o This is G.I. JOE DAY. In 1964 Hasbro Toys introduced GI Joe, an 11½-inch “action figure” that sold for $4.00. The doll was inspired by the 1945 Robert Mitchum movie, The Story of GI Joe. ***MARLAR: They were realistic too! As they aged, their hair began to fall out.
o Today is RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY. ***MARLAR: The bible says you’ll live longer if you do!
o MTV DAY. In 1981 MTV (Music Television) debuted in some two million homes. ***MARLAR: Ironically, the first music video on MTV was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. Yet radio lives on, and videos on MTV have been killed.
o Today is WORLD WIDE WEB DAY, marking the birth of the World Wide Web in August 1990 at the Europe Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau developed a prototype Web browser and introduced HTML – which stands for “Hypertext Markup Language.” ***MARLAR: And at 2:06pm that same afternoon it was the very first sending of spam.
o SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WEEK begins today. ***MARLAR: Which computers and the internet were supposed to do for us… obviously that didn’t happen. No need getting upset about it though, because…
o August is HAPPINESS HAPPENS MONTH, sponsored by the Secret Society of Happy People in Coppell, Texas. ***MARLAR: How SECRET can you be if you tell everybody what city your secret society is in, what it’s called, and you’re publicly sponsoring an entire month telling people to be happy?