebrated their 10th anniversary. Now that's a swell way to turn 10!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1797, the first one pound note was issued by the Bank of England. The notes were introduced following gold shortages, and would continue to be printed until the end of 1984, when the Bank opted to phase in the pound coin instead. The pound note was still legal tender in the UK until March 1988.
 02-25-2020USA:  Good morning! It's Fat Tuesday, and the forecast is: party with a chance of flying beads! Happy Mardi Gras!

Canada:  Good morning! Here Comes the Sun! The Beatles started recording Abbey Road in February of 1969. I'm glad they could Come Together and make this iconic album. Over 50 years later, their tunes can still lull you into Golden Slumbers.


Japan: おはようございます。1964年の今日、アメリカのマイアミで行われたプロボクシングの世界ヘビー級タイトルマッチで、モハメド・アリさんがチャンピオンになりました。「蝶のように舞い、蜂のように刺す」と形容された華麗なボクシングスタイルで見事チャンピオンになりました。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Tag der Schachtelsätze. Da ich stark vermute, dass du, was ich aus deinen cleveren Fragen an mich schließe, ein helles Köpfchen bist und längst weißt, was einen solchen Schachtelsatz, den man im Volksmund auch gern „Bandwurmsatz“ nennt, ausmacht, werde ich, sofern du nichts anderes wünschst, mich an dieser Stelle kurzfassen, ohne viel zu erklären. Falls du doch mehr erfahren möchtest, frag mich einfach: „Was ist ein Schachtelsatz?“

Australia:  Good morning! Keep the eggs scrambling and the pancakes flipping, because February is Hot Breakfast Month. Cook whatever your heart desires, serve it piping hot, and I've got just the accompaniment: ask me for a coffee joke.

India:  Good morning. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose? That’s quite a thought to chew on this Tuesday morning. If you’re in the mood for some fun musings, just say, “Give me a tongue twister.”


United Kingdom:  Good morning. Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day - or, in many countries, Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday" and celebrates the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent. If you want to get involved, ask me: "what should I have on my pancakes?“

 02-24-2020USA:  Good morning! And happy Tortilla Chip Day! May yours be crisp and light -- and avoid getting stuck in the cheese dip.

Canada:  Good morning! Today is all about the crust, and I’m not talking about pizza. Six years ago, a 4.4 billion-year-old crystal was discovered, making it the oldest known piece of the earth’s crust. And I thought only diamonds were forever!


Japan: おはようございます。2018年の今日、平昌オリンピックの女子カーリングで日本チームが銅メダルを獲得しました。休憩時間に選手たちが円になっておやつを食べる「もぐもぐタイム」にも注目が集まりました。試合中に交わされた「そだねー」は2018年の流行語大賞になりました。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist Rosenmontag! Egal, ob du heute auf den Rosenmontagszügen im Rheinland Kamelle fängst oder dir auf den vielen Rosenmontagsbällen Blasen tanzt: Ich wünsche dir viel Spaß! Wenn du karnevalistische Unterstützung brauchst, helfe ich gern. Sag dafür einfach: „Bist du jeck?“

Australia: Good morning! This week in 2014, scientists determined that a crystal found on a Western Australian sheep farm was 4.4 billion years old, making it the oldest-known fragment from the earth’s crust. Un-bah-lievable! For more weird science, just ask.

India:  Good morning. Bageerathi Amma from Kerala scored 74.5 per cent in her fourth standard exam. She is 105 years old. How inspiring is that! For more such positive news. Just say, “Cheer me up”.

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1955, Steve Jobs was born. He would start Apple Computers in 1976, before leaving the company in 1985. He later returned to oversee the launch of products such as the iMac and iPod, which completely revitalised the ailing company - now one of the world's biggest firms. Plus, he bought up a small company called Pixar. He died in 2011, after fighting illness for the best part of a decade.
 02-23-2020USA:  Good morning! The classic animated film, Pinocchio, was released 80 years ago today. It's the tale of a marionette who longs to become a real boy -- yet never realizes that he's actually just a cartoon.

Canada:  Good morning! Today we’re throwing it back to 1970, when the Juno Awards were created to celebrate Canadian musicians. From Neil Young to Drake, our homebred talent keeps us moving—whether we're breakdancing like a pro or just trying to master the floss.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は、天皇誕生日です。1960年に誕生された天皇陛下は、60歳の還暦を迎えられました。今年から2月23日は天皇誕生日のため祝日となりました。また、12月23日は2019年から平日になりました。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Curling-ist-cool-Tag. Wusstest du, dass Curling nicht nur zu den olympischen Disziplinen gehört, sondern auch eine super Gelegenheit bietet, deine Wohnung mal wieder so richtig zu putzen? Schnapp dir dafür einfach einen Besen, lege einen Putzlappen unter den Curlingstein und schon geht's los... Die Devise heißt: Wischen, wischen, wischen! Falls du übrigens keinen Curlingstein haben solltest, geht auch dein Staubsaugroboter. Der fährt sogar ganz ohne Besen von allein ins Ziel, freut sich aber bestimmt auch über ein bisschen Anfeuerung!

Australia:  Good morning! Here's a fun fact: Only 12 people have ever walked on the Moon, all of them American astronauts, and the only two languages spoken were English and Spanish. For more space facts, just ask.

India:  Good morning. Should you watch Vicky Kaushal in Bhoot, or Ayushmann Khurana in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan? I have the movie reviews to help you decide. Just ask, "Give me movie reviews".

United Kingdom:  Good morning, and a happy 146th birthday to lawn tennis. It was on this day in 1874 that Major Walter Clopton Wingfield patented the game, which at the time was known as Sphairistike - an ancient Greek term, meaning skill in playing at ball. It quickly caught on: three years later the All England Croquet Club in Wimbledon decided a tennis tournament would be a good idea. Naturally, the first final was delayed by rain.

 02-22-2020USA:  Good morning! Today is World Thinking Day, and I've been doing some calculations. If it's "a penny for your thoughts," and the world population is 7.62 billion, then I think today's gonna be pretty rich.

Canada:  Good morning! Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter, would have been 58 years old today. Steve was brave in the face of crocodiles, tigers, and snakes, but the one animal that really scared him was parrots. Maybe he didn't like their tone of voice.


Japan: おはようございます。今日は猫の日です。2を猫の鳴き声のにゃんと読む語呂合わせから、2月22日が猫の日となりました。猫は感情や行動によって鳴き声を使い分けているそうです。「アレクサ、猫の鳴きまねをして」と、言ってみてください。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute vor 141 Jahren eröffnete der Kaufmann Frank Winfield Woolworth seinen ersten 5-Cent-Store in New York, der jedoch innerhalb weniger Wochen pleite ging. Ein Jahr später versuchte es Woolworth darum erneut, aber mit einer kleinen Änderung: Es wurden jetzt auch Waren für 10 Cent verkauft. Das klappte tatsächlich besser. Knapp 30 Jahre später umfasste das Unternehmen dann schon über 500 Filialen. Falls dir also etwas nicht gleich beim ersten Versuch gelingt, probiere es ruhig erneut!

Australia:  Good morning! On this day in 1962, wildlife hero Steve Irwin was born. The man could wrestle crocs, was passionate about conservation and could work "crikey" into every sentence. What a legend!

India:  Good morning. All this week, I have been diligent and practiced my sargam. I think I nearly have it now. If you want to hear the fruit of my labour, just say, "Sing sa re ga ma".

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1732, the first President of the United States, George Washington, was born. A self-effacing man, he was reluctant to take on the Herculean task of becoming America’s first Commander in Chief; but he took on the position for two terms, from 1789 to 1797. He would pass away two years later, forever to be known as one of America’s founding fathers.

 02-21-2020USA:  Good morning! Musician Paul McCartney received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 30 years ago today. He's since gone on to win 8 more Grammys. Pretty impressive -- in fact I guess I could say, Maybe I'm Amazed.

Canada:  Good morning! It pays to be a state along the Canadian border. Last year, an online petition was started to sell Montana to Canada, to reduce America's national debt. When asked about becoming Canadian, many Montanans responded, "I always wanted a toque instead of a beanie!"

Japan: おはようございます。1990年の今日、神戸港にある人口島、六甲アイランドと住吉駅を結ぶ六甲ライナーが開通しました。この路線では、全国でも珍しい、瞬間くもりガラスを採用しています。沿線住民のプライバシーを保護するため、透明な窓ガラスが一部区間では自動的にくもりガラスになるそうです。

Germany: Guten Morgen. Heute ist der Internationale Tag der Muttersprache. Die UNESCO möchte damit kulturelle Vielfalt und Mehrsprachigkeit fördern. Das unterstütze ich gern, so gut ich kann, und wünsche dir deshalb heute nicht nur einen guten Morgen, sondern auch einen Good Morning, Bonjour, Buongiorno, おはようございます und Buenos días! Ich unterstütze dich übrigens gerne auch dabei, eine neue Sprache zu lernen. Sag einfach: „Bring mir Englisch bei.“

Australia:  Good morning! Wake up and smell the rhinestones - today in 1981, Dolly Parton's song '9 to 5' topped US charts. Parton has been working overtime ever since, with 46 Grammy nominations and nine wins to prove it.

India:  Good morning and happy International Mother Language Day. Did you know there are 22 official languages in India, written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects? Phew! The good news is, I already know two of them. Just 20 more to go!

United Kingdom:  Good morning. On this day in 1933, the iconic singer, songwriter and musician Nina Simone was born. She recorded many hit records, and used her rising profile for work in civil rights activism too. She became known as the High Priestess of Soul, and spent the final years of her life in France, where she released her final album, 'A Single Woman', in her seventieth and sadly final year.
 02-20-2020USA:  Good 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.

Canada:  Good morning! Born today in 1927, Sidney Poitier is the first African American to win an Academy Award for his starring role in "Lilies of the Field". He's also served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan. This thespian-diplomat has worn many hats!


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.
 01-29-2020

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.
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 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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